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Nicholas

TX, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 15 reviews
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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
    (2514)
    Performance
    (2218)
    Story
    (2224)

    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.

    David says: "And now for the kitchen sink...."
    "Worth a credit, but not as good as the first"
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    I have to disagree with most of the reviewers here. This was a fun novel, and I'm glad I bought it. But it was disappointing compared to the first novel. The "bad guy" characters were all rather trite. There were also a number of elements in the plot (and plot connections) that were blatantly obvious, yet the supposedly brilliant people and the supercomputer at the Department of Military Sciences had a hard time figuring out. If it's that obvious to a reader, it kills the suspension of disbelief when it's presented as a startling revelation to the characters.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dying Bites: Bloodhound Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By D. D. Barant
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    Her job description is the "tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers". What this really means in FBI profiler Jace Valchek's brave new world - one in which only one percent of the population is human - is that a woman's work is never done. And real is getting stranger every day. Jace has been ripped from her reality by David Cassius, the vampire head of the NSA. He knows that she's the best there is in the business, and David needs her help in solving a series of gruesome murders of vampires and werewolves.

    K says: "Not a yawner!"
    "Get this book, now"
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    This book is definitely worth the credit or the price.

    I'm really enjoying this book (I'm about 2/3 through), even though I'm not a big fan of vampire or lycanthrope stories. It's like a film noir or old-style mystery with a supernatural twist. I've been listening to too many books that can't hold my attention, but this one not only keeps my attention, I look forward to listening to it every night.

    The narrator is perfect for the part. My only complaint, however minor, is that she talks too fast. That, alone, wouldn't be a problem, but the book is written in such a way that one moment the protagonist is thinking, and the next moment talking. The way the narrator speeds through these moments makes it difficult to tell where the thinking stops and the speaking begins. But Joanna Parker does such a good job capturing the personality it's easily overlooked.

    5 stars across the board.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flu: Flu Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Wayne Simmons
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open again....

    gene says: "zombie story?"
    "Breaks the record for MPM (Metaphors Per Minute)"
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    This guy writes like he just finished his first creative writing class and wants to prove he can use metaphors. Remove all the metaphors and the audible book would be about 5 minutes long. Combine that with the fact that he hates using dialog to communicate, and this is the kind of thing you'll be hearing (I'm making this up to illustrate the problem):

    "Would you like a cup of tea," she asked. Her heart was as fragile as the antique teacup. Blah blah blah blah blah.... The teacup was a gift from her grandmother, who blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. She once thought of taking the tea set to Antiques road show blah blah blah blah blah.

    "No thanks," he replied. Truthfully, he loved tea and could have used the offering. But his heart was weighed down by the incident this morning where he stubbed his toe. That reminded him of... blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

    He simply won't let the characters be characters, TALK, and do what they do. It's like he spends the entire book trying to develop the characters with metaphors and back story. What it really accomplished was that I couldn't care less about the people in the story after about half the book. And since it keeps the story from moving forward at an acceptable pace, I lost interest in the story, itself. What a disappointment. It got off to a good start so I had high hopes. And every once in a while it hints at being interesting again, but then he pads out the next hour with crap.

    Not recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 8: An Old Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (706)

    Mike and his family escaped a vast zombie horde to find themselves imprisoned by a clandestine group that seeks global domination by the most nefarious means possible. Help is coming, in the form of a 500-year-old PopTart loving vampire named Tommy. Will he be enough to get the Talbots to freedom or will he succumb to monsters new and old? On top of all this Mike discovers that he is in the crosshairs of an ancient enemy and it is only a matter of time until the final showdown.

    Ray says: "Talbot at his best! Again!"
    "Stretched too thin"
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    If you can't get enough Michael Talbot, then this is for you. It's ALL Michael Talbot.

    This is my, what, 13th? 14th? Mark Tufo book? Most of them centered around Michael Talbot? I was a huge fan of the Zombie Fallout series, but I've had about enough Michael Talbot as I can stand. It's not overload from frequency. I let months go by before listening again.

    Here's a telling symptom of the problem with this and his other recent books. In the early books in the series, I'd set the sleep timer (or clock timer) to 60 minutes and listen as I fell asleep, but I couldn't fall asleep until the Audible sleep timer expired. I was too involved in the book to fall asleep. And my wife would wonder what I'm laughing about.

    Now, I often fall asleep 15, 30 or 45 minutes before the sleep timer expires without a chuckle. When I start the next night, I don't even bother to back up over the part I missed. Because, what did I really miss? More tiresome banter. More tiresome sarcasm. And the plot hasn't moved forward. It hasn't budged for chapters.

    I thought Lycan fallout would introduce something fresh because it takes place long after the Zombie fallout series. But no, it's just more tiresome banter. More tiresome sarcasm. And the "new" characters are pretty much retreads of the old, dead ones.

    What makes it worse is that all the characters have been slowly morphing into Michael Talbot variants with each new book. Even "little" tommy, the vampire child sounds more and more like Michael Talbot with every new book. Same type of banter. Same type of sarcasm.

