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  • Mad Swine: The Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steven Pajak
    • Narrated By Bernard Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    People refer to the infected as "zombies" although that's not what they really are. The word zombie implies the infected have died and reanimated. The thing is, those infected with Mad Swine, they didn't die. They're still alive; they even breathe. They're just not human anymore. No one really knows how or why it started. What we do know is that the H1N1 virus - or the damn vaccinations that everyone so anxiously lined up for hours to get - mutated in a bad way.

    Amanda says: "Not bad!"
    "Fantastic Begining!"
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    Where does Mad Swine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10%


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book twice and I have come to the conclusion that it is an extremely entertaining read. Yes there are a few flaws but if you let those ruin your experience it's your own fault. As a "Zombie" book it more than lives up to, and in many cases exceeds, my expectations of the genre.

    I enjoy that the primary conflict in the novel is NOT the dead/infected but instead the humans of the neighboring communities. I enjoyed the development of the communities and experiencing their fragmentation and the attempt of one to assume dominion over the other.

    I will be reading the second one soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beam: Season 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Choose Enterprise and the government stays out of your way, leaving you free to sink or swim - no help for the drowning. Choose Directorate and all are equal, fed, sheltered and entertained by the government, every need provided for, and every man another cog in society's machine.

    Roland J. Denzel says: "Dystopian doesn't get better than this!"
    "They Knocked it out of the PARK!"
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    Would you listen to The Beam: Season 1 again? Why?

    YES!

    The story by itself is amazing and the audio quality and performance is first class.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beam: Season 1?

    Look, an time Ray Chase is voicing a character you are in for a wild ride.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wedding scene


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

    When life is balanced on ONE decision.


    Any additional comments?

    I want, no I NEED season 2 on audio... because when you need something then that's a responsibility.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you how exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.

    Monica Leonelle says: "An organized version of the podcast"
    "The One Book All Self Published Authors Must Read!"
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    Would you listen to Write. Publish. Repeat. again? Why?

    Yes. This book is the needed third book all writer must read. I put it up there with "On Writing" and "The Elements of Style" as absolute must reads.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the whole book but my favorite bits were when Dave interjected his thoughts.


    What about Simon Whistler’s performance did you like?

    It was amazing! I would listen to this man read the stock ticker to me.


    What did you learn from Write. Publish. Repeat. that you would use in your daily life?

    I've been a fan of the Self Publishing Podcast almost since the beginning. It was because of these men that I was able to truly take control of my publishing career and kick it in the balls. This book is the perfect distillation of the tips, tricks, and awesome bits of advice Sean, Johnny, and Dave have been giving us for 2 years.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a writer read this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters: A Young Adult Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Erik Sandvold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Josh Rondell is 12 years old and known as the "living dead boy" due to his rampant love of all things zombie. As the head of the Zombie Hunters Club, he's obsessed with preparing for the zombocalypse. Though no one around him really believes that zombies will one day rise to devour the living, Josh is convinced it just might happen. When zombies do shamble into his schoolyard, Josh finds himself the leader of the dwindling band of zombie hunters, and he is charged with protecting them all. Josh's baby brother, his closest friends, and the love of his young life try to survive as the undead take over their town.

    FerSidhe says: "Please never let me hear this Narrator again!"
    "The Children know best!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It felt real


    Which character – as performed by Erik Sandvold – was your favorite?

    Sam


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I need to preface this review with the following statement, I read A LOT of zombie fiction. That being said it is safe for you to assume that I love zombie fiction and am willing to forgive a lot of over used tropes and boring subplots for the sake of a decent zombie yarn.

    This book needs no forgiveness.

    The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters is the BEST Young Adult (YA) horror novel I have ever read. Never once in this book did I feel like the story was writing down to the reader. The story is a comprehensive and extremely well paced narrative that provides equal numbers of scares, laughs, and tears. The characters are well constructed and you care about what happens to them. I enjoyed every second and finished it in a single reading. My only complaint is that I want a second book …

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (497)

    The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

    Garth says: "Not for my demographic"
    "Perfect Launching Pad for a Great Series!"
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    Any additional comments?

    "The First Days" is a fantastic book and an amazing beginning to a series. I love the zombie genre but I feel some writers fall into the trap of making their books about the zombies first and the characters second. Not only does Mrs. Frater not fall into this trap she crafts a world of real people who are believably surviving in what should be an unbelievable world.

    If you enjoy zombie fiction read this book.

    If you enjoy horror read this book.

    If you enjoy stories about amazing people surviving horrific circumstances ... READ THIS BOOK!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    The dead walk. Now the real battle for Seattle has begun. When a gas leak causes the National Guard to forcibly evacuate the neighborhood, Lester isn't going anywhere. The former dope pusher has a new clientele… the kind that require him to deal lead instead of drugs.

    Mark says: "Eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint"
    "The Beginning of Something Brilliant!"
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    Where does Among the Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 5%


    What other book might you compare Among the Living to and why?

