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Alexi Rain

Morro Bay, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 18 reviews
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  • 585 titles in library
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  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3548)
    Performance
    (3303)
    Story
    (3315)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Anthony says: "best series ever...really!"
    "A book for the decidedly un-metrosexual man"
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    This book made me smirk. The main character had a fun, quirky voice which was helped along by the most awesome narration. I enjoyed the new twist on zombies, as well.

    However, I think you'd have to be a tee shirt and jeans wearing, domestic beer drinking, football worshiping, man cave owning guy to fully appreciate it. Women, especially beautiful women, were dangerous, mysterious, volatile, helpless, demonic and/or banshees, the source of all evil, or just plain zombies. Flatulence was elevated to levels I'd not seen in literature before.Guys liked to sneak a hug, and then call each other fruity. The attractive lesbian in the tale was a potential convert until she was found to prefer zombies over men.

    I found I couldn't help but roll my eyes from time to time, which made it quite difficult to listen and drive at the same time. Nevertheless, it was a fun story, and the main character was likeable. He wasn't all that different from some of my exceedingly hetero guy friends, and he liked dogs. No one who likes dogs can be all bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (445)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "If this book were a camera..."
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    First off, the narration is not nearly as bad as some reviewers say. The author should not have read his own book for the Audible site, but I've heard far worse from "professional" narrators. The Amos voice was cringe-worthy, and some of the female voices were not the best. Overall, though, he did a fine job of acting without overacting.

    The story was interesting, and had me hooked early on. The author took a fairly well-known plot and gave it enough twists to make it feel fresh. Well done on that account. Where it fell short, for me, was in some of the detail. Sigler seemed to be fairly heavily influenced by another popular horror author, but he lacked the skill to pull off the Flawed Character. In some instances, his characters seemed to be not so much flawed as a vehicle for the author to air some of his own more unfortunate biases. I hope I'm wrong in that. Regardless, the characters lacked depth, and it was difficult to care what happened to them one way or the other. I was far more interested in the alien species.

    To sum up, if this book were a camera, I would describe it as prosumer: an hybrid of professional and consumer grade. It doesn't have the polish of a professional work, but it's still pretty darn good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Failed Coward: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    A sinister darkness has finally cast its long shadow across the world, and Adrian Ring now suspects he's at the center of the maelstrom. And he's not alone. Even overseas, his friend Kevin is somehow standing at his side. At Auburn Lake, Adrian and his adopted family finally understand that the dreams they have suffered since the end of the world are far more than restless imaginings. When a thousand mindless dead arrive holding books, can it be anything but a message from beyond the grave?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Transitional Book, has to happen"
    "Good Zombie Fun"
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    I've powered through the first 4 books in a few days. While the pace is slowish, I've found that I enjoy the author's voice enough that I can't put them down. Also, the pacing did pick up after the first book. I love that they are absolutely, completely realistic. If a manchild with combat training awoke in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, I'm sure it would go down just like this.

    A previous reviewer mentioned the excessive cursing. This is true, and there is also some fairly horrid visual imagery. This is not the book to take on a drive with the kids. During the interludes, where other people's perspectives come forward, the language and visuals are clean. So, whether we like it or not, Adrian has army vernacular and a fairly nasty mind. What the character thinks goes down in his journal, too. This is my long winded way of saying that I don't find the smut gratuitous.

    As an aside, I suspect the author games, and I was amused to note Adrian pwning and kiting zombies. Too funny.

    The only part I found unrealistic to the point of eyerolling is how every. single. character who meets Adrian sees him as some menacing demigod. Really? The interludes sound like they were written by the actual Adrian character.

    Still, this is a highly enjoyable listen, and the narrator is...simply the best. I'll be adding Mr. Philbrook to the list of narrators I follow. I'm not sure I could read these books, but the audio version is just good, dirty fun. :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Recollections: Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (347)

    For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors.

    Mike Naka says: "northern exposure meets zombieland"
    "The most nothing to ever happen in a novel."
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    Ok. I loved the narrator, and I also loved the way the author wrote his main character. Adrian bore a striking resemblance to one of my good friends, which made me predisposed to liking this book...which I sorta did. I was expecting something similar to Day by Day Armageddon, which had a lot going on even though it was in diary form. Not so!

    Very little happens in this book, ever. I would fall asleep at night listening, miss a little story, and actually wonder if it was worth rewinding in case I missed something. Grudgingly, I would rewind, and sure enough, nothing had happened aside from what had happened in all the previous hours. Literally.

