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  • DEAD: Revelations: DEAD, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By TW Brown
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    The zombies have risen, the world has spiraled into chaos. Small pockets of survivors continue to struggle each day to survive. The best and worst of humanity fight the undead and themselves as they come to grips with a new, violent reality. See the world through Steve's eyes as he tries to balance the duties of leading a band of survivors while caring for a young, Hispanic orphan girl.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "mix of good plot line, good character building"
    "mix of good plot line, good character building"
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    I am excited to rejoin Steve and his survivors, the geeks and their rescued girl Heather. I like the vignettes also, a good snap shot into the worse and the best of humanity.

    DEAD: Revelations: DEAD, Book 2 begins with Steve and his group leaving the security of serenity base to find they’re lost friends. While it sounds like a typical scenario, the sequence of events up to and after their leaving makes it not only plausible, but like something I would do. I really enjoy the character building T.W. Brown does here, I find myself rooting for the good guys.

    They eventually run into a predicament where Steve’s leadership skills are put to the test, not only in the future but also immediately. He allows another group of survivors join up with them even though there is a child that has been bitten. I know what you’re thinking because I was thinking the same thing, that is the first thing you DON’T do in a zombie apocalypse. But think about it, could you pick between a whole group of survivors starving or telling them they would have to finish off the child first? Steve did what I would’ve done and put it off for later, unfortunately his adopted orphan Talia was caught off guard by the infected child.

    There are many vignettes throughout, which are basically mini stories inside of the real story. It is just my opinion but these got a little disturbing, even for me. We also get to meet a band of zombie geeks, who have to leave one their one behind because of a bite, more about them in a little bit.

    The two groups meet up in the end and we are left dying to know what they will do with this new immunity information. As I listened to this I found myself really wanting the good guys to come out on top. The switching from group to group and vignettes can be a bit confusing, but a mix of good plot line, good character building, and good narration made it well worth rewinding once in a while.

    Then there is Kevin and his group of geeks. They manage to rescue a teen super star, her senator mother, and pregnant sister, only to get robbed at gun point by Shaw and his gang. The three of them escape, and rescue another girl from a sick psychopath. One of them gets bit and they put him down, but in the meantime they are waging a war against Shaw trying to re rescue the females. In the middle of all this the guy who got bit is apparently immune and returns.

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  • The Dream Engine: Blunderbuss, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When Eila Doyle first sees the strange boy beckoning in whispers from somewhere deep in her imagination, she questioned her sanity. She was used to seeing strange things with her eyes closed - that's what Eila did all day while strapped to the Blunderbuss, building whatever the Ministry of Manifestation required - but never before have those images felt so real, or so dangerous. After Eila learns the terrible truth about her reality and the monsters inside it, she thinks that maybe madness might be her only escape.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This book left me thinking"
    "This book left me thinking"
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    First thoughts about the cover of The Dream Engine: Blunderbuss, Book 1? Half of a young girl’s face and a giant engine? Is it a steam punk book? Why is it only showing half her face? How is this machine tied in with this girl? Hmm… Well, this just got interesting.

    The main character in this book is Eila Doyle. She’s a teen in a world that centers around a giant machine called The Blunderbuss. She works as a Builder. A Builder is sort of like a conduit for the Blunderbuss to mentally receive ideas, things, objects. Without a Builder the things would not appear from the Blunderbuss. Though unlike other people in her world, she is starting to dream. Other people do not dream. They don’t even remember dreaming. Everything they want or need is made by the Blunderbuss. Or so she thinks.

    The Blunderbuss is a machine that makes everything. At least on the topside of Eila’s city. At first I was a little on the fence about weather or not I liked this book. Once I got into it I greatly enjoyed it. It is one you have to pay attention to closely because if you do not, you will miss something that will come back to confuse you later. The Blunderbuss reminds me of the shape of a hourglass. The topside makes things from thoughts received. The bottom side gets the dreams from everyone topside and bottom side. They send the good ideas back into The Blunderbuss which sends them topside. The topside and bottom side do not know about each other.

