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  • The Colony: Genesis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Alexander Brancy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    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?

    Heidi says: "Gripping, fast, moving"
    "Fast Action, Unique Zombies, High Tention"
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    The Colony: Genesis is the first book, novella or whatever you want to call it, in a huge undertaking by Michaelbrent Collings. He says himself that the series is panning out to be half a million (500,000) words, which could be translated to approximately 50 hours in audiobook. The Colony: Genesis starts off with a bang. All of a sudden everyone is going, what looks like, insane. Attacking each other, running around madly, or that's what it seems like to Ken Strickland, a mild mannered school teacher. Who's first mission is to escape his school. Then throughout he meets up with others like him. With the use vivid descriptions of gore and madness, very short chapters, of which each seems to end with a cliff hanger. I was kept at the edge of my seat, full of anticipation of what is about to happen. Collings also states, in the afterword from the author, that he wanted a create a zombie story that focuses more on the zombies then on the heinous monsters that humans can turn into in apocalyptic situations. This was made very apparent When something strange happens to the zombies, they all, at the same time stop moving or attacking and just stand there. As if they are in a trance of some sort. While the secondary characters had little development. I felt Ken was explained very well. He could be any normal person that is searching for his family, hoping that they too have survived as long as he has. While it is never explained what happens to "turn" almost everyone into mindless, or are they, walking corpses. I felt like I didn't need the explanation as I am sure more will be revealed in future installments. If you are looking for an very fast paced action packed, tension filled, zombie assault, with a little more that in "normal" for this genre, you have to check out this audiobook.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Number Seventy-Five

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Ashley Fontainne
    • Narrated By Sabrina Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Three years after the demise of her 17-year marriage, Mandy Russell decides to jump back into the choppy waters of the dating world. With very few options available in her small town of Bainsville, Tennessee, Mandy lets her best friend, Shawna, persuade her into joining an online dating site. Feeling she has met someone she can really connect with, Mandy decides it's time to meet face-to-face with her new suitor, unaware of his true plans for her.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "If you like revenge, serial killers, and physiolog"
    "If you like revenge, serial killers, and physiolog"
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    Before listening to Number Seventy-Five, I made sure to only look at the genre and not the summaries or reviews. I like to do this with the shorter stories as I am often surprised more. At first I thought that a majority of the story was going to be about the trial and tribulations of internet dating in your forties. But it was much more than that. This is a story about revenge and how the protagonist becomes number seventy-five. She soon finds herself captive, in a cave, but not alone. Full of minor twists and turns, I was engaged through the entire story. Even though I couldn't connect to any of the characters I enjoyed the time I spent listening. I cannot say more without giving everything away. If you like revenge, serial killers, and physiological thrillers, please do yourself a favor and listen to this interesting tale.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Flu

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Dave Courvoisier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you'll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you'll feel better in the morning. Not this time. Mutated and with a vengeance, the Spanish Flu returns. In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio.

    Maria says: "It was okay. Not my favorite."
    "A realistic insight into human nature and our will"
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    What I think is a man made virus, kept in cold storage in Alaska. Away from populations so it can be studied without worry of infecting the masses. As so often happens when a story stars off this way, the virus gets out and infects the entire continent faster than anyone thought possible. Then we are introduced to a cast of characters in Lodi, Ohio of all places. I found it very strange as to why we were concerned with the population of such a small and unassuming town. It isn’t until the second part of the book that I was able to understand why the town of Lodi, Ohio is even relevant. Full of interesting characters that are developed very well. I would even say there were too many characters to keep track of. I think it was strange that there were several distracting sex scenes that added nothing to plot. I found nothing ground breaking for terribly unique to the story. Slow to develop without a real climax, but overall good plague apocalypse adventure. A realistic insight into human nature and our will to survive and overcome anything. However I will be giving the second book a try.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By A.R. Wise
    • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    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"
    "Deadlocked 2 picks up, without missing beat"
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    Like I said earlier Deadlocked 2 picks up, without missing beat, immediately after the first book but from David's wife Laura's perspective. The zombie apocalypse continues to allow the crazy's to come out of the wood work, not sure how they manage but they do. Now it is up to Laura to keep the family together. She's powered by adrenaline, grief, Oxycontin and the fundamental instinct to protect her children. Wise believes that women characters are, more often that not, not portrayed as real women probably would be in these situations. I find it very refreshing when a strong willed stand alone female protagonists hit my ear, there should be more. I will be listening to the next chapter, I just can't help myself.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devoured: The Hunger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jason Brant
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Life isn't kind to Lance York. A full-time job has eluded him for years, his wife loathes the sight of him, his bank accounts are empty, and his wealthy father-in-law revels in his failures. After he lunges in front of a car to save a sick and disoriented woman, Lance awakens in a quarantined hospital. A devastating plague is spreading worldwide, driving those infected with it insane. Their bodies begin to mutate into horrors that have haunted mankind's nightmares for centuries.

