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Audiobook Review: Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances By Timothy Zahn
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Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances

Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances
Hardcover | Kindle | Audible
Sequel to Star Wars: Thrawn Book 1
Written by Timothy Zahn
Audiobook narrated by Marc Thompson
Publisher: Del Rey Books | Random House Audio
Release Date: July 24, 2018

Ever since the 1991 release of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, I have maintained that Grand Admiral Thrawn could be the best bad guy to ever grace the Star Wars universe. Even badder than Darth Vader. After author Timothy Zahn closed out the Thrawn trilogy of books – which also includes Dark Force Rising and The Last Command – I have been chomping on the bit for more Thrawn love.

Not only did I get no additional love, I had what I’d grown to love practically ripped out from under me as Thrawn and all the other characters introduced in the Expanded Universe of books and comics were declared non-canon by Lucasfilm. I was heartbroken.

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Audiobook Review: Angel Catbird By Margaret Atwood
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Angel Catbird
Audiobook
Written by Margaret Atwood
Narrated by‎ Kyra Harper,‎ Allegra Fulton,‎ Christo Graham,‎ Julie Le Mieux,‎ David Calderisi,‎ Michael Cash,‎ Andrew Jackson
Audible Studios
Release Date: February 13, 2018

I’m no stranger to audiobooks, but I dare say few have been in radio play format. I wanted to call Angel Catbird a radio drama but that would be a misnomer. For while it embodies the same concepts at its core, there was little dramatic about it. Words I would use instead include hilarious, rollicking, and ludicrous. It was almost off-putting at first for I had never read one of author Margaret Atwood‘s comics before, instead having consumed her novels in the past. As I listened longer, however, I found it quite amusing and even began to laugh while the audiobook played out.

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Apple’s Homepod Smart Speaker Is Coming… But Is It Too Late?
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Apple Homepod

Earlier this week Apple announced that their smart home speaker, the Homepod, will go on sale in stores beginning on February 9th. Pre-orders begin this week.

The story of the Homepod has been a strange one given Apple’s history. Recall that Apple created both the modern consumer digital music market in 2003 with iTunes and then, eight years later they launched the voice assistant game with their 2011 introduction of Siri. Given these milestones and a history of building some of the best hardware in modern consumer technology. It’s a shame they’re so late to this voice speaker game.

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Listen: ‘Futurama’ Radio Play “Radiorama” With Full Voice Cast
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Futurama Radio Play "Radiorama"

We’ve been seeing quite a bit of Futurama lately, which is wonderful but also a little surprising considering that the show officially ended…yet again…in 2013 when Comedy Central pulled the plug after another run of episodes. First there was that live-action fan film, which didn’t feature the stars of the animated series but was still an impressive accomplishment. Then came word of a new mobile game called Worlds of Tomorrow, which would not only deliver new animation but also reunite the voice cast. Not the new seasons of episodes everyone desperately wishes some network or streaming service will order someday, but it was something to hold us over!

Now comes another Futurama treat. To help promote that very same mobile game, a double episode of the show was produced in collaboration with Nerdist. In order to make this happen, they bypassed all the time and money necessary to animate episodes, and instead made it a radio play featuring the voice cast of the show. Click over to give it a listen. You can also find a bonus behind the scenes video below, which features various members of the voice cast talking about the lasting appeal of Futurama and will no doubt make you wish the show was back even more than you already do.

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Audiobook Spotlight: Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
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Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
Hardcover | Kindle | Digital Audiobook | Audio CD
Written by James Luceno
Read by Jonathan Davis
Del Rey | Random House Audio
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Welcome, one and all to my very first Audiobook Spotlight! With the theatrical release of Star Wars: Rogue One just days away, I wanted to make sure you know there is an amazing audiobook that’s out and ready to bridge the prequels and the original trilogy. Written by James Luceno and read by Jonathan Davis, Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel is an unabridged recording of the novel, so you won’t miss a single detail from the story. The great thing about listening to a book, rather than reading one, is that you can multitask and accomplish other things like chores, workouts, or homework! I prefer to listen to them while driving, but make sure you’re not one of those really passionate readers who gets so into the story that you forget what you’re doing! Here at Geeks Of Doom, we support Safe Audiobook Consumption.

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Black Metal Friday: Forteresse ‘Thèmes Pour la Rébellion’ (Full Album)
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Forteresse Band Photo

I don’t usually feature entire albums for Black Metal Friday, but Forteresse‘s Thèmes Pour la Rébellion is so good throughout that I couldn’t pick just one track to share with you. It is a towering work of art that should be enjoyed as a whole, so that’s what I’m giving you.

Thèmes Pour la Rébellion is the Quebec band’s fifth full length album since their beginning in 2006. The record is already landing on many critics “Best of 2016 so far” lists. It’s definitely in the running for my top black metal album of the year. I urge you to check it out below.

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Massive Metal Monday: Kvelertak “1985”
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Kvelertak Band Photo

Norwegian band Kvelertak have been known to jump around, genre wise throughout their ten year career.They have played everything from hardcore to black and roll. But no one could have anticipated the curve ball that they have just thrown with the release of the first single from their upcoming third album Nattesferd.

Check it out below.

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‘Doctor Who’: Trailer For David Tennant’s Return As Tenth Doctor
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Doctor Who David Tennant, Catherine Tate

Though David Tennant has long since departed his role as the Tenth Doctor on the long running series Doctor Who, it doesn’t mean he can’t still reunite with the character from time to time, just as he did for the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.”

Tennant is reprising his role as Doctor number ten for a trio of audio dramas that are set to be released in May of this year. Joining him for this will also be Catherine Tate as his companion Donna Noble.

A lengthy trailer for the three episodes has been released. You can check it out and read more about what they’ll be about below.

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Black Metal Friday: Deathspell Omega “Drink The Devil’s Blood”
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Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice, the third full length album by mysterious French black metal unit Deathspell Omega, is considered by many experts to be one of the best black metal albums of the twenty first century. The double record, which was released in 2004, takes its name from the inscription on the tomb of famed British architect Christopher Wren at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London (which he designed). It translates to “If you seek his monument, look around you.”

The album marked a radical departure for the band as they began to move away from straight black metal and into experimenting with more avant-garde and progressive elements. It is also the first entry in their trilogy dealing with the relationship between God, the devil, and man. The second and third records are Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum (2007) and Paracletus= (2010).

Todays Black Metal Friday track is one of the many standout moments from Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice. This is “Drink the Devil’s Blood.”

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Massive Metal Monday: Behemoth “Hello Space Boy” (David Bowie Cover)
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Behemoth Band Photo

As the world continues to reel from the loss of visionary rock icon David Bowie, who succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 69 on January 10, 2016, we here at GoD thought it appropriate to devote today’s Massive Metal Monday to a very metal cover of one of his tunes.

You can check it out below.

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