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  • Rise of the Horde: Zombie Attack!, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Devan Sagliani
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    When 16-year-old Xander's older brother, Moto, left him at Vandenberg Airforce Base he only had one request - don't leave, no matter what. But there was no way he could have known that zombies would gather in groups big enough to knock down walls, and take out entire buildings full of people. That was before the rise of the horde! Now Xander is on the run, fleeing south to Port Hueneme to locate his brother, with nothing but his martial arts training and the katana blade left to him.

    Shelley says: "This book is awful. Don't buy it, I'm returning it"
    "Young adult zombie apocalypse, worked, mostly"
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    Rise of the Horde: Zombie Attack!, Book One started very strong with the impending doom of the impossible zombie horde. Action, violence, gore all the essential ingredients to a good zombie story, with the added in necessary juvenility that a young adult novel requires. Imagine if you will being sixteen at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and the only thing that really sets you apart from all the other teenagers is your wits and your samurai sword. I was happy with the base storyline that Devan Sagliani created until the zombies left the story and it was all about, for lack of better adjectives, the former drug addict girl. This is where I found it to get a bit dull and slow. However it does pick back up when they run into the crazy cultists, they always creep me out and Sagliani nailed that part. Over all I got my zombie fix and was happy that I took the time for this one. I am looking forward to the second book of the series, I really hope that it goes audio.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kyrathaba Rising: Kyrathaba Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Bryan Miller
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    One hundred and seventy years from now, aliens decimate Earth. A relative handful of humans survive, hidden in deep subterranean enclaves that offer some protection from surface radiation. Although the main attack is now seven years in the past, one alien ship remains in orbit, and the conquerors are not content merely to let humanity lick its wounds...

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Within the book one is faced with two worlds"
    "Within the book one is faced with two worlds"
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    Kyrathaba Rising is a post-apocalyptic world in the 2200’s and which aliens, robots and humans reside. Discovering unstableness and treachery, the humans and androids break into two fractions. One small group of four travels into a parallel world that is virtual in a sense and filled with magic, kings, orcs and such. The other fraction, a much larger group explores going deeper into the underground system they have been forced to live in since the war of human vs alien seven years prior.

    Within the book one is faced with two worlds, both fighting for the same right to life and freedom from alien domination. The aliens remain above in a space ship, waiting, patiently.

    I found Kyrathaba Rising to be a book one cannot listen to in bits and pieces, rather one must devote longer periods of time because it is very technical in the first 30 minutes. A hardcore science novel, it is very richly devoted to details that creates a clear understanding of what is going on and establishes character development.

    It was interesting to experience the mash-up of hardcore science and fantasy, creating a connection where one would not normally see it. The plot development and character development were well executed.

    The narrator, Christine Padovan did a good job of narrating. If one listened closely one could distinguish the humans from the androids because the androids spoke with the ending of their words being drawn out.

    Production was good as there were no issues and no distracting background noises.

    I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a hardcore science fan.

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    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: Dead Planet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Drew Avera
    • Narrated By Al Kessel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Exodus is a dystopian science-fiction audiobook that takes place on Mars in the distant future. The world is full of corruption, and the government is run by an organization of businessmen called the Syndicate. Their aim is global domination through total control of the economy, health, and welfare of the people.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This is a simplistic story"
    "This is a simplistic story"
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    It is far in the future and mankind has left the dying Earth to live on a terraformed Mars. Cruel syndicates (mobs) run commerce and government with an iron fist, murdering anyone who threatens their control. The main character is a hit-man who learns from his scientist sister that Mars is dying due to lack of maintenance of its nuclear power plants.

    And that’s about it. This is a simplistic story of a one-dimensional character who kills his way through society to save his blubbering sister. She is being threatened by the mob who is letting Mars die so they can return to an empty Earth to build a bigger empire. If you are wondering why ruthless, megalomaniacal mobsters would destroy an entire developed, industrialized world to rebuild on one they previously abandoned, keep wondering; because you will not find the answer in this book. If you are wondering how a former hit-man can be threatened, tortured and captured multiple times, but always escape because his enemies neglect to take away his weapon, keep wondering.

