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Andrew J. Jackson

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  • American Apocalypse: The Collapse Begins

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nova
    • Narrated By Erik Sandvold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    With the economy in free fall, the government crippled by indecision, the streets taken over by new political parties, and the fragile institutions of civilization crumbling, a young man finds himself homeless and alone on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., facing certain death unless he can master survival skills he never imagined needing. Fending off violent citizens in an urban landscape that is gradually sliding into looting and mayhem, the protagonist emerges as an ultimate force of justice in a lawless land.

    Mark says: "It was OK."
    "Interesting thought piece"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Somewhat discombobulated story but a relatively well thought our universe...it's almost as if the author thought out an interesting world and then contrived ways to get his characters into the right place to view it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Eyes: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    The Posleen are coming and the models all say the same thing: Without the Panama Canal, the US is doomed to starvation and defeat. Despite being overstretched preparing to defend the US, the military sends everything it has left: A handful of advanced Armored Combat Suits, rejuvenated veterans from the many decades that Panama was a virtual colony and three antiquated warships. Other than that, the Panamanians are on their own.

    Colin says: "Earth is defended and the Posleen are gone"
    "Classic Ringo...being Ringo"
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    Classic Ringo...being Ringo...with some help from the other guy I'm sure. As a former paratrooper I love almost anything Ringo writes because it reminds me of the conversations an attitudes I shared during my late teens/early 20's at Fort Bragg (when I wasn't deployed of course). Even though this was co-written it comes across as classic Ringo and the authors obvious knowledge and love of the canal zone added a neat travelog quality. Not as tightly written as some of the other stories in this series but I love a story where the right kind of soldier gets to lead the good fight! The non-human characters were interesting as well...especially with the way that the authors breathed a little...er humanity...into them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Meat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Williams, Patrick Williams
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The city of River’s Edge has been quarantined due to a rodent borne rabies outbreak. But it quickly becomes clear to the citizens that the infection is something much, much worse than rabies.... The townsfolk are attacked and fed upon by packs of the living dead. Labeling the infected residents “bees” for their tendency to travel in swarms, Gavin and Benny attempt to survive the chaos in River’s Edge while making their way north in search of sanctuary. No one knows what waits outside the quarantined zone....

    Amanda says: "Weird and Brutal!"
    "I couldn't get past the Bees"
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    I really wanted to like this book...what a great title after all...but I just couldn't get past the characters referring to the zombies as bees. Beyond that the survivors seemed to spend more time fighting each other than they did fighting the undead. I generally like the genre, but if there was anything positive worth mentioning I must have daydreamed through it...it just didn't capture my attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City at World's End

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Edmond Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    The midwestern town of Middletown is the "first strike" of a new super bomb. However, instead of destroying the town, the attack rips a hole in the space-time continuum, sending the town and it's inhabitants to a distant Earth, cold and foreboding. The story of their struggle, survival and ultimate success in rekindling the planet and dealing with the people and aliens of the future, is the stuff of great science fiction. As you listen, see if you agree with the many who think this story was the origin of the Star Wars characters Chewbacca and Leia.

    Andrew J. Jackson says: "Classic juvenile sci-fi"
    "Classic juvenile sci-fi"
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    Good municipal survival story. Picture the love child of Alas Babylon, the Jericho TV show and the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away...how's that for mixing my entertainment metaphors?

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Greek and Roman warfare was unlike that of any other culture before or since. The key difference is often held to be that the Greeks and Romans practiced a "Western Way of War," in which the aim is an open, decisive battle - won by courage instilled, in part, by discipline. Here, Harry Sidebottom looks at how this Western Way of War was constructed and maintained by the Greeks and Romans and why this concept is so prevalent today.

    ed says: "dull and scattered"
    "Great supplemental reading for military history"
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    I purchased this book to give me a jump start for a class in military history I was struggling in. I found it to be a good listen, historically accurate, and a key factor in the "A" I received. A great head start read for anyone interested in learning more about Ancient Warfare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Victor Gischler
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Edgar Award nominee Victor Gischler “specializes in morbid humor, dark sarcasm, and comic noir, complete with violence and mayhem” (Library Journal). Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse picks up 10 years after the end of the world. Former insurance salesman Mortimer Tate leaves his secluded cabin and discovers a desolate landscape complete with cowboys, bandits, and cannibals, where the only traces of civilization are found at Joey Armageddon’s Sassy-a-Go-Go club.

    Michelle says: "Post-apocalypse with a touch of old west thrown in"
    "The apocalypse is whimsical"
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    Not great literature but a whimsical tale for some light reading....er listening. Who knew...post apocalyptic Go-Go Girls!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3218)
    Performance
    (2805)
    Story
    (2849)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Hope that Swan Song isn't the author's...Swan Song"
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    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    Everything I liked from Stephen King's The Stand...but not a knock off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humanity of the characters...in particular the character Swan and her wrestler caretaker.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny's Road

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Wide and smooth, the Road was seared into planet Destiny’s rocky surface by the fusion drive of the powered landing craft, Cavorite. The Cavorite deserted the original interstellar colonists, stranding them without hope of contacting Earth. Now, descendants of those pioneers have many questions about the Road, but no settler who has gone down it has ever returned. For Jemmy Bloocher, a young farm boy, the questions burn too hot - and he sets out to uncover the many mysteries of Destiny’s Road.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "This is no Lucifer's Hammer"
    "A 'road' worth travelling"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A book I enjoyed reading so much I decided to listen to it as well...about 15 years later. A comfortable old friend to hang out with.


    Any additional comments?

    Well thought out universe with realistic sociological, economic an scientific features. Sure to be enjoyed by all but the most speckle-shy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (445)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "There is a novel thought...in a novel"
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    If you could sum up Carrion Comfort in three words, what would they be?

    Cool new idea


    Any additional comments?

    Neat idea for a type of superhuman and the corruption that power creates within their souls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galapagos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (136)

    Galapagos takes the listener back one million years to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galapagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, totally different human race. Kurt Vonnegut, America's master satirist, looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry - and all that is worth saving.

    thomas says: "The Last Great Vonnegut Novel"
    "What can I say..."
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    What other book might you compare Galapagos to and why?

    Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land


    Any additional comments?

    Ghost narrator, fascinating setting and witty dialog...all with that obscure Vonnegut way of making you feel like you're watching the burning of Dresden with the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Afterage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Yvonne Navarro
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    A plague of vampirism has crept across the country, reducing once-thriving cities to ghost towns. In Chicago, a few scattered survivors hide behind the fortified walls of office buildings and museums, raiding deserted stores for dwindling supplies of clothing and food.

    Andrew J. Jackson says: "Good post apocalyptic tale"
    "Good post apocalyptic tale"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written post apocalyptic story taking place in a familiar setting. I'd just returned from a trip to Chicago when I read this and the picture in my mind's eye matched my memory.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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