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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling collection of the entire best-selling Orbs series from New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith.

While training for a manned mission to Mars, Dr. Sophie Winston and her team of scientists find themselves cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped inside a biosphere deep within the confines of Cheyenne Mountain, Sophie and crew discover they are the survivors of a brutal alien invasion. But as they struggle to stay alive, they realize their safe haven is far from safe and that they must team up with other survivors around the world to defeat the aliens before it’s too late for humanity and the Earth.

©2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 Orbs I © 2013 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Orbs II © 2014 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Orbs III © 2015 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Orbs IV © 2018 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony J. Melchiorri (P)2021 by Blackstone Publishing

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Worth the credit, BUT...

This is the first time I've reviewed an audiobook with a rating other than 5 stars. Why? Because I only (until now) rate books I absolutely love. So why did I write a review for Orbs? Because overall the story and performance were very good (like the title states, "worth the credit"); however, there were a two glaringly painful aspects of this series which I felt compelled to address. Orbs is a conundrum to be sure.
First, and by far most egregious, is Bronson Pinchot's narration of the AI's. The A.I.'s in Orbs are supposed to be decades more advanced than anything we have today. Yet, even compared to Siri (Apple) and Alexa (Google), Pinchot's A.I. readings are needlessly exagerated and robotic, then minutes later, subdued, clunky and still robotic. His inflection and jerky cadence while reading the parts of Alexia, Eileen, and Sonia are downright offensive to the ears. It was as if Pinchot continually experimented with different ways to make the A.I.s as annoying as possible throughout all 4 books. Pinchot's tendency to drag out sporadic words and phrases as if they were cut and pasted from a phonetic word bank (like that meme of Obama singing "Call me maybe") will have you thinking he's got a mild case of Terets. I mean no offense to those who suffer from that particular syndrome. The comparison is apt nonetheless. Even worse is his Russian accent! I can't even explain how bad it is. In fact, you might want to drop the credit to hear just how atrocious it is! His rendition of the A.I.s and that God-awful accent is especially baffling when compared to his overall exemplary performance of the series (thankfully the vast majority of Pinchot's narration).
Second, while Smith and Melchiorri have created a compelling, mostly-original story with well developed characters, their characters' responses to extreme end-of-the-world stresses and situations are inconsistant AF. I don't mean each character reacts differently when experiencing the story's particular doomsday scenario, that's a given. I mean there are multiple occasions where a given character is cool as a cucumber one chapter, and the next, dramatic and histrionic as a bi-polar prom queen. The best, or worst, example of this is Imanual. One minute he's the logical level-headed scientist, the next he's Luke Skywalker when Darth Vader drops the "I'm your Father" bomb, "NOOOO! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!" Completely incredulous! Dude, pick a personality already.
So yes, the story and the performance need some work. BUT, many, if not most, aspects of this series make it well worth your time and money. The one character dynamic that makes all the cons I listed acceptable, or at least tolerable, is Jeff and David. I'll say this, if everyone had a big brother like Jeff, this world would be a much better place. Spend the credit. It's not everyday you listen to a series which leaves you thinking, "That was pretty bad, but I'll probably listen to it again in a year or two."🤣

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Love this apocalyptic sci-fi series!

Orbs is a great sci-fi apocalyptic series. It has aliens, AI, and a cast of compelling characters. The story pulled me in right away for the first 3 books. The author added a 4th book which answered a lot of questions! Highly recommended.

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Pretty damn good

This was Smith's first series and you can tell in some ways, but the ideas are what makes this series so good. There really isn't anything else out there like Orbs when it comes to alien invasions or first contact stories. If you like horror, action, and suspense, this is a great box set. All for one credit!

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great book one of my favorites

I really enjoyed all 4 books. the end is worth the wait
it seems like it goes really fast.

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Omg what a ride!

What can I say? Other than OMG! Good thing I kept my heart pills close. Because I am telling you that it was a heart pounding journey. From page one to the last word of book 4!

Better than the E ticket ride!

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a true test of endurance and will

Found myself cheering for the organics. So difficult to finish. The narration is abysmal and I found myself being more annoyed by the characters and their inability to make any rational decisions. Ignorant, emotionally driven scientists and arrogant marines pepper this tedious let down. Proceed w/caution as you cannot get your time back. post script: for the sake of humanity, Bronson Pinchot should never emulate another A.I. voice again.

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well-written Indepndence Day style story-Good Deal

narration was excelent. pacing of scenes very good, story zoomed along,hard to put down. too much combat for my personal taste, not enough character development. this was a 4 book set. some people developed combat & leadership skills, there was minimal romance but there isn't much about "our world may be over, how do I feel about this'?" other authors do better job at this aspect. still, overall, try it, you'll like it.

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Loved it

I really enjoyed having books 1-4 in a boxed set. The action was fast paced and easy to follow. Bronson Pinchot was exceptional!

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Absolutely Fantastic story!!

I loved all four! A must Read!! wish a movie was made! Wonderfully Read!!! LOVE!

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Similar to his other series

Orbs is very much like the Extinction series but that's OK because I liked that series as well. I don't really like blood and guts but this is fantasy. I doubt I'd read the or go to a movie based on the books but I did like listening to them.

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  • Chris Jenkins
  • 06-21-21

Prepare to have your eardrums damaged.

Probably the worst sound production/sound editing I've listened to. Impossible to listen to with earphones and almost impossible to listen to at a normal volume.

The narrator quickly changes from a normal volume when doing the descriptive narration to extremely loud shouting when voicing the male soldiers and scientists to a very quiet whisper when portraying the female characters and children.

