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  • All the Devils Are Here

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (221)

    As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy.

    eurilynn says: "Excellent!"
    "No economics here"
    Overall

    If you are looking for a book that deals with the recent financial crisis this is not the book for you. If you believe God did it and the earth is a couple thousand years old and we lived with the dinasours then yes, this book is for you. It's more a biblical rev up the fear book. Where were these people during the plaque; now that would have been a time to be afraid.

    0 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Alone No More: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    Adrian's piecemeal life on campus since "That Day" has been a struggle. Retrieving supplies from local neighborhoods filled with the walking dead has been dangerous for him, but he's stayed alive by being a little smarter than the other survivors, and a lot faster than the roaming, hungry zombies that have overtaken his home town, and the world.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Full of the back-story you crave"
    "Now tell me about every pee"
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    What made the experience of listening to Alone No More the most enjoyable?

    the story is written in a journaling format but don't let that throw you off, it's more like an ongoing story with the date thrown in every now and then. It's a good zombie Romp and the narration is top notch. The only annoying part is the author has an issue with masturbation. It's like telling me every time the guy has to go pee. ENOUGH already! It does nothing to add to the character or the story and gets, well, boring. If you go on to read additional books; it's still there. I sure hope there's a point to this because it seems like adding words to plump the book. I don't care how much the character does his thing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fortress Britain: Arisen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    A world fallen under a plague of seven billion walking dead. A tiny island nation the last refuge of the living. One team of the world's most elite special operators. The dead, these heroes, humanity's last hope, all have.... Arisen.

    Thomas says: "One Bad Ass Zombie book!"
    "Not bad if you have money to burn"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is a first. The story is ok, nothing fantasitic like WWZ was but still an enjoyable romp. My biggest complaint is the length. Each book feels more like a short stories than a "BOOK". The author has taken a book and cut it into sections to sell each as a full book, they are certainly not. The books are only 4-5 hours, they get more money out you this way. So if you have money to burn and don't mind tossing what I think will end up $100 or more on what should be a single book, go for it. Absolutely insulting.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Adair
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    In this thriller, terrorists stumble across this new, fully lethal strain and while the world fearfully watches the growing epidemic in West Africa as Sierra Leone goes into country-wide lockdown, only a few Americans are aware of Ebola K and the danger it poses—to be the deadliest pandemic in the history of mankind. Can they do anything to protect themselves from this killer disease? Can they stop the terrorists?

    SquirrelGirl says: "I REALLY liked this one...thrilling!"
    "Yes, it's worth the credit"
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    Any additional comments?

    Yes this is a good book and well worth the credit. We are introduced a young American college student in Africa with French and Pakistani fellow students. With that being told you should already know the plot of the book, not that hard to figure out. The student are off on an exciting summer program to open their eyes to a different culture and preform some humanitarian aid. This book takes you on journey that will hold your attention. I won't say more; I hate it when reviews spoil the ride.

    Now my gripe. Why oh why can't they write a book any more. The whole industry is now structured so you have to pay at least 75 dollars to read a series. Now if the book is really long, all the better. They stuff just enough words in to make it long enough to get you to the cliff hanger and you have to buy the next book to find out what happens. I swore I was not going to buy anymore trilogies but bought this via phone and didn't register that it was a book 1. If you don't mind spending this kind of money on books that pad the story go for it. At least the padding in this book is very good, you don't feel so used. I did enjoy the book even thou some of the science is a, well, non plausible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End is Nigh: The Apocalypse Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Mur Lafferty, Rajan Khanna, Kate Baker, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories. Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

    Jon says: "Amazing, couldn't put it down!"
    "Do you like short stories?"
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    Any additional comments?

    While I'm sure this is a group of talented writers it's more the readers preference that will say yay or nay to this. I discovered that I don't like a few minutes/or a few pages. It's a bunch of short stories, some very short. There are just too many very short snippets; so short that I never really got interested in any of them. I wonder if they would have made this just 4-6 stories and fleshed them out a bit more (ok, a lot more) I could have developed an investment. Know thyself. It's not my cup of tea, way too short and way too many.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1168)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa NCGBT says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Oh Sigh"
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    What disappointed you about Timebound?

