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G Wallace

I love me some audiobooks

Member Since 2010

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  • 43 reviews
  • 67 ratings
  • 272 titles in library
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  • Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lawrence E. Joseph
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    Don't look up. It won't help. You can't get out of the way; you can't dig a hole deep enough to hide. The end is coming, and there's nothing you can do about it. So why listen to this audiobook? Because you can't cover your ears when it's not just the religious fanatics who are saying we're all going to be destroyed, but the scientists are in on the act, too.

    Thomas W. Smith says: "Overpriced"
    "Not Worth 2 Credits"
    Overall

    This book seemed too unorganized. There are a lot of neat conjectures portrayed but they didn't seem to come together well, especially in the second half of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Day of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Bob Petersen arrives with his daughter at the middle school in Maine where he teaches, expecting another regular day but worried about what recent ominous news reports might portend. Suddenly his school - along with many others across the United States - is under attack. Gunmen burst in, slaughtering children and adults alike.

    Jan says: "Oh My Goodness..."
    "Be Thankful This Book Is Short"
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    This audiobook was hard to listen to. The narrator, sound quality, writing and plot were all superb, however, this is a relentlessly dark, morbid and plausible story. The satanic death cult of islam is described for what it is by this book, but that's only half of the message. The other half is the outright impotent cowards we have controlling every branch of our government, media and academics. The United States has created the best enemies money can buy while its citizens are lied to and distracted by politicians and the media conglomerates, and their rights are systematically removed by far leftist judges. This is widely understood but rarely delivered in such a persuasive manner as with this book.

    If you have small children then you might want to think twice before listening. I'm not saying to bypass this book, just perhaps buying the actual book and reading it may be better. I imagine you would be able to pull away, or cautiously proceed at your own pace versus having the narrator thrust you forward, masterfully but without remorse, like being on a roller coaster from hell. This story builds a tempo quickly and doesn't let up until the very last word. It is brutal, heart wrenching, terrifying and realistic. It's made all the more so because you can actually imagine this story happening.

    Ironically there's lots to say about this relatively short audiobook. I applaud the author for having the courage to write it. Yes, courage. It seems rare to find anyone who will honestly represent islam for what it is. If that offends you then ask why there aren't any islamic leaders that will speak out against the terrorist within its faith. Oh, I forgot, islam is a religion of peace.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The 17th Irregulars: 299 Days, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    In some ways, post-Collapse life at Pierce Point resembles the everyday normalcy that Grant and others still hoped would return. The community is organized and humming along smoothly, the young guys on the Team are partnering off with local “Team Chicks”, and Grant's daughter has found a boyfriend. For most, the new reality has been accepted and a calm, self-sustaining groove is setting in. For others, though, life is far from normal.

    Rep. Matt Shea says: "Glen Tate Nails it Again"
    "...STARTING TO DRAG ON AND ON..."
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    Just finished this book as well as the first chapter preview of Book 7 and I must admit that I'm getting a bit bored with this series. I gave the first book a good rating, and still do, even after I waited to write the review after completing book 4. This series started out as a down to earth and realistic view of the world today, and the near future, and made sense that society wouldn't collapse and turn Mad Max after just a few days. I accept the drama over action because I believe that's a more practical reality than expecting to live as a gun slinging ninja when the sectors of our nation start to crumble. Sure, some will need to make hard choices but not constantly. Therefore, understand that this series, though well written, is a slow drama with only a few moments of action, so far.

    Having said that, I'm at the point where I think I'm going to give this series a rest and move on to other books for a while. I'm still interested to find out how the rest of the series plays out, but I'm not ready to invest another 20+ hours to do so right now. So far I'd have to agree with other reviewers and say that this whole series should have been condensed to 4 books or fewer. I listened to an interview with the author on a podcast and he mentioned that the last book was mostly a bunch of speeches. Can you say boring or anticlimactic? I'll read the reviews and make my determination to buy it if and when I get there.

    My one criticism about this series so far, apart from the dragging storyline, is the main character Grant. At first he came across as your average guy, but now he's always the smartest person in a room... I guess the arrogant lawyer has surfaced. In addition Grant can seem to do nothing wrong, even though he lies, or hides important info from his own family. Finally, It seems the whole collapse scenario was custom tailored just for Grant. And Grant's wife has to be the most stubborn princess... I guess that's second criticism.

    Overall, a good series. I can't say that I'd ever listen to it again though. FWIW, Mark Goodwin's "American Exit Strategy" series was a better listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (499)

    299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

    Jan says: "Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase..."
    "BELIEVABLE AND INSPIRING"
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    Would you listen to 299 Days again? Why?

