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John

I love Sci Fi , Fantasy, Horror especially Zombies and Vampires. History, Fiction and Non Fiction. I enjoy both printed and audio books. :)

Brisbane, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • Acheron

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bryon Morrigan
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    When Capt. Nate Leathers is taken prisoner by Iraqi insurgents, he thinks things can't get any worse than that. But when he escapes, the city of Basra is covered in green fog and besieged by nightmarish monsters.

    A User says: "Enjoyable siege feel"
    "Save your Credits ;("
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    What disappointed you about Acheron?

    A very bigoted and stereo typed writer and story line.


    What could Bryon Morrigan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He needs to study more in depth about the subject that he is writing about and the groups of people he is writing off.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was OK as the story was a bit weak.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three of the above e.g. Anger, Sadness, DISAPPOINTMENT!


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you like poor story lines then this book is not for you to enjoy.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sanctum

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cameo Renae
    • Narrated By Erin Moon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The Arvy threat worsens each day. They continue to destroy the hives vital fuel resources, leaving us with one option - evacuate to the largest government bunker, located in South Dakota. The injured hive members are moved as first priority, but a disastrous event occurs on the way to our drop-off zone. We find ourselves in a ghost town, surrounded by spiteful, revenge-filled Arvies. Chaos ensues and our death toll rises. Just when we think the end has come, unsuspected help arrives.

    Glen says: "Exciting and a nail biter"
    "ok read"
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    Not a bad story but very mushy love story between to two main characters. much to much spent developing this aspect.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo Plague

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dirk Patton
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a business trip when America experiences the worst attacks in history. Nuclear bombs destroy cities and the widespread release of nerve gas sends the majority of the surviving population into a murderous rage. Rescuing a woman who survived the attacks he must lead her to safety as Atlanta burns, raging infected roam unchecked and society disintegrates into savagery.

    M. Bowles says: "Predictable, convenient and just this side Nope."
    "A real good book with decent characters."
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    loved it. Plenty of action and drama. Worth the credit . can't wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Rules: Zombie Rules, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Achord
    • Narrated By Graham Halstead
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    Rick, an aging Vietnam veteran, alcoholic, and prepper, convinces Zach Gunderson that the apocalypse is on the horizon. The two of them take refuge at a remote farm. As the zombie plague rages, they face a terrifying fight for survival. They soon learn, however, that the walking dead are not the only monsters.

    Catherine H. Stringer says: "Juvenile angst meets poorly written zombie story"
    "A real good read with lots of adventure and humor."
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    What did you love best about Zombie Rules: Zombie Rules, Book 1?

    More realistic main character and support characters. Still the most dangerous threat are other human beings.


    What other book might you compare Zombie Rules: Zombie Rules, Book 1 to and why?

    Better than the Adrians Diary series which I also like. Thank God the good guys are not always leaving their weapons out of reach or falling over, it only happens once in this book not every chapter. Good read :)


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

    He's a good narrator with plenty of character in his voice.


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

    Yes did it all in one sittiing.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope its not a long wait for the second edition. Also I hope that it is not a short book like a lot of authors seem to be doing with the next book in a series.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (568)

    Mike is back. Devastated by his loss, he strikes out on a doomed journey to wipe the earth of the Lycan scourge, with his faithful companion, Oggie, by his side. Bailey, a distant relative of Mike's best friend BT, joins him, but for different reasons. Azile struggles to reign him in, while a world already pushed to the edge begins its fall over the precipice. When all is lost, can anything ever be won? Join Mike on another epic adventure as he fights foes both new and old.

    Sarai says: "Well done Mark Tufo"
    "Mark Tufo does it again in great style."
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    loved it. Great read. Plenty of action and humor. Awesome narration to a great storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombie Chronicles: Trepidation: Apocalypse Infection Unleashed, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Chrissy Peebles
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When a deluded scientist, a crazy gang leader, and Max all butt heads, chaos is bound to arise. Armed conflict develops among the rivals fighting each other for the control of Fairport, the safest city to be in the zombie apocalypse. Z strikes hard, but Dean and the gang fight back with everything they have. Can Dean and the others keep Fairport safe from impending doom?

    John says: "Hard to finish."
    "Hard to finish."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I'm sorry that I purchased this book.


    Has The Zombie Chronicles: Trepidation turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No just this author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mikael Naramore’s performances?

    Only if I had to for a good story in which had the same narrator.


