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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7039)
    Performance
    (6540)
    Story
    (6542)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Star Teck but not really"
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    I really enjoyed listening to Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, a very strange and yet somehow very familiar galactic adventure. I found myself wondering where in the universe is this story going with as many plot twists and turns to keep a psychic guessing. This audiobook is action packed planet jumping, time traveling, ridiculous situationing, pure and complicated sci-fi story that cult classics are made from. Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas has the main story, Redshirts, and then 3 codas at the end of the recording. Each of the codas is a strange first, second and third person prolog and epilog. I think it may have been more of a writing exercise for Scalzi, or space filler, or something, not really sure why they are there and found them equally painful and intriguing to listen to. One this I did not care for at all was all of the, I know there is probably an industry term for this, he said, she said. It seems after every other sentence either he said something or she said and just found it distracting.

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  • Desecration

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By J.F. Penn
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ashford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (49)
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    (49)

    When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. She enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds. When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim. As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

    Michael Parsley says: "So much more than a thriller"
    "wondering about how hinged people are normally"
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    First thoughts of the cover of Desecration by J.F. Penn? That woman has a gun, that’s a graveyard, and that’s an angel statue on a grave…this cannot go well for somebody.

    The main character is a detective in London named Jamie. She has a young daughter named Polly that is dying of Type two Motor Neuron Disease. This causes Jamie to be more risky with both her life and profession. In a way she’s trying to punish herself for her daughter slowly dying horribly. It’s heartbreaking.

    The Narrator is Rosalind Ashford. Her accent is lovely. It will tend to relax you. In my case, a bit to much. I had to keep backtracking because of this. The author is J.F. Penn. This book is seven hours and fifty-seven minutes long.

    For the first 2/3 of this book it was a quirky detective novel. The last 1/3 it went off the rails. That last one third of it being loco is actually a good thing. It helped spice up the book to keep me better interested in the story.

    The book centers around Detective Jamie trying to find the killer for a socialite that shuns her family and what they stand for. It brings into light some odd factors of corpses being turned into art pieces, body modifications such as tattoos and piercing, missing corpses, and mysterious group called the Lyceum. I would recommend this to be an eighteen and up book because of some very violent bloody scenes.

    This book left me wondering about how hinged people are normally. Can people walk around wearing a mask of normalcy and be crazy enough to believe that it is necessary to murder people for science or the ‘greater good’? Are there enough crazy people to follow someone into those delusions and commit crimes for them and with them? Is this the bases for the reasonings of why random cults pop up? I do not know, but I hope not.

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  • Lonely are the Hunted: Rocky Mountain Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Will Hinton
    • Narrated By Hubert Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    An action-packed western in the true classic tradition by new author Will Hinton. With one pull of the trigger, Dan Kade had purged the Metzal Valley of a rogue and ruthless lawman, But in the process, he had condemned himself to a life on the run…And life on the run, always being hunted, was to prove a very lonely condition.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Once in a while I get hankering for a good western"
    "Once in a while I get hankering for a good western"
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    Once in a while I get a hankering for a good western. This is a great western. It has everything that makes a good old west story. Gunfighting, Indians, outlaws, horse thieving, a little romance, and a lonely young man on the run.
    Dan Kade is a likeable young man of 24 years, who was on his way into town. He met two other men on the way and they rode in together. They were accosted by the local lawmen. What followed was a series of misunderstandings and murder. His new friends and his horse were shot. One friend was killed the other was critical. Dan managed to grab another horse and escape. Later he returns and shoots the evil lawmen. One dies and the other is sent to prison. Dan only knows he killed to lawmen and is now on the run.
    Several weeks of running and poor food have worn him out.When he wakes one morning an Indian is sitting at his campfire eating, bacon, eggs and biscuits. Red Elk, an educated man, knows the land. He also adds a bit of comedy to the story. They become fast friends as they make their way to a cabin in the Grand Canyon. Four more join them and they get ready to catch and gentle wild horses.

