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Michelle

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

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  • 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
  • Strangers in the Land: The Zombie Bible, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stant Litore
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Devora is all too familiar with the unclean dead. She was there when her mother was pulled screaming from her tent by zombies. And when her mother rose, famished for flesh, it was Devora’s hand that ended her hunger. Now Devora has struck an uneasy alliance with those she fears most among the living. Yet the strangers in the land must stand together if they are to rid the land of its curse.

    Michelle says: "Zombies without apocalypse."
    "Zombies without apocalypse."
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    Most zombie books involve unprecedented apocalyptic outbreaks, and take place in the here and now. This limits what the author can do with the zombie theme. However, Mr. Litore has done something few other authors have done. He has treated zombie outbreaks in a historical manner. He treats zombie outbreaks in much the same way we treat the periodic flu epidemics that happen every year. They are an accepted part of daily life, sometimes insignificant, sometimes devastating. The Zombie bible focuses on the effects zombies would have on the people and events of biblical times. This series is very well-written, and refreshing to the zombie fan who has read so many zombie apocalypse books. It is a new take on zombies, which allows for much greater variety in characters and events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soft Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Will McIntosh
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle-class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.

    Pam says: "What happens when the money runs out"
    "Apocalypse is gradual, not sudden."
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    When you have read as many post-apocalypse books as I have, you begin to look for books that do something different. Most apocalyptic events depicted are sudden. EMP, nuclear war, asteroid impact, zombie virus, pandemic that gets out of hand. In this book we get a "soft apocalypse." In other words, it is gradual. A combination of malnutrition, and related viruses, environmental degradation, economic collapse, rising unemployment, and Genetic engineerring gone wrong, cause the eventual apocalypse. Over a period of several years, a group of ordinary people learn to adapt and survive in a gradually declining world. I highly recommend this book to all of my fellow apocalypse fans out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mike Fosen, Hollis Weller
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    For decades, the Mexican drug cartels looked at the United States of America as a business partner. The cartels supplied the drugs, and the millions of American addicts supplied them with an endless amount of money. But when the War on Drugs heats up and the money alone is not enough, the cartels decided to up the ante. With the help of a ruthless Russian mercenary, they unleashed a lethal bio-weapon, initially conceived during the Cold War to quickly bring the West to her knees.

    Trevor says: "Awesome Book. A must read."
    "Good zombie action"
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    This book contains some good zombie action and the narrator is excellent. However, what prevented me from giving this book a higher rating is the obnoxious attitude toward women displayed throughout this book. Apparently, in this universe, it is okay for the men to stare frequently at women's anatomy, and say and do things that would get them arrested for sexual harrassment anywhere else. Also, the women apparently don't mind this behavior, and are willing to "provide attention" to the male characters. This is why I rated the story as low as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siege: As the World Dies, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (221)

    The zombie illness has shattered civilization. The survivors, who have found tenuous safety in Texas, defend their fort against the walking dead and living bandits. The people of Ashley Oaks are stunned to discover that the vice president of the United States is alive and commanding the remnants of the US military. And what’s left of the US government has plans for this group of determined survivors.

    Dana says: "A Must Listen!"
    "Free-spirited. Love it!"
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    I have just read all 6 books in the "As the World Dies" series. This review is long, because it embraces them all. I give them all a 5-star rating. The things that I like best about these books are: strong female characters, including some women in leadership roles, and taking risks right along with the men. Also there is a small military presence, and most of the soldiers are working to help survivors. They are not the power-hungry, evil,male chauvenistic bullies that most post-apocalyptic authors seem to make them. If you have read other reviews from me, then you know how tired I am of books where women take secondary or submissive roles, and the men do everything, and make all the decisions. There is none of that in this book. I love the fact that some of the best soldiers are women. I love the fact that the survivors are just ordinary people, not heavily armed, special forces types. I hope other authors will follow Ms. Frater's lead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Shiver of Light: Merry Gentry, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Charlotte Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (490)

    Merry Gentry pretends to be human. She moved to Los Angeles and began working as a private investigator at Grey's Detective Agency. But all of this is just a disguise; in fact she is a princess of faerie, her real name is Meredith Nic Essus, and she had to flee the Dark Court of Faerie because of attempts on her life. In order to inherit her rightful crown, Merry needed to conceive an heir, a notoriously difficult task for the slow-reproducing Fey. In the 2009 novel Divine Misdemeanors, Merry had finally achieved that goal - and fans have been kept waiting all this time to find out what happens!

    Dee says: "Narration not for me"
    "A thought-provoking read."
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    I have just read the entire Merry Jentry series, and I enjoyed them all. Plenty of action, emotion, and suspense. Merry can be kind, and I like her strong sense of fair play. She can also be nasty when she has to be. Warning: never threaten one of her loved ones, or you will seriously wish you hadn't. The only thing that kept me from giving this a 5 star rating is that the whole series could do with a little less of the bedroom scenes. We really don't need a description of every part of the sexual act. Also, Merry can't seem to say or do anything without being wrapped in the arms of one or more men. I would like to see her become a little more independent of them. Outside of that, a very good book.

    0 of 0 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
    (126)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    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
    (430)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (400)

    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
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    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
    (83)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    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
    (374)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (338)

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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