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Michelle

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (889)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    David says: "Misleading description...."
    "Unusual for a post-apocalyptic novel."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is not realistic within its framework.


    Would you recommend Dies the Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I could not get emotionally involved with these characters.


    Did Todd McLaren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he used different voices and some accents.


    Was Dies the Fire worth the listening time?

    It was not quite what I was looking for.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a fantasy novel set in a middle-ages type setting, it is the book for you. If you are looking for post-apocalyptic, you would be well advised to look elsewhere.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End…is now. When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse - until the doctors found the monster in her head. She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death. Now, with no hope of rescue - on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit - she discovers a new and horrifying truth. The Change isn't over.

    Wanda says: "Katy Kellgren deserves an award for this series!"
    "EMP causes all kinds of trouble."
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    This is the third book in the series. An EMP wipes out modern technology, and also zaps the higher brain functions of a certain percentage of humanity. The "changed" are not zombies. Most of the higher brain functions are gone, but they are more dangerous than you might think, because they retain the ability to think, plan, work together, and use simple tools. Up to a point, they can even use weapons. Fortunately, they can feel pain, they retain the instinct of self-preservation, unlike the traditional zombie, and they are susceptible to injury and death.

    Katherine Kellgren is one of the best narrators I have ever listened too. She has a clear, pleasant voice, and an expressive style that carries you right into the story with her. I hope she will read more books like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Severed Souls: Sword of Truth, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (279)

    Enter the unique world of Terry Goodkind. A world of high adventure, brilliant storytelling, and people you will never forget. A sweeping new novel of Richard Rahl, Kahlan Amnell, and their world.

    David says: "Opinion on Severed Souls"
    "Warning, this review contains spoilers"
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    I am glad that I did not pay attention to the extremely negative reviews that I read before buying this book. The story is better than those reviewers lead you to believe. However, I gave it a 3 rating because I am disappointed that Richard dies. After all that he and Kahlin have been through, they deserve to have a long, happy life together. I think it is time for this series to be over, but not that way. Outside of that, this is a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Season of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lucia Adams, Paul Freeman, Gerald Johnston, and others
    • Narrated By Meral Mathews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Four individuals fight to survive as the zombie apocalypse crashes over the world in a wave of terror and destruction. Color, creed, and social standing mean nothing as the virus infects millions across the planet. All four begin perilous journeys in mind and body as they face daily trials to survive: Four threads, four different parts of the world, one apocalypse!

    Mike Naka says: "fast-paced & action-packed...a good listen"
    "Ordinary citizens fight the apocalypse."
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    Four individual survivors of the zombie apocalypse tell their stories. Well-developed characters and plausible events caused me to give this story a 5-star rating. There was a slight problem with performance. The narrator was very good, but this book would have been better if done by multiple narrators. The story is told from the first-person viewpoints of four characters, two of whom are female. There should have been one narrator for each character, or at least one male and one female narrator for the male and female characters. That is why I did not give an overall 5-star rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Horde: Zombie Attack!, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Devan Sagliani
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    When 16-year-old Xander's older brother, Moto, left him at Vandenberg Airforce Base he only had one request - don't leave, no matter what. But there was no way he could have known that zombies would gather in groups big enough to knock down walls, and take out entire buildings full of people. That was before the rise of the horde! Now Xander is on the run, fleeing south to Port Hueneme to locate his brother, with nothing but his martial arts training and the katana blade left to him.

    Shelley says: "This book is awful. Don't buy it, I'm returning it"
    "You will see zombies in a new way."
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    This is the first book of the Zombie attack series. There are two books in the series. I have read a lot of zombie appocalypse books, so giving reviews for them all would be repetative. I only do it for books that have something unusual. What is special about this series is that compassion is displayed for the zombies. They still have to be put down when they pose a danger, but there are reminders all through both books, (particularly the second book) that they are still people. They are victims as much as are the people they attack. This leads to an ending that I found very satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

    Mliezzz says: "Very, very slow!!!"
    "Thoroughly refreshing."
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    There are 3 books in the extinction point series, and they are all excellent. Action-packed, fantastically narrated, well-developed characters. This series tells the stories of survivors of an alien viral attack that wipes out most of the human race. It is extremely refreshing to read a post-appocalypse tale in which the survivors work together to save the human race. Usually, they start fighting one another, or some psycho goes off on a power trip. If we ever do have an appocalypse, I hope we behave the way these survivors do. Emily Baxter is one tough lady. I love a strong female character, instead of some macho "good ol' boy" type. Emily Beresford is the perfect narrator for this series.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Reawakening: The Living Dead Trilogy, Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joseph Souza
    • Narrated By Dan Lawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A series of terrible things begin to happen when a scientist with a dark past resumes his genetic experiments in a small Maine town. The animals suddenly become aggressive for no apparent reason, attacking anyone within sight, including Rick's wife. After slaughtering his diseased herd, Rick realizes to his horror that they have come back to life. Soon the farm is under siege by the deranged animals, and a small group of refugees who have assembled in the farmhouse must hunker down and defend themselves against the terrible onslaught of cannibals.

