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Shaun

Huge fan of numerous genre's. Love the paranormal, doomsday / end of the world and post-apocalyptic is my favorite. Also love thrillers, comedy and just about anything...

Milpitas, CA, United States

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  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1935)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1778)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Funniest book in years."
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    Where does John Dies at the End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far in my top 5, I will listen to this again and again. Funny, fantastic narrator just plain wrong in all the best ways.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The screw ball comedy, the most absurd and unexpected things happening and the great personality of the characters (outstanding writing) makes this funny, perfectly paced and keeps you smiling; when it doesn't have you looking over your shoulder for a floating jellyfish)


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    Great range, I felt like his character was talking to me directly. His performance accentuates the humor and is what made this one of the best audio books I have ever listened to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a LOT. Very funny if you can appreciate the humor


    Any additional comments?

    GET THIS BOOK! You won't be disappointed...

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1135)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "A fun, funny and truly original story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Year Zero the most enjoyable?

    The great originality in the story, the characters and races of aliens you meet on the journey to the other worlds. The way this story is put together, along with its fantastic easter eggs of treasure (subtle jokes and references to pop-scifi, etc).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor and the wonderful characters from around the universe...


    What about John Hodgman’s performance did you like?

    Wow, he really brought each character to life in a witty and fun style that left you addicted and wanting more. His comedic timing is perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved me? No, but the whole story was just great...


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book; not sure why it got so many negatives, but this one of the better books I listened to in a long time. Will definitely listen to this one again... give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (495)

    A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

    Mike Naka says: "pretty good zombie story"
    "Dead of Night: A great zombie ride with a new take"
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    If you could sum up Dead of Night in three words, what would they be?

    An original take, great cop thriller leading up to a zombie apocolypse (really great new perspectives, such as showing the point of view of the zombie, and a great foundation in both science and voodoo) make for a great small-town cop zombie thriller.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All great characters, but none that I really latched on to. Way too much character development throughout the book, which is great, but really detracted from the story more than a few times...


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narration; Seemed like he would be slow at first, but he turned out a great performance, really believable and a terrific range.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving away the ending, the last scene with surviving infected; with Dez and JT,,, wonderfully written.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, moved too slow at the beginning for me, but still a fantastic book. Great premise, original take from a zombie author guru... I love Mayberry and will give almost anything he does a try; especially after the fantastic Rot & Ruin / Dust & Decay books (not to mention the awesome Joe Ledger series).Anyway, you'll love it, give it a try, just don't expect the action to be continual, but the last half of the book is totally worth it.Z

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Dreams May Come

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death. But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and the divided soul mates will do anything to reach each other across the boundaries between life and death. When tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.

    Karen says: "So much more than the movie."
    "An amazing look into the hereafter..."
    Overall


    I fell in love with this book after seeing the movie version starring Robin Williams many years ago. When I originally read this book, I realized how vastly different it was to the movie, in its settings, message and general story-line. This audio book is no different. Personally, as much as I loved the movie, the book is a thousand times better.

    This book follows the general ideas of most every religion and smartly puts them into a single concept of "Summer Land", which is everyone’s own personal vision of heaven. This book talks about the various concepts of heaven and hell, and from a first person perspective is both remarkably enticing, and disturbing.

    We all have our own concepts of what will or will not happen to us when we die, but this books seems to tackle intelligently all the concepts of heaven and the hereafter, without rebuking or insulting any one belief system.

    Richard Matheson has created a beautiful world of the hereafter that anyone would be grateful to go to, based on all major documents from cultures around the world, taking the gross roots of all concepts and finding the balance between them all to create a new world. No matter what your beliefs of life after death, this is a fantstic novel about death, never giving up on life, and knowing when to let go... this journey takes you on a first person perspective on the process of death, finding your own heaven, seeing the paradise the awaits, and the torment of hell we create for ourselves as well in our own negative thoughts and actions...

    I highly recommend this book. The narrator is a little bland at times, but easy enough to over look...

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4335)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1620)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Best book in years!!!"
    Overall

    I had unfortunately never heard of Christopher Moore, and that was my only regret. This book was easily one of the funniest, most well paced and amazing books I have read...er...listened to, in years. Moore has an amazing talent for subtle, well paced and dark humor that forced me on more than one occasion to have to pull to the side of the freeway, wiping tears of uncontrollable laughter from my eyes. What the people who saw me must have thought, I don't know, but who cares!

    The narrator was amazing, and obviously his talented voice and comedic timing played a lot in this story, but only because it was so well written. I was disappointed to find out the he (Fisher Stevens) did not narrate more of his books, but I am a sold fan of his now, too.

    I don't laugh easily, and not too quickly entertained, certainly not enough to write a review about a book here. But this book was amazing. It had only one downfall. The one thing that angered me and made me regret listening to this story was the simple fact that it came to an end. This could have been a thousand pages or a thousand hours long and I would have loved it every bit of the way. I will listen to this again and again, and will go out and buy the actual book and hope I one day get to meet the author and get his autograph, and thank him for writing such a wonderful story.

    His characters were so rich; I wanted to be Charlie Asher myself. I wanted to be his friend, and live in his world. I want there to be a sequel, I want to see the movie, I want more of Moore!!!

    If you are even remotely on the fence about this; rest assured that someone who laughs rarely fell in love with this book instantaneously, and promise you that you will not be disappointed.

    I am downloading LAMB now, same author and narrator. I am incredibly non-religious, but any author this good, with a talented voice such as Fisher Stevens behind it, I am gladly willing for the first time to go blindly into this novel as well.

    Thank you

    Z

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5465)
    Performance
    (3447)
    Story
    (3478)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "A frightening look at a new threat"
    Overall

    This book starts off like any other day, with an event that happens to all of us sooner or later. The lights go out and the power is gone. But this time, it stays off...

    A scenario that has rarely been considered, an EMP attack, knocks the U.S. back about 200 years, struggling for survival in a world that we became all too comfortable being pampered by. No food, no electronics, and too few who remember how to farm or build old-style machinery.

    With moments that truly wrench your heart, give you significant pause for consideration, this book, and its amazing nararrator, take you on journey that shows you just how easily our comfortable and convenient lives can be reduced, within weeks, to fighting for food, medications and our very own survival.

    An outstanding book, one of the best I have listened to in a long while...

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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