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  • Horizon Storms: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (461)

    Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers in the world. He is a New York Times best-selling author with more than 11 million copies of his books in print. Now the epic saga he began with Hidden Empire continues in this breathtaking novel.

    MS says: "Great Writing"
    "FULL RETRACTION OF MY LAST REVIEW"
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    What made the experience of listening to Horizon Storms the most enjoyable?

    This is a great series, This is a long series, this is a very complex and deep series of books. I made some back handed compliments on the last book and fully retract anything negative I said.

    Switching voice talent a few books in was a hard pill for me to swallow but by the last book, the one I just finished today, I was fully committed to the work of George Guidall and realized my inability to adapt to change that was for the better may affect how other people view the series. I want to make sure anyone who reads this review knows that the voice talent is excellent and the author is a magician in balancing so many well developed characters and intersecting plot lines. Kevin J. Anderson is a master. This series is exceptional. Thank you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devoured: The Hunger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jason Brant
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    Life isn't kind to Lance York. A full-time job has eluded him for years, his wife loathes the sight of him, his bank accounts are empty, and his wealthy father-in-law revels in his failures. After he lunges in front of a car to save a sick and disoriented woman, Lance awakens in a quarantined hospital. A devastating plague is spreading worldwide, driving those infected with it insane. Their bodies begin to mutate into horrors that have haunted mankind's nightmares for centuries.

    Michael says: "Zombies only the cocoon stage? Nice change!"
    "Really enjoyed this book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it was well written, believable, main characters were fairly well developed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    of course the "hero"


    What about Wayne June’s performance did you like?

    he puts some real emotion into the reading.


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

    The dumbass thing was funny.

    The cheating wife... i am still hoping they come back to her and she gets what she deserves!!


    Any additional comments?

    Worthy read. Not exactly a zombie book but close enough you can pretend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Zombies Fear 3: The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kirk Allmond, Laura Bretz
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In this epic third installment of What Zombies Fear, Victor Tookes is no longer content to sit back and watch the world go to the hell. The Gathering starts Victor's quest to rid the planet of the zombie plague once and for all. The first step of the plan is to build a team capable of carrying out the impossible. The heroes make an emergency trip to Charlotte, fighting zombies and raiders every step of the way.

    Mark says: "At Last - The Elephant in the room is recognized!!"
    "At Last - The Elephant in the room is recognized!!"
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    Would you try another book from Kirk Allmond and Laura Bretz and/or Victor Bevine?

    Possibly. Either their writing has improved greatly since the first book or my expectation has lowered enough to happy listening to the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Once I allowed myself to be OK with superheros and talking zombies I thought that aspect was a nice change. I did not like how the characters could kill thousands of zombies one second and then run from 10 the next.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was ok. I had some difficulty with knowing which character was talking because they all sounded similar.


    Do you think What Zombies Fear 3: The Gathering needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes.- there already is one. Author has found his steam and there is more story to tell.


    Any additional comments?

    Considerable improvement from the first few books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Zombies Fear 2: The Maxists

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kirk Allmond
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Victor Tookes and his family are still struggling to survive after a parasite that turns people into zombies wipes out civilization. After reaching the relative safety of the family home in Virginia, the danger only intensifies. Zombies still stalk their every move but now Victor and his friends have another threat to deal with - a rogue military unit whose commander wants Victor's son. When Max is kidnapped, Victor goes on the warpath, moving mountains and destroying everything that stands between him and his son.

    Mark says: "The Flash, Hulk, Punisher, and Night Crawler fight"
    "The Flash, Hulk, Punisher, and Night Crawler fight"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would not have called this a zombie book. The concept of powers from a bite is interesting but I would have used "infected" instead. Still a few too many stretches of faith and how the ignorance of yesterday is "figured out" without any real problem solving - but the second book is better than the last.


    Has What Zombies Fear 2: The Maxists turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. It feels like a super hero book not a zombie book.


    Did Victor Bevine do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did better story telling than the last book. I still had some difficulty relating to the characters - they seemed one dimensional.


    Do you think What Zombies Fear 2: The Maxists needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Even bad stories need an ending...


    Any additional comments?

