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BackupGeek

brentwood, ca United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (2419)
    Story
    (2421)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    David says: "And now for the kitchen sink...."
    "I liked Book 1 more"
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    I really did like this book, but I thought the first book was better. The entire plotline with the VP in the first 1/2 of the book was a distraction and totally not necessary.

    Really like Joe and the other core characters.

    As a side note, too many people have posted reviews with spoilers to this book, and Audible needs a way to flag or hide them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Predator One: A Joe Ledger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (878)

    On opening day of the new baseball season, a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it's a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.

    Emily says: "The best Ledger so far...by far. "
    "Best in the series"
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    At the edge of my seat for the entire book. I didn't think Jonathan could do so many horrible things to so many characters all in a single book. Emotional roller coaster. I can only imagine him thinking "what can I do next and to who?".

    Can't wait for the next book to see how the team (and world) is recovering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sector 64: Ambush

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dean M. Cole
    • Narrated By Mike Ortego
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    What happens to present-day Earth if friendly aliens take humanity under their wing? What happens when their enemy becomes ours? X-Files meet Independence Day when incredible events thrust Air Force Captains Jake Giard and Sandra Fitzpatrick into a decades-long global conspiracy to integrate humanity into a galactic government. However, as Jake finishes indoctrination into the program, it renders present-day Earth a disposable pawn in a galactic civil war. Unknown aliens with a dark secret raid the planet. Within and even below Washington DC, Jake fights through a post-apocalyptic hell, struggling to comprehend the enigmatic aftermath of the first attack. On the West Coast, Sandra's squadron smashes against the invading aliens. Thrown to ground, Sandy wades through blazing infernos and demented looters in a desperate attempt to save her family. Finally, with the fate of the world in the balance, both captains must take the battle to the enemy--humanity's very survival hanging on their success.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "highly imaginative action packed apocalyptic..."
    "Could have been 3 hours long instead"
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    Interesting enough story but it dragged on hour after hour with boring amounts of detail. I feel like I could fly a fighter jet after spending so much time listing to each detail.

    The book is almost like a bad version of Independence day. Way too much time spent covering travel details from point A to point. B. Not enough time on the alien characters or backstory. The female lead character didn't even need to be in 90% of her story.

    Listen on 1.25 times speed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (351)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "5 star performance"
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    Next to Ray Porter, Robert Pekoff is now in my top 5 narrators. He just nailed the story and brought a lot of drama, especially when reading the the two brothers. The brothers turned out to be some of the best evil characters I have read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (1652)
    Story
    (1665)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "Not very logical"
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    It was an interesting story, but the motivation for creating silos and everything else behind what happens to the people and silos has no basis in logic. I just don't believe such a small number of key players could have made all of this happen.

    The 500 lifespan of a silo and everything inside is a total joke.

    That being said, I am still going to read the next book in the serious to see what happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3287)
    Performance
    (2992)
    Story
    (3001)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "I don't get it"
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    I just don't understand why this book has some many great reviews. I found nothing engaging about the society or the characters. Boring.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (3341)
    Performance
    (3084)
    Story
    (3092)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Not what I expected"
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    I was really hoping to read a MHI story, but this was really a Franks story. In fact MHI has only a very small part in the entire book, which was a disappointment. Overall this really was a "back story" book.

    The book did grow on me and I was pretty happy with it overall.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (375)

    Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.

    Michael says: "Am Epic Original SciFi Read Worth Your Time..."
    "Very unique"
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    The 1st half of the book is really some of the best and most unique science fiction I have read in a really long time. The 2nd half of the book gets a little confusing and I found myself a little lost. 5 starts for the 1st half and 3.5 stars for the second half. Outstanding performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (1520)
    Story
    (1510)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Mel says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Don't miss this book"
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    Wow. This is not only the best book in the series but it is one of the best books I have read in a year.

    It was non stop suspense and action. I couldn't stop listening. I don't want to say more, otherwise I will spill key plot points.

    The reading by Ray Porter was amazing as always. This reading should be award winning.

    Looking forward to the next book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Reapers Are the Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alden Bell
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption.

    Linda B says: "AMAZING"
    "Refreshing Zombie Story"
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    This Zombie story really is different from all the others I have read. The book has a feeling of optimism throughout as you see the country rebuilding.

    Yes the book has an bad guy throughout but it felt really different. It wasn't some crazy person trying to take over the world for no reason with a bunch of dumb followers. This bad guy had a goal and I could sympathize with him.

    I really enjoyed all of the characters. The performance was outstanding. Could not have been a better voice for the characters.

    Wish the book was longer. I would love to read a follow-up book about the same "world".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Save Yourself: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kelly Braffet
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Patrick Cusimano’s life can’t get much worse. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has pushed their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can’t shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand, and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing Patrick to his breaking point. Kelly Braffet has written a novel of unnerving power - darkly compelling, compulsively addictive, and shockingly honest.

    Jill says: "Dark but good ending"
    "Skip it."
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    A story about very screwed up people doing a lot of really screwed up things.

    From cutting to statutory rape to drinking blood. A story about horrible people doing dumb and bad things. I never really found any point to the story.

    Well read, that is about it.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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