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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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  • 99 reviews
  • 138 ratings
  • 349 titles in library
  • 67 purchased in 2014
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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5464)
    Performance
    (3417)
    Story
    (3439)

    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
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11396)
    Performance
    (10458)
    Story
    (10512)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Well written and throughful"
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    Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes poignant “The Fault in our Stars” is a great book on love and loss that I think everyone should read. Well written with wonderful characters that make you think and feel along with what they’re going through (which is what a book is supposed to make you do). Yes Hazel and Gus are probably idealized versions of teenagers, but it’s nice to have a young adult character that can make mistakes of their age and add to their character, but at the same time not be winey all the time. I really enjoyed this book!

    Kate Rudd does an amazing job with this book, her timing, delivery and voices just add to the enjoyment and really bring the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (910)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Slow start, killer ending"
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    Starting off slow but really brining it home during the second half, Indian Hill is a gory, grown up version of the hunger games with Aliens rather than an oppressive government. Throughout it all Mike Talbot keeps his wise ass cracks and sarcasm as he fights his fellow man and aliens to warn the earth of the coming invasion. If you’re a fan of the characters in the Zombie Fallout series I think you’ll find this series just as engaging.

    As always Sean Runnette does a great job of bringing the story to life. From the New England accent to the halting alien speak, he can do it all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1448)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Witty and Entertaining"
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    An international version of Forest Gump, this book jumps in place and time taking the reader through the current escapade of Allan and through his 100 years on this earth as he meets up with various historical figures through quirky and flat our ridiculous adventures. The characters were fun and likable, and made for a motley but good crew.

    Although not laugh out loud funny, it was witty, well written, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable.

    Mr. Crossley does a great job with the narration switching between the voices and really giving the characters color.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Light: Restoration, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, Deni Branning's career ambitions have vanished. She's not about to let her dream of marriage go as well. But keeping it alive will require extraordinary measures. Yesterday's world is gone. All Deni and her family have left is each other and their neighbors. Their little community will either stand or fall together. But they're only beginning to realize that, and trust doesn't come easily.

    Anna Leavins says: "If it does nothing else it will get you thinking"
    "The characters are terrrrrrrible"
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    So I really wanted to like this book but I couldn’t get past the characters. They’re all really annoying and winey. I get that the kids are spoiled brats, but do you have to spend half of the book being about them whining? Even their mother is complaining about having to go ask someone a question which she thinks will make her look like a fool, never mind that the question it was totally valid. At that point I couldn’t take any of them and just wanted the book to be over. Then when the story should be getting good and we should be seeing how they’re surviving and building to the crescendo, the author goes on a Christian tangent for about one third of the book. It’s cool if that’s your thing, it’s even cool if that author puts it in the story, but the way she did it made the story fall flat.

    On the upside it’s a really good premise which is well written. Something like an EMP (but not) takes out anything electronic and all heck breaks loose. There’s enough action to keep it interesting at times but it’s more based on suspense than action.

    Sorry I’m not a Dick Hill fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Point of Crisis: The Perseid Collapse, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Davis Sound, LLC
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    In the aftermath of the brutal attack on his family compound, Alex Fletcher embraces his rapidly expanding role within the New England Regional Recovery Zone (RRZ). Fueled by a limitless drive to protect his family and a rekindled sense of duty, he enlists the reluctant aid of a local militia commander - to ease the public's fears of a federal government takeover.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "I think I'm becoming paranoid"
    "I think I'm becoming paranoid"
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    Well written with a great blend of plot development and action, the third book in the “The Perseid Collapse” series offers a glimpse into how the US might try and recover after a significant collapse in infrastructure. Mr. Konkoly does a great job of painting an all too realistic possibility of high amounts of government oversight combined with the lawlessness of a post-apocalyptic world. The story wraps up the series nicely but also leaves room for the author to come back and rejoin the fletchers as some point in the future.

    The narrator does a great job bringing all the characters to life and does well with the New England Accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Event Horizon: The Perseid Collapse Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (130)

    With Boston collapsing faster than Alex Fletcher predicted, his personal rescue mission deep into the heart of an increasingly unfamiliar city reaches a critical point. Pursued by a ruthless militia group and forced to navigate a treacherous landscape, he runs a gauntlet of grim decisions and impossible odds to reach perceived safety. Perceived because nothing is safe in the world rapidly emerging after the "event."

    Denis G. Dimick says: "Great book! If you liked Book 1, get it"
    "An action packed post-apocalyptic thriller"
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    Noticeably more intense than the “Jakarta Pandemic” and “The Perseid Collapse”, “Event Horizon” takes you on a wild ride from post-apocalyptic Boston, to the south of Maine. Taking place over only a few days, the book doesn’t move the story along very far in terms of time, but really adds to the overall feel of the series, and best of all it leaves off without a big cliff hanger (one of my pet peeves). We’ll written with great characters I highly enjoyed this book.

    Great narration by Mr. Farrell really brings the characters to life. He does a great New England accent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enemies Foreign and Domestic

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Bracken
    • Narrated By Mike Kemp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (134)

    The story begins on opening day of the NFL season, when bullets begin to rain down upon the upper deck of a packed football stadium. A panic stampede ensues, leading to mass casualties. The alleged sniper is found holding a smoking assault rifle, and is killed by a police marksman. One week later, Congress bans the private possession of all semi-automatic assault rifles. Gun owners are given one week to turn in their semi-automatic rifles, or face a five year mandatory sentence.

    B. Lambert says: "Great story if you can get past the performance"
    "Don't by this audiobook!!!"
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    When I write a review I usually put a blurb about the narration at the end, but this one is so bad that I had to start with it. First, Mr. Kemp is not a narrator, he’s a reader. He’s monotone and don’t try to bring the story to life, he just reads the book (although some if his pronunciations did make me chuckle they were so off). There are several times where there are large pauses where (I assume) he’s flipping the page. Second this recording is horrific. If you listen to the sample the recording sounds fine, but after Mr. Kemp says “Chapter 1” it’s like he put down the microphone and left it on the table. I’m not sure why it goes from a good quality recording to bad but it does. I thought it might be me so I re-downloaded it but it’s the recording. It’s so bad that at some points when he stops I can hear crickets and cicadas. I paid $1.99 for this via Wispersync and I don’t think it’s worth even that much. If you really want this book just go with the Kindle version, I can’t tell you how disappointed I was with this recording.

    Warning that this review has some spoilers. I’ll start off by saying that I like the idea of the story but I could never get on board with how the author brings it about. There is a massacre that brings about strict gun laws and the person who perpetrates that action is a government law-enforcement official but he does so on his own in a non-sanctioned activity. As a result of these new laws the people essentially start killing government officials. Other things happen in this book but this is essentially the catalyst of the events. As a result I could never really bring myself to like the “heroes” of the story.

    The second issue is that the writing feels amateurish. The author frequently repeats the same phrasing many times throughout the book (I presume trying to get his point across) and the dialog is a bit forced at time.

    The book does have some redeeming qualities as it raises the awareness and provokes thoughts about the current high surveillance world that we live in., similar to Orwell’s “1984”.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

    Mike Naka says: "a feel good zombie apocylapse"
    "A great story"
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    I thought this book was great. It had some action, great characters and a great story line, everything you want in a good book. Everything from the action, to the interaction of the group to who lives and dies is well throughout and developed. It has something to make you feel annoyed, something to make you feel sad, something to make you feel excited and every range of emotion in between. Highly recommended for everyone!


    Julia Whelan does a wonderful job with the narration bringing the characters to life and really adding to the enjoyment of this book.

    2 of 2 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
    (741)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (347)

    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

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