    Exodus reads like an outline of a story, without detail or texture. The buildings are “tall,” and night is “dark,” people get information from “media devices.” Of course this technique can give a sense of strangeness to a story, unworldliness, unfortunately in this case, the listener is simply given no soil for his imagination to grow. Mars and its inhabitants sound like a wire drawing done on a CAD program.

    Al Kessel narrates Exodus and does a generally competent job. He seems to be trying hard to put excitement into the words that aren’t carrying it.

    This reviewer knows the effort that goes into writing a book and respects that. Unfortunately, all that effort results in a book that is extremely difficult to listen to. If you are a fan of futuristic Sci-Fi mobster stories, you might give it a test run, but others should look elsewhere.

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ennara and the Fallen Druid

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Angela Myron
    • Narrated By Crystal Marcano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Eleven year-old Ennara Gaern has a serious grudge against the dragon on her right hand. Born with a mask that foretold magical powers, she was immediately inked with the fiendish, fire-breathing tattoo that forces her to study boring texts, cover her hand continuously, and worst of all, keeps her from visiting the beautiful capital city, Dordonne. But her quiet life changes when one night she is attacked by a shadowy demon.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Angela Myron has all the important ingredients"
    "Angela Myron has all the important ingredients"
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    Ennara’s story is a wonderful story by Angela Myron and listen that is narrated by Crystal Marcano. I find that this is a great long trip listen for the whole family. At 5 hours and 13 mins. This is great for those that love paranormal stories filled with wizards, witches and we cannot forget the dragon. The wait of each action scene is “Can Ennara do it?” “Can she get them out of this?” leaves the reader asking this throughout the book.

    So wait! Getting ahead of myself! Angela Myron has all the important ingredients to the plot of this story. Young characters that young readers/listeners can relate to. Starting with 11 year old Ennara and her friend Kithe. Ennara bears a tattoo of a dragon on her wrist. Which she is always told not to reveal it. Under her Aunt’s guidance of teaching Ennara the trade of being a witch. That someday she will save the world. Something that Ennara found so farfetched that she can do such a task. The time period is of the Druids. Traveling by horse, boat and by foot.

    Under the guidance of a Wizard and friend named Tork. The two of them set out on a journey to retrieve the sword called “Sword of Gisilfrid” to destroy the curse that is creating demons called Shadowspawn. In this quest it is predictable as with most stories the friend always ends up following and ends up in the adventure. Kithe is no different. However, what I do like about this character as not seen with many sidekicks. Kithe even at the young age the author has him at has a clearer and much stronger head on his shoulders. So that when Ennara seems to drift towards the bad he helps her stay on a steady course. Ennara has two sides to her magic, good and bad that she is not under full control of yet. Both sides of the magic however, helps in saving them all for the most part throughout the story. However, Tork reminds her to be mindful of not using the bad magic. The travel to the city of Dordonne with Tork, Ennara and Kithe to get supplies as they leave to the Sunken City to retrieve the Sword. An apothecary where they are picking up some of the supplies they will need for the trip. A shop keeper ask Ennara to retrieve a bracelet that she tells her is of no importance. Kithe is an important part to the scene is all I will tell you.

    Along the way Tork encounters trouble with a Shadespawn and goes into a deep sleep. Braving pirates and the rough seas as the try to get to the Sunken City. It is now up to Ennara and Kithe to not only save Tork but everyone. Adding to the twosome is 2 more important supporting characters. A young boy a bit older than them named Gavin and a special marine cat named Smoos.

    Yes, this book is predictable. But, it is geared towards 8-12 year olds. However, anyone older will also enjoy the listen. The narrator Crystal Marcano did an amazing and believable job with each of the characters and their voices. The only voice that seemed really young was Tork. Being an older man he seemed to be their age. I did enjoy the accents since it was more of a Scottish placed story.

    A bonus to the listening of this first book is that the author included a bit of the second book. I would have missed it if I did not shut off my kindle I was using to listen to the book. So keep going as you get to the end. Needs a bit of editing in my opinion to say, “Now for a preview of the upcoming book! “Ennara and the Book of Shadows” It gives the listener something to look forward to. Then give the credits at the end

    As others that have read the book. I have to agree that there is a bit of a Harry Potter feel to the story with the main character being a girl. Something I enjoy seeing is a strong female character and I have been seeing a lot of that lately.

    The cover of the book is simply delightful. Fits the characters perfectly. I look forward to the release of the 2nd audio book.

