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  • Dead Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse... One Beer at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Johnson
    • Narrated By Neil Hellegers
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    Charlie Campbell was your average, balding, thirty-year-old alcoholic with a dead-end job and a penchant for shambling through life one mistake after another. However, none of that mattered following the sudden arrival of a mysterious sickness that brought with it infected mobs of zombie-like creatures thirsting for the flesh of the living. Trapped in a Chicago apartment the morning after a raucous bachelor party, Charlie and his old fraternity buddies must battle for survival against the cannibalistic horde, a military invasion and their own rampant stupidity.

    Chuck says: "Very Nearly Perfect"
    "National Lampoon's Zombie Apocalypse"
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    I think you could call Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse... One Beer at a Time National Lampoon's Zombie Apocalypse or think of it as The Hangover with Zombies. Yes, this audiobook was that ridiculous, full of crude sophomoric humor, plus enough penis jokes to last me at least the rest of the year. I hate to admit it but I was laughing out loud at times and at others it made me cringe with the overly misogynistic vulgarity. The first half of the story is little more than following a group of juvenile thirty somethings (I think) as they do a typical bachelor bar hopping party. Now these are the people that are rarely mentioned in a zombie apocalypse stories and I think it's because there isn't much to the characters, their not the military types or survivalists or individuals with troubled pasts as the typical stars of this genre. There was very little actual zombie encounters, however there were plenty of other ways to be disturbing. If you are looking for something different yet entertaining in the increasingly overcrowded zombie genre, you will love it or hate it, but you will certainly remember, Johnson's undertaking.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plague War: The Author's Cut

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Cam Najarro and Ruth Goldman have developed a vaccine to protect Earth's survivors from the Archos plague, but the shattered U.S. government will do anything to keep the vaccine for themselves. Intent on sharing their cure, Cam and Ruth must cross the apocalyptic wastelands of North America – never realizing a greater threat is about to strike...

    Shieldslinger says: "Great Post-Apocalyptic Romp!"
    "Well written with high levels of anxiety inducing"
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    A mixture of military and post-apocalyptic thriller set in the not too distant future, Plague War captivates it’s audience with several gut wrenching ideas (not necessary new ones) that are communicated clearly and concisely thus making them very real!

    Nanotechnology that was designed to create cures for diseases takes an unexpected turn – it is released and begins to eat at all living organisms – plant, animal and human alike – destroying them. Only those that escape and live in the mountains – 10,000 feet above survive.

    Staged in the war torn U.S., Dr. Ruth Goldman, Cam, and Nemocheck struggle to reach a military base in Colorado, escape from Leadville and deliver the vaccine to the good guys. Amidst an invasion by China and Russia, our heroes must deliver the vaccine while dodging nuclear bombs, invading forces and their own people!

    This book also focuses on the power struggle of nations as well as survival of humankind – we are our own worst enemy. Communications break-down, bombs are no longer a threat but a reality. As if this is not enough, Ruth must find the origin of a ghost nanotech that has taken up residency in the vaccine while navigating a romance.

    Well written with high levels of anxiety inducing moments, Carlson achieves a well-developed, very real like plot with twists that leave one wondering what he has in store for them next. An excellent read for those who love military thrillers and those who love relationship themed reads.

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  • Phantom Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Bridges, Geoffrey Thorne, Jeffrey Bridges
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Sam, a guilt-ridden blacksmith, gets a telegram from the woman he left behind, asking for help. He returns to his hometown to find the "afflicted" roaming the streets, and discovers that letting go of the past is even more difficult than battling supernatural hordes.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Fantastic audio production!"
    "Fantastic audio production!"
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    What a fantastically done audio! It's rare when I get the pleasure of listening to an audio that is a full production and I must say I love it! There was so much that I enjoyed, the voices, the extra production noises added in, it was marvelous. I feel that all of this added so much to the story. Like for instance when they are in the mine you can hear their voices start to have that echo like quality. When people are walking or riding horses or on a carriage all those extra noises are added. It made the audio so much more enjoyable for me!

    As for the story it was also quite fun. The characters are believable and I just adore Sam. He seems like the type of person that you definitely want in your corner because he is just so willing to fight for his friends. Clara was my all time favorite and seemed the most believable of them all. Although Sam is a really close second. And Edwin was also really fun to listen to. His obsession with rock candy mirrors my own! Now I'm craving it!

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  • Broken Angel: House Phoenix, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By S.W. Vaughn
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Gabriel Morgan just wants to find his missing sister. All he has is his determination, and the knowledge that she's somewhere in New York City and may be involved with an underground street fighting ring known simply as the Organization. Marcus Slade, one of the Organization's leaders, wants money - and the young, strong, hot-tempered Gabriel looks like a sure bet. To ensure cooperation, Slade kidnaps the girl, then grabs Gabriel from the streets and gives him a choice: Fight, or watch his sister die.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "If you aren’t into MMA or similar fighting styles"
    "If you aren’t into MMA or similar fighting styles"
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    First thoughts about the cover of Broken Angel? Well, that’s a bit scary. The wall looks cracked, the door looks like it is in shadow. Is it a basement? Is it a dungeon? Is that blood on the floor?! It had my brain asking several questions before I ever started the book. Good way to draw the reader/listener in.