    Amanda says: "Cannot finish due to poor performance"
    "A new plot line at last!"
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    When you have read as many zombie appocalypse stories as I have, it becomes more and more difficult to find a new plot line. The zombies generally wipe out a vast percentage of earth's population, then fade into the backgroun more or less. Some military outfit, religious nutcase, or psychopathic dictator, and their band of "good ol' boys" start looting, raping, etc. The good guys have to spend more time fighting other survivors than defending against the zombies. Here, we have the animals getting involved, which I have not seen before. There are some nasty survivors of course, but most of the time, the good guys are dealing with zombies, which is a refreshing change from the usual plot lines.

    The only thing that kept me from giving this book a 5 * rating was the narrator. Unfortunately, Mr. Lawson's narrative style would workd much better for nonfiction than for a novel like this. Still, I would recommend this book to any zombie fans who are looking for something new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devoured: The Hunger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jason Brant
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    Life isn't kind to Lance York. A full-time job has eluded him for years, his wife loathes the sight of him, his bank accounts are empty, and his wealthy father-in-law revels in his failures. After he lunges in front of a car to save a sick and disoriented woman, Lance awakens in a quarantined hospital. A devastating plague is spreading worldwide, driving those infected with it insane. Their bodies begin to mutate into horrors that have haunted mankind's nightmares for centuries.

    Michael says: "Zombies only the cocoon stage? Nice change!"
    "These creatures are FREAKING SCAREY."
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    Devoured is book one of a 3 book series. I had to buy the other 2 on iBook, because Audible has not done them. I wish they would, and that they would have the same narrator do them. These are not traditional zombies in this appocalypse trilogy. They are called vampires, but they are scarier than the traditional vampire by a long way. Also, the protagonists are not gun-toting macho idiots, or military personnel, or life-time survivalists with years of training in preparing for this event. They are ordinary people like you and me. Also, the women are as strong as the men. Cass is perfectly willing and able to pick up her battle axe, bow, gun, or whatever, and fight alongside her husband. She is even a better fighter. I love strong women, and there are not enough of them in most appocalypse stories. This one is a definite must-read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reanimation of Edward Schuett

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Derek J. Goodman
    • Narrated By David Letwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    The last thing Edward Schuett remembers is trying to defend his family as the zombie hordes descended on them. When he wakes up he finds his body dead and rotten yet healing quickly. Fifty years have passed and he's been a zombie that entire time, yet something has changed and he is coming back to something resembling life. His existence causes havoc among the rebuilt society of zombie holocaust survivors: some think he's an abomination and want to kill him while others think of him only as a scientific curiosity and want to dissect him.

    Mike Naka says: "expands the zombie genre in a good way"
    "From the zombie's viewpoint."
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    This novel takes place in a post-zombie-appocalypse world. One zombie recovers after 50 years, regaining his human menories, intelligence, and personality. Some people hate zombies because of the appocalypse, some scientists want to use him as a lab animal, and some politicians want to kill him because they are afraid of him. A few people recognize his humanity, and help him make a new life. In my opinion, the zombie behaves more like a human being than some of the humans in the book. If you read this, you will never see zombies the same way again. You may find it in your hearts to pity them, because of the people they used to be. If you are a fan of the zombie genre, you definitely want to read this book. The narration is also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pip and the Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Louis L. Skipper
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Pip and the Zombies takes the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations and brings it to life with Zombies. Join Pip on his journey to slayerhood as he seeks the partnership of Estella Havisham, Slayer. All your favorite characters are here: Pip, Estella, Ms Havisham, and the escaped convict, Magwitch.

    Michelle says: "Title of this book is misleading."
    "Title of this book is misleading."
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    This book is called "pip and the zombies" but this is misleading because there is no real zombie action. If you are looking for a shorter, slightly changed version of "great expectations" then this book will work for you. If you are looking for a book about zombies, you will find it as disappointing as I did. They talk a lot about zombies and zombie slayers, but that is as far as their involvement with zombies goes. Had I known that, I would not have purchased this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Stand in a Dead Land

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eric S. Brown
    • Narrated By Coleman Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    A small band of survivors is on the run during the zombie apocalypse. Led by a mysterious man with an arsenal of deadly military weapons, they must work together to stay alive. In a desperate attempt to locate other survivors, they find sanctuary in a lone farmhouse, only to discover the surrounding woods hold more dangers than just bloodthirsty undead. Featuring Sasquatch, roving rotters, and even more surprises, Last Stand in a Dead Land is an explosion of cross-genre action.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Could have been so much more"
    "Zombies, aliens, and bigfoot, all in one package."
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    Fast-paced, and action-packed, but a bit over-the-top. Zombies, aliens, and bigfoot are good by themselves, but a bit much altogether. If you are going to cram that many major legendary and widely known characters into one book, you need a longer book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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