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Kim

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  • World Made by Hand: The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. In Union Grove, a little town in upstate New York, the future is nothing like people thought it would be. Life is hard and close to the bone. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure.

    David says: "A kind of Amish post-apocalypse"
    "Great read"
    Overall
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    Where does World Made by Hand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10 (and I have read over 100).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World Made by Hand?

    I like the detail the author puts into the characters and the location. I like the detailed descriptions of the way the world downsized and the way people had managed to cope.


    What about Jim Meskimen’s performance did you like?

    His voice and narration sounded right for the lead character. If you close your eyes and listen you can picture him across the table chatting to you.


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

    Not really, I enjoyed the story as a whole.


    Any additional comments?

    Just downloaded book two "the witch of hebron'. I hope its as good as this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joe Nobody
    • Narrated By D. Allen
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (120)

    This first book of the Holding Their Own series, A Story of Survival, is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country's core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.

    Steve says: "Could not listen to it...."
    "audio was pathetic."
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was really looking forward to listening to this as I have read quite a few of Joe Nobodies books.
    The audio download was so poor that the narrator was unintelligeable.
    Only rated it as one star so I could comment on the rest of this.


    What was most disappointing about Joe Nobody’s story?

    audio download quality


    What didn’t you like about D. Allen’s performance?

    couldnt understand him at all so I can't say if he is good or not.


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

    dont know. judging by written books the content, if understandable, would have been quite good.


    Any additional comments?

    want my money back!

    0 of 0 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
    (3135)
    Performance
    (2230)
    Story
    (2226)

    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!!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    Where does Day By Day Armageddon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the zombie genre its ##ONE


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead character, who remains nameless until the last book.


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

    I check when looking at books for narrators. I think good narrators can make or break a book. Jay suits this character perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really but the detail JL Bourne puts into the book is one of the reasons I like it so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book and enjoyed the other two in the trilogy. They are worth relistening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5604)
    Performance
    (2232)
    Story
    (2260)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Its OK"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I dont think the plot made clear just why they had to travel to the beach. The movie didnt either.


    What was most disappointing about Cormac McCarthy’s story?

    As above.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    The narration overall was good, I was just dissappointed with the plotline. The main chacter as narrated by Tom was good.


    Was The Road worth the listening time?

    Yeees..... But I must admit that it did drag on in some places.


    Any additional comments?

    The storyline had a very dismal and hopeless feel about it. Maybe this is why I couldnt take to it. If that was the intent, and I think it was by the author, then he achieved it in my opinion. I just like stories, even hopeless situation ones, to be a little more positive. At times I thought when reading that the main character was so demoralised that he would just end it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3088)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1758)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "A true classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lucifer's Hammer the most enjoyable?

    I read this book when it first came out in the 80's. Listening to it on audio is just as good as that first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucifer's Hammer?

    The realisation that the comet was actually going to strike the earth and various peoples preparation, or lack of.


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

    He narrates smoothly and gives accents more accurately than my reading does. (I'm Australian so some of the accents I am not clear on)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Towards the end was very sad with the battle. What a waste with so many people already dead from the catastrophy.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the authors book- Footfall. Another excellent book from this genre.
    Wish there were more like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (455)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Good book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Policeman the most enjoyable?

    I downloaded this as a change from my usual fodder. It sounded interesting. That was the only reason. Actually its a very good book, well written, narrated and I think it would be fairly realistic for the situation. Its very much a SF book but full of suspense. I look forward to book two.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, the newbie detective working under such difficult conditions. The narration is so good that you can picture the main and other characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think overall the book flows with all scenes being well written and narrated. The number on the box.


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

    Yes I would prefer to listen to it all, but it is easy to remember the storyline if you do need a break.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep an eye on this author and narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (596)

    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.

    Eric says: "Political schizophrenia and engrossing story"
    "Thought provoking"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Jakarta Pandemic the most enjoyable?

    The explanation and detail the author goes into with his preparation and the narration


    What other book might you compare The Jakarta Pandemic to and why?

    Hard question. The stand (unabridged) comes to mind as Stephen King writes with the same detail.


    Which character – as performed by Joseph Morton – was your favorite?

    The husband an his foresight influenced by his occupation.


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

    I think the ending (read it as I wont give it away)


    Any additional comments?

    The fact the family wasn't a group of gun nuts and had a well thought out (in my opinion) range of self defence firearms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Days in September

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Gorham
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (218)

    On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

    Jan says: "Depends on what you want"
    "Good read"
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    Where does 77 Days in September rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I regard it as top ten. If you have read One Second After and then read this you can put the two together, even though by different authors.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His tenacity


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

    havent listened to any other but he is a good narrator.


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

    overall i thought the book was good


    Any additional comments?

    Being a keen cyclist I would have repaired the bike. Made it 17 days instead of 77. Joke

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (651)

    America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

    Glenn says: "Good Story Line"
    "Ok"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Its not a bad book overall. My main gripe is the necessity of the "born again christian" idealogy pushing. I mean no offense to those who are born again but, in some cases, this comes across as the fundamentalism that we are apparently so against in other religious forms and countries. Extremism in any form seems to disregard other persons rights.


    What could James Wesley, Rawles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I look forward to reading his other book. i have already read Patriots. In both cases my comment above. Less on the religious stuff.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    very good Narrator.


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

    The plot was good, narration was good and the tech parts were well explained.


    Any additional comments?

    I didnt love the book but it was worth purchasing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dawning

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hugh B. Cave
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Where can you hide when the Earth wants you dead? In the near-future, crime, drugs, and pollution make the cities uninhabitable. Gangs roam the streets ravaging at will, the police have all but surrendered, and the air and water are slowly killing the population. One small group determines to survive.

    Kim says: "Terrible"
    "Terrible"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    if you enjoy predictable claptrap where gun owners are all "bad guys" and if you are not a total greenie then this is for you


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hugh B. Cave again?

    i dont think so


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    little voice expression (actually I dont blame the narrator. if I was reading this aloud I would also sound unenthusiastic)


    What character would you cut from The Dawning?

    the author


    Any additional comments?

    dont bother

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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