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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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  • 110 reviews
  • 156 ratings
  • 364 titles in library
  • 77 purchased in 2014
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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5543)
    Performance
    (3492)
    Story
    (3517)

    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 8 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
    (1475)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1133)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (1345)
    Performance
    (1247)
    Story
    (1246)

    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!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "Not what I expected"
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    This wasn’t exactly a zombie book like I thought, but it’s really good. I listened to the audio book which was really well put together and a fun listening (but don’t do it while you’re eating). It’s got a lot of gore but the story sticks together really well and the characters interesting. I highly recommend this!

    The production value is great!

    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
    (110)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    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.

    The Lone Mopper says: "Fantastic! The story continues"
    "If you like the ZF series you'll like this as well"
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    I really liked this book as I do with (nearly) all of Mark Tufo’s books and if you’re a fan of his other books especially the others in the Zombie Fallout series you’re going to like this one. It’s full of Talbotisms, quick one-liners and plenty of Zombie action and gore (and Trip I love that guy). The one problem I have with this book is the ending. I won’t totally give it away but…stop reading if you don’t want some spoilers.




    Can’t these people just go back to Maine and live in peace for a little while? I know eventually they do because I read Lycan Fallout, but now you’re adding in more Vamps to the equation? Can’t they just rebuild for a little bit and just relax? Maybe I feel bad for them but when ZF 9 (or Vampire Fallout 1) comes out I’ll be sure to pick it up to make sure that I can follow Mike’s adventures either way.

    As always Sean Runnette does a wonderful job with bringing all the story to life with his wonderful narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2390)
    Performance
    (2172)
    Story
    (2172)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Wow, didn't see that comming"
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    Twisting and turning “Pines” takes you on a wild ride. Listening to this you know something’s not right but when the reveal came at the end I didn’t see that coming! A well written good mix of action and storytelling and an ending you’ll never see coming makes for a fun listen.

    Mr Garcia does an excellent job bringing the characters and the stories to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (901)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

    Amanda says: "WOW ZOMBIE CHAOS AND MAYHEM"
    "Too Short but a good story"
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    A quick read offering everything you would expect in a zombie book. Tons of action and gore, along with people fighting each other for survival. Although a bit too short for my liking it paints a good picture and I can’t wait to move on to the others. Note if you want the whole story you’re going to have to commit to more than just this book so if you don’t like cliffhangers (like me) you’ll probably be a bit annoyed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (980)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Fun book"
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    Story

    Well written with some witty banter (which is John Scalzi’s) Lock in provides some great characters, a bit of action and an interesting story which is party sci-fi part thriller.

    Bonus the audible version includes Unlocked (the short story tie in of Lock in).

    Wil Wheaton always does a great narration!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (299)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "Fun book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written with some witty banter (which is John Scalzi’s) Lock in provides some great characters, a bit of action and an interesting story which is party sci-fi part thriller.

    Bonus the audible version includes Unlocked (the short story tie in of Lock in).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rot & Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (683)

    Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

    Amanda says: "Just when you thought it was safe....."
    "Middle of the road zombie story"
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    It’s really hard to decide how I feel about this book. On one hand I like the story, it’s well written with a lot of action and adventure. I love zombie stories and it really does deliver on that level. On the other hand, I’m not too thrilled about the characters. Benny is your typical 15 year old who is a bit lazy and “me” centric which puts me off. Wrap in all the bad guys and the town which Benny and Tom talk down about and I just couldn’t really like anyone other than Tom and the lost girl. In the end I decided overall it was middle of the road in my humble opinion.

    The narration was good, a bit slow, but Mr. Hutchinson does a good job with all the voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By J. Carson Black
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In Colorado, a pop star and her entourage are brutally murdered. At first the lead assassin, ex-Navy SEAL Cyril Landry, has no qualms about the killings - it’s just another job for The Shop, a shadowy organization that has hired him to execute people across the country. But Landry begins to wonder why these people had to die, transforming from mercenary to hunter as he delves into the depths of The Shop.Thousands of miles away, in a seedy motel in Florida, a local police chief is found shot to death....

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "Thanks for Narrating this book Siri"
    "Thanks for Narrating this book Siri"
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    “The Shop” is will written with a many action scenes to keep the reader engaged but the story had some issues. First is that most of the characters aren’t really likable. Jolie is but she’s written in a way that seems to make he weak rather than a great heroine. The second is the plot is a bit scatter brain and confusing, so much so that when I got to the end I felt a bit jipped. There were very little clues leading up to it and the whole ending felt a bit unresolved.

    The narration was rather flat and while I thought it sounded as if Siri was reading this book to me my wife disagreed but did agree that it sounded electronic rather than an actual person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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