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Greg

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Run: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (381)

    Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state. Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold. Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace. Two days ago the killers began to mobilize. Yesterday all the power went out. Tonight....

    Paula says: "A Very Good Thriller!"
    "Run: a poor title but great book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good story, good voice acting which made a great tense book. The pacing was good and kept me on the edge of my earbuds. It left you just long enough to gasp for air before you dived back in.


    What other book might you compare Run to and why?

    The Cell by Stephen King and The Day of the triffids by John Wyndham. Similar premise as the cell with half the world turning against itself. It reminds me of day of the triffids because of the meteor shower.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    I liked how he performed the bit players in this book it really made me feel like each one was different.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (266)

    299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

    Jan says: "Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase..."
    "Schizophrenic father lives survivalist fantasy"
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    Would you try another book from Glen Tate and/or Kevin Pierce?

    yes and yes.


    If you’ve listened to books by Glen Tate before, how does this one compare?

    I have not


    What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

    Yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Rental/Netflix


    Any additional comments?

    I am drawn to this book and infuriated by it at the same time. If you took an outside view of this you could see that perhaps this man is having a mid-life crisis with a new onset of schizophrenia which would be rare but the protagonist is hearing voices(?god, the deep majestic voice just sort of insinuates that).

    The rhetoric gets pretty rough in places against anyone leaning left/government employees and borders on James Rawles territory. If you are NOT a god fearing, gun toting republican in this series you are a angry simpering moron who is also paradoxically able to manifest a great conspiracy to take all the guns/police state.

    I can't entirely explain my like for the book thou, I guess it is because the author pulls the characters back at some points making them seem more realisitic and the collapse itself is fairly realistic, with just this slow fall into chaos. Some of the characters are engaging and the protagonists back story really does lend itself to the his later decisions which helps you empathize with him.

    I can guarantee thou if he told his doctor/wife that he was hearing voices and the voices were making him more paranoid and wanted him to gather firearms; the book would of ended with him just being heavily medicated and a quick stay up on a psych ward.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End: A Post Apocalyptic Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By G. Michael Hopf
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (216)

    For Gordon Van Zandt, life was one of duty and loyalty to his country, so when 9/11 happened he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This youthful idealism soon vanished, one fateful day in a war torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past, but must now face a new reality thrust upon him and his family.

    North America, Europe, and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack that has caused catastrophic damage

    Jan says: "So Dissapointed"
    "Tea Party wet dream"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Guys with tea hanging off their hats.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Red Mars, time for something different.


    What about Joseph Morton’s performance did you like?

    It was good and helped the story where it could.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, Disappointment, Face Palming


    Any additional comments?

    Just so we are clear I actually liked James Wesley Rawles "Patriots" but this book makes Patriots look like a fair balance piece. Their is a scene in the book after the protagonist shoots a man dead for looting, while he is looting which is fine but he is caught and made to face justice but the community rallies behind the protagonist Gordon and sets him free. The American redoubt would have a hard time getting behind that.

    I would like to think of this story more as a man's descent into madness and banditry; where this is how Gordon justifies to himself his poor decisions and how he deludes himself from his bankrupt morality.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Plaguesville, USA

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jim LaVigne
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    The global outbreak of a new strain of virus wiped out over 99% of the population. The lone hope rests on the slim, unready shoulders of Dr. Justin Kaes and a small team of specialists from the Center for Disease Control. The researchers have discovered a cure for the plague in the blood of a cantankerous 102 year old. But there's one minor problem: the old man couldn't care less whether humanity lives or dies. And he most certainly doesn't feel like going on a road trip to sunny California.

    Bryan says: "Excellent Audio Book"
    "Genericville. Mad Max if it was bad."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Teresa Character was garbage. This book just seemed very schizophrenic/manic to me just jumping from one thing to another without really binding any of them together. The Characters never really developed or changed. It could use a little less comic book feel to it and use a dash more realism.


    Has Plaguesville, USA turned you off from other books in this genre?

    nope


    Which character – as performed by Fleet Cooper – was your favorite?

