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Shaina

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TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States

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  • Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (350)

    Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.

    Tilo says: "This book is really good"
    "Great starter audio book"
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    Where does Rise Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first so I have high hopes for the others


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way that you came to love the characters


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    She was able to convey the strong female protagonist very well


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

    yes but unfortunately I couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    I am excited about the other books I have in my wish list :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (881)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "Worth it even if you don't have a credit available"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I really liked the route that they went with this book - I would never have guessed the ending


    What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

    I personally have not read anything that I could really compare it to - maybe Matilda but for adults


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't really have a favorite scene - I loved the whole thing


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

    When the relationship between the doctor and the little girl changed - and the alpha emerged


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that there is a second book because I do want to see what happens to others because of the little girl's closing actions.

    0 of 0 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
    (551)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (502)

    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"
    "Slow Beginning But Worth Staying Around For"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead of Night to be better than the print version?

    I am starting to listen to books more and more - I don't really have time for reading nowadays and this allows me to get my much needed "fix"


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The main character - Officer Desdemona Fox - was not relatable at all. There are strong female characters and there are annoying ones. She was annoying. The story was pretty good and the other characters were ok (not much depth) but over all, Fox almost had me putting this book down. I also think that the theory of the parasite has some major flaws but I liked the reasoning of the doctor - that was something that would be fitting.


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

    I have not but he did really well. He definitely put a lot of heart into this performance and I look forward to hearing some of his other work.


    If you could rename Dead of Night, what would you call it?

    Probably some thing like This Is How The World Ends or something about a Death Storm.


    Any additional comments?

    Of the Zombie novels that I have read - this one is probably top 20 but not top 15. I like the background leading up to the Doctor's reasoning of creating this strain but there were a lot of flaws and holes in the story that were never really discussed and the main character, Officer Desdemona Fox, was a real annoyance. I am all for strong female leads, but when they are written like that, I would much rather have the male lead than what her character was from the beginning up to the very last page. I will probably not read this again but I would recommend it to others for something to pass the time with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrath of the Just: Apocalypse Z, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro, Pamela Carmell (translator)
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    An act of terrorism unleashed an unspeakable biological weapon…and hell on earth. But as the masses felled by a hideous virus rose from the dead to prey on the living, a small band of survivors defied death and its ghastly spawn - determined to outrun the world’s end, and somehow begin again.

    Lesley says: "Satisfying end to a great trilogy!"
    "Good Trilogy Ending"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wrath of the Just to be better than the print version?

    I have started to like audio books a lot because of great narrators like Nick Podehl. Before I had been a die-hard hard-copy person and didn't have much time for audio books - but have recently changed my mind because of the great performances that I have listened to - like Nick Podehl/.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Manel Loureiro and Pamela Carmell (translator) ? Why or why not?

    Yes I would - I know that a lot of this book was filled with the impossible, but some times that is just what I need.


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

    OMG yes - I wish that we had a way to keep a list of our favorite narrators on this site.


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

    **SPOILER** These characters were in so many impossible situations, and got out of most of them, that when my favorite character Prit didn't make it out of his - it hurt. I read these kind of books for the impossible and when your get attached to a character, it hurts to see when they don't make it out of the situation.


    Any additional comments?

    The end was a little rushed and I feel that there could have been a lot more done with it - but overall, this trilogy was a good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1462)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Ron Perlman has everything you want!"
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    Where does The Strain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top 5 now - I just wish that Ron Perlman had been the one to read the rest of the books in this trilogy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Setrakian - the old professor. I love how they kept doing flash backs of his life and previous encounters.


    What about Ron Perlman’s performance did you like?

    Everything - absolutely everything. I love his voice, the personality that he gave all the characters, just everything.


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

    Yes it was and I was actually able to listen to a lot of it on a car trip.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously wish that Ron Perlman had been the one to read the other books - listened to the sample and it's just not the same. I am probably just going to buy the hardcopy of the following books to read to myself instead of get the other 2 in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (4110)
    Performance
    (3440)
    Story
    (3434)

    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."
    "Zombies meet Modern Military Intelligence"
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    What did you love best about Patient Zero?

    I loved that it showed more than just Joe Ledger. The character development was great and you really got into the story with all the action.


    What did you like best about this story?

    With other military type novels - I usually get really bored because it's not something that interests me. But with this story I couldn't stop listening! There was something new around every chapter.


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

    I have not but I am now going to look at the others because this was by far the best narrator that I have come across yet.


