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  • Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alex Irvine
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (175)

    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

    Old Man Parker says: "Dig the Movie? LOVE the Audio Book!"
    "surprisingly character driven"
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    Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization is an action packed assault on what you think reality is, that is surprisingly character driven and not all big robots, big monsters, big battles. Oh man this is one to see in the theaters for sure. I have a feeling that the novelization did not do the enormity of this tale much justice, unless you have a very good imagination. From my understanding this was a straight to movie production and that makes me wonder how difficult it is to go backwards, meaning movie to book. No matter how easy or difficult this was a success. I just might be the type that will go for these types of audiobooks in the future. Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization is really about the strength of the human will and our desire to survive no matter the cost, and of course how good will triumph over evil, even if all may seem lost.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Better World: The Brilliance Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    The brilliants changed everything.

    Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Simply a solid continuation of a great idea"
    "Simply a solid continuation of a great idea"
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    A Better World picks up shortly after the conclusion of Brilliance. Nick Cooper, a brilliant himself, worked for Equitable Services (under DAR) hunting down rouge or terrorist or unwanted abnorms. After taking down his boss and the President of the Untied States, after one of his charges, John Smith, enlightens Nick as to what is really going on. Now he has been asked by the new President, form Vice-President, to hunt down a new group of terrorists, The Children of Darwin. With no option to refuse.

    Simultaneously Shannon, Cooper's cohort from the last story is embarking on her own missions. Both stories converge eventually. Contrasting to the last audiobook, which had only one point of view to follow, here we have to follow three. Nick Cooper, Shannon and Ethan (normal person) a scientist who's story doesn't make sense until later on. This jumping back and forth kept me for being fully immersed like I was last time.

    The uniqueness that made Brilliance such an awesome story, and surrounded it with hype somewhere disappeared in A Better World. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this sequel, it just seemed more mainstream thriller with much of the action in the second half of the story. No real surprises or major plot twists. What kept me interested was the complexity of Cooper, he is the kind of guy that would be wearing a white hat in an old western. Good guy through and through, yet awesomely imperfect.

    Simply a solid continuation of a great idea, I cannot wait for the next one.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (804)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Alternate Reality for Talbot"
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    When I read the summary I was a little confused and disappointed that it was the same main character as that series. But what could be better than a zombie series, why an alien invasion series of course. I have been a big science fiction fan since I was a kid so I was interested to hear Tufo’s spin on it.

    Once I started the audiobook I immediately had apprehension with the cast line being almost exactly the same, but that went away fairly quickly. Once I realized that Tufo is laying out an alternate reality rather than adding on to what I already know.

    Mark Tufo has a unique and witty way of really deep character building. So we start the book off going back to Michael Talbot’s childhood where he meets his best friend Paul. They grow up and go to college getting into hilarious trouble along the way.

    At college Michael goes to an outdoor concert where the listeners are abducted by aliens. Instead of your typical experimentation on humans this is where Tufo puts his touch on it. All the male prisoners are forced into a gladiator style, fight to the death, completion. The females are then awarded to the male prisoners as their spoils. As the completion progresses the victor gets more spoils, bigger accommodations and so forth.

    During all this Paul is upset that the government isn’t doing more to investigate what happened at the concert. So he does some looking around and finds out it was an alien abduction. Based on the governments reaction and response he decides to buy a piece of land from their childhood called Indian Hill and turn into a bunker for his militia, The Planetary Defense.

    We go through a few chapters where nothing major happens, Mike is fighting and winning, Paul is building a bunker and an army. Most audiobooks would get stagnant here, and while my attention waned a little, the sarcasm and humor brought me back pretty quickly.

    At some point Mike discovers he isn’t only fighting for his life but for the right to be with his earth girlfriend who is the best spoil, and also to protect all of the woman he has “won”. The last fight is really bad one, which he wins of course, but then he takes the supreme leader hostage and fights his way to a shuttle and flies back to earth.