    The narrator is Ray Chase. His voice has a slight growl in it. It is more pronounced when he reads male voices. It is soothing, addictive. This book was written by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. It is 10 hours and 32 minutes. This books is a nice listen and enjoyable. I’d recommend it for mid-teens on up.

    This book left me thinking about what we perceive from the world around us. What we take for granted as always being, always would be. Would we still be the same people if we had to think more about things we do everyday so easily? Would we Tinker the ideas out by ourselves to solve our own problems? Life is open to the dreamers and the doers. The key is to be both a dreamer and a doer.

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  • Lines of Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (595)

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

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "MUCH BETTER than the first book"
    "Pure Militart SciFi Entertainment"
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    I really enjoyed the first book in the Frontlines series, so giving book two a shot only seemed natural. I really hope that Kloos can create the same magic, the same intensity, the same well developed story. Many times a second book in a series will lack in the same energy and intensity as the first. I really hope that Kloos can keep this from happening.

    I have suddenly found myself listening to more military science fiction than ever before, and I have to admit that I love it. Every author letting their imagination go wild and create awesomeness from nothing.

    Lines of Departure is, so far in my opinion, even better than the first book. Filled with meticulously crafted military battle scenes. Enough action was packed in to get me jacked like I drank too much coffee. I listened to this in one sitting and I think many other will do the same.

    Kloos was able to dynamically evolve all of the characters that I loved from the first book. While introducing many others. A majority of the story took place on a distant ice planet where the situation becomes FUBAR. I can’t say much because I do not want to give anything away.

    If you enjoyed Terms of Enlistment you will love book two. If you were on the fence about book one you will love book two. I cannot wait until book tree comes out as I will be waiting in line for it.

    In over 1000 audio books that I have listened to in my life. I have never heard a performance like the one Luke Daniels gives in Lines of Departure. He injects every sentence with so much energy and emotion. Daniels is truly at the top of his game. While there was a plethora of characters for Daniels to keep straight, he gave each their own voice with ease. At part he made me jump out of my seat by actually yelling when a character was.

    Another reason for the success of this audio performance was Daniels ability to change the pacing on a dime. Slowing down for the sentimental parts. Then exploding into a frantic blitz action and battles, without missing a beat.

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  • The Keeper's Calling: The Keeper's Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kelly Nelson
    • Narrated By James Simenc
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    They come from two different worlds. One fateful discovery will bring them together. Neither of their lives will ever be the same. Chase Harper's to-do list for senior year never included fall in love and fight for your life, but things rarely go as planned. Tarnished gold and resembling a pocket watch, the counter he finds in a cave during the summer of 2011 will forever change the course of his life, leading him to the beautiful Ellie Williams and unlocking a power beyond his wildest imagination.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This was a surprising listen"
    "This was a surprising listen"
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    This was a surprising listen. It was a well thought and planned out series of events in this book and narration expertly done. I could predict that Kelly Nelson is looking at a long career as an author of YA. From the storyline, narration and characters it certainly was a shame that this book took this long to be made into an audiobook from the published book date. Kelly Nelson’s YA read/listen audio even though meant for YA. I am in older age group I enjoyed every moment of it as I know others would. I was drawn right into the story and as I listen to it could actually visualized the events, the scenery, the support cast of characters. I probably could have listen to this all in one day but starting later in the day finished up the next day. A lot is packed into the 9+ hrs.

    Kelly has intertwined the main characters of Chase Harper and Ellie Williams. Seeing how Chase is from 2011 and Ellie Williams is from 1863 still the same age was able to build a relationship between them. This book has combined the best of magic, time travel, history, love and most of all adventure!

    Starting in 2011 Chase Harper is ending his summer vacation on a family camping trip in Zion National Park. Being bored and no one wanted to join him for a bike ride on this particularly hot day he heads off on his own. Coming upon a cave he decides to explore and cool off. When dropping his flashlight between some rocks his adventure begins with the discovery of a box containing a watch. A very special watch. Thought here we go – like any other time travel book. This one however has a nice and yet subtle flow.

