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  • The Undead Situation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eloise J. Knapp
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (368)

    When the end finally occurred, everything about it was cinematic. The dead came back and ate people, civilization collapsed, and no one could do a thing. But Cyrus V. Sinclair couldn’t care less; he’s a sociopath. Amidst the chaos, Cyrus sits back and contemplates the gore stained streets and screams of his fellow man with little more emotion than one of the walking corpses. With his cache of guns and MREs, he rather likes the idea of hunkering down in his Seattle apartment while the world ends outside.

    Robert says: "Unique Zombie Tale"
    "I highly recommend this audiobook"
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    Where does The Undead Situation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Most zombie audio book that I have listened to are from the point of view of some military or ex-military or some super macho testosterone filled guy. The Undead Situation is told from the point of view of Cyrus V. Sinclair, a complete sociopath that really only has 2 cares in the world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While I could not relate to Cyrus what-so-ever, I did fully enjoy witnessing the discoveries that Cyrus made about himself along his journey. Be warned that nothing in this book is fluffy little bunnies and four-leaf clovers. This story is raw, real and sometimes a touch disturbing.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration done by Kevin T. Collins was perfect, he made me think that I was really listening to a crazy sociopath. I will admit that when the audio book first started I did not like the voice of the narrator, but as the book went on I found that very few people could have done this book any justice.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys straight-up zombie apocalypse survival novels; it has everything in it you could want.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Recollections: Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors.

    Tilo says: "Needs to be more engaging"
    "A man who is more mystery than anything else"
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    The audiobook intro, you know the part that says “…presents Adrian’s Undead…” made me fear that I was in for a home made tinny hollow sounding narration. Thank God that changed as soon as the real book started.

    Dark Recollections is the diary of an everyman named Adrian. A man who is more mystery than anything else and more is revealed throughout the story little by little adding to his interesting character. Told in the journal style that I expected and was happy to hear that it worked very well. This is something, in my mind, that would be difficult to pull off. The author has to remember that it isn’t straight action and what not as many people would leave certain thing like that out of their diary and Philbrook remembered that.

    Adrian is alone through most of the story, except for his pal Mr. Journal. Reconstructing the tasks and events that take place for him to build a secure hideout. The day to day work of clearing infected and gathering supplies.

    There were a few side stories that veered away from Adrian’s point of view and they were welcomed by me. They added more depth the outbreak epidemic.

    While it was slow paced, there are so many different direction the story could go. I want to listen to more and more of Adrian’s adventures and cannot wait for book 2 to come my way.

    I wasn’t sure, right away, if I was going to like James Foster’s performance or not. Mostly because of the opening few words that I mentioned above. But the more I listen the more I was mesmerized.

    Foster sounds like a regular guy, not a news caster or movie preview guy, not polished. Just real and raw storytelling. Good characterizations, great ability to emphasize humor and terror. I will be looking for more from him.

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  • Return of the Phoenix: Monster Squad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Heath Stallcup
    • Narrated By Jack Voorhies
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go "bump" in the night have been passed down and shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America 's military came together to form an elite band of rapid-response teams. Their mission: To face the challenge and keep the civilian populace safe from those threats and hide all evidence of their existence.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Fun military story about fighting monsters"
    "Fun military story about fighting monsters"
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    I am fully expecting some sort of a reinventing of one of my favorite audiobook series, Monster Hunter International. A secret agency battling monsters in real life and protecting us regular people.

    I want action, blood and gore, ridiculous monsters with plans to take over the world. I want a solid story that will help define this monster story sub-genre.

    What I got was an epic tale of a secret military team that is trained to fight the horrors of the night. They are all given secret injection to help keep them safe from the “contagious” variety of monsters.

    What I really liked was the hard core military action scenes, procedures and personalities. Full of subtle and not so subtle humor throughout. Instead of having the monsters be just monsters. Stallcup was able to give them all interesting back stories and agendas.

    Where my interest started to wonder was in the love story between a monster and one of the military team. I always find myself becoming very uncomfortable when erotica pops unknowingly in a story. Sitting at my desk at work, hoping that no one will hear what I hear. Constantly looking over my shoulders to make sure that no one gets too close.

    All in all this was a fun military story about fighting monsters. With several good plot twists that I didn’t see coming. I think for a first novel that Stallcup did very well and I look forward to hearing how his style progresses with future stories.

    In the beginning I found the performance by Jack Voorhies to be a bit soft-spoken for my taste. This changed slowly as the story progressed. By the end I was not able to think of another narrator that would be able to give the story such a unique voice.