    While the fighting and bunker building seem drawn out it is clear that it is building into a bigger story, so it is worth it. After they return to earth that is the end of the book…until Indian Hill 2.


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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Riley, Part 2: A Zombie Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    The second part of Mark Tufo's The Book of Riley begins where the first installment left off. Follow American bulldog Riley as she continues to defend her pack in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Great continuation of the RIley Adventure"
    "Great continuation of the RIley Adventure"
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    The Book of Riley, Part 2 picks up right after the conclusion of book one. With our group in dire need to get away from the zombies, even though they barely make an appearance, to find medicine or a doctor for the ailing baby. I love the different words Tufo has chosen to use instead of the "normal" ones. Foe example: Clear Viewer = Window; Two Legger = Human; Wheeler = Car; Boom Stick = Gun; Metal Bees = Bullets; and there are several more. Constantly making you think for a split second about what is really happening.

    The groups finds their way to Las Vegas, where a band of survivors have settled. Although we find out that the citizens favorite past time is watching dog fights. Tufo was able to expand a grow all of the characters from the beginning of the series through this book. Each of them facing personal challenges and finding out what they are really willing to do for survival. If you want something a little different that is a quick listen filled with all the gore, action, suspense, that you would expect. Do yourself a favor and check this series out, I will be listening to more of this series for sure.

    I cannot say enough good things about this performance of Sean Runnette. Let me rephrase that. I cannot state how lucky Tufo was to get Runnette as a narrator. Not sure who the genius was that made the decision. Hopefully they are aware of the magic that has been created with this pairing.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two: The Ballad of M

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Sevan Paris
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    I just can't believe I slammed the door in Reagan MacPherson's face last night. Is her situation just like mine? Does she have some sort of smartass alien entity inside her brain? Is she registered? Do her friends know? Is she stronger than me? Does this somehow make me look hot to her? Is Liberty - the World's Greatest Hero - going to come after her like the way he's going to come after me? My name is Gabe Garrison, and this is the second volume of my story ...

    A. Kessel says: "Supers are still...SUPER!"
    "There is time travel, ray guns and a super villain"
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    I am happy to say that Paris does not waste out time with a re introduction of the characters involved here. Starts of with and continues with a very fast pace. Staring Gabe the reluctant super with stupid awesome powers and that annoying symbiotic alien "M".

    I find it difficult to give a basic rundown of short stories without giving everything away. I will say this there is time travel, ray guns and a super villain involved in this installment. "M" has more of a featured role as opposed to last time.

    While these are very short stories or chapters or volumes, whatever you want to call them. They are still complete in every aspect. Fully satisfying, cynical and entertaining glimpses into a parallel Earth where superheroes really exist. These are meant to be fun stories and Paris is evolving as a writer with each chapter.

    I am pretty sure that Bryan Reid is related to or channels Trey Parker, one of the founders of South Park. I say this because his narration style reminds my of Cartman so much. Makes me laugh so hard. The subtle and not so subtle sarcasm that he is able to inject into every place that Paris wanted it is perfection.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleep Donation: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Russell
    • Narrated By Greta Gerwig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps' reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish's faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter.

    FanB14 says: "Clever Insomnia Epidemic Diary"
    "Unique and interesting"
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    This was a very interesting story. No action, no gore, no ethical and moral conflicts, none of the things that normally make me unable to unplug and audiobook were present here. Sleep donation is a story that made me work to understand exactly what had happened and where it was going.

    This is an aloof account of Trish a Sleep Corp Recruiter. Who's job it is to seek out and secure dream donations that can be given to those suffering from the insomnia epidemic. Allowing them to live just a bit longer until it is time for another donation.

    I really wanted to feel invested in the story. I really wanted to connect to some of the characters. I just couldn't get there.

    If you are looking for a unique and quick read / listen. You don't care if you like it or hate it, as I am sure most will feel one way or the other. Have a sense of adventure. You should check Sleep Donation out.

