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Kim

BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disney forever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was. An after-hours visit to Typhoon Lagoon is a game changer. The Keepers lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there’s work to do....

    Rhea says: "Dissapointing...lost?"
    "Just as good as the first 4 - can't wait for #6"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kingdom Keepers V the most enjoyable?

    I love Disney. I live in Florida. I've loved the other 4 books. I recently watched a special on Backstage Disney and saw many of the "secret" things that are written about in the series. It made me decide to take that particular tour this year.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like Harry Potter, while it may have been written for a younger audience, I love every aspect of the story. I will admit I've always favored the villians at Disney - these books may make me change my mind. I smile, I laugh, I actually get teary throughout the book. I can't find a best part. I love this series from the first word to the last.


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

    MacLeod brings the books alive. The accents, the attitudes. He does a great great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You THINK you know Disney....


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for Book 6.....this was SUCH a cliffhanger.....

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  • Zero Tolerance

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Zero Tolerance picks up a few weeks after the close of Maberry’s action-thriller Patient Zero. Dropping back into the world of former Baltimore cop Joe Ledger, the Department of Military Sciences, and flesh-eating zombies, fans of the series will finally see the tying up of a few loose ends.

    Noah says: "Good but not worth using your credit, just buy it"
    "I Love These Shorts"
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    Where does Zero Tolerance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right Up There in the TOP TOP TOP.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zero Tolerance?

    Amira in the caves.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Every. Moment.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No movies. They'd probably put someone stupid like Tom Cruise as Joe and I'd have to vomit.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the fact that this short ties up Book One.

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  • Countdown: A Prequel Story to Patient Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Meet Joe Ledger, Baltimore PD, attached to a Homeland task force … who’s about to get a serious promotion.

    John says: "Unnecessary"
    "Yay. A Prequel."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Countdown to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. I haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe's really the only character in the book. As it should be.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Every. Word.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though a lot of this happens in the first chapter in Patient Zero, I enjoyed this very short short alot. Joe makes me smile.

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  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2001)
    Performance
    (1747)
    Story
    (1751)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    Amanda says: "Fantastical and Fun"
    "Let Me Just Put On My Tinfoil Hat"
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    If you could sum up The Dragon Factory in three words, what would they be?

    Where's Book Three?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Until the very last minute. This whole series could be called The DMS Conspiracy Theory.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the little critters in the Dragon Factory made me happy - and damn scared (note Tin Foil Hat above)


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

    TIN. FOIL. HAT.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Joe Ledger. This series could go on forever, as far as I'm concerned. As long as NO ONE in Echo Team gets hurt.

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  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1640)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1440)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jeremiah says: "Better Than The Second Joe Ledger"
    "Better the Second Time"
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    What made the experience of listening to The King of Plagues the most enjoyable?

    This is my second go-round. I read the entire series, figured out the order of the mini-books, put them where they belong and started over. I love Hugo. I love Toys. i LOVE Joe Ledger. Ray Porter does them all justice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The King of Plagues?

    Really? There are too many.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Especially after listening to the interview with him and Ray Maberry in the Special Ops set of shorts. I smile every minute I'm listening to these.


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

    Yeah, but it would let secrets go, so I can't say.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the series. I'm just not sure what I"m going to do when I'm finished with it the second time.

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  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (878)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Is it 2015 Yet?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I actually recommended it to two people this week. One has already purchased Book 1. what's NOT to recommend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hopefully Dr. Hu will be taught a little humility. Is that what I liked BEST? No. But I liked it. The best part of all of Mr. Maberry's books is that he weaves the prior stories in so flawlessly, so completely. And I started the series late. I just listened to all 6 (plus the shorts) in a row. Usually I get irritated at the rehashing. He does a GREAT job.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I'd like Mr. Porter to call and just read me the paper. He's phenomenal. Inflection. Tone. Humor. He brings Joe Ledger and Bunny and Top to life. And the Deacon. I'll go out of my way to listen to books he narrates.


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

    Oh hell yeah. I did and I didn't. I WANTED to. But I knew the next book wasn't due out for a YEAR. A YEAR. What am I supposed to do for a year? So I drug it out.


    Any additional comments?

    And as I drug it out and listened to the prior history come forth, I realized - I'd just start at the beginning of the series again and listen to them all in order - AGAIN. Starting tomorrow. That's how much I love this series. PS... Is it 2015 yet?

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  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1277)
    Story
    (1279)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "Okay, so I'm a HUGE Joe Ledger fan ...."
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    What did you love best about Assassin's Code?

    The last sentence


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Assassin's Code?

