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Ray

Sci-fi and survival horror are my favorites as long as they are not overly emotion drenched (no love stories!).

Far Rockaway, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Zombie Patrol: Walking Plague Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By J. R. Rain, Elizabeth Basque
    • Narrated By David Doersch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Los Angeles County park ranger Jack Carter is about to discover that not all is as it seems in his tranquil life. Once responsible for patrolling the many public parks, in particular the popular Griffith Park with its famous observatory and zoo, Jack is about to discover that a whole new kind of animal roams his woods. The undead kind. It begins when his brother, on leave from the military, arrives sick. Deathly sick. Jack's concern turns to alarm when his own flesh and blood turns on him, forcing the park ranger to take drastic measures.

    Ray says: "Interesting beginning"
    "Interesting beginning"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to someone who is VERY interested in zombies. Anyone marginally interested may find the story interesting, but not enough to take away an enjoyment of the genre. And the feel of the book is that it is building toward a "happy ending" in the final book, which, for me, is NOT what zombie novels are really about.


    What three words best describe David Doersch’s voice?

    The narrator does a credible job with both male and female voices. He could be a favorite of mine once I hear more of his work. Three words? Emotive, consistent, likeable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uprising USA

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By George Hill
    • Narrated By Jason Clearfield
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    After a Chinese biological attack leaves 90 percent of the United States infected by the zombie virus, George Hill, AKA, the Mad Ogre, springs to the defense of his country with every manner of firepower known to mankind. George and his allies beat back the zombie hordes, killing hundreds of thousands of the undead beasts in an attempt to save America from extinction.

    HIX says: "Light read, fun"
    "Comes Across Like a Bad Video Game"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time spent listening wasn't wasted, but I felt like I was trudging through a sometimes too technical video game.


    What could George Hill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less gun tech, less highly improbable "promotions" of the main character. LESS SARAH PALIN.


    What three words best describe Jason Clearfield’s performance?

    Good enough. If Jim Dale(?) (my favorite if I have the name correct) from the "Harry Potter" series is a "10" for me, then Clearfield is around 4 or 5. His voices are very similar.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    A SyFy channel movie, maybe. Big screen? No way.


    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
    (45)
    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"
    "A New Favorite"
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    What made the experience of listening to Season of the Dead the most enjoyable?

    Compared to so many other Zombpacolypse books, this one had a unique start from very different perspectives. In a way it reminded me of World War Z. Numerous points of view are, to me, when well written, great fodder for a Zombie book.


    What other book might you compare Season of the Dead to and why?

    World War Z and Alaskan Undead Apocalypse


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse... One Beer at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Johnson
    • Narrated By Neil Hellegers
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    Charlie Campbell was your average, balding, thirty-year-old alcoholic with a dead-end job and a penchant for shambling through life one mistake after another. However, none of that mattered following the sudden arrival of a mysterious sickness that brought with it infected mobs of zombie-like creatures thirsting for the flesh of the living. Trapped in a Chicago apartment the morning after a raucous bachelor party, Charlie and his old fraternity buddies must battle for survival against the cannibalistic horde, a military invasion and their own rampant stupidity.

    Chuck says: "Very Nearly Perfect"
    "Ineresting take on the Zompocalpse"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's hard to believe that society could keep "friends" like these on peaceable terms. The two disparate groups, I think, should have separated near the beginning of the book. Also, what was the point of the prison? What would I change? No stereotypical cop. No stereotypical stoners. No stereotypical "successful" guys. A good book, but not quite enough for a second listen.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Hellegers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Could you see Dead Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse... One Beer at a Time being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    They made this already, just without the drugs. "Shaun of the Dead" is pretty close, just better written and funnier.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit, more or less.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Necropolis: Chad Halverson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bryan Cassiday
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The world has turned. Plague-infected, flesh-eating zombies now infest the earth. Black ops agent Chad Halverson of the CIA's top secret National Clandestine Service and a motley band of survivors must do everything they can to survive one more day, even as they try to find out what caused the pandemic.

    Ray says: "Don't bother"
    "Don't bother"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are capable of ignoring mispronounced words, the over usage of words, and an inconsistent timeline in a story, then this book is for you.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I need any good zombie book to cleanse my mental palate of this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Vendetti’s performances?

    I will read reviews to see if he has come to grips with differing voices and learned to pronounce more words.


    What character would you cut from Zombie Necropolis?

    ALL of the losers the main character met up with? At the very least the stereotypical senator, the alcoholic jaded police officer and/or the "please save my baby!" female character.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (3172)
    Performance
    (3003)
    Story
    (3008)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "You cannot go wrong with this one!"
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    What did you love best about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    The Tie-in-Edition adds several interviews that are AWESOME! I loved the first abridged version and this one is an improvement!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The section about the space station rates high on my list.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Multiple narrators make this book seem like real interviews.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't worry. Everything's going to be alright.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (536)

    After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.

    Kir Kanos TN says: "This Series has Potential, but off to a slow start"
    "Only book 1"
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    What did you love best about Star Wars?

    The voice acting is spot on. The music and sound effects are what I expect and love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

    The climax, for this book, for me, was Luke & son figuring their way out of their dilemma. The mines were also excellent.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    He mostly narrates, so he fills the visual gaps well.


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

    I don't recall laughing. There were no tearful incidents to induce tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done. On to book 2!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Peter Delloro
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Where can you go when the dead are everywhere? Cities have become overrun with legions of the dead, all of them intent on destroying what's left of the living. Trapped inside a fortified skyscraper, a handful of survivors prepare to make their last stand against an unstoppable, undying enemy. With every hour their chances diminish and their numbers dwindle, while the numbers of the dead can only rise. Because sooner or later, everything dies. And then it comes back, ready to kill.

    Andrea says: "Good Story, Bad Narrator"
    "Not a fan"
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    I LOVE zombie novels. But the zombies must be "Romero" zombies: slow, stupid and silent except for their signature moan. These "zombies" are really demons. Thanks, but no thanks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1369)
    Story
    (1372)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Better than I could have guessed"
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    Very good book. An excellent start if a little predictable in a spot or two. I will be picking up book two asap.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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