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  • Roll of the Die

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sean Patrick Bridges
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    An ex-con on the straight and narrow is pulled into a twisted game of Russian Roulette in Las Vegas to save his wife. 666. Six Contestants, six chambers in a revolver and six sides of a die. Riley Toback is at a crossroads. After serving a four year prison sentence for Armed Robbery, he's determined to make a fresh start in Atlantic City. Until his brother-in-law, drowning in gambling debt, convinces him to pull a heist at a Jersey Shore nightclub. In the aftermath of the botched robbery, Karim Rashid, a vicious Indian gangster, tracks them down. And he makes Riley an offer.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Excellent audio book."
    "Excellent audio book."
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    A struggling ex-con, Riley Toback, finds himself unwillingly drawn back into crime. Riley is a loner who breaks his own rules and joins forces with his debt ridden brother-in-law to pull off a heist at a Jersey Shore nightclub owned by an Indian mob boss.

    Unfortunately, the Indian mob boss, Karim Rashid catches him and his brother-in-law. True to form, the brother-in-law is “swimming with the fishes” and Riley is faced with a deadly game of chance.

    Russian Roulette Las Vegas style! Throw of a die and a revolver loaded with one bullet. With his life and the life of his wife and new born son, Riley is trapped and finds he must enter into the life changing game ‘666.’ Six contestants, six chambers in the revolver and six sided die.

    The throw of the die dictates how many times the revolver is fired. One bullet is placed in the chamber and the chamber is spun. Survivors can win up to $6 million dollars – is it worth it? For several of the contestants – yes; for Riley – money is nothing, just the safety of his family is important.

    Several twists, friendships and interesting characters make this book action filled and hard to step away.

    The plot is well written and characters developed fully; shows a seedier side of Las Vegas and of humanity. Sometimes the ex-con is not the bad guy!

    Bob Dunsworth is the narrator and does an excellent job of reading. His voice portrays the gravelly voice of ex-con Riley perfectly. The sound effects – microphone is excellent and adds to the reality of the story. Clear spoken, Dunsworth does an excellent Indian, Russian and American accent. I could “see” the characters as Bridges was reading.

    I enjoyed the audio book immensely. I did find there was a lot of foul language however, given the style and plot of the book, it is not gratuitous.

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  • The Biomass Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sansbury Smith
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    What would you do if you lived in a world where your every move was scrutinized by your own personal artificial intelligence - a world where everything is regulated, from power usage to relationships - a world where everything you thought you knew turned out to be a lie? Welcome to Tisaia - the last hub of modern civilization in a world left scorched by the nuclear fires of the Biomass Wars. Surrounded by a fortress of steel walls and protected by a fierce and loyal Council of Royal Knights, Tisaia seems relatively safe to the average State worker and citizen.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "There was little depth and detail in characters"
    "There was little depth and detail in characters"
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    The Biomass Revolution is set in the post-apocalyptic near future in the city of Tisaia. The story follows many characters as they navigate the challenges of this isolationist and oppressive state. Through the eyes of government officials, citizens, and revolutionaries, the reader gets a perspective of the conflict surrounding human rights and control of fuel.

    There are many different directions that this book could have taken and the focus on the fuel source and the human rights questions are compelling issues that would arise in a post-apocalyptic world. Structurally, the novel is built up of chapter for a lot of different points of view. Some of them we only see once while a few of the others are recurring. I generally love novels with multiple points of view, and like many such novels, in The Biomass Revolution, listening to the story is like getting a bird's eye view of whats happening. The perspectives range from government officials, soldiers, government workers, minorities, revolutionaries and more. It's a very high up view of how all the pieces are moving toward a conclusion. And the best part is that the points of view converge at the end without leaving any hanging story lines. While bordering on cheesy, the end and the epilogue were especially satisfying. Overall, I thought the world building was adequate. The different settings were clearly defined. The only thing that I wish had more depth in this regard is the biomass. There was no detail into what exactly was the biomass, other than a fuel source, which seemed a bit vague.

    This leads me to the biggest flaw of the novel. There was little depth, detail, and really character, in most of characters. The characters' motivations were written simply without much depth, which made the actions of characters difficult to believe. For example, the romantic plot-line was especially frustrating to me. The relationship just became serious without any defined reason for it being so. And it was a driving factor for a lot of the actions the main character took, but I just didn't believe that those actions made any logical sense. Perhaps, if fewer points of view had been used it would've possible to provide a bird's eye view of the plots moving pieces, without sacrificing subtle character development. As it is, the characters' different points of view just seemed to be there to move the plot forward. Overall, I found the writing to be simple and without much nuance.

