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Summary

It was a quiet Seattle morning until the skies filled with fire: without warning, a catastrophic meteor shower caused buildings to crumble and the lights to go out. Out of the rubble, five ordinary people arose to find themselves manifesting undreamed-of abilities.

Will they be enough to do what the military cannot - stop a massive alien invasion before the entire West Coast is destroyed?

©2016 Timothy W. Long (P)2016 Timothy W. Long

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  • Blue Dragonfly
  • 22-11-16

Mixed feelings

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, several of the characters were truly annoying (Brian, Laura the wife) and the story wold have been better without them. Also, the beginning of the book when characters are being introduced drags on a bit too long.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was a truly unique idea for an "alien invasion" story. Very fun! The least interesting would be some of the background on the characters. There was a lot of uninteresting stuff and some of them seemed so whiney and self pitying.

Have you listened to any of Todd Menesses’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard him before but I did enjoy his narration on this book. Though some of the voices were annoying, he could only voice them as they were written.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely! It was a great twist on alien invasion stories and as I was listening I was thinking what a great movie it would make. I love Super Hero movies and though the characters were not the usual type of Super Heroes it certainly was a fun alternative idea.

Any additional comments?

I had a hard time giving this a rating. I did enjoy the story very much and liked some of the characters. However, the long introduction to the characters almost made me want to quit and do something else. I also found that much of the profanity was a bit over the top and unnecessary in some situations. The sex "scenes" were really irrelevant to the story line. There were some parts that were hard to follow like creating the "weapon" which didn't make much sense to me. I did end up enjoying it once the "action" started. Really liked the Sean character and also the individual powers that each person received.

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  • Brian
  • 03-09-16

Earth invaded & has the most unlikely saviors

We're being invaded and have the most unlikely saviors

An alien invasion strike Seattle, while the attack is happening, five strangers will find themselves now flowing with very unlikely... powers. What can these unlikely heroes do to prevent this alien invasion?

Impact Earth: Symbiosis was narrated by Todd Menesses who does a wonderful job. It's always nice to hear a narration that I would consider a "full cast" ensemble with only one narrator. A lot of the accents were really well done and it really helped move the story along.

Another book that has superhero undertones to it. Looking at the cover of this you would have no idea (but I guess that's why you shouldn't always judge a book by its cover).

While I enjoy superheroes, especially those who basically came from nothing -- this isn't my go-to genre. Menesses narration really kept me interested in this and helped me to continue listening to it.

I saw a lot of reviews that were complaining about the amount of profanity, so I will warn you -- if you are overly sensitive to profanity, just avoid this book. Given some of the circumstances that these characters are put into, I can completely understand the cursing -- I even support it for a book like this. I think that Timothy W Long was trying to make the book as realistic as possible (yeah, yeah, with aliens). But real people talk like that, especially those who are going through extremely stressful and bad situations.

If you look past the cursing there was a lot of really unique detail in this book. Long does a great job trying to make sure that each character is explained, and their backstories are told well enough that you can continue to follow with them as they learn of their new and different powers.

Overall, while a combination of a style that I really like with one that I don't as much -- I found myself enjoying Symbiosis. The combination of Long's writing style and Menesses comic-book-character-esque narration made this for me.

I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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  • Nancy Chilton-Kendrick
  • 23-05-16

invasion and being a Good Host

The beginning was hard to follow at first because the narrator talked very fast and seemed to never take a breathe. I liked all the characters and the fast paced story.

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  • Toree Finely
  • 14-06-16

Very enjoyable book

Would you listen to Symbiosis again? Why?

Yes. This is a different concept from other super hero stories. And I really enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Again. I really enjoyed this book. The only problem I had which really made me want to stop listening was the reader. He wanted to make everything sound like an action sequence. That very annoying if the characters are just going to sleep or sitting down. But other than that it was a good book.

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  • David E. Berry
  • 13-12-17

I can't wait for the next book

Excellent storytelling, good character development. Good balance of believable sci-fi. nice to have a story based in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Lisa
  • 09-11-16

Intriguing!

I read this book in one sitting. I wish there had bee more detailed descriptions of the alien entities and their purpose, origin, etc... but I found the plot interesting and the development of the characters made it easy to keep up with each ad the story switches from one to the next. I will definitely
read the book that follows this one!

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  • Audio Audits
  • 16-10-16

Seattle Falling Down!

This audiobook is fantastic! I have to admit though I almost felt like I needed a flow chart in the beginning to keep track of everyone in this book! But don't worry by the end you really feel connected to each and every one of the five main characters in this audiobook. It also took a little getting used to the author jumping between characters, but once I got a feel for each character, I honestly enjoyed how the story was told multiple points of view, it made total sense. What really helped was the narration by Todd Menesses, but we'll talk more about that later. So, in this ensemble cast, you have Brian, the overweight pimply faced 16-year-old kid. Elise, an abused woman just starting to rebuild her life. Sean, the big, kind-hearted divorcé. Martin, a crotchety old veteran dying of cancer and last but not least, Victor, the family man.

While the entire population of Seattle is caught up in an alien invasion, these five characters are fighting not one but two alien invasions. Talk about sensory overload! I'm not one for spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. Timothy W. Long really takes his time building this story, so expect this tale will roll out over several books because I really feel like book one is just the beginning! Speaking of that, I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but when I went to Long's website to see when the next book in the series was scheduled for release, I looked high and low and found zilch, so I'm assuming it will be awhile before book two is released... sigh.

OK, so let's talk about narrator Todd Menesses, I dare anyone to tell me that narrators are not actors of the highest caliber and that one person is voicing ALL of the characters major and minor! Genius! Each character has their own distinct voice and not once did I have to question which character was talking and trust me it's quite a feat to keep that many characters straight!

Amazing story, awesome narration, buy or credit this audiobook is worth it!

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  • Michael E. Riutta
  • 09-06-16

decent story

a decent story the narrator did a good job as well I would recommend it

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  • Julie
  • 13-05-16

tim fricking long

once again Timothy has creayed a world with awesome characters.. now i await for part 2 and the next Z risen

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  • HIX
  • 12-05-16

Bout time

Been waiting for TWL to crank out another good one. Tim, my man, please don't make me wait years for the next installment of this series!

Narrator. Is great, even liked his *pop* *poppop* that got left in when he made a mistake

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