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Tilo

Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

Member Since 2011

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  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (460)

    The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

    coreybeth says: "Buy it NOW awesome series!! More please!"
    "Very good, as expected"
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    Who thinks they can pitch a tent in the middle of a field and think they're safe during a zombie apocalypse!?

    Apart from one or two quibbles, this book is otherwise very good, a must read if you are into zombie literature. I think the previous book, "Rise of the Governor" is better, or at least even more gut wrenching and dramatic. Both books are pretty sad and depressing, although that's the style of the series, I wish it had at least some upbeat parts.

    But at least in this book there is a character to like, Lilly. Tragic things keep happening to her and she is just trying to survive. Lilly is someone you can relate to and keep hoping that she pulls through each time.

    There are a whole bunch of complex gray morality issues going on throughout the book and all of it well handled by the author. In times like these, what are you supposed to do? Survive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 5: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Scott Aiello, Eve Bianco
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Twenty years have passed since the zombie apocalypse devastated the world. A single man is on a quest for revenge in search of the people responsible for the outbreak of the zombie virus. His journey leads him to a discovery in the western United States that will irrevocably change his goal. Meanwhile, a new world is revealed that is under the strict control of the same people that were responsible for the plague. Two innocent prisoners of this regime must escape and learn the truth about the world they never knew existed.

    Tilo says: "The start of another great story"
    "The start of another great story"
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    So now we figure whats up with that kid from the last book; similar to Regan, Ben has a mission to fulfill where he tracks down the initiators of the apocalypse and terminates them. Don't worry though, the old gang aren't too far off.

    Now this book starts its own storyline and introduces new elements and plots, just as mysterious as in the old books. I'm on book 6 and I still don't know whats going on :). The new plot line has to do with a lot of beautiful women seemingly bred or, I'm guessing now, even cloned from the past playboy models, and raised for some secret purpose.

    Now I don't like over the top, far fetched plots and these series of books are kinda that, but the author is an expert in weaving these intricate plots while still keeping the plausibility of it all. If it wasn't realistic, I'd have dumped this series a long time, but the story set up is pretty good, the best I've read in a zombie book actually.

    Best character: Harrison! Grumpy potty mouthed old man with humor befitting a freaking zombie apocalypse! Great narration work on him and all the other characters.

    This book has 3 narrators! Wow! They're not all talking at the same time, rather one narrator controls certain characters and their scenes always seem to comprise of just those characters and the same narrator. I think. I'm not sure, but it works it great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Corey Allen
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    It all ends here. The characters of the Deadlocked series have been through nearly unbearable challenges, but they're about to face the hardest yet. Kim has been taken by the cruelest, most vile person in the series, and it's up to Billy and Levon to save her. All the while, Laura fights for her life in the grip of the military as they perform tests on her daughter, Annie, that are risking the little girl's life. The conspiracy behind the rise of the zombie plague will be revealed as Reagan uncovers the horrible secret that led to the murder of six and a half billion people.

    Tee Baby says: "Boring"
    "Great story, bad narration"
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    As the blurb points out, we will finally figure out whats going on and why everyone call themselves the "good guys". Great finish to this story line, as the next book takes off decades later which this book will set up, with the introduction of a new mysterious character.

    The narrator, on the other hand, was lousy. He didn't even try to do different voices. He would be very monotone except he has an annoying habit where at the end of each sentence the first part of the last word goes up a notch and trails out. You can hear it in the blurb, like "eagle" in "desert eagle". I'd give him one star but I have in fact heard worse, like the narration he has done in other books which out of curiosity I had to try the samples of. The story is still listenable though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A.R. Wise
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    The Deadlocked series continues as Billy heads into the city in search of his mother. During his quest, he will meet a strident military figure that will alter his journey and two brothers that will become his closest allies. However, his trip will endanger the family he has only just met, and he might not be able to save them. Billy's journey into the city will reveal many of the secrets of this penultimate novella.

    Amanda says: "HERO"
    "Wow, crazy awesome!"
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    Starting to feel a little expensive now, but I figure this series is worth it. The narrator is crazy good, excellent job.

