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Retired Police Officer/Firefighter/Paramedic. O/O of small trucking company and travel the contiguous 48 states listening to books during driving.

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Wick, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By Daniel Dorse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Clay just wants to get home. Six years ago, he moved to New York City after his wife and daughters were killed in a horrible automobile accident, and now, the day after Hurricane Sandy devastates the city and the tri-state area, Clay sets out on foot to escape both the city, and the prison of his old life there. What Clay discovers on his epic walk to freedom, will change everything... for everyone... forever. The Cold War is about to get Hot, and sometimes just saying 'NO' is a revolutionary act...

    Amazon Customer says: "An absolutely horrible rendition of a good story!"
    "An absolutely horrible rendition of a good story!"
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    I read the kindle version of this book (and series) and loved it. The Audible version is horrible! Daniel Dorse comes across as a monotone, expressionless robot. I could not even finish the book! I love the Wick series and Michael Bunker's writings but the choice of this narrator was a BIG mistake. I have listened to hundreds of books as I travel the nation's highways AND have done narration for short stories, videos, and commercials since 1975. I know about good voices and reaching an audience. This "narrator" will turn people off an otherwise GREAT book.
    Please buy and enjoy the book. It IS worth it. Don't get this audible version until they get a different voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Incredible First Novel!"
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    A highly entertaining post apocalyptic story. Starts a bit slow, but I think that is due to the narrative style. Give it a chance and it will grab you. It will make you laugh, think and even cry (yes, I admit I did during one part). Very few books are as full of conflicting emotions as those of Hig but you'll grow to root for his growth and cheer for him as he matures. For you in the Prepper Community, this rates up there with Alas Babylon and is easier to listen to and understand than Patriots. I highly recommend this book and hope for more from the author. Maybe a sequel with the arrival of the ... but then I'd be spoiling it!

    9 of 12 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
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    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"
    "An absolute MUST for modern day Preppers!"
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    If you are part of the growing Prepper lifestyle, this book is a must for your library. Using actual prepping in a fictional situation, Mr. Rawles shows how to and why you should be preparing for just one of many scenarios that could happen. If you read the newspaper or watch/listen to the news, this book will frighten you with its uncanny accuracy. Originally written in the 90's, with new additions a few years later, the correlation to today's world is incredible. Give yourself a chance to survive and read/listen to this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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