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Users: My Angels Have Demons, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stacy Buck, Jennifer Buck
    • Narrated By Rich Camillucci
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A pandemic is spreading through the streets of Seattle. Drugs run rampant through its population, and no one knows this better than Carter, an ex-heroin junkie and lifetime User. Born with a superheated heart, Carter can unleash fire through his pores, igniting anything he touches.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Great plot, interesting characters..."
    "Great plot, interesting characters..."
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    This completely caught my attention from the first word. It sort of reminded me of that movie Push, where people have extraordinary abilities but do not always use them for good. The main character, Carter, is a complete mess, even with his abilities.

    Carter’s girlfriend leaves him and even though he has been sober for five years, that’s the first thing he decides to go get; drugs. And because of that decision all hell breaks loose! He also always decides to go to the absolutely wrong people at the worst times.

    The narrator, Rich Camillucci, matched the persona of Carter perfectly. His voice allowed me to get into the story faster than I may have otherwise. The only slight criticism I have is that it seemed like he was hesitating at times. It sounded like he was hesitating. Not even for a full second but a split second that seemed to slow a sentence a fraction. Maybe it was how he felt that Carter would react and feel about all the crap that happens to him. The hesitating spots were not so many that it stopped me being able to enjoy the story though.

    And as good as Rich Camillucci was with Carter, he was that great with inflection and allowing the anticipation of the story to build. This is told as a story while Carter is talking to his (well needed) therapist. It jumps back and forth from speaking with the therapist to his actual story and I loved it! I thought it was a very neat way to set up a story and to give us an insight into Carter’s messed up life. I normally do not prefer to jump back and forth in time but it was done seamlessly.

    The whole portion of the later parts of the story when Carter has to go into hiding did not make sense at first and had me questioning the characters motives. All this pans out in the end. It winds up making perfect sense, even if it does not at first. It actually helps the story flow. Although I would not have guessed things were going to happen they way they do. But Carter knows the other characters and he obviously knows them well enough to anticipate their next actions.

    Great plot, interesting characters, and fascinating story telling makes for one very dramatic story. The only thing that I did not like was Carter’s whining about halfway through. Man, this guy can whine! My hubby and I listened to the middle of this story and sadly that was all he wanted to listen to. Had he listened more I think he would have enjoyed how it ended. Do not stop halfway! Get through Carter’s whining and move along!

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Death: A Post Apocalyptic Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John W. Vance
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    The Death will find you... Devin Chase was just living his life, when the world changed in an instant. In the matter of a week a deadly virus known as The Death ravages the world killing over 90% of those infected. After six months in a self-imposed quarantine, he emerges into a new world. As he travels, he discovers others like him who are immune, but he also discovers that the world he knew is gone. It has been replaced with a savage and brutal one where the only rule is kill or be killed.

    Jim says: "Review of The Death"
    "survivors from a deadly virus"
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    “The Death: Quarantine” is the first part of The Death trilogy by John W. Vance, self Published in December 2014, narrated by Guy Williams. It is Post Apocalyptic and adventure genres, I didn’t see it as a horror story though, generally speaking it was fun, interesting, and quick paced.

    The story revolves around two sites and groups of survivors from a deadly virus which ended more than 90% of living things on earth, one is in the Midwest and the other in a FEMA camp in Colorado. The first group includes Devine who meets Chase and her dog Brando, he travels with them (since he doesn’t have better things to do ), both of them meet people on their way. While the second group includes Lori, her husband Fred and their son, they are trying to get out of the FEMA camp.

    The setting of the story is excellent, the description of what is left is like during such a situation is realistic, the events were moving in an exciting pace. Even though some events were predictable, however, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story.

    The virus plot is done in a very good manner and the way the writer used doubt until the final scenes where you know the truth was intense. Even though I didn’t like the ending (the cliff hanger) it didn’t give me motivation to read the second part like other trilogies.

    I felt the characters within the two groups were different enough. Some of the characters, in the Midwest group, I found to be very shallow and not believable. For example: The main character is indecisive almost cowardly, yet in the battle he transforms into a military general; the teenager who has no emotional package and the obedience of six years old. Like enjoyed the characters in the second group much more, because we can feel the emotional depth and realism (not always though, there were some scenes were so out of place).