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Park Service: Book One of the Park Service Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Michael Braun
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In the post-apocalyptic future, a fifteen-year old boy stumbles on a paradise where the few remaining humans live on the run from deadly drones controlled by a mysterious Park Service. Now this boy must learn to survive in a world he never dreamed existed while searching for answers to why everything he was taught is a lie.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Epic YA Adventure in a dystopian Future"
    "Epic YA Adventure in a dystopian Future"
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    From the first word Winfield captured my imagination. I was hooked before I would have admitted it. Nuclear holocaust forced the human population underground for 900 years. Aubrey, our focus, has grownup never knowing sunlight, or any of the things that us top dwellers take for granted.

    Having been taught that the surface is unsafe for humans. That there are several levels of the underground, each in charge of a different need of the people. When some one reached the age of fifteen, considered a man, the teens have to take a test. This is to see if they are worthy of going to level one to assist the foundation in their research. In 900 years no one has been chosen, until now.

    Aubrey is selected because of the answer to one question. He is sent to level one and this is where The Park Service gets really interesting. The subterranean train crashes, leaving Aubrey for dead. Except he does not die and discovers what has been hidden from everyone for hundreds of years. Quickly he befriends a native boy Jimmy and is shown the wonders of the surface.

    The Park Service is an all out epic adventure story that redefined, for me, the true meaning of friendship, love and loss. Winfield made me think in ways that I haven't for a very long time, if ever. I laughed, I cried, I was in awe, I was surprised. I was glued. I cannot wait to get into the rest of the trilogy. Geared towards the young adult crowd or not, this was an grand story written in a style that I love.

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Housemates: A Novel of Extreme Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Iain Rob Wright
    • Narrated By Chris Barnes
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Ten days, twelve competitors, two million pounds cash. What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine. Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as "The Landlord" controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life. Let the games begin

    AudioBookReviewer says: "TV show Big Brother combined with the Saw movies"
    "TV show Big Brother combined with the Saw movies"
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    Remember the TV show Big Brother combine that with the Saw movies and you have The Housemates in a nutshell. Full of all the gore, the suspense, the mystery and the need for more that you would expect from such a pairing.

    The story surrounds one of the eleven people that think they are on a reality TV game show, Damien. A seemingly pretty normal guy, who seems to be there for all the right reasons. Only to find out on the first day that there is more going on than they were led to believe. Each of the eleven have done terrible things in their past and now they have been gathered to pay the ultimate price and satisfy their victims hunger for revenge.

    Each day, has the formulaic flow of most reality shows, the participants must take part in a challenge and then vote two to face each other face to face. The twist is they must battle one another for their lives. Once a competitor falls, their sins are revealed to the rest of the group.

    The Housemates is a great exploration of group dynamics under duress. Full of surprises and plot twists that kept me guessing until the very end. Believable characters, and somewhat believable situations. Part of the success that Wright has with The Housemates is because we are all familiar with reality TV. The twist lies within the psychopaths that are in charge.

    I would have liked more of a deeper knowledge of the eleven, and the landlord, more character development, even though much was revealed. I understand why there wasn't so much for some, but I still would have liked to know more about some of them. This could have made this audiobook longer and more fulfilling.

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Ryan
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Aboard a freighter bound for Baltimore harbor, an Iranian terrorist prepares to unleash an unimaginable horror upon the United States. The "Wrath" is an undead plague - an infection that consumes its victims with a maddening rage and turns them into mindless bloodthirsty killers. Jack Cutter is just an ordinary guy dealing with a dreadful guilt when the virus tears through his home town. Before it's too late, Cutter will have to find a way to survive, and find a reason to fight: his redemption.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I so wanted to love this"
    "I so wanted to love this"
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    I so wanted to love Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse it sounded, from the summary, to have everything that is needed to be a truly great story. But sadly I didn't. Ryan tried to have a plot of terrorists attacking the United States with a zombie virus. With that it started off great, getting a glimpse of the terror plot. Then the outbreak begins, on the national news, a large crowd of protesters are suddenly transform into a horde of blood thirsty undead. Then we find that the virus as spread across the eastern seaboard. Still pretty good to this point.