    All the characters are well developed. They fit the story with their personalities and talents. For the most part they are carefree and content cowboys. The old mountain man adds a bit of legend. The rugged mountains, desolate desert, the wind swept plains all provide the perfect setting. My favorite part was the Grand Canyon. I’ve been there and seen some of the trails down. Incredible.

    You will soon find that you want Dan to find peace as his life takes several twists and turns. You will also fall hard for his two loveable, trusting, intelligent horses.
    The bond between man and horse is part of the old West and a good story.

    Hubert Williams rendition of the book was very good. He has the perfect gravelly voice for a western. I did have a bit of trouble understanding him at times.

    The Production Quality was good. I did have some problems with skips. It may have been my LP that is to falt with the download. It’s getting old.

    I really enjoyed listening to this audio performance and will be getting the other two books in the series. Already have them bookmarked on Amazon.

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  • The Enemy of an Enemy: Lost Tales of Power, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vincent Trigili
    • Narrated By Jack de Golia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Vydor was on a fast track to the highest-ranking position in the Imperial Navy’s security forces and was recently assigned to the senior staff of the flagship of the Navy, the Dragon Claw. All he wanted to do his entire life was to serve his god, the Emperor, and given his phenomenal performance during his training in the Naval Academy, it seemed he would be able to do just that.

    Lynz says: "So good i brought it twice!"
    "This book surprised me"
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    I had looked into getting this book more than once in the past but never bit the bullet. When an opportunity arose to review it, here at Audiobookreviewer dot com, I took it. The term Science-Fantasy jumped out at me as I am an avid fan of fantasy. Though I do only dabble in Sci-Fi I’ve always really enjoyed the genre and have wanted to experiment with the melding of the two. Vincent Trigili does a pretty good job of doing it.

    This story focuses on Vydor. A young officer in the Imperial Navy who gets signed on to a mission that is all but suicidal, by the emperor himself. He is granted a ship, the Black Talon, and a squad of Dark Knights, the best warriors in the Empire. Upon arrival to their destination they were attacked by a group of Magi, the very people they were sent to find. The Magi over powered Vydor and the Dark Knights. Only Vydor made it out alive despite the help of the Black Adders, a group of black ops group thought dead. Soon after, the Black Adders meet a mysterious man names Mantis. Mantis tells the tale of a war between Wizards and Sorcerers and the sad truth that the Adders universe is being dragged in and it’s up to them to stop it.

    This book surprised me. It started off very slow, it was mostly mediocre dialogue the first half of the book, most of it relevant and some not. Right around halfway through it really got interesting. The first bit of combat erupted and the story started to unfold alot quicker. Introducing new powers, conspiracies, and hidden agendas that surprise and will change Vydor’s life forever. My only real complaint about the story is everything falls into place almost too easily, with people agreeing without question and immediately. Seems too easy. The story is really cool, however the story telling leaves a little to be wanted.

    The narrator of the book is Jack De Golia. This was the first I’ve listened to his work. His production quality was very good, no background noise, breathing, or any other real distractions. His reading was a little slow and choppy. I got past this by speeding up the playback speed to 1.2x. On the other hand, he did a very good job creating voices that are easily identifiable with their respecting characters and consistent throughout. I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to others work by him.

    I say give it a try. It has a good price tag, especially when utilized with the whispersync feature. Plus, it’s a fun mix of fantasy and Sci-Fi. From space ship and Ensign, to telepathy and magic wands, Mr. Trigili has you covered.

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  • The Infinite Sea: The 5th Wave, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
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    How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Wubba. Let me quote X-files for a moment and say,"
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    Wubba. Let me quote X-files for a moment and say, “Trust no one.”

    I only finished the book a little over a week ago and I still don’t fully grasp that last quarter of the book or so. I’m getting ahead of myself here. I hope if you’re reading this that you’ve read or have considered reading The 5th Wave, book #1 in the series. I will, as always, do my absolute best to avoid spoilers… but with this book there are minor spoilers really built-in as this is very much a continuation of the overall story arc.

    At the heart of this story is an alien race trying to wipe us off the face of the Earth. They are quite efficient at creating this outcome.

