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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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  • 144 reviews
  • 197 ratings
  • 436 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2015
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  • This Is Not a Test

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Courtney Summer
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cannon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    It's the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won't stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn't sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and she's failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she's forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "Too YA for me"
    "Too YA for me"
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    This book was a little too young adult for me. The book really played on the tensions and interactions of the teen group during the zombie apocalypse rather than the actual apocalypse itself. As a result I didn’t really connect or like the characters, although the author does do a good job of making you feel sorry for/know where, Sloan, the main character is coming from. It was an interesting but didn’t have the normal action you would see in a normal zombie book.

    The Performance was good, not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Victor Gischler
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Edgar Award nominee Victor Gischler “specializes in morbid humor, dark sarcasm, and comic noir, complete with violence and mayhem” (Library Journal). Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse picks up 10 years after the end of the world. Former insurance salesman Mortimer Tate leaves his secluded cabin and discovers a desolate landscape complete with cowboys, bandits, and cannibals, where the only traces of civilization are found at Joey Armageddon’s Sassy-a-Go-Go club.

    Michelle says: "Post-apocalypse with a touch of old west thrown in"
    "A fun romp through a changed world"
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    Part post-apocalyptic survival novel, part dark comedy and part western, ‘Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse” is a fun and exciting ride through a world ravened by war, natural disasters and economic meltdowns. The characters are quirky, unique and likable and overall this was just a fun book. I highly recommend it for any who likes action and adventure and is looking for a slight change of pace.

    Mr. Sowers does a great job with all the characters and really adds to the enjoyment of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DEAD: The Ugly Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By TW Brown
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (451)

    The unthinkable has happened. The dead are walking! Humanity's fragile thread may be reaching its bitter end. Individuals and groups struggle to survive...some at any cost. Will there be anybody left? Or, is this just...The Ugly Beginning?

    Mike Naka says: "extremely graphic and brutal"
    "A Solid Zombie Tale"
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    A tale of two books ‘Dead: The Ugly Beginning’ is a solid zombie read. The first one third to half of this book is gore, gore and more gore. Everyone who dies does so in terribly painful way. This part of the story is all action and setting the scene for the second half of the book. I didn’t really like this part of the book because it felt more like whip around news coverage of the zombie apocalypse which no story or plot direction. The second half of the story was great as there is a good balance of both gore and action along with an actual plot. The characters are easy to like and wild and the book is well written. Despite the first half I was going to give it four stars but then it ended with no real resolution to the pending story lines which is one of my pet peeves so it’s it gets three starts in my rating but consider it a three start plus book.

    Mr McFerrin does a good job with all of the charaters in his narration!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Lankford
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (188)

    The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

    Charles says: "Cringeworthy"
    "Depressing from Cover to Cover"
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    ‘Ranger Confidential’ is an uncensored look at those who protect America’s National Parks. Well written and poignant, the book is a must read for those who are thinking about working in the national parks, and those starting to learn about the outdoors. However if you’re looking for something that makes you want to grab your back and head out to the trail look somewhere else. Reading the article about this book in ‘Backpacker’ magazine I knew parts were going to be sad and gory but I figured that they would be interspersed with sun antidotes about pranks or fun times in the back country, but I was wrong. While there are some (very few) times where the beauty of the parks shows through, or something goes write, if you were to believe this book the life of a ranger really sucks. The book seems to say that they pretty much go from one search and rescue to another while getting paid like crap, and after a while it makes the author seem to be a bit whiny.

    Ms. Motyka's narration is OK. She does a good job with the various characters and male voices, but at times she sounds a bit electronic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (470)

    Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

    In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. It turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case.

    Susan says: "Another Terrific Ceepak Mystery"
    "Another fun Ceepak mystery"
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    A great mix of intrigue, comedy and jersey shore which helps take the reader to the beach. Chris Grabenstein does an excellent job of capturing the essence of the Jersey Shore in this well written story which takes more turns than a mad mouse. Grab some scrapple and settle in for a fun ride!

