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  • Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (680)

    Mike is back. Devastated by his loss, he strikes out on a doomed journey to wipe the earth of the Lycan scourge, with his faithful companion, Oggie, by his side. Bailey, a distant relative of Mike's best friend BT, joins him, but for different reasons. Azile struggles to reign him in, while a world already pushed to the edge begins its fall over the precipice. When all is lost, can anything ever be won? Join Mike on another epic adventure as he fights foes both new and old.

    Sarai says: "Well done Mark Tufo"
    "Again, Michael Talbot is entertaining"
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    Lycan 2 opens with Mike Talbot and Bailey mourning the loss of Tommy – Talbot’s one tether to his old world. Spinning out of control for a short bit – Talbot comes back full force with a vengeance – against Lycans! Although Talbot has concrete, steel and titanium barriers up around his heart a few people worm their way in and become more than friends – family. Of course what Matthew can brew up helps to break those barriers down big time! Azile, the Red Witch, makes her move as well, both in battle and out. Talbot doesn’t stand a chance – he will rejoin the human race if it kills him.

    Political intrigue which Talbot has very little patience for and against all odds, he is the man, the savior of Talbot town.

    Again, Michael Talbot is entertaining with his unique mannerisms and masterful delivery of one-liners that will have you snickering then full-out belly laughing. Talbot’s memories and ties to his family are poignant and heartfelt leaving the reader near tears and sometimes smiling.

    Lycan 2 is not for the weak at heart as it is violent and gory. The mannerisms of Michael Talbot and his relationships snag the reader and create a bond that is strong. Talbot is addictive!

    Mark Tufo maintains the personality of Michael Talbot and his other characters sometimes bringing them out in new friends but the integrity of Michael Talbot remains clear and ever present.

    Sean Runnette is Michael Talbot. He has embodied the Talbot mannerism and quirkiness excellently. Runnette is an excellent narrator for this series.

    Podium Publishing did an excellent job on the production as they provided a clear production without distracting noises or other issues.

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  • A Shrouded World - Whistlers: A Shrouded World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo, John O'Brien
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (373)

    Jack Walker and Michael Talbot come from two worlds; the same, yet different. They both find themselves transported into an alien one, where things aren’t as they seem. While it appears similar to the ones they come from, there are some terrifying differences. Is it a dream? Or has reality been somehow warped? Jack comes from a world filled with nocturnal creatures that were once human, but now seek to destroy the last vestiges of humanity.

    Hassan says: "Poor Mike.... and Jack Too!!!!"
    "A zombie apocalypse novel, it’s different"
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    A Shrouded World – Whistlers follows the survival story of Jack Walker and Michael Talbot (with his companion John the Tripper) as they navigate a new zombie apocalypse world, different from each of their own. Trapped in this new world they have to find a way to stay alive as unique types of zombie threaten them.

    A zombie apocalypse novel, it’s different from what little I have seen before. Most stories that I’ve read or seen involved one type of zombie creature. However, in this novel, there are multiple unique zombie types with different strengths and weaknesses. The plot itself was pretty simple in the sense that the characters are trying to survive different dangers, but they don’t actually move much distance in the world. And so the story is dependent on the characters’ personalities. Fortunately, all three were well defined and unique, which made their interactions fun to experience. Jack and Michael are military men, and John is a perpetually high hippie. John is clearly the comic relief in the novel, but there are hints to his importance that may come to light in future novels. However, the dependence on one or two characters perspectives in a novel involving three human characters, made my interest lag sometimes. While the inner monologues were often good, I think more dialogue could have made it more dynamic. It’s clear that this is a first novel of many. While the book comes to an end, it’s more like coming to an end of a section of to a novel rather than an entire novel. It’s clear that there is more to come and at the end of the novel, the hanging threads are laid out clearly.

