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Ray

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  • Blackout: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies - and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this: Things can always get worse. Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that includesFeed and Deadline.

    Chris says: "Not with a bang but a whimper"
    "Newsflesh, Book 3 - Thumbs up on a great finish!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blackout to be better than the print version?

    Although I have not read the print version, I consider the audiobook version as a better medium for the telling of this tale as there are constant break-aways to cameras that might be confusing at first in the print version.


    What about Paula Christensen and Michael Goldstrom ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice acting by both performers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    This was almost as good as the Book 1 and definitely better than Book 2. Great storyline coupled with a few surprises along the way. Loved the medical detail; I felt it added to, rather than detracted from the overall story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (723)

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "Feed: The Newsflesh Tilogy, Book 1 - Surprising!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Feed the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice was the personification of the main character, George. The vocal intonations were well crafted and the voice was easy to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Feed?

    The most memorable moments, of course, centered around the zombie attacks, but the defection & loss of the techie character, Buffy, was a bit memorable for some unknown reason..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I beleive my most favorite scene was the unexpected infection and subsequent death of the main character. This was totally unexpected as the story was primarily revealed from her point of view. Unless the brother, Shaun, character is really fleshed-out I don't see how his narrative in any subsequent sequel could possilby hold up to George's point of view storytelling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As a typical guy, I usually don't laugh or cry when reading, but I will say that the audiobook I downloaded to my iPod was engaging enough to make me look forward to my drive to & from work each day. That's about as extreme in the emotions dept. as I get.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I throuoghly enjoyed listening to this book on my iPod, I must admit that I was a bit mystified at first as I was trying to understand exactly what the employees of "After the End Times" actually did. Once I got past the 'reporter/bloggers are heroes' slant I was ok, but it did take some effort at the outset.

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  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (896)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Thumbs up for "Raising Stony Mayhill""
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    Where does Raising Stony Mayhall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Raising Stony Mayhill ranks among the best audiobooks I've downloaded to date. There were no audio problems or complications post-download. I was surprised by how effortlessly I was sucked in to the storyline. I liked this rendition of the book as much as I enjoyed the "Odd Thomas" performances.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raising Stony Mayhall?

    One of the most memorable moments I encountered was when Stony off-handedly described himself as having black gums & toenails. I would normally find that to be an important detail, but I suppose this was crafted to suggest that the love of one's family conquers any malady; even being a member of the LD society....


    What does David Marantz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great vocal inflection; when in character, I was able to believe that the Stony was relating the story from a first-hand viewpoint.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I'm a guy - emotions make one weak....


    Any additional comments?

    Great performance overall. I highly recommend this book on the basis of the more or less "original" storyline as well as the reading by David Marantz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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