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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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  • 184 ratings
  • 411 titles in library
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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
    (2508)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2218)

    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
  • White Jade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Lukeman
    • Narrated By Jack de Golia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    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
    (225)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (209)

    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
    (492)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (357)

    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
    (612)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (325)

    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
    (359)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (331)

    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
  • Outcome: The Breakers Series Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    As an agent of the Department of Advance Analysis, she's one of a handful of people who knows about the spread of a new virus - one she believes will wipe out mankind. With her bosses in denial, she flies to New York to get her ex-fiancé, Chip, to safety. But he's already been scooped up and quarantined - and so has his adopted daughter. Pursued by her own agency, Ellie will stop at nothing to break Chip out before the virus claims them all.

    Steve says: "How it all began"
    "Sets up the stories nicely"
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    A good short story that sets the scene nicely for breakers (although through half of breakers they don’t make an appearance so I hope we hear what happens to the characters at some point). It is a short story so you don’t get the full picture, but if you liked Stephen King’s “The Stand” I would suggest you pick this up as well.

    Mr. Chase does a great job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1831)
    Story
    (1838)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "A good story"
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    A little bit hard to classify. It starts off as a spy thriller with action coming a mile a minute, then it slows in the middle as you’re given the back story resulting in some alternate history but very interesting. Lastly it ends up with more of a sci-fi type ending. Overall it’s very interesting and well written with engaging characters who dynamic. Add a bunch of “I didn’t see that coming” moments and you have yourself a good book!

    Mr. Davies does a great job with the narration and differentiating all of the characters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9611)
    Performance
    (8857)
    Story
    (8888)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Well written and engaging fun for all"
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    I wavered between 4 and 5 stars. While I was in the middle of it I enjoyed the book. It had interesting characters, a good story and a nice mix of development and action, but it never really grabbed me and I had it all figured out. Then the last 10% turned everything on its head. Everything I thought I had figured out I was wrong and the story came to a great crescendo forcing my hand into 5.

    Mr. Andrew’s narration is great! He does a great job of differentiating the characters and bringing them to life, and his voice of David really makes you feel his youth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lupane Legacy: Joshua Denham and Devon Kerr, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Darby G. Holladay
    • Narrated By Paul Heitsch
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The Lupane Legacy is a story of tangled family ties, of love, betrayal, and revenge. From the halls of power and intrigue in Washington, DC, to the dark secrets of postcolonial Africa, this international thriller will pull you into a world where nothing is black and white, and everyone has something to hide.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Nothing in this story was simple"
    "Vivid Storytelling"
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    This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review and I’m very glad I jumped on the change to get it. The book is listed as a thriller but I’m not sure it’s true in the traditional sense. If you’re looking for non-stop action and fight scenes this probably isn’t your book. In “The Lupane Legacy” the author builds intrigue throughout the book only to bring it to a crescendo near the end.

    What the author does really well is telling the story so thoroughly that it makes the reader feel as if they are actually there. He is able to describe the scenery and surroundings vividly without clichés. In addition he gives great background on the characters in a succinct way so that you know there history and what they’re thinking, without it being too long winded and boring. This really brings the story to life and is right up there with some of the best story telling out there.

    Mr. Heitsch does a great job will all of the accents and characters. His narration is well done and well timed which really helps bring the story and characters to life!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1265)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Great Thriller"
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    “The Gray Man” delivers on everything a thriller should be. Non stop action from start to finish? Check! A crafty (and lucky) hero who’s fighting for good? Check! The only thing it might be missing is the hot woman who acts as his cover/assistant (AKA the Bond Girl) but you can hardly blame a man on the run from dating. Also being the first book in the series it does well to complete the story while not leaving cliff hangers just to sell another book. Well written and quick moving this is a great book for the thriller lover.

    Jay Snyder does a wonderful job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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