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M. Bowles

I don't have a hole in the ground and I would starve in 2 1/2 days, but I like to listen to people who do and wouldn't.

United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 23 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 129 titles in library
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  • Desperate Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nicholas Antinozzi
    • Narrated By Joe Cirillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    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"
    "DON'T DO IT"
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    Would you try another book from Nicholas Antinozzi and/or Joe Cirillo?

    If he was to create a story involving main character with a pair and a story line that doesn't sound like the next line should read "A is for apple, see the dog run." One (or a hundred) too many tears down a cheek, in an eye, through a beard. Ridiculous writting, descriptions and progression of a weak story line that started off pretty good; good enough to keep me listening, but eventually at 3X speed to see if the story would regain what it had in the first couple chapters; it didn't.


    Has Desperate Times turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I am still looking for the next "Swan Song, Breakers, Escaping - Surviving - Going Home, This Shattered Land - No Easy Hope, Run, The Remaining Series, 77 Days in September etc...This was NOT it!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did a fair job with what he had to read. Work on your female character voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first single star rating, I hope it is my last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By William H. Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy. For John and the other residents of Willow Creek Drive, the breakdown of social order throws them back to the 1800s. As the community tries to come together, a powerful outside force appears that threatens their survival. Will John's years of military and prepping experience be enough to keep them safe?

    Dave says: "STAYED UP ALL NIGHT TO LISTEN"
    "Predictable, slow and very basic story"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Last Stand? What did you like least?

    Just didn't do it for me.


    What was most disappointing about William H. Weber’s story?

    The story was too basic, without an interesting story line flow. Cliche to the highest degree. "The newest recruits (neighborhood teenagers) practiced with sticks as weapons" just about a minute, maybe two, after an EMP?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cannibal Reign

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas Koloniar
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    First the asteroid would come, slamming into the earth just north of the Montana border, followed by earthquakes, tsunamis, and unending night. And after that... Hell. Astronomer Marty Chittenden is the first to recognize the approaching doom - a discovery that makes him a marked man. Green Beret Jack Forrest knows the catastrophe is inevitable and begins stockpiling an abandoned missile silo with supplies while gathering together a small community of men, women, and children he prays can survive the apocalypse.

    Kenneth Cox says: "if you love non zombie post apocalyptic stuff..."
    "Another "Do it now, press select!""
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    Would you listen to Cannibal Reign again? Why?

    Yes, I'm listening to an Academy Award winning apocalyptic based movie script. Excellent story line, outstanding characters, vivid narration (individual characters are a little lacking), and no unesseary filler.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. Very few selections compelled me to live with at least one piece of my headphone in and on.


    Have you listened to any of Brian Hutchison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not; I will!


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

    Easily.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not find better. You might have your favorite, add this selection to your list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living - with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of seven billion animated corpses. And one international team of elite special operators - supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us - are humanity's last best hope for survival....

    Brandon Thomsen says: "Great series"
    "Starts slow but gets close to the flow of 0.5"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would tell them to absolutely start the series with Arisen 0.5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3?

    It is hard to say. The story starts once the action begins after the very lengthy character development somewhere towards the end of the first book.


    Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favorite?

    He has nailed it again. Very diverse ability to individualize characters.


    Do you think Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, but it has to have the elements that 0.5. Perfectly written and executed story with an outstanding flow and performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the story, I love the characters and everything up to this point lends to a story that can keep going and keep my interest.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Arisen, Book 0.5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Stephen Fuchs
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Tucked away in a high-tech Tactical Operations Center, inside an isolated safehouse in the Horn of Africa, sits Agency analyst Zack Altringham. He is Kenyan-born, Princeton-educated, badly burnt-out - and condemned by his language and cultural skills to a lifetime of fighting America's shadow counter-terror wars.

    c_soul says: "Slow start, but SO worth sticking with!!"
    "*******DO IT******* DO NOT PASS THIS UP*****"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    EASILY. This is by far the best I have listened to yet. I have said this before, but all those books were before this masterpiece. If you had the opportunity to experience stories like Day by Day Armageddon and thought it was a great listen, I guarantee you will absolutely enjoy this lead into what I'm sure will be an OUTSTANDING series. Very nicely done all around and easily deserving of all five stars and any phrase you can think of to express excellence!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story line, narration, terminology (sounded like the author knows what he is talking about), character development, and story flow.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything your looking for in an audible experience.


    Who was the most memorable character of Arisen, Book 0.5 and why?

    Every one, perfectly done.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm counting down the minutes until my pre-order is downloaded, I can't wait!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Days

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sterling Nixon
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    An unpayable debt. A shrinking economy. A nation divided. What is the price needed to prevent civil war? What if the United States can no longer pay that price? Rick Savage finds himself in the middle of a power struggle that could spell the end of the United States. His extensive research leads him to one grim prediction: civil society will all but cease in seven days. He now has only a week to save who and whatever he can before the world descends into chaos.