    The human race, what’s left of it anyway, has survived 4 ‘waves’ of destruction. The 5th wave has been discovered, but it is far more insidious than originally expected. Cassie, Ben, and Ringer leads us further down the rabbit hole and into the dark underbelly of the beast (well, alien rather) to face and fully realize the ultimate endgame of the Others: the extinction of the human infection upon the planet.

    Just when it seems there may be some glimmer of hope – after all, Cassie survived to fight another day – it’s revealed that everything she thought she knew is only the very tip of the iceberg.

    That’s about the best summary I can give without releasing a pack of spoilers. It was not as easy as it might seem. I still want the license plate off the bus that apparently ran me over in the final 20 (or so)% of this book.

    Perhaps this book suffers from second book syndrome? I can’t even fault the writing itself as somehow lacking from the first book, it really is just – wow. Rick Yancey has that ‘wow’ factor. Why am I complaining and not fangirling, you might ask? I still don’t fully grasp the ‘end’ (it’s obviously a set-up to to the next book, no surprise there) and I even listened to that last bit twice. It’s like a movie-goer saying they fully understood Inception after one viewing. I feel like one of those memes belongs here, “One does not just walk into Mordor…” only with this it’s, “One does not just read The Infinite Sea and fully understand it.” Feel welcome to prove me wrong and come back and tell me what I obviously didn’t get.

    I did really love the dual narrators, and how nifty that the new male narrator is named Ben. I know it’s a total coincidence, but it’s a fun one. I held back a perfect score for the narrators on the off chance that maybe they added to my ‘ending’ confusion. It’s a long-shot, as they really made this book pop. There was an additional challenge of more characters to narrate, more points-of-view, more action… just more. They really stepped up to the plate. I fell in love with Phoebe Strole’s narration in book one and The Infinite Sea was just as lovely – and she even had the addition of Ringer’s POV this time around. Both Phoebe and Ben Yannette sold me on the characters. Their age, the angst, the sometimes juvenile thoughts, granted they didn’t write the words but they made the words real for the listener. This is the stuff that makes or breaks an audiobook and they nailed it.

    The production crew also did a fantastic job on this. For me, it’s the mistakes or blips that always seem to glare in a performance and they simply were not there. Another simple thing, the music lead-in to the book. Little touches that made the overall experience just fantastic. Bravo production crew!

    Ultimately, after everything is said and done, it just didn’t quite live up to the first book. It may have been the odd pacing of the book, the extra POVs, maybe even action, the twists… it just ended up a little too cryptic. Despite all this, I am still committed to this series and will happily hand over my money for book #3 once it’s out. If you are a sci-fi and/or dystopian fan that doesn’t mind juvenile characters, this series is NOT to be missed!

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  • Kyrathaba Rising: Kyrathaba Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Bryan Miller
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    One hundred and seventy years from now, aliens decimate Earth. A relative handful of humans survive, hidden in deep subterranean enclaves that offer some protection from surface radiation. Although the main attack is now seven years in the past, one alien ship remains in orbit, and the conquerors are not content merely to let humanity lick its wounds...

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Within the book one is faced with two worlds"
    "Within the book one is faced with two worlds"
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    Kyrathaba Rising is a post-apocalyptic world in the 2200’s and which aliens, robots and humans reside. Discovering unstableness and treachery, the humans and androids break into two fractions. One small group of four travels into a parallel world that is virtual in a sense and filled with magic, kings, orcs and such. The other fraction, a much larger group explores going deeper into the underground system they have been forced to live in since the war of human vs alien seven years prior.

    Within the book one is faced with two worlds, both fighting for the same right to life and freedom from alien domination. The aliens remain above in a space ship, waiting, patiently.

    I found Kyrathaba Rising to be a book one cannot listen to in bits and pieces, rather one must devote longer periods of time because it is very technical in the first 30 minutes. A hardcore science novel, it is very richly devoted to details that creates a clear understanding of what is going on and establishes character development.

    It was interesting to experience the mash-up of hardcore science and fantasy, creating a connection where one would not normally see it. The plot development and character development were well executed.

