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  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7197)
    Performance
    (3553)
    Story
    (3556)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Go with your gut. Quantity, not quality."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To be written well and be interesting. This rambling, meandering story went on for so long without capturing my interest. Seems like a book written without the knowledge of a new-fangled thing called 'Trimming the fat.'


    Would you recommend The Passage to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Looks like a value but just not worth it. "What's that, 30+ hours of book? For one credit? Deal."2 hours in: "God, this is still going?"


    How could the performance have been better?

    I hardly even remember it. But I wonder if that was because I have not listened in a while, or just because it was that forgettable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Bored. So boring. Might be better to more forgiving, less nit-picky types but for me it was just awful.


    Any additional comments?

    There's are more of these? I haven't even finished this one and don't plan to. Also, sure, it's great this universe has it's own slang and terminology (I'm thinking of one phrase in particular, maybe it was the only piece, but it sticks in my head) but the least the author could do is explain it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joe McKinney
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (193)

    Texas? Toast. Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying - but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life - with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. The nightmare begins...

    Scott says: "Very shallow - feels like reading a video game"
    "I know how the zombies feel."
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    What would have made Dead City better?

    Likable characters, bigger stakes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe McKinney again?

    I'm not excited by the prospect, nor am I averse to it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Micheal Kramer's performance was really straight forward and dry. A bit more than it ought to have been. His narration style would seem better suited to a detective sort of stories.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It wasn't awful. It picked up when Marcus was introduced. Before that I had already set it aside for a long time. Still, I never really got into it.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the characters were unbearable. The main character, whose name escapes me, was plain and forgettable and his wife was awful. There was no reason to like her and it was hard to believe that one would, or should, go through anything to rescue (though obviously saving his son's life is something.) His wife, admittedly, does nothing but nag him irrationally and has really no redeeming qualities. The end just ends up making the entire thing meaningless.

    0 of 0 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
    (1923)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1384)

    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!!"
    "Another faceless zombie-novel among the horde."
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    Would you try another book from Z. A. Recht and/or Oliver Wyman?

    I wasn't really a fan of this book but I didn't hate so much as to avoid the author. I am interested to know where this particular series appears in the chronology of his works because I feel like he's got a lot of improving to do. Oliver Wyman is solid as narrators go and i'm not averse to checking out a book based only on his involvement.


    What could Z. A. Recht have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I'm interested to know where this series/book appears in the chronology of his works because I feel like the author has a lot of room for improvement. That said, it isn't awful, it could just be way better.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    None. That was actually one of the issues I had with the book. I was absolutely uninterested in the characters. At one point a character does something to appear compassionate but it seems only to backfire. There is nothing offensive about any of the characters, there's just simply nothing to like. There is a point where a character means to show his literary prowess by quoting Shakespeare. Sure, that works, but it's as vanilla and obvious as showing you like music by singing Beatles songs. We get it, thanks.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Am I a sociopath? I didn't really have any sort of emotional reaction to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The story never picked up enough steam to get me interested. Given the state of the zombie novel (Yeah, you know that whole there-are-a-buttload deal) it is not unique or interesting enough to stand out, or spend a credit on. I get that it is a series, but this particular book's end seemed really abrupt to me and wasn't enough to convince me to stick with it. Sure there's nothing particularly offensive about this story but there is also nothing particularly intriguing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nightstalkers: An Area 51 Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Staff Sergeant Winthrop Carter only enlisted in the army for the steady pay. When he cheated on the Special Forces’ final exam, he never expected his actions would get him drafted into the Nightstalkers - an elite team with a mysterious mission and even more mysterious leader. For decades, Rifts have been opening and unleashing bloodthirsty alien life forms into our reality. The Nightstalkers’ goal is to shut down these breaches and stop the beings that emerge from rampaging out of control.

    Tracey says: ""We don't need no stinking lawyers""
    "Was optimistic, was wrong. Just bad."
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    I'd never willingly be harsh or callous about a book, not publicly anyway, but I really did not like this one. It was not what I expected, which in this case is not a positive point. While it was clear there was some knowledge or research on a lot of the military and weapons information, the writing is not up to snuff.

    I'm usually always skeptical about a book when I first start, don't know why, but I almost always come to like it in the end. This would be the first book with Audible I genuinely disliked. The writing was just not good. Early on 'American' was referred to as a language...it isn't. We speak English, despite how bastardized and butchered.

    The main character who might as well have been wallpaper? Awful. Why did every other character have more personality and narrative, however lackluster, than the main character? Among all of them it was 'Scout' who stole the show. Which is a shame, because I hate her...so much. I mean I'm not averse to cheesy sort of "we're one big happy family" sort of garbage -okay maybe I am just a little bit- but come on...

    The story is vague at best, never clearly explained and yet I found myself uninterested. I guess it was creative? I guess...but that's if i'm really grasping. Suffice to say it had some potential but really just provided uhh, I don't know what it provided. Nothing satisfactory.

    Near the end it was clear the author was getting lazy, completely skipping segments and covering his tracks by having the characters discuss what had just happened.The ending was anti-climatic to say the absolute least and practically an afterthought. The entirety of the plot was wrapped up in the last 20 minutes.

    I'm hesitant to say I hated it but then I think about it and have to accept. I hated it. I surely hope this is not meant to be a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (2962)
    Story
    (2969)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Amusing enough."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'd be the last to praise this book as I often found myself cringing at the writing, but I was entertained to some degree.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is interesting to hear a zombie story for the point of view of someone who might be suited to deal with it (mike's guns and weapons training) rather than the usually random dude. The characters were mostly unbearable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator, was not a fan of the narration.


    Was Zombie Fallout worth the listening time?

    It was pretty entertaining if you overlook the obvious problems.


    Any additional comments?

    Mike was not funny, not in the slightest. No one was legitimately entertaining. Sarcasm seems to be the only attempt at humor which was kind of awful. The wife is irritating, irrational and endlessly nagging.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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