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joe

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  • 299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (374)

    299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

    Jan says: "Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase..."
    "1 hour 45 minutes of nothing. I'm out."
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    If you listened to somebody read the ingredient list off the back of your favorite fabric softener box it would be more entertaining than this book. The first 20 minutes of this mess is the author reviewing other books and how they all got it wrong. Luckily Audible has a fast forward button.

    Then you hit the actual story. Or, you think you do. The book begins in the time just after anything interesting happened in the story. You hear over and over how the last 299 days were terrible, and the lessons learned in the last 299 days, and 299 days, and 299 days, and 299 days. Never once actually hinting at what those events might be, but everyone was apparently hungry.

    If from there you expect the story to tell you about those events... YOU WOULD BE WRONG. Instead we back up the tale of our protagonist a bit. And by a bit, I mean to his birth. Yes, that's seriously how far back we go. So we went from the time just after the actual events we wanted to hear about to 40 years before them. Then it's a sorrowful story about how daddy was mean and didn't love me.

    I'm done with this steaming pile. It's being returned. I really tried. I gave the story a full hour and a half after I hit boredom just in case SOMETHING might happen. Save your credit, save your money, stay away.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Days

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sterling Nixon
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    An unpayable debt. A shrinking economy. A nation divided. What is the price needed to prevent civil war? What if the United States can no longer pay that price? Rick Savage finds himself in the middle of a power struggle that could spell the end of the United States. His extensive research leads him to one grim prediction: civil society will all but cease in seven days. He now has only a week to save who and whatever he can before the world descends into chaos.

    M. Bowles says: "You WILL NOT find better, WILL NOT!"
    "Completely unbelievable characters and plot"
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    The characters in this are just terrible and one dimensional. They've got all the classics of: evil guy, angry guy, helpless lady, smart girl, do gooder guy... And they stick to those roles exactly never deviating regardless of circumstance.

    The plot elements are laughable at best. It's like if you asked a 5th grade class to describe the end of the country. We need a ruined economy! No, we need a virus! No, we need a bomb! No, we need a Hitler! Kids, kids, you don't have to choose. We'll do them ALL.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Escaping Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (915)

    When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation's power grid, America is under martial law - and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting.

    Linda Likes to Learn says: "WARNING! DOES NOT END SERIES! CUT FOR PROFIT?"
    "Half a book"
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    This book only advances the plot a little. Felt like the author just got tired of writing and turned it in before the events being ramped up for could actually get under way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (672)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Mouthful of Pasta"
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    The story was pretty good. However it was almost unlistenable due to the alien voices the narrator was using. It really sounded to me like he was trying to talk around a mouthful of pasta every time he was reading the alien's dialog. That was distracting all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Love
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. Three hundred years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos.

    Jeff says: "I've heard of introspective but sheesh...."
    "Diseased, Infected, Turned in its own length"
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    Repeat the above 3 phrases over and over and over. Then throw in some asides about people to deeply flawed to drive a bus let alone a super powerful spaceship. That's Faith in a nutshell. Bad story, worse characters, "Diseased", "Infected", "Turned in its own length" ad nauseum. Do yourself a favor and pass.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Micro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (723)

    In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

    Amanda says: "Honey, I Shrunk Your I.Q."
    "Train wreck"
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    This book is just plain horrible. The characters are unbelievable and boring going on long tirades about nature. The sci-fi technology aspects of the book are quickly glossed over almost like they were just getting in the way of the nature tirades.

    It was so bad I gave up. I listened for 6 annoying hours and had to stop. I don't know how much Crichton had to do with this book but it is by far the worst thing with his name on it.

    Save your money, save your credit, pass on this book.

    53 of 58 people found this review helpful

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