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Melanie Rettie

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  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5275)
    Performance
    (2676)
    Story
    (2695)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "humerously frightening & lovable"
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    Where does Odd Thomas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An interesting story, couldn't put it down, couldn't wait to find out where the story would take me.


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

    Yes, I knew something bad was going to happen next, but could only guess until I got there and then there were surpirses.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great job, when you tend to be able to follow the story and not think about the voice reading it to you, that's a good narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of Odd Thomas and why?

    Odd himself and of course the old man he was so fond of.


    Any additional comments?

    Delightfully scary, but not terrifying

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escaping Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1085)

    When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation's power grid, America is under martial law - and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting.

    Linda Likes to Learn says: "WARNING! DOES NOT END SERIES! CUT FOR PROFIT?"
    "As good as the first two in the series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Escaping Home the most enjoyable?

    The characters, the unexpected events. Being a Florida Cracker myself, I Couldn't figure out where they got the mullet though.


    What other book might you compare Escaping Home to and why?

    Going back a long way, It reminded me a little of Lucifer's Hammer, for the adventure and characterization.


    What about Duke Fontaine’s performance did you like?

    Everything, his voice fits what you would expect the main character to sound like. Great narration / acting the different characters, helping to create them in my minds eye.


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

    The story line made me worry about the people I liked in the story being in harms way and I felt angry when someone I liked was harmed.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to start book 4

    0 of 1 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!"
    "An incredible journey through rural Florida"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Not only for the incredible and realistic journey through rural Florida, but for some really great survival tips.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Home?

    When the main character and his companion saved the little girls from a tyrant.


    Which character – as performed by Duke Fontaine – was your favorite?

    All of the main characters were likable and unique in their own way, but my favorite after the main character has to be Thad.


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

    Absolutely couldn't wait to find out what was going happen next


    Any additional comments?

    Just bought book 2 in the series, can't wait to get started.

    0 of 0 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"
    "Good story, Great narration"
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    What did you love best about The Jakarta Pandemic?

    Joseph Morton did an excellent job with the different characters, the story line was believable and held my interest throughout the entire book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jakarta Pandemic?

    The gun fight


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The planning and preparation.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Learned some great survival tips.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Ben Bova, and others
    • Narrated By Adrienne Barbeau, Ken Howard, Jack Carter
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Watch out - the Earth just fell into a dark sun's orbit! Or maybe you'd rather visit a theme park called Hell? These are just two of the strange and unnerving tales you'll find in this collection of great science fiction and fantasy stories.

    Noah says: "Cute stories, clunky format"
    "Would expect it would be rated GP"
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    What did you like best about Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy? What did you like least?

    Mildly entertaining, would probably allow my Grandson to listen to it when he gets to be about 11 or 12 years old. The few stories I listened to had a hard time holding my interest, never finished listening to all the stories.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something heavier.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I don't care for high pitched voices, I listen to relax and high pitched voices rattle my nerves. I didn't listen to all the narrators.


    Was Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy worth the listening time?

    Not in my opinion, but I didn't listen to all the stories, only a few and when I listened to a couple that were narrated by a couple of ladies with high pitched voices, I didn't dare listen to any of the others.


    Any additional comments?

    May try to listen again in the future, what I did listen to seemed to me, to have been written for a more juvenile audience. I will certainly skip over the high pitched voices if I do listen again.

    0 of 1 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
    (3825)
    Performance
    (2399)
    Story
    (2418)

    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"
    "Still one of the best books I've ever read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lucifer's Hammer the most enjoyable?

    Couldn't wait to find out what was going happen next, never boring, narration was great, easy listening voice. Always have my eye out for this narrator in the Genre that I prefer, the narration is as important to me as the story. Read the book years ago and the movie in my mind never altered between the book and the narration of the book. Great story, Never a dull moment, it could happen!


    What other book might you compare Lucifer's Hammer to and why?

    Stephen Kings: The Stand. Both stories take the reader on great adventures of hardships, endurance, losses and victories.


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

    No, but I will when I find something I would like to hear.


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

    Yes, but couldn't, it's a long book. Hated to put it down, though!


    Any additional comments?

    I think while I'm on the Audible website, I'll check to see what the author and narrator have going, right now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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