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E. A. Jacques

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  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3416)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2054)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "One of the Best in the Genre"
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    I ran across this book after doing an internet search for books about world ending or apocalyptic events and I'm glad I did. There are not many books that deal with the details of what happens after such an event versus leading up to it or preventing the event all together. Even though this book was written in the 70s before cell phones and the internet, or personal computers in general for that matter, it still works. In fact it might work even better because of the time period.

    Either way the author does a great job developing the many characters in the book giving their individual account or perspectives of how the events impact their lives. There are those who do nothing and those who heed the warnings and prepare and just the right amount of detail is provided to setup the various stories and make them plausible. As the focus narrows to a smaller playing field it just feels right. The narration is on par with some of the best as well.

    I hated to see this one end. I put this at the top of my personal list of books in this genre and can recommend it highly to anyone who finds this subject as fascinating as I do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1358)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen"
    "More of the First and Getting Better"
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    If you have not read the first book in the series you should definitely do that. These books do not stand on their own. The author does very little to recap the first book so the reader knows what is going on. Read The Remaining first or you will not appreciate the story nearly as much.

    That said, this book just takes up where the first one left off and continues the saga with an entirely new set of twists and turns. Some new characters are introduced and new side quests from the main mission are introduced as well. All good stuff.

    I am actually reading the fourth book as I write this review and it just keeps getting better. The narrative changes from first person a bit more in this book and even more so as the story progresses – for reasons I can’t mention here.

    All I can say is this is a great series of books, so start at the beginning and you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2151)
    Performance
    (2019)
    Story
    (2027)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Slid RIght Into my Top 5 Zombie Books"
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    Okay so it's not really a Zombie book. In fact as the series progresses it's less about the infected and more about the survivors which I really like. As some other reviews have mentioned it’s got a taste of Day by Day Armageddon, one of my favorites, some Zombie Fallout – minus the humor and a dash of One Second After which is not a Zombie book at all. The focus is on one main character, Lee, who has a mission to re-establish society after a global disaster, in this case a plague. It’s a bit of a stretch concept when it’s first introduced, but as the book progresses it makes more sense and becomes more plausible.

    The author spins a great tale that is for sure. At times going into great detail in a particular scene to add the necessary realism and other times providing just enough information to fill in the gaps. Character development is just about perfect. Not the Stephen King endless detail on each and every Character BS, but focus where it needs to be. It’s told from the 1st person perspective, for the most part anyway, so it you get Lee’s view and interpretation of the various personalities that often change as the story develops. It all fits together so nicely. There are some real nail biting scenes that had me on the edge of my seat – car seat that is. Some very sad moments too as some are lost along the way as is expected in any Zombie/Plague book.

    The narrator is outstanding as well. He is a perfect fit for the main character. Not the best with the female voices, but it by no means takes anything away from the performance. Especially since there are only a few female characters anyway – sorry ladies.

    Oh and for anyone who is not reading these books based on a few comments about the cursing....a big F-bomb to that. There is by no means a lot of swearing in these books. That is total BS. Not sure who the pansies are the wrote that crap, but get over it. What are you, fricking preachers or nuns? It’s the end of the fricking world folks, I think people might just swear a little – give me a break. I cannot believe that was even said….do yourself a favor, ignore that crap.

    This is a great book and as I write this I am listening to the second book which is equal if not better. It has been a while since I have looked for reasons to hop in the car and go for a ride or work in the garage just to listen to this book. I’ve been late for work almost every day since I started reading this series.

    You will not be fricking disappointed - get this fricking book now !!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (676)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Definitely Not The Best Koonz Book Ever...."
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    I was surprised when I saw a review titled, "The Best Koontz Book Ever". Yeah sure, if you read this one first I guess. No it's not the best Koontz book and not by a long shot.

    Now too be honest it started out strong, and there was some solid character development and a good story line in there too, but it really fell flat at the end. It did not take long to figure out where the story was going and I was curious, and even anticipated, how Koontz would spin it. In the end it was just a let down for me.

    In a lot of ways I have to put some of the blame on the narration done by Dick Hill. I've listened to a lot of Dick Hill read novels and he is one of my favorite narrators, I just don't think this book suited him very well. He has a certain style that just did not work for me here.There were times the emphasis he put in certain areas did not seem appropriate and possibly not what the author had in mind. This is not typical for Mr Hill. I don't think he knew where to go with this book.