    I didn’t care for the obnoxious blast of sound for the indicator of story switch. At first I thought there was something wrong with the recording and soon I realized that this was an intentional signal to the listener.

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  • The Book of Riley: A Zombie Tale Pt. 3: Book of Riley Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    Together with Yorkshire terrier Ben-Ben and former archenemy Patches the cat, Riley struggles to keep the zombies at bay while helping her favorite human, Jessie, as they travel cross-country, dodging pepper paint balls and taser blasts from the evil, misogynistic Icely and his band of thugs. Now this motley mishmash of mammals are running for their lives.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Tufo wouldn’t be Tufo if he didn’t wring emotions"
    "Tufo wouldn’t be Tufo if he didn’t wring emotions"
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    I have enjoyed Mark Tufo’s books immensely – he has never disappointed. I was a bit skeptical at first about “seeing” the zombie apocalypse through an American bulldogs eyes, but I should have known that Tufo does NOT disappoint (I’m sure the word is NOT in his vocabulary!).

    This is part 3 in a series of novellas. Jess and Zack are humans struggling to reach Mike Talbott’s family (see Zombie Fallout Series to meet this fun and adventuresome family). Continuing her travels Jess, with the help of Riley, Patches (the cat) and BenBen (a Yorkshire Terrier pup), she has to make sure her less than 2 year old brother makes it there alive.

    In this part, they break free from the evil villain, Icely, and takes one of his brides to freedom. Along the way this strange pack encounters zombies and decent folks who try to help them. No one is really prepared to battle Icely and his thugs who are hunting them down. In Icely’s mind, no one gets away especially a “bitch.”

    Of course, Tufo wouldn’t be Tufo if he didn’t wring emotions out of his readers – you will laugh (and find yourself craving bacon), cheer, gasp, and cry all in sitting. He weaves his magic so that you become entrenched with his characters and his plot – there is no escaping his writing style! You will find yourself immersed in this horrifying zombie apocalypse where luck has fled and fighting alongside the pack until the end.

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  • Plague War: The Author's Cut

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Cam Najarro and Ruth Goldman have developed a vaccine to protect Earth's survivors from the Archos plague, but the shattered U.S. government will do anything to keep the vaccine for themselves. Intent on sharing their cure, Cam and Ruth must cross the apocalyptic wastelands of North America – never realizing a greater threat is about to strike...

    Shieldslinger says: "Great Post-Apocalyptic Romp!"
    "Well written with high levels of anxiety inducing"
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    A mixture of military and post-apocalyptic thriller set in the not too distant future, Plague War captivates it’s audience with several gut wrenching ideas (not necessary new ones) that are communicated clearly and concisely thus making them very real!

    Nanotechnology that was designed to create cures for diseases takes an unexpected turn – it is released and begins to eat at all living organisms – plant, animal and human alike – destroying them. Only those that escape and live in the mountains – 10,000 feet above survive.

    Staged in the war torn U.S., Dr. Ruth Goldman, Cam, and Nemocheck struggle to reach a military base in Colorado, escape from Leadville and deliver the vaccine to the good guys. Amidst an invasion by China and Russia, our heroes must deliver the vaccine while dodging nuclear bombs, invading forces and their own people!

    This book also focuses on the power struggle of nations as well as survival of humankind – we are our own worst enemy. Communications break-down, bombs are no longer a threat but a reality. As if this is not enough, Ruth must find the origin of a ghost nanotech that has taken up residency in the vaccine while navigating a romance.

    Well written with high levels of anxiety inducing moments, Carlson achieves a well-developed, very real like plot with twists that leave one wondering what he has in store for them next. An excellent read for those who love military thrillers and those who love relationship themed reads.

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  • Phantom Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Bridges, Geoffrey Thorne, Jeffrey Bridges
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Sam, a guilt-ridden blacksmith, gets a telegram from the woman he left behind, asking for help. He returns to his hometown to find the "afflicted" roaming the streets, and discovers that letting go of the past is even more difficult than battling supernatural hordes.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Fantastic audio production!"
    "Fantastic audio production!"
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    What a fantastically done audio! It's rare when I get the pleasure of listening to an audio that is a full production and I must say I love it! There was so much that I enjoyed, the voices, the extra production noises added in, it was marvelous. I feel that all of this added so much to the story. Like for instance when they are in the mine you can hear their voices start to have that echo like quality. When people are walking or riding horses or on a carriage all those extra noises are added. It made the audio so much more enjoyable for me!

    As for the story it was also quite fun. The characters are believable and I just adore Sam. He seems like the type of person that you definitely want in your corner because he is just so willing to fight for his friends. Clara was my all time favorite and seemed the most believable of them all. Although Sam is a really close second. And Edwin was also really fun to listen to. His obsession with rock candy mirrors my own! Now I'm craving it!

