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Nikoli Volkoff

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Louisville, KY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (485)

    The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

    coreybeth says: "Buy it NOW awesome series!! More please!"
    "Hate to Love these Books!"
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    Would you listen to The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury again? Why?

    Yes, the multiple character story lines, the brutal descriptions of everything taking place


    What other book might you compare The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury to and why?

    Rise of the Governor, it's part of the series, other than that possibly Halfway to the Grave since it's also dark and brutal at times.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    As performed... The Governor, tho my favorite character was Josh Lee Hamilton, just wanted him to Hulk Out and beat the piss out of everyone like he knew he could.


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

    Will you turn dead inside, or out?..


    Any additional comments?

    Love the character building, story lines, and the never redundant ways things are described. No matter how many creepers are killed they seem to be described in a new way each time keeping the imagination vivid. I've also listened to Rise of the Governor, and my only knock (which oddly is also its beauty) on the series, and maybe this is because I haven't read the graphic novel, is it gets lost in all these characters. There's an endless world of story lines in the apocalypse but not since they were at the CDC in the TV series has there been a clue to what caused it all or a goal other than self survival. They could come out with a book about every Tom & Jane in left in the zombie infested world and how they made it or didn't and I'd read it. But I'd like to hear more about the cause, is there anyone or thing left trying to figure it out still, or is everyone that's left just spiraling the drain together?... Guess that's why I'll read the next one too, can't wait for the 3rd book!

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  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22064)
    Performance
    (8781)
    Story
    (8978)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "THE YAWNING DEAD"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Zombies


    Would you ever listen to anything by the author again?

    Maybe, if he turns into a Zombie


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    Wasn't chased by a Zombie


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Your First Listen?

    The part where he wasn't munched on by a Zombie or maybe a Vampire...


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Zombies and/or Vampires don't listen!

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23241)
    Performance
    (9864)
    Story
    (9935)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Blah, Blah, Blah... Then it gets good!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a captivating mystery and full of intriguing characters... BUT you must make it through about 5+ hours of Blomkvist dragging his feet and Henrik Vanger blubbering on and on, after that it gets good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Blomkvist is a pimp. Also enjoyed watching Salander turn into a badass.


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

    No, can't say.


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

    Salander's character development can take you through a range of emotions especially during the things that happen to her. And was on edge a bit thinking Blomkvist is a dead man...


    Any additional comments?

    The book really goes out of its way to give you a back story, which I usually like in a book but a bit over done here. It gets very lengthy with Henrik Vanger's conversation with Blomkvist that I'm not sure really helps the story. The time lines also jump around during the book which I found the narrator to pull off very well, as long as you're paying attention he shouldn't lose you. Probably the hardest part of the listen was keeping everyone's name straight, who they are and what did/do, all the Vanger's, Dirch Frode, Berger, Bjurman, etc... the pronunciations and spellings are very different as well. Set the hook enough at the end to interest me in other 2 books and plan on watching the movie to see if it did the book justice.

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34863)
    Performance
    (25939)
    Story
    (26308)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "The movie is a children's cartoon in comparison!"
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Unlike the one that stays in your library and claims to be your first audio book, this was my first audio book :) And glad it was. Never been good at finishing a book, where were audio books when I was in school! Since I'm giving a review after I've been through several books now, I'd still rate the Hunger Games Trilogy 2nd only to the Walking Dead books as a listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    Unlike the movie, Katniss Everdeen's constantly being on the brink of death during the games. The dehydration, being burned by the fireballs, the tracker jackers... everything was so much more intense, harsh, and brutal in the book. Rue was the most memorable moment :( with Cato/the muttations from the capitol not far behind, one of the many scenes the movie ruined and glossed over.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The acid trip from hell after the tracker jacker attack and just about anything to do with Haymitch


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

    There's lots of unexpectedly funny moments, but even more dire, tear jerking ones. The back log of all the characters never seemed over done but just enough to build feelings good or bad for them. Forget what you think you know if you've only watched the movie!


    Any additional comments?

    You've heard it a million times, well here's a million and 1... the book is better than the movie. In this case it's a gross understatement! None of the emotion, desperation or underlying hope expressed in the book is captured and conveyed by the movie! And the next book is even better... enjoy!

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  • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (730)

    Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.

    David says: "Well....okay...I guess"
    "I GOT THIS, I GOT THIS, I GOT THIS!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor?

    How descriptive it is, and if you've not read the graphic novel or even if you have, it gives you the scoop on the Governor :)


    What other book might you compare The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor to and why?

    Road to Woodbury, as it's the second book in the series, WHEN IS THE 3rd ONE COMING?!?!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Philip Bake taking on the highway zombies.... "I GOT THIS!"


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

    Nah, no crying but when they're helping to clear out apartment rooms it had me on edge visualizing the tight quarters, imagining the stenches, and what might lurk on the other side of any given door. Disgusted at the things Philip did towards the end...


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding listen, I believe its better than the Road to Woodbury, as it's a much more focused book, though I also gave it 5 stars across the board. Philip Blake's strength, rage, and insanity combined with Brian's transformation makes for a gut wrenchingly addictive listen. I have about a 45 min ride to and from work each day and often found myself sitting in the drive way at the end of the day, even after I'd arrived home, to finish a chapter or get to a stopping point.

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  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (5456)
    Performance
    (3779)
    Story
    (3798)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Sets the Hook!"
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    Where does Halfway to the Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good but not great, really a big fan of the Walking Dead books and how they were narrated, and the Hunger Games trilogy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halfway to the Grave?

    Vampire sex


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

    Her voices, although the Bones voice is a bit of a love/hate, it's almost irritating at times but you come to enjoy it and wait for it.


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

    The end, great set up for book 2!


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