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  • Alien

  • The Official Movie Novelization
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Peter Guinness
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien and Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. He is also a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author in his own right, including the popular Pip & Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic story, crummy narrator

  • By 451 on 12-12-15

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-16

As a big fan of the Alien franchise, I really enjoyed this. It was just different enough from the film to keep it interesting and fresh for those of us who have seen the movie a thousand times, yet it stayed true to the characters, overall feel, and plot of the movie. I also liked how the Facehugger was described as Giger's original concept art as opposed to what was seen in the film.

I also liked Peter Guinness's narration. I know his style put other people off, but I found it fit quite well for the time that the film was released. While I wasn't quite sold on his Ripley, I did find his Parker and Ash quite believable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Satan's Sword

  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Samantha Martin is an imp, bound by an angel who allows her to live among the humans...as long as she follows his rules. It's never easy for an imp to follow the rules, especially now that Sam's brother, Dar, has found himself in hot water. He needs her help to retrieve an artifact from the vampires, or the powerful demon he owes a favor to will enslave and torture him for centuries. It should be a simple courier job, but with demons nothing is simple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent set of novels

  • By heide on 22-01-16

Fantastically original!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-15

This series is quickly becoming my new favorite. The characters and plot are so unique and original, and the story is always engaging. There is never a dull moment, and Debra Dunbar has created such a fantastic world. Angela Rysk is the perfect narrator for these books and I can't wait to continue with this series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Skynoise

  • A Time Travel Thriller
  • By: Ernie Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

To Helen Weils, best-selling author and respected academic, history is a realm of observable facts, each one carefully weighed and inspected. So when she encounters Chip Sledd, a conspiracy theorist who insists there's an unimaginable connection between the disappearance of the colonists in 1587 and the strange noises in the sky, she's quick to dismiss his theories as the irrational ramblings of a lunatic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever book

  • By Kendra Masonchuck on 11-05-15

Clever book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-15

There's not much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said, it's a great time travel story. I can add this though: What made this book especially interesting for me is the knowledge that the Roanoke Colony disappearance and sky noises are actual unsolved mysteries and I loved that Ernie Lindsey incorporated real life mysteries into his book, it was very clever. It made the book that much more engaging for me. Rebecca Roberts also did a fantastic job at narrating and giving life to all the characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 314

  • By: A. R. Wise
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Alma Harper has been trying to forget what happened in Widowsfield 16 years ago. She has a good life as a music teacher now, and might rekindle her relationship with her one true love. However, the number 314 haunts her, and threatens to bring her back to the day that her brother disappeared. When a reporter shows up, just days before March 14th, Alma realizes that her past is coming back to haunt her. What happened on March 14th, at 3:14, 16 years ago? No one but The Skeleton Man can remember.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why sell arms to Scotland?

  • By john mc on 16-08-18

Great premise, slow delivery

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-15

I was a little disappointed with this book. It had a lot of great reviews deeming it terrifying and creepy as hell, and it started off that way with a really intense opening, but then it mellowed out and got really slow for the middle section of the book. At times I thought I was reading a broken-home romance drama until brief scenes came along that reminded me of the main plot of the book. The ending was great, but I felt it's intensity and excitement came a little too late. I didn't hate this book, but I feel it just didn't deliver enough. The narration was great and Vanessa Johansson kept me as interested in the slow parts as I could be, but the book itself just wasn't paced right for my liking.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,020

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Shockingly different

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-15

I know that some people really dislike being left in the dark when it comes to book descriptions, but I feel that with this book, it's necessary for it to be so vague. I think knowing what genre this book belongs to would lead people to judge it too quickly and not give it a proper chance. Let me just say that this book is nothing like what you'd expect it to be if you knew. It's so different and unique and such a fresh take on the genre in so many ways. The whole concept was amazing, shocking, and brilliantly thought out. The characters were fantastic and Finty Williams gave them such life and a truly marvelous performance. I especially loved her voice for Melanie. At times I really felt as though I was listening to a little girl speaking. Such a great read and an amazing and perfect ending. I'm sad that it's over.

  • A Demon Bound

  • Imp, Book 1
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight. But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a re-write

  • By Ozzymandias on 05-01-16

Different and refreshing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-15

This book was such a fantastic breath of fresh air with distinctly unique characters and ideas. This book goes to show that demons aren't always bad and angels aren't always good. I really loved that Sam is not your typical heroine in the story. She isn't bound by social norms and morals the way the average human is. I thought Debra Dunbar did a fantastic job at writing Sam as neither good nor evil, but just someone who does what they like simply because it's fun. Debra clearly put a lot of consideration into the mindset of a demon to really allow for the reader to like Sam despite the fact she doesn't think or behave like a human.