    This novel is told from two different points of view, Michael and Jack. One aspect of the novel, which takes a little getting used to, is that the voices of Jack Walker and Michael are different tenses. It’s unusual and doesn’t necessarily distract, but it’s noticeable. It’s an interesting complement to the confused and isolated emotions that the characters are feeling in a new, but still somewhat familiar world.

    The narration was nuanced and wonderful. The characters were easily distinguished from one another through the tone of the narrator and that made the novel easy to follow and experience. This was especially great when there are multiple points of view. The voices ascribed to the different characters were also fitting to the individual styles of speech.

    This isn’t a genre that I normally choose to read and I enjoyed the novel. However, I think it could’ve been improved with more characters. Female perspectives or characters would have made it more diverse and perhaps a little more dynamic.

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  • The Last Survivors: A Dystopian Society in a Post Apocalyptic World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Survival in Man’s Second Dark Age...Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning...The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures that threaten to destroy the townships.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Since this was a collaboration, I worried"
    "Since this was a collaboration, I worried"
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    I couldn’t wait to get started on The Last Survivors when I found out who the authors were. T.W. Piperbrook and Bobby Adair couldn’t write a bad book if they tried and together, I thought they would be unstoppable. Post-apocalyptic stories are by far my favorite and when you throw zombies into the mix, well, let’s just say I was kind of excited.

    I went into this book with absolutely no knowledge of what it was about, other than the book description. 300 years after the end of the world, the few people left on Earth are struggling to survive. People are being turned into monsters and nobody is happy. As I listened to the book, I expected to hear a little more about the spores but I was disappointed. It took awhile for the action to build and I felt the story lacked some much-needed character development. However, Adair and Piperbrook left the ending wide open for the next book in the series and although I wasn’t as blown away by this story as I hoped to be, it has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to the next part.

    Since this was a collaboration, I worried that each author’s part would be easy to pick out and I’m happy to say I was wrong. It was hard to determine which author wrote which part and it flowed seamlessly.

    The audio quality of The Last Survivors was excellent. The narrator, Sean Runette, speaks clearly and adds the right amount of tension to every scene. I’m sorry to say I had never heard of this narrator before being given the opportunity to review this book, but he impressed me so much, I will definitely be seeking out more of his work.

    Overall, The Last Survivors didn’t go where I expected it to go. It was a little slow in spots but was good enough to leave me curious about the next part of the story. If post-apocalyptic stories are your thing, I urge you to give The Last Survivors a try.

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  • Project 731: A Kaiju Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    In the wake of a Kaiju assault that left the nation's capital in ruins, Jon Hudson - director of the Department of Homeland Security's Fusion Center, Paranormal - is preparing his team for an uncertain future. While hiding Lilly, a chimera cat-girl rescued from Island 731, from GOD - the Genetic Offense Directive, a black ops organization within DARPA - Hudson attempts to raise Maigo.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I can’t get enough"
    "I can’t get enough"
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    The start of this book picks up with references to “Island 731, Project Nemesis, and Project Maigo” . The “Darwin” is a research ship that was looking for it’s missing sister ship “Magellan.” The location was the huge garbage dump in the Pacific ocean. It is also close to where Island 731 used to be.

    The ship appears to be deserted. A team of Black Ops is approaching with orders to board and search the ship. They do and they find what they were expected to find. One of them will die to bring back a sample of “Black Matter”.

    I have finished “Island 731″ and it was an extremely good read. Evan though I have not read the next two books I can figure out what happened and want to read them also.

    The characters are so well developed that you just know it will be a fantastic story. The plot is still the monsters from the earlier books but now Jon Hudson and Mark Hawkins have so much more to fight for. The depth of their feelings for the people they are protecting is obvious. Jon and his crew are training Lilly, the chimera cat-girl that he rescued from Island 731. They also have another girl, Maigo, the teenage girl who once was part of Nemesis.
    Jon is also getting really serious about his girlfriend Ashley Collins.