    Upon opening the box and discovering the watch and opening it up. Chase like any typical teen sees the glowing buttons is only curious and presses the one. As he departs the cave notices some major changes and the start of his adventure. Seeing Ellie being lead away by 2 men on horse, Chase thinks it is a movie being filmed. Then he realizes its not. Following the men Chase thru events helps save Ellie and their time travel begins.

    As with any teen story throw in an assortment of the teens family and friends. Trying to keep their stories straight with the help of his twin sister Jessica. Helping Ellie adjust from the culture shock of the 21st century. Chase learning he is now the Keeper of the watch. Learning how to use it. His body changes that has people questioning him. His time travel mishaps.

    Learning that him and Ellie have people out to kill them. Will Chase protect them? Does Ellie go back to her own time? Who is after them?

    The narrator James Simenc was a perfect choice By Kelly for the start of this series. When I started to listen to this I could tell this was a young man narrating. Perfect since I find it hard to listen to a YA read by someone older. Not only was he a convincing Chase. But, surprisingly did well with the multiple female parts. Distinguishing voices for the males parts. Hoping that he continues with the following books in this series. Nothing is worst than a change up of narrators. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Will actually need to read the series since I don’t think I could wait for the audio to come out.

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  • The Eyes of Athena: Ari Cohen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Spencer Hawke
    • Narrated By Spencer Hawke
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A plays-by-his-own-rules Mossad agent is pulled into a web of lies and intrigue involving Iran, Russia, and a secret society sworn to protect the United States for more than 200 years. Ari Cohen must now stop an attack that stretches across continents, governments and time. With the help of an ex-Navy SEAL turned Secret Service and the Secretary of State, Ari will face the Iranians, the Russians and even the Mafia to protect the Free World, but will it be enough?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "excellently written as very detailed and realistic"
    "excellently written as very detailed and realistic"
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    The Eyes of Athena: Ari Cohen, Book 1 was excellently written as it was very detailed and realistic. Spencer Hawke, the author and narrator, did an excellent job of research.

    Athena is a secret organization since the founding fathers, more active than any other secret branch as well as more protective and patriotic. Moving Athena into the 21st century called for a more diverse board and a woman strong enough to lead not only Athena but America through a secret yet deadly time with Russia and Iran. While the book was about Ari Cohen a Mossad agent recruited to help with Athena, it became more encompassing drawing battle lines and loyalties.

    I was surprised to begin listening to this and then half-way through discovering several years had passed in the story. I was so engrossed in the details and the story itself the passing of time surprised me. It further drives home how these things – espionage and such take years to develop.

    I loved how Hawke moved around painting the story showing the evilness vs goodness and loyalty vs traitor. Bringing in the Russian Mafia was an excellent addition to the story – it shows how coincidence can be very misleading and delays important strategies.

    Without revealing the ending – I LOVED IT!

    The characters are well portrayed. I caught my breath several times fearing the worst for my favorite characters. This is the best espionage book I’ve read. It has the right mix of espionage, secrets, agents, storylines and romance.

    I highly recommend this to anyone who has a passion for thrillers but also for those of you who don’t. Not being a regular reader of this type of writing, I was very surprised at how well Hawke drew me into the story.

    The narrator, Spencer Hawke, did an excellent job with enunciation and keeping the energy going. He did an excellent job of keeping the passion going and driving the fear.

    The production of the audio book was well executed also. I encountered no rough spots or problems. It was clear and flowed nicely.

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  • The Egg

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me." A short story about the universe.

    K. Allenby says: "Excellent"
    "Weir is a master of putting words together."
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    First let me admit that it is going to be very difficult to write a meaningful review of The Egg. Being 8 minutes long and all. I first saw this story on some unknown website somewhere. I read it, got goosebumps all over my body. Read it over and over and over. Shared it with my friends on all the social sites. Read it out loud, sorry R.C. Bray, to my wife. I was mesmerized.

