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Jett Borkowski

'Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.'

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James N. Cook
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (595)

    Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end. He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything. He was wrong. As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel.

    Amanda says: "Not bad, Not unique, but well written!"
    "Great book, ok narrator."
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    The narrator could've been better. The book is based in North Carolina but many of the women voices sounded like valley girls. That being said the book was great. It's the general zombie story but the characters are intriguing and well written. Gun descriptions are good but not over the top for those of us ladies not as interested in the exact caliper of round needed for each weapon! I will be buying the next 2 books that are available so far and will be on the lookout for more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (652)

    Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

    Marc Worley says: "Yes, he curses"
    "More great stories from Penn!"
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    In this book he uses the various seasonal holidays to tell tales about his life and connect them to whichever holiday he now does not celebrate. There's Christmas, of course, but also Columbus Day, and Martin Luther King's birthday. I have to admit, traveling through Penn's profane views, he still makes a great case for atheism, but he does it with humor and insight. It's a fun book and well worth reading, even if you are not an atheist!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1924)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1742)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Do NOT stick body parts in hair dryers!"
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    And other stories from the remarkable Penn Jillette. Even if you are not an atheist, you will enjoy the amusing and quirky stories that he spins out about his life, family, successes, failures, and of course, what body part you should never under any circumstances put in the hair dryers of your enemies.

    You will also learn why he is an atheist and what he really believes, but you want to know about the hair dryer. Also fat Elvis. Yes indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (563)

    Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren’t impressed by the rundown property on the shores of Oregon’s wild Columbia River. As soon as they pull up the isolated drive, Sarah, too, is beset by uneasy memories - of her cold, distant mother, of the half-sister who vanished without a trace, and of a long-ago night when Sarah was found on the widow’s walk, feverish and delirious.

    Sunshinelady says: "Great mystery, great narration by Joyce Bean"
    "Spoiler alert ahead....."
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    I like horror novels, but why, why, why do SO MANY of them end up being all about incest and inbreeding? I enjoyed the book until I got about half way through, and then realized where the book was heading. Ugh. I mean yes, it's horrific, but try to be more creative people! The narrator was good at least, and made the whole thing more bearable, but really, the book was boring and unimaginative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrecting Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (517)

    Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan's crew, alongside their new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable community. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

    Jan says: "This is book 5"
    "For the Patriots that are left in America!"
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    Another great in this series. Great author, great narrator, perfect combo! The series continues with the rebuilding of Morgan's family's home now threatened with an out of control wildfire. Loved revisiting with Morgan's family and friend, especially Thad and Little Bit and the ever amazing Sarge!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monstrous Regiment: Discworld #31

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (607)

    War has come to Discworld...again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its ability to beat up on its neighbors. This time, however, it's Borogravia that's getting its long-overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.

    omahonycm says: "Who's who?"
    "You can be a man if you have a good pair of socks!"
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    Another fantastic story on the Discworld by Terry Pratchett. This is probably my favorite series. I love how all the books are unique, yet mirror our own universe, Sure it's a fun house mirror, but the appropriate word there is "fun". I highly recommend ALL of these books!

    This story concerns Polly, a young woman concerned about her missing brother, who joined the army and has vanished. Polly, who as a woman cannot own property in her country, needs a man to officially own her inn so she can run it, and so decides to get her brother back. She makes the only choice she can and decides to let the army make a man out of her. Vampires, werewolves, trolls, and other soldiers will not stand in the Polly's way as she plans on kicking the whole universe in the fork.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2564)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1694)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Maybe this is awesome if you're a New Yorker."
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    For us in 'flyover country', not so much. I really wanted to like this story, and be sympathetic towards a kid who lost his dad in the attack on our country on 9/11, and his search for meaning in his father's life and then death, but I just couldn't. I know a lot of people gave it good reviews, but I just didn't think the character was believable as a 9 year old. I'm sure some kids are precocious, but this one was over the top. I will give the narrators kudos, as they were very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1985)
    Story
    (1996)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Nathan says: "Loved it!"
    "GREAT first in a series!"
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    What did you love best about Going Home?

    The interaction between Morgan, Thad and Jessica. Also how realistic the series is. If you are prepared, how would you deal with people among you who were not? I also loved 'Sarge', even though he is a sort of Deus ex machina character. He's a fun one and I liked him a lot!


    What about Duke Fontaine’s performance did you like?

    Duke Fontaine does a great job narrating. Some men can't do women voices, and vise versa, but Duke does a good job with that.


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

    When Morgan, Thad and Jessica help a family with food because they have kids, and seeing how that family pays them back for their assistance.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone interested in either EOTW series or just prepping in general, I really recommend this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warrior Within: Surviving the Dead, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James N. Cook
    • Narrated By Jordan Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (394)

    There are many who do not wish for peace. As the Free Legion declares war on the survivors of Hollow Rock, Gabriel and Eric find themselves drawn ever deeper into the growing conflict. Aided by a fledgling militia, and a small contingent of federal operatives, the two warriors must find a way to defeat an unyielding enemy that threatens to destroy all they have grown to love.

    David says: "Why change?"
    "Ummm what happened to the zombies??"
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    Although I still like the series as a whole, I was not as happy with this book as the first two. This book was much more, well, "macho". Much more specific gun and arms references, loads more martial arts moves and so on. Now I'm a girl who's not bothered by men who are men and guns doing what they are designed for, but this was over the top even for me. Also missed the infected--only a few real references in the book. I still like the storyline, so I will be getting the next book too, but I hope there's less macho and more dialog.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • This Shattered Land: Surviving the Dead, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James N. Cook
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (454)

    Eric Riordan doesn't look for trouble, but trouble has a way of finding him. Two years have passed since the Outbreak, and after joining forces with his friend Gabriel, he has managed to stay alive by fleeing to the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. With supplies running low, and enemies gathering, the two survivors are forced to begin their journey west to Colorado. Along the way they will find unexpected allies, reunite with old friends, and make deadly new enemies.

    Thaddeus says: "The Thing About Zombies and Physics"
    "Great follow up to "No Easy Hope""
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    I really enjoyed this follow up to "No Easy Hope." I got more about the character Gabe, which I had wanted. So far this series has a good and gritty realism with a good understanding of human nature, both the highs and the lows. Really enjoyable!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lunatics: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel
    • Narrated By Dave Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (96)

    Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

    HRM says: "Warning ! may cause uncontrollable laughter"
    "Zany."
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    Would you listen to Lunatics again? Why?

    Definately! Another fun book from Dave Barry, and also Alan Zweibel. I don't think it's as good as some of his other novels, like "Big Trouble" but still good. And silly. And wacky. The story is completely unbelievable and yet weirdly possible, and full of the expected Dave Barry-ness-ish whimsy. I especially loved the low flow toilet rant. The narrators/authors clearly had a great time reading the book and I laughed my way all across the world with the characters as they got in deeper and deeper trouble, all because of a child's soccer game, a lemur, and a man dressed like Chuck E. Cheese.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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