    M. Bowles says: "You WILL NOT find better, WILL NOT!"
    "You WILL NOT find better, WILL NOT!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Seven Days in three words, what would they be?

    Do not hesitate!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I have a considerable library; this, in all aspects, is on top of my list as best yet. Storyline, narration, character development and interaction, are easily the best I've had the pleasure to experience.


    What about John McLain’s performance did you like?

    He was born to narrate, easily the best I've heard.


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

    I can't say, I don't want to ruin the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    You need this selection, it will set a new standard for all man made armagedden storyline enthusiasts, I guarantee it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Highways: Origins, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Kowalczyk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    His name is Jimmy. He's twenty-two, skinny, and still a virgin. He has no friends. He lives with his grandma. He works at her used bookstore. He is in every sense of the word, a loser. This is your hero. This is your hero.

    By his side, a diverse group of survivors, including a cop, a prostitute, a drug dealer, and even a newborn baby. They're crossing the country on a crazy and comical post-apocalyptic adventure, following the infected as they migrate west.

    Davy says: "New Narrator Please"
    "Not bad at all, well worth a credit."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Highways the most enjoyable?

    Fresh concept, good character development, not at all predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Kowalczyk – was your favorite?

    The main character, nicely done.


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

    Yes and due to the length it was almost possible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Burn: Dead Fire: Slow Burn, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bobby Adair
    • Narrated By Jason Damron
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Dead Fire picks up following an infected attack on Sarah Mansfield's fortified house, during which three people seek shelter with Zed Zane and his fellow survivors. In the confusion, however, Murphy is gunned down, and an unthinking, emotional Zed strikes out to enact revenge. Unfortunately, the shooting and commotion have only attracted more Whites. A diversion plan emerges to rid the horde of the Smart One trying to figure a way through the gates, and lead the other infected away from the compound.

    Mike Naka says: "another enjoyable installment"
    "series started so good, what happened?"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration grew on me, it was terrible, but it pounded... me.... in....to....submission (Captain Kirk). The story just turned pure stupid; hurry think of some words to go here so I can sell this crap as the third part of a series.


    What could Bobby Adair have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stopped at #2.


    What didn’t you like about Jason Damron’s performance?

    um, everything, but let me explain. The story started so strong I was willing to put up with the over stated emphasis of EVERY WORD. As the story progressed I just gave in and listened to the terrible female, stereotypical ethnic, and just all around poor narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop at four, your embarrassing yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Burn: Box Set 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bobby Adair
    • Narrated By Jason Damron
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Survive the infection! Survive the infected. Book 1: A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried and frightened.

    Shawn says: "Great books, not sure about the audio book."
    "Great story, but the narrator has kidney stones"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to Slow Burn: Box Set 1-3 again? Why?

    If someone else narrates. EVERY statement is over stated, female voices are... not, ethnic voices are stereotypically degrading. All in all, great story line, really bad narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jason Damron’s performances?

    No thank you


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellifax: Mountain Man, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    A serial killer stalks the ice-glazed streets. Half-frozen deadheads choke the avenues. Infected vermin rise from the labyrinth of sewer systems, hungry for warm flesh. And a handful of survivors struggle to escape and find someplace safe. In his hunt for Tenner, Scott discovers he must contend with all of this, before things truly get worse. Welcome. To Hellifax.

    Mike Naka says: "much better than expected!"
    "1st book - OUTSTANDING, 2nd - Not, 3rd - OH YA!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hellifax to be better than the print version?

    This should have been the second book in the series, very very nicely done!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many to pick or list, several characters with outstanding, disturbing, brutal and compassionate story lines.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Perfection!


    If you could rename Hellifax, what would you call it?

    StayAwayVille


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for 12 hours of pure goodness.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Omega Days: Omega Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John L. Campbell
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Eight million walking dead stalk the San Francisco Bay Area, with more on the way. Scattered refugees - a priest with a bloody past, a college girl turned sniper, escaped San Quentin inmates and others - will quickly learn the three most important rules of survival: Make your bullets count. Don't fall behind. Don't...get...bitten! Fast-paced and packed with zombie action, Book One of the Omega Days series lights off the apocalypse with a scream, and tears California to pieces!

    L says: "Disappointed"
    "OUTSTANDING, perfectly OUTSTANDING!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Omega Days again? Why?

    Yes, this is what a zombie story is all about. Fast paced, perfect character development, several story lines; each as good as the last and next and each a stand alone story.


    What other book might you compare Omega Days to and why?

    Day by Day Series.


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

    Outstanding all the way around.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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