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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (2790)
    Story
    (2794)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "One of the best stories I have ever heard!"
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    I do not usually read (or listen to) stories from this genre but I was pleasantly surprised! I cried, I laughed, and the narrator was able to pull me into the story so that I felt I was actually on the trail with Cheryl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1356)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Interesting!"
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    Well written and very realistic story. The writing is consistent and the character development is good. The narrator is pretty good. I personally prefer a narrator who sounds like they are telling the story rather than reading it from a script (the latter seems to be the case here) but this narrator has a nice, smooth voice and his character voice tones are believable (no weird, irritating, or squeaky female voices). Overall, I am enjoying this book and will have no problem finishing the series (4 books in all so far).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery # 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3749)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1908)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.

    Anne says: "Telepathic barmaid, shapeshifters, vampires!"
    "Audio issues but still a great addition to series"
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    Another fantastic addition to the Southern Vampire series. However, something seemed to be wrong with the audio and/or narration this time. Sookie seemed to lose some of her southern accent in this book and I could hear the narrator swallowing frequently. It was pretty distracting. This shouldn't prevent you from listening to the book though. I'm picky when it comes to narration and if you can get past the somewhat minor audio issues the story is 100% worth a credit! I just hope Johanna is back on track for book #6 because the 1st four books were read perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Situation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eloise J. Knapp
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (367)

    When the end finally occurred, everything about it was cinematic. The dead came back and ate people, civilization collapsed, and no one could do a thing. But Cyrus V. Sinclair couldn’t care less; he’s a sociopath. Amidst the chaos, Cyrus sits back and contemplates the gore stained streets and screams of his fellow man with little more emotion than one of the walking corpses. With his cache of guns and MREs, he rather likes the idea of hunkering down in his Seattle apartment while the world ends outside.

    Robert says: "Unique Zombie Tale"
    "I'm buying Book #2 soon as I submit this review!"
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    I wasn't sure about this one but reluctantly started to listen. It wasn't long before I was hooked. The narrator, Kevin T. Collins does a fantastic job breathing life into the characters. The story line brings an interesting perspective & point of view. I'm buying book 2 as soon as I click submit on this review!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7476)
    Performance
    (7111)
    Story
    (7123)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "A Great Story with Perfect Narration!"
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    I was reluctant to start this audible because it is not my usual genre, however I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! The story is well written. Even though there are tons of science details I had never heard of before and some strong language (in my opinion these details, as well as the cursing, were crucial to the story), the story was easy to follow and there was not a dull moment anywhere in the book. There was loads of action and even quite a bit of humor. The main character was a hoot despite his dire circumstances. I have to give the narrator, R. C. Bray a 5 star, double thumbs up. He breathed life into the characters with his very pleasant and interesting voice. His reading style kept me hooked! I'll be looking for more of his work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (1730)
    Story
    (1739)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "My New Favorite :-)"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Remaining the most enjoyable?

    The story was well written, the character development was very good, and the narrator is one of the best I've heard. His female voices are not cheesy at all and his tone of perfect. Story and voice draws the listener into that world...I seriously feel like I should have an M-14 strapped to my back right now, patrolling for infected humans...(haha)


    What other book might you compare The Remaining to and why?

    I would compare it to Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo, even though the take on Zombies is quite different and this has a much more military theme.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    Capt. Lee of course :-)


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

    Yes, I devoured every book in there series, one right after the other.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hoping & praying & hoping some more that The Remaining "Trust" is released on Audible very, very soon since the ebook release date is March 25, 2014. Please put a RUSH on this one Audible!!! :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1100)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Love the Narrator & Like the Author"
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    Would you listen to A Little Night Magic again? Why?

    I would be willing to listen to the next book in the series.


    What other book might you compare A Little Night Magic to and why?

    I would compare this series to the Molly Harper series' "Nice Girls" & "Naked Werewolf" (also narrated by Amanda Ronconi). Though IMHO this series is lacking a little in comparison.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all of Amanda's narrations! She performs this book in the same manner as all of her others. She has a way of bringing life to the characters and reads like she is speaking to you, not just reading a script.


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

    Yes, and I did just that :-)


    Any additional comments?

    More please!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (892)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "You will not regret spending a credit..."
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    I just finished listening to the Zombie Fallout series and I was finding myself reluctant to begin a series that has Michael Talbot doing anything but killing Zombies...I mean, aliens? Seriously? Oh Come On!!! However...my doubts were completely unfounded. This series is absolutely fantastic! Just as good as Zombie Fallout and Lycan Fallout. I definitely feel this book was well worth the credit spent. Also, there is something special about the Mark Tufo/Sean Runnette SUPER DUO. Anything they produce together is nothing short of magical :-) and I would be more than willing to spend a credit just to listen to Sean Runnette narrate Mark Tufo's grocery list! So stop reading reviews and just click the confirm button. Your search is over...you will not regret purchasing this audible!!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1022)

    Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

    Teddy says: "Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!"
    "Yay! One of my favorite characters is BACK!!"
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    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen again? Why?

    Yes, I will eventually listen to this entire series again...because it is JUST THAT GOOD!


    What did you like best about this story?

    John the Tripper is BACK!


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

    No other person on the face of the planet could read this story like Sean Runnette does. The story is great, definitely one of my favs, but Sean's voice really brings the characters to life. Tufo & Runnette are a SUPER DUO!


    Any additional comments?

    The ending confused me a bit because it was so abrupt. But the extra Talbot entries helped ease my pain :-)

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

    Mike Naka says: "imagine howard stern as a vampire"
    "Going to the top of my fav's list!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have already recommended this book, actually the entire series, to all of my friends and family!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is light and funny. There was never a dull moment and the geeky humor had me laughing out loud in public (which resulted in many curious glances from bystanders).


    What about Christopher John Fetherolf’s performance did you like?

    Mr Fetherolf is also going to the top of my favorite narrators list, just under Sean Runnette, Grover Gardener, and Amanda Ronconi!!


    Who was the most memorable character of Bill the Vampire and why?

    Well it is Bill, of course!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I truly loved this book, the story, the characters and the narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1755)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Entertaining!"
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    What did you love best about My Life as a White Trash Zombie?

    The characters are very interesting and quite funny. It is a great new take on the Zombie scene. Beware if you are sensitive to profanity because Angel swears like a sailor, however, I felt it did not detract from the story at all and actually added to it.


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

    The narrator is actually very good and her accent lends a realistic voice to the characters in the story.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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