    Old man Lambert


    Could you see Plaguesville, USA being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, In the proud tradition of hollywood blandness it could stand shoulder to shoulder with Xena, Hercules, Star Trek Voyager, Stargate: Atlantis and Revolution.


    Any additional comments?

    Bland, generic, clichéd, common, conventional, cornball, cornfed, corny, dull as dishwater, dumb, everyday, flat, hackneyed, ho hum, hokey, humdrum, insipid, mundane, old hat, ordinary, pabulum, pedestrian, platitudinous, square, stale, stereotyped, stock, stupid, tired, tripe, trite, unimaginative, unoriginal, vapid, watery, wishy-washy and just "Meh".

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (526)

    A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

    Mike Naka says: "pretty good zombie story"
    "Great Zombie Fiction"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead of Night to be better than the print version?

    Yes because its hard to read during a commute


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead of Night?

    The beginning scenes with the mortuary and the hunt through the woods.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The coffee shop scene where the escaped zombie murder enters the starbucks and is left to your imagination mostly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just good fiction


    Any additional comments?

    Should be a movie, Lead character was a little over the top at the end but what the hell I liked resident evil too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (637)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Classic Fiction at its best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend and I have I enjoyed the characters, the plot and just dated feel of it. I know that's strange but I like being taken back to a different time period by reading old sci-fi like this, you can almost taste the polyester and hairspray. I also enjoyed the structure and the background of the aliens with their culture.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Footfall?

    The falling of the foot.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    it was good and easy to understand


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Good sci-fi, Also loved Lucifers Hammer

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (499)

    The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

    Garth says: "Not for my demographic"
    "Could've been better"
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    What would have made The First Days better?

    I just felt the book was just filler in between two covers. The main character I just couldn't get into, I enjoyed the abused housewife character that should of been more explored and centralized. This book just lacked something to me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something better, maybe a repeat of


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

    good voice acting ?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in time I will never get back


    Any additional comments?

    I would look into the morning star strain, day by day armageddon, or even One Second After by William R. Forstchen.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

    Lindsay says: "Enjoy the story and forget the politics"
    "a"
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    Would you try another book from John Ringo and/or Dan John Miller?

    I would be wary of buying another one of John Ringo's books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The beating of the RIGHT WING RHETORIC drum was too strong in this book. I'm a moderate conservative and some of his Ringo's views about the economy and how people act were just wrong. It also had a little too much of making every bad guy a pedophile a little too much for me. Plenty of bad people don't have to rape children to be evil. Cough *Rambo V* cough.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle of the iran depot was one of my favourite scenes.


    Could you see The Last Centurion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Mini-Series told like


    Any additional comments?

    Great books, less politics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2424)
    Performance
    (1618)
    Story
    (1617)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "Dinosaurs and Destroyermen"
    Overall

    This book is just "Fun". They have combined two of my childhood loves which were dinosaurs and WWII weaponry and made it into a adventure romp with no equal in recent memory. The book reminds me a bit of the The "Final Countdown" but with non of the moral questions about should we interfere in another peoples history. They have a destroyer and they are going to blow up some "Grick" Spanish galleons. Fun characters but a bit stereotypical, from the Wise captain to the gentle giant deck ape Sylvan. The characters do develope more as they hit the later books. In closing I have to say fun read and couldnt reccomend it more.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1166)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "I've Listened to worst"
    Overall

    This book is more like a guideline or a instructional novel on survivalism. Parts of this book I enjoyed which is why I slogged through it, all the planning and some of the theories of what causes the collapse seem pretty good. The parts that disturb me are the crazy tea bag stuff like communist cannibals, raping UN troops and just some of the behaviors of people. Their was also the 45 minute rant on why you dont need a license to drive that just hurt my head. The book basically just ends with a tea bagger wet dream, which really disapoints me. I did enjoy the characters in the book and the planning stuff on electricity production and food production. So in closing I have listened to worst.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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