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Gregory T. Wallace

Downsville, Louisiana United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joel C Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Joel C Rosenberg
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    A riveting audiobook about the dramatic changes that will transform the world as we know it. Americans are anxious about the future - the world's and their own. Rosenberg explains the enormous political, economic, and spiritual changes that are underway in the world's most important countries. He answers why these changes are happening, what they mean, and provides insights from exclusive interviews with world leaders.

    Gregory T. Wallace says: "Time is Short"
    "Time is Short"
    Overall

    Joel Rosenberg definitely has a gift for piecing together the puzzle of current events through the lens of the Bible. This book is the story behind the fictional series written by this author. This is a fascinating peak into Joel’s actual experiences, which I found exciting as an ongoing student of eschatology. When you understand that the world is a stage where Biblical events will be played out, and they are happening right now, then you can’t help but get excited at what you see in the news. Just look at Israel right now. Jesus is coming soon and we better be ready to meet him.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1225)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later"
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    This author must have gone to Stephan J. Cannell school. The action is intense, the bad guys are pure evil and protagonist constantly finds himself in situations that go from bad to worse. Unlike Cannell, this is much grittier and apocalyptic in scope.

    I gave this series a try since the reviews were so positive, though I don't typically go for zombie type fiction. However, I was very surprised at the quality of writing and narration. I have gone on to listen to several more in this series and they all hold up to the same quality. I wouldn't call this a "zombie" series because the "infected" humans are more capable and enduring than walking corpses. They are relentless though. D.J. Molles does a terrific job of conjuring up a fairly unique story with good character development. The story is action packed and it's hard to pull away from, like getting on a roller coaster!

    Be warned that there is a LOT of cursing. As the story advanced it seemed that the author took glee and inserting as many F words as possible. It does add reality to a point but at times it's too gratuitous.

    Overall this is a wonderful audiobook to try if you are getting board with your other favorite audiobook series.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, would you survive? When the United States suffers a major socioeconomic collapse, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly radicalized Islamic government rises to power in Indonesia, invading the Philippines, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and finally Northern Australia. No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel this invasion alone.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good one from this up and down series"
    "On Par With Survivors"
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    Performance
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    I didn't listen to Founders since it got such poor reviews, but I did listen to Patriots (thrice) and Survivors (twice) and found this book to be equal to the latter in action, suspense, drama and practical information. The characters and locations are new and much of the book is spent developing their backgrounds and interrelations. Some of that got a little tedious for me but it did help with remembering characters as the story threaded between subplots. I thought the characters were just as developed and likable as in the other novels mentioned above. Unlike those novels this book isn't primarily set in America and therefore isn't as useful as a preppers guide, unless perhaps you're in missions. Even then, the book doesn't offer much more than the authors other books.

    These books are sources of practical information wrapped in fiction. There are nuggets of good info found in each, however, Patriots contained more than the others combined. I'm not saying this isn't a worthy addition to your library though. You can get all the prepping info you'll want by scouring JWR's survivalblog site but that can get tedious and time consuming. These books tend to put that kind of information into a useful academic exercise with mostly entertaining and provocative results.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (715)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Good Info, Boring Story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book could have been half the length and still gotten its points across. There's too much unnecessary dialog.


    Has The Harbinger turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    All of the characters sounded the same and it was hard at times to tell which was talking.


    Was The Harbinger worth the listening time?

    No. I watched Jonathan Cahn interviews on several Christian television programs and his synopsis of this book was much more engrossing, and it took far less time to tell it. There was more detail in the book obviously, but it took way too long telling it.


    Any additional comments?

    The author should publish a CliffsNotes version. I believe the premise of The Harbinger is valid, as it pertains to the United States. However, Mr. Cahn should have, in my opinion, kept the story simple and to the point, or brought in some additional talent and penned a great mystery/thriller novel. This could have been a great Christian alternative to the Dan Brown crap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7524)
    Performance
    (6781)
    Story
    (6878)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "TIMELESS!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    It's been YEARS since I read the novel and wanted to go through the book again before I saw the Peter Jackson rendition at the theater. After reading many positive reviews I decided to go the audiobook route and wasn't disappointed at all. I actually listened to it hours at a time while on vacation sitting outside several nights by a fire. Audiobooks always seem better when I listen to them sitting outside puffing on a cigar. If you like dark nights, a good cigar (or 2) and a good audiobook , then I highly recommend this version of The Hobbit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo was the one character I related to the most.


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

    These old stories always sound better with a British accent.


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

    I always hate to have these stories end, especially when I've got at least 30 - 40 minutes to go on my cigar.


    Any additional comments?

    Like some other reviews stated, I thought the narrator was a little too cheerful in his presentation. I felt that there were times throughout the story that required a darker tone. This is a minor issue though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (771)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Interesting Look into Russian Society"
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    If you could sum up The Charm School in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Well Written


    What other book might you compare The Charm School to and why?