    As a result of my dislike for the simplicity of the writing for the book, it was difficult to tease out my thoughts on the narration. I often stopped paying attention and so I had to constantly shift backwards, but I'm not sure if that was the author's fault or the narrator's. The main criticism that most of the characters tones and voices did not vary, which made it difficult to remember who was speaking, which was critical in a book with so many different points of view.

    I've been thinking about how to review this book from when I started reading it. Something about it just didn't mesh with me. Overall, the premise had a lot of potential and the plot was delivered in a logical bare bones way, but the character development leaves a lot to be desired.

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  • Midnight: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    In Midnight, the third installment in the smash hit Adrian's Undead Diary series, the threats to Adrian and his new friends are greater than ever before. Local survivors holed up in an empty factory led by the chief of police are now crossing paths with Adrian and the Williams clan. Meanwhile Sean, the bloodthirsty tyrant from Westfield, seethes for vengeance after Adrian fends off attack after attack to take ALPA and everything he's worked so hard for.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "The train wreck that we saw start in book 2 has ex"
    "The train wreck that we saw start in book 2 has ex"
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    I was difficult for me to think of anything other that listening to this audiobook after finishing book 2. Philbrook has created a magic of sorts that resonated deep within me. I do have to say that it is starting to bug the crap out of me how dreadfully unprepared, not only with skill but the mental fortitude, I would be if I were in Adrian’s position.

    Tipping the scales at almost twice as long as the first two books in the series and by far the longest in the series. I thought to myself that Philbrook must have a lot of ground to cover, boy was I right. There is a ton of stuff happening all around Adrian and his crew. Punctuated with side stories and point of view changes that added so much to the dramatic happenings. This also added a whole new dimension to the story as it would take you back through events where you think you know what has happened. You had no idea what the other side was thinking and doing and planning until now.

    Adrian is quite the dynamic character, ex-military, college janitor or something (sorry I don’t remember), now leader of the healthiest encampment of survivors he can find. Who happens to have a heart of gold and is extremely emotionally charged in most of his actions and decisions. All of the characters are interesting, well evolved and not one dimensional. We get to know what is in that head of Adrian’s perhaps more than we wanted, but it adds so much intensity.

    The train wreck that we saw start in book 2 has exploded. Lots and I mean lots of death and destruction, but there is also some growth and rebuilding. Here is the long and short of it all: enemies are made, defense is justified, traitors are among us, friends are made, friends are lost, more friends are made, revenge is sweet and dreams of the dead. Don’t worry if this doesn’t make any sense, it will once you listen.

    It is all the little nuances that James Foster adds to what isn’t written that makes him so successful as Adrian. Whether it be the sighs of exasperation while listing of the ammo count, or the subtle and not so subtle humorous remarks, that could be taken differently, in the journal entries. He is also one of a few narrators that is able to deliver the story at a solid speed that is neither too fast or too slow. With his familiar and soothing voice he will keep you on the edge of your seat while bringing Philbrook’s vision to life.

    James Foster is Adrian Ring just as much as Ray Porter is Joe Ledger. I cannot get enough of either of these guys.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5320)
    Performance
    (4701)
    Story
    (4677)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight!"
    "If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight!"
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    I pre-ordered Firefight months ago, everyday, even though I knew it wasn’t out yet, I still had to check. I was so entranced by the premiss of superheroes having their powers make them evil. I wish it wasn’t such a long wait, but now the wait is over.

    Sanderson has created such a unique universe with this series. Full of deep characters that I actually developed feelings for. Not only that but the world that he has created, near future United States that has been transformed by the Epics.

    Steelheart took place in Newcago (Chicago) and Firefight is set in Babylon (New YorK). Here the Reckoners have another high epic to destroy. One who controls water in more ways than I thought possible. Along the way we get to know more about the back-story of Prof and other members of the team.

    While this was a pretty straight forward story, no real plot twists or turns, except for the ending. I didn’t see it coming. I need the next audiobook so bad.

