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Brenda

Midland, Tx, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1372)

    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"
    "Love ther series"
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    Okay, I admit some people think my sense of 'literature' is a little warped but I loved this whole series. By #5 the story is getting a little out of control but Sean Runnette stays in character so well and the humor interspersed with the horror sells the story that I will get #6 when it is released. By that one I may be through with zombie stories but if they were all as good as these, maybe not!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "I wanted to like it more"
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    The story is so credible an apocalyptic event and not badly performed, it was just frustrating that 'The Man' seemed kind of dense sometimes and I had to make myself stay with the story..the temptation to just turn it off and start another book was strong but other reviews were really positive so I kept thinking it would get better..it didn't.
    The narrator had a pleasant voice but he definitely is a narrator, not a performer. I felt that he could have been reading any story, about anything and he still would have sounded the same..not monotone, but not much inflection either.
    I felt no emotional involvement in the story, even tho it was a frighteningly possible scenario given the economic state of the US right now. It was just a vaguely unsatisfying book...like when you're hungry for a big chunk of chocolate cake, but have to make do with a piece of licorice..it's sweet, just not what you wanted.

    2 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4239)
    Performance
    (3746)
    Story
    (3738)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Dawn says: "THANK YOU!!!"
    "Not enough stars"
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    If I could give Davina Porter's performance more than 5 stars it would be justified. The story, the narration, everything is perfection. I put off starting the book because of the length, then when I did start the first few minutes were confusing but Ms. Porter's narration was so entrancing that I was drawn into the story a bit at a time to the point that 55 hours later it made me sad that it was over.
    Diana Gabaldon and Davina Porter have brought to life a time period I've never really paid much attention but by the midpoint of the story I found myself so immersed in the characters that I was falling into an accented internal dialogue, and having to watch myself not to use some of the phrases from the book...I live in west Texas so that would have been a bit disconcerting!
    Just in case it isn't clear, I LOVE this author, narrator, characters and the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (473)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "No cliche unused"
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    This was one of those stories that make me REALLY glad it was on sale when I bought it. Reviews were mostly positive so I bought it but there wasn't a single thing about the story that met even modest expectations for me.
    The horror story cliches, family members, even the kids, not wanting to share horrifying things with each other to 'protect' the rest of the family, going into rooms where 'voices/thoughts' are saying 'don't do it'...if you can think of something obvious or dumb it was used. Minutae that was intended to set the scene was too tedious to not fast forward through.
    The performance was uninspired but that may have been due to the material the performer had to work with.
    This is definitely a book that could have used a good abridgement or heavy editing, maybe then I could have made it all the way through and maybe I could have worked up a bit of empathy for some of the characters.
    Suicide by Advil? Really?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1205)

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Guilty Pleasure!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 'Til Death Do Us Part to be better than the print version?

    Sean Runnette captures the perfect attitude and tone for this whole series. A little, well a lot, smartass. I can't imagine reading the print version, except that now I would hear Sean Runnette's voice in my head so it might be possible to enjoy the print version.


    What other book might you compare 'Til Death Do Us Part to and why?

    Rhiannon Frater's zombie books are another good example of taking a genre that has been done and done but adding a new angle, but Mark Tufo's books add humor. An unexpected bonus. I never thought a zombacalypse series would make me laugh and eagerly anticipate the 'next' one.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He captures the attitude that so perfectly suits the characters. He is Mike Talbot, I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.


    Any additional comments?

    For a zombie series these books are extremely entertaining...a little gory..but then the subject itself is gory so no surprise there. They were an excellent example of taking a subject that has been thoroughly 'explored' and adding a new slant to it.
    I'm a little sad to see the series end...if it did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (603)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Raquel S. says: "Memoirs of a Supervillain turn Superhero"
    "meh"
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    What would have made Confessions of a D-List Supervillain better?

    I made a mistake. This is basically a comic book without pictures. The reviews seemd to indicate it was a satirical take on the superhero/villian theme but it was just such a ho-hum story that halfway thru I gave up. Maybe it got better, it just wasn't worth the time to find out.
    Apparently I was just the wrong listener, maybe it suited others better.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Bernheimer again?

    Probably not.


    What didn’t you like about Jeffrey Kafer and Talmadge Ragan ’s performance?

    I only made it far enough to hear the Jeffrey Kafer part of the reading..not to be ugly about it but he sounded like he was reading a grocery list..no particular emotion, just kind of droning on.
    Maybe if I get desperate for something to listen to someday I'll finish and see if Talmadge Ragan's portion is better.


    What character would you cut from Confessions of a D-List Supervillain?

    None stuck out in the story that mattered.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infection

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig DiLouie
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (333)

    Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

    wayne says: "worst narrator, I've heard so far"
    "Leave no Cliche Unused"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found myself drifting away into thoughts of almost anything but the story playing in my ears...so no, it really wasn't time well spent.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The group survival dynamic was fairly well presented..there was just so much repetition that it was really hard to stay interested.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read what should have been a thriller in such a monotone professorial manner that I felt more lectured than entertained...and someone please tell him revulsion just needs to be said, not 'pronounced'' each time as re-vul-zyun.


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

    Possibly a movie, with lots of editing. Don't have a clue who should star in it..since I don't care for Tom Cruise so he could play the part of a character who turns to a 'screamer' in the first part of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Every cliche about the sting of the smell of cordite, revulsion at the zombies, on and on seemed to be used to pad the story...sometimes editing and telling a story in a straightforward way is really the best way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Moon: Vampire for Hire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (371)

    Now in Vampire Moon, sequel to Moon Dance, private investigator Samantha Moon finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband—all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice—her own brand of justice.

    Karen says: "Series continues in fine form"
    "Too much 'filler'"
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    I've listened to 3 parts of this series and like many things about it. The concept is fairly original and Dina Perlman is an excellent performer...but,,this is a great example of that frustrating trend of authors taking a story that would have been a good novel and streeeetching it out with lots of repetition..same thoughts by the main character..same situations, same reactions, maybe a little different supporting character but essentially same, same, same! Why can't we have a good novel with a story that progresses without having so much backtracking and ends without a cliffhanger so you feel like you need the next one to find out what happened only to have that one end with another cliffhanger??

    This will be the last I buy of this series because there's just not enough story to justify spending the money or time just to lead up to another.......???

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (411)

    All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

    TEDDET says: "Love Patterson, but this was just SILLY"
    "meh..."
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    Okay, great premise for a story..then *letdown*..The performer has the cocky sounding attitude that fits the character and dialogue but the dialogue tries too hard to be clever and come up with a wisecrack suitable for every situation.
    The story was more like an abridged version and that would be okay if it had been sold that way, but it felt like something was missing. Maybe James Patterson/Michael Ledwidge have run their collaboration course and need to give it a rest if this is what they are going to churn out.
    I was disappointed and won't buy any more of the stories from these authors. Sometimes, Mr Patterson, maybe quailty should be of more importance than quantity.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10711)
    Performance
    (9839)
    Story
    (9888)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Loved it!"
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    This book was written in a way that took what could have been maudlin, over sentimental and sappy and made it an engaging story with more humor than could ever have been expected.
    Hazel Grace examplifies the traits that we would like to think characterizes cancer patients, even though that's mostly to make the rest of the world feel better and Augustus is a complete package of what teenage girls, and grown women, find attractive. The dialogue was smart, the performance was spectacular and the author's interview at the end of the story was very interesting and enlightening about his reasons for the story and experience with young adults.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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