    Probably. This book isn't an action packed leap into societal chaos. Instead it lays a foundation for the main characters throughout the series that follows. There are believable heart warming moments, as well passionate moments of anger and frustration. This was a down-to-earth story that most people can relate to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grant. He is a rational main character who is willing to do anything for his family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like so many, especially the scenes where Grant defends citizens from the oppression of the big statist bureaucrats.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt the tension between Grant and his wife, concerning preparing for a collapse, was real and sincere.


    Any additional comments?

    As far as collapse and survival stories go, this is a slow simmer versus a quick boil, like Patriots, American Exit Strategy, One Second After and Seven Days. I'm currently on book 6 in this series and appreciate that the author risked this effort with the first book and didn't go Mad Max so quickly. I wish that Audible and the Author would create a bundle deal with series like this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Days

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sterling Nixon
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    An unpayable debt. A shrinking economy. A nation divided. What is the price needed to prevent civil war? What if the United States can no longer pay that price? Rick Savage finds himself in the middle of a power struggle that could spell the end of the United States. His extensive research leads him to one grim prediction: civil society will all but cease in seven days. He now has only a week to save who and whatever he can before the world descends into chaos.

    M. Bowles says: "You WILL NOT find better, WILL NOT!"
    "WE'RE ALL JUST SHEEPLE"
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    I apologize upfront that I didn't finish this book, but it was so over-the-top and unbelievable that I couldn't go on. It was almost Stephen King-ish. This author tells the story of societal breakdown where the hero is an alcoholic reprobate that suddenly clicks into commando mode and becomes the only soul alive that understands what's happening and what should be done. Every other character is portrayed as the stereotypical sheeple just waiting to die from stupidity. I realize that a vast segment of our society doesn't want to think about our fragile civilization and probably has less than a weeks worth of food and supplies, but seeing children with swollen belly's after only 3 days into a collapse? Common!!

    This book is not for prepper's but for the mall ninja's and border line sociopaths who think they don't need anyone but themselves to survive. Of course the last half of the book could have redeeming qualities that could make me change my opinion, but I doubt it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Kobler, Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Detroit high-priority 911 calls average 58 minutes for a response. How much longer will it be until budget cuts, natural disaster, or a total collapse make you responsible for your own security? Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics by David Kobler and Mark Goodwin will teach you how to organize your team or neighborhood into a force to be reckoned with. You'll get tips to harden your home and protect your family, life, and property, both now and after the stuff hits the fan.

    G Wallace says: "Basic Preparedness"
    "Basic Preparedness"
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    This is a very simple, short look into the world of preparedness. This is a great list of fundamentals that everyone should be aware of, if not practice. There are several good podcasts that cover these ideas with about as much detail, and they won't cost you a credit. Actually, you will learn a lot more by simply listening to the author's own podcasts.

    I would recommend this book for someone new to the idea of securing themselves and their family. However, this book just barely scratches the surface.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Reset: Book Three of the Economic Collapse Chronicles, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    In American Reset, the final chapter of the Economic Collapse Chronicles, the ultimate contest between liberty and tyranny reaches the apex. The Bair family and their neighbors learn the true value of community as they rely on each other to survive the war and the effects of the financial meltdown. Will the collapse bring an oppressive regime that enslaves the American people, or will the patriots prevail and guide the country back to a place of freedom, peace and prosperity?

    C. Dissmore says: "Fantastic, this series is best in the genre"
    "ENDED TOO QUICKLY"
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    I thought this series had the potential to be far more than a "survivalist" story. The author paints a very plausible picture of where we stand today as a country and what tomorrow will most likely entail. Everyday I watch the news and see how "prophetic" these books may hold to be. The description of our political system led me to think about how this story could have evolved from an american collapse to the rise of a global new world order with its often refereed to leader, the "anti-christ". It would have been very interesting to see this story arc over into a 7 year Tribulation event.

    This book offers a satisfying ending though certain existential threats were not adequately addressed. It didn't end with a happy ending necessarily, but a realistic one.

    This book will have lefties marching in their pride parades demanding reparations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forsaking Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (814)

    Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation's power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn't over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society - but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm.

    Jan says: "Completes the series nicely... with a 3.5 read"
    "FORSAKING A CREDIT"
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    Book 1 of this series started out well enough. It had me hooked sufficiently to get Book 2. Book 2 meandered around but I still wanted more and spent a credit for Book 3. Book 3 tested my resolve to keep going but thought the author was really going to surprise the faithful following with Book 4. Book 4 sucked.

    If you want to spend 30 to 45 minutes listening about making soap, an hour or so describing food gathering, preparation and eating, an hour or so describing teenage girl depression, then this book may be for you. Little action, poor writing and an ending without a credible reasoning for this whole mess!!