    The narrator, Christine Padovan did a good job of narrating. If one listened closely one could distinguish the humans from the androids because the androids spoke with the ending of their words being drawn out.

    Production was good as there were no issues and no distracting background noises.

    I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a hardcore science fan.

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  • Exodus: Dead Planet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Drew Avera
    • Narrated By Al Kessel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Exodus is a dystopian science-fiction audiobook that takes place on Mars in the distant future. The world is full of corruption, and the government is run by an organization of businessmen called the Syndicate. Their aim is global domination through total control of the economy, health, and welfare of the people.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This is a simplistic story"
    "This is a simplistic story"
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    It is far in the future and mankind has left the dying Earth to live on a terraformed Mars. Cruel syndicates (mobs) run commerce and government with an iron fist, murdering anyone who threatens their control. The main character is a hit-man who learns from his scientist sister that Mars is dying due to lack of maintenance of its nuclear power plants.

    And that’s about it. This is a simplistic story of a one-dimensional character who kills his way through society to save his blubbering sister. She is being threatened by the mob who is letting Mars die so they can return to an empty Earth to build a bigger empire. If you are wondering why ruthless, megalomaniacal mobsters would destroy an entire developed, industrialized world to rebuild on one they previously abandoned, keep wondering; because you will not find the answer in this book. If you are wondering how a former hit-man can be threatened, tortured and captured multiple times, but always escape because his enemies neglect to take away his weapon, keep wondering.

    Exodus reads like an outline of a story, without detail or texture. The buildings are “tall,” and night is “dark,” people get information from “media devices.” Of course this technique can give a sense of strangeness to a story, unworldliness, unfortunately in this case, the listener is simply given no soil for his imagination to grow. Mars and its inhabitants sound like a wire drawing done on a CAD program.

    Al Kessel narrates Exodus and does a generally competent job. He seems to be trying hard to put excitement into the words that aren’t carrying it.

    This reviewer knows the effort that goes into writing a book and respects that. Unfortunately, all that effort results in a book that is extremely difficult to listen to. If you are a fan of futuristic Sci-Fi mobster stories, you might give it a test run, but others should look elsewhere.

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  • Ennara and the Fallen Druid

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Angela Myron
    • Narrated By Crystal Marcano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (2)
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    Eleven year-old Ennara Gaern has a serious grudge against the dragon on her right hand. Born with a mask that foretold magical powers, she was immediately inked with the fiendish, fire-breathing tattoo that forces her to study boring texts, cover her hand continuously, and worst of all, keeps her from visiting the beautiful capital city, Dordonne. But her quiet life changes when one night she is attacked by a shadowy demon.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Angela Myron has all the important ingredients"
    "Angela Myron has all the important ingredients"
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    Ennara’s story is a wonderful story by Angela Myron and listen that is narrated by Crystal Marcano. I find that this is a great long trip listen for the whole family. At 5 hours and 13 mins. This is great for those that love paranormal stories filled with wizards, witches and we cannot forget the dragon. The wait of each action scene is “Can Ennara do it?” “Can she get them out of this?” leaves the reader asking this throughout the book.

    So wait! Getting ahead of myself! Angela Myron has all the important ingredients to the plot of this story. Young characters that young readers/listeners can relate to. Starting with 11 year old Ennara and her friend Kithe. Ennara bears a tattoo of a dragon on her wrist. Which she is always told not to reveal it. Under her Aunt’s guidance of teaching Ennara the trade of being a witch. That someday she will save the world. Something that Ennara found so farfetched that she can do such a task. The time period is of the Druids. Traveling by horse, boat and by foot.