    I can’t get enough of the technology that Robinson has come up with. The fly suits are a reality but in this time they have improved tremendously. Other weapons are also improved and the armor the “bad” guys have is incredible.
    Along with all this is the plane. But the best part of any monster thriller is the monsters and these have reached a whole new level.
    I know there will be more of this series coming in the future. Can’t wait to find out what Robinson comes up with next.

    I have the audio version of the book read by Jeffery Kafer. (Hope I got his name right.) He is super at this type of book. He has a great voice. Not to deep or too high. Bringing the story to life he takes the listener to the front of the action.
    Audio production was perfect. No problem with static, skips, or breaks. A perfect recording.

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Burn: Zero Day - A Zombie Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bobby Adair
    • Narrated By Jason Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried. People are frightened. But Zed Zane is oblivious. Zed needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his mom's house for a lunch of begging, again. But something is wrong. There's blood in the foyer. His mother's corpse is on the living room floor.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "it just doesn’t let up"
    "it just doesn’t let up"
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    At first impression Zed Zane seems to be a dead beat, shiftless bum, living off his abusive parents. When he gets up, hungover from the night before, he goes to his folks for lunch and begging for rent money. He finds his mom dead and his step dad eating her. He is attacked by his step dad and kills him with a knife. But his dad got in one good bite. Zed tries to call 911 but the line is busy. Feeling tired and sick he lays down on a bed and sleeps.

    When he wakes up he feels better and calls 911 again. The cops arrive, arrest him for murder, and hall him off to jail. In jail he meets Murphy. Fast forward, Zac and Murphy escaped jail when a riot erupted.

    From then on it’s one escape after another. Everyone wants to kill them. Some want to eat them. They just want to survive.

    From one tight spot to the next Zac shows his true metal. He just can’t leave a female in distress. Zac and Murphy are low fever infected. They can walk around without the infected bothering them. As long as they are quiet and don’t move too fast.

    This story is shorter than most but it just doesn’t let up. I liked the idea of different degrees of zombi. It is something different and lets more action and doesn’t limit the trouble Zac can get into.

    Let me say that Jason is one of the best narrators, for this type of book, I have listened to in a long time. He does talk a little fast but I usually have my audio player on 1.5 speed. Jason really gets into it. His first person narration is so real, it’s like he is actually living the part. He has some good rough voices for the other male characters too. I could close my eyes and see what was happening as he talked. His descriptions of the chaos were fantastic. The fire scene alone was so good I could feel the heat.
    The audio production was flawless. Everything flowed seamlessly together. Audio was clean and clear. A great job.

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    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Tyrants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter S. Fischer
    • Narrated By Ernest "Ernie" Sprance
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A crowded restaurant in Washington, D.C. A powerful Congressman is lunching with a wealthy contributor who suddenly rises and shoots the Congressman dead in front of a hundred witnesses. Quietly, he resumes his seat, placing the gun on the table as he awaits the authorities. Thus begins 10 days of terror, 10 days in which the nation teeters on the brink of anarchy.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "the psychological aspects were supreme"
    "the psychological aspects were supreme"
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    Some random peoples start killing democrat Congressmen, the police force and the FBI can’t find who is responsible for the killing, and it’s all up to Paul Castle who work as a host of a third rate cable show that deals in sleaze and scandal, the killing motivate Paul with the help of his old girlfriend Jennifer Bovano who is a US Attorney to remember his old life as a real journalist who worked to help society, and uncover the corruption.

    And with her help and the help of a homicide detective Aaron Kovacs, and an FBI agent Fowler Briggs who turned from an enemy to an ally, castle tries to uncover the organization behind the killings.

    I liked the plot of this book, it was very good, the dialogue was excellent, the psychological aspects were supreme here, each character was unique in its own context and thoughts, yet I didn’t like how the idea of ” The end justifies the means ” was presented in the book as acceptable way of change. Also I felt that the ending wasn’t satisfactory in general.

