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Sue

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  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1374)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    Paul says: "Halfway Boring"
    "EXCITING! Superior Story!"
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    I thought the second half was going to be a boring shoot 'em up. Wrong. Suspenseful, the first part good, the second half totally held my attention. Suspense about the fate of Coopers very good.

    I wondered why Alex did not kill Manson right away...he explained he was worried about leaving Manson's children orphans, ditto Todd's kids. But I feel the as the story played out, this was mistaken mercy.

    Good prepper book for a pandemic.

    I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Baby Left Along the Oregon Trail & Rescued by Christian Pioneers

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Helen Keating
    • Narrated By Joe Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Baby Left Along The Oregon Trail & Rescued By Christian Pioneers is a heart-warming story about a poor wagon train making its way along the Oregon Trail. The train may be poor but the Christians on it are strong. A Native American baby is found along the trail by one young man and he takes it immediately to the wagon train. There are no nursing mothers on the small train and no source of food for the infant.

    Sue says: "Sweet Story"
    "Sweet Story"
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    The most interesting aspect was the young girl who had never given birth to a baby being able to suckle one. I have heard of others doing that and believe it possible.

    Other interesting aspects - keep your Christian faith, do not be a complainer, try to keep a positive attitude.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey Home: An EMP Survival Story: EMP Aftermath Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Winchester
    • Narrated By Travis Baldree
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Jack Miller isn't too worried about the apocalypse. He has been prepping for a few years and has a basement stocked with food and supplies. Today though, he is out of town on a business trip. An EMP strike delivered by a rogue nation leaves him stranded over a thousand miles away from his home. He sets out on an epic journey home armed only with his know-how and survival skills. What he encounters leaves him questioning how prepared any lone man can be.

    Mike says: "Wow"
    "Worth a 2nd, 3rd and more listen"
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    Good prepper novel. Could also have been headlined DOING IS BETTER THAN READING...John discovered doing not the same as reading, for example he thought he knew how to set a snare because he had read how to do it, but caught nothing until a companion showed him how. John had a college degree and a computer job, but his companion, who appeared lowly, had knowledge and experience crucial to John's survival.

    Entertaining while extolling practical skills.

    John's wife made enough good decisions to keep her kids safe.

    I am going to listen to this again, probably several times.

    I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Centennial: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James A. Michener
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (455)

    Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener's magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America's past, the story of Colorado - the Centennial State - is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; and the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "One Credit, 14 Great Books"
    "Sad when it's over, learned alot plus entertained!"
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    Read other reviews, so worried about the reader, as soon as I heard him, I knew I liked him and would be okay. He reads at a pace that I can understand and enjoy.

    Glad I read the reviews, so when the first 2 chapters were background, ok with it, actually entertained by it although do not agree with any of the evolution business. Geology info great. Very, very sad but true information about white people's destruction of the Indians, buffalo, beavers, ground hogs, Mexicans, environment. Information about white men killing things for FUN, not for food or protection, so true. Horrible. After listening to about half the chapter on the treatment of Indians, had to fast forward to next chapter, because I knew it was going to only get worse and worse and sadden and shame me too much. I was right as next chapters alluded to the conclusion of the Indian chapter - betrayal and murder by whites.

    Listened to all of everything else. This is a great bargain at approximately 50 hours.
    Great story. I might listen to again in a year or two. Sad when it was over, but it was also
    pretty brutal listening to, because I knew the brutality people and animals subjected to
    in the history of USA, Colorado to be true.

    I am nearing the end of my life, and I very much like these stories about the great cycle of life. Encouraging.

    I recommend this book and the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earthcore

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6172)
    Performance
    (5784)
    Story
    (5758)

    EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

    Leslie says: "Awesome Book. Well written and very creative!"
    "Good for potty mouthed teenage boys and younger"
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    Disappointing. Ten percent of all the words are curse words. All but two people, Bertha and Patrick, die. The big mystery - aliens landed thousands of years ago. At least there were not zombies.

    Randy and Angus slightly funny as two nerdy friends doing absurd things. Angus a selfish, unpleasant person.

    I thought this was such a great deal, pay one credit for 20 hours, but it is mostly boring and icky - killing and swearing.

    Even the ending horrible...Patrick wants revenge on the aliens and is going to risk his life and his new bride's life to do so. Revenge is a stupid motive.

    I gave the story 2 stars instead of 1, because there were a few good moments.

    Narrator superior.

    I do not recommend this book. Boys might like it, but I do not like potty mouths, which this book would encourage. Real men, truly mature adults do not talk like that. Plus all the killing - yuck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossed Arrows: The Mountain Men, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terry Grosz
    • Narrated By Clay Lomakayu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    In 1829, Jacob and Martin left Kentucky to become Mountain Men, trappers of the Rocky Mountains. The rugged mountains that lay beyond America's frontier remained mostly unexplored. In those days, when beaver were plentiful and the buffalo roamed freely, the killing was good. The two young men would also find that life would be hardscrabble in the high frontier. They would face grizzly bears and hostile Indians. And they would risk horse wrecks and mountain storms to trade their furs each year at "rendezvous".

