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MJ

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  • The Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    It's one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. It will be days before help can arrive. Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He's prepared. He knows there is only one thing he can do... that he must do: get home to his wife, Beth.

    MJ says: "Keep Listening"
    "Keep Listening"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was hesitant & skeptical at first because the main character is so hard to like. However, if you keep listening and can get past some of the crude humor, the book has some hilarious parts. The author does a great job of putting Marty through the ringer without going too far. The ending is sad, happy and has a nice twist (I had my suspicions but the author did a great job of throwing me off.)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3332)
    Performance
    (2420)
    Story
    (2415)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "BORING!"
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    What disappointed you about Day By Day Armageddon?

    It's in "journal" format, so you are basically listening to someone read a journal out loud. It's so boring. The character development isn't there. The story line just drags on and on. I love zombie novels, but this one falls so far short in my opinion.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J L Bourne again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounded depressed and his tone was monotonous.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1166)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Ummm..."
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    I wanted to like this book, and some parts weren't bad, but... I was disappointed. I love his blog, so I was so excited and hopeful he would bring an amazing TEOTWAWKI scenario to fiction. I thought it would be similar to "One second after" (fantastic book!) except with more prepared characters. This was not the case. The book drags and drags with explanations of guns, weapons, gear etc. (I did a lot of fast forwarding)

    His character development wasn't done through story-line character interaction, but through paragraphs of explanation. Therefore, I never got attached to any of the characters.

    I'm christian but wow, he really lets his religious beliefs flare up like a bad case of shingles. It was even off putting for me.
    His treatment of woman and "wives" in the book is borderline offensive, especially for the non-bible versed woman. I am well-versed in the bible so I understood where he was coming from, but strongly disagreed with his approach.

    I did learn a lot about survivalist techniques, weapons, battle strategies, and a lot more.

    Overall, I'm glad I bought the book and will probably refer to it many times in the future as a reference guide.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1395)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "LOVED IT!"
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    What did you love best about Plague of the Dead?

    The story line and the characters! Z.A. Recht was an amazing writer! (i say was because sadly he passed away in 2009)


    Any additional comments?

    The first two books in the Morning Star Saga are amazing, I highly recommend them!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: The Morningstar Strain, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht, Thom Brannan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (775)

    Survivors is the all-new soul-shattering climax to the postapocalyptic trilogy, featuring a deadly virus, military action, global devastation - and zombies. A lot can change in three months: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. The infected hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected.

    Ben says: "Good. But could have been so much better"
    "Knew something was wrong..."
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    I'm totally disappointed. I bought the first 2 books in the series through audible and LOVED THEM!
    I listened to the first part of the 3ard book and LOVED it, but then, it got weird. I couldn't put my finger on it but it was all wrong. It was so wrong that I did some checking online and found that Recht had passed away in 2009. Come to find out, another writer (unknown) had finished the 3ard book. I was devastated. I knew it wasn't going to end well... and it didn't.

    Don't get me wrong, the person who took on the task of finishing the 3ard book took on a near impossible task. However, in my personal opinion, the unknown author strayed far from Rechts direction and maimed the story unrecognizable. The ending was beyond disappointing. Rechts masterpiece of genius was destroyed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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