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Unearthed

Narrated by: Steve West, Alex McKenna
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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Summary

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution humanity has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and their message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an ancient alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study...as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Despite their opposing reasons for smuggling themselves onto the alien planet's surface, they're both desperate to uncover the riches hidden in the Undying temples. Beset by rival scavenger gangs, Jules and Mia form a fragile alliance...but both are keeping secrets that make trust nearly impossible.

As they race to decode the ancient messages, Jules and Mia must navigate the traps and trials within the Undying temples and stay one step ahead of the scavvers on their heels. They came to Gaia certain that they had far more to fear from their fellow humans than the ancient beings whose mysteries they're trying to unravel. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Mia start to feel like their presence in the temple is part of a grand design - one that could spell the end of the human race....

©2018 Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (P)2018 Listening Library

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  • Jonathan
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • 07-02-19

For younger teens only

This is a rather embarrassing listen to anyone who's read sci fi or been around long enough to have seen a few movies, it's so naively plotted that you are left shaking your head. Two teens go to a alien world, survive hardship, out wit professional soldiers and mercenaries, break in to alien temples and solve tomb raider style puzzles. The cliffhanger ending made me cross as it literally finishes mid scene. The 'twists' might surprise some, but you'd have to have quite a limited reading experience. The story structure is incredibly simple, especially in the characters back stories and the story arc itself is poorly thought through, could have been written in the early fifties, as a children's space adventure, or as a script for a newspaper cartoon, were it not for the swearing. For younger teenagers perhaps this works, but anyone older is going to have to play it at a increased speed to get through it.

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  • Nyrine
  • 26-01-18

Blown!!!!

I'm completely speechless! The Ending. .just no words!😲😱 I want more NOW!!!

Loved the 2 main leads, chemistry was amazing. Ending is a complete killer. Suffice to say I loved Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's previous series collab and am still (already) obsessed with this series.

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  • Jason H.
  • 06-02-18

Very good book with one minor catch

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A couple of plot elements didn't seem 100% logical to me, but overall I thought this a good book with a very interesting story that captured my interest. Narration was great. My only complaint was the rather sophomoric romance between the two main characters; I think that element could have been handled/written better. I overlooked this because I really did enjoy the story, but the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. Looking forward to book 2 in the series.

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  • Jessica M. Henn
  • 26-04-18

Indiana Jones in space with vocal fry

The first thing that jumps out is the female narrator sounds like she either has a horrific cold, or has been smoking since she was 8 years old. This was a tad distracting throughout. It's not so bad when she's been talking for a while, but especially when she is starting to speak, that vocal fry is very predominant. Steve West of course has a gorgeous accent and voice, making his chapters especially enjoyable. I liked that both narrators did a decent job imitating each others' accents so the voices were still fairly consistent across both of their narrations. This wasn't my favorite Amie Kaufman book, but it was still entertaining and I loved the relationship between Jules and Mia. There were definitely parts that felt like they might have been better in a video game where you get to figure out the puzzles yourself rather than hear about it *cough* like Uncharted *cough* but I was entertained throughout which is my main criteria for a book. I liked that there was a larger, overarching mystery on top of the temple puzzles, and that part was what kept me interested (beyond the relationship between Jules and Mia). I see how some people complain it starts off slow - I would argue it doesn't start slow, it merely gets better further into the book. I will admit to having predicted the twist at the end from fairly early on, but i was still happy to see my suspicions confirmed - and by the end they haven't been 100% proven correct, which I like because it keeps me wanting more for the next book to see how much of my prediction was correct. I'm very much looking forward to the next book.

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  • John-S P.
  • 14-04-19

It was okay but not really for me

The story itself was kinda bland and boring. I think the idea was cool but the story felt slightly rushed at certain parts that could have used more detail. It had some romance in it but not a lot so if you’re looking for that in a book this isn’t the one. Overall I didn’t enjoy it that much

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  • Steven H. Curlett
  • 22-03-19

great book, events started to become predictab

actor's performances where great. I am giving the story a 4 star only because it became obvious as to what was going tp happen next

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-01-19

Loved it! Great! Must read for Illuminae fans!!

Pretty perfect! Great for Sci-Fi beginners and old veterans in the genre like myself! Gripping and on the edge of your seat from the very beginning to the last uttered word! Another great addition to Amie's great storytelling, with the help of Meagan Spooner. If you love Amie's other work, read this. I was introduced to her and Jay's Illuminae Files and decided to pick this up, I am now as much in love with Earthbound just as much as I am in LOVE with The Illuminae Files. Can't wait for the 2nd in this brilliant duology on the 22nd of January! Just a few days!

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  • Lorraine Weaver
  • 24-10-18

Good Read

When this story first started I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but my the third chapter I was hooked. Narrators brought the story to life. Now I have to wait for the next one. That is a bummer as this one ended with an unexpected twist and tantalizing cliff hanger.

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  • Lauren E
  • 10-05-18

Entertaining

I really liked the story, even if it was a little predictable at times. I wasn't a fan of Alex McKenna's performance though and found myself disliking Mia's character at first because of it. I definitely plan on continuing the series, but I'll probably skip the audio for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-18

Can't wait for the next one!

Great narrators, fun story. A good YA read. I hope the author is a fast writer, because I want to find out what happens next.

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  • Bill D. Poplaski
  • 23-02-18

Fun read

I liked the main characters and the story held my interest to the end. The people doing the narration were excellent.