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  • The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene

    Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.

    AudioAddict says: "Don't like westerns...LOVED this book!"
    "A Rarity"
    What did you love best about The Beginning?

    Gene Engene as the narrator (perfect!). The Western style. The likeable/hateable characters. The relaxed style.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beginning?

    Buck discovering Chester's condition in the jail.

    Which character – as performed by Gene Engene – was your favorite?

    Buck. Esp how we came to know him via third person as well as via first person.

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

    No. We like to hear a chapter or so, then turn it off, digest it, and discuss it. We're on our second time through the first book of this series now, then will go on to the second book.

    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I travel by car a great deal and are always on the search for audio books. It's a rarity to find well-written books on topics of interest to both of us that are well-narrated AND simple enough to keep up with with just our ears. Audio books with more than a dozen or so characters are often just too hard to follow. THIS is one of the best books/series we have found. A great and rare balance. FYI 'Dog Stars' by Peter Heller was equally great for our listening style although it was an entirely different subject matter, setting and style.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sam Sheridan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed martial arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse, we're all in a lot of trouble. But when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end....

    Bradley says: "Well written, well researched, and entertaining."
    "Not a Story as much as a Self Disclosure"

    I'm nearly through this book and have enjoyed the author's description of his learnings and his process of preparing himself to take care of himself and his family in times of small or large disasters. There's a chapter about his 3 week firearms training with an interesting trainer the North Alabama, for example. Another chapter was about his month-long SOLO Wilderness First Aid training in New England. It's a good book for my library and I can foresee listening to it again down the road.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Blowing Milk out my Nose"

    I listened to this book while painting a bedroom. I hate painting. After I finished this book and the bedroom, I started looking for another room to paint, just so I could re-listen. (Yeah, it's been raining for a week here.)

    The main character is a United States scientist/astronaut with a wicked, wicked sense of humor. I don't know that much about the real life Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, but what I do know, including his entertaining youtube channel, made me imagine HIM as the The Martian.

    This is a highly entertaining look at the qualities of a human being that MAY, just MAY, save us all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Yelling, whining, tedium and the supernatural"

    I had to force myself to finish this, just on principle and just in hopes it would improve. I'd hoped to learn something about survival since this book was touted as an apocalyptic, but there was nothing informative. Overall, this audiobook seemed like a sportscaster calling a seemingly interminable video game.

    The reader was good in terms of making the different characters easy to identify, but the tone was often droney and sleepy with periodic screams and hollers that were like stabs to my ears. I often listen at night with my cell phone near my pillow. Heaven forbid the hearing damage that might be caused by using earphones.

    Supernatural objects and the shape-changing antagonist were used liberally to weave together a weak story line.

    I wish I'd just given up at the first holler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dummy Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.

    Susan says: "Good and Fast Paced"
    "Believable in a Scary Way"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dummy Line the most enjoyable?

    Great descriptions of western Alabama, the South's hunting culture, the unusual 9-year old girl and oddly the wife of a hunter.

    What other book might you compare The Dummy Line to and why?

    I recently read the first of the Ben Coes series, Breakdown. The Dummy Line was a totally different scenario, but both main characters are pulled deeper and deeper into deep, deep . . . trouble making choices I could see ME making in similar circumstances.

    What about Jeremy Arthur’s performance did you like?

    I'm a southerner -- he's good. He even mispronounced 'foreign' words (like pronouncing Beau Rivage as Boh RIHvidge) like some of his less educated characters would likely do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "One of the Best Apocalyptic Fictions I've Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I heard this audiobook before I looked at the book (a sample from Kindle). I decided to go back and listen to the book again rather than read it. The style seemed fit an audio presentation better than the written word, or maybe the narrator was just particularly well chosen for a first person narrative by a man whose world fell apart.

    The story evolves slowly, with the man's thoughts looping back and forth in time. It's a bit philosophical, but not too much. It's a bit poetic, but not too much. It really did come across as a man, with way too much downtime, trying to make sense of the world. Despite the meanderings, the plot is easy to follow since there are so few characters and the man is so darn believable. Also, I was hesitant about ordering this audio book because of the "dog" aspects, fearing the common anthropomorphic portrayals in many "dog books". The Dog Stars is not one of those books. It's the story of a real, believable man with his real, believable dog. And very little else.

    I would recommend this book to thinking people who are already along their paths or at least ready to begin their paths toward coming to terms with an environment like the one presented in this book. There are no zombies in this book, no miraculous psychic capabilities, no heavenly intervention. Just food for thought via a darn good story.

    What other book might you compare The Dog Stars to and why?

    Although there is no dog in "Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank, both books are apocalyptic classics and share the same still, real, deep sense of the humanity of the characters. In both books, everything has been stripped away from the main characters but the deepest, simplest, best of their human-ness.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Up in the mountains, the dog telling the man, in the way only a dog can, when it was "time to go".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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