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  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3361)
    Performance
    (3130)
    Story
    (3141)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Anthony says: "best series ever...really!"
    "I am hooked"
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    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Zombies in the Neighborhood. I like it that this is about normal people dealing with an abnormal situation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It isn't the normal "dumb zombie masses" story.


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very witty, dry sense of humor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Hmmm ... there are some breaks, so you can stop and pick up where you left off.


    Any additional comments?

    When I first started this series, I wasn't sure how much I liked it. I thought it was entertaining and different, so I kept listening. I am not on book 5 ... what does that tell you?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (516)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "Did I start in the right place?"
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    Would you try another book from F. Paul Wilson and/or Alexander Cendese?

    Sure. I just felt like I started in the wrong place ... I seem to have missed all of the previous Repairman Jack stories.


    If you’ve listened to books by F. Paul Wilson before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first. It was okay.


    What three words best describe Alexander Cendese’s performance?

    Clean, simple, effective. I did have a difficult time telling some of the characters apart.


    Could you see Cold City being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, not really, because I don't think this is the first Repairman Jack book that would be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I will admit to being a bit confused. I liked the story idea, but it wasn't until I got into it that I found this was a "prequel" that went back to the start of the books. I just felt like I missed so much of the character. I will go back and listen to the first Repairman Jack book and see if this makes more sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (300)

    With nine straight number one New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, as fans anxiously await the next full-length Reacher adventure, Child delivers a riveting new short story featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero, Jack Reacher.

    Jean says: "Too Short of a short story"
    "Much ado about nothing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes ... length, pace, and story


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This was just a very slow story. There wasn't a lot happening here. Unfortunately I have found many of Mr. Child's recent books to be like this. Not good. Not bad. Just forgettable.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Dick Hill ... but if we don't have a "Reacher says Nothing" is it really a Reacher book?


    Was Not a Drill worth the listening time?

    It was short ... perhaps too short to really develop a pace.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a throwaway book. Listen to it, shrug, forget about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4819)
    Performance
    (3232)
    Story
    (3267)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "just couldn't get into this one"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Sometimes with Neil Gaiman I get the feeling that his writing is witty to be witty, not so much to move the story alone. I suppose that is what I felt in this book. The story just didn't move along as smoothly as I would like.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Love the basic idea of the story. Just had a tough time with consistent story-telling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    not sure


    Did Good Omens inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Find a better book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (427)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    Nathan says: "Read for the concepts and not for the characters"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, but I also know not everyone would "get" this book. It is a bit hard to follow, and the characters are a bit confusing at times, but I loved the idea of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August?

    The buildup to the 15th life was good.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

    Well, I suppose it would have to be Harry since he was the dominant character through the whole thing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life doesn't always end the way you expect.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable. More so for the story than the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reckoning: Indian Hill, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (767)

    After escaping from the Progerian Alien vessel, Michael Talbot is now given the opportunity to hide in obscurity with the rest of the human race or rise to the occasion and once again find himself immersed in a battle that he wants nothing to do with.Mike goes home and while reconnecting with a family that believed him dead he decides to join whatever resistance force can be mustered to repel the oncoming invasion.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Michael Talbot, our hero, is back"
    "Ignore the Elephant in the Room!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have probably read about a dozen Mark Tufo books, and in general I like them very much. For this one, where the major story is an alien invasion, we seem to talk about most everything OTHER than the aliens. This reads more like Zombie Fallout then it does a book about aliens. I mean, seriously, do we have to have the "humans turn crazy and mean" and then spend half the book on that?


    Has Reckoning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I won't read the rest of this serious. I am a big Mike Talbot fan, but this series is just silly.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Great narration. Love his voice. He IS Mike Talbot. Just give him a better script.


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

    Great narration. Mike Talbot is great. Too bad this book didn't have very much Michael Talbot.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Tufo, I think one reason so many of the scenes in this book sound like the scenes in your other books is because you have too many series going on and can't keep them all straight. Quality, not quantity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Longhorn: The Hondo Kid: Longhorn Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    He was 14. The Comanche slaughtered his parents and burned his house to the ground. His only brother never returned from the Civil War. Now the kid from Hondo, Texas, had nothing or no one. What would he do? Where would he go? How would he live? A chance good Samaritan act in the middle of the desert changed the course of his life and gave him a way to survive in the most dangerous way possible.

    AudioAddict says: "Possibly my favorite series"
    "The Western Lives"
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    If you could sum up Longhorn: The Hondo Kid in three words, what would they be?

    Western Rides Again


    What other book might you compare Longhorn: The Hondo Kid to and why?

    Very much like a traditional western where the good guys always follow their own morals, and bad guys have none.


    If you could rename Longhorn: The Hondo Kid, what would you call it?

    The too-perfect kid


    Any additional comments?

    I like the simple approach of this series. The good guys stay good guys, and you know the bad guys stay bad. Not as good as the first book, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4490)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2008)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Good story telling"
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    Would you listen to The Brass Verdict again? Why?

    No. These books always have a "twist" so knowing the twist makes the story not as interesting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not sure this is an "edge of your seat" but it is told well. I like the way everything is so easy to follow.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene when the defendant things everything is going great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Defendants always lie!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    jason says: "Good story again."
    "Haller or Holler?"
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    Where does The Reversal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the easiest to listen to because the dialogue is verily simple and most of it is written first person.


    What other book might you compare The Reversal to and why?

    Very similar to the first two Mickey Haller books.


    What does Peter Giles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure. The nice thing about reading a book is you create your own image of what is going on. Giles does a good job, though.


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

    Not really. I don't this is an overly emotional book. It is just told well and is easy to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7087)
    Performance
    (3334)
    Story
    (3353)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Engaging, but suspend disbelief"
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    If you could sum up The Lincoln Lawyer in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Thrilling, Fiction. I was really engrossed in the book, but it did jump the shark a few times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why, the Lincoln Lawyer, of course. (Mickey)


    Which character – as performed by Adam Grupper – was your favorite?

    not sure


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It has already been made into a book ...


    Any additional comments?

    There were parts of the book that had me rolling my eyes. Beyond that, though, I greatly enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 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
    (1952)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1807)

    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!"
    "For the Northern Idaho bunch"
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    What disappointed you about Going Home?

    I read the reviews and this sounded like an interesting story, but it was so inconsistent and so poorly done that I totally lost interest in it. As several people noted, this was obviously written someone who (1) is into the whole survivalist thing, (2) doesn't think too highly of the government, and (3) really doesn't know how to put aside his/her biases in order to write a good story. Very, very disappointing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Certainly not the next book in this series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was just kinda flat ... but then again the dialogue was so predictable and flat that the narrator probably didn't have much to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    "What a waste of time."


    Any additional comments?

    I can see why the author used the name 'A American' because I wouldn't have put my real name on this, either. This read more like a really long propaganda piece for the militia then it did anything else. But hey, this will be good to hand out to new recruits who want to create their own 'new world order'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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