    This story is about Gabriel Morgan. He’s trying to find his sister. He feels he is responsible for her, he must take care of her, save her. In doing so, he unwillingly ends up getting tied in with underground fighting. He fights to protect his sister.

    The main ‘bad guy’ for most of this book is Slade. Honestly, this guy is an A-Hole to the max. Cruel, angry, narcissistic, manipulative… He sure makes a great bad guy for sure! I wanted to punch.

    Troy Duran is the narrator for this story. I loved his voice. Troy Duran has a sort of throaty growl in his voice that I found lovely. I loved the accents he gave to some of the characters in the book. This book is 9 hours, 1 minute, and 40 seconds. Well worth the time.

    There are several descriptive bloody fight scenes. Kinda mixes boxing, mixed martial arts, free style, and flat out brawling. If you aren’t into MMA or similar fighting styles, this book is not for you. It has a great story line about the five houses that run the fighting ring as well.

    The one mistake the narrator made that I caught was at the end of chapter six. It was a small one word oopsie, but it still brought me out of the story. The word bow. He read it as bow as in bow and arrow. It should have been said as one would bow a head. As in bend forward or curve downward. Same spelling, but different. Over all I greatly enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the others in this series. They are on my list for sure.

    When I finished this book it left me with the feeling that sometimes people are not what they seem. Even the best person has their dark side. There will always be people in your life that you think you cannot live without, but you might have to cut ties and walk away. Sometimes letting go is the only way to move forward.

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  • 900 Miles: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. Johnathan Davis
    • Narrated By Jamison Jones
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    John is a killer, but that wasn't his day job before the Apocalypse. In a harrowing 900-mile race against time to get to his wife just as the dead begin to rise, John, a businessman trapped in New York, soon learns that the zombies are the least of his worries, as he sees firsthand the horror of what man is capable of with no rules, no consequences, and death at every turn. Teaming up with an ex-army pilot named Kyle, they escape New York only to stumble across a man who says that he has the key to a rumored underground stronghold called Avalon....

    Mike Naka says: "funny zombie thrill ride"
    "This is my favorite sort of zombie story"
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    I love zombie books, But I approach each book like this download I found called “ONE but the only one.”

    It’s a 100 song compilation of the song “ONE ” by U2, There are every kind of musical approach to the song. Some are good some are painful. They all have more or less the same words, but how each artist has done something with those words makes all the difference.

    900 Miles is a great story about people, and the zombies are almost an after thought.

    This is my favorite sort of zombie story,

    The people do the sorts of things both good and bad that you can see yourself and your friends doing,They are not superheros, nor are the idiots, The story is very believable and yet there are parts where I had to rewind and listen it again.

    Not to give away any of the plot. But when the story goes off the main plot line. Let’s just say I was a little more tired then I would normally be at work the next day. From not being able to just pause it, without hearing how it was going to end.

    The story is at it’s heart a very simple one, Something very bad happens and the main person has to struggle to travel 900 miles to where his very pregnant wife is waiting for him. Had the very bad thing, been something like an air plane crash, or say a flood, then the story would be a fairly straight forward one of “man versus the elements”. However the very bad thing that happened was zombies.

    Jamison Jones did a great job of narration, and his voice has a familiar ring to it and that might be because he was a regular in the FOX series 24.

    900 miles is a long way to go with out the modern conveniences of “zombie free travel”, and you feel every single mile before the story is over.

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  • Ravenhill Court

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David R. Beshears
    • Narrated By Karen Krause
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Journey back to 1964... The man is just a boy. He and his friends find that their neighborhood, a cul-de-sac set into the foothills along the California coast, is not all that it appears. There are strange happenings - some amazing, some terrifying, and all pointing to the fact that this little community of families might just be something other than what the rest of the world perceives it to be.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "laden with unexpected twists and unique elements"
    "laden with unexpected twists and unique elements"
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    I’m not a huge ‘epic fantasy’ fanatic, but the premise for this audiobook had me intrigued: who can resist a suburban 1960’s alternate universe story told from the teens and pre-teens who lived it? Not only would it be an interesting counterpoint displaying the world that “was” but the incorporation of alternate events and elements only witnessed by the children would make this unlike other stories I have read or heard about.

