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deedeeg

deedeeg

gilbert, AZ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (487)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Marjorie says: "Love. Love. Love. Love."
    "Glad I survived"
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    This was difficult to listen to for me. The main character is a very angry person and the narration of the book is done in a sort of angry way which is hard to take hour after hour. Makes the main character feel very one dimensional and it made me feel a bit tense. Although I imagine that a younger audience might like this quite a bit (and I'm by no means old). In terms of narration and tone, it was a bit similar to Divergent which I also was not a big fan of. The premise was unique and some of the other characters were pretty likable, namely, Uncle Mort. However, that's not enough to make me want to continue with this series. Does not help matters that I predicted the ending long before I reached it.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrection: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael J. Totten
    • Narrated By Steven Roy Grimsley
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Annie Starling is missing her memory of the last eight weeks - the most devastating in history. It started in Russia and went global in a matter of days, the most virulent virus the world has ever known. It's stripping its victims of every last thing that makes them human. And that's just the beginning. The other survivors are no less dangerous than the infected. She meets Lane, who stops at nothing to assert power and control over everybody who's left; Kyle, who dreams of building a new world upon the ruins of the old.

    Zeddmore says: "Satisfying Zombie Story With Some Good Twists"
    "Decent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are a couple of interesting twists tucked in to this story and you don't have to wait too long to find out what the first one is (I guessed it). The narrator does a decent job with the various voices. Some of the characters worked my nerves but it wouldn't be a good book if everyone made sense. Of course, there are a couple of moments where you think, "that would never work", etc, but the good action outweighs the bad. It wasn't a bad way to spend an afternoon and I will likely listen to the sequel when it becomes available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

    Mike Naka says: "a feel good zombie apocylapse"
    "Let's reminise"
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    If you think this is going to be your typical post apocalyptic zombie tale, you're wrong. It's mostly a collection of memories and events that happened prior to the outbreak. With well over 100 chapters in this title, there is surprisingly very little zombie action. If you are looking for lots of action and gore, look on. This listen was just ok for me. The narrator does an adequate job, but for the most part, these people go about life in a fairly normal way and are not bothered by zombies most of the time. I found it kind of dull, no idea where the "wow's" are coming from.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (904)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
    "Well done"
    Overall
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    I listened to this with my 11 year old son. We both enjoyed this and in this current societal environment, it's a good lesson about understanding differences, empathy and acceptance. I'm glad we were introduced to August.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perseid Collapse: The Perseid Collapse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (173)

    2019. Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic “decimated” the world's population; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving. An undercurrent of paranoia and fear still runs strong below the surface; the collective angst spawned by 28 million American deaths forever stamped into population's psyche.

    Denise says: "DON'T BUY THIS BOOK YET...Wait for the 2nd part.."
    "Hopeful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was excited to hear this after The Jakarta Pandemic, which I firmly believe is one of the best stories of the genre. I was glad to be back with these characters and hear how things continue after the pandemic. For the most part, I wasn't disappointed, the story was pretty engaging. The only issue is that it ended too abruptly and it seems they really could have continued on and found a better point to leave off until the next installment. That said, I will be anticipating the 2nd and I do recommend this one, especially if you were left wanting more after Jakarta.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Through Many Fires: Strengthen What Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kyle Pratt
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Terrorists smuggle a nuclear bomb into Washington D.C. and detonate it during the State of the Union Address. Army veteran and congressional staffer Caden Westmore is in nearby Bethesda and watches as a mushroom cloud grows over the capital. The next day, as he drives away from the still burning city, he learns that another city has been destroyed and then another. America is under siege. Panic ensues and society starts to unravel.

    Alan says: "Great Book can't wait for Part 2"
    "There's no fire here"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're looking for excitement, keep looking. You will not find it here. There is nothing exciting about this story, which is odd given the subject matter, and just as important, there is nothing exciting about the way the narration is done. The entire story is told in a matter of fact, reading type of way, so much so that it seems that things are pretty calm in the face of the biggest disaster a country could potentially realize. There is little difference among the male voices as well. Not one of the better selections among this genre.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony: Genesis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Alexander Brancy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter. Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?

    Heidi says: "Gripping, fast, moving"
    "Not what I was hoping for"
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    This story moves. fast. There are a ton of chapters but the whole thing takes place over just a few hours on one day. Just as the main character starts to reach his purpose, the story ends, to be continued. I like to savor a story and I felt I couldn't do that because the listener is just slammed with event after event and disaster after disaster with not much of a break anywhere to be found. If you like fast paced zombie tales, this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (329)

    Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.

    Krystal says: "It's below average, at best"
    "Kind of different"
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    I liked the things about this story that were different from the typical zombie junk. Anytime an author can take a subject that has been so overdone and make me see it from a different perspective, it's a good thing. A lot of things about the story were unexpected, like the main character, Dannie. It's a lengthy listen. It starts slow, even a bit dull at first. I had to double check to make sure I was reading the right story because it took a while to get to the zombie stuff, but once things got going, I thought the story was pretty good. The ending was interesting enough that I am actually looking forward to the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3173)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1832)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Outdated"
    Overall
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    Wow! This book drones on and on for almost six hours before the disaster it's focused on even occurs! It's just too much and it's not interesting and it feels really outdated. Going into the second of three parts (another 9 hours for part two) I realized I just cannot continue. There are a slew of characters to keep track of and I didn't connect with any of them. Walking away. I do not recommend!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1795)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1694)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall
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    This was a pretty good listen. The story is pretty interesting and kept my attention. My only complaint would be that all of the male voices sounded the same to me, which I found annoying after a while. Other than that this is a pretty engaging survival story. I appreciated that "The Infected" are not zombies. As usual, I struggled with some of the characters that are a bit thick headed, but that's to be expected. I'm planning to give the sequel a listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1316)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Several flaws"
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    This one was difficult to finish and I'm glad it's over. The narrator does a not so great job with the delivery of this text, reading with a herky jerky style that made me really aware that he was reading vs allowing me to concentrate on the story. I think the author just wanted to write about survival gadgets. There's a lot of detail about gadgets and guns but the plot is really lacking for substance. Overall, I didn't care for it and found myself just wanting it to be over vs see any sort of resolution.

    35 of 49 people found this review helpful

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