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Jan

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  • The Solitary Man's Refuge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ron Foster
    • Narrated By Duane Sharp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    This audiobook combines the three postapocalyptic adventure books of the Solitary Man Series. Look around. Millions of preppers are working feverishly every day to get prepared for what they fear is a disaster about to happen in America. The motivation for preparing differs for each person. Donald is getting his farmstead prepared in case a predicted solar storm takes out the electrical grid. Some folks might call what Donald is trying to create as a bug-out location. Other people consider his little rural house as an effort to become more self-sufficient, like a homesteader.

    Madeleine says: "Badly Constructed Narrative"
    "Done with Ron Foster Prepper Books"
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    This was a painful, had to force myself to listen book. I had purchased one other of his short books that I didn't love... but my brother wanted to try this one... my brother is the prepper. The writing is just so poorly constructed, plot all over the place... he needs a better editor or to reread Strunk and White a few times. I found no new information here that I hadn't read elsewhere... and was miserable the whole time it was on.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8879)
    Performance
    (8122)
    Story
    (8078)

    Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

    Jan says: "Such a talented author and narrator..."
    "Such a talented author and narrator..."
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    I recently read The Nightingale... and loved it to pieces. So I bumped this book by the same author to the top of my list when it came out. The books are so different, only the beautiful writing feels familiar. Kristin Hannah took me right into this family, their move and the new community in rural Alaska they joined.
    I could see the train wreck coming for hours but couldn't look away and couldn't stop listening until the book was over... have to admit I cried. This won't have the universal appeal that The Nightingale had, my husband wouldn't listen to such a relationship oriented book and domestic violence is just a plain old hard topic. However, I found it's message of the power of community, friendship, family and the resilience of the human spirit to be uplifting. Made me wish I was Alaska tough... like the characters I met in this book.

    136 of 152 people found this review helpful
  • After It Happened: Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Devon C. Ford
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1776)
    Performance
    (1677)
    Story
    (1674)

    This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "I really wanted to like these series"
    "Purchased yesterday... finished today"
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    This 12 hour post apocalypse book is so fresh and interesting. I honestly couldn't stop listening and now am sorry that I can't pick up the next installment... yet. Set in present day England with a 99% die off from a flu like illness, it is pleasantly devoid of zombies and filled with interesting survivors as they face the new and changing environment with different choices.
    I recommended to my prepper brother... he picked up already, but it will have a broader audience. It delivers a solid dose of the British saying "Stay Calm and Carry On." It is full of the hard realities of the environment, but it doesn't feel like gratuitous violence or sex and profanity is limited.
    The narrator is perfect for the character and a solid 5. Story gets a 5 from me, if only for the uniqueness of this event and creativity. Probably a 4 for those not a fan of the genre.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Home Invasion: The Survivalist Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1715)

    Morgan and his extended family could see the light at the end of the tunnel, dim though it may be. There was the promise of power once again. The plant was being repaired, and it looked as though it may actually run. While it meant lots of hard, sweaty work, the reward was worth the investment. The farm was growing strong, and community involvement was good. People were finally coming to terms with the fact that they needed to work together. So far Mother Nature had been on their side. But that, too, was about to change.

    Brian McNutt says: "what a disappointment"
    "Profanity way over the top"
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    The book feels like a good old boy conversation... the plot is so thin you think this is an advertisement for the book rather than the book... the quality of these books just keep going down, almost as if the author no longer cares about the series anymore.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cry Havoc

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1043)

    The news is full of disturbing events today. There's war and rumors of war. There's the false recovery of the economy. Faith in the US economy is extremely low. Foreign banks have either slowed their purchases of Treasury Bonds or, in a few cases, begun unloading them. We have a current election that is rife with corruption, extreme partisanship, and outright fraud. It would appear the left in the country is ready to do about anything to see their candidate elected.

    Lisa Wilson says: "Great new saga!"
    "Creative EOTWAWKI"
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    I quit writing reviews on EOTWAWKI books... got tired of saying negative things. That said the narration and audio was rough... but it was a clever and creative situation with a fresh perspective and interesting mix of characters. I enjoyed it. There is obviously a second book coming... but it wasn't an annoying cliff hanger and was long enough that I didn't feel cheated out of a credit. Nice work Mr. AA. I also really enjoyed The Dog Star and Sunfall recently, so there have been some better offerings in the EOTWAWKI library.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Camron Wright
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1496)

    Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life - and his destiny - is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

    Kari says: "5 Star Worthy"
    "Have told 5 people to read it... in 2 days"
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    1st - may I say there are a lot of 5 star reviews on this book that are purchased... sooo frustrating, I hate it when publishers do that to market books. However, to me this was a 5 star read... so I was surprised they had bothered paying for it.

    In 2016 I read and reviewed "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley. The events in these books are very similar, however, I wrote about that book..."the writing style and reading of the book are average at best and at times irritating."

