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Rebecca

South Burlington, VT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 11 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 151 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • American Apocalypse: The Collapse Begins

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nova
    • Narrated By Erik Sandvold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    With the economy in free fall, the government crippled by indecision, the streets taken over by new political parties, and the fragile institutions of civilization crumbling, a young man finds himself homeless and alone on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., facing certain death unless he can master survival skills he never imagined needing. Fending off violent citizens in an urban landscape that is gradually sliding into looting and mayhem, the protagonist emerges as an ultimate force of justice in a lawless land.

    Mark says: "It was OK."
    "Could have been Great"
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    The story is like something written by pre-teen boys dreaming about what they would do after the end of the world, which is fight crime, apparently. Completely unrealistic and offering very little in the way of gritty realism that us fans of the apocalypse genre enjoy.

    The characters never use contractions in their dialog. So, aside from being solid and complete stereotypes, they sound like idiotic robots or foreigners the whole time.

    I've read all the apocalypse books, and if you love them like I do, save this one for the very last or don't bother at all. It's only saving grace was it's length, a short 8 hours. Also it gives me hope that anyone can be a writer. I won't be continuing on with the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (903)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "A great book & a great apocalypse book"
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    What did you love best about The Dog Stars?

    A fascinating tale told by the slightly fever-addled brain of our narrator. One of those gritty realistic apocalypse tales with a lot of survival details, but not quite as dark as The Road. It was suspenseful and excellently written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dog Stars?

    How the character of Bangly was developed and revealed throughout the story. He was such an unlikeable character at first I was almost rooting for him to die, but that changes through the book. Also he is just your typical gun nut waiting for the apocalypse to really shine, so that was interesting to see played out.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a PG-13 book. Definitely rated R or worse due to sexual content more than violence, so not good for kids. (Which is a shame)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2185)
    Performance
    (1771)
    Story
    (1788)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Not your typical Sci-Fi Novel (but almost!)"
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    Would you listen to Solaris again? Why?

    Yes, because I was annoyed for a lot of the start of the book when it wasn't going the way I thought it would go. Now I realize it is more of a thought-provoking novel and would listen more to the details.


    What other book might you compare Solaris to and why?

    The Road, just because they are both futuristic and get people talking/thinking/debating. And they both are pretty exciting.


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

    It was interesting enough for me to discuss it with others who were not reading it, to get their view on it. Also now I want to watch the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this novel.

    1 of 2 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
    (3169)
    Performance
    (2264)
    Story
    (2261)

    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!!"
    "Great Survivalist-Apocalypse Novel"
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    I usually avoid zombie novels, finding them too unrealistic for my liking, but this one was very well done despite the premise. I guess any apocalypse premise is unlikely so who am I to judge a zombie plague as less-likely than a giant asteroid or anything else?

    Anyway, if you are a fan of the genre, this is a must-read. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one and find out what happens!

    It is the journal of a man living through a zombie apocalypse, mostly about his specific plans for survival.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10387)
    Performance
    (9539)
    Story
    (9590)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Interesting story, good characters"
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    This novel did a great job of taking you inside a world that is thankfully foreign to most of us, the world of cancer kids (now teenagers).

    The story was always interesting and moved right along, I was surprised by and enjoyed the plot twists and found the characters likable despite all of their speech patterns being the same witty repartee as the narrator.

    I would recommend it to the same people who liked Memoirs of a Geisha, to get a fascinating glimpse inside another world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a Perfect World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Laura Kasischke
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It was a fairy tale come true when Mark Dorn - handsome pilot, widower, tragic father of three - chose Jiselle to be his wife. The other flight attendants were jealous: She could quit now, leaving behind the million daily irritations of the job. (Since the outbreak of the Phoenix flu, passengers had become even more difficult and nervous, and a life of constant travel had grown harder.) She could move into Mark Dorn's precious log cabin and help him raise his three beautiful children. But fairy tales aren't like marriage.

    Danielle says: "Worth listening to again and again!"
    "I was promised an apocalypse novel!"
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    A saintly stepmother begins caring for her husband's 3 rotten teenager children right before a slow apocalypse begins. Her one-dimensional, Mother-Theresa-like good nature lasts and lasts for the entire book, despite having a nasty crone mother, her neighbor's wife being a cheating slut, and her new husband basically abandoning her with his 3 spoiled children to raise.

    The apocalypse details that I read for were not there until maybe the last 1/10th of this novel, and it was in no way worth reading through the rest of this unrealistic tale of the Mother Theresa of the Apocalypse who never did one selfish thing ever in her whole life to get to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4005)
    Performance
    (2972)
    Story
    (2975)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "My kind of apocalypse novel (a bit dated though)"
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    If you are like me and, for some reason, like to imagine how you would survive an apocalypse, this will be a great read for you. It is all survival, all the time, although our main characters seem to all get super lucky on many occasions this does allow for a more complicated and thorough survival story than if they were stuck in some cave eating berries the entire time (which is probably more likely).

    It's a bit dated but still very readable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34541)
    Performance
    (25660)
    Story
    (26018)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Interesting premise, slightly flawed execution"
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    I heard this was a novel written for teenagers, which would explain some of the stuff I didn't enjoy so much. I thought the premise was interesting but not altogether convincingly executed. Especially the romance aspect, it made me gag at several points in the story and of course lead characters that can do no wrong and are not complex.

    But it was a quick listen, not too bad. I don't like it enough to listen to the rest and there are better "battle to the death" novels out there (mostly by stephen king).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5355)
    Performance
    (3615)
    Story
    (3625)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Excellent performance, riveting story"
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    I am not a zombie lit fan. but having read every other apocalypse book am running out of choices. You can see the famous stars contributing to the performance, so you know it is one of the best readings I have listened to (out of a LOT of audiobooks).

    It was a bit more political then I like, but not too bad, I just zoned out for a few minutes in certain places. I'm more into the survival aspect of apocalypse. And the story was so touching in one place I had unexpected tears in my eyes, so a little bit of everything.

    I was disappointed to hear it was abridged (guess I didn't pay enough attention when purchasing) but I think they probably cut out boring political parts and the shorter version allowed for the celebrity reading, which was a real treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (890)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "A must-listen for any Apocalypse fan"
    Overall

    A realistic account of life after people. This novel covers 80 years after an illness kills the vast majority of human-kind, what happens to the few remaining survivors, animals, and the Earth itself. An excellent story, and one of the few that does not end up devolving into the over-used apocalypse theme of people-eaters vs. non-people-eaters. The author definitely tends to wax philosophic, but it is always on the subject of human-kind's survival, what does it mean and what should it look like? Should the survivors try to maintain civilization as it was? What is the purpose of life and what makes people happy? Excellent listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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