    Beshears has created a lovely story, laden with unexpected twists and unique elements, giving us four teens: Ben, Peter, Louis and Julie, and their quest to discover and unmask the strange happenings in their neighborhood. Initially the children are leaning to conspiracy – the adults MUST see what is happening, and they have decided to ‘ignore’ it all, or keep it hidden from them with the oft-heard refrain of “you are too young’. But then things turn on their side in a quite unique way, and the professor asking for their help gives them an entrée into all sorts of new and different perspectives.

    World-building, from the clubhouse to the neighborhood, and the kids’ experiences on their adventure give readers / listeners imagery that is accessible and easy to visualize, and it isn’t geared to just a younger reader. Adults and children alike can appreciate and understand the story, the plotting arc is smooth and flows from questions to adventure to recap smoothly as the characters come together to discuss what they know, don’t know and want to discover.

    Karen Krause is the narrator for this story: I’ve appreciated her work on other titles, and she did not disappoint in this one. Seamlessly navigating between the different voices that she gave to each character, with inflections, pitch and pacing varying slightly to give each character a unique and recognizable voice, her delivery of voices and the addition of emotive traits to emphasize emotions was spot on. The audio production was smooth and free from jarring transitions or noticeable editing.

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doorways: A Book of Vampires, Werewolves, & Black Magic, The Doorways Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tim O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When Zach Black discovers a doorway, he enters a world similar, yet very different from his own. A world inhabited with vampires, werewolves, and zombies, Zach makes a journey like no other. With the help of a beautiful vampire named Neanna Cera and a werewolf called William Weaver, Zach's journey to save the person he loves takes him through the Doorways. But the Doorways have the power to change you - altering your appearance and abilities as you pass between them.

    Harold S. says: "A thrilling story skillfully narrated"
    "This is one of the most unique stories"
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    This is one of the most unique stories I have listened to for a while, and it get marks for that. Imagine a parallel dimension where all of the typical horror story "badguys" are the regular folk, and that you might have a double there too.

    The only way to get to this other world is through magical doorways that no one ever know where there will appear in either world. Allowing for travel back and forth. Hence where the real world vampires, werewolves and the like came from.

    This was a story of Jack Black a young man who walks through a doorway and goes to the other world. Meeting up with friendly vampires and werewolves. That finds himself on a mission to save the double of someone he loves. All the while fighting off the evil zombies and other creatures of the night.

    For me there were too many characters to keep track of. Making it difficult for me to keep attention. While it was full of adventure, it wasn't quite for me.

    There is adventure, blood and gore, fantastical characters, that will bring you back to your younger years. When you had unimaginable friendships with non-human beings. So, if you are looking for something new and different in the fantasy world, Doorways: A Book of Vampires, Werewolves, & Black Magic is sure to be right up your alley.

    Fred Wolinsky did what he could with this one. He really tried to create unique sounding characters, I do appreciate that, but there were just too many.

    He was able to inject real emotion into his performance, truly making the sinister characters sound as evil as he could. There were some points were I had to rewind because I couldn't catch what he was saying. While simultaneously keeping Jack Black sounding young and innocent.

    Based on the performance I will be looking for more from Wolinsky. I think he might do better with fewer characters. And a more straight forward storyline.

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  • The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

    Amanda says: "Remarkable."
    "Brilliantly written, well done audio"
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    Here we are in a bleak future where we are using all of our resources (big surprise) so some brilliant people come up with the idea of Atopia. A place where you can go and live how you want getting all of your pleasures fulfilled. And I do mean … all of them! But you have to be careful what you wish for!! With differing points of view for each story it is very easy to see and understand how the character of that story feels. I was immediately caught up in the storyline from book one and enjoyed most how Matthew Mather ends these. A bit evil (right up my alley).

    Book one and two really caught me and I think there was a real moral lesson to be learned in them, as in this entire story, but those two stuck with me all the way through. It helps that every story starts at the same time and I got to see some of the characters that I’ve come to know. Each story gives a little more depth, and then a bit more so by the end I was able to see how they intertwined.

    The audio for this was fabulous. I loved that this has different narrators. There are so many characters that NOT having multiple narrators may have bogged the voices down, but as it is I was able to interpret the voices very easily. It also helps that at the beginning of some of the chapters in later books we are told who is giving their point of view. Also, sometimes I feel like an audio would be better read in book form, in this case with the differing characters and the great production, hands down suggest audio all the way.

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  • Foreverland Is Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tony Bertauski
    • Narrated By Linda Velwest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Six teenage girls wake with no memories. One of them is in a brick mansion, her blonde hair as shiny as her shoes. The others are in a cabin, their names tagged to the inside of their pants. Their heads, shaved. Slashes mark the cabin wall like someone has been counting. Hundreds of them. There's wilderness all around and one dead adult. The girls discover her body rotting somewhere in the trees. As the weeks pass, they band together to survive the cold, wondering where they are and how they got there.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "So much better that the first book"
    "So much better that the first book"
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    Although this is not a sequel this book is fantastic and felt like a great addition to the Foreverland series. What I did not enjoy about the first, I loved in this, mainly the characters and how they were introduced. I really enjoyed listening to this one as well where the first I felt like if I missed anything then I was in trouble. I wanted to hear every word of it since it was very intriguing and a bit mysterious! Both narrators for the books are fantastic though and I definitely recommend the listen if you do not prefer reading. I had a few audio issues with the first, however this one has been fabulous.

