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Bob

MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 14 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 252 titles in library
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  • Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this... The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run....

    Q says: "A great "what-if" apolcalyptic exploration"
    "Apocalypse Story that made me want to kill myself"
    Overall

    If you enjoy watching paint dry, or staring at the bathtub while it is filling, then you will love this book. Hey Jim, look, the water is a little higher now, almost to the soap scum ring in the tub... wow! Very boring book. I'm not saying that the book needs to be action packed, but it should at least have a plot or something that at least captures the reader's interest. I'll summarize this book for you so that you don't have to read it... here is the theme.... earth filling (bathtub analogy), people moving way from water, earth filling some more, people move a little more (over and over again). Hey Jim, look, the parking lot is flooded, oh no! Maybe we should consider moving back a few inches before our shoes get wet. Seriously, I don't understand the good reviews this book has received. I was a trooper and listened to it all, but really came away feeling like I wasted my time.

    2 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
    (370)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (343)

    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 says: "WARNING! DOES NOT END SERIES! CUT FOR PROFIT?"
    "Book 3 - Great, but Rip Off"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Escaping Home? What did you like least?

    This is a great series for anyone who likes survival or post-apocalypse genres. Overall the story is good and narration is okay. Book 3 is a bit of a disappointment for one reason... the author obviously cut Book 3 down in order to squeeze out a book 4. This book is half the length of book 1 and 2 and is cut so abruptly it is clear that the author either was trying meet a deadline and get the book out or he got a little greedy. Too bad because I was becoming a big fan of American, but this kind of thing really bothers me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By James Smillie
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (52)

    Australia is one of the last places where life still exists after nuclear war starts in the Northern Hemisphere. A year on, an invisible cloak of radiation has spread almost completely around the world. Darwin is a ghost town, and radiation levels at Ayres Rock are increasing. An American nuclear-powered submarine has found its way to Australia where its captain has placed the boat under the command of the Australian Navy.

    Jason says: "What could have been."
    "I So Wanted to Like This"
    Overall

    This is not a book about submarines, survival, apocalypse, disaster. This could very well have been a book about a group of people dying of cancer. In other words: We are sick, we know we are dying, we know how much time we have left, we know everyone else is dead, how do we cope until the end. Depressing and slow. If you enjoy being depressed and listening to people lament, then this book is for you. Zzzzzzzz!

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightmare Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephen Mark Rainey
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The town of Silver Ridge, West Virginia, has disappeared from the face of the earth. To the outside world, a chasm of impenetrable mist is all that remains of the town. But inside Silver Ridge, the nightmare is just beginning .Confined by this unimaginable barrier, the townspeople find themselves confronted by the denizens of a distant dimension: horrifying creatures that intend to transform the valley town into their own outpost.

    bill says: "this is a Cthulhu Mythos story"
    "Not Bad, A Bit Hoakey"
    Overall

    Overall entertaining albeit I'd probably characterize this more as "science fiction". If you like suspense, mystery and drama then this book does a reasonably good job. Think Jaws, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob. Not as good as any of those stories, but same general concept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Twilight: Walking with the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Travis Adkins
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    At the start of the apocalypse, a small resort town on the coast of Rhode Island fortified itself to withstand the millions of flesh-eating zombies conquering the world. With its high walls and self-contained power plant, Eastpointe was a safe haven for the lucky few who managed to arrive. Trained specifically to outmaneuver the undead, Black Berets performed scavenging missions in outlying towns in order to stock Eastpointe with materials vital for long-term survival.

    Amazon Customer says: "One of the better zombie audio books availabe"
    "Mildly Entertaining - Sequel"
    Overall

    Audible, you need to do a better job telling us when a book is a sequel, series etc. I didn't realize that Twilight of the Dead was the first book in this series prior to listening to After Twilight. That being said, this book was reasonably entertaining but somewhat fragmented and unfocused with lots of loose ends thrown around. What's up with the "Mad Scientist... I mean mad Mathematician"? I've listened to a lot of zombie and survival books, and this was was somewhat ordinary. If this book is at the bottom of your wish list then go ahead and read it otherwise hit the other books in your list first.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1540)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Action and Adventure - Yes"
    Overall

    If you enjoy mystery, action and adventure stories then you will like this book. The mystery of seeking out an unknown item, the action associated with finding it, understanding it and dealing with it, and the adventure associated with dealing with nature, "the bad guys" and engineering challenges. This book has all of that and more. I was pleasantly surprised. Buckle up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (926)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Survival & Planning"
    Overall

    If you like stories about planning for the worst and then having to survive and deal with the collapse of society, then this story is for you. Be warned, the author goes off on a few rants especially when describing equipment and procedures for preparedness. I would summarize this book as a guide for getting ready for and living through the collapse of civilization wrapped in a story that personalizes it and allows the author to use the characters to exercise various survival scenarios (fighting off hostiles, setting up camp, foraging, handling medical crises, etc. Although a few parts dragged, especially while the author ran lists of supplies, etc. I actually enjoyed the story. I may even use this book as a reference for camping or should I decide to purchase firearms and equipment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph D'Lacey
    • Narrated By Sorcha Cusack
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Both a dystopian masterpiece and a timely cautionary tale of what could happen if the powers that be monkey around with the food chain for their own ends, "Meat" breaks new ground in horror fiction.

    Parusski says: "What's wrong with eating meat????"
    "No Meat to this Story"
    Overall

    I couldn't wait for this to end. Once you understand what this dystopian story is all about (within the first couple of chapters) the story line gets old very quickly. Yes, there is some graphic gruesomeness and sex, but even that doesn't fit well into this story. Overall, this is a somewhat boring and unfocused story about food production. Go for it if you're into that sort of thing. Stay away if you are expecting action, mystery, suspense or drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far North: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Marcel Theroux
    • Narrated By Yelena Schmulenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    My father had an expression for a thing that turned out bad. He'd say it had gone west. But going west always sounded pretty good to me. After all, westwards is the path of the sun. And through as much history as I know of, people have moved west to settle and find freedom. But our world had gone north, truly gone north, and just how far north I was beginning to learn.

    Joan says: "Spellbinding!"
    "Will it ever end?"
    Overall

    This was a painful, slow, directionless story. If you are into butch, disfigured lesbians and don't care where a story starts, is, and is going, then this book is for you. This is one of two books I've listened to that I just couldn't wait until it ended. Dreadful! Not sure why anyone would give this high marks.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Impact

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (311)

    A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing.High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Didn't do it for me"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Loved it. Interesting story, great narration. Interesting concept. Worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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