    Sorry I didn’t really summarize the book. I don’t want to give anything away. Let me just say this. If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight even more!

    Sparks! Macloud Andrews shines with this performance. Allowing himself to deliver a full range of unique voices for the plethora of characters. Each one fitting what my minds eye thinks they would sound like.

    Andrews is not just a story teller, narrator, or performer here. He is an audiobook technician. And he is on my list of go to narrators. I have several more of his narrations in my to be listened to lineup.

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    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (290)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson comes Mitosis, a short story set in the action-packed world of Steelheart: the Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format. Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I totally listened to this out of order"
    "I totally listened to this out of order"
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    I totally listened to this out of the order of the series, but I couldn’t help myself. I wanted more from the amazing universe that Brandon Sanderson has created in this series.

    I was right, this was a great Reckoners thirst quencher, perfect for wetting your mind for the next book to be released.

    In Firefight I thought that David had become a bit reckless and way too confident. I think that Mitosis does a good job of addressing that fact. Here the Professor is out in Babylon doing reconnaissance for the upcoming adventure there. Then David and the Reckoners find a new high epic, Mitosis, in New Cago. Of course that will not stand.

    Without giving anything away, let me say this. If you have already listened to Steelheat and find yourself wanting to be brought back to the Epic universe, all be it for an hour, you will not be disappointed at all. Fun, face paced, everything you will want other than length.

    Macleaod Andrews delivers again. Quite honestly one of the most diverse, in the sense of voices, narrators I have ever listened to. Able to spit out various different accents and sexes at the drop of a hat. There is a reason I simply search audiobooks by his name alone.

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  • Aladdin Relighted: Aladdin Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain, Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Paul Licameli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Return to the magical land of the Arabian Nights....The end of "Aladdin of the Lamp" finds the cunning Aladdin ruler of a great kingdom. Now, many years have passed and Aladdin is older, richer and wiser - and heart broken. After losing his beloved wife and son to foul play, he resigns from being king and sets out to do what he does best.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin"
    "I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin"
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    So… this was published in 2011 but I remember my mom being all crazy about me NOT reading Piers Anthony when I was a teen. I can sort of see why as there are glimpses of his sexual writing in this one.

    I was pretty interested in the beginning and was into the story but every other word starts is about sex. Not in a crazy porn way but in a casual I’m horny way. Firstly, hello one of the main characters is trying to save her son! Calm down and keep it in your pants! Secondly, he has some issues because he cannot perform since his wife died. Well.. maybe that’s why he can’t get his mind off of sex but come on. There is a time and place!

    Now, I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin (save Disney’s movie but I don’t think that counts really) so I did not have any pre ideas about this. It was a fresh story and the characters (minus their obvious fixation on sex) were quite interesting! I could have used a little less of the sex bit but really the plot was intriguing but especially since I know nothing about other Aladdin’s adventures.

    I also received this on audible so I got to listen to the gravely voice of Paul Licameli! I just love his voice and could listen to him all day long. Weirdly I have a plus and a minus for the narration but I’m curious if this is just the way he talks; he is very insistent with every word! Every. Word. He speaks in such a compelling way that it is almost difficult to decipher when something more intense is actually going on. I listened to a sample of Don’t Open The Well by Kirk Anderson but the particular excerpt definitely sounds like it needed his intensity. In Aladdin, in some portions it was a bit much, but in others, like the example of Don’t Open the Well, I think it is perfect. The depth to his voice definitely drags the listener into the story, whether they want to listen or not. It’s compelling and fabulous!

    Aladdin Relighted though, did not need so much of a compelling, intense voice. It worked but in some places it was strange. Maybe it was that the story was strange as well. The plot and characters are funny and kept me entertained though!

    In short: This was my first Piers Anthony. I’m not sure if I’m in love or if I’m holding back because I’m not a huge fan of Fantasy. It was easy to get into but hard to stay with.

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  • Vanished from Dust: Vanished from Dust, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Shea Norwood
    • Narrated By David Dietz
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A chill runs through his skin as the phantom appears. He sees them everywhere.... Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn't think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that's not going to happen since the whole town thinks he's crazy. Why didn't he keep his mouth shut? No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town. Eric reluctantly reveals his secret.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "perfect YA book"
    "perfect YA book"
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    Vanish from Dust by Shea Norwood is a perfect YA book. I feel that those 50+ will enjoy this audiobook. The reason I feel this is due to all the 1970’s references throughout the book. Today’s generation may have some of the items go over their heads. For me I was thinking “Wow, have not heard that term or type of item in such a long time” made me smile or a small laugh would come out. Though there is a lot of period shows and movies out there so YA’s may get it.

