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Jack

End of the world and Sci Fi are my favorites with a lot of historical fiction added in

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  • The King of Clayfield: Clayfield, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Shane Gregory
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help. But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns....

    Mike Naka says: "surprisingly good"
    "Just too mant stupid characters"
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    Would you try another book from Shane Gregory and/or Scott Aiello?

    No, it was not the writing style. It was the lack of characters acting in a way consistent with the situations they are in.


    Has The King of Clayfield turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the end of the world can be interesting but spending it with really dumb survivors is even worst than the end of the world.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sons of Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Giles Kristian
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Raven and his Wolfpack of Norsemen have been double crossed. The traitor Ealdred seeks to sell a holy book to the Emperor Charlemagne which will ensure riches beyond his wildest dreams. Greed drives him forward, but a band of fearsome warriors is in pursuit across the sea to Charlemagne's Frankish empire - with the bloodiest of revenge on their minds.

    Jack says: "Slow down so I can hear you"
    "Slow down so I can hear you"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I had to go to half speed to follow him. The narration ran far too fast for easy listining


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons from the Sea: The Strongbow Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Judson Roberts
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In Dragons from the Sea, Book Two of the Strongbow Saga, Halfdan Hroriksson has escaped - for now - the enemies who murdered his brother and seek to kill him, too. Determined to avenge his brother's death, Halfdan knows he must first gain experience as a warrior. He joins a Danish army gathering for an invasion of Western Frankia, for among its fierce chieftains and seasoned warriors he may find the allies he needs.

    Jack says: "Not great but it hold your attention"
    "Not great but it hold your attention"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dragons from the Sea the most enjoyable?

    The author does a good job of getting us into the head of the main character. Other characters are more skeleton but they Ft. The storyline develops well and takes some interesting turns and twists.

    I enjoyed it enough to buy and read the entire series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Z-Risen: Outbreak

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Todd Menesses
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    When the USS McClusky (FFG-41) was overrun by the dead, Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed, and Marine Sergeant Joel "Cruze" Kelly, were forced to abandon the ship and take their chances in San Diego. Now they are stuck in a city that has been completely overrun with zombies, and as the days go by, they must range farther and farther away from "fortress" in their search for supplies.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "a unique view on a zombie apocalypse"
    "Punch by punch narrative - boring"
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    What could Timothy W. Long have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    May be an interesting read for the teenager seeking a step by step, blow by blow first person narrative. I was looking for more that. Describing every blow and its impact gets monotonous fairly quickly. It is a poor substitute for character development and a plot line that will leads us somewhere.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End is Nigh: The Apocalypse Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Mur Lafferty, Rajan Khanna, Kate Baker, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories. Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

    Jon says: "Amazing, couldn't put it down!"
    "Not interested in a book written by a committee"
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    What disappointed you about The End is Nigh?

    My fault. The book is a collection of related stories by a group of authors. That was not what I was looking for. It may work but the first story did not make a believer of me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Call to Duty: Book I of Manticore Ascendant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Weber, Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (257)

    Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...he two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

    Jean says: "Astronautical adventure story"
    "Mediocre teenager becomes warp drive expert"
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    What did you like best about A Call to Duty? What did you like least?

    It was easy to listen to is the best I can say. The story line and the characters were simplistic and predictable. Not bad but not a series I would buy into again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legionary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Gordon Doherty
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    376 AD: The Eastern Roman Empire is alone against the tide of barbarians swelling on her borders. Emperor Valens juggles the paltry border defenses to stave off invasion from the Goths north of the Danube. Meanwhile, in Constantinople, a pact between faith and politics spawns a lethal plot that will bring the dark and massive hordes from the east crashing down on these struggling borders. The fates conspire to see Numerius Vitellius Pavo, enslaved as a boy after the death of his legionary father, thrust into the limitanei, the border legions, just before they are sent to recapture the long-lost eastern Kingdom of Bosporus.

    CS says: "A visceral historic cross-section"
    "Too many inconsistencies interrupt the flow."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The storyline was interesting but the author and editor were sloppy. Too many times things happen that did not square with the scene just before. Whole armies appear in relief within a few days when it would have take weeks to even notify them of the situation. The sloppiness capture more of my attention than the story itself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Whistler?

