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Anthony

Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!

WA | Member Since 2007

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  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10741)
    Performance
    (9748)
    Story
    (9768)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A spell binding story on the edge of reality!"
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    I am constantly listening to audible book and enjoy consuming a wide verity of genres. What has amazed me about this story is that despite many books later I can't get this one out of my mind. Peter Clines does a great job of intertwining suspension, good character development, humor and just the right amount of fantasy. If you are reading this review please stop, make the purchase and start reading! There are so many great reviews for this book I will not waste time reiterating what others have already said. Read and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lycan Fallout: Rise of the Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (726)

    The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man clawed and climbed his way back from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, creating new communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung... Once again, one man finds himself once thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win.

    Teddy says: "Loved it! Mike Talbot Returns!!!"
    "Tufo anyone?"
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    If you have read any of the zombie fallout series and enjoyed them you are going to like this book. Lycan fallout flows quickly and provides the reader with a balance of fun and action. Before the story begins Mr. Tufo states that this book can be read as a standalone, but if you have read the zombie fallout series you will have a richer experiences as he does a good job entwining the zombies into the world of the Lycan and he provides some lost moments and deeper character history from the zombie fallout series, which brought back some fun memories. My only complaint would be that some of the character development could have been more substantial to further add to the depth of this journey. If you have not read the zombie fallout you may want to go there first and come back to this book because there are also a few zombie fallout spoilers in this story.

    I am a big believer in the power of the narrator and have unfortunately listened to some great books only to be frustrated by the fumbling of a less than impressive narration. Sean Runnette is excellent and does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the story. Not only is Mr. Runnette fun to listen to he brings a familiarity to this book as he also is the narrator for the full zombie fallout series. Currently this book is not part of a series, but I would not be surprised if Mr. Tufo decides to make it into one based on some of story development and considering how parts of the book ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3775)
    Performance
    (3127)
    Story
    (3119)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Saving the world with a zombie fix included"
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    I found this to be a fun and entertaining read. Joe Ledger is a man with super human abilities and a moral code that leaves him with no choice other than to do what is right. However doing what is right seems to come with a whole lot of collateral damage! This book is full of action and has a Men in Black feel to it, but instead of aliens we get to dance with zombies. If you’re a fan of this type of story you will enjoy the ride, plus you get a bonus of zombies mixed in to give it that extra kick. If you are looking for a pure zombie tale you may want to explore other options, but if you need/want a zombie fix with some unique twists you have found one.

    Be aware that book #1 is the only one in the Joe Ledger series with zombies in the forefront. Jonathan Maberry creatively introduces a different threat to human kind in each book with our only hope is Joe Ledger with the support of the super-secret Department of Military Sciences.

    Each book in this series can be read as a standalone, but you will get more out of them if you follow the series in order. Ray Porter, who thankfully is the narrator for the entire series, does an excellent job.

    Stay alert, move fast, have fun and don't get bit!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2824)
    Performance
    (2003)
    Story
    (2013)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Once again!"
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    Mr. Sanderson has written yet another great story. I found it hard to put down and often was thinking about it when not able to listen to it. The character development became richer and richer as the story progressed and there were multiple twists. For me the twists caught me off guard and significantly enriched the quality of the journey. I get disappointed and frustrated when you can see the twists in a story coming and often they don't do much to enhance the story development. In Warbreaker no such issues let down the reader.

    I found this book to be a brilliant piece of literature fantasy, which sucked me into a world of mystery, adventure and entertainment. If you have read any of Mr. Sanderson's books you will likely enjoy this one, if you have not this book would be a good introduced to his writing. In addition to the quality of the story the narration by Mr. Yaegashi brings the words, environment and characters to life for the reader. I found it easy to give this book 5 stars on all levels, which for me is not something I often do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (876)

    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)"
    "Wonder what the Zombies are thinking..."
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    This book will make you see Zombies in a whole new way and introduce you to possibilities you likely never even thought a world with Zombies could include.

    Zombies:
    Scary? Yes.
    Blood thirsty? Yes.
    Threat to the living? Yes.
    Mindless dead things aimlessly wandering about? Not anymore!

    I was quite leery to get this book. Initially I passed, but when it popped up on a sale I decided to take the chance. And I am glad I did! My original hesitancy was that the book would be some kind of washed out drama with a lame zombie twist, but I found myself being highly entertained by an original Zombie adventure. I have read my fair share of Zombie books and I must say this is so far the most original and unique one that I have heard.

    Within minutes I was hooked and then I just hung on for the ride. This book takes Zombies to a new level of complexity, but still has biting, chaos, fear, twists, survival, running, twisted governments, good people, bad guys and even family infighting. It is like when my in-laws come to visit, but somehow the author made this experience one I would like to repeat. I would recommend taking the chance on this book. It blew my expectations out of the water and I will keep a look out for more from Daryl Gregory!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Road Blues: The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (570)

    The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country’s largest Halloween celebration in what is now called “The Spookiest Town in America.”

    Kathleen says: "Love Joe Ledger Series? Avoid This Trainwreck."
    "Hats off to Excellence!"
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    This trilogy has won me over and I will be reading a lot more of Jonathan Maberry's writing. He does an amazing job of developing characters that you can't help but love, hate, respect, etc. His writing flows with easy and he kept me enthralled from cover to cover during each of the Pine Deep books. I have read a fair amount of books with aspects of the supernatural, monsters, apocalypse, bad humans, etc., and in my opinion this trilogy weaves a story that incorporates all of these themes and more creating a unique and entertaining journey.

