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Drew D

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  • The End: Zombie Fallout, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1472)

    As the world spirals even further down into the abyss of apocalypse, one man struggles to keep those around him safe. Michael stands side by side with his wife, their children, his friends, and the wonder Bulldog, along with the Wal-Mart greeter Tommy, who is infinitely more than he appears. Whether Tommy is leading Mike and his family and friends to salvation or death remains to be seen.

    Mike Naka says: "best book of the series so far"
    "Not your normal zombie tale, sarcasm abound!"
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    What did you love best about The End?

    Mike Talbot and his beleaguered family and friends continue their fight to survive evil incarnate... Eliza the ancient vampire, her global undead army and her brother Tomas... Tomas's true intentions were unknown since Eliza captured and turned him fully into a vampire.
    Sean Runnette gives a great performance as usual, adding to the character depth, bringing the story to life in your mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firestorm: Destroyermen, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (834)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker find themselves caught between the nation they swore to defend and the allies they promised to protect. For even as the Allies and the Empire of New Britain Isles stand united against the attacks of both the savage Grik and the tenacious Japanese, the "Holy Dominion" - a warped mixture of human cultures whose lust for power overshadows even the Grik - is threatening to destroy them both with a devastating weapon neither can withstand.

    Waldo O. Berry III says: "A smashin good read and an excellent performance"
    "Win, or perish."
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    Would you listen to Firestorm again? Why?

    The story once again heats up dramatically as we see the strife between the tyrannical Holy Dominion which spans the west coast of the Americas in this alternate Earth as it seeks to purify the 'heretics' of the New Britain Empire and their newly forged allies of Matthew Reddy and crew.
    Meanwhile the out of sight Grik have new weapons at hand thanks to the their own Japanese alliance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (755)

    Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win. However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue.

    DAVID says: "Each book in this series is better than the last!"
    "A Chase around the globe"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rising Tides?

    Dennis Silva's escape from the traitorous New Britain Company henchmen, and fighting to survive on a truly hostile land over a thousand miles from rescue all the while trying to keep Princess Rebecca and Sandra Tucker alive another day.


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

    Emotion and character depth brought to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Distant Thunders: Destroyermen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (758)

    After the battle in which the men of the destroyer Walker and their Lemurian allies repelled the savage Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is shocked by the arrival of a strange ship captained by one Commaner Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy - an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before.

    John M says: "Very enjoyable - could have used more action"
    "A series that continues to shine"
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    What made the experience of listening to Distant Thunders the most enjoyable?

    After the war with the Grik, the crew of the Destroyer Walker is forced to reconcile its losses and regroup its forces, rebuilding and refitting Walker is priority #1, second to finding resources to repel a future Grik offensive. In this alternate Earth, Reddy and his crew discover that other humans exist on this earth, and they have internal strife of their own, bringing war once again to the doorstep of the Allied forces on this alternate Earth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maelstrom: Destroyermen, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (790)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come, searching for resources to support their forces - even as they look for allies to join their struggle.

    David says: "Fascinating story continues to expand and evolve"
    "The tension builds and confrontation looms"
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    What made the experience of listening to Maelstrom the most enjoyable?

    The whole alternate Earth landscape adds to the mystery and beauty of this series, always injecting itself into the strife and battles that occur, a menacing factor that seems to be just below the surface, ready to gobble up any hapless victim or straggler that falls behind. This book accounts for both sides of this other worldly struggle, as a defeated Grik force, amasses its forces for a confrontation with the formerly peaceful Lemurians


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dennis Silva, a slapstick naval officer with charismatic charm to heighten your sense of patriotism and loyalty to ones fellow crew mates. His character immerses you into his shoes as you are living the role.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Dufris is spot on in maintaining a distinct voice for nearly all characters, even the somewhat mindless Grik are differentiated in their speeches.