In sections of the books where its full of action or with multiple characters talking in quick succession it makes it an extremely annoying and uncomfortable listen.

The story is great and is the only reason I have continued to listen as far as I have towards the end of book 3 but if another battle occurs and the narrator goes into a full on 'I'M SHOUTING THIS TO PORTRAY THE SENSE THAT ITS AN EXCITING PART' then I think I'll give up and return it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-27-22

entertaining listen

I found this book to be entertaining and the story to be captivating.and the narration was excellent.

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  • Richard
  • 03-18-22

wonderfully written with Fantastic narration

I loved this series from the beginning until the end, the story was captivating and action packed.
The narration was top class and an excellent example of brilliant voice acting.
I recommend this to everyone.

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  • Alex P
  • 06-25-21

Enjoyable series

Entertaining and very well performed! Bronson Pinchot is so good I forgot it was all read by one person.

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  • Austin
  • 10-17-21

Scriiiiitch! Scraaaatch!

I listened to all four books. That may eventually provide me with some personal psychological insight, or indicate some quality to the books. But I did ask myself wondering every few minutes why I was still listening.

This genre is escapism for me. I don’t expect too much. Maybe some imaginative science fiction with hopefully creative tactics, battles and wars.

First and foremost, this story fails in the science fiction department. The central premise is that this race of multidimensional aliens needs to, and can, travel faster than light speed to harvest water from other planets, carelessly destroying civilisations on their merry way.

This is silly in itself in that hydrogen and oxygen aren’t exactly the rarest elements in the universe and these guys do not lack the energy to put them together.

Then, rather than go for the oceans first, as any sensible water harvester would do, they decide that their first priority is to suck the living moisture out of every living terrestrial creature because every drop of water is so precious. Poor efficiency but lots of opportunities for vamparish critters that suck water rather than blood. (I guess there’s water in blood, but you get the idea.) Especially concerning though is how they get all that water into space and where do they store it. Maybe they dehydrate it?

I’ll ignore a lot of other inconsistencies with real or imagined physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and computer science, including glaringly, cryptography.

Then there’s the warfare…

We have the standard team of flawed yet heroic and exceptional American heroes who fight the aliens with resilience and standard issue infantry weapons. We also have a core of brilliant scientists with some token gender balancing. The rest of the world is represented by some bad AI accents, and the Chinese and Japanese teams, both of which get wiped out. Sorry folks.

Luckily, despite the aliens’ manifest abilities, their forces suffer from a single point of vulnerability which the humans get to exploit over and over again without the aliens exhibiting any learning curve. This leads to a far too long series of encounters with the humans mostly just scraping through except for the requisite tragic deaths. This gets boring by Book 4.

The performance is terrifying. The narrator yells way too much and these professional military types and cool professional scientists come across as screaming babies. (Note to the narrator: I’m pretty sure that the male name is “ee-man-well.” “Ee-man-u-elle” is the female equivalent.)

So, I’d encourage you to give this one a miss. There are much better mindless pursuits to enjoy!

(Why am I writing this?!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-21

Disappointing

I don't know how I stuck with this series all the way through, kept wanting to give up but hoping it would get better ........it doesn't. The story itself had promise but in the end I was getting angry at the characters because they were so pathetic and I found myself hoping they would be killed off and replaced with someone more interesting. Oh and then there is the naration, what is with all the yelling! Stop it! It hurt my ears. Maybe R C Bray could have saved this series but even his genius has limits. Go listen to Expeditionary Force, it's a million times better than this rubbish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-21

I tried

I really like the story and plotline in this series and would love to see the outcome but the delivery of the story is pretty sub par, the dialogue is borderline cringe, the narrator doesnt do it any favours, and I felt no emotions towards literally any of the characters to the point where im stopping an hour into book 2.

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  • Dermot
  • 08-14-21

frustrating: poor and frustrating science

I pushed through this just hoping that it would get better. the last book started seem better but maybe I was just numb to the stupidity and Bold and the Beautiful script.

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  • Craig
  • 07-29-21

Bad Narrator

The story is a little far fetched but that's the least of this series problems, the narration is a absolute mess, when he's talking normally it's fine but his depiction of the Ai's and his accents are just plain awful and really take away from the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-22

Loved it, I binged all 4 books.

Loved the Series, only thing I would add is when it changes scenes something to indicate this as I got a bit confused now and then, other then that I loved it.

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  • Ric
  • 10-25-21

Glad it was free

Stupid science, predictable plot, no relatable characters, repeatative combat (and those skreech scrape sound effect in evcery second paragraph had me tearing my hair out) and horrible voice accents (standard narration was OK but all the "characterisations" were abysmal). I am so glad I picked it up as a "free to members" download and didn't waste a perfectly good credit on getting it. If I wasn't so OCD about completing things that I start I would NEVER have gotten through it all - I wanted to give it up multiple times.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-12-21

2 books to many.

Started promising but lost me, skipped to the end during book 4. Characters seemed to get dumber at times to promote the story lines.
Narrator was quite annoying at times with characters yelling/screeching and emphasising words at the wrong times.
Oh and Scraaaatch Scraaaap gets really old!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-21

Started out with so much potential

and then everything became way too far fetched, too many holes in the storyline. performance was good, however, too much shouting for my liking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-22

Amazing story!

Awesome story with a amazing narration. The narrator has made sure I'll never forget the words "scratch, scrape" again. The whole story is a real roller coaster and I even cried happy tears at the end for so many different reasons, only one thing I'd change, alexia should have been a part of the prologue, it would have made me positively bawl out loud. Amazing!!!