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jz0000

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  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1444)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    R. Huskey says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "Hard Zombie Fiction"
    Overall

    This isn't pure horror or comedy like most zombie books/films out there. As someone who really enjoys "hard sci-fi" the natural comparison for me is to call this "hard zombie fiction" I admit it's not for everyone but this book and its predecessor standout as being something special in the collected mythology of zombie fiction. It's technical, realistic and smart.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hole

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Aaron Ross Powell
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The world, as Elliot Bishop and Evajean Rhodes know it, is gone. Destroyed. In just two weeks, a horrific plague raged across the planet - driving its victims insane before killing them.The two survivors set out on an unimaginable journey, driven by a cryptic message from Evajean's husband: If anything terrible happens, you must get to Salt Lake City. But the pair soon discover they are not alone, and that the plague has done more than kill.

    David says: "Fascinating reinterpretation of religious history"
    "Better than I expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This entire sub-genre of apocalyptic fiction is extremely hit or miss so I approach each book with very low expectations. This book is one of the better recent examples of a good apocalyptic tale that pulls from many inspirations (The Cell, I Am Legend, George Romero's The Crazies, etc) without being derivative or amateurish. I found it to be a compelling read start to finish. Thankfully the author does not feel compelled to inflate his word count. For this sub-genre of apocalyptic fiction it seems many authors are compelled to write 800 pages to tell a 300 page story. The book is short and well paced. A good quick read that covers a lot of territory.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch of Hebron: A World Made by Hand Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    In the sequel to his best-selling World Made by Hand, James Howard Kunstler expands on his vision of a post-oil society with a new novel about an America in which the electricity has flickered off, the Internet is a distant memory, and the government is little more than a rumor. In the tiny hamlet of Union Grove, New York, travel is horse-drawn and farming is back at the center of life. But it’s no pastoral haven.

    Jennifer says: "Takes A Wierd (in a bad way) Left Turn"
    "A bit rushed and disjointed"
    Overall

    I did enjoy this book but it's somewhat disappointing at the same time. It reads like a first draft of a book that could have been very good. About 2/3rds of the way in I was expecting all the disjointed plot lines to converge but that never really happens in any meaningful way. The original book did basically nothing to setup a sequel so I feel like this book suffers as a result.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gerald's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    On a warm October day, Jessie Burlingame lies in the bedroom of her secluded lake home, listening to the far-off sounds of the country; the cry of a loon, the growl of a chain saw, the bark of a lonesome dog. Nearer, she hears the banging of the screen door, left unlatched in the autumn breeze; nearer still, the click of the key locking the second pair of handcuffs that chain her to the bed.

    Suzn F says: "Until the Climax"
    "What's with the..."
    Overall

    What's with the weird Casio Tone interludes? It's so absurd. it's like a cat jumping on a keyboard. I guess I did enjoy them as comic relief but someone I don't think that was the intent. Dun dun DUN dun dun DUN.

    2 of 3 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
    (2907)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2010)

    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!!"
    "Short but good"
    Overall

    The journal story telling structure imposes some limitations. Not much in the way of character development, dialog, etc. The upshot of that is you get something that I would describe as "hard zombie fiction" which focuses more on technique and strategy and less on the horror / suspense elements. If you're looking for a more traditional story structure with a neat ending this might not be the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6508)
    Performance
    (2904)
    Story
    (2901)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Disapointing"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of this genre but this book was a pretty big disappointment. It's got a really weird pacing/structure. I was often confused what was happening, which characters were involved, or if it was real-time or a flashback. Justin Cronin has potential but this book really needed several more drafts or some serious editing work to be enjoyable.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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