    Ryan has a special skill when writing about blood filled gory action scenes. They really got my heart pumping. But it seemed to be nothing but blood thirsty gory scene after scene. Because the characters were forgettable. Other than the breast fixation, that I remember clearly.

    To me it seemed that Ryan was trying to hard to make something great. Taking too many queues from the old-school T&A horror flicks of yesteryear.

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • DEAD: Revelations: DEAD, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By TW Brown
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    The zombies have risen, the world has spiraled into chaos. Small pockets of survivors continue to struggle each day to survive. The best and worst of humanity fight the undead and themselves as they come to grips with a new, violent reality. See the world through Steve's eyes as he tries to balance the duties of leading a band of survivors while caring for a young, Hispanic orphan girl.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "mix of good plot line, good character building"
    "mix of good plot line, good character building"
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    I am excited to rejoin Steve and his survivors, the geeks and their rescued girl Heather. I like the vignettes also, a good snap shot into the worse and the best of humanity.

    DEAD: Revelations: DEAD, Book 2 begins with Steve and his group leaving the security of serenity base to find they’re lost friends. While it sounds like a typical scenario, the sequence of events up to and after their leaving makes it not only plausible, but like something I would do. I really enjoy the character building T.W. Brown does here, I find myself rooting for the good guys.

    They eventually run into a predicament where Steve’s leadership skills are put to the test, not only in the future but also immediately. He allows another group of survivors join up with them even though there is a child that has been bitten. I know what you’re thinking because I was thinking the same thing, that is the first thing you DON’T do in a zombie apocalypse. But think about it, could you pick between a whole group of survivors starving or telling them they would have to finish off the child first? Steve did what I would’ve done and put it off for later, unfortunately his adopted orphan Talia was caught off guard by the infected child.

    There are many vignettes throughout, which are basically mini stories inside of the real story. It is just my opinion but these got a little disturbing, even for me. We also get to meet a band of zombie geeks, who have to leave one their one behind because of a bite, more about them in a little bit.

    The two groups meet up in the end and we are left dying to know what they will do with this new immunity information. As I listened to this I found myself really wanting the good guys to come out on top. The switching from group to group and vignettes can be a bit confusing, but a mix of good plot line, good character building, and good narration made it well worth rewinding once in a while.

    Then there is Kevin and his group of geeks. They manage to rescue a teen super star, her senator mother, and pregnant sister, only to get robbed at gun point by Shaw and his gang. The three of them escape, and rescue another girl from a sick psychopath. One of them gets bit and they put him down, but in the meantime they are waging a war against Shaw trying to re rescue the females. In the middle of all this the guy who got bit is apparently immune and returns.

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    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Suffer the Children

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Dilouie
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as listeners are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave, and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were, but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds 10 pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "How far would you go?"
    "How far would you go?"
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    First we are introduced to several families and how happy and content they are together. Painting a picture of true love and contentment. Until it isn't. Suffer the Children is a tale of extreme loss and heartbreak. As every child that has yet to reach puberty dies almost instantly, for no good reason and no warning signs.

    We then get to watch how the parents, that have lost their young ones, get sucked into depression and angst. Especially with those that are forced to clean up the communities of the plethora of small dead bodies. As the world starts to finally make so sense of what happen to all the children, something no one expected happens. Some of the kids return home.

    Everything is gumdrops and popsicles again until again the children appear to die and reawaken. Until one mother figures out what they need to survive, her blood. What if a pint of blood would only guarantee another hour of time with your little one? How far would you go? If I was a parent I can only imagine that I would be happy to do anything for my child survival, would you?

    DiLouie masterfully crafts a twisted take on the typical vampire story. Making the listener ask themselves those very questions. While tearing your heart out with anticipation only to forcefully shove it back in so the adrenaline can pump. Until it is ripped out again. I was glued to my earbuds, wanting more. I devoured this audiobook in less that two sittings. If you want a uniquely terrifying, that questions your morals, you need this audiobook.

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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