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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 2012

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  • 124 reviews
  • 173 ratings
  • 408 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • Zombie Fallout 3.5: Dr. Hugh Mann

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (630)

    Before there were zombies.... There was the virus that started it all. In this Zombie Fallout prequel, Mark Tufo tells the story of how it all began.

    Mike says: "Asking yourself... "Is 2.75 hrs worth a credit?""
    "Good back story!"
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    Nice addition to the Zombie Fallout Series. It fills in a bit of the back story of how the Zombies came to be. Make sure you don’t read this before book 3, or else it won’t make a lot of sense. I rated it 3 stars on this book alone, but if you’ve read the series then I would definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lupane Legacy: Joshua Denham and Devon Kerr, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Darby G. Holladay
    • Narrated By Paul Heitsch
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Lupane Legacy is a story of tangled family ties, of love, betrayal, and revenge. From the halls of power and intrigue in Washington, DC, to the dark secrets of postcolonial Africa, this international thriller will pull you into a world where nothing is black and white, and everyone has something to hide.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "Vivid Storytelling"
    "Vivid Storytelling"
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    This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review and I’m very glad I jumped on the change to get it. The book is listed as a thriller but I’m not sure it’s true in the traditional sense. If you’re looking for non-stop action and fight scenes this probably isn’t your book. In “The Lupane Legacy” the author builds intrigue throughout the book only to bring it to a crescendo near the end.

    What the author does really well is telling the story so thoroughly that it makes the reader feel as if they are actually there. He is able to describe the scenery and surroundings vividly without clichés. In addition he gives great background on the characters in a succinct way so that you know there history and what they’re thinking, without it being too long winded and boring. This really brings the story to life and is right up there with some of the best story telling out there.

    Mr. Heitsch does a great job will all of the accents and characters. His narration is well done and well timed which really helps bring the story and characters to life!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1242)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Great Thriller"
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    “The Gray Man” delivers on everything a thriller should be. Non stop action from start to finish? Check! A crafty (and lucky) hero who’s fighting for good? Check! The only thing it might be missing is the hot woman who acts as his cover/assistant (AKA the Bond Girl) but you can hardly blame a man on the run from dating. Also being the first book in the series it does well to complete the story while not leaving cliff hangers just to sell another book. Well written and quick moving this is a great book for the thriller lover.

    Jay Snyder does a wonderful job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (854)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "It's OK"
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    “Fated” does a good job of giving the reader a glimpse into this magical world, it has interesting characters and even has a bit of action mixed in, so I’m not sure why I feel as if it’s middle of the road. Maybe because it does all of these things well but no one item in particular stood out to me. Either way it’s an interesting story which didn’t knock my socks off but was by no stretch of the imagination bad. If book two is on sale I’d pick it up, I’d probably even read it at full price once I clear out my list of books “to read” I’m just not chomping at the bit do so.

    Mr. Jackson does a good job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2323)
    Performance
    (2185)
    Story
    (2193)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Geeky Fun"
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    A fun book along the likes of “Ready Player One”, “Off to De the Wizard” does a great job of mixing pop culture, fun characters and geeky fun. The characters are great from the power hungry Jimmy to the Marty’s sarcastic mentor Philip, they say and do just what you think they would while adding an over the top feel to their actions. The one liners in this book are wonderful as well. I listened to this audio book while running and found myself laughing out loud at points, while saying “Flugie” and trying to fly (I forgot I needed the robe). If you’re a bit of a pixilated geek at heart you’ll love this book.

    Mr. Daniels does a wonderful job bringing this book to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1690)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1586)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "Another Great Joe Ledger Novel"
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    Zombies, and Terrorist and Vampires oh my! The fourth installment in the Joe Ledger series picks up follows the same template as the three before it but with a new twisted set of challenges. If you’re a fan of intense action, unique characters and a giant smart ass as your main character, then dive right into “Assassins Code” and enjoy the ride.

    Ray Porter does a great job as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Husmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (232)

    A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

    John S says: "A classic that everyone should read."
    "Can drone on at times but a true classic"
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    Although it drags on at points (I don't need the classification of every underwater creature), the author does a wonderful job of painting an amazing underwater scene with vivid descriptions. With interesting characters and a modern writing style that many classic books lack '20,000 leagues' is a must read for every book worm.

    Mr. Husman does a great job bringing the characters to life!

    0 of 0 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
    (1888)
    Performance
    (1730)
    Story
    (1745)

    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
    (1069)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (984)

    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
    (814)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (391)

    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
    (48)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    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

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