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  • Alien: The Cold Forge

  • The Alien Series
  • By: Alex White
  • Narrated by: Michael Braun
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

With the failure of Hadley's Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback - the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there's a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place: the facility known as "The Cold Forge". Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there's a spy aboard - someone who doesn't necessarily act in the company's best interests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Organism

  • By muthur9000 on 25-10-2018

Hard to tell who the real predator is...corporate or alien

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

Reviewed: 24-10-2018

Riveting story from the opening paragraph, and the ending was satisfying, but I would never have guessed it even up to it’s denouement.

Basic story is, The Cold Forge is a scientific research outpost of Weyland Yutani where they are experimenting with Alien ‘eggs’, looking to find ways of controlling them. What the company doesn’t know though, is that at least one of the resident scientists is not what they seem.

Enter Corporate Representative, Dorian Suttler, “toe-cutter” extraordinaire. An arrogant, self-possessed narcissist who takes pleasure in others fear and discomfort.

Rather than being afraid of the aliens, he admires them....especially after they are freed by a rogue project.

Sit back and watch the body-count.

This book is very much as good as the original that started the whole thing. The suspense, the horror, the way it worms it’s way into your psyche and makes you look over your shoulder the further into the book you get.

....perfectly narrated by Michael Braun

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PTL REVIEW

  • By PTL on 06-07-2016

Well written and constructed police procedural

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

Reviewed: 30-08-2018

I enjoyed the story of the grizzled near retirement homicide cop and the newbie solving cold cases with political connections, but not the monotone of the narrator. It really grates after a while. A little inflection now and then would go a long way to improving the delivery.

Good story though.

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed!

  • By John on 26-02-2018

After his mysterious disappearance 25 years before, he returns to unburden himself on his former wife

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

Reviewed: 21-08-2018

Firstly, I found this story depressing as hell...very English.
This man returns after having run away from his family 25 years before to tell his former wife, whom he blames, why he left.
What he ends up with is a revelation to his stupidity.

Very well written, this is not just his story, but the story of those he left behind.

  • Nightshades

  • A Paranormal Thriller
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigations - the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades. Or vampires, as they're more widely known. Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It's up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it's too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful and well written

  • By Jazztyke on 25-06-2018

Suspenseful and well written

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

Reviewed: 25-06-2018

Really tight storyline, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Like all MFO’s books, it’s well written with engaging characters that draw you into the world she’s creating.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,926

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great hook, great narrator, little payoff

  • By AU Pete on 01-03-2018

Love the title...see little point in the content

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2018

This was a gift, and frankly, I wish the person who gave it to me had saved their money. Populist pap. If people had an ounce of commonsense these days they wouldn't go in for all this pop psychology nonsense.

My suggestion to anyone who needs this sort of 'self-help' would be to get your head out of your armpits, get over yourselves and just live your life! If you started living your own lives and stopped comparing it to some pie in the sky ideal you wouldn't have the time to navel gaze and feel inadequate.

  • Shadow Hunt

  • Disrupted Magic, Book 3
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

For years now, Scarlett Bernard has counted on two things: her ability to nullify magic, and Shadow, the bargest who guards Scarlett with her life. But after a sudden revelation turns Scarlett's world upside down, she panics and leaves town without warning, leaving Shadow with her partner, Jesse. In the chaos that follows, the bargest is stolen - and Jesse nearly dies from a brutal psychic assault. It seems that an old enemy has returned for revenge...and the attack on Shadow was only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I must find the next one to read

  • By Pamala Barnett on 17-08-2018

A cliffhanger.....fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 13-03-2018

This series is one of the best written of any genre I’ve ever read. It has it all, danger, action, adventure, a little romance without all the gory details (I’m a great believer in ‘less is more’) and the supernatural.

I’m anxious now for the next book in this universe to find out what happens next.

If you like a good riveting well written and well narrated book then this is for you. A good strong storyline with characters you can embrace.