I was a little torn on the narration though. Angela Rysk has a fantastic, expressive voice and I feel she portrays Sam and her quirkiness perfectly. She also does a great job at narrating the other characters too. My only issue was that sometimes there was no distinction between Sam's inner thoughts and when she was speaking to other characters. It was sometimes hard to tell right away when the dialogue stopped and the narration started and visa versa. There was also some unnecessarily long pauses between characters when they spoke to each other. I do however still look forward to hearing her narrate the rest of the series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Reanimation of Edward Schuett

  • By: Derek J. Goodman
  • Narrated by: David Letwin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

The last thing Edward Schuett remembers is trying to defend his family as the zombie hordes descended on them. When he wakes up he finds his body dead and rotten yet healing quickly. Fifty years have passed and he's been a zombie that entire time, yet something has changed and he is coming back to something resembling life. His existence causes havoc among the rebuilt society of zombie holocaust survivors: some think he's an abomination and want to kill him while others think of him only as a scientific curiosity and want to dissect him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique zombie novel

  • By Kendra Masonchuck on 21-03-15

A unique zombie novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-15

This was such a refreshing zombie story, I can't say I've ever read anything like it. I absolutely loved it. Some great unexpected and shocking turn of events throughout the book and I really connected with the characters. The narration was pretty good too. I felt that David Letwin really had a good understanding of Edward and how he felt as he progressed through the story. I highly recommend this book.

  • The Beautiful Ashes

  • Broken Destiny, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse - her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate, no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, definitely worth the money

  • By michelle hughes on 26-08-14

Great start to a new series.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-15

Sometimes I find authors have a bit of trouble starting a brand new series after such long successful running one, but Jeaniene Frost jumped right into this series with such smooth confidence and ingenuity that it was perfect right off the bat. She's created an entirely new universe that's completely different from the Night Huntress series and it's wonderfully refreshing. I loved all the distinct characters, they were very well developed and unique. The fact that they all had their flaws made them that much more interesting and down to earth (so to speak) that you couldn't help but care for them and want to stay with them throughout their personal growth. The plot kept me hooked until the very end and the end itself has already perfectly set the stage for the next book in the series. I can't wait.

I love Tavia Gilbert's narration, she's very expressive and emotional. She does every character so well and with such passion. She's a perfect fit for such a well written book.

  • The Troop

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Troop

  • By jennifer on 10-05-14

Brilliantly horrific

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-15

This was a great horror story which reminded me of The Lord Of The Flies mixed with a dash of Dreamcatcher. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who can't handle animal cruelty (there is a fair amount of it) but this was by no means a bad book. It's highly disturbing but well written and hard to put down. I liked that there was no main character in the book and that every character got their own time in the narration spotlight. It was interesting to know what each person was feeling and thinking and it also meant there was no way to know who would live or die. At some points, the author delves into the mind-workings of a sociopathic character which I found to be just as disturbing as the main events of the story.

I wasn't too fond of the interviews, logs, and police documents that were interspersed between chapters though. I get that they were supposed to give the listener a better understanding about how the circumstances on the island came to be (and some of them were good) but many were just outright tedious and took away from the main story at times.

At first I wasn't too keen on Corey Brill's semi-monotone narration, but it soon added to the creepy feel of the story and his portrayal of certain characters was chilling.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bound by Flames

  • Night Prince, Book 3
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Leila's years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn't learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant - Jeaniene Frost Usual High Standard

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-01-15

Amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-15

I'm a huge fan of Jeaniene Frost and have already read all her other books in the Night Huntress universe series. As with all the rest, it didn't fail to impress. This was an intense book full of perfectly placed action, shock and humour, in depth characters, and a gripping plot that lead to a perfect conclusion for the Night Prince series.

This was the first book of Jeaniene's that I've listened to as an audio book and so I'd already decided long ago how I thought the characters would sound, but Tavia Gilbert amazed me. She pulled off all the characters fantastically. She has a nice flow to her voice and I believed every word she spoke. It was expressive, yet natural and full of genuine feeling.

I highly recommend this book both for the incredible writing and the outstanding performance. Jeaniene Frost is a master in the supernatural fantasy genre.