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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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  • National Security

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    When terrorism goes viral, one man goes ballistic. They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilate millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, it needs a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn.

    John says: "Excellent!"
    "Not good, not bad just, Meh"
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    I’m not entirely sure how to feel about this book. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. Thoroughly middle of the road. There was some action but not a ton of it, there was some character development but not a ton of it. The story just didn’t reach out and grab me but it kept me interested enough to finish it but not want to read the next book. One redeeming quality is that I think Jacque is probably one of my 10 ten favorite characters. I wish he had more time in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Drop to Drink

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mindy McGinnis
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn't leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Hving a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "Good Story Overall"
    "Good Story Overall"
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    ‘Not a Drop to Drink’ is a YA story which is good for non-YA as well as I didn’t find to too YA. It’s well written and has wonderful character development but I had few issues with the plot. First is that for something in the post-apocalyptic genre there isn’t much action or drama. Some at the beginning then a dry spell for about half the book then some more at the end. This middle part is a good story though and where all the character development happens, but it would have been nice to have a bit more drama mixed in. Second is that the crux doesn’t really become apparent until the last 20% of the book. As I was making my way through I kept thinking, this is going to be a ‘to be continued book’ where nothing really happens then you’re left with a cliff-hanger. Thankfully that didn’t happen and everything was wrapped but in short order, but there wasn’t a gradual building to the crescendo but rather a steep climb that felt a bit rushed. That being said overall it’s a good story and one I enjoyed. I like books that are part of a series but are also self-contained so that you don’t get a complete story unless you go on to the next book so that’s another plus in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's."

    Katherine says: "So much for the modern SF reader to enjoy"
    "Paints a vivid picture"
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    It’s amazing to think that ‘War of the Worlds’ was written at a time when there was very little use of electricity, no planes and most people got around on horses. The vision of Wells is unmatched. The story is a bit lacking on action but it paints a vivid picture putting the reader right in the middle of the invasion.

    Well narrated by Mr. Vance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (610)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    A User says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "A Fun Ride (Get it?)"
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    ‘Tilt-a-Whirl’ is a fun romp through the jersey shore. An interesting take this story isn’t told through the eyes of the villain nor the hero, rather the hero’s partner and untrained summer cop who is driving around his partner, an army vet to makes Dudley-Do-Right” look a bit suspect. The story takes plenty of twists and turns keeps the reader guessing from start to finish. The characters are fun and likable (also a bit stereotypical jersey shore), making this story a fun escape. Highly recommended for the mystery lover.

    The narration by Jeff Woodman is fantastic. He only has to do one accent (Jersey Shore) but he does it well and really brings the characters to life. I can't wait to start book number two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2888)
    Performance
    (2599)
    Story
    (2610)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Too ridiculous, poor performance"
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    I’ll preface my review by saying that I couldn’t get through “The Handmaid’s Tale”. The whole idea of the way the society is structured was just too ridiculous for me and coming from someone who likes zombie books that’s saying a lot. I enjoyed the way the book jumped between the present and giving glimpses of the past, but getting more than 50% through the book and not really knowing what happened to make the world transition was annoying. Also through the first half the author does a good job of putting you in the story but the story doesn’t really move anywhere. I was going to continue through and finish it but then I realized I don’t like the books so I should spend my time reading something I would actually enjoy.

    Claire Danes reads the book rather than narrates it. There is very little (if any) distinction between the voices of the characters. Her reading of the book is flat which may be her trying to convey the subservience of the women in the book but just makes the book seem even less interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (346)

    Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

    Michael says: "A Fantastic Ride!"
    "Fun Listen"
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    “Monster” is a fun story with ridiculous characters put in ridiculous positions brought on by mythical (says you) creatures. The characters are likable and the story is well written and fun if not a little ridiculous. High literature it’s not, but if you’re looking for a fun read to make you laugh, smile and generally have a good time I would recommend this book.

    The narration was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3723)
    Performance
    (3189)
    Story
    (3170)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Linda says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Interesting but not very thrilling"
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    “Kill Shot” is the second in the Mitch Rapp CIA/Spy thriller series. The book is well written and has a good plot but fails to really deliver the action and adventure of the first book. There are a few good action scenes but they’re too few and far between. As the plot developed the author does a good job of filling in background and immersing the reader into the brutal world he creates. I really enjoyed this and it made the book interesting but it’s not a thriller. Also the plot is pretty straight forward except for a bit of a twist at the end. There was very little to keep me guessing. I found the book interesting and fun but it wasn’t the pull me along rollercoaster ride I was hoping for.

    George Guidall does a good job a narrating this story and bringing the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Returned: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (203)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    “The Returned” is a thought provoking story of surrounding a small town which turns into an internment camp for people who have returned from the dead (called the returned). Are the returned people? Do they have rights? The situation draws heated debates on both sides for and against, and it’s hard to ignore the parallels to debates in today’s society. The book follows a family who has had their son returned and how they deal (or don’t deal) with the situation and the town comes along for the ride. While outside of the normal type of book that I read I really enjoyed the thought provoking ideas and the development of the characters as they move through the story.

    Mr Stechschulte does a good job with all the characters and I really enjoyed his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (867)

    Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

    Katherine says: "3.5 stars"
    "A Fun Read"
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    “The Last Colony” is another great sci-fi book in the Old Man’s War series. This book takes us out of space and follows the John and Jane as they move from their settled life now that they are both out of the CFD to a new colony (at the title suggests). Due to the story line some of the crazy tech and ideas that are more up front in the other books are missing in this one which is a little disappointing but the story line and new situations popping up in the universe still make it a fun read. The quips by John Perry in this book are as good as any, making him a fun character to follow!

    William Dufris does a great Narration as always!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9802)
    Performance
    (8905)
    Story
    (8917)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun Mystery"
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    Part Sci-fi, part mystery, “14” does a good job of keeping the reader guessing what will happen next. The author does a good job a building the mystery piece by piece and while allowing the reader to get to know the characters. The book has a couple of twists and about half way through I thought I knew what going to happen and I was pretty close but way off on the who. The group is able to keep their heads throughout the tough parts of the story which makes it fun and entertaining. If you’re looking for a fun book with a mysterious plot and some jokes mixed I think it might be what you’re looking for.

    Ray Porter does a great job narrating this between all of the characters voices and a couple of accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Si Robertson, Mark Schlabach
    • Narrated By Si Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    The brother of patriarch Phil Robertson, Uncle Si has a limitless supply of stories about his childhood, duck hunting adventures, his days in Vietnam, and everything in between. Now the best of those tales are gathered into this roaring collection.

    Si shares stories of the more than 25 marriage proposals he's received in the mail (some with photos!), how he came to use a green Tupperware cup for his ever-present sweet tea, and how his cigarette smoke made a deer cough (he's since quit smoking).

    Woody says: "Audible's description inaccurate"
    "Missing Something"
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    If you watch the show Duck Dynasty you know how ridiculous Uncle Si can be, but some of that fun is in his delivery of his joke or quip. That’s what’s lacking in this book. Some of his stories are interested and funny, but without him and his signature tea glass it seems to be missing something.

    The narration was good but not much in the way of different voices since it's pretty much told through Si's eyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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