    Michael says: "Zombies only the cocoon stage? Nice change!"
    "Not really a zombie story"
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    Devoured: The Hunger, Book 1 starts of kind of slow. Before the end of society, we meet Lance who is very down and out. A man that has been jobless for an extended period, who is in the midst of a divorce from a cheating wife. Everything soon changes when he takes a chance to save a woman from being hit by a car and knocking himself unconscious. Waking up to find that the hospital he is in has been quarantined by the CDC. The first of many adventures is his escape from the hospital so he can hide in his home. Soon the news channels stop broadcasting and then starts the real horror. Everyone that has been infected have risen into zombie like creatures that shy away from the sun and ravage at night. My thought was “Zombie vampires?”, but it gets worse. This is my favorite part of Jason Brant’s brainchild, the creatures and how the infected go from flu like symptoms, to fearsome zombie like creatures, to something that lives only in nightmares. Brant was able to create a very unique and refreshing take on a very heavily populated genre. Full of interesting characters, humor, survival, the systematic collapse of society. I will be back for more, I can’t wait to find out what Brant has in store for us.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    "Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

    Mike Naka says: "yup, i'd be messed up too"
    "I Need More Mountain Man"
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    My only complaint about The Hospital is that its too short. Blackmore introduces us to a world that has been ravaged by some sort of plague, thank you for not getting into it, the type of world that I have become accustomed to. The Mountain Man Augustus Berry, star of the series, reminds me of a character that I know of but cannot for the life of me remember who, there is a reason he is a survivor, let me leave it at that. This is a short account of one of his scavenging run where he decided to scour a hospital for supplies. Here he encounters a demented crazy woman and finds that there are many thing much more frightening that the undead. If you are like me and want another zombie series to listen to, please join me and check out the rest of the series in the very near future.

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Project Nemesis: A Kaiju Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Jon Hudson, lead investigator for the Department of Homeland Security's Fusion Center-P, thinks his job is a joke. While other Fusion Centers focus on thwarting terrorist activity, Hudson's division is tasked with handling paranormal threats to national security, of which there have been zero during his years at the DHS. When yet another Sasquatch sighting leads to a research facility in the backwoods of Maine, disguised as an abandoned Nike missile site, Hudson's job becomes deadly serious.