    Set in 1987, Eric Stark finds that he has no friends. When it gets out that he is seeing a phantom, everyone nicknamed him Crazy. Who is this phantom and what does it want with him? It’s been a while since he has seen them appearing in his dreams or in his bedroom. However, it is now appearing during the day as well at night. This is when he meets his new friend Kyle Barrett. When Eric sees the phantom in school. Even thou Kyle cannot see the phantom. He still stands up for him and they quickly become best friends. Eric keeping his secret for a good portion of the beginning of the book from Kyle. He finally tells Kyle his secret of seeing the phantom. How a young girl disappeared years earlier and was never found. Both finding out that over the last 60 years of others that disappeared and never were seen again.

    As more and more things begin happening in the town Eric and Kyle find themselves transported to a deserted Dust. Where was everyone? Why can Kyle now see the phantoms, too! That is one question that is not so obviously pointed out in the book but you will summarize like me. Now in the deserted town they find themselves facing more than the phantom. They needed a safe haven and food. They needed to get back to Eric’s house to retrieve a diary he kept when the phantom started to appear to him as a young boy. Maybe there is an answer in the diary, something he forgot. Why was the town slowly dissolving away? Why did the missing girl turn up in the deserted town of Dust? Why had she not age at all?

    As the story opens up I knew that this was going to be an enjoyable listen with David Dietz doing the narration. His voice lends too many characters. Flawless transition between voices and moods that the characters were in. I don’t think there was a voice that I did not like or didn’t fit a character. Find that happens with some narrators doing multiple voices. Not knowing the difference in voice changes. Not with David he did a fine performance. I truly hope he lends his voice for Book 2.

    Shea Norwood has a wonderful fantasy story line with this book. However, I did not like the abrupt ending. I know this is Book 1 and it is to get you back as a reader for book 2. I think that a rework of the ending to make it as a stand-alone read as many other authors I have read. It still brings me back to read the next novel when I fall for the characters. I like the characters in this YA fantasy. So I will not give away the ending and do look forward to Book 2. I want to know what happens to her characters Eric and Kyle. The “Why?” question that comes as the book approaches the end. Why were so many that ended up missing from the current day Dust? Why are only selected individuals seeing the phantom? I feel that some kind of hint to why would have been nice. I do recommend this listen/read of this book for all ages from YA to 50+.

    The cover art I find that if I was to purchase the book would not draw me in. I think that the phantom should be in the background. The bodies of the boys seem frumpy. I would think that their bodies should be taller.

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  • Eternal Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lucas McWilliams
    • Narrated By David Dietz
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Set in contemporary Alaska, Canada and New York State, The Eternal Hunt is a supernatural thriller based on Iroquois legends. Non-stop action and wonderfully developed characters drive this novel. The main character struggles with his internal demons along with fighting the monster his friend has become. It skillfully blends the modern world with the mystery of American Indian legends. It is a unique addition to the current selections in supernatural novels.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "David Dietz, well that by far was the best part"
    "David Dietz, well that by far was the best part"
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    Eternal Hunt by Lucas McWilliams was for me an interesting story. I love anything to do with the paranormal. When I saw that the book was about an Indian lore of a Wendigo. Well I was on board to listen to this 6+ hour book. Then I was kind of wondering when the ride would be over. It wasn’t that it was bad but, it was not where I put most of the books I listen to at the top.

    The book opens up in Bear Ridge, Alaska. A plane goes down and the cousin of another hunting guide is called out for the search and rescue mission. 5 men and 1 woman team go into the area that the plane crashed. As soon as they get to the crash scene is they come up on the first bloody body. Shredded by what? As each of the rescue party is killed one by one. And that is just in the first 10-20 minutes of the book. There are 3 of the remaining rescue party held up in the cabin. Where all the other survivors of the crash are killed at the hand of what? All dead but one! Caleb, the cousin to one of the remaining rescue party. Logan Long Stride along with the remaining rescue party Liz and Inuk. Was it Caleb that killed them? If not was it a wild animal? Seeing the man like creature as it attacked the others. Logan knows as a full blooded Seneca Indian from New York that Caleb has turned into a Wendigo after eating the others to survive. As the remaining rescue team wait for the helicopter to come back and get them in the morning they hold up in the cabin. Hoping not to be Caleb’s’ next meal. Great start huh? Well, that was about the only one of a few parts that kept my interest. After that it was watching a movie that you just can’t turn away from just to see what happens.

