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The Zombie Specialist

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  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5596)
    Performance
    (4037)
    Story
    (4057)

    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....

    A book reader says: "Very solid book"
    "Great Story Just Smashing ;-)"
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    Would you listen to Lucifer's Hammer again? Why?

    No. I rarely if ever llisten to a book again


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

    Haven't read another book about a comet hitting the earth as good as this one! None compare


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

    I loved the ending while I did not laugh it certainly made me smile!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this one and will be looking for other books from this author

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Infinite

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4167)
    Performance
    (3942)
    Story
    (3936)

    The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "a rather complex science fiction story"
    "Infinitely the best story I have heard this year"
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    Just wow! It has been some time since I have listened to a story as interesting as this one. The plot in this one revolves around the question of ‘what is reality?’ ‘Infinity’, kept me coming back to it whenever ‘my reality’ got in it the way, and sadly that happened to often… curse you reality!

    I was drawn to this one first because of the narrator RC Bray. I have found he can make an average story better. He is a bit like Betty Butter who brought some butter, but the butter Betty brought was bitter, so Betty Butter put the bitter butter with the better butter and make the bitter butter better’. I’m sorry, like I said my reality is not the best!

    Ok back to the narration. Bray once again knocks this one out of the park! The only thing with Bray is I like to turn his speed up a notch to 1.25x. The good news is that it doesn’t affect the length of this one to much as it is over 10 hours in length. Thus offering great dollar per hour value. And let’s not forget that the story is that good! It just adds to the value! I will definitely be looking for other titles by Jeremy Robinson.

    This is one of those titles that the blurb doesn’t do it justice. The blurb is correct in everything that is written, but the story comes alive and has so many different nuances running through it science friction – love – horror (although not much – so don’t be put off if that isn’t your thing). One of the greatest parts to the story is the reflections upon the humankind.

    The normally restricted to zombie titled fatman is giving this one the full Monty! This one rocks! picture a fatman with no clothes on dancing with two thumbs held high in the air going ‘heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey’… That is how excited I felt when reading this one.

    PS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Gift of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jerry Merritt
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3867)
    Performance
    (3665)
    Story
    (3658)

    When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "The Gift of Time is a Gift!"
    "The Gift of Time is a Gift!"
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    I have struck gold with my last two audio books based around time travel. First there was ‘Fata Morgana’ and now there is ‘A Gift of Time’. Everything I said about Fata Morgana holds true with this one. The value for money just in terms of dollar per hour listening is excellent (over 11 hours long). The narration is excellent. I sped the narration up to 1.25x speed simply because I was so eager to listen to the story. However, what provides the greatest value is simply the story line! It is total amazballs as we aussies would say!

    The blurb does a good job at summarising a story which has more twist and turns than a cheap garden hose. I found myself constantly being surprised the development in the story. I liked how the author took some time to explain some of the problems with time travel… problems which other authors tend to ignore. Everything in the story just adds to the great character development. Not only was the character development great but Jerry Merritt just seemed to know how much tension I can handle in a story.

    I enjoyed this one immensely and I will be keeping an eye out for any other titles from the author.

    This fast fat man is giving this one the full works – Two thumbs up with a very big and long Fonzie ‘heeeeeeey’ with a smile that says ‘I am like a monkey with a new banana!’

    PS. I should mention that normal services will return shortly… I will return to reviewing zombie genre very soon.

    PPS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

    100 of 104 people found this review helpful
  • Fata Morgana

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1249)
    Story
    (1239)

    At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Best one I have heard in some time!"
    "Best one I have heard in some time!"
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    I often measure the value of a story by how annoyed I feel when real life gets in the way of listening to the story, and I have been annoyed a lot this week with all the interruptions I have had while listening to this one. I know the whole time travel in war thing has been done before. However, this one is done well, very well! Another major factor in the value I place on a title on audible is the total listening length. I am always a little dubious about paying full price for a title that is under 10 hours in length. This is mainly due to the fact I find most of today's titles to be a tad slow in narration, as I result I tend to speed them up to 1.25x speed. This one is no different, I sped it up to 1.25x speed, but it is just over 12 hours in length, so it is all good! These two factors alone bode well for a positive review.