    NOT WORTH YOUR CREDIT!!!!!!

    8 of 9 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
    (2155)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (1992)

    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.

    Nathan says: "Loved it!"
    "Promising, but....."
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    I just finished Book 4 which should be the final of this series, I hope. Book 1 started with the protagonist being quickly thrust into a grid down, lights out situation while stranded hundred of miles from home. At first I thought this was going to be a dud, but the more I listened the more compelled I was to continue with this journey. I know that most listeners will find it distracting at how the author describes in detail the survival supplies and gear that the lead character (Morgan) uses along the way, but I found it to be somewhat informative and well thought out. Obviously things go from bad to worse and Morgan encounters drunk rednecks, thugs, bandits and eventually, the government. Although it's becoming more common in the survivalist book genre, this is the first series I've listened to that seems to latch on to Alex Jones notions of a hostel national takeover by government agencies such as DHS, FEMA, IRS and others. It's a sobering notion to consider and this first book really convinced me to buy Book 2 and find out what happens.

    Book 1 wasn't great. The narration is mediocre at best and some of the subplots were too formulaic. Books 2, 3 and 4 didn't improve in the narration department and took things too far by introducing characters and subplots that just became stupid. Some of the dialog between characters was idiotic. Book 4 especially. In fact, Book 4 had quality of writing you'd expect from a teenager. I totally lost interest in the characters and story. It is obvious that the author was stumbling around trying to build a suitable story and explain why the world fell apart. Book 1 set a standard that Book 2 barely met and the other books completely missed. Books 3 and 4 should have been condensed into one book. They don't deserve your credits like the first two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (905)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "Progressive Dream Come True"
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    From the reviews I read I thought this was going to be an intelligent EOTW survival novel centered on family facing the real threat of a pandemic. In my opinion it only made my blood pressure go up without offering much else.

    The good: This book tackles the subject of a pandemic with a fair degree of accuracy. It portrays a virus that originates overseas and quickly spreads to all nations, including the USA. The book centers around one family that apparently expected such a scenario and stocked up appropriately. As the pandemic worsens so does the behavior of the neighbors that surround this family. The tensions between families and neighbors is realistic.

    The bad: The main character, Alex, is described as a former marine who saw combat, but approaches situations in this book like a naive idiot at times. The author tells the reader/listener about the chaos and societal breakdown going on all around the main characters, yet they seem to sleep soundly and play games like they're living through a trivial snow storm and the roads are just temporarily closed. They seem to have every provision necessary to cope with this chaos and don't need to rely on anyone but themselves. The publisher must have forced the author to cut back on the "conservatives are idiots, and liberal progressives are smarter" banter, knowing that this would alienate most of the readers/listeners to this type of novel. However, this northeastern mentality still creeps out and is scattered throughout the story. Did it matter to the story that family hates Fox news, is PC in their conversation, does not mention faith and is disgusted at the thought of eating red meat? I'm no neo-con but It made me relate that much less to the main characters. I felt an undertone that the author is somewhat satisfied writing about the world's mass population dying off and leaving the "intellectuals" remaining.

    This isn't a terrible book but I wouldn't listen to it again. I wasn't left thinking that I got anything substantially useful from having spent the time listening to it.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • American Meltdown: Book Two of the Economic Collapse Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (166)

    Written from a Christian constitutional worldview, American Meltdown, Book Two of The Economic Collapse Chronicles uses dystopian fiction to take an in-depth look at the economic and political trends that have taken America to the edge of bankruptcy. The book assesses the current course of the nation and projects it into the near future. In Book Two, America has entered into a full scale financial meltdown. The members of the Bair family do the best they can to navigate a complete currency collapse and the social disruptions that come with it.

    G Wallace says: "Pre-Tribulation Survivalist Story"
    "Pre-Tribulation Survivalist Story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. As we approach the 2016 elections this book and its predecessor should be distributed in churches across the USA. Fictitious names have been created to protect the guilty but listeners will quickly decipher the characters in national leadership and realize this storyline is very plausible.


    Would you recommend American Meltdown to your friends? Why or why not?

    Especially to a democrat.


    What three words best describe Kevin Pierce’s performance?

    Not very charismatic. I felt that he didn't capture the author's true emotional intent. There were several places where I wasn't clear which character was talking.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but there's no way Hollywood would touch this. Spielberg would have spastic fits.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read the Bible, the political news, the financial headlines and such then you will like how this series ties them together. This book often quotes our Founders, who often quoted the Bible, and they warned us not to go where this country has now gone. This series describes the most plausible near term outcome, world war or natural disaster notwithstanding. It will definitely encourage you to start preparing any way you can.

    This book will cause lefties to scream and spill their latte.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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