    Truly, with the Ledger books I don't have these ... I love the books in their entirety .... I USUALLY can't say I like one "part" over another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Same here.....these books are gruesome (in the manner of a much more talented Jack Bauer - TV can only do so much). But I actually really like Joe's detailed descriptions of the fight scenes.


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

    The last sentence made me smile. Big.


    Any additional comments?

    I've only got two more Joe Ledger books to read .... I'm SO sad. I've read the reviews on Deep Pine and I just don't know. Maybe I'll try Rot & Ruin next. I've So loved Joe and Ray Porter - this man is second only to Scott Brick. I LOVE HIM.

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  • Joe Ledger: The Missing Files

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (517)

    In this collection of five short stories, Jonathan Maberry fills in the blanks in his action-thriller Joe Ledger novels.

    Lisa says: "READ BEFORE BUYING LEDGER SHORT STORIES"
    "All Wonderful But BEWARE .... you may own them ..."
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    If you could sum up Joe Ledger: The Missing Files in three words, what would they be?

    Already Read Em.


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

    I love Mr. Porter. Alot.


    Any additional comments?

    My own fault. I didn't pay close enough attention. I had already purchased the individual stories. Simply didn't realize that this was a collection of individual stories that I already HAD. What a waste of money! That being said. I love Joe Ledger. I love these little asides that help you learn about Joe and his life. I love Ray Porter's narration. I started this series thinking it was probably going to be a hokey zombie series. How wrong I was. Love the series. And will read Deep Pine next.

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  • 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
    (3670)
    Performance
    (3030)
    Story
    (3020)

    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."
    "I Guess I'm a Zombie Convert"
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    Would you listen to Patient Zero again? Why?

    Would I? Yes. Will I? It's my first book by Mr. Maberry, so probably not right away. I have a lot of books to listen to before I loop back around to the beginning.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Till the very end. The twists and turns got me all the way thru.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Every. Single. Word. I've now found someone I love as much as Scott Brick. I love his inflection, his tone, his voice. Maybe it was the content, he did a GREAT job .... I guess I'll find out ... I'll now look for books that are narrated by him - you know, when I'm done listening to every Jonathan Maberry book there is.


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

    Yup, and I pretty much did it in two.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a 50 year old with a grown son. The sum total of my chosen experience with zombies is Night of the Living Dead. But I LOVED the description of Joe Ledger. Reminded me of how I felt when I read the first FBI book by Catherine Coulter, so I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did. I'm beginning the prequel now. Then will listen to 1.1 and 1.3 before moving on to The Dragon Factory .... (1.2 is evidently a "prequel" to Dragon Factory). I'm so happy I have a new author to love.

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  • Serial

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    She was gagged. Violated. Tortured. Nailing the killer is priority number one and only the best will do-that means Frank Quinn. And Quinn wouldn't want it any other way. Because he recognizes the victim. Years ago, as a homicide detective, he saved her young life. Now the hunt is on, and deep in his gut, Quinn welcomes it. He knows he's seeing the work of a truly twisted serial killer.

    Kitty says: "Ending was excellent!"
    "Another Page Turner by John Lutz"
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    Where does Serial rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's right up there at the top, specifically because of Scott Brick.


    What other book might you compare Serial to and why?

    Anything else that John Lutz has written in the Quinn series.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I try very hard to ONLY listen to Scott Brick.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make it into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Another Frank Quinn book. I'm glad for all the progress with the relationships in the team. I LOVE Pearl's mother and their conversations. They actually make me laugh out loud. This book and the last have irritated me insofar as Mr. Lutz seems to have a problem with women. I understand he's writing about serial killers, but the tone with which he talks about women (in general) is beginning to get tiresome. And Nift. I hate Nift. But the books are well written and I never figure out who it is until he tells me in the end.

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  • Still Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    When the body of a murdered man literally falls at Elizabeth Stuart's feet, she's able to wash away the blood - but not the terror. Unwelcome newcomers to Still Creek, Minnesota, she and her troubled teenage son are treated with suspicion by the locals, including the sheriff. Yet nothing will stop her from digging beneath the town's placid surface for the truth - except the killer. Now Elizabeth must risk everything to save her family and unmask the killer - before the current of evil flowing through Still Creek drags her under.

    karen says: "Good grief."
    "Tami never fails to deliver"
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    Would you listen to Still Waters again? Why?

    Probably. The story was good. The relationships were sweet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Dane. He made me smile.


    Have you listened to any of Joyce Bean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, to my recollection heard her before.


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

    Extreme? No, but I did eventually become very very very irritated with a 16 year old constantly thinking of himself as "a man" and "a man would act like this" and " a MAN like him" ... he was 16. I got really tired of it by the end of the book. The rest of his character was fine. But the self-introspection got tiring.


    Any additional comments?

    All's well that ends well. I like that in a book.

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