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

    Definitely eager to never stop listening, this makes my daily commute to work so enjoyable and time just whisks by as the story progresses.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crusade: Destroyermen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (950)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the USS Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making. They have allied with the Lemurians - a mammalian race whose peaceful existence is under attack from the warlike, reptilian Grik. The Lemurians are vastly outnumbered and ignorant of warfare, and even the guns and technology of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle.

    Readalot says: "Excellent Listen"
    "The other side of the coin is revealed"
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    What made the experience of listening to Crusade the most enjoyable?

    The way the narrator is able to keep the personality of each character separate, so as to easily identify them, he adds traits that I myself would likely add had I been reading instead of listening to the Audio book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dynamic at the inter-species relationships, both diplomatic and platonic. The revelations about the mind behind the global menace that is the Grik


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Revenge setting sail and valiantly attacking the Grik head on.


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

    Walker's silent stalking of Amagi in the pitch black night of the ocean.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2264)
    Performance
    (1470)
    Story
    (1473)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    AudioAddict says: "The cover is a little misleading"
    "An excellent novel that hooks you for the ride."
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    Would you listen to Into the Storm again? Why?

    Yes I'd listen to this again, the story is riveting as the in essence "calm before the storm" culminates to the transport of this expendable WW2 weary group of destroyers to a parallel world where mankind never evolved and dinosaurs and dangerous creatures roam the lands and seas. I'd read this again easily to see how the characters transform and adapt to the new life, where they are not the apex predator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Storm?

    The USS Walker coming to the aid of the Lemurians as they repel a Grik onslaught


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Walker's first encounter with the primitive life that inhabits this alternate Earth...namely rescuing the Japanese from the mouth of the grikaka and flasher fish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Courageous: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift....

    Jennifer says: "Excellent!!"
    "Reinvigorates your soul"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I questioned my purchase of this at first, thinking a book that was made after the movie can't be good, but the author nailed it and not only did he nail it, he expanded upon it, brought deeper character depth and added a few extra characters and story lines for those extra characters which seamlessly flowed into the story arch.
    This book not only inspired me to be a better man and father for my family, it changed my dynamic on thinking about life and what truly is important. Since reading it I feel my own son and I have come closer together, instead of drifting apart.
    I saw the movie after reading the book and though it was good, the book definitely added more wholesome meaning to each of the characters plights with life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam Mitchel, a initially very stoic character who has resigned himself to the mundane existence in his small hometown, working, paying the bills, seeing his family but only partially interacting.
    It takes a huge reality check to put things in perspective and let him know that life is short and he must value every minute, love every minute and support his family in times of need and even in times when it is not needed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Opening scene drove it home, Nathan Hayes doing anything to protect his family.


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

    Very much so, then again I'd never pay attention to my own family if I didn't break it up into parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Great screenplay to book adaptation!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2635)
    Performance
    (2356)
    Story
    (2362)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Builds with excitement and thrill!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Another fantastic book by Daniel Suarez, his accuracy in blending real world technology and hardware with such a great story line leads you to question yourself on what if this really happened, or has it already happened....better yet is it happening now.
    The Narrator; Jeff Gurner does a fantastic job yet again for this techno thriller that will leave you fully immersed in the world feeling as if you living the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odin, hands down the mysterious special ops figure you come to know, and question yourself initially, friend or foe...but his patriotism and loyalty to his comrades shines through in the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The cabin, where they had to repel a swarm of killer bots and survive.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3554)
    Performance
    (3308)
    Story
    (3304)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Fantastic story, does not disappoint!"
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    Would you listen to Spellbound again? Why?

    Again Larry Correia keeps the pace going with his 2nd installment in the Grimnoir Chronicles. The story is well thought out and planned, no lagging parts to speak of in my opinion as everything fit together perfectly. Bronson Pinchot is my defacto choice as the number one narrator in the Audible book experience, his portrayal of character personalities is top notch and adds so much realism to the whole story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fay has to be the best character, her spunky personality and resilience are force to be reckoned with and to not be taken lightly.


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

    Only my second experience listening to Bronson Pinchot, but it certainly won't be my last. He is the best so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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