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John

vabeach311

Virginia Beach, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 48 purchased in 2014
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  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1315)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen"
    "Stupid Decisions......"
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    It goes along pretty well until the writer decides to make moron decisions. Moves along well, but of the writer would write with a tad more common sense-- it would be a much better book. I am not reading the third.....

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2098)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1974)

    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 bad, but pretty stupid decisions by characters"
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    It is not bad, entertaining..... But for a special forces badass--- the cluelessness is kind of a joke.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (730)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Pretty Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I will warn you that I stopped after the first 2 hours and SPOLIERS--- The narration seems to fit, whinny irritating little girls. The story is a joke. In the first two hours they seemingly lose all their supplies, food, weapons--- in what can only be described as a head scratcher. She lost he back pack because she swung around too quick and it flew off a cliff? The kid goes fishing while balancing ALL their fishing gear and and gun on a tree over the river, and you guessed it--- the idiot knocks it all in the river. Pass on this one, it is pretty stupid. It might get better as it goes along, but the first few hours ruined it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16065)
    Performance
    (13334)
    Story
    (13960)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "The new narration is 100% better!"
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    Story

    The old narration sounded like a 13 year old girl that just inhaled helium. She was "chirpy" and "squeeky" and "nasally". It was the worst narration I had ever heard for the numerous audiobooks I have listened to. The new one sounds like a young woman, as it should. Much better! However the story is a joke. It is witten like a bad daytime soap opera. A 21 year old VIRGIN hooks up with a 27 year old self made multi billionaire that acts more like he is in his 50's than 20's. No 21 year old virgin that is extremely SEXUALLY REPRESSED is going to jump into the middle of a severe BDSM relationship. It is not erotica at all, if anything I would say it is a poorly written romance novel. I cannot fathom what all the buzz is surrounding this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (457)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "So unlike the first three!"
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    The performance was BAD. If they could not retain the first set of narrators they should of at least tried to get someone that sounded similar. Choppy, metered, and child-like.

    The story had a totally different tone and feel than the first three. Characters I had enjoyed became unbearable. The first 3 built is all up, the final book, tore it all down. Maybe I do not get it, maybe some underlying meaning---- But I wish I stopped after 3. Read the first 3, and forget this one was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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