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Evan S.

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  • Infection: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sean Schubert
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    When a plague strikes, Anchorage becomes a deadly trap for its citizens. The only two land routes out of the city are cut, forcing people to fight or die as the infection spreads. Danny and Jules, just children, witness the beginning stages of the pestilence. Neil watches helplessly from his office cubicle as Midtown is ravaged. Dr. Caldwell attempts to flee the madness of Providence Hospital, the epicenter of the outbreak. The lives and survival of these few become intertwined in the aftermath of the onslaught.

    Mike Naka says: "actually quite good"
    "Weak and typical"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was not only cliche and predictable, but tedious and downright silly.


    Has Infection: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I will not ever get any more books from this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Daniel May?

    Daniel May was an acceptable narrator.


    What character would you cut from Infection: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse?

    All. They were flat and silly.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a die hard zed-lit fan, and this one had nothing too it. The story hardly made sense in terms of its consistency, the plot was unbelievable (even for zombie books) and predictable. It was almost painful to listen to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow Six

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1178)

    Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

    Brodie says: "Tom Clancy (Top Cat)"
    "NOT A JACK RYAN BOOK! Almost seems ghost written."
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    In the words of comic-book-guy (for you "Simpson's" fans), "Worst Clancy Book Ever!"
    1st of all, despite being listed as a book in the "Jack Ryan" Series, its not. He's referred to in book ass president, but doesn't appear at all.
    2nd of all, it is really uncharacteristically non-Clancy; makes me wonder if he really wrote it at all, or if it is one of his ghost-written books. Not as technical, many included technical elements are flagrantly wrong, much more repetitious than his normal books in regards to the military/espionage/medical "facts" he does include, really bad fieldcraft (spycraft) of the agents.
    Remember in "Executive Orders" when he explicitly commented that you would never have a call saying anything like "I have the microfilm."? Well that's essentially what he does over and over again. The spooks are obvious, without use of subordinates or additional assets. They engage in cliche's like shooting out the tires of the bad guys car, and shooting the gun outta someone's hand (really!?)
    There is a lot more talk about sex and sexual innuendo than Clancy usually employs. His character's, Clark and Chavez, act far less intelligent than the intelligence officers they are in other books (esp Clark), and bitch about others in CIA, etc. (including the Foleys). Although Clancy does tend to let his politics slip into his books, the conservative politics utterly flood this one (with laughably flat and ridiculous liberal environmentalists engaging in a conspiracy of hundreds--from a man whose prior books espouse that you if 2 people know a secret, it cannot be kept secret).
    This is a (bad) action book, not a military-espionage book that Clancy (if this was him) is famous for. And worst of all, though it occurs in the same universe as Jack Ryan, it was certainly NOT a Jack Ryan book, and listen.
    I will certainly be requesting a refund for this waste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting to Survive: As the World Dies, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (286)

    Picking up where The First Days ends, Fighting to Survive features the further zombie-killing, civilization-saving adventures of a pair of sexy, kick butt heroines and the men who love them. A hundred or so survivors of the zombie plague have found tenuous safety in the walled off center of a small Texas town. Now the hard work of survival begins - finding enough food; creating safe, weather-resistant shelter; establishing laws; and fighting off both the undead who want to eat them and the living bandits who want to rob and kill them.

    Vanessa says: "OK OK she LIKES both SEXES..MOVE ON ALREADY! JEEZ!"
    "Still as good a the 1st one."
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    While often a sequel, especially in this genre fails to live up to its predecessor, this was another terrific book by Rhiannon Frater. The characters continued to deepen, and remained fresh, and the story and challenges remained exciting. Not a dull moment. Another one I would highly recommend. I am eagerly awaiting any more in this series.
    Bravo!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (497)

    The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

    Garth says: "Not for my demographic"
    "The Best, the best, the best.The Pinnacle of Z-lit"
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    This was one of the best zombie books if have ever read. It was balanced and believable. It was suspenseful, and kept me on the edge of my seat. As far as zed lit goes this one was as believable and exciting as they come.
    It was a refreshing change to see this type of book from a female perspective, but even as a male listener, it was not off-putting whatsoever.
    The characters were well-developed and interesting.
    I would highly recommend this if you are a fan of the genre, or even just giving it a try.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Barriers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    The day the world ended, Erik Tragger escaped to the mountains. Cut off from civilization for five months, he returned to find a ruined city now ruled by the living dead. Tragger joins a group of survivors with a plan: make it to Portland where humanity is carving out a stronghold. But along the way they face opposition at every turn - the dead, rogue military forces, looters - and a new enemy more dangerous than any they have yet encountered. Among the stumbling, mindless zombies are... ghouls.

    Mike Naka says: "much better than expected"
    "Weak, but not terrible"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The zombie-flesh-eating humans turned ghouls from the book may not have minded it, they didn't seem too particular.


    What was most disappointing about Timothy W. Long’s story?

    The second level of zombies. The zombie-eating humans turned ghouls... Really a weak disappointment. Even if I was willing to accept their existence and ability to control the zombies, their motivations and actions ultimately stretched the limits of suspension of disbelief.


    What three words best describe Christian Rummel’s performance?

    Acceptable. Unexceptional. Average.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Zombies... Arrrrrrrrr... Brrrraiins....


    Any additional comments?

    Not as bad as "Infection: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse" but does not live up to most other Z-lit. Instead of this go read Rhiannon Frater's "The First Days Series", or "World War Z"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3327)
    Performance
    (2415)
    Story
    (2410)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Unexpectedly good zed-lit."
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    This was a good bit of zed-lit. Initially I was hesitant, because the build up to the armageddon was a bit weak, but ultimately it was really good and fairly fresh... (theweak lead up was forgivable, because zombie books are not read for the fore-play). I liked the emphasis on stealth rather than fighting the zombies, and the accurate knowledge of weapons and tactics.
    I could have done without the irradiated zombies, but thats my only other gripe, and it was not something that I would consider it a detraction--just a different preference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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