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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
    (1226)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (731)

    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.

    Natasha says: "Maybe!"
    "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.

    4 of 5 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
    (98)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    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.

    Charyn says: "Several hours that I'll never get back"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    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.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Not your typical zombie story"
    "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)
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    (1)
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    (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
  • Last Refuge

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Chime, a young woman from Shambala, a magical oasis in the mountains of Tibet where the survivors of nuclear Armageddon live peacefully, ventures out into the surrounding devastation. A mysterious illness is spreading, and the young Chinese woman courageously ventures outside the valley to search for a cure.

    Michelle says: "uplifting post-appocalyptic novel"
    "uplifting post-appocalyptic novel"
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    I describe this novel as "uplifting" because it focuses on people reaching out to help one another, instead of going on a killing, looting rampage, as is usual with such works. Also, we get a look at the spiritual, as well as physical, consequences of nuclear war. There is even a little humor, as in the discussion between Tonie Marie's parents and the psychic broaker, about whether or not Tonie should be reincarnated into a two-headed calf. Also, they chose an excellent narrator. Very good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Kristin Allison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity's last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive....

    Mike Naka says: "better than expected!"
    "Zombie novel with a different type of zombie."
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    On the whole, a fairly good zombie book, though I could have done without the mushy stuff, and the one bedroom scene. More time should have been spent on the "mission" and less on romance. In spite of this, I would recommend this book to my fellow zombie fanz.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kenny G Must Die!!: A Satire About Music... and Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Hrdina
    • Narrated By William Hrdina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The guy in the next cubicle listens exclusively to Kenny G. It's all Aliester Crewley hears at work, day after excruciating day. It's driving him mad. Music this bad can only mean one thing - something demon-y is afoot. A powerful amateur magickian, Aliester knows how to deal with demons. But actions can have seriously unintended, rather bizarre consequences - of the Apocalyptic kind.

    Michelle says: "Zombie apocalypse with music."
    "Zombie apocalypse with music."
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    This zombie appocalypse is humorous rather than scarey. It is refreshing to see a zombie book without blood and guts all over the place. Good read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Don Roff
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    The year is 2011, and what starts as a pervasive and inexplicable illness ends up as a zombie infestation that devastates the world's population. Taking the form of a biologist's journal found in the aftermath of the attack, this pulse-pounding, suspenseful tale of zombie apocalypse follows the narrator as he flees from city to countryside and heads north to Canada, where he hopes the undead will be slowed by the colder climate.

    Linda B says: "Pretty good story"
    "Scientific treatise on zombie appocalypse"
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    Excellent scientific study of life during, and immediately following the zombie appocalypse. I wish it had been longer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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