    Now its Billy's turn to lead the storyline and like Laura, he is learning to be ruthless. The plot is getting really complex and confusing but that's the intention as we're trying to figure out the who's and the why's and the what's. On his way to find his mother, he has to kill people he doesn't want to kill, his enemy becomes his ally and another survivor enters the mix with his own opinions. This book just had so much packed into it. Top marks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By A.R. Wise
    • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    Part two of the series picks up immediately after the end of the first. David's wife, Laura, is forced to take over the protection of their family as the boat travels out into Hailey Bay, away from the zombies. However, the boat's pilot plans to dock back in the overrun city to rescue his own family, which will put Laura, Kim, and Annie in jeopardy. Laura is forced to overcome unimaginable horrors as the zombie apocalypse explodes around her, but it is the evil intent of humans that present her greatest challenge.

    Amanda says: "BRUTAL HUMANITY"
    "Getting even better"
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    After getting away by the skin of their teeth, Billy wants to go _back_ into the city to rescue his mom. I don't know why people always think in zombie books that everyone is dead, except just their particular loved one who has stayed put waiting to be rescued.

    But its all a rather believable story, there is a reason why there's not too many zombies about, and the conspiracy plot begins to thicken. Little by little things are revealed; the cops don't seem to be who they are, and whats this about a cure?

    This story is mostly about Laura, fighting for her life and kids, and boy does she take a beating here. Laura's character starts to develop now, no longer the naive civilized wife, she not only needs to be smart to survive, but also brutal. Its all rather exciting. And gross.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A.R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe? Deadlocked puts you into David's head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that could guarantee his family's survival, but at what cost?

    Tilo says: "Looks like a great series to follow"
    "Looks like a great series to follow"
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    I can't explain why each book is so short, it made me avoid this series until now. I guess the upfront cost is cheap to get people started, as the stories get longer and more worth a credit later on.

    Early on we find out that the infection is intentional, as people received "pricks" in subways. A few days after, today, people just change to zombies and start eating the normals. David needs to get away from down town to his wife and kids, which he actually does as that's just half way through the story. I liked this because I got to see him and his family interact and be part of the story, it wasn't just the end of the story. David is pretty smart, so is his wife and kid in fact, but they aren't brutal, which is a problem not only in this book, but the next as I'm currently reading book 2 now. Threats to your life and family need to be eliminated, zombie or human!

    I wasn't very impressed by the narrator, kinda monotone, non flowing kind of reading. Didn't sound like a pro. But each book has new narrators, an excellent idea I think, I prefer the narrator in book 2. So yeah, I'm following this series, and I think you should too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By T. W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

    Casey Skelton says: "Holy Sh@#!"
    "First "book" was the best, ending was kinda..."
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    Book is about infected, not zombies, so I couldn't place these monsters in a "type" of zombie. They can be sneaky and even wait in the back seat of your car! Eeek!

    Start of this book is pretty creepy, scary even. The story starts off in a small town in the mountains somewhere but the book has two main story lines, one with a father who is a cop and his daughter and the other is a guy who runs a gas station in the middle of no where and a girl; they have a mini story of their own between them. Eventually, these two stories converge in a pretty cool way.

    There is also a secret organization involved, and this is where it kinda lost me in the plausibility area. How this secret organization is run and the things they do is a bit dumb. But most of that is at the end, until then I really liked the story. Just had to roll my eyes whenever this evil group of bungling amateurs showed up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 900 Miles: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. Johnathan Davis
    • Narrated By Jamison Jones
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    John is a killer, but that wasn't his day job before the Apocalypse. In a harrowing 900-mile race against time to get to his wife just as the dead begin to rise, John, a businessman trapped in New York, soon learns that the zombies are the least of his worries, as he sees firsthand the horror of what man is capable of with no rules, no consequences, and death at every turn. Teaming up with an ex-army pilot named Kyle, they escape New York only to stumble across a man who says that he has the key to a rumored underground stronghold called Avalon....

    Mike Naka says: "funny zombie thrill ride"
    "Excellent purchase!"
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    So John is the protagonist, but he isn't the hero. John is some corporate suit, lacking any particular skills for the zombie apocalypse. Kyle is more hero like, but really, hes just a security guard/helicopter pilot, and with no helicopter, he is only slightly above Johns mediocrity. Both of them just try their best and learn to work with each other. A funny part was when John looked for a solution from Kyle and I expected a brilliant plan, but no...he didn't know either, what to do?!

    So the story is about them, how they become strong friends, struggling and straining to use the best of their wits to get out of one jam into another, to find Johns wife. Sticking to the Zombie genre, a major part of the story is the "captured by a cult plot". But this author came up with a new twist. Not a religious cult, not a racist cult, rather a more contemporary idea befitting the times.