    Ok, I admit it, I haven't been able to finish the book. I'm trying, really trying. It's just so, so, so cliché. Same plot, teenage girl has special powers and saves the world from the bad guys. Personally, I read one book like this, Hunger Games, and that's all I can take. It would be fine for a 12 yr old girl but don't expect anything surprising or creative. It's so cliché I have not been able to finish the book. The only reason I will finish is to find out if I actually predicted it correctly in the first chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13887)
    Performance
    (12901)
    Story
    (12903)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "If yor're a video gamer"
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    Any additional comments?

    Now I bought this because a review said it was "so much more than a book about a video game". Well let me tell you it's all about a video game or at least 99.5% of it is. It is entertaining. It is however the standard teen boy beats everyone and is very predictable. If you are looking for a tech book with life mixed in by equal doses don't miss Deamon and Freedom. I was disappointed with this book but I'm not a teen boy and don't get wrapped around the ankles with video games. My trash is obviously many other peoples treasure.

    The character development is good but the plot is too much like Deamon but heavier emphasis on the "game". Enjoy if you like this sort of thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE 8-Chapter Sampler of Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (129)

    The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost. Their father was a sand diver, one of the elite few who could travel deep beneath the desert floor and bring up the relics and scraps that keep their people alive. But their father is gone. And the world he left behind might be next.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wow what an imagination"
    "Wow what an imagination"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was thrilled to see this sample released while we wait for the final release date. As usual Hugh Howey has an imagination that won't quit and is only matched by his writing talent.

    We begin in the sands with two young inexperienced sand divers; yes they dive into sand. Just wait till you hear how they do it. Certainly it is their youth and inexperience that tempers their common sense to work for nefarious characters on a quest to discover Danvar. As they pay a price for their mistake, and we don't yet know the whole cost of their foolishness, this sample leaves you counting the days till the whole audio book is released. I'm crossing my fingers that I don't buckle and buy the book; this will be a wonderful listening adventure. I'm confident this will rate right up there with WOOL.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A New World: Chaos (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John O'Brien
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special-forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence?

    Amazon Customer says: "Can Narration Kill a Good Story?: Yes."
    "total waste of a credit."
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    Any additional comments?

    This is truly the worst audio book I have ever tried to listen to. Yes the narration is that bad. I tried the sample and thought I could endure but the sample is tolerable. I could not get past the third chapter. Don't waste your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (583)

    A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

    Mike Naka says: "pretty good zombie story"
    "Once upon a time"
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    Any additional comments?

    I only gave this book 2 stars because for the first time in my experience the narration was so bad I think it may have colored my opinion of the story. If you have ever heard someone reading a book to a group of children, you know, the really animated reading that stresses many words to add entertainment to the book, that is what this is like. It's a bizarre mix of a goory story with little kid narration, I couldn't take it. I had to skip some parts when it became too annoying. I'm usually not that critical of narration but it so reminded me of little kids books that I found myself rolling my eyes at the over inflection moments of which there are far far too many.

    The story takes an unnecessary time getting started so you may want to ship the first 25%. The rest is, well, painfully cliché.

    1 of 1 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
    (3364)
    Performance
    (3133)
    Story
    (3144)

    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.

    Anthony says: "best series ever...really!"
    "You should know what your getting yourself into"
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    Any additional comments?

    Ok, confession, I did buy 5 of the fallout books. Here is what you need to know. If you are looking for a realistic scary what if (insert any Pandemic) were to happen, this is not it. It is however entertaining, funny and you can get sucked into the story, but if you do you should know the Talbot books go on forever. I purchased the first series except for book 5. You could dump $100 into these easy. It can be quite slapstick and toward the end books some wacky and convoluted stuff develops because of course the story must go on and you must part with more $. It's not worth the credit unless you can find nothing else you're interested in. The narrator does a great job and is perfect for the Talbot character. The story is between ok and well, silly. But if you're looking for a lighter zombie story (except for book 5 which apparently is gory) this is for you.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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