Live or Die: The Complete Trilogy

  • by J.A. Hawkings
  • Narrated by Marcio Catalano
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This edition is the complete trilogy of Live or Die.
The aliens have arrived!
Their first message is one of peace, but can they be trusted?
This is the story of the first contact between humanity and the civilization of another world, with all of the uncertainty, questions, deceptions, curiosity, fears, and ethical problems that it raises. But it is also the story of a huge spaceship in orbit around the Earth; and the diary of a government agent whose mission is to thwart the alien conquest.
The plot revolves around artificially intelligent beings, nuclear threats, virtual simulations, the mysterious origins of an alien civilization and government agents whose lives hang by a thread. The inescapable fate of the human race will be shaped by these, along with the power of love between a man and a woman.
What if, for a moment, the fate of the Earth was in the hands of a single individual?
What if the survival of one person could upset the future of two worlds?
And what if dying was preferable to living?
Live or Die - Trilogy:
Book 1: Betelgeuse or Alpha Orionis
Book 2: The Reawakening
Book 3: The Choice


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Customer Reviews

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Very Unique ~ Unlike Any Sci-Fi I've Listened too!

I love a good Sci-Fi, but I'll admit this story is unlike any typical Sci-Fi I'm used to reading. It wasn't really a Sci-Fi opera or even a military Sci-Fi; however, overall I did like it, and think if you a true fan of Sci-Fi, then you will probably enjoy this trilogy.

Looking over other the reviews, it appears there were several comments about book one. Book one it's told in six parts but the first two are very different.

Part 1 - Diary format following characters that were placed underground from June 3 to September 11th and during this time earth is invaded by aliens. Two of the main characters Siroio and Namiko start develop a relationship and communicate by video.

Part II - Is told from the spaceship Alpha Orionis on-board log which details the most recent events but is mainly in a code like format - very different.

Part III - IV This is where the book starts to pull together the events from part I and II and becomes more like your typical story telling. By the end of book one, earth has been invaded and suffered a lot of human losses and these losses were a result of an error from one of the alien races on the spaceship Alpha Orionis. They've assisted earth with rebuilding.

Siroio and Namiko have fallen in love and moved in together; however, due to a medical condition Namiko is in a comma and her outlook is very grim. The first officer, Eldgh, on the Alpha Orionis offers to save Namiko by sneaking her onboard their ship when they leave earth, but she will the only person allowed to leave. Siroio agrees for Namiko to leave so she can be saved.

There's a lot going on in the story and the plot is full of kinds of twist. Book two picks but by book three, I was really into the story. I loved and hated the ending.... in a good way. :-)

I noticed there were mixed reviews on the narrator; however, I think he did an awesome job. Since this story is told from multiple alien races, he used a voice that you would associate with a logical thinking alien being. In my copy of the audiobook, there were many repeats, where you could hear a finger snapping sound, and that segment would be repeated. This may be annoying to some but showed me how hard the narrator worked to perfect the narration.

I was torn between giving the story a three or four star. Ultimately, I settled on three stars for the story. Overall, I did like the story, but there were times throughout the story, where it just was not holding my attention and I would stop listening and come back to the story later. However, due to the narrators efforts and how the story really came together in book three, I'm giving the book an overall four stars.

This is a story, I don't think would be a good fit for everyone; however, if you enjoy Sci-Fi stories, and are not expecting the typical military or opera Sci-Fi, then you'll want to add this story to your collection of Sci-Fi's because it is a both different and decent. One thing I do not like is for someone to get a story in genre they do not like and then give it a one star.

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast dot com.

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- Cheri "Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!"

The aliens have arrived!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If my friend liked this genre, then yes I would. I received this audio book without asking for it, yet I really appreciate the offer, just not my cup of tea.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Live or Die: The Complete Trilogy?

I think the moment I remember most was the scene where the hero had to decide to let his love die or never see her again.

What does Marcio Catalano bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent Narrator!! I could listen to his voice day and night. Many narrators are dull, making me think that they would rather be doing something else and many other narrators are pleasant but not too memorable. I will remember Marcio, he put in 110%. He put so much emotion and "acting" into his voice that it was like watching a movie in my mind.

Was Live or Die: The Complete Trilogy worth the listening time?

After the fact, yes I am glad I listened to it. Not my genre of books that I read.

Any additional comments?

For the author, narrator, or publisher. I kept hearing a click and the last sentence was repeated. This happened many times, FYI

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- Brenda Wolfe "I am retired & when not sleeping am reading or listening to a book. I multi task so when I am on the computer I always listen to a book."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2016
  • Publisher: Bandini Gianluca Ranieri