    Don’t get me wrong. It was well written. But, Logan seems to spend half the book in every female characters bed! From Liz who was so upset in the cabin and wanted her tensions relieved to his old girlfriend back home. The book could have done with less sex scenes for my taste! Really, I am not a prude but, there was a lot of it. Had Lucas put more time into the main topic of the novel it would definitely would draw me in to see what happens in the next book if this is part of series.

    The journey that Logan goes thru from the beginning as a part time hunting guide in Alaska. Bent on returning to Alaska to kill his cousin. He returns home to become what I guess you would call a warrior of his tribe. Joining into an elite group that his grandfather and father belong to. Without question he was initiated into the group. Logan being a blood brother to his cousin finds himself seeing thru his cousin’s eyes and the terror he is raining down around him. Logan finally realizes that his cousin is near each time he has these visions. Now, enter FBI Agent Johannsson questioning what happened in Alaska. Offering her assistance in returning to Alaska to kill Caleb. But, is she really FBI or is she a branch of the FBI that no one knows about? Something Logan is wondering and does find out. Don’t want to give the book away with any spoilers. If you like the Indian paranormal and sex then this is the book for you.

    Honestly, 6+ hour book could have really been longer. Just seemed that Lucas McWilliams tried to put a lot into this book and the way it ended you know that there will be more.

    Narrated by David Dietz, well that by far was the best part of the book. David as always did a great performance of characters. I am not sure if that is how a Wendigo sounds in the book. I personally think that is would have a deeper more eerie sound and scream. Guess I watch too many of those type of movies. If there is a follow up in the series then I would consider listening to it if David does the narration.

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  • Alone No More: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    Adrian's piecemeal life on campus since "That Day" has been a struggle. Retrieving supplies from local neighborhoods filled with the walking dead has been dangerous for him, but he's stayed alive by being a little smarter than the other survivors, and a lot faster than the roaming, hungry zombies that have overtaken his home town, and the world.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Full of the back-story you crave"
    "Full of the back-story you crave"
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    It has taken me way too long to get back to the simple world that Chris Philbrook has created for Adrian. By simple I mean pretty straight forward as far as a zombie apocalypse is concerned.

    Beware that this is book 2 in a series, so it might do you some good to listen to the first book first. Even thought I believe that Alone No More can stand by itself if need be.

    At first I was taken aback, because this book started in the past. With things that we did not know about from book one. I had to double check that I was listening to the correct audiobook. After this initial shock I found myself getting wrapped up in the added story lines.

    If you thought that Dark Recollections was missing the back story of Adrian, you will be pleased to know that Alone No More will quench some of that thirst. Not only with Adrian’s story but the story of several other interesting characters.

    I did find it quite oxymoronic that the title is Alone no More and Adrian was alone for the majority of this story. However when people started showing up in his life again the crap hits the fan. As we all know the most dangerous things in the zombie apocalypse are the other survivors.

    Philbrook ended the book at the perfect point to make you need to listen to the next in the series, something that I will be doing soon.

    James Foster is simply amazing in this series. There is something magical that happens with his performance when he is Adrian talking, I mean writing, in his journal. True chemistry, he creates a real conventionality, a sincere joviality at times and disparity at others.

    Now I am not sure how these two got connected, more than likely random fate or coincidence. I will choose fate because an author needs a stellar narrator to bring his vision to light. Even though Foster is a relative newcomer to the narration world, I can not think of another that would give the listener the same experience.

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  • Z-Risen: Outbreak

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Todd Menesses
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    When the USS McClusky (FFG-41) was overrun by the dead, Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed, and Marine Sergeant Joel "Cruze" Kelly, were forced to abandon the ship and take their chances in San Diego. Now they are stuck in a city that has been completely overrun with zombies, and as the days go by, they must range farther and farther away from "fortress" in their search for supplies.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "a unique view on a zombie apocalypse"
    "a unique view on a zombie apocalypse"
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    First thoughts about the cover of Z-Risen Outbreak? A man in an Army uniform and gun in front of a Navy ship with buildings smoking in the background. War story? Huge catastrophe? Some type of apocalypse? Please let it be an apocalypse! After reading the exert – Zombie apocalyptic story, yay!

