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Drew (@drewsant)

Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

Watertown, MA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 137 reviews
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  • 418 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015
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  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2575)
    Performance
    (2273)
    Story
    (2278)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    David says: "And now for the kitchen sink...."
    "20 miles of action packed into 10 miles of book"
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    Book two of the Joe Ledger series continues to impress. The same cast of characters returns to face new threats against humanity. No zombies this time but there are enough seriously bad guys and other items from your nightmare to bring together a riveting story. The action is fast and furious and the author pulls no punches. As the body count piles high, anyone can be snuffed out at any time in this book as only the strongest will survive and main characters are not exempt. If you like action this is the book for you.

    Great performance as always from Ray Porter

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (802)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Heidi says: "If you liked "Born to Run"...get this book!!!"
    "Eat and Run!!!"
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    “Eat and Run’ is an interesting look at the world of ultramarathons from one of the sport’s most prolific runners. Taking the reader on a journey from his childhood through the time spent at the top of his profession, the author give insight on how he helped make himself into an ultramarathoner and take you along to all the highs and lows he’s faced in some of his bigger races. This is a great read for runners or just anyone looking to make a change in their life. Note that the end of the book has some of the recipes he’s mentioned throughout the story, so if you get the audio version of the book they’re read to you, but they’re a bit hard to follow and reference that way.

    Mr. Dunn-Baker does a great job at bringing the story to life. When Dusty was yelling at Scott I felt as if he was yelling at me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (388)

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "Missing someone to root for"
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    I really like Mark Tufo’s work but much of his allure (to me anyways) is that he has characters which make the story funny (Mike Talbot) in between all the action and gore, ‘Calis Rose’ however doesn’t have this. It’s a very dark with all the gore and excitement you expect from Mark Tufo but it’s lacking a hero to root for.

    Normally I don't like male narrators when a female is the main character (and vise versa) but Mr. Runnette does a good job throughout!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (699)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "wonderful story wonderfully done"
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    ‘Night of the Living Deed” is a well written, fun story for those looking for a little getaway. The story is well crafted and intriguing (I guessed the killer wrong a couple of times) winding its way around and through this sleepy little coastal town. With some great characters and smart quips this book is a fun trip!

    Ms. Ronconi does a great job bringing the characters to life and really making the listener feel as if they are right there in this guest house!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    The dead walk. Now the real battle for Seattle has begun. When a gas leak causes the National Guard to forcibly evacuate the neighborhood, Lester isn't going anywhere. The former dope pusher has a new clientele… the kind that require him to deal lead instead of drugs.

    Mark says: "Eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint"
    "Starts slow then in your face zombie action"
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    ‘Among the Living’ takes a bit to get going, but when it does it offers a fun ride as the Zombie apocalypse begins. I’ve always had a little bit of a problem with the zombie apocalypse just happening too fast, which is why this book was so likable. People go about their daily lives knowing something is happening but not sure what until finally the zombie population has really started to grow and is finally noticed for the problem it is. Not for the faint of heart this book takes you into the head of survivor and zombie providing a nice thrill ride.

    Mr. DeVries does a great job bringing the characters to life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New Madrid Run

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Reisig
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Early in the next century, planetary alignment and the increasing ice mass combine to cause a shift in the Earth's poles and civilization is shattered. Travis Christian has miraculously survived nature's initial onslaught. As he faces the elements of a changed world and the baser ambitions of his fellow man, he navigates a battered sailboat toward safe harbor. Along the way, he gathers a remarkable crew of castaways. As one world ends, another begins, and they embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

    David says: "Fast, Fun Post-Apocalypse Thriller"
    "A bit of everything"
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    “The New Madrid Run” is a giant change of pace from the authors other books. Seeing as I like his other stuff and post-apocalyptic books I thought this one would be right up my alley. It starts off a bit slow (after the catastrophe) so I was having a bit of a hard time getting into it, but about a third of the way through I really got into the story. It’s well written with some interesting main characters that have their faults, quirks and strengths, which is a big contrast to the villains who are a bit static. The plot moves nicely with a good mix of action (after you get through the first part) and is a ton of fun, but I have to say the main set of characters continuous lack of situational awareness drove me crazy (rule one of the apocalypse do not let the hot woman walk around by herself). In the end it’s a fun ride with a little of everything.

