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D. L. McClain

Chandler, AZ | Member Since 2013

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  • 8 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 48 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • Rise of the Horde: Zombie Attack!, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Devan Sagliani
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

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

    Shelley says: "This book is awful. Don't buy it, I'm returning it"
    "I didn't like it"
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    I really like Luke Daniels as a narrator. I think his narration for The Iron Druid series is among my favorite listens but, it just didn't work with Rise of the Horde. He has such a smooth, ultra cool voice and demeanor that there was just no way I could buy into him being a 16 year old kid. Not enough about Xander's relationship with Moto was explained, I thought I had missed some important details so I went back to the beginning to take another listen. I didn't miss anything, it just isn't there, not could I figure out anything about his parents. Luke is good at doing a range of character voices which is nice when there are a lot of characters to keep track of. My biggest issue was accepting Luke as a typical teen even if he is skilled with a sword. As for the story, it's pretty typical zombie stuff. Overall, just not a favorite among what I have listened to in this genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Safari: Mountain Man, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain since the demise of civilization, Gus knows that his next visit to undead suburbia could be his last.

    Mike Naka says: "great follow-up!"
    "Decent Sequel"
    Overall
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    I really like Gus. But I really got tired of him being an alcoholic really fast. Won't give away any spoilers. If you are like me, you're anxious to find out what happened after the first book, so give this one a listen. Gus has so much potential, I want to know what he can do when he's sober.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors of the Dead: From the Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tony Baker
    • Narrated By Jay Wohlert
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Follow Harold Lancaster, a retired San Francisco police officer, as he witnesses the devastation of humanity after a worldwide viral terrorist attack that will change the course of history forever! Harry learns that he and his family, as well as a portion of what remains of the population, is immune to the mutated virus that has been unleashed. During forced relocation, his young nephew is separated from his parents and left in a world now ruled by anarchy and filled with horrors beyond comprehension.

    med c says: "A Thriller !!!"
    "Very standard stuff"
    Overall
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    This listen was so run of the mill. Just very standard stuff as far as plot and character development. Nothing special here. Cliche' comes to mind. Didn't bond with any of the characters and was unable to become invested in the story. "I'm getting too old for this ****" was the favorite line of the tale and used far too many times. Skip it. Three stars was generous.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Time of Death: Induction (A Zombie Tale)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Shana Festa
    • Narrated By Sarah Tancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In a few short days, 37-year-old Emma Rossi's hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life. And they're hungry.

    Secret Squirrel says: "Zombiriffic"
    "Ugh"
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    This is soooo bad. The beginning of the story includes too many minute details that just do not matter, so it takes longer than it should to get to the action. The narrator gets on my every nerve. Despite the fact that civilized society is crumbling around her and that cannibalism is now the in thing, she has plenty of snark in her tone and too many slap stick stupid jokes. We hear next to nothing about the people she cares about except for her dang dog and her husband and I'm really not sure which one she loves more, along with a nano second of her thinking "what about my parents?" Nothing about this is realistic. Zombie lore is what it is, this was just damn annoying.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rot & Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (747)

    Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

    Linda B says: "Quality, entertaining story"
    "Tom"
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    Loved the relationship building in this story. It's almost like it's just about the relationship between the brothers and there just happens to be Zombies thrown in. The character development for the other characters is really good too, so much that you wind up caring a lot about those who even have small roles. Maberry manages to make each one matter. The relationship between the brothers is what I loved the most about this entire series. I would love to see this as a movie. I enjoyed and recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (121)

    Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

    Mliezzz says: "Very, very slow!!!"
    "Hate this character"
    Overall
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    I really just disliked this character. The world is ending and she decides to flee New York City on a bicycle? I've been to New York, I have issues envisioning this kind of thing. It did not come off as even the least bit imaginable for me. Somehow in the preview I missed the fact that this is about aliens and I dislike alien stories but that's probably more my fault than the authors. Nothing about this one I liked. sorry.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • When the Ashes Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Laura Bretz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It is a very rare occasion that Abby Miller travels into the city, but an errand that can only be done in town prompts her to make it a girls' day out with her two daughters. Unfortunately, the day is far from perfect and they are in the worst place possible when nuclear war strikes... ground zero.

    Lauren says: "Great story, happy, sad, suspenseful."
    "meh"
    Overall
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    I thought this listen was very luke warm. Had no problem accepting the premise. The main character was difficult for me to endure. She's a very loving mother concerned about the safety and security of her children but she is pretty clueless. Overall, it wasn't a bad way to kill time but it certainly wasn't a thrill either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New World: Chaos (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John O'Brien
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special-forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence?

    Amazon Customer says: "Can Narration Kill a Good Story?: Yes."
    "Trust the reviews"
    Overall
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    I should have trusted the reviews on this one. The narration is pretty darn terrible. It very much sounds like Snagglepuss is doing the majority of the narration here. Or Nicholas Cage. The Female narration (Lynn) is just terrible. There is no way I buy her as an army sergeant. Also, there are sound effects and they don't add to the story in a good way. In fact, they are pretty distracting. There are a few different folks narrating and most of them sound like very bad actors reading a script. No conviction at all. This is what stands out most about this story, not the story itself. Spend your credit on something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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