    The narrator was Ernie Sprance, Sparance did great job as a narrator while he gave each character its own voice and accent, we could see the type of personality by the voice and the accent he chose for the character, his reading for the plot lines was just awesome, I just felt each scene happening in front of me, and it really made the story a whole lot better for me.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon of Unrest

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Anthony Russo
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Herriot
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    A story of loyalty, devotion, and turmoil. A very tired young man thinks back to the day he received the gift and curse of his dragon companion. Condemned to live a life of exile with the beast, he learns as a young boy that the price of peace for his village comes with the greatest of all costs.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I really liked the main idea"
    "I really liked the main idea"
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    For me the dragon of unrest by Anthony Russo is an example of a problem I feel we face with a lot of books, which is “a book with a great idea ruined by the plot”.

    I think it’s so hard to review a book with only 30 pages (only half an hour for an audio book copy ), but I will try my best. The story talks about a tired young man who is remembering how he got where he is now (and by that I mean with a dragon who eats humans, and as an outcast ,because of this dragon ) ….yep that’s it.

    Well I really liked the main idea, because it was kind of new and creative idea, the plot had a very good potential for a great trilogy, yet it just ended so fast to even enjoy it ,the characters were so pale and undeveloped (because the shortness of the story I think ), I was very frustrated with the ending, it was very disappointing and empty.

    The narrator is Felbrigg Herriot, and I feel that he performed it in more dramatic way than it really deserved, and while I liked how he controlled his voice to become so calm and sad to maintain the feelings of the main character, I felt that some scenes weren’t performed as it should be, the action was kind of lost in the narration ,yet in general it delivered the inside monologue in a very good way.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Breadwinner: The Breadwinner Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stevie Kopas
    • Narrated By Scott Birney
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In a matter of days, the human race was reduced to nothing more than vicious, flesh-hungry creatures. Criminal defense attorney Samson struggles to keep his family safe and his sanity intact when the world comes apart at the seams. Veronica, the high school track star, races to get her brother out of their doomed city. Ben, a military veteran, is forced to come to grips with the end of the world as he fights the undead.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "a welcomed addition to a very crowded genre"
    "a welcomed addition to a very crowded genre"
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    This is the debut audiobook from a new author Stevie Kopas. I am sure that this will be a welcomed addition to a very crowded genre. As the story is primarily told from the females perspective, not only that but one that is not a survival expert or prepper.

    Best part of this particular zombie apocalypse is the fast zombies or eaters as they are often referred to here. I remember the first time I encountered them in 28 Day Later, since then they have always held a very special place in my heart.

    There were zombie attack scenes that made me squirm a bit. Kopas was able to inject each of them with just the right amount of terror and gore. The characters grew and evolved right before your eyes. I just couldn’t find a connection to any of them.

    While to storyline was solid, I found it difficult to pay attention due to the narration and for this book, maybe the print version would have been much better. There were times that I got confused about whether the story was happening now or then, due to the amount of flashbacks and flash forwards.

    This was my first time listening to a performance by Scott Birney. Unfortunately, I will have to think long and hard before choosing another by him. I found his voice pleasant overall, deep and resonating, he speaks clearly and concisely.

    Firstly I think he was the wrong choice to narrate a book that is primarily from the female perspective. His strong and deep voice just didn’t fit. Then his pacing was perfectly steady, I find it much more of a pleasant listen when there is a fluctuation of the speed of the reading. Then he sounded almost completely emotionless throughout. The “from the author” at the very end of the book was one of the only points to where Birney added some sort of emotional fluctuation.

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  • Time of Death Book 2: Asylum (A Zombie Novel)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Shana Festa
    • Narrated By Sarah Tancer
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    The last two months have brought nothing but death and destruction for Emma Rossi. She survived the initial zombie outbreak with her husband, Jake, and their dog, Daphne, but the cost was steep: Sanibel has fallen. In a world where the only constant is change, the group is pushed to their limits before reaching the gates of Asylum, a coastal stronghold in Sarasota, Florida.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "snark + zombies + dog = a whole lot of fun"
    "snark + zombies + dog = a whole lot of fun"
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    This is a review of the second book in the Time of Death series, please listen to that one first, then come on back here.