    The narrator for this novel was Guy Williams, he was awesome he literally gave the characters lives on their own, each character had its own voice and accent, his reading made me enjoy the fast paced plot more than normal reading, his ability to control the rise and the drop of his voice made this novel a great experience for me.

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  • The Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    A strange plague called the "Gets" is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget - small things at first, like where they left their keys... then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily - and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered - a universal healer, from initial reports.

    Charles says: "Troubling"
    "This book is rather strange and disquieting"
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    This book is rather strange and disquieting. Full of flashbacks and sometimes rather confusing. The story starts out with Luke Nelson traveling 10,000 miles to meet with his estranged brother. The request came from the government and they made the travel arrangements.
    There is a deadly plague that has invaded every country in the world. It makes people forget. They forget everything until they just die from starvation. Worse yet, no one knows how it is transmitted.

    Luke’s brother, Clayton, may had found a cure. A miracle cure not for just this plague but for all disease. He has sent a message for Luke to join him in his research lab that is deep in the Mariana Trench.

    As Luke travels to meet his brother, he thinks back to when they were children. These flashbacks set the tone of their relationship. Clayton is a genius and a sadistic psychopath and a sociopath. He only cares about his research and the fame it brings him. The lives of his subjects have no value. He can’t understand why Clayton would want to see him. He was a animal vet. Clayton was an animal killer. He didn’t want to clean up after him again.

    This is a mix of “Twilight Zone”, “Outer Limits” and “X-Factor.” Horror story at it’s best. It gets very graphic in places. I think it was too much sometimes with all the flashbacks and dream sequences. It was hard to tell sometimes if it was real or another one of Luke’s dreams, or a dream within a dream. The parts that were in the dark with only a flashlight were the most frightening.

    Cory Brill has a nice voice and gave a good rendition. His dictation was flawless. Sometimes his voice was too nice, considering what he was reading.
    Production was clear and without static or breaks. Overall an engrossing story.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Warm Hello

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dylan Brody
    • Narrated By Jack Voorhies
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This is a story dealing with space and the celestial bodies in it. When celestial bodies communicate, humans scream - except for a lucky few who live without regrets and journey beyond ordinary understanding.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "enlightening and rather unique"
    "enlightening and rather unique"
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    The Warm Hello by Dylan Brody is an enlightening and rather unique story that is played out over a relatively short period of time. The cover page is simple yet quite beautiful as opposed to the written book cover which is rather cheesy. Basically, a celestial entity of enormous proportions is seen in space and seconds later it says “HELLO!”; the repercussions of that kind word are extraordinary. The narration and production are off the charts excellent and I don’t say that lightly. With the voices, complicated scenes and rather complex lingo Jack Voorhies did a fantastic job keeping all aspects of this story and production in order.

    I must admit I had to listen to the full story twice and fortunately it’s only 4 hours, 50 minutes in duration so easily redone in a day. Quite happy I decided to listen the second time as I had missed something small in the prologue but it created a lot of confusion in the chapters ahead and might have tarnished my review. There are many intricate scenes in the story and multiple perspectives, meaning you will hear a scene played out several times from the different characters….including the cat and various planets, so keep your ears tuned in or you will miss the character and in turn what the scene is doing.

    After the “HELLO” life changes, not only for Earth and her people, but also for the entire galaxy. Senses, not just the five we know about but many more are coming to be in not only humans but also wildlife, plant life, rocks and planets.The “HELLO” from the entity was so devastating it was considered a threat rather than a friendly greeting and naturally the idea is to destroy the thing, but that’s supposed to be a secret……

    It’s a story about war, peace, how regret harms us, and what true well-being could look like. In a world caught up in greed, pleasure and deceit the outcome is rather pleasant. On a gently funny note, there are a few moments when I’m sure the entity is a 1960’s hippie whose only motivation is to find other entities to play with. Even with the often times confusing scientific lingo the story is one I think many will enjoy. I hope to read more from Dylan Brody in the future.

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  • The Bees: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Laline Paull
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (276)

    Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen.

