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Big Art

San Ramon, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 20 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 78 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29287)
    Performance
    (22461)
    Story
    (22615)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Book 2 is so much better then Book 1"
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    WOW... So I listened to book 1 and then I had to listen to Book 2. And book 2 was just so much more involved and exciting with awesome twist. It was funny because I was turning into a Sherlock Holmes during the audio trying to listen to clues and put it altogether. I heard a lot of the clues but I couldn’t put it together until it was finally explain at the end. And oh boy, was it a great great ending!! Book 3 here I come!! 4Star performance was for the narrator chick again. She just can’t nail a man’s voice. But she still did great. Enjoy!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (474)

    The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

    coreybeth says: "Buy it NOW awesome series!! More please!"
    "WOW!! How good was this book!! Must read!!"
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    Ok, first let me rebut my first review of the Rise of the Governer. I complained somewhat that the author was "trying too hard to make as detailed and analytical " & "It just distracted me to much from the storyline". Boy was I ever wrong. I just loved the detailed in this book. It was just in aw how he kept using these adjectives and they were just spot on! I have read all the comics and I have recently re-read just past the prison in Comic books. Let me tell you there are charactors in this book that tie into that series of issue of the prison and Woodbury. And it's just cool to seem them in both. So I give a 10 out of 10 for this audio book!


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    -Big Art

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26782)
    Performance
    (20648)
    Story
    (20846)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Who doesn't like The Hunger Games!!"
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    After the movie made such a buzz, I bought the entire Series. This book has some really good twist in it that made me feel like I was reading the first book and listening to its every word. Can't wait for the next movie to come out. It will be great!! But yeah, if you like the first book, it just keeps getting better!! Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1395)
    Story
    (1398)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Weak"
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    I turned it off right away. This is probably a good book for certain readers but my bad on spending a credit on it. Lesson learned

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1809)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Joe Ledger needs to be on TV!!"
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    This Joe Ledger is such a personality he needs to be on a TV series or movies. They must make this for TV!! I enjoyed this book but for whatever reason after reading the first book, I thought it was going to be zombie related. Jonathan Maberry did a great job on making fantasy a reality with real possible scenarios. I just really enjoy this series and I actually bought book three right now. Its like X-files meets Sledge Hammer!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2919)
    Performance
    (2614)
    Story
    (2627)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "It was not my cup of tea."
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    I thought I would enjoy this comic book style of Zombie slayers but it was very boring. I am thou one of those type of listeners that has to finish the book. I had its moments but it was just cheesy and lame. I did enjoy the location of the story. Some super heroes were cool but again it was not my cup of tea. Maybe more for the teenager zombie genre!

    3 of 4 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
    (801)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (729)

    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"
    "I just love this Series!!"
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    I listened to the first two books not to long ago. And when the final 3rd book came out on audio, I listened to the first two books again and then capped it off with Survivors. I just loved the entire series. This 3rd book was another listen strait thru kind of book. I thought he was off on Brewster's voice. And I didn't like the Very Very end. But it did have an ending I was ok with. But its a great zombie Series. One of the best.

    3 of 4 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
    (1404)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1061)

    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"
    "It's a Survivalist must read!!"
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    I was worried that I wouldn't like it the monotone old man voice of the Narrator and I was right but he is bearable. He just made everyone sound really old. But the story was great and I really enjoyed his knowledge and strategies. I only wish I could prep like they do in this book. They go into real depth on prepping. It was like a prepper's wet dream! But I do enjoy this book. Makes me proud to be an American. And it is a very likely story that could happen in our near future. If you just get past the first couple chapters the book picks up very well and then I couldn't stop listening to it. I marked it off my bucket list (zombies, apocalypse, Survivalist books).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3773)
    Performance
    (3125)
    Story
    (3117)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Sledge Hammer Vs a Zombie Al Qaeda and you have..!"
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    Man, this new Joe Ledger series I found is awesome!! Joe Ledger is a smart ass, top U.S. Military leader, who is smart and a bad ass. This is like no other zombie book character out there. Storyline kinda follows the same path as the book "Day by Day Armageddon" where it is a daily/hourly/minutes chronicle of what is going on but with in its own style. You get so involved in all the different characters. The narrator did such an amazing job. I thought that Oliver Wyman from "The Morningstar Strain series" was the best zombie narrator but Ray Porter killed it! Not alot of "Zombies" as you would expect but the zombies in this story did not become the undead organically and it makes sense for the set up in this book 1.
    I highly recommend this book 1 and my book 2 is downloading as i'm writing this review!!

    -Big Art

    2 of 4 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
    (4001)
    Performance
    (2968)
    Story
    (2971)

    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"
    "It's a Classic, so I had to buy it!"
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    I just needed to get this book out of my way for one of my survivalist/apocalypse stories. It was actually pretty good. It started pretty slow but I actually really got into it at the middle & end of the story. Its like I didnt want them to ever get rescued. But can you really get rescued from the world bombing each other. I loved the community they developed and all the side stories. I could really picture this book being a TV series. It had good honest hard working families, evil raiders, people with special skills. The skill of bartering and the true worth of what is really important when money is obsolete. Starts slow but if you stick with it, its actually a really good book! Now I know why its a classic. Kinda had a Gone with the Wind feel to it. I recommend it!

    Big Art

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Ashes: The Morningstar Strain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (873)

    Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning.

    Scott says: "The strain continues, for now."
    "SHTF now!! This series keeps getting better!!"
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    This book 2 is great! I love how book 1 starts from all these different places around the globe and now they are all on the same journey to the same location. And they have to get thru a new world of survivalist, raiders, hordes of zombies, and a secret goverment agents. (spoiler alerts now)

    From when they have to decide to get off the submarine and march across the US from Oregon to Omaha. The small town of survivors they meet and the special ops mission they go on to save a mechanics daughter in order to get their truck fixed so they can continue on there way to Omaha. That was the best part of this book.

    So go out and get this series. Start with Book 1. Book 3 will be out in June or July!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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