    Not sure if there is some sort of underlying religious stuff hidden within, as I know nothing of religion other than some people hate it and others love it.

    Where the magic lays is how every word spoke to my soul, or my spirit, or my subconscious, whatever you want to call it. It made me start asking questions about the meaning of life.

    Beautifully written, thought provoking, Weir is a master of putting words together.

    Even though it probably took you longer to read this then this story is long, and it definitely took me longer to write it. Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen. There will be the two of us dollars expense on an audio production in awhile.

    R.C. Bray delivers every word seamlessly. While managing to differentiate the two characters. I love how you can throw any book at him and he will perform it like there is no other.

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  • Contagious

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Andrew B. Wehrlen
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    What starts as an emergence of a new virus quickly turns into Mother Nature’s ultimate population control. While attending a seminar at the Ambassador Hotel, Ava Mason is unknowingly exposed to a carrier of a highly contagious virus. The next morning, she wakes to a steady pounding on her door. Within minutes, her home is stormed and she and her three children are apprehended, placed in a van and taken away. They are told nothing. No one is. Ava, her children, and others are brought to the Ambassador and sealed in.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "She is a master of weaving tales"
    "She is a master of weaving tales"
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    Firstly, I’ve read Jacqueline Druga before so I knew what I was getting myself into with this one. She is a master of weaving tales of all the different people that are affected by a virus and their responding attitudes, crimes, or praying!

    This was no different. I loved The Flu, however, in this book we really get to delve into people’s lives. I liked being able to follow someone as they are faced with the plague and/or their loved ones dying. I think it lends itself to the reader being able to really get invested in the characters much more than when they are killed off suddenly or when they just fall out of the plot.

    I also love that she isn’t afraid to start a plague at the beginning. She lets us follow the virus as it goes across the world. This particular story is mostly in America but she allows her readers to view what is going on in the rest of the world as well.

    I really enjoyed the characters. I was also surprised that there was only one narrator. Andrew Wehrlen does such a good job that I thought there were at least two, if not three narrators. I easily could tell the characters apart and never had a difficult time keeping up with him. He also has a great way of really inflecting the drama into a scene that allows for the reader to feel like they are in the situation. Scary to say the least.

    The overall audio was also pleasant to listen to. The performance was obviously amazing and the production quality kept up with the fabulous job that Andrew Wehrlen did.

    The storyline was intense and made for a fantastic story. The ideas that Jacqueline Druga comes up with are so upsetting because I do not think she is far off from reality. It makes for an intense plot. She keeps the pacing and the characters do not shy away from danger. Sometimes stupidly, sometimes heroically.

    This is definitely one you’ll want to listen to while you don’t have your mind occupied elsewhere. There are so many subtle events that missing them could create some questions. My favorite was the bit of a twist with the virus. She does this so well that she winds up adding in drama and tension seamlessly. She was also able to create drama by making the base for the virus an hotel. The hotel seems to add even more tension but as the story progresses it seems that there isn’t a safe place anywhere!

    I loved how this ended and cannot wait to read more of her work.

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  • Little Green Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Cawdron
    • Narrated By Scifi Publishing, Jeffrey Hays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
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    (12)

    The crew of the Dei Gratia set down on a frozen planet and are attacked by little green men. Chief Science Officer David Michaels struggles with the impossible situation unfolding around him as the crew are murdered one by one. With the engines offline and power fading, he races against time to understand this mysterious threat and escape the planet alive.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "a roller coaster ride of visuals and emotions"
    "a roller coaster ride of visuals and emotions"
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    Chief Science Officer Michaels along with the crew of the Dei Gratia travel to distant plants to mine the resources available. However, he finds himself in the unique position of encountering the first ever extraterrestrial contact. Violent little green men attack him and the crew leaving bodies and mysteries of their encounter. Using history and man's unique ability to destroy everything they come into contact with, Michaels manages to solve the mystery of the little green men and save the crew.