    Katrina says: "My favorite audio book"
    "The Bees is a fantastic blend of nature and fantas"
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    The Bees by Laline Paull is a superbly imaginative story of one particular bee, Flora 717, and the world encompassed in and about one particular orchard bee hive. Setting this story in the simple, yet complex world of bees, Ms Paull creates a very understandable, recognizable portrait of life in a hive, of a thousand bees working in harmony for the benefit of the Queen Bee, of an inhospitable outer world casting dangers to the hive, including smoke from fire, threats from wasps, spiders and crows, and the impact of seasons on nectar gathering. Likened to The Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale, Watership Down, Animal Farm, 1984, The Rats of NIMH and more, this book encompasses so many genres! While many reviewers are quick to draw similarities to these books and just as many other reviews are quick to discount the said similarities, I’d suggest you wait to make draw your own conclusions. For myself, there is no need to compare this book to another because without reference to another book, this story stands strong on its own merits.

    This creative Regency thought- and speech-tinged, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian novel begins as Flora 717 emerges from her birth chamber. Born of the Flora caste, the sanitation caste, Flora 717 is larger than those typical in her caste and has the capacity for speech, not typical of her caste, her kin. These “deformities” require the police to administer the “kindness” (removal by death) to Flora 717. It is Flora 717’s good fortune that she is save by the curiosity-driven help and encouragement of Sister Sage, of the priestess caste. And, so begins a life in which Flora 717 will demonstrate her courage and resolve to save her hive time and again. It is her determination to do right by the hive, her curiosity and her ability to think that leads Flora 717 into situations requiring “the kindness” to be imposed on her time and again, but good fortune or good luck allows her yet another day, another day to live and another day to reach outside of her caste.

    The Bees is a fantastic blend of nature and fantasy. I found myself thoroughly enamored with the anthropomorphism coupled with the natural science of a bee’s hive; the intelligence and sophisticated organization that is a true wonder of the natural world. It is this anthropomorphism that will draw fans of Richard Adam’s Watership Down and of Robert O’Brien’s Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The Hive Mind and the All For One (in this case, the “One” being the Queen Bee) and One For All unity of the hive is what may draw fans of dystopian novels in which the underdog (of a society run entirely by women, no less) rises above the “government” to become more than she should have. The dialogue shouts Regency-era, and yet hive mantra regurgitation shouts Animal Farm. The “Deformity Means Death” mindset touts the idealistic benefits of eugenics; all the while the caste system emphasizes the performance perfections of design for function and function for design. As the characters are bees, not “young adults”, this may not be technically be classified as a YA books, but there is nothing in the plot that should concern parents if their teen children express an interest in reading this novel. There is so much in these 330-plus pages to appeal to many readers, including book clubbers who love to dissect a book, to “take sides” and “argue”.

    As my review is in response to listening to the audio book version of the story, I cannot comment on the text version and its state of edit. The audio book is a 10 1/4 hour listen, narrated by Orlagh Cassidy with a very clean, clear production quality. This was my first listen by Ms Cassidy, even as she has many narration performances to her credit from many different genres, and including a dozen performances of David Baldacci novels. Ms Cassidy did an outstanding job with this performance — making her voice distinctive with each caste of characters, including the humorously slothful drones, the meek sanitation workers, the proud, arrogant Sage Caste, the dutiful nursery caste and more.

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  • Beyond the Barriers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (204)
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    (202)

    The day the world ended, Erik Tragger escaped to the mountains. Cut off from civilization for five months, he returned to find a ruined city now ruled by the living dead. Tragger joins a group of survivors with a plan: make it to Portland where humanity is carving out a stronghold. But along the way they face opposition at every turn - the dead, rogue military forces, looters - and a new enemy more dangerous than any they have yet encountered. Among the stumbling, mindless zombies are... ghouls.

    Mike Naka says: "much better than expected"
    "No one plans on the end of the world"
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    “No one plans on the end of the world” no truer words spoken!

    Recognizing signs that the end of the word is coming to an end, Erir Tragger, flips off the CNN News and heads off to the local Wal-mart to shop for supplies before heading off to a friends cabin in the mountains. Relying on his special forces training, Tragger feels confident he can survive the impending change.

    Tragger connects with a group of survivors wanting to travel to Portland and thus begins his journey into a brief love relationship with a woman abused and nearly broken by life, a strong friendship with another special forces member and an arch rival named Lee.

