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  • Mad Swine: The Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steven Pajak
    • Narrated By Bernard Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    People refer to the infected as "zombies" although that's not what they really are. The word zombie implies the infected have died and reanimated. The thing is, those infected with Mad Swine, they didn't die. They're still alive; they even breathe. They're just not human anymore. No one really knows how or why it started. What we do know is that the H1N1 virus - or the damn vaccinations that everyone so anxiously lined up for hours to get - mutated in a bad way.

    Amanda says: "Not bad!"
    "What happened to the story?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Errrrrrrt! This story comes to an annoyingly abrupt end! If they are trying to piggyback a sequel then they leave the reader with absolutely no conclusions to the impending problems of the main character. The narration is a little bland, monotone and no emotion. Understandably this isn't a pleasant story, but "I ummmmm took my SKS and shot the Zombie in the head, and zzzzzzzzzzzzz looked around for more because I was mad ........" Can't Jay Schneider or Ray Porter just narrate every book, they can make Mary Poppins exciting!

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Finish the darn story and not leave the reader hanging!

    What aspect of Bernard Clark’s performance would you have changed?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did, because it was so short and slammed shut like the front door of the prom queen to the pimply freshmen!

    Any additional comments?

    Too many titles with audible, buy another Zombie book. Sorry to be so harsh.... Recommend, Beyond Exile, Patient Zero, or World War Z for the same or less amount of money. Great Books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    Eric says: "Political schizophrenia and engrossing story"
    "A Liberals Guide to Pandemic Survival (Joke!)"

    Altogether I enjoyed the story, but there are some very annoying attributes to this story when viewed from a conservative mindset.
    First, the wife is the most annoying nagging douchebag I have ever had the displeasure of listening to. Why anyone would put up with this women is beyond comprehension, she belongs in a battered wife's shelter with a sign hanging over her neck saying, "All the shit that happened to me was totally justified!"
    Second, you cannot be a liberal and a survivalist, the two do not mix and this throws off the story.
    Third, The main character "Alex" a supposed gulf war veteran who hesitates too long when he and his family are confronted by would be killers and looters. Any U.S. Marine war veteran would have wasted these stupid bastards after the first two sentences of dialogue, as their intentions are clearly hostile.

    I enjoyed the general information the book presented and the majority of the story, but I absolutely hate this guys wife. I don't know why this author would concoct such an annoying antagonistic character, the woman is just a useless bitch. I am sorry, I am not a woman hater and I love my wife more than anything in the world. Even my own wife listened to the book and agrees with every word I wrote here.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Audible Ambien For Insomniacs With An IPOD"

    There is a great story here, but too much uneccessary filler with morally weak and impotent main characters. The first segment of this novel is the best, and then the story slows down vastly. The entire 35 hour audiobook is painstakingly laid out with small spurts of intense dialougue, which then concludes abruptly in the last hour and a half. Scott Brick narrates 99 percent of the novel and was the only reason I kept listening. I am very disappointed that: 1. I used two credits on this book that I struggled to finish 2. The critics lauded this book so highly (I don't understand?) 3. That I actually wasted 35 hours of my life listening to this entire story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Very Gutsy and Revealling About Afghanistan"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlaw Platoon the most enjoyable?

    The truthful unvarnished nature in which the author tells his story of heroism in combat in Afghanistan, Also, there are some very interesting nuggets of information everyone should know about our enemies in Afghanistan. The news would never tell some of the the facts contained in this book pertaining to the undehanded nature of Pakistan, and the outright acts of war committed by that nation against the U.S. Forces.

    What other book might you compare Outlaw Platoon to and why?

    House By House by Staff Sergeant David Bellavia

    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I find Ray Porter to be a master narrator, I have often purchased audiobooks soley for his narration performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghoul

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    June 1984. Timmy Graco is looking forward to summer vacation, taking it easy and hanging out with his buddies. Instead his summer will be filled with terror and a life-and-death battle against a nightmarish creature that few will believe even exists. Timmy learns that the person who’s been unearthing fresh graves in the cemetery isn’t a person at all. It’s a thing. And it’s after Timmy and his friends. If Timmy hopes to live to see September, he’ll have to escape the Ghoul.

    Amanda says: "CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!"
    "An older story, but worth a listen."
    What made the experience of listening to Ghoul the most enjoyable?

    We were all kids once, and this is a typical Brian Keene gore fest with unmentionable violation of women. This is the only aspect I don't like about Keene, but if you want a pleasant read then go read "Gone with the Wind!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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