    Cawdron takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of visuals and emotions as the little green men make their mark upon the crew. Not your ordinary sci-fi book, Cawdron leaves much to the imagination and gives the reader just enough to keep them hooked until the end. At the end, the reader finds him/herself pondering the inner workings of humans and their interactions with others. Who are the true monsters? Little green men or the humans who invaded American and slaughtered without prejuidice or the humans who invaded other countries during the crusades? Why do humans destroy everything?

    These questions and more make the story stick with you well past the ending. Excellent plot, well developed and executed perfectly.

    The narrator, Jeffrey Hayes, did an excellent job of narrating and injecting the appropriate emotions.

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  • 299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (260)

    299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

    Jan says: "Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase..."
    "I was entranced by the character development"
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    I haven’t listened to any straight up survival stories. Maybe I feel that I need that something extra, you know zombies, werewolves, psychopaths, to make it interesting. However, there was something about The Preparation (299 Days Book 1) that kept drawing my attention.

    I have been seeing many audiobooks popping up in this new sub-genre in the last few months, so they have to be entertaining right? I am going with my gut and nothing else on this one, my gut is only right about 80% of the time.

    Have you seen the television show Doomsday Preppers? Well get ready for that in much much higher detail and explanations than the show has ever provided.

    I was entranced by the character development and overall back story of Grant Matson. going from a young poor kid with less than nothing. To a highly successful lawyer, with everything that money could buy. Yet he felt unfulfilled, like there was something missing.

    Intertwined with lots, I mean a ton of what could be considered right wing conservative propaganda. If your not open minded to this sort of information, either don’t listen or you might get ticked off. Or you might start singing praises, who knows.

    What I know is this was a intricately crafted story of one man realizing there is more to life than money. That being personal security and the safety of his family when the worst happens. With this story that would be the slow collapse of the government, leaving the public to fend for them selves.

    I intensely agreed and disagreed with so many different things, I couldn’t stop listening. In fact I have already started stockpiling for my own peace of mind. I am hooked on this story and there are a ton of audiobooks in this series that I only hope there is enough time for.

    Kevin Pierce is not the typical type of narrator. Because this was not a big boisterous, polished newscaster type of performance, nor did it call for such. Characterizations were only done just enough to barely differentiate characters in a scene.

    Pierce blew me away with his soft-spoken approach. That over time, expertly grew from an scared uncertain boy to a self-reliant and assured man doing what he thinks is best. I hope to be able to get to listen to more from him.

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  • Murder in Mystic: Liz Adams Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marilyn Dalla Valle
    • Narrated By Gillian Vance
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    The peaceful surroundings of the historic seaport, Mystic, Connecticut, enticed Liz and Garret Adams to leave their hectic careers and move aboard their sailboat, Sloopy. Only a year had passed when they stumbled onto the remains of a young, Naval officer, who washed ashore at Napatree Point. While waiting for Garret to return with the police, Liz is gripped by feelings that she does not understand and would plunge her into a treacherous search for the killer.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Once this book grabs you it will be till the END!"
    "Once this book grabs you it will be till the END!"
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    I found myself caught up in the first moments of the narration. Like a visual opening of a movie. Tony slowly closing in on his prey. A cadet from Annapolis tied up and drugged. As he comes to, Tony slowly cutting the buttons off his jacket. Caressing him as the cadet realizes that this was not the women he met at the bar the night before. Asking what do you want with me. Pleading to leave him go. Of course I will let you go says Tony as he then stabs him and pushes him into the water to never to be seen again! or so as he thinks. Great start isn't it? Now moving into the story as the other main characters evolve are Liz and Garret Adams. A middle age couple so tired of the busy life that they left for Mystic, CT to live on a boat for a slower pace in life. Well, so they thought. The couple soon finds themselves propelled into the murder of the cadet. Upon finding the missing body of the cadet a few days later washed up along the shore during their boat outing. Liz starts to get her psychic feelings and does not like what she is feeling and hearing from the cadet. "What are you saying?" asked her husband. Just get the police begs Liz. And so the couple especially Liz is now head deep in wanting to find the killer since the cadet asked her to do so. Except the captain tells her that the police will do the job in finding the killer.