    In this the story starts at a cabin with a few girls who have no memory of how they got there. They do find some food and my favorite of the bunch, Cyn, realizes that since they don't have a clue what is going on, then maybe they should ration the food. From the beginning I could tell that Cyn was fabulous. She is able to stand up to the bullies in the group and doesn't take much crap, even in this really weird environment.

    I cannot express how much I enjoyed listening to this compared to the first. Although the first I considered good I just wasn't compelled to get to know the characters. I hung in because of the first narrator. The narrator in this, Linda Velwest, also did a fantastic job of helping me to stay focused and IN the story. There are many female characters and I was able to distinguish between them all. Kudos not only to the narration but also to Tony Bertauski who kept the gals very different from each other.

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  • Army of the Dead: Zombie Attack!, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Devan Sagliani
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Xander MacNamara’s adventure continues when he is placed in charge of a civilian colony outside Barstow. He and his young wife, Felicity Jane, are forced to deal with the daily grind of reconstruction, the constant menace of zombies, and an equally hungry cannibal tribe known as the Alphas. Things heat up fast when Sonya, a mysterious stranger sent by a secretive benefactor, frees him from enemy captors. Once again, Xander and Felicity find themselves fleeing for their lives from a never-ending series of new threats as well as old ones.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I am now sold on this series"
    "I am now sold on this series"
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    After listening to the first book in this series, I found it to be a no brainer to listed to this book 2 in the Zombie Attack! series. While book 1 was pretty good, I am really hoping that Sagliani can grow his story telling from pre-pubescent to at least mid-adolescent.

    Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed Rise of the Horde. But from there, there is so much room for growth.

    My hat is off to Devan Sagliani for doing exactly what I wanted him to with this story. I wanted growth and I got it. He was able to create dimension and depth within his previously shallow characters.

    A couple of things really surprised me here. First that somehow Sagliani was able to create a squeal that is closer to double the length of the first book than it was to the same length. More often than not I find that the second book to a series becomes shorter than the first.

    Secondly, how the powers that be could have totally managed to split this into two separate stories. As I mentioned it was well long enough to do so. But also the sheer content and volume of the adventure had many suitable stopping points. Kudos for not doing this!

    Thirdly, Army of the Dead didn’t suffer from what I like to call “Book 2 syndrome”. This is were the story slows down to a crawl. Only serving to give more back-story to the characters and to setup the awesome book 3 plot lines and villains.

    Fourthly, this could have been a standalone story very easily. No real need to read or listen to the first book to fully enjoy what is going on. As everything we need to know is explained to us quite nicely.

    Full of huge action scenes. All of the blood and guts and zombie ambushes one would expect. Characters that are more believable than not. That will take you through most of your emotions via zombie filled roller coaster. Plot twists and turns, while no all that surprising, all over. Pure zombie entertainment.

    I am now sold on the series and will be looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Braineater Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephen Kozeniewski
    • Narrated By Steve Rimpici
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he's now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder. But Jones' investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I really hope there's going to be more."
    "I really hope there's going to be more."
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    First, JUST LOOK at that cover! So many covers do not tell the story of what is inside the pages, even though a picture is supposed to be worth 1,000 words. Yeah, right. They always fail. This one? Epic job at bringing to mind what the book is going to be about.

    Second, think The Walking Dead meets Jim Butcher. Gritty, intense, hilarious at times but gruesome always! Being a mystery I was curious if I would truly be able to enjoy it but with this kind of lead character and his snarkiness, I could not NOT enjoy it. (yes double negative equals a positive!)

    The narrator's voice lent to a perfect rendition of what I imagine Jones would actually be like. His voice, deep and raspy, helped to propel my mind into a different and somewhat crazy world. It sounded amazing. Sadly, for some reason the quality wasn't all that great but the story and the essence was all able to come through just fine, it was just a rough quality at times.

    This is the second book that I've read of Stephen's and I have to say, I love his work. It's intense and there is no pulling punches with the gore that is in his stuff. He's laying it all out there but the gore isn't just for the sake of having gore. It matches the story very well.

    Now for the last part... yes, this is about zombies (sort of I guess) but it's a hugely different take on zombies. It's intriguing to say the least. I loved listening to this (again Steve Rimpici is amazing) but this is one book where I think I would have enjoyed it just as much if I had read it. Although, as I'm typing that I already have the feeling that I would miss Steve's gravelly voice.

    I really hope there's going to be more.

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