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Elizabeth

Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...

Alaska | Member Since 2011

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  • The Reaper Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nathan Barnes
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Enjoy the end of the world through the eyes of a desk-bound civil servant. Nathan is a middle-aged father and husband working as a police dispatcher for the campus police of a large university in Richmond, Virginia. During late night working hours he gathers details on the R33PR Virus, dubbed the Reaper Virus, as it spreads from the far reaches of the globe into a pandemic that begins infecting the city around him. As the city rapidly succumbs to the Reaper Virus, Nathan becomes trapped at the police station while his family waits in their barricaded home.

    Mike Naka says: "decent zombie story"
    "Manages to make zombie gore boring."
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    I can't believe that this story---zombie apocalypse, of all things---was so boring! I gave up 3/4 of the way through. The writing is stilted and the author makes very awkward and obvious attempts to use "big words" to make the writing seem more literary. I felt kind of sorry for the narrator having to read this, but his performance was also stilted and fairly monotone.
    The author drags the story on and on with overly verbose descriptions of each zombie the main character sees. Okay, okay---black vomit, missing limbs, head twisted around---we got it! Enough already!
    Perhaps it wouldn't have been such a bad story if there were other narratives braided in, such as what the wife and kids were doing at home, what the fate of the dispatch center was, how his cop friend survived/didn't, etc.
    If you want a good ZomPoc story, 'Day By Day Armageddon' is a thousand times better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yesterday's Gone: Season 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    A group finds itself taking refuge at The Sanctuary, a religious compound with an enigmatic leader called The Prophet. A serial killer finds himself leading an unlikely group of survivors. A young man searches to prove himself to his group, and avoid being bullied ever again. A young child is called to perform another miracle at great personal cost. Every decision. Every action. Every dream. Every alliance. Every secret. Every betrayal.

    RAANAN says: "Please sort out the narration!"
    "10 minutes in, I turned it off."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Awful start to what I'd hoped would be a good follow up to Seaon #1. Right off the starting line, the story was atrocious and ridiculous---and the narration over the top/over-emoted. Enough is enough! Very disappointed. I had looked forward to the continuation of a really interesting story premise. Bombed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (899)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "Surprisingly enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sincery reiterates a lot of the self-help genre's methods, and madness, but seemingly with a fresh voice. She's witty, self-referential, admits her failings and is very, very human. Put in her voice, many of the activities/behaviors/ideas take on a new meaning.
    Definitely enjoyed it.
    Also---really appreciated her talking about the energy and vibrations of the world within us and between us. Call it God, call it the Force; I got it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1954)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Good, clean, zombie fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's a relief to find a zombie book that isn't all about death, destruction and gore. Sure, that's what the genre is all about, but this new take on it is really refreshing. The narrator did a brilliant job with accent and attitude and the story line just rollicks along. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perseid Collapse: The Perseid Collapse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (251)

    2019. Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic “decimated” the world's population; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving. An undercurrent of paranoia and fear still runs strong below the surface; the collective angst spawned by 28 million American deaths forever stamped into population's psyche.

    Denise says: "DON'T BUY THIS BOOK YET...Wait for the 2nd part.."
    "Konkoly is a great addition to the genre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed Jakarta Pandemic, so jumped on this audio book as soon as it came out. I'm glad he's continuing the story of the same family.
    Good pacing, solid writing, interesting scenarios. The writing is straightforward, and perhaps a little too much, but it gets the job done.
    Agree with so many other reviewers---the cliffhanger ending really catches you up! Ouch! Can't wait to hear more of the story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1547)
    Story
    (1556)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Bad writing, good story flow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story kept my attention even though the writing has some glaringly obvious flaws. (Did this not go through an editor, I wonder?) As part of the post-apocalypse fiction genre, it's a good story line, however. The pace, action and development is pretty good---but not great.

    Once again, though, yet another survivalist tale where women are utterly untrained and nearly helpless. (Aggravating! Capable females do exist, you know!) There is a lot of attention paid to the gear, brand names, and uses of items in his survival pack, which didn't bore me, as it sounds like it did other readers.

    The writer seems utterly in love with describing the interactions, dialogue and behavior of the soldiers and men when they're all together. It got a little old---and also unnecessary for the plot.

    One surprise is that the narrator mispronounces words quite a few times in this audio book. Other reviewers have commented on this as well. Audio didn't get edited, either?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1616)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1519)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "J. Mayberry and R. Porter do it again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another rollicking storyline and more masterful, entertaining and fantastic narration by Ray Porter. Love it when the voice *is* the character. No one else could do Joe Ledger like this! Really enjoying this series. Action, good story building, good characters and some gore---but nothing you have to take too seriously.

    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
    (2137)
    Performance
    (2006)
    Story
    (2013)

    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!"
    "Not nearly as good as Day by Day Armageddon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good narrator but a story that couldn't quite keep me engaged---despite this being one of my favorite genres.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6243)
    Performance
    (5813)
    Story
    (5816)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    ""She said," "He said," "They said,""
    Overall
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    Story

    Despite glowing reviews, I found this story to be very tedious. It's perfectly in the genre that I enjoy and the story line was very promising. The writing, however, was clunky to the point of distracting. There were endless repetitive sentence structures and a very annoying repeat of 'he said, she said, he exclaimed' etc, after every single thing that every character spoke.

    Also, Wil Wheaton's narration was very same throughout with very little difference in inflection, tone and characterization.

    Sadly....a promising listen, but disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1700)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THIS ISN'T A SODDEN COMIC BOOK"
    "Worth mutiple listens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story never lags and the story line is very approachable. A lot of thriller/espionage/terrorism stories are bleak and pretty cold and clinical. The personality given the main character Joe Ledger skips over all of that and makes this story (and all the Joe Ledger books) fun, fascinating, and entertaining.

    Ray Porter is THE PERFECT reader for this series!! He's like Richard Ferrone for the John Sandford 'Prey' series or Oliver Wyman for Correia's 'Moster Hunter' series. PERFECT. I totally love it when a narrator can become a character for a whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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