    Like a lot of audio bookers, I listen during my daily commute and if the book is good I listen for over an hour a day and get through most books in no time. This one could not hold my interest. There were days I just ended up listening to the radio. Nothing was drawing me back to this book. It took me like near two months to finish this book.

    I know this is not much of a review as it is me just knocking this book. But it's still a decent listen and has some real good parts and is an overall good story. If you like Koontz you'll end up reading it anyway no matter what I write here, but if you are new to Koontz, I'd start somewhere else and circle back to this one when you have some built up credits to burn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10612)
    Performance
    (10098)
    Story
    (10115)

    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?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Cool - Interesting and Funny"
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    A friend at work suggested this one to me. When he told me a little about it, I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around how this could be a good book. But his recommendations turn out pretty well so I gave it a try.

    What a surprise. I never expected you could make a story about being marooned on Mars interesting. But the author did just that. I don’t know how much of what goes on is technically accurate, but he sure makes it seem like it is. I even replayed a few parts that got a little too technical partly because I didn’t want to miss anything later and also because I wanted to know how he did that! It even brought back some memories of physics and math classes I had in school.

    The narrator does a great job of delivering the main characters lines that had me laughing out loud more than a few times. I don’t know if it would have been as interesting to read as it was to listen, but I truly enjoyed the ten hour ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    A particularly unpleasant murder - that of a very old woman in a housing project - rocks the town of Lafferton. The murderer has left a distinctive "sign" on the body and at the scene of crime. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a month or so later, so does another. Initial investigations discover that the mysterious "sign" left on the body was the calling card of a suspect who was charged with several murders in the northwest of the country, tried but acquitted on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

    E. A. Jacques says: "One of the Best in the Series"
    "One of the Best in the Series"
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    I've read the entire Simon Serrailler series, pretty much back to back and have enjoyed the entire ride. I was planning to review each one individually but sort of fell behind. But it's safe to say they are all very good books in my mind. And the narration by Steven Pacey is over the top great. He is the reason I came across this series of books to begin with. So this is more of a review of the series as a whole than this individual book, so take it any way you want.

    Susan Hill is a master story teller. There is so much more to these books than the detective work. The way she brings out all the characters and side stories is truly elegant. I feel like I know the characters personally from Simon himself, to his various love interests, his sister and her kids, father and coworkers - it’s an ever-changing environment and Susan bring it to life beautifully. The detective stories are part of each book, but not always the main focus and it’s fine.

    The way Simon and his team go about solving cases seems more authentic than many of the books I have read in the past with more showy special forces or super cop types of lead characters. At first it seemed odd, I kept waiting for things to get more fast paced, until I got into the flow. It's a nine to five job and there is more to life than work and Susan blends the two together effortlessly.

    If you’re looking for a good series of books that are a joy to listen to and capture your imagination and heart, you can’t go wrong with this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2461)
    Performance
    (2105)
    Story
    (2098)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Not Wanted by Me That's for Sure"
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    I long for the Reacher of old....like about 5 novels back...I think, not sure if I care anymore really. I agree with every other reviewer who gave this one three or less stars so I am not going to repeat it all here....ditto....ditto...ditto.

    I said it once before in a review, I think Child's has forgotten how to write a good Reacher novel. I'd rather see him just kill off the character than listen to him die this slow death. I used to love Dick Hill as the narrator too, he seemed like he WAS Reacher. But his heart doesn't seem in to it anymore. Maybe a new narrator could bring some life to the series. Sorry Dick...I do love you man.

    I know this won't help the person reading this to decide. Especially if you are a Reacher fan. You're going to get the book anyway...you know you are. So just do it and let me say now, "I told you so".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23208)
    Performance
    (14540)
    Story
    (14692)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Not My Cup of Tea"
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    Why this book is so highly praised is beyond me. Supposedly one of the best science fiction books ever? Really?

    As I write this review the movie based on this novel is due out soon. I can actually envision it being a decent movie, but to me it was a boring read. I struggled to get through it. The characters were interesting enough, but the story was hard to follow and lacked continuity. The battle simulation scenes, of which there were many, were tedious and boring.

    The narrator was decent enough but even he could not bring life to this book for me.

