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S. Hunt

Santa Fe, NM United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Dust and Decay

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (411)

    A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin. Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans.

    CRISTY says: "Hutchison's narration (once again) is excellent!"
    "It's not Joe Ledger"
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    What did you love best about Dust and Decay?

    There are always two sides to a story, and this story was no different. You have people who want to have a better life, and then there are people who want to rule everybody else on their terms, making themselves gods. I was surprised to learn about how some of the good people were secretly enjoying the bad side of the world, and even making profits from other people's pain. Interesting twist to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom, definitely. He as a really good guy who was sincerely interested in the best for people, despite what people did to him and the people he loved.


    What three words best describe Brian Hutchison’s performance?

    ehhh. Brain sounded like he was sorta going through the motions. There didn't seem to be a real interest in the story by Brian. Based on other readers, I think he could have done much better


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Tom's standoff with the dark characters, shaping his hand into a pistol, and shooting one of the bad guys. The looks on the bad guys faces.....priceless


    Any additional comments?

    For me, I think Brian could have done a much better job. It just "sounded" like he was reading a story, not really participating in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (439)

    No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared? In A. American's first novel, Going Home, listeners were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation's power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come.

    Jan says: "He made it home... now what?"
    "Great story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Surviving Home the most enjoyable?

    The story was good, but the performance was not so good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story line.


    What three words best describe Duke Fontaine’s performance?

    stunted. The editing of this novel left a lot to be desired. For example, there were no gaps between changes in the characters. One second the narrator is talking about Sarge, and the very next second, the scene has shifted to an entirely different set of characters. I had to back up the book several times to get my mind to shift to the different set of characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (611)

    The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

    Mike Naka says: "incredible continuation of a great series"
    "Gripping!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Remaining: Fractured to be better than the print version?

    Yes, due to the way Christian Rummel reads the story, he has done an excellent job of playing the characters and keeping the voices consistent through the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Remaining: Fractured?

    For me, the most memorable moment is when Lee recognizes the value of a good dog. His continued fight to keep his partner, Duece alive, and Duece's commitment to him.


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christian has done an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. The shouting of the fight, the quite whispers of stalking through the forest.....He has done a really amazing job.


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

    Fractured, as the title indicates.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had me on the edge of my car seat, literally. I had a very hard time putting it down after my commute. I often found myself listening to the book while i was working in the garage, when I should have been paying more attention to my work. The way this book ended was certainly a twist, and a twist for the good of humanity. I absolutely can't wait for the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1169)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Another great story"
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    What did you love best about White Fire?

    This Pendergast book didn't start off in the normal fashion of Pendergast taking the reins of a case, but with a sidekick from the distant past. I thoroughly enjoyed how Pendergast was dragged out of his isolated mindset to assist his sidekick. Pendergast's dramatic entry into the town-hall meeting was something no town member would ever forget.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Again, Pendergast. He is smooth, calculating, precise and very generous to those who are on the right track. Those who would seek to harm others for their own gain, should be wary of Pendergast.


    What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the characters to life, and separates the characters with distinct intonations. Rene has done a fabulous job of bringing inflection and therefore life to the scenes and ensuring that the listener is immersed in that scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Pendergast dropped to his knees in sorrow......knowing Pendergast's history, there is very little that moves him. To see him in great sorrow over what is perceived to be his self-appointed charge, was indeed quite moving.


    Any additional comments?

    As is the standard with the Pendergast series, he does NOT fail to impress. Over the years I've come to know Pendergast as a character who does care about people and situations, but maintains the most superb poker-face in light of these emotional events. To see him show grief in the most profound way, shows the fatherly emotions he has for his charge. Despite his desire to balance the scales of evil and good, Pendergast knew that the dark characters were not acting in their right mind. Because of this knowledge, he still showed mercy to the dark character, even to the point of his own self destruction.

    Another great book in the Pendergast series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2519)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2121)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "I tried....."
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    What did you like best about Skinwalker? What did you like least?

    ehhhh, she is a tough broad who can handle herself.


    If you’ve listened to books by Faith Hunter before, how does this one compare?

    no I haven't listened to any of her books


    What aspect of Khristine Hvam’s performance would you have changed?

