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Drew (@drewsant)

Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

Watertown, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 118 reviews
  • 165 ratings
  • 374 titles in library
  • 84 purchased in 2014
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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5629)
    Performance
    (3571)
    Story
    (3599)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Henrik says: "What an incredible audio book"
    "Just Plain Not good"
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    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Scott Brick?

    No From Rand but Brick was very good.


    Has Atlas Shrugged turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes this book is not good


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Reardon but all of his women voices sound the same. If not for that he would have gotten 5 stars.


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

    I don’t feel this is really a book but more of a manifesto. First the story is way too long. We get it capitalism is good communism is bad, you couldn’t wrap it up a couple of hundred pages ago? A perfect example of this is the speech John Gault gives about three-quarters of the way through the book. He drones on and on but what he’s saying doesn’t add to the story at all. Also along those lines the book is so straight forward it could have ridden on the rails of Taggart Transcontinental. This company failed, this train line broke, and this person ran away. Where are the twists and turns? Where is something I couldn’t roll my eyes at? Finally the characters are SO absolute that they’re not realistic. On the bad guy side there are the law makers who have no idea what they are doing but are never opposed. Are there no elections in this new America? The “good” guys remind me of Scrooge. They show no charity or emotion to man and I fully expected them to say that people should hurry up and die to decrease the excess population.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1612)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Drags at times but tells a vivid tale"
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    As I sat down to write my review of “Wool” I found it hard to write. I liked the premise of the story, it’s well written and the characters were interesting, but at the same time I never felt as if I connected to them.

    The gem of this story though, is in the telling of how it this society came to be and what their lives are like on a daily basis. Yes this leads to the story dragging along at time, but it helps paint a more vivid picture and gives some more background on the transformation of the characters.

    The narration was middle of the road. A lot of the IT people (aside from Lukas) are very nasally, but other than that there was good character differentiation and the timing was a bit slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (806)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "A fun ride"
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    A great book for the lover of Space Sci-fi. It doesn’t have a lot of the futuristic technologies that some sci-fi books have, but what it lacks there it more than makes up for in action both on earth and in space.

    The characters are likable and easy to connect with making this story feel very real. It’s well written overall a fun trip. It also gets points for being the first in a series, but wrapping up the story to leave the listener fulfilled and not just feeling like it was written to sell books 2 plus. I highly recommend this book!


    The narration was very good by Mr Daniels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whack-a-Mole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (353)

    John Ceepak and Danny Boyle return with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle. This is a game they must win.

    Bernadette says: "Series gets better and better"
    "More Ceepak fun"
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    This whole series (so far) has been wonderful. It has some fun characters (stereotypical Jersey folks too), in a great setting, the beach, and keeps me guessing on who done it until the end.
    From the start the author puts out an easy suspect but then starts to sprinkle in more to make it interesting, then when you think you’ve figured it out it’s time for one last turn. “Wack A Mole” is a well written ride for the mystery lover who likes to laugh!


    Jeff Woodman does a great job from the accents to Danny's sense of humor to the dry no nonsense Ceepak. Close your eyes and you can almost taste the curley fries..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Run to Overcome: The Inspiring Story of an American Champion's Long-Distance Quest to Achieve a Big Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Meb Keflezighi, Dick Patrick
    • Narrated By Jon Gauger
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Meb Keflezighi is all about hope and second chances—starting with his very survival. The child of a small African country ravaged by a brutal war, Meb arrived in America with nothing but the clothes on his back, speaking no English and never having raced a mile. So how did he end up an A student, one of the most celebrated and respected athletes of his generation, and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon?

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "Wonderful book"
    "Wonderful book"
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    A wonderful story about how Meb and his family came to be in America and journey to become an elite marathoner. He takes you through his early days in Eritrean, immigrating to Italy and then the United States. From there he goes into how he became interested in running and through his progression from High School all the way through his 2009 NYC Marathon win. The book is filled with inspirational stories which are sure to help motivate any runner or just anyone who might need a little encouragement. I think this book should be required reading for every American.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Decay

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (596)

    A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin. Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans.