    Tragger finds that his special training instincts are rusty but given time he’s confident they will come back. After stopping at Walmart to gather supplies, Trigger escapes to the mountains removing himself from the end. However, his supplies dwindle driving him towards his home where more supplies are hidden.

    Connecting with a group of survivors who plan to move to Portland, Tragger finds himself falling for a woman who is strong yet broken by life. He also connects with Scott another military member.

    One would think that looters and zombies would be all the survivors would need to contend with but no … a new twist on the zombie genre generates green-eyed ghouls who use telepathic skills to control the zombies.

    Forced to move on by another horde attack after his girlfriend is injured, he connects with others … including the snake-skin boots owned by Lee. A fierce looter with little regard to others and only out to be the biggest, baddest man around who takes what he wants.

    Escaping from a ghoul camp, and another encounter with Lee has Tragger questioning his humanity – can he kill a ghoul who is nearly human or even kill his arch rival? The fate of his arch enemy who was left near deaths door in the ghoul camp is unknown but there are suspicions … an end to an excellent book! An excellent start to the next one – where is Lee??? And will his loyalty and faith in humanity get him killed – it has already blinded him, putting his and others lives in jeopardy.

    During Traggers struggles, readers are naturally connected to the story and characters because of their down to earthiness and a general shared feeling of right vs wrong.

    The author uses rich vocabulary to pain details for every event capturing the reader.

    The audio book production was flawless. Audio Studies did an excellent job of producing this audiobook.

    The narrator, Christian Rummel was excellent! He made listening to the book nail biting – he ability to project anxiety, fear, terror, and other feelings was amazing. Also his pronunciation was clear and concise.

    I highly recommend this book – it captures and holds the reader mesmerized from beginning to end. The down-to-earthiness makes it more real leaving one rooted in the story. While there are common zombie behaviors, the twists in this plot makes it exciting and engrossing.

    I can’t wait to read the next one!

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  • Afterbirth: A Strandville Zombie, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Belinda Frisch
    • Narrated By Julia Farmer
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    The survivors of the Nixon Center escape struggle in a post-apocalyptic world where the walking dead aren’t the biggest threats. Working from a remote, mountain cabin, Dr. Howard Nixon is determined to salvage what is left of his experiment. Allison escapes him, clinging to life and with no idea what's happened in the world. Zach is looking for her, but time is running out. Reid lives holed up in the Nixon Center and waits for his revenge.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This wound up being a great second book"
    "This wound up being a great second book"
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    This wound up being a great second book in the Strandville Zombie Series. I really am finding that Belinda Frisch has an interesting imagination. And it must be very gory! Which of course I love!

    I normally do not enjoy when a storyline jumps months but in this it made sense. The first book shows how the zombie outbreak occurred, readers do not have to know every detail between now and then. This way the reader is able to get the meaty bits of the story, not the blah, blah, blah. And I think Belinda Frisch did a great job accessing where her readers were going to want to pick back up with the characters.

    I listened to this back to back and enjoyed the narration in this just as much as book two. I mentioned in my first review that it is odd to hear a woman narrator but Julia Farmer once again hits the nail on the head. She narrates the hell out of this! I really think no matter how great of a book you have, if the narration does not fit, then it just does not work. With Belinda’s writing and Julia’s narration, this winds up being awesome.

    One thing I don’t understand is the plot story line with Allison. I will have to go back to ensure I am wrong or not but the whole line with how she took the drug. It was her choice but in this she decides to blame Zack. He completely takes the blame for her taking the shots. She did say she did not want to be treated anymore AFTER already taking the shots. But by then neither of them had a choice. I know Zack wanted her to take the shots but after the entire issues with the shot he did not want her to take it. So… this entire chapter, about halfway through, confused me a bit. Doesn’t have much to do with the entire plot, but with hers and Zack’s it does make a difference.

    That’s just a hint of Belinda’s fantastic writing and although I have a few questions, and I am curious if there is going to be a third, the book ended with me feeling pretty good. I really enjoyed that Belinda definitely made it apparent that karma was prevalent in the apocalypse! Although, interestingly some people I thought I would like, I wound up not, and vice versa for those that I did not like. I think that again speaks to the great writing when a villain is able to turn into nearly a hero!

    I really hope if there is a third, that it will also be read by Julia Farmer. I will be the first in line to pick that up!

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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