    I am still going to finish the series. Perhaps if they were bundled together I would not feel as if I was wasting a credit on a 6 hr book..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Zombies Fear 1: A Father's Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kirk Allmond
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    When Victor Tookes went to work that beautiful spring day, he never expected to see a man eaten alive in the street in front of his office. After convincing himself that they really were zombies, he makes a trip from his house in Pennsylvania to his family home in Virginia, battling zombies all the way. His three and a half year old son was bitten on the leg, but doesn't turn into a zombie. Instead, he turns into something more than human.

    Adrienne says: "Avoid This If You Like Good Writing"
    "Does a bite make you a zombie or a superhero?"
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    What disappointed you about What Zombies Fear 1: A Father's Quest?

    There was no one thing...Is this a zombie novel? or a completely unbelievable superhero novel. You could insert "The Flash, Hulk, Bulls-eye, Thor, etc in for the heroes names and it would have flown better, Hated the large holes in the plot, jumps from desk jockey to strategic tactician, weak characters - it goes on.... I did not like the concept very much, walking dead, almost human dead, and super zombies - I don't know....Talking zombies????? Then they are not zombies.... Maybe INFECTED would have been a better word...The author tried to bring something 'original' to the zombie template as a whole but it felt like a rip off of many single ideas from other books - zombie, vampire, werewolf, alien....and in the end it was a bit too much to swallow.When a character retells their part of a story it should read like dialogue, not like they had hours to reflect, review video, and then recant their experience in vivid and exacting detail, something NO ONE would do in real conversation....


    Has What Zombies Fear 1: A Father's Quest turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO. There are many equally bad and even more much better (Mark Tufo). One has to go into a book like this with a lowered expectation and be surprised when it is properly delivered and the voice talent is great. Sorry to the author but it was poorly written with too many holes in plot, weak character development, horrible dialogue, and too many leaps of faith to follow along and enjoy without those distractions...


    How could the performance have been better?

    The accents were horrible, again sorry to the voice talent, but you could not really tell who in the book was talking by the voice.


    What character would you cut from What Zombies Fear 1: A Father's Quest?

    I may have made max a bit older to start -


    Any additional comments?

    unfortunately I am driven by unknown forces which compel me to complete the series.... thank goodness they are only 6 hrs each...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Becoming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jessica Meigs
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (220)

    In the heart of Atlanta, the Michaluk virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. The virus infects nearly everyone in its path, turning much of the population of the southeastern United States into homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people – Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines – band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.

    Mike Naka says: "some annoyances but i enjoyed it"
    "Worth the read."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was an OK zombie book. I found some of the main characters inadequately developed to believe the many heated and barely controlled interactions. Too often the tension seemed forced or overdone by the author and did not feel natural and did not match the original descriptions of the characters personality. I filled in the gaps and overlooked some of the issues I had with the way the book was written and while I am not blown away I will purchase the next book.


    Would you recommend The Becoming to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only if you have read many of the other 'better' novels in this genera first.


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

    I had no problem differentiating between the voices of the different characters in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Clayfield: Clayfield, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Shane Gregory
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help. But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns....

    Mike Naka says: "surprisingly good"
    "Good zombie book"
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    What did you love best about The King of Clayfield?

    The desire to stay 'home' despite the folly


    What other book might you compare The King of Clayfield to and why?

    It is a typical zombie book but has a few interesting spins on the genera.


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

    He was a good reader. Bad guys had hillbilly accents, good guys had Texan accents, and the hero's had no accent... kinda funny but still a good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The only real complaint was that they did not do any real reinforcing of the places they stayed at. Doors wide open people wandering around alone and then the monty python "run away run away" at times they may have defended and they would stay and fight when it was pointless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gareth Wood
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (64)

    In May of 2004 the dead return to life and begin to hunt the living. Within a few weeks nations have fallen and the few survivors are scattered and desperate. Rise follows a group of survivors on their journey through the apocalyptic Canadian Rockies, the desolate and empty lands of northern British Columbia and Alberta.

    Scott says: "So Anywayssss"
    "I am fine with this book."
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    What did you like best about Rise? What did you like least?

