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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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131
REVIEWS
91
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
68

  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5357)
    Performance
    (3317)
    Story
    (3336)

    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.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "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 7 people found this review helpful
  • Life's a Beach Then You Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Falafel Jones
    • Narrated By Rob Ellis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    Max Fried is a former computer forensic examiner who devotes his time to swimming, drinking and bathing in the hot Florida sun, but today...it's a real killer. A murderer is coming his way. When a smooth-talking lawyer persuades Max to find a deceased client's estate assets, Max takes the job, thinking it will be a snooze. Instead, an old killer with a new identity breaks into his home and steals the client's computer.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A fun time!"
    "A fun time!"
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    The author uses the Florida Keys as a wonderful backdrop to this wacky who done it tale. The characters are fun and engaging, and the story is written in a way to keep you guessing who the killer is while the plot thickens. Well written and witty I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

    Mr Ellis does a good job with the pace and style of the book helping to bring it to life but some of his voices are fairly similar, but it wasn't enough to reduce my enjoyment of the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad Mouse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (334)

    Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a madman's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves.

    John says: "Whack a Mole"
    "A fun Ride"
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    Another great book in the Ceepak series. The author does a great job of building the story and setting the stage making you feel as if you're right there on the boardwalk with them. As before, you're kept guessing on who the killer is, and with his dry humor and story telling makes for a fun ride.

    The narration by Mr Woodman is great, it really brings the characters to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1307)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Fun book can't wait for more!"
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    My new favorite post apocalypse series! With a good blend of action, plot development and practical prepping information “Going Home” is a fun read which draws you in and keeps you interested from start to finish. Although it’s not, the writing made me thing of more of a journal being told (mostly) through the eyes of the main character Morgan. It has a great bit of detail and takes you through his thought process making it easy to get engrossed in the story. The characters are a bit static and the author’s ideology comes through loud and clear, but the story is just too good. Also, I’d like to give a big thanks to the author for writing a series where the story continues from book to book but makes each one stand alone! I am certainly going on to the next book but with this one being wrapped up so nicely I don’t feel as if I’m being made to read the next book to get the whole story!

    The narration was very good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (631)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Snoodely says: "Reluctant Assassin"
    "Paints a good picture"
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    “The Kill Artist” paints a nice picture (so to speak). The story give the back story of Israeli spy, Gabriel Allon, and then follows his on what is supposed to be his final mission. The story has good plot and character development and some intrigue (even a nice twist at the end) but is very short on thrills and action. Overall a nice story but if you’re looking for rock’em sock’em action you may want to look elsewhere.

    The narration was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombiestan: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mainak Dhar
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    It began with stories of undead Taliban rampaging through Afghan villages, and faster than anyone could have anticipated, the darkness spreads through the world. In a world laid waste by this new terror, four unlikely companions have been thrown together: a 17-year-old boy dealing with the loss of his family; a US Navy SEAL trying to get back home; an aging, lonely writer with no one to live for; and a young girl trying to keep her three-year-old brother safe.

    naelene says: "liked it! typical z story"
    "A solid Zombie book"
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    A new take on the Zombie apocalypse , “Zombiestan” follows a group of survivors as they make their way to through India facing a new type of zombie (I won’t spoil it here). It has plenty of action and is a fun read but I didn't feel myself connecting with the characters for some reason. Maybe it was the feeling that some of the interactions with the characters were a bit hokey (be the man I always wanted you to be) but it was a solid read none the less. Not the best Zombie book I’ve ever read but certainly not bad. A solid middle of the road book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3873)
    Performance
    (3403)
    Story
    (3403)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Different from his other stuff but fun!"
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    Another fun read by John Scalzi, Fuzzy Nation is Sci-fi but a bit different than his other work. It takes place on a new planet in deep space but that’s about where the similarities end. Instead of battling alien life forms the main character ends up battling other humans on behalf of aliens. The interaction between Jack and the Fuzzies and his fellow man make this a fun book. A must read for any sci-fi loving lawyers out there!

    Will Wheaton does a great job with this narration. I think we need a law that requires him to do all narration for sci-fi books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature - a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury’s darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master’s landmark novel.

    Maliboo says: "The World of 451"
    "Interesting"
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    “A Pleasure to Burn” is a group of short stories and novellas from the “Fahrenheit 451” universe. They can be listened to before or after 451 or as a standalone. I found them very interesting and well written although there was some overlap with the original 451 and “The Martian Chronicles” making two of the stories repetitive.

    As always Scott Brick does a wonderful job in narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (569)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Too much science too little story"
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    Well written and interesting ‘Flash Forward’ is heavy on science but light on substance. After seeing the TV series I was really excited to read this book. I wanted to hear more about people’s visions and their views of the future but reader is limited to a very small number of visions and some additional visions which relate to those of the main characters. The mystery surrounding Theo and his murder is interesting but not enough to overcome the constant flow of science to make this a truly great story.

    Mr Deakins does a great job with the narration getting all of the accents and foreign pronunciations spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5559)
    Performance
    (5185)
    Story
    (5181)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Fun and Wacky!"
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    Another great work by John Scalzi. He makes his adventures so much fun and his characters are very liable and ‘Redshirts’ are no exception. Well written and entertaining with enough adventure and wackiness to keep you interested throughout. Highly recommended for the sci-fi lover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (821)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "Good once it gets going and better than book 1"
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    The second book in the Dewey Andreas series was much better than the first book although it took a while to get going. The first third of the book sets the stage with a lot of back story and not much action, but once Dewey gets involved it starts to pick up. It contains a bit of over the top nationalism but it’s a good ride none the less with a lot of action to keep it going.

    Mr. de Vries does a great job with the narration and all of the accents that are needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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