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Nicholas

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 140 titles in library
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  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3898)
    Performance
    (3246)
    Story
    (3239)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Great writing, riveting story, perfect narrator"
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    I became an instant Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter fan with this book. It had the perfect balance of tension, excitement, humor, and snark. I can't imagine a better narrator than Ray Porter. He IS Joe Ledger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (3034)
    Performance
    (2834)
    Story
    (2844)

    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.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Could be the best Zombie series on Audible"
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    I've only just listened to this first in the series, but so far it's the best zombie book I've head on Audible. It has a perfect blend of character development, humor, suspense, and horror. I lost a few hours of sleep listening to this at night. My wife, who knows English but not well enough to concentrate on following the story, couldn't understand why I was cracking up while lying in my bed trying to fall asleep to this novel. In the end, I had to turn it off, because I couldn't stop listening.

    My mind often wanders while listening to a story, and I'll sometimes I'll "wake up" and realize I didn't actually hear the last 20 minutes or so. In most cases, I just focus my attention again and keep going. Not with this book. I had to go back and listen to every word.

    Get this book. Here's how good it is: I didn't have the credits to buy this and the next book, but the first was so worth the price, I paid for the second rather than wait for my next credit to kick in. I can't wait to hear what happens next.

    The narrator is excellent in delivery, but his voice isn't crisp and clear, so if your hearing isn't perfect, it can sometimes take effort to follow every word. Most people shouldn't even notice, though.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1088)

    Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

    Lannette says: "Simply another great Pendergast novel."
    "Great writing but disappointing plot"
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    Great writers. Great narrator. But while I was hoping this wouldn't be another episode of Scooby Doo for the literary guild, that's exactly what it was.

    SPOILER ALERT

    It's a spooky demon or the devil killing people! No, pull off his mask and it's actually the Kwazy Kount and his Microwave Ray Gun! And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling Pendergast.

    Ok, I've read enough of these guys to know they would never actually introduce a real demon into a story, but a microwave ray gun? Really? That "heats from the inside-out" (okay, that's ALMOST true, depending on what you're heating) slowly enough to create bubbling agony but somehow magically avoids heat conduction or wave bouncing and cremates half a head and leaves the other half intact? If you're going to just make up a weapon out of thin air that isn't based on solid scientific grounds, be more creative than a microwave ray gun. Criminy. The writers hint at other possible causes of death, which would have been far more interesting... but you're stuck with the ray gun.

    And there are whole chapters that are nothing but filler. I skipped past every chapter dealing with the story in the Post, and when I browsed them later, confirmed that I missed absolutely nothing.

    Given all the above, I'm not sure why I enjoyed it so much, but I did.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (3774)
    Story
    (3792)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
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    I strongly recommend this book. I really enjoyed the first two in this series, but this one really caught me by surprise. Once I realized where this book was headed, it had two strikes against it. It didn't involve the Monster Hunter International team, and it was a werewolf story. Earl was not one of my favorite characters, and I have no interest in werewolf stories.

    But it turned out to be such an great story, expertly told, I couldn't stop listening. I even found myself cheering out loud near the end.

    The narrator is a good choice and has done a good job with this series. I don't know if he was intentionally doing a "Christopher Walken" voice for Nikolai, but that voice cracked me up.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3032)
    Performance
    (2722)
    Story
    (2734)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Superheroes led by a self-obsessed super b*tch"
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    The Stealth character is a super genius with the body of a sex goddess, and she shows it off by wearing a painted-on costume with straps. I don't know if it was Khristine Hvam's interpretation of Stealth or if it was Peter Clines' intent, but the Stealth character comes across as a stuck-up self-obsessed b*tch. If she was just another character, her personality might have been amusing and could have added a little humor. But the fact that she's the leader makes the book less believable and less enjoyable than it otherwise might have been.

    In addition, the book was too short, and it failed to fill several plot holes. Still, the concept was inventive and it was well worth the credit. I'll give Ex-Patriots a try.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2140)
    Performance
    (1878)
    Story
    (1880)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Worth a credit, but not as good as the first"
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    I have to disagree with most of the reviewers here. This was a fun novel, and I'm glad I bought it. But it was disappointing compared to the first novel. The "bad guy" characters were all rather trite. There were also a number of elements in the plot (and plot connections) that were blatantly obvious, yet the supposedly brilliant people and the supercomputer at the Department of Military Sciences had a hard time figuring out. If it's that obvious to a reader, it kills the suspension of disbelief when it's presented as a startling revelation to the characters.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7054)
    Performance
    (6230)
    Story
    (6225)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Ronn says: "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
    "Good fun!"
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    Junk food for the mind. I got tired of the story about halfway through, but when I came back to it, it picked up and was good fun all the way to the end. There are some great moments in the story where he pokes fun at the fantasy genre.

    I just bought the second in the series, and I'm looking forward to listening to it.

    3 of 4 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
    (3222)
    Performance
    (2315)
    Story
    (2312)

    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!!"
    "Moment-by-moment compelling work"
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    I've read both novels in this series, and I enjoyed both immensely, despite some flaws in each. The second one really leaves you hanging, so I'm looking forward to the third.

    The way Bourne tells the tale made me feel like I was there, experiencing it. I don't have a fraction of the weapons and survival knowledge Bourne obviously has, but that didn't spoil it for me at all. There are some holes in the plot, and he leaves some obvious questions unanswered, but these problems are easily overlooked.

    If you like zombie OR apocalyptic novels, get this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (420)

    A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

    Mike Naka says: "pretty good zombie story"
    "Night of the writing dead."
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    A better plot? Some twists and turns?

    There are only two decent things to say about the book: The clever idea of why the plague was used, and the tease that there might be a follow-up book after the plague spreads to the entire world.

    Outside of that, the whole book could easily be compressed into the exposition for a much better book. It was 80% filler consisting of,


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Monster Hunter Vendetta. Junky fiction, but fun.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Ray Porter does an excellent job on the Ledger books. Maybe him.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Boredom. Disappointment.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a good zombie book, try Day by Day Armageddon. It may have even less of a plot than this book, but it's somehow riveting, anyway. There's something more compelling about a true apocalyptic novel where the whole country or world has been infected (or otherwise destroyed). I'm not sure why - maybe it raises the tension that the survivors really are completely alone, at least as far as they know. Of the Maberry novels I've read, they've all kept the problems confined to much smaller areas with only the threat of going global.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods Are Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Laymon
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Neala and her friend Sherri only wanted to do a little hiking through the woods. Little did they know they would soon be shackled to a dead tree, waiting for Them to arrive. The Dills family thought the small hotel in the quiet town seemed quaint and harmless enough. Until they, too, found themselves shackled to trees in the middle of the night, while They approached, hungry for human flesh....

    Nicholas says: "Amateur Hour"
    "Amateur Hour"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Laymon and/or Bob Dunsworth?

    Nope.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know.


    What three words best describe Bob Dunsworth’s voice?

    Not too bad. But he had the world's worst material to work with.


    What character would you cut from The Woods Are Dark?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to hear a gory novel, try Endurance. At least that has an interesting plot, and it's not obsessed with a character's erection.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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