    For this book Taj shared his story with Camron Wright and the result is powerful. I much prefer the fictionalization of this book, it reads clearer with colorful detail. I couldn't put it down.

    The start of the book is better than the end, as noted by another reviewer. Perhaps they were rushed with a deadline.... the personality of Taj just didn't come through as clearly... but it was still amazing.

    The author clarifies at the end which portions were fictionalized and why... and the saying "truth is stranger than fiction" surely applies to this book.

    This is now on my "most beloved books" list.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unknown World: The EMP Survivor Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Chris Pike
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (307)

    He was a man of quiet faith and determined courage who lived by an unwavering code of honor. He was a firm believer that the good guys would win and the bad guys would lose, although it didn't mean there wouldn't be casualties or injuries in the process of winning. EMP survivor Chris Chandler wasn't one to back away from overwhelming odds, and as of now, the odds weren't stacked in his favor. One way or the other, people were going to get hurt here or killed.

    Steve says: "Great book"
    "Just not believable..."
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    Forced myself through this one... I enjoy a "prepper" story now and then and realize the writing is often sub par... but you listen for the information and ideas.
    The first two books in the series were ok... but this one devolved to the point of the ridiculous and had nothing to do with prepping.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2316)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2116)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "Great premise... hideous book"
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    I can't believe a book with such high ratings and hype could possibly be so poorly written. The created world's premise was amazing... I loved the novella at the end laying out the history of Hayden's and how the lock in world came to be... great start. However, the "he said, she said, I said" is irritating at best... the plot within the world is thin and unbelievable, the majority of characters in the book swear... each using the same Deity and body orifice profanity which I personally found not only unlikely but unbearable. Hideous... I said... #### he said.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tilar J. Mazzeo
    • Narrated By Amanda Carlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (512)

    In 1942 one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw Ghetto as a public health specialist. While she was there, she began to understand the fate that awaited the Jewish families who were unable to leave. Soon she reached out to the trapped families, going from door to door and asking them to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling children out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them.

    Jean says: "Female Schindler"
    "So worth reading..."
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    It took me three starts to get hooked into this non-fiction accounting of Irena Sendler's rescue of over 2,500 Jewish children in Warsaw during the Holocaust. Unlike "Schindler's List" which hooks you at the slippery doorstep and continues polished to the end... there is a roughness around the edges of this book and the writing isn't perfect throughout. But the story...

    Do not stop reading... you will note that despite this initial failure to get me hooked, I rank this book a full 5 stars and I was hooked. Getting to see Irena's pluck and courage... the actual story of what was accomplished by her gutsy young friends... makes it a 5 star read. More than any Holocaust book I have read, "Irena's Children" took me inside the Warsaw ghetto and the safe homes on the streets outside and helped me to understand their complexities. No book on this topic is an easy read emotionally, but I did come away uplifted in a way. The difference one determined person can make... can change the world.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Avenging Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2595)
    Performance
    (2417)
    Story
    (2400)

    In Avenging Home, we see how the long-running battle between Morgan's people and their number one nemesis plays out. While Morgan thinks this is the biggest threat they face, there are things on the horizon he cannot yet see that are going to dwarf these problems. Morgan has lived in a vacuum. He's had little information about the outside world. While he's used radios to listen to what he can, there's been precious little real information.

    Bluewave says: "Some of these reviewers are wrong!"
    "My least favorite so far... lots of phoney reviews"
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    So if you are really into this series and liked book 6 you will like book 7. If like me you found the plot getting stretched too thin and hard to believe... the violence with torturing for information, the "good ol boy" language a little rough... you are best stopping back at 5.

    I had two major complaints:

    1 - The author is apparently unaware of the clues he was leaving and not... I was literally sick during one part of the book with what they were doing and what the result would be... given the clues I thought had been dropped. When nothing happened... I was glad, but also was irritated at the sloppy writing and unawareness of the set up given the listener.

    2 - There are a ton of purchased 5 star reviews on this book and I lose a lot of respect when I see it done. It started happening on books about a year or two ago. You can Google the company. They will provide reviews that say whatever you want about a narrator or book, either positive or negative. If you look at the reviewers... it is often their 1st or 2nd review.

    24 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Bull's-Eye: The Power of Focus

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1274)

    Clarity, Focus, and Concentration: Three strong attributes needed to hit the bull's eye! And just as you can develop your physical muscles through hard work and concentration, you can develop your mental muscles through continuous repetition. Bull's Eye will teach you how to unleash your powers for success and accomplish more in the next few months than many people do in a lifetime.

    Gillian says: "Really Good Step-by-Step"
    "Not much new..."
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    I wanted a quick pick me up motivator... but so much was familiar. Not bad in any way, but just a refrain of other books and I didn't leave book feeling a boost.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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