    Mr. Maberry is one of the few authors who rewards people who read his books in the correct order by not wasting the first few chapters recapping what has happened in the previous books. In fact he writes this triligy as one seamless book that opens a portal into suspense, adventure and the unknown. Having read many books from these genres I was pleasantly surprised by how good the twists and turns were. I spent a many a night thinking I would just listen to one more chapter and then the next thing I know it would nearly be morning.
    Be warned this trilogy is highly addictive and you may want to seriously consider buying all three books at the same time because you are not going to want to have a delay in the action. Hang on and enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4998)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2099)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Experience matters..."
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    For me this was a highly interesting book. It is written with such detail and parallels many historical events in a way that it had me checking on occasion to make sure it was a fictional book. I think that age/experience does matter with this book. The older you are and the more you lived through the cold war the more likely you will enjoy this book. For me (age 36) the first half, though well written, seemed slow and I had moments struggling to relate to the topics being discussed. The book became much more interesting as the situations and historical reference connected with experiences I recalled from my past.
    Regardless of age if you are interested in getting a glimpse of what it may be like inside the CIA and/or KGB this is an excellent book for you. If you are looking for more of a nonstop action spy novel focusing on providing simple entertainment you may want to look else were (i.e. Lee Child, James Patterson, Tom Clancy, etc.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’ bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

    Lupdilup says: "URBAN FANTASY AT ITS BEST!!"
    "The Ghosts are starting to get NAUGHTY!"
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    So far I have fully enjoyed all three of the City of Ghosts books. I can't say enough positive praise about the amazing job that Bahni Turpin does in this series. Her voices make each character unique and come to life. So far over the three books she has not had any trouble keeping her character voices on the mark, which is a problem I have experienced from other narrators in past series.

    I do want to warn readers who are more sensitive. The series continues to have plenty of strong language and the main character's drug addiction remains a major part of the story line. One thing that does change in the third book is that Stacia Kane has started to add little bet of intense romance on the edge of porn. There are only two instances that I would say are on the side of pornish, but it does not dominate the story by any means.

    I rated this story lower than I did the first two because I did not feel the story was as well put together as the first two and went off on several tangents that in my opinion took away from the story rather than strengthened it. I hope this is not an indication of problems to come with the series as at this time I completely plan to continue listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (845)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "Can't get enough!"
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    If you are a fan of epic fantasy you owe it to yourself to explore the amazing adventures that Joe Abercrombie has created in his books. All five of his books in audible include wonderful characters that you can't help but love and/or hate. One of my major pet peeves is when an author devotes significant portions of each book recapping what occurred in the ones before it. Mr. Abercrombie is one of the few authors who rewards the readers that follow the progression of his books, but at the same time expertly inter weaves characters, adventures, environments, etc. throughout the whole of his books. He is a true artist when it comes to the development of his characters and the amazing details he uses to create a fantasy that allows the reader to feel part of it.

    I highly recommend new readers to read the books in order even though each book is written with such quality that they can be read independently. By following the series it will allow the reader to more fully enjoy the many nuances of each book. Here is the chronologic order:

    The Blade Itself - 2006
    Before They Are Hanged - 2007
    Last Argument of Kings - 2008
    Best Served Cold - 2009
    The Heroes - 2011
    Red Country - 2012 (this book is not yet available in the Audible library)

    I can’t wait for Audible to get Red Country as Joe Abercrombie has become one of my favorite authors of all time. I recommend that you be cautious when starting one of these books because you may end up having a hard time getting things done due to not being able to stop listening.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway
    • Narrated By Joseph L. Galloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway revisit their relationships with 10 American veterans of the battle, as well as Lt. Gen. Nguyen Hu An, who commanded the North Vietnamese Army troops on the other side, and two of his old company commanders.

    Terry says: "A Book That is Both Timely and Eternal"
    "A monotone presentation of a war story."
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    I first want to thank all of the brave soldiers that have served and are serving to allow us to have freedom and to live the American dream.

    I found the book to be informative and engaging, but as other reviews have noted Mr. Galloway's narration is hard to swallow. The biggest problem I had with the narration was the lack of emotion along with the same monotone presentation regardless of what was being described. I highly recommend that you listen to the audio sample and take note of the cadence, blunted affect and lack of emotion because the entire narration of the book is read in the exact same way.

    One of my favorite aspects of book are the references to the movie as it helped me easily identify the soldiers in the story and the rolls they played in the Vietnam war. About one third of the book focuses on the time these American heroes were fighting in the war and the other two third is more of a biography of Mr. Galloway and several other soldiers’ lives well after the war ended. I think part of my problem was that I expected the book to have the same intensity that the movie presented. I feel that the movie creates a window that allows the audience to get a sense of the insanity and mind boggling bravery these solders engaged in during the battles that they fought and died in.

    Even with the poor narration and the lack of eyewitness like experences I still enjoyed the book. It is well written and all of the information is interesting. If you are considering this book with the hope of being drawn back into the time of the Vietnam War and to be able to experience/whitness what these amazing soldiers went through this book may not be for you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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