    Mark Tufo is one of the most prolific writers out there, but it may now be because he only has to write one character. It's time to start with a new personality, Mark.

    On the plus side, Seane Runnette is superb, as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (957)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "Good, but needs a massive edit"
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    The book is very entertaining, overall. The problem with this book is that the plot moves forward at a snail's pace (no, at a fraction of a snail's pace) because it is constantly being interrupted with long episodes of back-story. And the back-story seems largely irrelevant at the time. It doesn't help that the back-story is way overdone.

    The writer could tease some of what's coming to keep you reading (or listening) but tell the story chronologically. That way you're not waiting to find out what happens next while she takes time out to drone on and on about her teenage heartthrob. There's one spot in particular where this style is very frustrating. Within the span of about a minute or two of the main story, she takes a break to spend what seems like hours thinking back about what happened with her little brother.

    I understand some of the reasons why it was written this way, and I won't post a spoiler in order to explain it. As an editor, however, I know there are other ways of leading the reader toward an essential focal point. I almost gave up on the book a couple of times, and that's not a good thing.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3382)
    Performance
    (3150)
    Story
    (3161)

    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.

    Anthony says: "best series ever...really!"
    "Could be the best Zombie series on Audible"
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    I've only just listened to this first in the series, but so far it's the best zombie book I've head on Audible. It has a perfect blend of character development, humor, suspense, and horror. I lost a few hours of sleep listening to this at night. My wife, who knows English but not well enough to concentrate on following the story, couldn't understand why I was cracking up while lying in my bed trying to fall asleep to this novel. In the end, I had to turn it off, because I couldn't stop listening.

    My mind often wanders while listening to a story, and I'll sometimes I'll "wake up" and realize I didn't actually hear the last 20 minutes or so. In most cases, I just focus my attention again and keep going. Not with this book. I had to go back and listen to every word.

    Get this book. Here's how good it is: I didn't have the credits to buy this and the next book, but the first was so worth the price, I paid for the second rather than wait for my next credit to kick in. I can't wait to hear what happens next.

    The narrator is excellent in delivery, but his voice isn't crisp and clear, so if your hearing isn't perfect, it can sometimes take effort to follow every word. Most people shouldn't even notice, though.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1271)

    Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

    Gary says: "Be very aware of Pendergast"
    "Great writing but disappointing plot"
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    Great writers. Great narrator. But while I was hoping this wouldn't be another episode of Scooby Doo for the literary guild, that's exactly what it was.

    SPOILER ALERT

    It's a spooky demon or the devil killing people! No, pull off his mask and it's actually the Kwazy Kount and his Microwave Ray Gun! And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling Pendergast.

    Ok, I've read enough of these guys to know they would never actually introduce a real demon into a story, but a microwave ray gun? Really? That "heats from the inside-out" (okay, that's ALMOST true, depending on what you're heating) slowly enough to create bubbling agony but somehow magically avoids heat conduction or wave bouncing and cremates half a head and leaves the other half intact? If you're going to just make up a weapon out of thin air that isn't based on solid scientific grounds, be more creative than a microwave ray gun. Criminy. The writers hint at other possible causes of death, which would have been far more interesting... but you're stuck with the ray gun.

    And there are whole chapters that are nothing but filler. I skipped past every chapter dealing with the story in the Post, and when I browsed them later, confirmed that I missed absolutely nothing.

    Given all the above, I'm not sure why I enjoyed it so much, but I did.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4823)
    Performance
    (4379)
    Story
    (4392)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
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    I strongly recommend this book. I really enjoyed the first two in this series, but this one really caught me by surprise. Once I realized where this book was headed, it had two strikes against it. It didn't involve the Monster Hunter International team, and it was a werewolf story. Earl was not one of my favorite characters, and I have no interest in werewolf stories.

    But it turned out to be such an great story, expertly told, I couldn't stop listening. I even found myself cheering out loud near the end.

    The narrator is a good choice and has done a good job with this series. I don't know if he was intentionally doing a "Christopher Walken" voice for Nikolai, but that voice cracked me up.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3293)
    Performance
    (2958)
    Story
    (2972)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Superheroes led by a self-obsessed super b*tch"
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    The Stealth character is a super genius with the body of a sex goddess, and she shows it off by wearing a painted-on costume with straps. I don't know if it was Khristine Hvam's interpretation of Stealth or if it was Peter Clines' intent, but the Stealth character comes across as a stuck-up self-obsessed b*tch. If she was just another character, her personality might have been amusing and could have added a little humor. But the fact that she's the leader makes the book less believable and less enjoyable than it otherwise might have been.

    In addition, the book was too short, and it failed to fill several plot holes. Still, the concept was inventive and it was well worth the credit. I'll give Ex-Patriots a try.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (4456)
    Performance
    (3756)
    Story
    (3746)

    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."
    "Great writing, riveting story, perfect narrator"
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    I became an instant Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter fan with this book. It had the perfect balance of tension, excitement, humor, and snark. I can't imagine a better narrator than Ray Porter. He IS Joe Ledger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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