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steve

I'm a apocalyptic story fanatic...maybe that's why I prep. I've read to many end of the world as you know it books.

pasadena, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Gripping Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (674)

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

    Tamica says: "Just not as good as the first"
    "Maybe its me but I found this difficult to follow."
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    Any additional comments?

    It was ok but I had a hard time following the story line a lot of times. There seemed to be a lot of unimportant nonsense mixed in. Perhaps this was the authors method of building depth to the story/characters but I found it derailed the plot.

    The first book was better...however, I found that the author trying to pass creatures that can modify and improve advanced technology as unintelligent animals was more than a stretch.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23334)
    Performance
    (21451)
    Story
    (21459)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Great book...you won't be wasting a credit."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the book. Narration was great. The story kept you going and wanting to listen to what happens next all the way through. I didn't find any part boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (2894)
    Story
    (2904)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Started off ok...then it went silly"
    Overall
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    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    He's great...no complaints


    Any additional comments?

    I liked Daemon and Freedom. This started off good but went into silliness. By the end I only listened because I didn't have anything else to listen to. I like believable stories. Though I have to admit Freedom became a bit unbelievable also. This more so...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Z14: Zombie Rules, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Achord
    • Narrated By Graham Halstead
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    Zach Gunderson and his friends have carved out a life for themselves in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by zombies. But survival is a daily struggle. In addition to frequent encounters with hostile humans, Zach has discovered something very sinister about the zombies.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Is Zach the Messiah or just a very naughty boy?"
    "One of the better one's"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Z14 the most enjoyable?

    I really liked the book and the narrator was great. I can't wait until the the next. Good books with a good narrator are pretty hard to find in this genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zack...he kicks butt when he needs to


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

    If I could have I would have


    Any additional comments?

    Get it you'll like it. Has a quite a few references to sex, he's a horny teenager after all, but not graphic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivalist: Frontier Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur T. Bradley
    • Narrated By Jamie Buck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (171)

    The Superpox-99 virus has wiped out nearly the entire human race. Governments have collapsed. Cities have become graveyards filled with unspeakable horror. People have resorted to scavenging from the dead, or taking from the living. The entire industrialized world has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, decaying bodies, and feral animals. To stay alive, U.S. Deputy Marshal Mason Raines must forage for food, water, and gasoline while outgunning those who seek to take advantage of the apocalyptic anarchy. Together with his giant Irish wolfhound, Bowie, he aligns with survivors of the town of Boone in a life and death struggle against a gang of violent criminals. With each deadly encounter, Mason is force to accept his place as one of the nation's few remaining lawmen. In a world now populated by escaped convicts, paranoid mutants, and government hit squads, his only hope to save the townspeople is to enforce his own brand of frontier justice.

    Jesse says: "Good Story Poor Performance"
    "Goofy with an annoying performance"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend The Survivalist to your friends? Why or why not?

    No...much better audiobooks out there.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use a different narrator


    Any additional comments?

    The story has a good plot and could have been great with the right author and narrator. The guy speaking sounds like the book was narrated by a computer for the first half and the last half he tries harder but was still exceptionally awful in my opinion. The performer's inflection needs a lot of work I had to force myself to listen to it. The author made the characters say a lot of goofy stuff no one would say and a lot of things happen that are just to silly to believe. It's almost like the author read to many Dick Tracy stories or something and watched a lot of B movies. Others seem to like the book and its the reason I purchased it. I can only assume most haven't heard quality books. You can see from my library I've listened to a LOT of post apocalyptic books and this ranks near if not the bottom of my listening list. the first story was so bad I don't think I can risk trying another in the series. Very rare for me....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead and the Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Susan Beth Pfeffer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated listeners with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event - an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of 17-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales.

    steve says: "A pretty good book"
    "A pretty good book"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was acceptable. The story was pretty good, however grew a little tired of the excess Catholicism. Perhaps the author felt this was needed to build the main characters. The actions of the characters left that hollow if this was the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nicholas Antinozzi
    • Narrated By Joe Cirillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    Despite all the warning bells, Black Friday arrives as a devastating tidal wave that completely destroys our fragile economy in a single day. There is panic in the streets as banks close their doors, seemingly forever, at noon. Store shelves are swept bare and the gas pumps soon run dry. Jimmy Logan watches in disbelief as his world crumbles before his eyes. Luckily, he has friends who have planned ahead for this nightmarish scenario and he joins up with a group who plan to ride the storm out in northern Minnesota. Some of their group will be dead before the sun sets.

    ken says: "Pretty Marginal"
    "Horrible Narrator"
    Overall
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He over does it when he's narrating characters other than the main one. He reads the book in a childish way and adds inflection in the wrong way. It adds excitement or apprehension to the character when there shouldn't be. It's not fluid. Very hard to listen...feel like I listening to a Japanese cartoon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Days in September

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Gorham
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

    Jan says: "Depends on what you want"
    "Great book"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to 77 Days in September the most enjoyable?

    If you're looking for prepper tips with a story behind it, this is not the book you're looking for.
    That being said, this book is a great story. Its main focus is the travel of one very dedicated average man trying to get home to his family across the U.S. The writer did a very good job with dialog. He wrote in such a way that listening to what was happening made it easy for your imagination to take hold and visualize the story.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (303)

    It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

    J Bailey III says: "Buy the first two not this one"
    "Hate to say it but...don't waste your money."
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If Rawles would have continued writing based on his first two books it might have made a 4 or 5.


    What was most disappointing about James Wesley, Rawles’s story?

    Rawles spends several chapters attempting to convert the reader into his idea of the appropriate way to practice religion. It's not a indirect approach either its an all out assault.It's no secret Rawles is a religious man. You could tell that from his first two books and how the characters were portrayed as practicing Christians.I didn't mind it at all in those books. However, this book goes well beyond that and provides you with the finer details. I honestly thought I was listening to a book on religious doctrine. It was absolutely unnecessary and served no real purpose in the story. Rawles also copies word for word sections out of his other books...it was very disappointing. You could have done so much better Rawles. If you had saved your religious teachings for a book specifically on that subject and took your time with this one. You could have created a great story based on the same events depicted in your other two books. If you had plans for any more books, you may find your sales disappointing. With this book you will have lost a lot of your dedicated readers such as myself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Made by Hand: The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. In Union Grove, a little town in upstate New York, the future is nothing like people thought it would be. Life is hard and close to the bone. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure.

    David says: "A kind of Amish post-apocalypse"
    "Good story but its difficult to discern characters"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to World Made by Hand the most enjoyable?

    The plot was good and the story believable. It seemed short though and left a lot unexplained.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Meskimen’s performances?

    Jim needs to add inflection to make it easier to discern characters. I found myself lost at times wondering which character was speaking or even that another character was involved in the conversation. A great example of a narrator who does this well is Will Patton in Alas, Babylon.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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