    The only thing I can think of is Tom Clancy's Patriot Games. It had a whole different setting but the bureaucratic background is similar and just as frustrating. It also placed a patriotic soldier in a foreign setting where the common elements were just as great as the evil was pervasive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The trip to pick up the corpse.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It hits home how different our societies are and how we could become them, soon.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I would like this story, but it quickly became one of the best that I've heard in quite a while. I like the time it took to tell this story. Nelson DeMille's books require a lot of extra trees to be cut but I don't think this story would have been as satisfying otherwise. I leaves you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (699)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "Ancient Treasure, Curses, Ghosts and a Bad Ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lincoln Child and/or Johnathan McClain?

    Lincoln Child, Yes.Johnathan McClain, No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lincoln Child again?

    Possibly


    What about Johnathan McClain’s performance did you like?

    He made me appreciate the nuances of more talented narrators.


    Was The Third Gate worth the listening time?

    Overall, yes. The story had some interesting components that could have been formulated better, but it wasn't that bad. I felt like the story needed a larger context with which to place this story into. All the characters felt too one dimensional.


    Any additional comments?

    It intrigued me that an ancient Egyptian spirit would chose to speak in King James English.

    0 of 0 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
    (2738)
    Performance
    (2380)
    Story
    (2417)

    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"
    "Good Story, But Not Great"
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    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    The author creates an exciting story around disparate characters. Following the journey of these characters compels the reader toward an ending that seeks justice amid the chaos. The apocalyptic theme adds interest to the situations these characters find themselves in as good and evil is met with each step along the way. Though I think the author went too far with the supernatural elements it didn't take away from a wonderful story about the will to survive at any and all odds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh. He would be a very usefull friend in this setting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The time the main characters were at Mary's Rest.


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

    Yes, and the narration was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a fan of fantasy fiction but I am a fan of apocalyptic themes. After reading the positive reviews of this novel I decided to take a chance. I just finished Lucifer's Hammer, which I liked, but I thought the characters of Swan Song were better. If there wasn't the Stephen King -ish supernatural aspect to Swan Song then it would have been very similar to Lucifer's Hammer. I guess it takes supernatural elements to have a happy ending in a story such as this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War After Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ralph Peters
    • Narrated By Michael Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Shocking scenes of battle, unforgettable soldiers, heartbreaking betrayals. In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed with millions slaughtered. A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land. The Marines storm ashore; the U.S. Army does battle in a Biblical landscape.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Not an easy listen, but well worth it"
    "Too uninspired."
    Overall

    I probably shouldn’t write this review because I never finished the book. I hate reading other reviews from people who do the same because I believe they are judging from too narrow of a perspective. Maybe their attention wasn’t focused or maybe they had a grudge against the narrator. Maybe they felt the book wasn’t what it presented itself to be and didn’t want to waste any more time. I don’t know.
    As for me, I like Ralph Peters, especially when I see him interviewed on TV. This book has all the elements that I would like: apocalyptic events, a conservative viewpoint, action and thematic elements taken from actual current events. However, I just got bored with it. I started listening to it when I got in my car heading on a long trip by myself. About 4 hours in I gave up. I didn’t feel connected to the story or characters at all. Sorry Ralph.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2012: The War for Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (55)

    A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into a chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice; loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end, something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.

    Patrick says: "Meh..."
    "Ann Coulter is a cannibal demon?"
    Overall

    This book started out slow but seemed to be building a tempo that had promise of really being masterful. I was sadly mistaken. The whole inter-dimensional plot got so convoluted that I nearly quit listening for good, several times. This author tries to weave too many theories together in describing the final outcome of 122112. There were some intriguing ideas that this book presented but they were thrown in almost as filler and not well developed. It was also a frustration that the author used biblical passages to reference the apocalyptic events, but the book is far from having any evangelical Christian eschatological foundation. When the main character finally enters the demonic dimension toward the end of the book things got especially weird; i.e. the reason for my review title.
    This was a book written for the secular masses who only want a good sci-fi story to somewhat tie together the 2012 speculations. Apparently this book is making it to the big screens as well. Go figure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pallbearers: A Shane Scully Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Abandoned by his parents as an infant, Scully was reared in an orphanage, Huntington House. The only positive thing in his young life was the attention of the Home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. Pop, an avid surfer, would take a small group of kids for early morning surfing. He was the father none of them ever had. That was 30 years ago. Now, Shane is forced to revisit these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast.

    Paul says: "Cannell's best (so far)"
    "C+ Entertainment"
    Overall

    I've listened to all of the Shane Scully novels mostly in the order they were written and just finished this one. It‘s not mandatory that you read/listen to the earlier books but they do help with the development of the main characters. This book has some interesting plot elements and decent story line but didn't seem to hold my attention like earlier works. Most of the supporting characters seem too one dimensional and the story felt better suited for a made-for-tv movie. I thought the author was trying to "humanize" some of the characters by describing their weaknesses and strengths in relation to the plot, like with the novel White Sister, but this novel felt too rushed without the same emotional quality. This is not a bad work of fiction and will fill in a few more holes for die hard Shane Scully fans. However, I would recommend that you start at the beginning of the series to get a full appreciation of who the main characters are and see how the writing talent of this author builds throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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