    Night of the Undead, it is also one of the best "Beginning of the Plague" books out there.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read a lot of Zombie fiction over the years and this one sits near the very type. Among the Living is without a doubt one of the three best zombie stories that chronicle the initial rise of the dead that I have ever read. I can't say which is the best because they are all damn good. The characters are the thing that I love best about the book, both the primary and the secondary players resonate as true.

    I have zero compunction recommending this book to any zombie fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombie Wilson Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    It should have been the perfect vacation. A beautiful island without a soul in sight. Blue sea so clear I can see the reef. Palm trees swaying in the wind, and a girl with barely a scrap of clothing on. There is only one problem. She is a zombie and she wants to eat me. That's right. My only companion is a creature with a hunger for human flesh. I should bash in her brains and toss her in the ocean, but I don't have a volleyball to talk to. All I have is this diary and my own Zombie-Wilson.

    Erik says: "Witty, funny, creepy, a little deranged..."
    "It broke my heart one step at a time"
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    Would you listen to The Zombie Wilson Diaries again? Why?

    Yes, it is compelling and heart breaking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Zombie Girl, even though she says nothing you get a feeling that her real mind is still trapped inside.


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

    Depth of character.


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

    When he saved her from the shark.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a serious mash-up of the movie Castaway and a Zombie book. It makes no bones about and actually owns the reality and plays into it brilliantly.

    I loved this book.

    The narrators descent into madness as he forms a deep emotional bond with his zombie companion is compelling and heartbreaking. I found myself hoping and praying that they would not be sundered from one another like Tom Hanks's character and "Wilson" were in Castaway.

    Yes she is dead, yes she eats flesh, yes she has an "odor", and yes all manner of creature takes up residence on her as the weeks roll by. Their relationship is wrong. And he has to fight off other suitors and people that just do not understand.

    But it's still a better love story than Twilight.

    It is an excellent novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hungry Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry presents a quirky collection of five stories starring a whole cast of the ever-popular undead. Here you will find a semi-sequel to Dead of Night in which four army reservists are assigned to hold a small rural bridge during the early days of the zombie apocalypse; a comedic story involving a couple of idiot moonshiners, a comet, gangsters, zombies, and the Great Chicago Fire; a downbeat psychological drama set in the bleak wastelands a few years after the zombie apocalypse; and more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Damn good collection of diverse Zombie tales"
    "Damn good collection of diverse Zombie tales"
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    What did you love best about Hungry Tales?

    The variety within the tales.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hungry Tales?

    When the sound of the picks stopped.


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

    The final story made me very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This short collection of stories is absolutely outstanding. I liked all of the tales in this book but my favorite has to be the final story about the Samurai searching for an honorable death.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Brian Bascle
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    The year is 2014, the year everything changed. We cured cancer. We cured the common cold. We died.

    This is the story of how we rose.

    When will you rise?

    Countdown is a novella set in the world of Feed.

    Robert says: "Strong Prequel"
    "Perfect Introduction Story!"
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    Would you listen to Countdown again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed seeing the genesis of the infection and the rising.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Countdown?

    The confrontation in the prison.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Bascle – was your favorite?

    Dr. Wells


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

    See how it all began.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of the Newsflesh series and this novella is a fantastic prequel. It was extremely fun to see the genesis and spread of the infection and the rise of the dead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes, Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jo Treggiari
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    The world has ended... What comes next? Smallpox epidemics, floods, droughts—for 16-year old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, stealing with it everyone she ever loved. Even the landscape of her beloved New York City is ever-shifting and full of hidden dangers. As the weather rages out of control, she survives alone in the wilds of Central Park, hunting and foraging for food and making do with the little she has, while avoiding roving scavengers and thieves.

    Danielle says: "Eh"
    "It grabbed on to me tight and held hard!"
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    If you could sum up Ashes, Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    fast, fun, touching


    What other book might you compare Ashes, Ashes to and why?

    The Stand, both are about the survival of the common people after the end of the world and they both do it right.


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

    She really made me feel like I was there for the ride.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a good post apocalyptic read and I love a good young adult novel. This book delivered both of those things and more. I always try and go into a book from an author I have never read with an open mind but this book had already been so built up to me ahead of time that that was virtually impossible. I had some trepidation because of this, fearing that the book would not live up to my expectations.

    I never should have feared.

    Jo Treggiari crafts a world that is rich and full in it's dark intensity. The deep back story of the world in general and the main character in particular are handled masterfully and integrated seamlessly into the overall narrative. But more importantly than how well the tale was crafted the story was engrossing. I loved the characters, especially Sammy, and the conflicts held my interest until the very end.

    The love story was tender and resonated with me. It was a perfect tale of first love set in a world that has collapsed. There was a genuine reality to it ... and the first kiss touched me deeply.

    If there is any complaint that I have it is that I would have liked a little more information on the world outside the submerged ruins of New York City. Not a change in the narrative just a little more on the tragedies the befell the remainder of humanity.

    I will read this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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