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  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2476)
    Performance
    (2208)
    Story
    (2218)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Don says: "A great read if you like heroes or zombies!"
    "A lot of fun"
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    What did you love best about Ex-Heroes?

    It was a fun read with unique twist on the zombie apocalypse genre. While the premise is very cartoon comic book, the execution was well balanced between the fantastical elements and real human drama. It neither takes itself too seriously or tries to be too gritty.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to pick a favorite. Saint George is probably the most fleshed out of any of the super hero characters which makes him a bit more interesting but all of them are pretty good.


    What about Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s performance did you like?

    Both did a good job of giving life to each character and giving each a unique voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Even super heroes can't stop the zombie hordes


    Any additional comments?

    While the voice acting was good, I think the direction was a little off. There were times you could definitely tell the actors weren't in the same studio at the same time. Several lines seemed more like beginning statements rather than responses to someone else. Only happened a few times but was noticeable

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  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (815)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Good installment to the series with a few flaws"
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    First, I'll say that like the other two books in the series, Ex-Communication is well acted and a lot of fun. I do recommend it for anyone who enjoyed the first two books and highly recommend the first two books for anyone who hasn't read them. This is a good book and was worth a listen.

    Having said that, this is my leas favorite in the series so far for a couple different but related reasons. I wont go into specifics as they would require some spoilers so my explanation is going to be a bit vague. First, Clines made an attempt to develop some of the series characters a bit but his efforts fell a bit flat for me. Rather than making the character(s) in question more interesting, they lost some of what made them so compelling to begin with. Legion, for those who are familiar with the series, makes another appearance but he also takes a step backwards as far as development and takes actions that make absolutely no sense and completely go against his own motivations as we have known them over 2 previous books. These issues left me a bit dissatisfied and confused once it was all said and done.

    On the flip side, one character who was a bit of a side note earlier in the series gets some series and well spent development time. A new character is also introduced who gets a lot of good and well spent development time as well.

    So, in summary, Ex-Communication is a good read/listen just like the others in the series but does leave me a bit concerned about the direction of the series.

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  • Ex-Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1553)
    Performance
    (1371)
    Story
    (1383)

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

    Ryan David Bedford says: "Best worst book ever!"
    "Great follow up to Ex-Heroes"
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    The Ex-Heroes series has been one of my favorite books series of the last couple years and definitely my favorite Audible books so far. The characters are interesting, fun, and well acted by the voice talent. One would think the premise (zombie post-apocalypse with super heroes) would be campy beyond belief bu Clines does a great job of balancing the camp and silliness with relate-able characters and some authentically tense and serious moments. To put it another way, these books take the best elements of the recent super hero and zombie crazes in media and puts them together masterfully. I highly recommend this series to anyone with even the slightest interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comic books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (1878)
    Story
    (1897)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Interesting but slow"
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    Where does Hyperion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I certainly enjoyed the performances from the cast of readers and the stories within the novel were all interesting. Unfortunately the stories often dragged on or got too bogged down in details and flowery writing to keep my interest up. Most of the stories are in one way or another tied to the poet John Keats. I have no doubt the connections are interesting and entertaining for those more fond of or familiar with Keats than I am but for me it just got kind of tedious after a while.

    I don't mean to say I didn't enjoy the book. The unique setting and stories were all well written and performed and mostly pretty fascinating. The slow pacing and over-reliance on the Keats references just often made me want to scream "I get it, move on please!!"


    Would you recommend Hyperion to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would give it a qualified recommendation. Not for everyone but I can certainly see it appealing to the right kind of reader.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several good ones to pick from and hard to pick one favorite. Without giving too many details, I'd say the combat scenes in the story of the soldier were the most engaging.


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

    No, and I wouldn't recommend it. It's over 20 hours long and it's a bit heavy to take on all at once even if it was shorter


    Any additional comments?

    Again, it was an interesting read and I don't regret listening to it at all. Great setting, great characters, and interesting stories. Just too slow at parts and too much Keats for someone who knows little about the poet. Probably the best way to sum up my feelings on the book is that it captured my attention enough to consider listening to the sequel but had enough drawbacks that the sequel is very low on my list of future purchases

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1591)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Dystopian classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    Michael York did an amazing job with his narration. Each character has a distinct voice and their personalities come through not just by what they say, but how York has them say it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brave New World?

    The descriptions of social conditioning. It reminded me a lot of current politics and how talking points and other key phrases are often used to produce predictable reactions with voters


    Which character – as performed by Michael York – was your favorite?

    Hard to pick just one. I think I'd have to pick several of the various administrative characters in the novel. York gives them all an appropriate voice that punctuates their smug attitudes


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

    Dont want to be too specific for anyone who hasn't read or listened to the book yet. I'll just say there is a part near the end where the character John upsets some factory workers that I found to be poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Brave New World is a great story and is read beautifully by Michael York. It paints an extreme picture of a dystopian future that in some subtle ways parallels political and societal problems that exist even 80 years after it was written.

    The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that like many old novels, some of the commentary that was relevant to the 1930s does not always apply to a modern audience. In a addition, Huxley liked to use a lot of flowery language and imagery which is great in small to medium doses but can sometimes drag on and often becomes repetitive. There were a few points where I was tempted to skip ahead a few seconds to get the story moving again.

    Overall, I highly recommend this audio-book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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