    I admit I am not a huge SciFi fan, but to rate this as one of the best makes me wonder what I must have missed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (927)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Wonderful Book - Couldn't Put it Down"
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    I can't say enough about the writing style of Joe Abercrombie and the narrating skills of Steven Pacey. In my opinion these two guys are the best duo to come to audio books. Abercrombie can paint a picture with words like no other. I felt immersed in the story and could visualize everything he described - which he does in great detail, but not to an extreme. Pacey is the icing on the cake. His unique character voices are simply amazing.

    I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't wait to listen on my commute to and from work. I even took the long way home so I could keep listening and sat in my truck in the work parking lot and in my driveway waiting for a spot to pause the story....just a few more minutes.

    If you liked the The First Law Trilogy you will definitely like this book. Some of the old characters reappear and a few new ones as well. One of my favorites is Nicomo Cosca. Pacey brings him alive in this book as he did Sand dan Glokta in the trilogy.

    I cannot wait until his next release. I hope he stays with Pacey for at least one more ride. Get this book you will not be disappointed. But if you have not listened to the trilogy, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning. You can do those three and then jump to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13244)
    Performance
    (10844)
    Story
    (10968)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Good Enough for the 1st in a Trilogy"
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    A friend at work suggested this book for me to try. He likes the genre so he appreciated it a lot more than I did. That said it was a decent book. Not one I could wait to get to each day for my commute though. In fact I found myself listening to sports talk radio more than I have in a while and my Audible Credits were building up since it was taking so long to get through this book.

    I struggled giving this one the three stars it got. More like two and a half to be honest. As I understand it the book is a setup for more to come - I certainly hope so. This one was just to slow for me to stay fully engaged. But it was very well written with great attention to detail as one would expect in a book of this length. The narrator does an excellent job with the characters. Enough so that I will be looking at other books narrated by him in the future.

    I don't know that this review will be helpful to anyone, I suspect not. What I will say in closing is I did purchase the next one in the series - mainly because I had the extra credits and because there is enough here to warrant seeing where the story goes. I'm going to shelve it for now though to listen to something else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (713)

    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    Keith says: "Just For Pleasure"
    "Started Out Good...Ended up Not so Good"
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    So when I first started listening to this book it was pretty good and it seemed like I was into a good five star story – it is a Zombie book after all. It wasn't long until it started to go a bit downhill and near the end kind of crashed and burned.

    I’m sure some of the problem is due to the translation from Spanish to English. However, not even that can explain why the main character, who is a lawyer, is one of the dumbest people ever to be left alive after zombies take over. He makes the same mistakes over and over again. How many times can you be surprised by a zombie, once, twice…maybe even three times. Not this guy. He never learns. He sees the most disgusting scene that will haunt him forever…oh about ten times. It just gets to be old and tiresome after a while.

    There are other things that just don’t make sense. Trapped in a convenience store with only one exit, really? On what planet is there no back door. There are moments where the author describes things in great detail and then others were the is no explanation for how they get from point A to point B. Somehow when they need to start a car, they magically can remove the battery from one car and connect it to another – huh….with what?

    The main character has to find time to write in his journal. Makes sense you can’t stop and do that when you’re being chased by Zombies. Yet when they finally find safe refugee, he takes a four month break on writing in his journal? Oh and when they decide it’s time to leave they have to climb up an elevator shaft, using the cables mind you, to get to the car they left outside, four months ago. Of course the battery is going to be dead, but hey, I have one in my backpack. Climbed up and elevator shaft using the cables with a car battery in your backpack did you. Wow!

    Then the best of the best. In the closing few minutes as the survivors leave to their new destination, he leaves behind a copy of his journal so other survivors might find it. Huh? A copy? Did you run across a Kinko’s.

    I have read every Zombie/Apocalyptic book I could get my hands on and love the genre. This one ranks near the bottom. It's pretty clear some of the other reviewers have not read Day By Day Armageddon. This book is very similar but can’t hold a candle too it. If you haven’t read it and are reading this review…skip this one and read Day by Day. You will not regret it. Come back to this one later, which I am sure you will, because after all, it is a zombie book.

    I hate to admit it, but if the other two books in the series were available, I’d probably listen to them too. Can’t help myself. Still it does not change my opinion about this one. It was plain laughable at times. The best part of this book is the main character's cat, but I have to believe even he was shocked at how stupid his owner was at times.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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