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victoria

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 19 reviews
  • 306 ratings
  • 871 titles in library
  • 71 purchased in 2014
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  • Torn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Andrew Wehrlen
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Darius Cobb wasn't thinking of man's extinction. He honestly never gave it a thought. A college professor and part time country singer, Darius worried only about teaching and playing his guitar until the day he is attacked by cockroaches and is placed into a special government quarantine. There, he and the others start piecing together the inevitable. Using his knowledge, he begins predicting the events that unfold. Together he and his group plan and then implement a long term survival plan.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "End of the world with typical craziness"
    "Weak"
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    Found myself thinking 'huh?' a lot. Narrator's voices were a bit cartoonish, which made the story harder to swallow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony: Genesis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Alexander Brancy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter. Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?

    Mike Naka says: "INTENSE thrill ride"
    "No Story"
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    Story

    Sure, it's a roller coaster. Vaguely experienced running, jumping, various acrobatics forced by zombies. But completely lacks a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bill Quick
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Three terrorist attacks are launched from freighters against the United States. Only one fully succeeds, but in the blink of an eye all of the country west of the Rocky Mountains is transformed into the technological equivalent of the 18th century - no electricity, no computers, no electronics of anykind, or any of the amenities of modern life that depend on them. This is the story of ordinary and extraordinary people, high and low, who struggle to survive in a mortally wounded nation, as America's enemies within and without circle for the kill.

    Jan says: "An Equal Opportunity Political Disaster"
    "Good Disaster, Rubbish Politics"
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    Hmm. This is a tough one. The disaster scenario is interesting, the characters are pretty good. And the narrator does an excellent job. I was enjoying this book until the author's political vendetta against 'the Carters' got too extreme to swallow. And ultimately distracted me from an interesting 'what if'.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1013)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Something Very Special"
    Overall
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    Story

    I lived inside this story for days, relishing every word, character and image. It was a shock when the voice went silent. And for once, I felt like saying: Yes, thank you, Audible - I did enjoy this program.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (355)

    Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.

    Tilo says: "This book is really good"
    "Delivers well on familiar Zombie elements"
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    First, well written. That's getting to be important in the Zombie genre. The narration is a bit dead-pan, but I liked it. Characters develop nicely and the final resolution of one main story line is understated and moving. I understand why some reviewers didn't like the main character, but I thought she was interesting, conflicted and ultimately satisfying. The San Fran element is familiar plot, but I enjoyed the characterization of the 'top-cat' politician.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Again Below Zero: Rise Again, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    Billions died and rose again, hungry for human flesh. When the nightmare reached Sheriff Danielle Adelman's small mountain community of Forest Peak, California, it was too late for warnings . . . forcing her to lead a small group of survivors out of hell, all the while seeking her estranged runaway sister at any cost.

    Mike Naka says: "wow! much, much better than expected!"
    "Great death-by-zombie scene"
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    Enjoyed the first book - Rise Again. Well written, and the end encounter was beautifully conceived. The second is pretty far-fetched, but again well written, well thought out and has plenty of great characters - sometimes too many to stay close to. And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for our protagonists, BELOW ZERO delivers one of the best 'death-by-zombie' scenes I've heard. Would be willing to follow whoever survives on for a third. But for once, the author has brought this story to an end.

    1 of 1 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
    (1680)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1561)

    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. . ."
    "This is how we wash the dishes..."
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    Funny book this. As mentioned by other reviewers, there's enough 'gear glee' to make you think the author works for the marketing department of some survivalist supplier. But more than that, just as the story starts to get going we pause to wash the dishes, pack the backpack, make dinner, wash dirty clothes, make hot chocolate, wash the dishes again, put on socks, tie our shoes, make the bed…seriously, most of us know how to do these things.

    Really bad writing, so I think the narrator was actually doing the best with what he had, and the politics will be off-putting to some. I hung in till the end though, so author must be doing something right. I'd be interested to see if book two has the same attention to minutia. Oh, no wait: That would mean I have to buy it.

    53 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2149)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2026)

    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!"
    "Nice concept. Great narration."
    Overall
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    Great narration leads us through a well conceived, well paced story. Okay, so main protagonist isn't the smartest man in the bunker (even though he is), and the bad guys are too simple (come on, a character like Gerry need a bit more nuance), but I enjoyed the series...up until #4 (hours of internal monologue: I get it, Lee's hurt and Angela's not going to take it any more).

    I'll get number 5, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie, Illinois: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Kenemore
    • Narrated By Pat Young
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The sequel to the best-selling Zombie, Ohio, this explosive supernatural thriller from Scott Kenemore tells the story of three Chicagoans who have been thrown together by a bizarre, interconnected series of events during the first 24 hours of a zombie outbreak in the Midwest's largest city. A partnership is crafted between a pastor from Chicago's rough South Side, an intrepid newspaper reporter, and a young female musician, all of whom are fighting for survival as they struggle to protect themselves and their communities in a city overrun with the walking dead.

    misty says: "Snoozer"
    "Smart, enjoyable book"
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    Really enjoyed the writing, full of clever, well conceived detail. Big story is far-fetched and allegorical, but hey, that's what the zombie genre is all about: An external, 'impersonal' threat that reveals the good and bad in our society. At first I was put off by the narrator, but quickly got used to his read. Loved the pastor, enjoyed the punk, and the nerd was solid, if overshadowed. Author did a good job writing in different voices...and that gets an 'AMEN'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tilian Virus: Book One of The Pandemic Sequence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tom Calen
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Seven years have passed since the outbreak of the Tilian Virus and the effects of the disease devastated the world.

    A resilient band of survivors have overcome insurmountable odds. But now, on the brink of human extinction, can hope's dim light be strengthened? Can a cure exist to purge the darkness before the infected complete their domination?

    Mike Naka says: "thoughtful teacher vs. hard-charging infected"
    "Okay Story, Bad Story Telling"
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    The story itself is solid, characters are good. But bouncing between current and past story is extremely frustrating, and prevents the reader from getting attached to the protagonists. That and clunky, passive, writing. A good editor could have helped this book a lot. Or maybe it was a bad editor that suggested the structure. Or maybe my new iPhone OS update shuffled the chapters...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (376)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Addicted to Bacigalupi"
    Overall
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    What I love about the author is that he spends little or no time on exposition. Bacigalupi doesn't spoon feed the reader. Drowned Cities may be a cautionary tale about a future world, where our failure to recognize climate change has led to a drowned and broken America. But that's for the reader to work out. Rather it's a horrifying story about a young girl surviving in a bleak and violent state of anarchy. With Ship Breaker, Bacigalupi took me deep into his nightmare world. And I for one will follow the author where ever he takes me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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