    I liked the book. I have a low expectation of this kind of book based on the type of book - like its movie counterpart there are not going to be any academy awards handed out - but this is my genera and I love the whole zombie thing. I am fully enjoying this book having just endured some really terrible krap recently (MIRA GRANT I would rather gouge out my ears than listen to another minute of your books!!!!)- .What Ilike most - I like the fact it is talking about places where I live and have been and have memories of - it appeals to me in that way. I am from the areas he describes and know the roads and cities and have been to most of the places he describes in the book. I also like the fact that cars run out of gas, break down, and that guns run out of bullets.Least liked....The diray type novella... Would have been a better story than diary monologue. He transforms from investment banker to zombie slayer quickly. Very little remorse or afterthought after the first kill. Seems to get right down to the business of bashing heads in with whatever is lying around - way too easy.Also a hoard of zombies is more than 15... 4-5 guys with guns VS 4-5 zombies is should not be a monty python "RUN AWAY" situation.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked how it focused more on the rebuilding aspect rather than survival.


    What three words best describe Jeff Woodman’s voice?

    almost at puberty


    Did Rise inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly a good book - I have been listening to it non stop since I started and will purchase the next book shortly.

    0 of 1 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
    (983)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (763)

    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..."
    "Zom-BLOG-alypse?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a YES\NO answer.If you like zombie books NO if you like journalism stories with zombies added in to break up the story YES. This is a softcore zombie book.


    Would you recommend Feed to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.It feels as though the story was written and the zombies were introduced after the author figured out the GREAT spy\terrorist\journalist story written could not compete with other books of that type. SOOOOO in an attempt to save the story they did a rewrite and threw in PONYS ... um zombies.... YA ZOMBIES and sell the story to the zombie crowd instead.....

    EVERY mamal greater than XXlbs is infected and can die\rise\become zombies.... BUT we have a state of the art technology, thriving economies, stable society, safe zones, intact government, no bandits, and very low infected rate.... only a few years after the big day?


    What aspect of Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein ’s performance would you have changed?

    I was not entirely happy with the reading. The female voice, seemed to dominate the first book and that was fine. The range of voices were Valley Girl, Ditzy blond, and sinus infected new york accent.Why do all male voices have plugged noses?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    nooooooooooooooo


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (374)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "4th book new performance reader.....ummmmm"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Scattered Suns to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scattered Suns?

    Getting used to the new performer's pronunciations of the main characters names.King Peter makes an announcement to control birth rates - the people are in an uproar - then everyone forgets about the fact when the queen gets pregnant... and CHEER!! I would RIOT!


    What three words best describe David Colacci’s voice?

    Great performance in and of itself. HOWEVER... As producers, when you change performers in the 4th book of a large series, you have to get the new actor to at least listen to some samples of prior completed work. This would ease some of the pain for us listeners while getting used to the new voice.It would be nice if there was some consistency in pronunciation of the main characters names. This was my biggest problem with this audio book. For example(S):E.A. became EEAHH, Jorah became JOR-RACHHUH, Osirah became OHsirRACHUH, FIRE-OHS became FIRE-EES, Tahzia became TAAESIAAH, E.R. became ERR, and many other names that were almost unrecognizable from the first 3 books. Characters developed somewhat inconsistent english accents, southern tang accents, vocal effects are now used for all robot voices. Most of this I still found distracting by the end of the book. It was like watching the TV show friends - written by the same people, same props, same stories, but the main characters were replaced by totally different actors. Ross was now ROSS-AH, Chandler was now CHONDELAR ETC...


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

    Mr. Chairman - please open your eyes - THE ROBOTS ARE BAD!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    FIRST - I felt the author was reaching a bit to keep the story interesting while maintaining too many of the same characters. This is an epic book I have invested many hours in this book and feel it is a worthy read. Early on several key characters were killed. AWESOME AND SHOCKING! This is the ‘real’ world– The universe does not stop for anyone and good guys don’t always win…. WHAT? REINCARNATIONS? DOOMED hero meets nearly impossible lucky break, meets unbeatable odds, faces doom again, meets lucky and completely implausible lucky break 2….. NO ONE IS THAT LUCKY- COMEN ON! YOU WERE DEAD!!! – SECOND - The author goes into painstaking detail on many things but near the end of the book when our little robot friend finds a certain Doctor it is glossed over. What the heck was that? You spent more time repeating the configuration of the portal and symbols. It was almost as if the author’s woke up one morning and realized the book was due tomorrow… . OK - He goes through the gate "finally finds someone to help him and is reunited with the doctor" DONE. Despite all of my compaints - this is a good book and worthy read. It is also a big read and requires your full attention.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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