    There were some things I liked and didn’t like about the narrator. On the down side his narration is slow! I normally find that if I listen to a book at 1.5X that it either sounds like it’s being rushed or I can’t follow along because it’s going too fast. This was not the case with this book. Also the narrator is good but sometime he’s a bit too cheery which didn’t really fit with this book (but would go so well with his road to Key West books). On upside the accents and voices for the various characters were amazing! He really did a good job capturing them and bringing them to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Jade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Lukeman
    • Narrated By Jack de Golia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    A fast-paced thriller that spins a web of deceit and murder across the globe, featuring characters caught up in a deadly international power game. International intrigue, terrorist acts, romance, patriotism, and the threat of nuclear war form the core of the book, the first volume in a series featuring Nick, Selena, the Project and the ongoing, complex relationship between the main protagonists.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "It's OK"
    "It's OK"
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    I didn’t love this book but I didn’t hate it. The language (especially some of the dialog) is a bit stiff which make it a bit hard to get into. The plot is a bit out there but comes together in the end. The characters are likable if a bit broken, which helps make them a bit more believable. I’m not running out to get the next book in the series but I’m not opposed to moving on either.

    Mr de Golia does a good job with the narration of this story. His pacing is good but his female voices need a little work. Also I’m wondering if he’s the correct narrator for this book. He sounds a bit cheery at times where I think this kind of story would have benefited from someone a bit more sinister sounding

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Floor: The Infection, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig DiLouie
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (210)

    The mystery virus struck down millions. Three days later, its victims awoke with a single violent purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurched toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continued to change, transforming into horrific monsters. America's far-flung military has returned home to wage a horrific war against its own country, engaged in a fierce battle to retake Washington, DC. Two hundred miles away, Ray Young awakes from a coma to learn he has also survived Infection.

    Amanda says: "Great Action! Great story!!!"
    "An amazing story"
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    “The Killing Floor” is a vivid look at this brutal post-apocalyptic world. The story picks up where “The Infection” leaves off following the remaining groups of survivors. In this book no one is safe and anyone can be killed at any time. What makes this story so gripping (besides the action) is the connections between the characters and their families. The interpersonal connections really help bring the characters to life and make you easily empathize with them. This book really pulls you in and drags you along for the ride. I can’t wait for the next book to come out to see where the story goes.

    Mr. Ganim does a great job bringing the characters to life and telling this story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infection

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig DiLouie
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (361)

    Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

    wayne says: "worst narrator, I've heard so far"
    "A Brutal Post Apocalyptic World"
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    For a long time I was torn on how to rate this book. It was good but it didn’t really grab me, but then the end made it for me. The book shows a harsh unforgiving world where survival is a daily battle. A lot of people classify this book as a zombie book but the ghouls here aren't zombies. They can be killed just like any man and they’re not dead but something more sinister and horrific. With brutal action and realistic characters “The Infection” delivers on many levels.

    Mr Ganim does a very good job a the narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Track of the Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (329)

    From the vivid opening vista, high in craggy mountains, to the final haunting glimpse of a moonlit canyon, Nevada Barr's first mystery, Track of the Cat, instantly caught the attention of readers and reviewers. Its popularity gained it both an Agatha and an Anthony Award.

    Ilze says: "A Trek through the Guadalupes"
    "Leaves something to be desired"
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    I never really got into “Track of the Cat”. The story is well written but it never really transported me there. The descriptions and explanations never made me feel as if I was actually there. I never felt a connection with the main character and the overall story left me wanting more. There wasn’t enough clues or even investigating to get me really invested and the ending really left something to be desired.

    The narration was very slow and being a bit older the quality isn’t bad but not up to the standard of something recorded today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakers: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (341)

    In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA.

    Dan says: "Excellent Book 1"
    "Similar to "The Stand""
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    Fans of Stephen King’s “The Stand” will enjoy “Breakers”. I found there to be some similarities in the two, but not so much as to call it a copycat, but there was dome of that dejevu when reading it. The plot is interesting and well thought out. The characters are engaging and dynamic and there is enough action to go around. A highly entertaining read for the post-apocalyptic and horror fans on your list!

    Mr Chase does a good job with the narration, but at times I thought Walt and Ray sounded a lot alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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