    As the audio narration proceeds you cannot help but keep listening to see what happens next! The author has done a marvelous job of taking the first introduce main character Tony that in your mind you will as I did think "Okay he is a cross dresser with issues". Only to find out there is an even darker secret that will come out later in the book. The investigating police officer like most I have encountered in other crime dramas finally comes out saying "Leave the investigating to us! Just share your info." That was until Liz starts getting threats and they think she is next! She finds herself sharing her concerns with some friends but should she? That is something that she and you the reader will find out!

    Is her vision of the cadet real. She sees a psychic suggested by a friend and only finds that what she feels and other info that just may help find the killer. But everything she is told is like a riddle and shares that with the police. This is the point where okay I have it figured out what is going on and then the author does a 180 degree turn in the story keeping you listening to see what is next right to that last exciting moment when all is revealed!

    The narration by Gillian Vance was fantastic. I love when a narrator can change up the characters voices so that you have a better feel for the characters. Another female narrator added to my growing list to watch for and listen to for future books. Nice flow from one to the other characters. So not to spoil the story you really need to download and listen to this great storyline. This book is not intended for YA - I feel that over 20's but I feel those in my age range of 50's will really relate to the characters much better. Last note on this book is the cover design. I feel when you look at this very plain not a I want to read or listen to this book as I have with a lot of books I get! I feel maybe the ghostly image of the cadet over the sailboats. Knife lying at his feet.

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  • The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michele W. Miller
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Eight people escape zombie-infested New York. They have only one thing in common: the addict gene. The same genetic quirk that makes alcoholics and addicts susceptible to booze and drugs gives them a mysterious ability to evade the undead. But that's not enough to unite them. They're an unlikely crew: A Botoxed Upper East Sider; a drug dealer; a resentful daughter of addicts; a recovering AA guy; a Japanese ex-dope fiend; an addicted Ivy Leaguer; and a Mexican immigrant.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Soft zombie story, still fun and interesting"
    "Soft zombie story, still fun and interesting"
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    Being somewhat familiar with 12 step recovery programs, this is going to be an interesting listen. I do know what the "thirteenth step" is. For those of you that do not know it is when a person with established sobriety dates a person that is new to recovery. I have heard that it can get a bit messy. I am trying to figure out how in the world what kind of recovery Michele W. Miller is going to get into, because of the zombies and all.

    The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery was nothing that I thought it would be and also was somewhat what I thought it would be. with the zombie apocalypse starting, at least for us, in New York city made me crave giant hordes roaming the streets. Huge action scenes of a band of survivors fighting for survival. There were huge hordes, but they only stumbled by, scaring our band of misfits.

    Here’s the original part. People with the disease of alcoholism and their children are immune to the zombie virus. Well maybe not totally immune, but the zombies for some reason cannot sniff out their living flesh. Not surprisingly after learning this, our band of survivors are mostly this type of person.

    Escape from New York is first and foremost. Only to find a compound full of alcoholics. This is where normal people, unless they are familiar with recover programs, will start to loose some interest. Because the amount of recovery jargon used is extreme. Maybe you will find it hilarious that amidst an apocalypse people are still working the steps, having meetings and doing the deal to the best of their ability.

    All in all The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery is an original zombie story that I would classify as soft. Not a lot of action or gore. Full of interesting alcoholic survivors, which makes for colorful characters. Full of personalities before survival principles.

    If you have been afraid to listen to an violence filled zombie audiobook, here is your chance for a story to ease you into the genre.

    Gabrielle de Cuir put everything she had into this performance. Emphasizing words and scenes to create more tension and emotion than would have been there otherwise. This is what made The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery stand out to me. Characterizations were pretty good, it is always difficult for narrators to voice the opposite sex.

    Without the stellar narration of de Cuir, it is quite possible that my enjoyment level would have been way lower.

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