    I would ask her to get a little deeper for the guys, sorta make a better distinction between the gals and guys.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    nah


    Any additional comments?

    the "beast" was, in my opinion, very limited in logic. For this kind of story, I think there should have been more intelligence on the "beasts" part. I tried, but could only get through the second transformation of the "beast", and that was all I could take of this "skin walker".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9803)
    Performance
    (8906)
    Story
    (8918)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "AWESOME!!!!!!! story, read by an AWESOME reader!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story definitely has some twist and turns. I figured there was going to be something really scary in room 14, but the story turns out to be even better than just room 14. The Cast of characters is what really makes this a great story, they all do what has to be done in order to help each other.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim was definitely my favorite character. This was a level headed guy who knew how to handle situations. Excellent friend.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ray is a MASTER reader. He read the Joe Ledger series, and really gave Ledger some depth and character. Roy knows how to bring any story to life!


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

    YUP, most definitely. However, I have to force myself to not listen to it when I'm not commuting so that I have something great to listen to while I'm commuting.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book by a GREAT reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kc Wayland
    • Narrated By Blackstone Audiobooks
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

    Mike Naka says: "my weekly addiction"
    "OK........really?"
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    What did you like best about We’re Alive? What did you like least?

    Well.......the story was pretty good.....actually, that was pretty much the only thing that was ok about this book. I've read a LOT of zombie books, and none of them had me rolling my eyes as much as this one. Talk about Drama! Man! The personality of the main characters Michael and Angel are FULL of drama. These guys are constantly snapping at each other and other people as they are trying to get things done. They should be working with their people to understand their strengths and utilized those strengths to maximize their survival. All too often they get too dramatic about one thing or another.......sheesh....Amateur hour throughout the entire book....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to Say that Burt, who was an older retired Marine, and was full of spit fire was my favorite character. He had his head on straight, but Angel, Michael and others were so full of themselves they couldn't listen to him.....nearly cost them everything.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Blackstone Audiobooks?

    I don't know. The sound effects were ok, but w-a-y too often the voices were too soft or too darned loud. Ya know, there is software that will bring it all to a nice medium...... I found myself rewinding the book several times and having to turn up the volume to hear what somebody said, then turning it back down to hear what the next person was saying..... too inconsistent.


    Do you think We’re Alive needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO, God no, please no more...... I couldn't take Skittles running off with Sal's socks....I just know that character would find his way back into the the second book.....


    Any additional comments?

    Amatures....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5938)
    Performance
    (5193)
    Story
    (5194)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "awesome"
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    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    Great opening to the story, and great read throughout the book


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

    The beginning where he was taking on the Wolf


    Any additional comments?

    Great story from beginning to end

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1393)

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

    Ryan David Bedford says: "Best worst book ever!"
    "NOW, which will become THEN in about a minute..."
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    If you could sum up Ex-Patriots in three words, what would they be?

    Good Zombie book with a few twists


    What other book might you compare Ex-Patriots to and why?

    at this point, none. With the mutant superheros, such as Zap, there doesn't seem to be much of a comparison. However, I really did like the fact that St. George was holding back on the soldiers....that was cool when he really let em have it.


    What about Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s performance did you like?

    Great performance


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

    Yup. In fact, I found myself wanting to listen to it while I was working on my car in the garage. Which is normally a distraction for me, but I was so into the book I needed to know what was happening next.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Zombie book with a few twists of the mutant population. The background on each mutant in the story was a little excessive, but you got a good idea of the characters personality, and how they ended up fulfilling their role in the story. At first the story is a little slow to catch on, but about half way through, it picks up and gets pretty darned exciting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (523)

    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    Keith says: "Just For Pleasure"
    "For Zombie newbs only"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was written from the perspective of a lawyer in Europe. While lawyers are sharks in the court room, they are pansies in the wilderness. This guy is a first rate pansy. If you’ve read ANY other zombie books, this one (in my opinion) makes the main character seem like a real wimp. Buck up man! These things are out to kill you! Sheesh, snap out of this fairy tale land of thinking people are going to come to your rescue (as the character so aptly thought, on many occasions)…. Essentially, the main character is a wimp.


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

    The most interesting aspect of the story was the fact that this guy cried a lot about how he was alone.......Common, really. Oh, and before people start thinking that I'm being too hard on the guy....I'm a combat vet who has see the bodies torn to pieces and I've been alone before in a war. Did I cry, no. I bucked up and figured out a what to do about it.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Overall, Nick did a good job of getting into the character's state of mind.


    Did The Beginning of the End inspire you to do anything?

    NO....well, actually. It did inspire me to write a review about this lame book. Again, I must state, that if anybody has already listened to any other Zombie book, this one will bore you right out of your mind. It was actually quite sad.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a real thriller, listen to some REALLY great zombie books; listen to these: Beyond Exile, then Day By Day (author J.L.Bourne). Another series that has some wild events is the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry. I must state that if you listen to these, be sure and listen to them in sequence, book 1 and on.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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