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  • Broken Angel: House Phoenix, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By S.W. Vaughn
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Gabriel Morgan just wants to find his missing sister. All he has is his determination, and the knowledge that she's somewhere in New York City and may be involved with an underground street fighting ring known simply as the Organization. Marcus Slade, one of the Organization's leaders, wants money - and the young, strong, hot-tempered Gabriel looks like a sure bet. To ensure cooperation, Slade kidnaps the girl, then grabs Gabriel from the streets and gives him a choice: Fight, or watch his sister die.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "If you aren’t into MMA or similar fighting styles"
    "If you aren’t into MMA or similar fighting styles"
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    First thoughts about the cover of Broken Angel? Well, that’s a bit scary. The wall looks cracked, the door looks like it is in shadow. Is it a basement? Is it a dungeon? Is that blood on the floor?! It had my brain asking several questions before I ever started the book. Good way to draw the reader/listener in.

    This story is about Gabriel Morgan. He’s trying to find his sister. He feels he is responsible for her, he must take care of her, save her. In doing so, he unwillingly ends up getting tied in with underground fighting. He fights to protect his sister.

    The main ‘bad guy’ for most of this book is Slade. Honestly, this guy is an A-Hole to the max. Cruel, angry, narcissistic, manipulative… He sure makes a great bad guy for sure! I wanted to punch.

    Troy Duran is the narrator for this story. I loved his voice. Troy Duran has a sort of throaty growl in his voice that I found lovely. I loved the accents he gave to some of the characters in the book. This book is 9 hours, 1 minute, and 40 seconds. Well worth the time.

    There are several descriptive bloody fight scenes. Kinda mixes boxing, mixed martial arts, free style, and flat out brawling. If you aren’t into MMA or similar fighting styles, this book is not for you. It has a great story line about the five houses that run the fighting ring as well.

    The one mistake the narrator made that I caught was at the end of chapter six. It was a small one word oopsie, but it still brought me out of the story. The word bow. He read it as bow as in bow and arrow. It should have been said as one would bow a head. As in bend forward or curve downward. Same spelling, but different. Over all I greatly enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the others in this series. They are on my list for sure.

    When I finished this book it left me with the feeling that sometimes people are not what they seem. Even the best person has their dark side. There will always be people in your life that you think you cannot live without, but you might have to cut ties and walk away. Sometimes letting go is the only way to move forward.

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  • 900 Miles: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. Johnathan Davis
    • Narrated By Jamison Jones
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    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"
    "This is my favorite sort of zombie story"
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    I love zombie books, But I approach each book like this download I found called “ONE but the only one.”

    It’s a 100 song compilation of the song “ONE ” by U2, There are every kind of musical approach to the song. Some are good some are painful. They all have more or less the same words, but how each artist has done something with those words makes all the difference.

    900 Miles is a great story about people, and the zombies are almost an after thought.

    This is my favorite sort of zombie story,

    The people do the sorts of things both good and bad that you can see yourself and your friends doing,They are not superheros, nor are the idiots, The story is very believable and yet there are parts where I had to rewind and listen it again.

    Not to give away any of the plot. But when the story goes off the main plot line. Let’s just say I was a little more tired then I would normally be at work the next day. From not being able to just pause it, without hearing how it was going to end.

    The story is at it’s heart a very simple one, Something very bad happens and the main person has to struggle to travel 900 miles to where his very pregnant wife is waiting for him. Had the very bad thing, been something like an air plane crash, or say a flood, then the story would be a fairly straight forward one of “man versus the elements”. However the very bad thing that happened was zombies.

    Jamison Jones did a great job of narration, and his voice has a familiar ring to it and that might be because he was a regular in the FOX series 24.

    900 miles is a long way to go with out the modern conveniences of “zombie free travel”, and you feel every single mile before the story is over.

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  • Ravenhill Court

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David R. Beshears
    • Narrated By Karen Krause
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Journey back to 1964... The man is just a boy. He and his friends find that their neighborhood, a cul-de-sac set into the foothills along the California coast, is not all that it appears. There are strange happenings - some amazing, some terrifying, and all pointing to the fact that this little community of families might just be something other than what the rest of the world perceives it to be.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "laden with unexpected twists and unique elements"
    "laden with unexpected twists and unique elements"
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    I’m not a huge ‘epic fantasy’ fanatic, but the premise for this audiobook had me intrigued: who can resist a suburban 1960’s alternate universe story told from the teens and pre-teens who lived it? Not only would it be an interesting counterpoint displaying the world that “was” but the incorporation of alternate events and elements only witnessed by the children would make this unlike other stories I have read or heard about.

