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David Pavlicko

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  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (1505)
    Story
    (1513)

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Satisfying conclusion to an epic zombie adventure"
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    From five minutes into the first Zombie Fallout novel, I was hooked. Mark Tufo's writing and Sean Runnette's narration are a match made in heaven. I hope to hear more from this duo in the future.

    I had read (or rather, listened) to books one through four - totally skipped five based on a myriad of poor reviews - and signed up for audible just so I could listen to the conclusion of this series. (of course, now I'm completely hooked on audible and find myself buying and listening to new books way more often than I anticipated).

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though it doesn't compare to books one or two. I was glad to finally learn the back story of Eliza and quite liked the new hippie millionaire he stumbled across. I found it easier to just roll with the story and not think too deep about how illogical some of the plot points were, like how you watch an episode of the A-Team where a jeep blows up, flips over, and the passenger crawl out like nothing happened. It's still a fun ride, albeit an implausible one.

    I will give it this - I was totally surprised by the end. Possible setup for a prequel?

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  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3545)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2824)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Excellent magical journey"
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    Yes, this book has demons, but don't think for a second that it's a horror novel. These demons might as well be aliens from another planet - evil, carnivorous aliens at that - but not the soul possessing demons you've come to know in other stories.

    That said, this is still an excellent novel. The author does a wonderful job at introducing the main characters and spends more than half the book developing them; their back stories, the homes they grew up in and relationships there, all the way up to their chosen career paths,

    This may all sound boring, but the pacing was just right and you could sense that these individual journeys would lead to something bigger. And they do.

    The narration was fantastic. No over the top voice characterizations, just solid storytelling. Breaks in chapters were handled with a brief pause. I loved this.

    The only reason I held back a star is because the last act seemed to come on too fast, almost like someone edited out 2 or 3 chapters leading up to a significant point in the story. Still, totally worth a credit!


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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24885)
    Performance
    (22846)
    Story
    (22851)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "In Space No One Can Hear You Scream...Like a Girl"
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    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3 for sure, I've only listened to around 30 audiobooks so far, but the narrator nailed the character for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well Marc Watney of course. You've got to love this guy's tenacity in the worst of situations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Way too many to pick just one. This book was a roller coaster adventure.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In space, no way can hear you scream...like a little girl


    Any additional comments?

    This is Andy Weir's first book? Well, I wouldn't have ever guessed that. It's expertly paced, technically believable, but not overly 'nerdy'. It's easy to call a book a 'nail-biter' but there were several times in this book where I found my heart racing. I wanted to believe he would find a way to survive until his rescue but every time something went well, something else would go horribly wrong - I had no idea how things would eventually transpire, but I loved every minute of it. And the narrator - AWESOME. The best narrators tend to really 'act' out as the characters and R.C Bray knocked this one out of the park.

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  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3414)
    Performance
    (3068)
    Story
    (3083)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "A book rendition of a mediocre action movie"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    not if they're narrating at the same time.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    if it were 3am on a Saturday night and my choices were this or Robocop 3. then MAYBE.


    Any additional comments?

    At first glance, this seemed like a book that would be right up my alley. Zombies, superheroes, giant mechs, etc. Combine all that stuff together and it should be a definite winner, right?

    Well, not really. While this book does have all of the fore-mentioned elements, the one thing its missing is some characters that you can relate to. Turns out character development is pretty important - without that, action scenes are nothing more than meaningless battles.

    I would agree with some other reviewers who thought the writing was juvenile; all the characters could have fallen out of a high school comic book. These are rough sketches - very little depth. The way the story was told was kind of cool - the then and now style - but I longed for something that could connect me to anyone...it never happened.

    Lastly, the narration....ugh. What were they thinking?! Both the male and female narrators were adequate, but the transition between them jarred me out of the listening experience when they went back and forth. They clearly were not recorded at the same time and the sound difference, while minimal, was definitely noticeable. Would have been much better with a single narrator, well...maybe a little better - much is pushing it.

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  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
    Overall
    (1259)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (919)

    This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

    Matthew says: "Beyond the film..."
    "I KNEW I hadn't just imagined hearing this!"
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    First, let me say THANK YOU to audible for offering this dramatization! (I was lucky enough to get this on a special deal, too!)

    When I was 10 years old, I laid on my parent's giant waterbed and listened to several of these episodes on their AM radio, over a period of several weeks. They were released (I think) in 30 minute segments, and I just happened to stumble upon them. I was blown away, listening to Luke Skywalker race his hopper across Tatooine and talk with Bigs about joining the academy. It was like a movie, complete with the actual sound effects, actors, and music from the movie. At the time, I was utterly engrossed with anything sci-fi, and Star Wars rocked my world.

    I'd thought about that radio re-enactment multiple times over the next 30 years, but never saw any reference to it (probably didn't look too hard to be honest), and had almost resigned myself to thinking I had just imagined it. Until stumbling across it again on Audible.

    WOW. My childhood came rushing back during the first thirty minutes of listening, and it's just as I remembered - only better; because now I can hear the ENTIRE dramatization. While it's a relatively short audiobook (~5 hours), those extra 3 hours are fantastic. No filler, just great background into the characters and Star Wars galaxy. Can't recommend highly enough.

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  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (2389)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1458)

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    E. Pearson says: "One to Read Again and Again"
    "Behind the scenes look at who really influences us"
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    I've read this book half a dozen times, by myself and to my children, and was fortunate enough to stumble upon it during an Audible 'special deal', so I picked up the audiobook as well.

    I'm a Christian, and I would absolutely agree that all Christians should listen or read this book - it's not a long read at all, but it is absolutely profound in the way that it is told. It's similar to the Pilgrim's Progress, but from the opposing point of view. These demons are working to prevent the subject's progress toward God and Heaven.

    C.S. Lewis does a remarkable job at pointing out how we are continually tempted and led astray through self-doubt, jealousy, envy and false science by unearthly forces. You could easily dismiss this as some bible-thumper rant, but you'd be completely wrong.

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