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Steven

Simi Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Bad Moon Rising: The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (341)

    Each year, the residents of Pine Deep host the Halloween Festival, drawing tourists and celebrities from across the country to enjoy the deliciously creepy fun. Those who visit the small Pennsylvania town are out for a good time, but those who live there are desperately trying to survive. For a monstrous evil lives among them, a savage presence whose malicious power has grown too powerful even for death to hold it back.

    Sean says: "Maberry does it again..Excellent!!!"
    "It all comes together in Book 3!"
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    Well, having invested several weeks listening to Jonathan Mayberry drag the reader through a rough first volume in Ghost Road Blues, and begin to mature as both a writer and storyteller in Book 2, Dead Man's Song, he finally hit his stride in Book 3 of The Pine Deep Trilogy, Bad Mon Rising. Not only is the plotting much more fluid but the overall storytelling has greatly improved since Book 1, and Mr. Mayberry throws every gruesome thing he can come up with at the reader as he brings all the warewolves, vampires of various kinds (including the zombie-esque "dead heads") and some new characters that liven up the storyline into the mix to make for a much faster paced and much, much more entertaining end to his trilogy of novels. I've beat on Mr. Weiner, the reader, in the previous two volumes' reviews for his stilted way of interpreting the story and it's characters, so I feel obliged to give him props in this final book as he seemed to have gained a better idea of how to read horror fiction. Again, fair warning: when I used the word "gruesome", I meant it. Even for horror fiction, which I've been reading since my youth, I don't think I've read/listened to a more overall dark and bloody story than Bad Moon Rising, not even in all the zombie fiction I read. No readers, this one is downright, well, gruesome! I hope that one day Mr. Mayberry will revisit Pine Deep now that his writing abilities have found their stride in the horror & thriller genres represented in the Joe Ledger series. So if you have made it through Books 1 & 2 of The Pine Deep Trilogy, you will be rewarded with this final installment. Just don't listen while eating. Never while eating.

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  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3015)
    Performance
    (2818)
    Story
    (2828)

    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"
    ""Family Guy" meets "Night Of The Living Dead"..."
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    Sean Runnette really nailed the humor and various character voices in this sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious take on the zombie genre. I couldn't help but feel that this was meant to be Mark Tufo's take on what would happen if "Family Guy" was faced with a zombie apocalypse. Maybe it's just me. Still, the first in the "Zombie Fallout" series is worth the credit - a great read, funny and well written.

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  • Dead Man’s Song: The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (356)

    From the powerful imagination of a horror master comes a bone-chilling tale set in a small town where good and evil are joined in a terrifying, deadly battle. Once an idyllic Pennsylvania village, Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting. Twice in 30 years, the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madman—but if the residents think the death of serial killer Karl Ruger put an end to the carnage, they’re dead wrong.

    Flavius says: "The Shadows Grow Longer . . ."
    "Getting better, but still..."
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    The whole concept that Jonathan Mayberry is trying to flesh out is very innovative, and despite some old cliched characterizations, is an above average horror novel/series; yet, again, it would have been so much more enjoyable had a better reader been chosen. The prose in this second volume of the Pine Deep Trilogy is much less stilted as Mr. Mayberry refines his writing talent, so the reader should have been able to adapt. I think though, having recorded all 3 books to audio in 2011, the reader just didn't grow with the author's improved writing. This is horror fiction, not Plato. Seems like a lot of humor and overall good story was wasted due to exacting narration, but in all fairness I did find myself getting into the story more as Book 2 unfolded. Mr. Weiner, the reader, does a good job providing voices for many, many more characters than in a less expansive novel or series, so in this he did a great job. He did a great job with the main bad guys, the seriously deviant Ruger and the malicious Vic Wingate. I guess I just wish that Mr. Mayberry had refined his writing skills, as in his subsequent writing after 2008, before tackling such an enormous 3 novel series. In short, Book 2, Dead Man's Song, is a much better read than Book 1, and I hope Book 3 show's another years' maturity in Mr. Mayberry's obvious writing talent. Would I recommend this series? Of course. Just don't expect post 2008 Jonathan Mayberry and you'll be fine.

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  • Ghost Road Blues: The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (583)

    The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country’s largest Halloween celebration in what is now called “The Spookiest Town in America.”

    Kathleen says: "Love Joe Ledger Series? Avoid This Trainwreck."
    "NOT in the style of a Joe Ledger novel!"
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    After getting seriously hooked on the Joe Ledger series and the exceptionally gory Dead Of Night I really expected the winner of the Bram Stoker award for the best first horror novel to be a better read. Not even close. I have only listened to Book One and I am hoping that I don't regret buying all 3 books in the series at once, but I think I will be calling this an impulse buy - a error in judgement made when finding a great new author. The problems are these: The story, if you were to read its written outline, would probably sound really interesting; however, the finished novel - this first book in the series - is predictable and ponderous. Maybe a better narrator would have been able to make up for some of the bad prose but probably not. This is the second problem with this first novel in the Pine Deep Trilogy, the reader/narrator, Joe Weiner, is better suited to reading audio versions of technical drawings than a horror novel. Every word is clipped clean and enunciated to death, pun intended. He only has a few character voices available, so many of the characters in the story sound alike. I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times in the more than 25 years I've been listening to audiobooks that a reader/narrator just hasn't fit with the story he or she is reading. This was not the case with Dead Of Night or any of the Joe Ledger audiobooks. It all came together in those books and I hated to stop listening when circumstances forced me to. I can't wait for the next Joe Ledger audiobook, but if you are thinking, like I did, that you want to go back and listen to everything Jonathan Mayberry has written, remember, I warned you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2237)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1329)

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "Two Reader System SUCKS!"
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    If Ron McLarty can't do female voices get somebody else. I didn't get past the first 10 minutes of the story before I stopped. If it were a physical book I would have tossed it in the trash! Mr. Baldacci take note: for the love of God, spend the money and get Scott Brick back! An every book you use two readers on I WILL NOT BUY IT!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5251)
    Performance
    (3247)
    Story
    (3274)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Frighteningly real world view!"
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    This totally apolitical novel is a realistic and often gruesome take on how our nation would devolve after an EMP attack by terrorists. It focuses on the "little things" we take for granted in modern America that disappear in the blink of an eye - electricity, communications, travel, food, medicine. OSA was well researched and well written, and Joe Barrett did an outstanding job in both keeping the listen interesting and managing the multitude of voices required with such a large cast of characters of all ages. I highly recommend One Second After.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (427)

    They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison.

    Chris F. says: "Other Reviewers Are Nuts"
    "Koontz continues to entertain!"
    Overall

    I anticipate each Dean Koontz novel like a kid waiting for Christmas morning, and this second installment in the "Frankenstein" trilogy was as entertaining as any other. His style style of mixing sarcastic humor with graphic horror is much like that of Stephen King's novels, yet the crude language is gratefully absent in Koontz's novels. I have read other reviews of this audiobook and I don't get why listeners are trashing the series, and that's what it is, a series. If they don't want to listen to a series of novels over time, then they shouldn't start one. I admit I was leary of the change in readers at first, but John Bedford Lloyd really nailed Koontz's style and brought each character to life in a very entertaining way. Some of the dialog should have been hard to pull off in audio form, but Lloyd really did a great job. If you like to listening to a story that has an ebb and flow to it and don't mind waiting a few months in between installments, then Dean Koontz's Frankenstein" is a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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