    Beshears has created a lovely story, laden with unexpected twists and unique elements, giving us four teens: Ben, Peter, Louis and Julie, and their quest to discover and unmask the strange happenings in their neighborhood. Initially the children are leaning to conspiracy – the adults MUST see what is happening, and they have decided to ‘ignore’ it all, or keep it hidden from them with the oft-heard refrain of “you are too young’. But then things turn on their side in a quite unique way, and the professor asking for their help gives them an entrée into all sorts of new and different perspectives.

    World-building, from the clubhouse to the neighborhood, and the kids’ experiences on their adventure give readers / listeners imagery that is accessible and easy to visualize, and it isn’t geared to just a younger reader. Adults and children alike can appreciate and understand the story, the plotting arc is smooth and flows from questions to adventure to recap smoothly as the characters come together to discuss what they know, don’t know and want to discover.

    Karen Krause is the narrator for this story: I’ve appreciated her work on other titles, and she did not disappoint in this one. Seamlessly navigating between the different voices that she gave to each character, with inflections, pitch and pacing varying slightly to give each character a unique and recognizable voice, her delivery of voices and the addition of emotive traits to emphasize emotions was spot on. The audio production was smooth and free from jarring transitions or noticeable editing.

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  • Doorways: A Book of Vampires, Werewolves, & Black Magic, The Doorways Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tim O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    When Zach Black discovers a doorway, he enters a world similar, yet very different from his own. A world inhabited with vampires, werewolves, and zombies, Zach makes a journey like no other. With the help of a beautiful vampire named Neanna Cera and a werewolf called William Weaver, Zach's journey to save the person he loves takes him through the Doorways. But the Doorways have the power to change you - altering your appearance and abilities as you pass between them.

    Susan Keefe says: "Pure magic!"
    "This is one of the most unique stories"
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    This is one of the most unique stories I have listened to for a while, and it get marks for that. Imagine a parallel dimension where all of the typical horror story "badguys" are the regular folk, and that you might have a double there too.

    The only way to get to this other world is through magical doorways that no one ever know where there will appear in either world. Allowing for travel back and forth. Hence where the real world vampires, werewolves and the like came from.

    This was a story of Jack Black a young man who walks through a doorway and goes to the other world. Meeting up with friendly vampires and werewolves. That finds himself on a mission to save the double of someone he loves. All the while fighting off the evil zombies and other creatures of the night.

    For me there were too many characters to keep track of. Making it difficult for me to keep attention. While it was full of adventure, it wasn't quite for me.

    There is adventure, blood and gore, fantastical characters, that will bring you back to your younger years. When you had unimaginable friendships with non-human beings. So, if you are looking for something new and different in the fantasy world, Doorways: A Book of Vampires, Werewolves, & Black Magic is sure to be right up your alley.

    Fred Wolinsky did what he could with this one. He really tried to create unique sounding characters, I do appreciate that, but there were just too many.

    He was able to inject real emotion into his performance, truly making the sinister characters sound as evil as he could. There were some points were I had to rewind because I couldn't catch what he was saying. While simultaneously keeping Jack Black sounding young and innocent.

    Based on the performance I will be looking for more from Wolinsky. I think he might do better with fewer characters. And a more straight forward storyline.

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  • The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

    Amanda says: "Remarkable."
    "Brilliantly written, well done audio"
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    Here we are in a bleak future where we are using all of our resources (big surprise) so some brilliant people come up with the idea of Atopia. A place where you can go and live how you want getting all of your pleasures fulfilled. And I do mean … all of them! But you have to be careful what you wish for!! With differing points of view for each story it is very easy to see and understand how the character of that story feels. I was immediately caught up in the storyline from book one and enjoyed most how Matthew Mather ends these. A bit evil (right up my alley).

    Book one and two really caught me and I think there was a real moral lesson to be learned in them, as in this entire story, but those two stuck with me all the way through. It helps that every story starts at the same time and I got to see some of the characters that I’ve come to know. Each story gives a little more depth, and then a bit more so by the end I was able to see how they intertwined.

    The audio for this was fabulous. I loved that this has different narrators. There are so many characters that NOT having multiple narrators may have bogged the voices down, but as it is I was able to interpret the voices very easily. It also helps that at the beginning of some of the chapters in later books we are told who is giving their point of view. Also, sometimes I feel like an audio would be better read in book form, in this case with the differing characters and the great production, hands down suggest audio all the way.

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