    The narration is excellent. The narrator did a great job with multiple characters all with different accents both male and female. There was a couple of clicks and pops in the narration. However, not enough to cause any real grief, I didn't even bother re downloading the title to determine if it was just a corrupted download. I wouldn't have any problems with listening to Macleod Andrews again.

    The blurb does an excellent job in summarising the story, and to tell you more about the story would be to spoil the plot. However, I have to say something about the ending. I loved the personal nature of it. This would have to be one of the most enjoyable endings I have listened to in a long time! This one left me very good!

    This fast fatman who is now hanging out for a holiday, is giving this one the full two fat thumbs up with a very big and long fonzie 'heeeeeeey' with a smile that says 'I am like a monkey with a new banana!'

    PS. I should mention that normal services will return shortly... I will return to reviewing zombie genre very soon.

    PPS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

    142 of 149 people found this review helpful
  • The Pen and the Sword: Destiny's Crucible, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1745)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1641)

    The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

    odin says: "Another Binge Listen"
    "another book more addictive than crack!"
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    'Please forgive me father, for I have sinned'... I have continued to stray from my usual zombie genre and again I am rewarded for doing so. I couldn't ask for any better value for money, 'The Pen and the Sword' is over 17 hours in length and more importantly it is another great listen!

    Jonathan Davis does an excellent job in what must be a very difficult narration... so many very different characters. This one would be an ideal candidate for multiple narrators! The speed of the narration was acceptable, like nearly all of today's titles I sped it up a tad to 1.25x speed.

    I loved the tension that is raised through the story... the title 'pen and the sword' fits the story perfectly. The last chapter and the prologue are awesome and left me wanting more. I have already ordered the third one!

    I suspected without the alien or 'watchers' part of the story I would have grown tired of the story, but Olan Thorensen seems to have struck the perfect balance with Joe Colsco's life and trails and the role of the 'watchers'. I am really looking forward to see how that pans out in the future.

    This fast fatman who is out of place in a world without zombies is giving this the full monty! Two fat thumbs held high in the air with a very big and long fonzie 'heeeeeeey' with a stupid I just eaten a donut grin. In others words 'I like it... I like it a lot!'

    PS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray: The Complete Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lou Cadle
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2914)
    Performance
    (2753)
    Story
    (2742)

    Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

    Christen Doc says: "Promising but ultimately tedious"
    "Best value for money in a long time!"
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    There is certainly a lot to like about this one. Firstly, the author creates the perfect amount of tension through developing characters who are just ordinary people and putting them in an extra ordinary situation. The tension is further developed through the plot itself, the overall reason for disaster and the way some characters respond to the disaster. It all helps creates a level of realism which made me wonder... what I would be like in this situation?

    Secondly, there is nothing to complain about in regards to sound quality and the quality of the narration. Maybe, slightly slow... I sped it up a notch to 1.25x speed, but I might have done that because I was so eager to hear the story.

    Thirdly, and most importantly I finished this one with a good deal of satisfaction, knowing that I had received excellent value for money... it is over 24 hours in length!

    Lastly, I know this probably won't happen. But it is possible for this story to continue. I really hope the author does. I would even pre order a copy! Please don't take this point to mean that I was not happy with the ending and or that it leaves you hanging waiting for an incomplete story to finish. Because it isn't like that all!

    In summary, I am happy that I brought this one as opposed to my usual zombie genre. The world’s fastest fat man is giving this two thumbs up and a very long and cheerful 'heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey'

    PS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Rally Cry: The Lost Regiment, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Boarding a transport ship after the Battle of Gettysburg, Colonel Andrew Keane and his 35th Maine regiment are swept into an alternate world. The first human civilization they encounter on this planet resembles medieval Russia, with boyars and priests ruling over the peasants and townspeople. Soon Keane and his regiment learn this world's terrible secret: that cannibalistic hordes of large, fierce Tugars circle the planet and demand tribute - including humans to be devoured.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Where have you been hiding?"
    "Where have you been hiding?"
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    I feel like I need to say, 'forgive me father for I have sinned... I have ventured away form my usual zombie genre again'. Truthfully, I am glad I did. I took a punt on this one. There were no real detailed reviews. I was running low on cash and needed a title which was long enough to make certain I could see the end of the week out.