    The zombies here are pretty much the shambling type, unless they are fresh. I found Davis' zombie theory had some holes. One saluted a flag? But they can't find their way around blocked terrain? Uh? These little sprinklings of zombie intelligence is littered around, but they generally don't show it. Maybe the explanation will be better in the next book.

    This is a great book from beginning to end, and the ending, well, you'll have to read it, very powerful, gave an extra star on overall because of it. Oh, and narrator, great job!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life Among the Dead 2: A Castle Made Of Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Daniel Cotton
    • Narrated By Scott Parkinson
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Welcome back. You are about to be taken back to the first day of the outbreak. There are over a million people in the city of Waterloo, Dan Williamson is just one of them. Meet Dustin Barnes, not the typical protagonist, he’s a post-apocalyptic cockroach, the sort of guy that will do anything in order to survive, and he’s on a collision course heading north to New Castle.

    Mike Naka says: "kind of disappointing"
    "Frustrating read"
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    Rather than go back to Dan and Newcastle, most of the book is about other characters, only closer to the end do we thankfully revisit the old gang. Think I would have gladly skipped to the last couple hours of this book.

    The one character, Dustin, who gets the most time is the one you hate. This poor excuse for a human being is responsible for horrible things, although the character is well written, its barely bearable to listen to what he is going to be responsible for next. Why do I want to read so much about a character I hate? I don't. Horribly annoying story.

    Many times I thought I'd give a 1 or a 2 for this story, but the end some what redeemed the story and is just barely worth reading the entire book for. I hope the next installment isn't like this. I hope for fewer meandering short stories which don't add to the main gang and their storyline.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Horde: Zombie Attack!, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Devan Sagliani
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    When 16-year-old Xander's older brother, Moto, left him at Vandenberg Airforce Base he only had one request - don't leave, no matter what. But there was no way he could have known that zombies would gather in groups big enough to knock down walls, and take out entire buildings full of people. That was before the rise of the horde! Now Xander is on the run, fleeing south to Port Hueneme to locate his brother, with nothing but his martial arts training and the katana blade left to him.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Young adult zombie apocalypse, worked, mostly"
    "Should really be better"
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    Its a pretty well written book and good narration, I just had difficulty with the story. I had some difficulty with the "hero" because he has anger issues and doesn't seem to be very thoughtful, but that's because hes just a kid. I don't like kids in stories, but they weren't terribly annoying.

    As you read in the blurb, his base got run over and he's trying to find his brother, along with an even younger side kick he feels obligated to protect. So typically, on his way there, he meets up with one group after the other...

    Soon after the fall of the base, two brothers save his life and rather than being thankful this silly alpha dominance struggle ensues. I don't think he said thanks, just got all angry, literally the second after they shot the zombies about to eat him. Same thing happens later on, he gets "caught" twice by quirky groups. They have their "issues", but its not like they want to put him in a pot and eat him. They give him a safe place to sleep, eat and rest and he just gets all up in their face. Amazingly they try to placate him, except the one time where one in their group ran off and got himself killed and they were all put in "jail". I was like uh? They didn't do anything, the one who did something stupid died, why jail the rest?

    I can't think of any "twist" in this book, kinda standard fare, but thats ok, most "twists" are pretty dumb.

    I liked the narrator for the most part, but two of the characters were similar, sounding kinda dopey and one was the voice of Xanders brother but didn't sound like family at all.

    Still, the actual writing is pretty good and I'll invest in the next book in the series. Maybe Xander will grow up and use his anger only when he needs to. And the authors already jammed all the zombie cliches in this book, so maybe he can focus more on just one good story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrath of the Just: Apocalypse Z, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro, Pamela Carmell (translator)
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    An act of terrorism unleashed an unspeakable biological weapon…and hell on earth. But as the masses felled by a hideous virus rose from the dead to prey on the living, a small band of survivors defied death and its ghastly spawn - determined to outrun the world’s end, and somehow begin again.

    Lesley says: "Satisfying end to a great trilogy!"
    "More things going on now"
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    Alot more things start happening in this book with alot more characters and the story is much "bigger". There are soldiers and politics and social issues and all kinds of stuff, still written in a way its pretty easy to follow. Liking the series more and more.

    Just a quibble about someone getting hit over the head. I couldn't understand why this wasn't dealt with right away rather than pretty much ignoring things just so the plot could develop further down into the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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