    The main character is Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed. He’s big, he’s burly, and he prefers to take out the zombies with a really BIG red wrench. He’s six feet three inches and has a great sarcastic wit he uses to help him cope with the new changes in his daily world. In a mental fight or a physical fight, he’s a great asset to have on your side.

    The secondary main character is Marine Sergeant Joel Cruze Kelly. He’s a great sniper and rocks the hand to hand combat skills as well. In this new zombie filled world, Joel is Creed‘s best friend. Not only does Creed and Joel work well together at fighting for survival, their funny banter between each other helps to keep the horrors of this new world from becoming to overwhelming. Without each other, they probably would not have survived the first initial days of the apocalypse.

    The Narrator is Todd Menesses. Todd has a very unique way of bringing the voices to life. Each character has a rich voice for his or her character. He is very talented and does a great job of bringing this book to life. The Author is Timothy W. Long. This book is 12 hours long. It is a combination of the first and second series of the Z-Risen series. Z-Risen: Outbreak Book One and Z-Risen: Outcast Book Two.

    This book offers a unique view on a zombie apocalypse. It shows what military training could do to help keep a person or persons alive during a cataclysmic event. Mixed into that was witty humor and lots of jam packed action. It has a lot of blood and gore within. Not recommended for a younger audience. There were a few spots in this book that had playback issues. Luckily, even with these issues, the story and narration held attention to the story.

    This book left me thinking about things that could and would help in an emergency. The things we take for granted on a daily bases. Should people plan for the worst and hope for the best? Should people set aside things here and there to help keep themselves and others alive in the worst case scenario? Or is it better to simply not worry about things that might not ever happen? I think it would be wisest to plan a little now rather than hurt a lot later. The safety of yourself and those you care about should always play an important role for your future.

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  • At the Behest of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Todd Menesses
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Phineas Cavanaugh likes to play with dead things. As a centuries-old necromancer he is Seattle's foremost investigator on the recently deceased, and he hasn't met a corpse he didn't like. Hired to track down a serial killer, Phineas and beautiful Detective Andrews face off against an enraged beast that should not exist. Things go from bad to worse when is summoned to probe the murder of his teacher and oldest friend. Phineas learns the hard way that the two cases are related when a demonic force attempts to devour him.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "bit of blood, terror, and different things"
    "bit of blood, terror, and different things"
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    First thoughts about the cover of At the Behest of the Dead? Ohh… Spooky. I dig the eerie feel of the building in the background. The skeleton lurching towards the man with the ball of fire is very creeptastic. Shivery and spooky.

    The main character in this story is Phineas Cavanaugh. He’s a really old (He looks about thirty though.) Warlock Necromancer. He seems to get himself into danger rather easily. Almost as if the danger clings to him. He underestimates his own talents, and thereby having others around him underestimate them as well. He’s kick-ass in a magic fight. Fair warning – His wit and sarcasm will randomly have you giggling like a loon.

    My favorite character in this story, besides Phineas, is a male demon in a female Pomeranian host named Peaches. Peaches is a very good bad little demon dog that you cannot help but want to pet. Peaches’ voice always makes me smile. Think guttural, scathingly deep, nails on chalkboard and you’ll have Peaches’ voice.

    The Narrator is Todd Menesses. I loved the voices used in this book. Phineas has an English accent, even in his own thoughts. There are lots of different characters in this story and Todd Menesses very convincingly brings each of them to life with their very own voices. That is an awesome talent to have. The Author is Timothy W. Long. This book is 10 hours and 10 minutes long.

    I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to mid-teen and up. I say mid-teen and up because there is a bit of blood, terror, and different things that go bump in the night, and vivid details of things about the occult to keep the story juicy. It keeps you guessing at the next bit of trouble Phineas will find himself into.

    This book left me with the impression that anything is possible given enough belief and a bit of bravado to back it up. Do not let others tell you that you are wrong and should give up. Remember that knowledge, sarcasm, and faith are their own versions of magic and can be used for both the greater goods or the worst evils a person can imagine.

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