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  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (333)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Great, Until the End"
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    What aspect of Walter Dixon’s performance would you have changed?

    At times, Dixon was fairly monotone, but the performance was steady and still entertaining. Actually, it was humorous to hear him attempt some regional accents, which he didn't do particularly well.


    Any additional comments?

    The majority of the book, from the creation of the first settlements in North America through the end of the Civil War is terrific. Afterwards, the author begins to equate all things that most Americans currently find politically conservative or libertarian in aspect as a product of Deep Southern or "Borderlander" thought and is therefore lumped into the same categories as white supremacy and slavery. In fact, the author's fairly biased point of view becomes more pronounced as he attempts to stretch his thesis to current events, with multiple digs at institutions like the Tea Party and the present day incarnation of the Republican party, while professing a love of a strong centralized government as a means to unite all Americans and a need to put aside individual liberties for the sake of the nation and the "common good.: Garreau's Nine Nations of North America is a better book on the fractured cultural history of the United States without many of the biases that Woodard seems to harbor, but that's not available yet on Audible.

    42 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    You wake up in the morning to discover that you have been sealed into your home. The doors are locked, the windows are barred. There's no way out. A madman is playing a deadly game with you and your family. A game with no rules, only consequences. So what do you do? Do you run? Do you hide? Or do you die?

    Mary says: "I love this book!"
    "A Familiar Story"
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    Pretty run of the mill home invasion thriller with your usual sadistic game of cat and mouse. I don't think there were any elements here that haven't been well covered in other books, but some scenes were jarring and intense and the twist at the end was well done. The main character was, at times, pretty irritating and often got under my skin, which took away some of my interest in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony: Genesis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Alexander Brancy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter. Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?

    Heidi says: "Gripping, fast, moving"
    "Fast Paced Gorefest"
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    Nice spin on the zombie genre. It's fairly action packed -- lots of elements seem to be taken from other novels or movie, such as Stephen King's Cell and the 28 Days/Weeks movies. However, the writing is a bit over the top and reads like a bad screenplay at times -- each chapter ends with some sort of teaser or overdramatic cliffhanger as the major characters constantly find themseves in persistent peril as they jump from scene to scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immobility

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Brian Evenson
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    You open your eyes for what you know is not the first time and you remember nothing. You find out that a catastrophic event known as the Kollaps has destroyed life as we know it. Something crucial has been stolen - but under no circumstances can you know what or why. You’ve got to get it back or something bad is going to happen. And you’ve got to get it back fast, so they can freeze you again before your own time runs out. Paralyzed from the waist down, you’re being carried around on the backs of two men who don’t seem anything like you at all.

    Tony says: "CATASTROPHIC !"
    "Existential Post Apocalyptic Tale"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrific post-apocalyptic tale that can be summed up as 12 Monkeys meets The Road. An amnesiac superhuman survivor is used by the survivors of a nuclear war to obtain something stolen from them -- lots of Kafkaesque type scenes with multiple existential tangents -- with a great twist at the end. Perfect for that 8 hour car ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick J. Buchanan
    • Narrated By Patrick J. Buchanan
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Since Obama took office, conservative pundits have been mainstays on the best-seller list. And now, the best-selling author and political legend Pat Buchanan weighs in with a warning against not only the dangers that the country faces under Obama, but the risk of sliding into irrelevancy that the Republican party faces if it chooses to forget its core values. As he shows in this incisive book, liberal policy-making and unhindered globalization have eroded America’s economic strength.

    Holland says: "A good look at a bad problem"
    "A Bleak Future"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a terrific abridged version of Buchanan's original work that hits on almost every point that he writes about, with the exception of the anti-religious bent that he describes in the text. I've listened to it twice and both times felt extremely depressed about the future of America, which obviously was Buchanan's intention. Great narration by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Logan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.

    D says: "A Different Logan's Run"
    "Completely Different from the Movie"
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    Wow. I can't believe how different the novel is from the 70s movie. It's incredible and deserves to be remade today to follow the original plot. The greatest aspect of this production is the narration -- Oliver Wyman -- who delivers a spectacular and captivating performance. Looking forward to getting the remainder of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titanium Rain, Episode One (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Josh Finney, Kat Rocha
    • Narrated By Lance Roger Axt, Elizabeth Knowelden, Carrington MacDuffie, and others
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In 2031 mankind's survival instinct is put to the test when a civil war in China spirals into a global conflict. Nations are torn apart. Millions are killed. And for many, like Air Force pilot Alec Killian, survival will mean shedding some of their flesh in exchange for biotech and machine.

    Ryan says: "Sounds settings were off"
    "Terrible Sound Production"
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    Any additional comments?

    Actually, this was a pretty good short. In the future, the US and its allies are embroiled against China, which has been taken over by a nationalist general called "The Emperor" after the terrorist assassination of the Chinese premier. The story focuses on the pilots of the planes being used to wage the battle in the skies -- cyborgs due to the taxing demands that the aircraft take on the human body. I think the real downfall of this audiobook is its sound production quality. It is poorly mixed -- the sound levels jump up and down and conversations are sometimes audible, sometimes not, especially when intermixed with the booming sounds of air combat. If the producers of this book choose to make a second volume, I hope that they switch production studios.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (804)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

    gerry says: "Could not get past the naration"
    "Terrible Narration"
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    This was a fairly run of the mill zombie apocalypse tale, but what really ruins it is the narrator, Brian Sutherland. He read the entire thing is a droll monotone which, at one point, almost put me to sleep. Apparently the other books have different narrators, but this was a terrible way to begin a series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1036)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Terrific Follow-Up to Ex-Heroes"
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    Where does Ex-Communication rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20. I'm a big fan of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Clines does a good job weaving together story arcs from the other two books to create an intriguing third entry in the series that is every bit as good as the other two books. Just a quick comment on the faulty narration -- I downloaded this audiobook in early September of 2013 and there are several scenes in the book where Jay Snyder "fills in" as the voices of Stealth and Captain Freedom for a few lines (Hvam would do the majority of a chapter, for example, and here and there Snyder [as Stealth] would be dubbed in for a few lines). I don't know how this compares to the original release, but it doesn't occur that often and doesn't throw off the pacing of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2921)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2583)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Joined Audible Just for This Audiobook"
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    What did you love best about Swan Song?

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    Any additional comments?

    "Swan Song" is the nuclear war version of "The Stand" -- a novel that pits the forces of good versus evil across the ruined landscape of a nuclear war devastated America. I've been waiting for the audiobook version for ten years and I joined Audible once I found out that it had been made. Needless to say, Stechschulte's performance of the source material is spot-on. I didn't think he could beat his reading of "The Road" until I heard this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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