    Could you see The Zombie Chronicles: Trepidation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Poorly written and hard to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dystance: Winter's Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    From birth to death, The War is all the citizens of Dystance know. As children it is drilled into their heads that war is the purpose behind all existence. Winter doesn't agree. She's stumbled across remnants of life the way it was before The War began and now she longs to be as free as her ancestors. With help from her best friend, Cedar, and the boy she is forbidden to love, Tallow, she believes she can do it. Winter can see a life beyond the Pickets, beyond the constant hunger and the threat of death, beyond the war machine.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Tufo has done it again!"
    "A real good read with lots of adventure and humor."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dystance to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but this was excellent.


    What other book might you compare Dystance to and why?

    Typical Mark Tufo always good.


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

    I have not.


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

    Winters mothers saying goodbye to Winter.


    Any additional comments?

    The character I loved the most was Cedar.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Burn: Infected, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bobby Adair
    • Narrated By Jason Damron
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    All three have all been infected but have not succumbed to the most pernicious symptoms of the virus. They're not the mindless cannibals that most infected are. Nevertheless, their band of survivors, fearful about the trio's infections, have ostracized them. Now, back on the street, with weapons to defend themselves but little food in their packs, they embark on a search for Murphy's family while following the rumor of a safe haven in the form of a doomsday bunker under a house in east Austin.

    Mike Naka says: "good continuation of the story"
    "A real good read with lots of adventure and humor"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Slow Burn in three words, what would they be?

    Well written and engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fast pace and how the characters progressed


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should stay off caffeine. He made it hard to listen to, he was to hyped up all the way through.


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

    Yes but the narration almost made me give up.


    Any additional comments?

    With different narrator it would have scorded a 9 out of ten but with the narrator I would only give it a 7 out of ten :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Z-Burbia 2: Parkway To Hell, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jake Bible
    • Narrated By Andrew B. Wehrlen
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    From the early 1900s right up to Z-Day, the Grove Park Inn was the place for the affluent to stay when vacationing in Asheville, NC. Everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald to President Barak Obama stayed at the Grove Park. Artists, actors, diplomats, masters of industry, all called it a temporary home at one point or another. But that was before the zombie apocalypse. Now the five-story stone, brick, and wood luxury inn is home to a different element. An unknown element. A heavily armed element.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Action and Humour what more do you need?"
    "A real good read with lots of adventure and humor."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Z-Burbia 2: Parkway To Hell, Volume 2 the most enjoyable?

    The humor sarcasm and normal zombie fare .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jason and his family, Ell and Critter, Big Daddy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention.


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

    I listen while at work, so two or three sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many times they trip, don't hear the zombies, or their weapons are out of reach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Z-Burbia

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jake Bible
    • Narrated By Andrew B. Wehrlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test! Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification.

    David says: "Finally after 200+ books im ready to review"
    "A real good read with lots of adventure and humor"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Z-Burbia the most enjoyable?

    The humor and sarcasm were a bit like Mark Tufo but original in its self :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Z-Burbia?

    The fact that the residents of whispering grove voted the fat women back into office in their community. Totally unbelievable, the writter should have taken a more believable path with her.


    What about Andrew B. Wehrlen’s performance did you like?

    Very good and loved listening to him tell the story. Well done :)


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

    The canny girl was one of the most likable chacter.


    Any additional comments?

    A good fun read :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Consumed: The Hunger, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Brant
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and dissected by three rivers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is an idyllic city. It's quiet, the traffic is nonexistent, and floating down the Allegheny River on a boat is peaceful and serene. It's perfect...as long as you can ignore the mindless monstrosities roaming the streets, vampires ruling the night, and the insane, power-hungry human survivors. Mankind has devolved, mutating into mindless horrors. Only weeks ago, they built skyscrapers and traveled to space.

    Mike Naka says: "worthy continuation of the story"
    "Good but not great :)"
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    If you could sum up Consumed in three words, what would they be?

    Nothing new here :( Don't get me wrong its better than the morjority of genre out there. I just sick off the writers always taking the same path eg survivers leaving their guns contantly out off reach, walking backwards and tripping over, going into buildings alone after splitting up to search them, the bad guys are almost indestructible and always catching survivors off guard, all the heros that are survivors either men or women are hot and kickass fighter. Obviously any ordinary people who are just average looking don't survive. There seems to be a total lack of writing imagination out there :(


    Would you recommend Consumed to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would tell them not to expect anything new or different.


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

    A good narrator and keeps the story alive.


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

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    We need more realistic writers with a more realistic stories for this type of fiction.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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