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  • Blood Soaked and Contagious

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Crawford
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    I am not going to complain to you about my life. We’ve got zombies. They are not the brainless, rotting creatures we’d been led to expect. Unfortunately for us, they’re just as smart as they were before they died, very fast, much stronger than you or me, and possess no internal editor at all. Claws. Did I mention claws? I kill them for a living, but it’s as much a vocation as a freelance career choice. It helps me, helps my neighborhood, and the people I consider to be my family of choice. What’s more?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Zombie Fallout Fans Rejoice"
    "The funniest and most gruesome zombie story ever"
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    At first I thought Frank was too cynical, too flip, and too likely to belittle everyone who tried to be his friend. Keep listening. Our author knows how make complex characters. He also remembers every zinger since 10th grade! Such a smart ass. Mr.Crawford describes the most grim guts on the wall scene, then observes something wildly funny. ROFL funny. Shoot food out your nose funny.
    The twist on zombies in this story is really clever. They are quirky in every way, including retaining most of their premortem skills. I think, though, they meet your basic zombie definition. I'd be interested in others' opinions.
    David Stifel is an admirable narrator. Except for making an Indian man and an Indian woman sound alike, he handles all the accents well.
    I look forward to more works by this team, especially the next one in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamsnake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Vonda N. McIntyre
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    When the healer Snake was summoned, she traveled the blasted landscape with her three serpents. From the venom of two of them, she distilled her medicines. But most valued of all was the alien dreamsnake, whose bite could ease the fear and pain of death.

    'houla says: "Sets the Mark for Fantasy Excellence"
    "Sets the Mark for Fantasy Excellence"
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    I read this book in the early '80's, shortly after the author received the Hugo and Nebula awards. I remembered this book over the years. When I saw it on Audible, I worried that perhaps it wasn't as wonderful as I thought. Maybe it was just the impression of a twenty something relieved to be reading something besides a textbook.
    This book held up magnificently over the years. I now remember why it impressed me so much. The characters and scenes are vivid. Ethical themes are not preached; they are communicated in the plot, where choosing right is often hard. McIntyre's best talent, though, is the introduction of new ideas with foreshadowing. This gives me the chance to ponder the mysteries of the story as it unfolds. It's really a gift to the reader because you're constantly thinking and wondering about say,domes, that barely get mentioned, but become more interesting throughout the book.
    The soft science makes this a fantasy. The hints of other world technology gives it an SF flavor. It is a great ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1522)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1006)

    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.

    Michelle says: "Unusual for a post-apocalyptic novel."
    "Beginning of a great series"
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    I want to encourage those who wish the narrator were better. Todd McLaren has more than his share of missteps, but he manages the voices and accents well. I've appreciated his narration more and more as I've read subsequent volumes. The number of characters mount up, and Mr. McLaren keeps them all identifiable. Keep listening--this is a complex and fun series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (527)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    Windy says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Martinez puts heart before technology"
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    Would you listen to The Automatic Detective again? Why?

    This novel is told with the cleverness of the best short stories. The dialog implies so much plot and feeling, fleshing out the story. On first listen, the tale tumbles by--a futuristic setting when sentient robots can become citizens, but the environment is so poisonous that illness and mutations are commonplace. In fact, weirdness has become normal to the point that aliens just blend in. The result? Aliens with advanced technology are taking power before the humans realize it. It took a second listen to piece together all the clues explaining how a destructive alien robot becomes mankind's best hope.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Automatic Detective?

    Mack, the huge robot, is given a set of clothes made by a tech genius. The suit has a jaw-dropping array of weapons and camouflage.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Marc Vietor puts a little Mickey Spillane stiffness in the narration. This tone is perfect for our robotic tough guy who doesn't understand the subtleties of being human.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Mack has such a moral core. He can be violent, but only to protect the vulerable. Us sentimental types can get a little choked up watching him choose the right path.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Retribution: A Lew Fonesca Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Lew Fonesca is still a freelance process server, still has his office behind a Dairy Queen in Sarasota, and is still the friend of the poor and outcast. Now, he has two more cases he doesn't want, cases that will lead unerringly to the discovery of murder.

    Donald says: "Retribution"
    "Introspective and Compelling"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an excellent audio book. The dual plot lines are told well, with individual voices and points of view. The characters are described to make their actions believable and interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character, Lew Fonesca, is a former investigator crippled by depression. He only gets pulled into other people's problems out of loyalty. The author has a good understanding of depression, so Lew's pessimistic introspection is authentic.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick is a consistently excellent narrator. He gives the different voices life and distinction.


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

    I listened to this book in several sittings, but it would have been excellent all at once. The only benefit of taking breaks is a chance to think about the several layers of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (218)

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes - creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world's most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of many-legged creatures

    Paul says: "fascinating and creepy"
    "Fun for the bug enthusiast!"
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    Where does Wicked Bugs rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This book is well above average as an audiobook. Most of the bugs stories presented are interesting. Remember, though, that this book is more a reference than a tale.


    What other book might you compare Wicked Bugs to and why?

    It is similar to The Poisoner's Handbook as both cover many topics. The authors make efforts to include entertaining anecdotes throughout the books.


    Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Coleen Marlo also narrates The Poisoner's Handbook. Her narration is remarkably expressive considering that she could just drone out descriptions. She did a really good job.


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

    No one moment, but I did appreciate descriptions that included medical comments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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