    If you could rename Patient Zero, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't. I think that it's the perfect name.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot say enough about the narrator! He was brilliant with his delivery of every single character and I hope to see him making more in the future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Again Below Zero: Rise Again, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    Billions died and rose again, hungry for human flesh. When the nightmare reached Sheriff Danielle Adelman's small mountain community of Forest Peak, California, it was too late for warnings . . . forcing her to lead a small group of survivors out of hell, all the while seeking her estranged runaway sister at any cost.

    Mike Naka says: "wow! much, much better than expected!"
    "Had to listen to the second... at least now I know"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were some parts of the book's story line that could have been great but were sorely neglected. There are so many books that have great ideas but when it comes time to deliver, they fall short.


    Would you recommend Rise Again Below Zero to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the first book and then just give them a summary of this one. There were so many parts of this book that fell short.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Danny - her hardcore nature is definitely portrayed well by this actor. But when she tried to do the Jamaican accent of the wheelchair character, she fell short and it ended up sounding very Irish/English.


    Did Rise Again Below Zero inspire you to do anything?

    Carry a backpack of never-ending supplies.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't stress enough that this book fell short. It had such potential, the characters could have been so much more, the scenes could have flowed well and the plot could have been so much more, but it felt like it was hacked apart and put together by a novice serial killer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Horde: Zombie Attack!, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Devan Sagliani
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    When 16-year-old Xander's older brother, Moto, left him at Vandenberg Airforce Base he only had one request - don't leave, no matter what. But there was no way he could have known that zombies would gather in groups big enough to knock down walls, and take out entire buildings full of people. That was before the rise of the horde! Now Xander is on the run, fleeing south to Port Hueneme to locate his brother, with nothing but his martial arts training and the katana blade left to him.

    Shelley says: "This book is awful. Don't buy it, I'm returning it"
    "Story was predictable but the narrator kept me"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rise of the Horde to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the Narrator gave all the characters their own voice and personality


    Would you be willing to try another book from Devan Sagliani? Why or why not?

    I actually looked for the second book in this series because it says Book 1 but I didn't see it. I would totally listen if it's by the same narrator.


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

    Personally, in my mind - the characters all have the same voice (mine) and unless I read it out loud - that is all the story is going to get. So to actually hear it from someone else that puts more into it than just reading the page, well that is the whole reason that I love audio books.


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

    I want to listen to all the books in one sitting but unfortunately my life doesn't allow that


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely be looking for more by this narrator!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Days: Apocalypse Z, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (305)

    The end of the world has come not with a bang or a whimper, but with the guttural snarl of walking corpses hungry for human flesh. The "lucky" survivors flee an unstoppable virus spreading death and societal collapse across the globe. As the rules of civilization crumble, a lawyer, a pilot, and a nurse become comrades-in-arms in the fight against extinction. But not every enemy wears a rotting face, and anyone who doesn’t have your back just might have your head. Humankind’s twilight is at hand, and these are indeed...dark days.

    Michael Oberhardt says: "Long Live Lucullus!"
    "Decent follow up to the first book"
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    What did you love best about Dark Days?

    It is starting to get into the community aspect of the Disease and what people are still capable of. It was touched on before briefly in the first book, but not on this scale. Plus there was more on the world wide effect of the entire issue.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Manel Loureiro? Why or why not?

    I think I really would like to see what happened to our trio. I saw that he has a 3rd book set to come out soon and I might be inclined to get that.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Prit - his conveys the Ukrainian's determination and spirit.


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

    It was a book I had the opportunity to listen to all in one sitting - which is very rare for me. If I had my way I would do that for all the books I listen to/read.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the format change from the first book - this volume shows more than just the main character's out look and it's not written as a journal this time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1369)
    Story
    (1372)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "The Narrator brings the story to life"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends on the friend - the story was ok, the only reason that I kept listening was the narrator put 100% of his talent into this work.


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

    The most interesting was being able to follow the spread of the disease and how some places coped. The least interesting was the over all story itself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    my favorite scene was when they were going over the world spread of a disease and the obvious research that went into that aspect of the story.


    Could you see Plague of the Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could but it would be a bad Sci-Fi channel movie with actors that we have never heard of and will never hear of again.


    Any additional comments?

    The best part of the story was the narrator - I would definitely like to hear more by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (705)

    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    Keith says: "Just For Pleasure"
    "Kept me listening"
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    Would you listen to The Beginning of the End again? Why?

    Yes because the performance was great and delivery was spot on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator


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

    he brought personality to all the characters


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

    when 2 characters were trapped in a store together with a dead mother and toddler


    Any additional comments?

    I will be getting the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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