    The narrator in parts of the book had the habit of speaking the first half of a sentence at a higher decibel than the second half of the sentence. This grates on the ears as you shrink away from the volume then strain to hear the rest. Keep it at one steady volume and use tone and emphasis to add intensity to the telling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Eagle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Simon Scarrow
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

    Erik says: "Enjoyable historical fiction."
    "Nerd becomes a Roman legionnaire"
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    If you could sum up Under the Eagle in three words, what would they be?

    Very enjoyable story, well written with a complex style that builds on characters and descriptions to tell a story about the atypical Roman legionnaire in 50 AD


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier of Rome: The Legionary Book One of the Artorian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Mace
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    In the year A.D. 9, three Roman Legions under Quintilius Varus were betrayed by the Germanic war chief, Arminius, and destroyed in the forest known as Teutoburger Wald. Six years later Rome is finally ready to unleash her vengeance on the barbarians. The Emperor Tiberius has sent his adopted son, Germanicus Caesar, into Germania with an army of forty-thousand legionaries. The come not on a mission of conquest, but one of annihilation. With them is a young legionary named Artorius.

    Harry says: "Full Metal Jacket for The Roman era"
    "Enjoyable story but lacking in sophistication"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the Roman historical novel. This one was interesting but do not expect a refined literary style. Descriptions are simple, characters predictable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marching with Caesar: Birth of the 10th Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By R.W. Peake
    • Narrated By Simon Burdett
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Titus Pullus, the hero of the 10th Legion and the Marching With Caesar series, tells his story from the very beginning of his life, starting with his relationship with his father, how his friendship with Vibius Domitius began, and how their burning ambition to join the Legions was helped by a veteran nicknamed Cyclops. Enlisting in the 10th Legion, raised in 61 B.C. by Gaius Julius Caesar, Birth of the 10th Legion recounts the first campaign ever conducted by Julius Caesar as a commander...

    Rollin says: "Outstanding story of a young Roman legionaire"
    "First person account of a Roman in the X Legion"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is told in the first person as if the author is dictating his story to the scribe. It lacks artistic descriptions of the surroundings that you find in more literary novels. That is not a limitation but an advantage of this style.

    I enjoyed listening to Titus tell the story of his boyhood and rookie year in the X Legion. The story reads as you would expect from someone speaking conversationally.

    Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Point of Crisis: The Perseid Collapse, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Davis Sound, LLC
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    In the aftermath of the brutal attack on his family compound, Alex Fletcher embraces his rapidly expanding role within the New England Regional Recovery Zone (RRZ). Fueled by a limitless drive to protect his family and a rekindled sense of duty, he enlists the reluctant aid of a local militia commander - to ease the public's fears of a federal government takeover.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "I think I'm becoming paranoid"
    "How did Book 3 go so wrong?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoyed the first two books of the series. The story and events were believable and the books flowed well. In Book 3 we have another disaster that nearly wipes out the infrastructure of the East Coast. Rather than a continuation of the struggles that Alex and his family would face, we are presented with the implausible tale of how the Federal government would seek to use small, under trained, ill-equipped local militias to secure the population. It just did not ring true at all. Why bypass the State, County, and local Police organizations let alone the many fire departments, Red Cross and other first responders.

    It seemed the author wants to weave a story of how substantial the militias are rather than construct how a real disaster would play out. The constant hints that Homeland Security was out to rob Americans of thier Open Carry Righrs became boring. Yet the author saw no contradication with the militias denying fellow Americans the freedom of assembly and movement. Of course in a emergency that leaves millions without power, food or water, security forces would be expected to disarm people carrying and bruising weapons in their vincity. But the author sees that as some conspiracy to deny Americans of their essential rights while ignoring the millions who face disease and starvation and denies them the freedom to move to safer ground.

    Good book if you believe paranoid militia members are there to save us when disaster strikes. It would have been so much better if the story was cast in the more believable light of a Federal response that worked with already in place law enforcement and disaster relief organizations. It seems the author had an agenda to push and the story suffered because of it. But if see black helicopters around every corner than you may like Book 3.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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