    Sue says: "Great Story, heart rending"
    "Great Story, heart rending"
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    Warning - gang rape, ruthless murder, thieves. Gang rape first off - was it a literary device to grab reader's attention? Horrible. Life long friendships, family loyalty, fantastic outdoor living. Great novel showing how unnecessary most of modern life possessions are and the need for practical skills.

    Hated, hated, hated Martin and Jacob and their wonderful pregnant wives getting murdered in the last 30 minutes. Did the author need to just hurry up and finish the story and get it to the publisher?

    I loved Singing Bird. Realistic that she died from small pox brought by white men.

    Great story about 1800's mountain living - harsh and free - and the thinking/culture of Indians.

    Appreciated the portrayal of the Indian squaws as hard working, skillful, knowledgeable, many kind and loving.

    Narrator very good except for the onomatopoeia interpretations -- would have preferred more realistic gunshot and other noises, etc. There is a way to do it with the mouth, throat, larynx, lips, etc.

    I recommend this book with reservations. Will purchase at least the next sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Zone: The Zulu Virus Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Charles Hubbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (206)

    Something insidious has arrived - right in the heartland of our nation. Dr. Lauren Hale, a new hospital resident, is nearly killed by a raving mad emergency room patient, in a senseless, unprovoked attack. Officer David Olson, veteran cop and former Marine, returns from a father-son camping trip to discover that his ex-wife has vanished under bizarre circumstances and his police department is on the verge of collapse. Jack and Emma Harper, a young, upwardly mobile couple, find their hip city neighborhood rapidly descending into madness.

    Brian says: "A great start to a series"
    "Believeable Pandemic Story"
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    I was afraid this was going to be a zombie story, but it turned out to be a believable story about herpes virus weaponized to morph into deadly herpes virus encephalitis turning people violent.

    Narrator fantastic, with different accents and genders. Loved him.

    Very good 1st story, but spoiler alert, I returned Book 2 after listening a little more than 2 hours, because Book 2 turned out to be just a zombie/killing/military ickie story, I should have known by the title Kill Box.

    So I recommend Book 1 for the science, interpersonal relationships, preps Dr. Chang did, challenges of bugging out, many different, interesting people, but unless you like Zombie moves, which I don't, don't go beyond Book 1.

    Also this book 1 over 10 hours is the best deal, the next book over 8 hours and the last book over 6, so the bargain goes down as the series progresses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Endure: Strengthen What Remains, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kyle Pratt
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (314)

    The nation's economy teeters on the verge of collapse. The dollar plunges, inflation runs rampant, and the next civil war threatens to decimate the wounded country. In the face of tyranny, panic, and growing hunger, Caden struggles to keep his family and town together and alive, but how can he when the nation is collapsing around them?

    S White says: "Great series so far. Makes you think"
    "Not satisfying; some might like it"
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    Length not a bargain; stereotype of the evil Hispanic gang banger, did not enjoy. Nice that hero tried to mentor fatherless boy. Not that interesting a story.

    This will appeal to white boys/men who are into guns, the military and are attracted to Hispanic women, but are fearful of Hispanic men and people who speak Spanish.

    Narrator got the women's voices right.

    I can't remember gleaning anything new about survival or prepping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (358)

    When looting and rioting overwhelm all the major US cities, Afghanistan War vet Ray McGregor makes his way from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to his parents' cattle ranch in Bella Coola, British Columbia, in remote western Canada. Joining him is his old friend Phil Adams, a Defense Intelligence Agency counterintelligence case officer based in Washington State.

    kim says: "really wanted to like it"
    "Good Yarn"
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    First part excellent about 1 man, 2 women, and 2 children fleeing to their bug out location. Second part hard to follow, and the transition between the two parts awkward. Second part about guns, fighting, military strategy, sabotage. While that mostly did not interest me, I am sure there is a group who would enjoy that.

    Emphasis on Christian values good. No swearing - very good.

    Various languages very nice, examination of various cultures entertaining.

    I have listened to this twice and will listen to it again. I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (645)

    James Wesley Rawles, founder of survivalblog.com, shares with you everything you need to know to be ready for the worst. The book includes information on proper food storage and sanitation, gardening and livestock basics, investment strategies to protect your assets, medical advice, communication techniques, home security, and how to get "outta Dodge" when, in the parlance of the movement, "the shit hits the fan".

    skyrat says: "Unsurprising"
    "Worthwhile read!"
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    I am about to listen to this for the third time. Very, very good information. I have some preps in place, but this is very encouraging, informative book to get going on completing preps. Much information about things I had not considered.

    Very good take on hard work, charity, US financial situation, possible pandemics, etc.

    Narrator, Dick Hill, excellent.

    Mr. Rawles' Christianity referred to, but not self-righteous. Nice not to have swearing. A real man trying to help others get prepared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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