    Let me break this story down to it’s basics, snark + zombies + dog = a whole lot of fun. Yes really that is all you need to know. But if you want more, please keep reading.

    Asylum is a fairly unique tale. Because its main protagonist is a female medical nurse who has no survival skills other that what she has learned through her apocalyptic adventure. So, this second book picks up right around where the first left us. Where Emma and her husband sought refuge in a house boat. Seemed like a good idea at the time, as zombies can’t swim. Quickly they realize that they need a more permanent solution to their safety. The trek to find a more secure and sustainable camp begins. They soon learn of a fortress called Asylum (made me think of Woodbury) and feel the need to be there.

    This is a fast, hilarious, and bloody romp through the zombie filled wasteland that will leave you wanting more. Festa has this insane ability to write as if she is telling this story to her best friend. Adding all of the witty snarkyness you can handle. If you want to have fun amidst the zombie apocalypse, look no further.

    I read some reviews of this and the first book and it seems that some people have an issue with the staring role that Daphene, the dog, plays. Well, let me tell you, if you are as in love with your companion animal as Festa and her pooch or Me and my African Grey Parrot. You will know that everything really revolves around them. So I found this aspect sweet and touching opposed to annoying.

    Also yes, there is a lot of potty talk. Not cursing, but bathroom breaks. More than I have ever heard. Not a problem here either, as I am very particular about where I choose to relieve myself and have already started to double think my choices today. I think the reason that so much crap happens to this group on their stops is just that, they stopped to allow the shambling dead a chance to catch up to them.

    Sarah Tancer delivers a crisp clear and concise snark filled performance that I think is almost what Festa would sound like if she herself was doing the narration. This is something that, I think, authors strive to get when picking a narrator.

    However, I found the snark to be a bit over the top and infused in just about every sentence. Making me wish that some of the characters at least sounded concerned about something other than the punchline. Because of this my mind drifted from time to time.

    All that being said I will be looking for more from Tancer as I see big things in her future.

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  • Engel: A Novelette of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Grant Palmquist
    • Narrated By David Winograd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    THE ULTIMATE HORROR HAS BEEN UNLEASHED UPON THE UNSUSPECTING CITY OF POE, TEXAS. An advertisement comes on TV one night encouraging Charlie to murder his boss, and he begins to wonder whether he’s losing his grip on reality… Across town an archangel visits Adam that same night and reveals an unfathomable evil skulking beneath the surface of society, a hidden wickedness that will alter Adam’s life in ways he never could have imagined… The torturous paths of Adam and Charlie will collide in the novelette Engel.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "be careful what you wish for"
    "be careful what you wish for"
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    I listened to Libertines first. The are not technically (as far as I could tell) a part of a series but could be. You do not have to read either to understand the short story of the other but the entire horns idea makes a statement in both.

    David Winograd comes back for this one and I just love (again) his take on this story. The inflections are so perfect! When a person should absolutely not be all excited and happy, they are. That’s the first sign to maybe something is not right. But it really is so much more than that. The inflections match the story and Charlie’s persona. I mean, who fantasizes about strangling their boss? Well… probably quite a few people! Which again is why this is so scary. It hits the truth behind humanity’s facades.

    What would you really wish for? I think this once again goes into that entire “be careful what you wish for” thing. And even in such a short story, some serious themes come out. Mainly the fact that again, humanity just is not nice.

    I actually really like Charlie. He’s a bit strange of course. And a bit of a hermit. I think that allows these thoughts to go even further and for him to progress into this archangel’s ideas.

    Really fun read! Again, dark but I’m learning that Grant Palmquist is great at the darker stories.

    Audio was so good that I cannot wait to listen to, or read, more of Grant’s stuff. I did enjoy the plot more of Libertines but it seems a bit more progressed.

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