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Colleen

I'm an avid reader/listener, a disabled Navy veteran, an MBA student at University of Phoenix, and a wife & mother of 4 children.

Terre Haute, IN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    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
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2851)
    Performance
    (2704)
    Story
    (2707)

    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 plainold ""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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1219)

    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
    (959)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (872)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (676)

    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.

    Mark says: "Not anywhere near as good as the zombie series"
    "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!!!

    2 of 3 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
    (741)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (710)

    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.

    Naomi says: "I'm afraid to say it..."
    "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
  • 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
    (1088)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1014)

    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".

    Noell says: "I want more and so will you!! *Spoilers*"
    "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
  • Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1166)

    In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

    Teddy says: "Feels like Tufo was Stalling"
    "Best Zombie Story Ever!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout 5 to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Sean Runnette has given Michael a voice. Reading in print just wouldn't be the same. Besides, I'm much more productive when listening to books rather than vegetating on the couch for hours.


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

    Yes! I listened non-stop with only short breaks for sleeping.


    Any additional comments?

    Sean Runnette is not just a book reader...he is a true story teller! His voices for different characters are excellent and he never gets the "creepy or irritating" women's voice when portraying a female character. Best narrator & author combo ever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2626)
    Performance
    (2459)
    Story
    (2465)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Awesome Zombie Story & Best Narrator Ever!"
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    I haven't enjoyed a zombie book so much since reading "Dust" by Joan Francis Turner. Fantastic story, very well written. The problem I have with many audio books is that I have a hard time adjusting to the narrators voice. Some are better than others but it always just sounds like somebody is reading a script. The narrator for Zombie Fallout, Sean Runnette, does not sound like he is reading a script...he is actually telling me a story, like he is talking to me and not just reading. Best narrative I have ever heard! And funny...omg... so much humor!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2582)
    Performance
    (2251)
    Story
    (2249)

    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.

    Melinda says: "Amazing Undertaking--Good Book"
    "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

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