    **MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW** At one point, a car drives by with people in it...and keeps on driving by. A young girl is rescued, but she takes off to find her parents, and we hear nothing more. We are left with a guy and his cat and his Playstation. He occasionally kicks some zombie arse. He also does a bit of work around the place from time to time and heads out to forage when the need strikes.

    I wish we had seen more of the interludes with the townspeople and their viewpoints. Those two instances were awesome! I am...again grudgingly...going to try the second book. It appears that Adrian is no longer alone, and something might actually happen. I liked the author's voice enough to give this second book a chance.

    0 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
    (4411)
    Performance
    (4061)
    Story
    (4069)

    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"
    "A Geekfest of good times."
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    I found this book because my favorite narrator, Luke Daniels, is reading. As an added bonus, I also fall into the demographic--White girl nerd who started with tech in the '80s.

    Now, I know that previous viewers have said this is more for guys, but that is untrue! In life, I've found, nerd > gender. While we may not make the "obvious jokes," we have certainly heard enough of them to make us smirk when the obvious jokes pop up...so to speak. Oops, I think I just broke the first rule of Magic.

    But I digress. Mr. Daniels' narration was perfection, as always! The storytelling was nimble, witty, and filled with nerdtastic goodness. Unlike another reviewer, I found Martin's reactions to be completely believable and probable, considering the circumstances. I also thoroughly enjoyed the bits of nostalgia. All in all, a highly recommended read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2561)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2387)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    G Wallace says: "Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later"
    "Hardcore to the point of stupidity."
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    I have enjoyed Day by Day Armageddon, Zombie Fallout, etc. I liked the idea of a new type of zombie which avoided the undead issue. I expected to enjoy this book, and I figured there would be some excessive gung-ho-ness, but what the heck. It's the end of the world, right?

    Apparently, I have now found my limit in male fantasy military literature. This book spent probably a good third in excruciatingly fond detail over every weapon, piece of equipment, and battle. Too bad the author couldn't be bothered to spend a fraction of that time exploring his characters.

    This is my first time listening to Christian Rummel, and I thought he did an excellent job in elevating what was essentially drivel. Because of his awesome narration, I was able to listen until the end, but just barely. I couldn't be bothered to care enough to listen to the free preview which came after.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3284)
    Performance
    (2950)
    Story
    (2952)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Overall awesome tale."
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    I won't say this story isn't without its problems. There is too much repetition in areas, and the main character swings between heroic and detestable. Certain events and feats of strength are highly improbable. And yet.... Wow, I loved this book! It kept my attention and turned me into a zombie, as I walked around listening. My family became annoyed. It buggered my dreams as I fell asleep listening each night. The narrator was FANTASTIC! I loved this book enough to immediately buy the next within minutes of finishing. A recommended read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch with No Name: The Hollows, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (1338)
    Story
    (1354)

    In The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle. Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

    Kindle Customer says: "Thank you Kim Harrison for the memories!"
    "A Fond Farewell"
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    Thank you Kim Harrison and Marguerite Gavin! Over the years, I have come to love these characters and their stories. I never lost interest, as I have with so many other series. I'm so glad they ended perfectly and in character and while they were on top. Thank you for a completely satisfying ending. I can hardly wait to read what you bring us next.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound and the Echoes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dew Pellucid
    • Narrated By David Radtke
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (82)

    The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy adventure for middle grade and young adult listeners. Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law-no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies. One Sound especially must die. The Prince's Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that!

    Julia says: "Beyond Imaginative!"
    "The Jim Carrey of Narrators"
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    I imagine this would have been an enjoyable and imaginative book, but I couldn't finish it. The narrator seems to have never met a line he didn't wish to over state, over act, over everything. Listening to his voice is like a Californian taking their first sip of Southern iced tea. Or like a small town library reader during story time with a group of five year olds. I could go on, but I probably shouldn't. This book is marketed for middle school kids, but I believe the reading style is far too juvenile for them.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (756)

    From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Remarkable Mystery, Storytelling by a Master!"
    "My first Slaughter book -- I'm hooked!"
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    The book started out strong, but predictably for me: interesting start, good narration, but nothing too surprising. Then, the first chapter ends, my perspective is wrenched in a new direction, and I'm paying attention! Slaughter has a true gift for storytelling. The twists in the story and in her characters kept me awake into the night listening. I think I may have found a new, favorite author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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