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Todd

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  • The End Has Come and Gone: Zombie Fallout, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1568)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1463)

    So continues Mike's journey. Will he give up all that he is in a desperate bid to save his family and friends? Eliza is coming: can anyone be prepared?

    Teddy says: "What a twisted web we weave...."
    "It's moving...."
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    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    This particular story starts a new chapter in the story... Though it doesn't really make sense....


    What other book might you compare The End Has Come and Gone to and why?

    The last book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator is improving.. but I still feel like he doesn't emote correctly in tense situations.


    Do you think The End Has Come and Gone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well yes, in that it is intentionally written with a cliffhanger.... But I think the books are just stalling the conclusion. The author wants to keep this going to make more money. Unlike Dresdyn or other stories with an overlaying plot and a story plot, this author doesn't do that. He now has one main plot and is trying to come up with reasons to extend the story. . . So every blade of grass becomes important. Creating new problems.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're this far in the series... Book 5 gets good. Book 4 is kinda an F' you to the reader... It sets up to be something big but just wastes time.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1489)

    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"
    "Even Numbers are Better Like Star Trek Movies"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is just a big setup for the next book.


    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Quit coming up with reasons to stall the plot. Add more content and less situations that just drop off in the next book. I get it more books more money... but this one was a big snoozer.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    This narrator has grown on me. He found a good balance between his accent and the accent of different characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zombie Fallout 5?

    The middle of the book we get into another... We're trapped here.... lets save these people.... OH wait we're split up.... now lets re find everyone....


    Any additional comments?

    You can listen to the first 1/4th of the book and last 1/4 of the book and won't lose anything in the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5615)
    Performance
    (4082)
    Story
    (4082)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "New Favorite in Series"
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    If you could sum up Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12 in three words, what would they be?

    Series Game Changer


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is so much going on. It never slows down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *SPOILERS!* YOU'VE BEEN WARNED! * I liked when Harry has to decide which of 3 horrible options he must choose to save his daughter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A wizard who will risk everything to save his daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    This may be my new favorite in the series. So many awesome twists...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2114)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1974)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Sequals Are Not Always Bad"
    "Same Protagonist new ZOMBIES!"
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    Would you listen to A Plague Upon Your Family again? Why?

    No, while its a good book it relies a lot on suspense and "what will we do now" moments. Once those are revealed it loses some of its replay-ability.


    What other book might you compare A Plague Upon Your Family to and why?

    I really do not know? It's a survivalist post apocalyptic book with zombies....


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I know the character is from New England but his accent becomes distracting when it comes from most characters. You can tell he's exaggerating the times he's trying to cover it up.


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

    No..... there are some lulls . .. . Also a lot of flashes to different places, times, or thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    I hear the 3rd book is the best... This one was better than the first... but I am not hooked yet. They get one last shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (2408)
    Performance
    (2248)
    Story
    (2256)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Back Stories better than series?"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter Nemesis again? Why?

    I would, but likely it won't be until closer to the next release of the main story. There are alot of Easter Eggs that show up later on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Nemesis?

    The ending... I know it's very trite to say.... But the last chapter really is great.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Franks.... Duh...


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

    There is a great bit of stockholme syndrome that I did not see coming!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read this book out of order. TOO MANY SPOILERS!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5082)
    Performance
    (3862)
    Story
    (3873)

    In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

    Donna says: "Intrigue in The White Court"
    "White Night is Pretty Good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book does further the series but isn't it's best.


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

    The way Harry gets himself out of the final conflict great and unexpected.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He has embodied the characters wonderfully.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wizard action amazement!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13541)
    Performance
    (11888)
    Story
    (11939)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "SO MUCH BLEH!?"
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    What did you like best about A Dance with Dragons? What did you like least?

    George RR MARTIN does further the story with this installment. Much like his other books some stories are AWESOME! Others are just plain boring.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was an ending? IT had no impact on me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dragons are finally becoming more prominent.


    Did A Dance with Dragons inspire you to do anything?

    It made me rethink how I spent the last 40 + hours of my life.


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard to deal with this series. IT is very very descriptive. . . which is fine... but some of the side stories just are BORING.... I am usually a fan of unabridged not here.... The TV series is doing a better job at trimming the fat then the audio books. Listen if you have time.

    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
    (3179)
    Performance
    (2969)
    Story
    (2976)

    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.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "A Lot of Side Notes?"
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    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting take on zombies...


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the acknowledgement of zombies being in our culture before the invasion.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Runnette?

    Probably not. . He doesn't do a bad job, but the east coast accent kills me.


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

    I listened to half the book in one day while painting my deck. . . I was able to put it down easily. There are too many asides in this novel. It is a bit like listening to an episode of "Family Guy". One thing will happen then you'll have two minutes of irrelevant exposition.


    Any additional comments?

    I will give this series one more novel before I quit. The zombies are interesting. The writing style isn't great for me...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4968)
    Performance
    (3785)
    Story
    (3792)

    No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

    Carrie says: "I want more of Harry!"
    "Death Mask's Logical Sequel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Small Favor to be better than the print version?

    I am an auditory learner. . . This is my third favorite in the series! It starts add to the "Death Masks" legend.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Favor?

    I never get tierd of Bob the Skull. His changing fancies are always amusing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A request for a doughnut.


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

    I'm not very emotional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5653)
    Performance
    (4349)
    Story
    (4343)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "Like Zombies and Wizards? Try this!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've been hooked on this series since a friend recommended it. This is one of my favorites from the series thus far. Each of these stories can be read as stand alone, but are better appreciated when you listen to the series. (I started on book 3 and was fine.) This story has is one where Harry is put against necromancers.... It also has a lot of Bob the Skull (my favorite character.) Definitely worth a listen. . ..


    What other book might you compare Dead Beat to and why?

    This book is Harry potter meets, 40's detective story, meets evil dead.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Bob the Skull.... James is very convincing as a performer for both men and women... But with Bob he uses his own accent and gets to be completely inappropriate. It always is a laugh.


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

    Towards the end a method of transportation is awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    IF you're new to the series, I've been told book 3 is where to start... SO I started there... and may go back to 1 and 2 later on... CHECK IT OUT!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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