  • The Gargoyle Gets His Girl

  • Nocturne Falls, Volume 3
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Willa Iscove, fae jeweler, has her first stalker. Really, he's just one of her lovesick customers. The ring she crafted to help him find new love has backfired, making Willa the object of his affections. In a bid to rid herself of her amorous client, Willa makes a wish in the Nocturne Falls fountain using the piece of opal in her pocket and in doing so, unknowingly conscripts as her guardian the sexy gargoyle on duty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky and fun

  • By Jazztyke on 04-01-2018

Quirky and fun

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

Reviewed: 04-01-2018

We’ve all read the synopsis so I won’t bore you with that. Suffice to say whether you read these books or listen to them, they always finish before the reader is ready to let go of the characters.

Each book is basically a romance with a suspenseful twist of its own. The plots aren’t predictable although they do run to a formula of their own.

If you want a nice read that will hold your interest to the last word, then buy and read these.

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Such a disappointment

  • By Lauren on 19-10-2018

How rampaging flamingos gave Margot true love.

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

Reviewed: 23-11-2017

Margot is an event planner whose last event in Chicago goes terribly awfully wrong. Flamingos and shrimp were involved and it turned ugly.

Now unemployed and pretty much unemployable in her chosen profession the only choice left to her is with the extended family whom she’s been estranged from since she was a baby.

Margot is about to enter a ‘brave new world’ in Georgia.

....but it turns out to be not so bad.

Loved this book. From Molly Harper’s down home prose and quirky, very loveable characters, to Amanda Ronconi’s fantastic narration it’s a funny, heartwarming way to spend a few hours. Guaranteed.

  • The Fix

  • Amos Decker, Book 3
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Amos Decker, David Baldacci's unique special agent, who suffered a head injury that resulted in giving him the gift of a remarkable memory together with a condition called synaesthesia, takes on another case in The Fix. Walter Dabney is a family man. A loving husband and the father of four grown daughters, he's built a life many would be proud of. But then the unthinkable happens. Standing outside the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, Dabney shoots schoolteacher Anne Berkshire in cold blood....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Anonymous User on 29-07-2018

Tight well written thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-05-2017

Excellent engrossing thriller, well written and perfectly dramatised by the Narrators.

Narrators can make or break a story and Brewer and Cassidy were spot on from the beginning of the book to the last page. I don't think I've ever been able to give any other narrator/s as glowing a recommendation as that before.

To the story......Spies, Federal Agents, double agents, foreign intrigue and a murder start the ball rolling. And the listener has to run to keep up with it from there to the end.

The writer takes us on a journey full of the ebb and flow of intrigue and suspense and I for one enjoyed every word.

Buy it! You won't regret it.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic!

  • By Jacob on 23-01-2017

SciFi Adventure with lots of laughs

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

Reviewed: 17-04-2017

This is so well written, and narrated too. It isn't often I love the narrators on audiobooks, but RC Bray was born to narrate these stories. He really brings the story to life.

Which brings me to the story very well written by the very talented, funny Craig Alanson.

I laughed so much - aloud. I ended up drawing the rest of my family in because they all wondered what I was guffawing at. I do love a good laugh.

Basic premise.....Earth is invaded by 'hamster'-like creatures - and 'saved' by lizard-like creatures. Of course, the lizard's are a bit suss. Who's trusts a lizard after all?

....Our main character, Joe, is a 'grunt'in the US Army and his main claim to fame at this point is that he organised the people in his home town to capture a "Hamster", who he then hands over to the authorities. After this he gets promoted to Sargent and is ordered to help fight the lizards on another planet, where his talent for finding trouble really comes to the fore.

This book is a real ride, with high adventure, surprising twists and turns in the story and loads of laughs.

Do yourself a favour, buy the book, then lock yourself away for a day or a weekend and read it....then be prepared to buy the second book in the series - Spec Ops.

Cheers, and remember....."Reading is a textual experience" :D.