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Cynthia

Ferndale, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Survivors: The Morningstar Strain, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht, Thom Brannan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (746)

    Survivors is the all-new soul-shattering climax to the postapocalyptic trilogy, featuring a deadly virus, military action, global devastation - and zombies. A lot can change in three months: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. The infected hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected.

    Ben says: "Good. But could have been so much better"
    "Can it be"
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    Would you try another book from Z. A. Recht and Thom Brannan and/or Oliver Wyman?

    I would pay for the notes Thom Brannan used (supposedly) from Recht to finish the book. In fact, I bet a lot of fans would be willing. I just can't believe that the book followed the plotline that Recht envisioned.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It may be a small detail, but one of the characters was from Australia and had an Aussie accent. He carried the accent through the second book. In this book, the character spoke with an American accent. Couldn't Wyman review his earlier work to maintain some of the character's voice?


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I had read several disappointed reviews of this book, but because I enjoyed the first two books, I felt compelled to see it through. Overall, many of the characters did not mesh up. they were lacking something of the original spark. Also, Sawyer made no sense at all. His character could have been shown to have been "the living bad guy," in so many different possible plot twists. In Survivor, it felt contrived. No natural flow.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (905)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "Hope Shattered"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author would have stayed with the former books format, I would have enjoyed the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. L. Bourne again?

    Yes, I believe he has talent, but I believe he slacked on his last book. Didn't put the effort into it.


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

    He did a great job on the first two stories, but because they were journal style, he had only a few voices to develop. Not a strong development in the third.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Waited what seemed like ages for this book to come out.


    Any additional comments?

    Very little storyline about the main character. It seemed like he didn't know where to go with plot so he added three subgroups in order to bulk up content. Also the ending was so pat and lame. It didn't make any sense to me, but then most of the story went that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (3035)
    Performance
    (2835)
    Story
    (2845)

    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.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Family Guy meets Zombie & it's a match made in. ."
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    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Sharp, witty, habit-forming


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    Can't really compare it to one author or book. Tufo is a hybrid. One part King; one part Patrick McManus. Maybe, "The Stand" and "If You Didn't Bring Jerky What Did I Just Eat."


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

    Love Sean's take on all of the characters in Tufo's books; however he really brings Michael Talibot to life. Not only does Sean do a wonderful job on each of the characters--he keeps the characterization true from one book to the next. Takes skill.


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

    Can't say I cried, but I had many a good laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Tufo, because first of all, He realizes that "scary/horror/things that go bump in the night" needs to have balance. Humor in this genre is not superfluous--it's mandatory. Also Tufo writes for both genders. Not too sour; Not too sweet. Let's face it guys and gals, it makes good financial sense to not exclude the other-half in your writing style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Barriers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (193)

    The day the world ended, Erik Tragger escaped to the mountains. Cut off from civilization for five months, he returned to find a ruined city now ruled by the living dead. Tragger joins a group of survivors with a plan: make it to Portland where humanity is carving out a stronghold. But along the way they face opposition at every turn - the dead, rogue military forces, looters - and a new enemy more dangerous than any they have yet encountered. Among the stumbling, mindless zombies are... ghouls.

    Mike Naka says: "much better than expected"
    "Narrator's voice irritating, Main Char. unlikeable"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might appeal to someone--just not sure who. It seems to be written more for the male zombie fan then a general audience.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am so disappointed with this audio book; I believe it will be a while before I choose a new author. I have over fifty audio books on my computer--this is the first one I will not finish. The combination of lack of apeal in the main character and the fingernails on chalkboard voice of the narrator stopped me in under an hour.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Rummel?

    Wow, this guy was so irritating to listen to. He draws out his words constently and adds a whine to nearly every sentence. I found myself hoping a zombie would get him after 15 minutes. I am not sure who I would prefer, maybe Scott Brick or Jay Snyder. Both have an understanding that the voice must be flexible to create all of the characters within the story, yet be overall pleasant enough to listen to for the length of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beyond the Barriers?

    I am afraid I would start at the first paragraph and cut to the end. Actually I was able to sort of listen until he reached the "I am cutting in line--cuz I can--cuz we all should" scene. I am basically a very cheap person. The audiobook I get each month is a huge treat for me. For me to not finish this story or actually write a review is a first. Which lets you know how bad I think this story is.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my credit back, Please?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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