    Old Man Parker says: "Holy Mother of Cthulhu!"
    "You're in For a Treat With This Tribute"
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    Are you a fan of giant monster invasion stories? Or, are you just a fan of good old action adventure, stop the bad guy, or monster in this case, or the world as we know it will be destroyed? Well, you're in for a treat with this tribute or throwback to the classic black and white movies of yesteryear. Combining great action sequences, interesting characters, military involvement, oh yea, and a giant monster hellbent on its mission of destruction. Project Nemesis has been on my wish list over at Audible since it came out and for whatever reason I found ways to choose others to listen to first, don't make the same mistake I made by waiting. Jon Hudson is the lead investigator for a special branch of the Department of Homeland Security that only deals with paranormal investigations. He thinks its a joke and rest of the DHS thinks he's a joke by filling his time examining Sasquatch sightings. However, it is this very task that takes him to the backwoods of Maine where he discovers a secret research facility. Even though he didn't want to get involved he was brought in by gunfire when he got too close. This is where scientists were working on human gene splicing and created the Kaiju, that surprisingly started out small and continued to grow taller throughout the story. Jeremy Robinson was able to bring action, tension, horror, love and romance, to what could have been a very sterile and straight forward tale. My favorite aspect was the changing of the point of view to the monster itself, giving me insight on what the mission really was and what was going on within.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (296)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Maberry Delivers Joe Ledger Again Perfectly"
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    Once again the Department of Military Sciences (DMS) are called to action. Joe Ledger and his elite team are confronted with a seemingly unbeatable nemesis that endangers the world. At first glance it may seem kind of silly or unbelievable, but this series is so much more than that. This is where the writing skills of Jonathan Maberry come into play. If you have never listened to a Joe Ledger Novel in the past, not sure where you have been, you will be happy to know that you will be able to enjoy this sixth book in the series. No prior knowledge is needed, while it is full of flashbacks and references to characters and events from the prior books, everything is explained very well. Joe Ledger, possibly the worlds best killing machine, is happy. He is starting to rebuild his life with a new love. His team is at the top of their game. Queue the villain, Mother Night, the leader of an bunch of what are thought to be simple anarchists, they are so much more than that. What was different for me was the story speed slow down, less action, but much much more character building of both living and of the ones that have passed, and not in a boring way. Maberry brought together all the horrible things from all of the previous books and multiplied them by 100. The DMS definitely had their hands full being attacked by so many different angles. Pulse pounding action, horrifying situations, and an ending that brought me to tears. This will continue to be one of my favorite series that I will drop everything to consume the next installment as fast as possible and begin the excruciating wait for the next one.

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Road

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Craig DiLouie
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When five college friends cross America in a minivan to find themselves, they chance upon a road that isn’t on any map. They can’t resist exploring it. The van breaks down. They find a town, a massive trailer park steeped in squalor. The town isn’t on any map either. They find people in town. They’ll wish they hadn’t. The only sanctuary is the Big House - a giant mansion at the center of town that appears to be abandoned, only all the lights come on at night. Inside the Big House is the secret of the town. Inside, they’ll finally find themselves. They won’t like what they find.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "A version of the hills have eyes"
    "A version of the hills have eyes"
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    This was a truly disturbing tale of lost travelers thinking that they found salvation in a small back woods town. Sure it was short and sounds like little more than a pitch for a B grade slasher movie the likes of The Hills Have Eyes. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion, not all stories can be masterpieces. Masterpiece or not stories like this can reach down in your soul and turn part of it black. A group of friends break down in the middle of a road trip and in the middle of nowhere, only to find a small town. The residents seems a little off their rocker at first, only to discover later that they are much worse that the travelers first thought. This was a pretty straight forward horror story with not twists or turns, yet I found it a very quick escape from reality.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (358)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Could have been so much more"
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    The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1 is a highly complex science fiction mystery thriller that made some pretty huge promises to me, via all of the other positive reviews. Several mini-stories are told that all eventually end up binding together. We have aliens, I think or at least some sort of supreme beings. A secret organization, Clocktower, that is found to be much older and powerful than anyone, even those in the organization, thought possible. We have an American Autism researcher based in Indonesia. All of this created some confusion with me questioning what is actually happening and, ultimately getting lost. Once I got my footing in one plot line I was thrust into a completely different one. I found the lengthy explanations of seemingly mundane tasks quite tedious, making some scenes very difficult for me to get through without my mind wandering. The biggest thing was I couldn't connect or even care for any of the characters, something that easily elevates even the most mundane of stories. What I liked was what The Atlantis Gene could have been, or what I thought it was going to be, an all out action packed, thought provoking, tension creating, alien invading super spy thriller. As for the description of Dan Brown + Michael Crichton = A. G. Riddle, didn't add up for me. However I congratulate Riddle in being able sell a ton of books for his first novel and I see many bright spots in his future, but for me I don't think I will be continuing with this series. However you may think it is the cat's meow.

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    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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