    Under the guidance of a Wizard and friend named Tork. The two of them set out on a journey to retrieve the sword called “Sword of Gisilfrid” to destroy the curse that is creating demons called Shadowspawn. In this quest it is predictable as with most stories the friend always ends up following and ends up in the adventure. Kithe is no different. However, what I do like about this character as not seen with many sidekicks. Kithe even at the young age the author has him at has a clearer and much stronger head on his shoulders. So that when Ennara seems to drift towards the bad he helps her stay on a steady course. Ennara has two sides to her magic, good and bad that she is not under full control of yet. Both sides of the magic however, helps in saving them all for the most part throughout the story. However, Tork reminds her to be mindful of not using the bad magic. The travel to the city of Dordonne with Tork, Ennara and Kithe to get supplies as they leave to the Sunken City to retrieve the Sword. An apothecary where they are picking up some of the supplies they will need for the trip. A shop keeper ask Ennara to retrieve a bracelet that she tells her is of no importance. Kithe is an important part to the scene is all I will tell you.

    Along the way Tork encounters trouble with a Shadespawn and goes into a deep sleep. Braving pirates and the rough seas as the try to get to the Sunken City. It is now up to Ennara and Kithe to not only save Tork but everyone. Adding to the twosome is 2 more important supporting characters. A young boy a bit older than them named Gavin and a special marine cat named Smoos.

    Yes, this book is predictable. But, it is geared towards 8-12 year olds. However, anyone older will also enjoy the listen. The narrator Crystal Marcano did an amazing and believable job with each of the characters and their voices. The only voice that seemed really young was Tork. Being an older man he seemed to be their age. I did enjoy the accents since it was more of a Scottish placed story.

    A bonus to the listening of this first book is that the author included a bit of the second book. I would have missed it if I did not shut off my kindle I was using to listen to the book. So keep going as you get to the end. Needs a bit of editing in my opinion to say, “Now for a preview of the upcoming book! “Ennara and the Book of Shadows” It gives the listener something to look forward to. Then give the credits at the end

    As others that have read the book. I have to agree that there is a bit of a Harry Potter feel to the story with the main character being a girl. Something I enjoy seeing is a strong female character and I have been seeing a lot of that lately.

    The cover of the book is simply delightful. Fits the characters perfectly. I look forward to the release of the 2nd audio book.

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  • Users: My Angels Have Demons, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stacy Buck, Jennifer Buck
    • Narrated By Rich Camillucci
    Overall
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    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A pandemic is spreading through the streets of Seattle. Drugs run rampant through its population, and no one knows this better than Carter, an ex-heroin junkie and lifetime User. Born with a superheated heart, Carter can unleash fire through his pores, igniting anything he touches.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Great plot, interesting characters..."
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    This completely caught my attention from the first word. It sort of reminded me of that movie Push, where people have extraordinary abilities but do not always use them for good. The main character, Carter, is a complete mess, even with his abilities.

    Carter’s girlfriend leaves him and even though he has been sober for five years, that’s the first thing he decides to go get; drugs. And because of that decision all hell breaks loose! He also always decides to go to the absolutely wrong people at the worst times.

    The narrator, Rich Camillucci, matched the persona of Carter perfectly. His voice allowed me to get into the story faster than I may have otherwise. The only slight criticism I have is that it seemed like he was hesitating at times. It sounded like he was hesitating. Not even for a full second but a split second that seemed to slow a sentence a fraction. Maybe it was how he felt that Carter would react and feel about all the crap that happens to him. The hesitating spots were not so many that it stopped me being able to enjoy the story though.

    And as good as Rich Camillucci was with Carter, he was that great with inflection and allowing the anticipation of the story to build. This is told as a story while Carter is talking to his (well needed) therapist. It jumps back and forth from speaking with the therapist to his actual story and I loved it! I thought it was a very neat way to set up a story and to give us an insight into Carter’s messed up life. I normally do not prefer to jump back and forth in time but it was done seamlessly.

    The whole portion of the later parts of the story when Carter has to go into hiding did not make sense at first and had me questioning the characters motives. All this pans out in the end. It winds up making perfect sense, even if it does not at first. It actually helps the story flow. Although I would not have guessed things were going to happen they way they do. But Carter knows the other characters and he obviously knows them well enough to anticipate their next actions.

    Great plot, interesting characters, and fascinating story telling makes for one very dramatic story. The only thing that I did not like was Carter’s whining about halfway through. Man, this guy can whine! My hubby and I listened to the middle of this story and sadly that was all he wanted to listen to. Had he listened more I think he would have enjoyed how it ended. Do not stop halfway! Get through Carter’s whining and move along!