    The Ceepak series is one of those where the narrator adds another whole dimension. I think this series is so much more enjoyable as an audio book because of Mr. Woodman's excellent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lines of Departure: Frontlines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (937)

    Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "MUCH BETTER than the first book"
    "Highly Recommended for the Sci-Fi Fan"
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    Man kind is on the edge of extinction as the Lankies take world after world for their own, but humans can’t stop fighting each other. “Lines of Departure” picks up a short while after the first book “Terms of Enlistment” ends and continues to follow Andrew Grayson as he serves in the NAC navy. Book two offers as much action as book one did, and offers a bit more of a glance at what life is like on earth and on the colonies. Highly recommended for the Sci-Fi fan.

    Mr. Daniels does an excellent job with the narration, especially when the characters are in the midst of combat. You could almost be listening in to their communications!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hurricane Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tobias Buckell
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Prudence "Roo" Jones never thought he'd have a family to look after - until suddenly he found himself taking care of his orphaned teenage nephew. Roo, a former Caribbean Intelligence operative, spends his downtime on his catamaran dodging the punishing hurricanes that are the new norm in the Caribbean. Roo enjoys the simple calm of his new life - until an unexpected package from a murdered fellow spy shows up. Suddenly Roo is thrown into the center of the biggest storm of all.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen with excellent narration"
    "A good listen with excellent narration"
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    “Hurricane Fever” walks a thin line between action thriller and vacation read. The tropical setting makes this book almost serene (if you listen to the audio book the narrator helps), while the characters rush headlong into a conspiracy they didn’t wish for. With a good balance of character development, plot progression and action this well written thriller is a fun and interesting listen.

    Mr. Onayemi does a wonderful job with the narration brining the characters to life with all of their various accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Undead: Deleted Scene

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By R R Haywood
    • Narrated By Dan Morgan
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    After a tense day of fighting off a horde of Undead, Howie and his group of survivors must find shelter before night falls. Moving through a desecrated town, they come across an industrial estate, break into a low building and find themselves in an abandoned radio station. They decide to record their voices for posterity. Meet Howie, Dave, their group of survivors and Meredith the dog in this free, exclusive Audible short.

    Mark says: "Fresh, British, dark humour!"
    "A good short story"
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    A little too short to be a proper story it’s a fun quick listen that gets you interested in the series and introduces you to the characters a bit. Full of action and a bit of humor I think it’s gotten me hooked on the series!

    Mt Morgan does an excellent job in the narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (824)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Heidi says: "If you liked "Born to Run"...get this book!!!"
    "Eat and Run!!!"
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    “Eat and Run’ is an interesting look at the world of ultramarathons from one of the sport’s most prolific runners. Taking the reader on a journey from his childhood through the time spent at the top of his profession, the author give insight on how he helped make himself into an ultramarathoner and take you along to all the highs and lows he’s faced in some of his bigger races. This is a great read for runners or just anyone looking to make a change in their life. Note that the end of the book has some of the recipes he’s mentioned throughout the story, so if you get the audio version of the book they’re read to you, but they’re a bit hard to follow and reference that way.

    Mr. Dunn-Baker does a great job at bringing the story to life. When Dusty was yelling at Scott I felt as if he was yelling at me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (395)

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "Missing someone to root for"
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    I really like Mark Tufo’s work but much of his allure (to me anyways) is that he has characters which make the story funny (Mike Talbot) in between all the action and gore, ‘Calis Rose’ however doesn’t have this. It’s a very dark with all the gore and excitement you expect from Mark Tufo but it’s lacking a hero to root for.

    Normally I don't like male narrators when a female is the main character (and vise versa) but Mr. Runnette does a good job throughout!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (716)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "wonderful story wonderfully done"
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    ‘Night of the Living Deed” is a well written, fun story for those looking for a little getaway. The story is well crafted and intriguing (I guessed the killer wrong a couple of times) winding its way around and through this sleepy little coastal town. With some great characters and smart quips this book is a fun trip!

    Ms. Ronconi does a great job bringing the characters to life and really making the listener feel as if they are right there in this guest house!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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