    CRISTY says: "Hutchison's narration (once again) is excellent!"
    "A must for the Zombie Lover"
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    I enjoyed this book much more than the first, primarily because Benny and his crew are a little more mature and not nearly as whiny as before as he’s been strengthened by what he’s gone through before. Well written with a great amount of action with a few twists and turns mixed in. “Dust and Decay” does a great job of immersing you in this world while bringing the characters to life so that you feel a real connection. A must read for any zombie lover.

    Mr. Hutchinson does a great job with the narration and differentiation between all of the characters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passenger: A Surviving the Dead Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James N. Cook, Joshua Guess
    • Narrated By Jordan Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (241)

    During the Outbreak, like billions of others, a man finds himself infected with the Phage. Desperate to spare his family from watching him become a walking nightmare, he flees. Soon after, he is dead. Two years later, he wakes up. Not in the afterlife, but in his own body. Trapped, unable to control the monster that carries him, and forced to witness the horror of its existence.

    Mike Naka says: "much better than expected!"
    "Good within the series or on its own"
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    “The Passenger” is a great bridge story as part of the “Surviving the Dead” series. It doesn’t move the plot along, but it allows the reader to see some extra world in which this series takes place (and a few of the people who live in it). It’s told form a variety of viewpoints one of which is (implied by the title) a zombie. If you’re looking for a short-ish zombie novel this fun stand alone or with the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (729)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Has some good and bad"
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    I rated this story 3 stars because it has a lot to like and dislike about it. I’ll start off with the negatives because I always like to end on a positive note. The characters are hot and cold, Tom is great, Ellie is annoying (even for an 8 year-old) and Alex while fine seems to also go from one extreme to the other in her thinking. The plot can seem to drag at points. No action, no real character development just there. Finally it ends without any real resolution so if you want to find out what happens you need to keep going in the story.

    Now for the good! I love the whole premise and story. It’s well written with interesting scenarios (even if they’re a bit predictable at some points) which can really draw you in. The ending (see what I mean about liking and disliking) although it ends with no resolution give you this giant wow moment that left me say “I can’t believe you’re ending it there”. So while I’m not running to grab the next in the series it’s definitely on the lists of things to read in the future.

    The narration was pretty good. She did a great job differentiating the characters and adding depth, but she doesn’t really do a great job with the male voices sounding like actual men.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1119)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Shams says: "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"
    "More Mystery Less action than others in the series"
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    The fourth story in the “Ex-Heroes” series differs a bit from the rest as it takes may (or may not I don’t want to spoil things for you) place in an alternate universe where the heroes are regular people trying to get back to their real lives. Because of this situation, the story has a bit more mystery and less action than previous additions. Still it’s a solid addition to the overall story.

    The narration again is great with the multiple people really bringing it to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1500)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1155)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "a good start"
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    This book has a good story that is engaging but is slow in points. The main issue I have is parts of this book resemble more of a survival checklist rather than a story. In more places than I could count the author lists parts or components or things found. Lists for the sake of lists, that don’t do anything to more the story along. At these points in the story it felt more like I was reading his blog than a story. To a lesser extent I found the talk of Christian values by the characters at the same time as they had no remorse for killing very cold. Even if it’s in self defense, you just killed a man. I would expect more thoughts from someone than he’s “well ventilated”. I really like these, it could happen soon how we are going to survive type books, so I found the premise to my liking and enjoy the same genre I think you will too.

    Not a Dick Hill fan he sounds like he's a bit herky-jerky and all the women sound the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1290)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Fun Book!"
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    The heroes are back fighting a new threat to The Mount this time. Part supernatural, part zombie, part superhero book “Ex-Communication” delivers on all three fronts. I’ll be honest, if you’re looking for a literary classic keep looking but if you’re looking for a story full of action and adventure and some witty banter this is a good choice.

    The narration is great the production and multiple voices really help bring the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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