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  • The Death: A Post Apocalyptic Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John W. Vance
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
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    (103)
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    The Death will find you... Devin Chase was just living his life, when the world changed in an instant. In the matter of a week a deadly virus known as The Death ravages the world killing over 90% of those infected. After six months in a self-imposed quarantine, he emerges into a new world. As he travels, he discovers others like him who are immune, but he also discovers that the world he knew is gone. It has been replaced with a savage and brutal one where the only rule is kill or be killed.

    Jim says: "Review of The Death"
    "survivors from a deadly virus"
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    “The Death: Quarantine” is the first part of The Death trilogy by John W. Vance, self Published in December 2014, narrated by Guy Williams. It is Post Apocalyptic and adventure genres, I didn’t see it as a horror story though, generally speaking it was fun, interesting, and quick paced.

    The story revolves around two sites and groups of survivors from a deadly virus which ended more than 90% of living things on earth, one is in the Midwest and the other in a FEMA camp in Colorado. The first group includes Devine who meets Chase and her dog Brando, he travels with them (since he doesn’t have better things to do ), both of them meet people on their way. While the second group includes Lori, her husband Fred and their son, they are trying to get out of the FEMA camp.

    The setting of the story is excellent, the description of what is left is like during such a situation is realistic, the events were moving in an exciting pace. Even though some events were predictable, however, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story.

    The virus plot is done in a very good manner and the way the writer used doubt until the final scenes where you know the truth was intense. Even though I didn’t like the ending (the cliff hanger) it didn’t give me motivation to read the second part like other trilogies.

    I felt the characters within the two groups were different enough. Some of the characters, in the Midwest group, I found to be very shallow and not believable. For example: The main character is indecisive almost cowardly, yet in the battle he transforms into a military general; the teenager who has no emotional package and the obedience of six years old. Like enjoyed the characters in the second group much more, because we can feel the emotional depth and realism (not always though, there were some scenes were so out of place).

    The narrator for this novel was Guy Williams, he was awesome he literally gave the characters lives on their own, each character had its own voice and accent, his reading made me enjoy the fast paced plot more than normal reading, his ability to control the rise and the drop of his voice made this novel a great experience for me.

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  • The Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    A strange plague called the "Gets" is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget - small things at first, like where they left their keys... then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily - and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered - a universal healer, from initial reports.

    Charles says: "Troubling"
    "This book is rather strange and disquieting"
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    Performance
    Story

    This book is rather strange and disquieting. Full of flashbacks and sometimes rather confusing. The story starts out with Luke Nelson traveling 10,000 miles to meet with his estranged brother. The request came from the government and they made the travel arrangements.
    There is a deadly plague that has invaded every country in the world. It makes people forget. They forget everything until they just die from starvation. Worse yet, no one knows how it is transmitted.

    Luke’s brother, Clayton, may had found a cure. A miracle cure not for just this plague but for all disease. He has sent a message for Luke to join him in his research lab that is deep in the Mariana Trench.

    As Luke travels to meet his brother, he thinks back to when they were children. These flashbacks set the tone of their relationship. Clayton is a genius and a sadistic psychopath and a sociopath. He only cares about his research and the fame it brings him. The lives of his subjects have no value. He can’t understand why Clayton would want to see him. He was a animal vet. Clayton was an animal killer. He didn’t want to clean up after him again.

    This is a mix of “Twilight Zone”, “Outer Limits” and “X-Factor.” Horror story at it’s best. It gets very graphic in places. I think it was too much sometimes with all the flashbacks and dream sequences. It was hard to tell sometimes if it was real or another one of Luke’s dreams, or a dream within a dream. The parts that were in the dark with only a flashlight were the most frightening.

    Cory Brill has a nice voice and gave a good rendition. His dictation was flawless. Sometimes his voice was too nice, considering what he was reading.
    Production was clear and without static or breaks. Overall an engrossing story.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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