    This one took me an hour to really get into it. At first I was thinking this is just a simple army transported back in time deal. That in itself isn't a bad story line. But as the story went along it really developed into so much more. The author needs to be congratulated for the great ideas which were gradually introduced in this one. Actually, this kind of summarised my thoughts of the whole story, wasn't expecting much, but as the story went it gradually grew on me, to the point that I have purchased the next in the series.

    Narration: not the best in sound quality more static than usual. The breathing of the narrator is more obvious. Speed was acceptable and could easily be listened to at normal speed. The slightly less quality might be due to the fact that this is a old release... I think 1990. The benefit of not needing to be sped up like so many titles these days is that you get full value dollar per hour wise. And at over 15 hours it is excellent value!

    The story is similar to 'Destroyermen' series by Taylor Anderson, or is it the other way round? Destroyermen is similar to Rally Cry The Lost Regiment??? Either way it doesn't matter. I loved Destroyermen and now I am hooked on this one!

    What I found very pleasing is the ending of this one. I won't give away any details. However, I will say this one does end well and it is not one of those stories which forces you to buy the next in the series to find out what happens. The reality is that you will buy the next in the series because you won't want it to end!

    PS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead, Part 14

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By R. R. Haywood
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    The Undead. The number one best-selling UK zombie horror series. The Undead: Part 14. The second week reaches a thrilling climax as the group face their hardest day yet. A deadly infection spreads across Europe. The Undead Series: A terrifying account of one man desperately struggling to survive this harrowing event.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Haywood is a freak!"
    "Haywood is a freak!"
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    Let me start off and say I think this one is the best in the series so far. The first two chapters nearly caused me to have nose to tail car accident! The bloke in the car who I nearly rear ended must have thought I was a complete and proper ‘igit’, skidding to a halt while laughing out loud. I was laughing so hard I think a little bit of wee came out, it could have been the laughter or the shock of the near miss… I’m not sure!

    Joe Jameson does an excellent job as the narrator with so many characters. What I think is so impressive is that he does this is such a rapid and fluid way. It sounds as though you are listening to a room full of people rather than just one man. The debate over Dan Morgan v Joe Jameson must surely be over now? Because, in my mind both of them have done a great job for this series!

    How R.R Haywood manages to keep this series going so long is remarkable. But then I sit down and reflect about each one. Take this one for example, the reality is that the ‘team’ or ‘pack’ move from one place to another place. There isn’t actually a lot of big things happening. I won’t give away any plot or spoilers. So I come to the conclusion that R.R Haywood keeps this series alive simply by the sheer character development skills and descriptive language. I wish I had his ability. Alas, I don’t! You can tell by my writing in these reviews.

    The only negative I have for this one is so small it is almost pointless! The epilogue didn’t really reveal anything new for the next in the series. It was a throw back to the last.

    Some might ask why bother writing a review on a book 14 in a series? I can only say, I want to because I liked it so much! And because I hope too encourage R.R Haywood and Joe Jameson to keep up the brilliant work. It is titles like these one’s which make my terrible work day and horrible commute so much better. Sometimes, I find myself wishing for a traffic delay just so I can listen to more of the story. Which by the way leads me to last praise for the title. Once again the dollar per hour value is great, another 15 hour length story!

    Ok I will shut up now and get to the important bit…. the final thoughts…. the final rating… drum roll please….

    This fast fatman is sitting on top of his fortress looking down at the zombie horde below in all his naked glory, holding two fat thumbs high in the sky saying ‘heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey!’ Fronzie style. This one rocks! All of the previous 13 rocked! And please please may all of the next one’s be as good!

    PS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Road II: Bloodbath on the Blacktop

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David A. Simpson
    • Narrated By Eric A. Shelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (286)

    The people that tried to kill the world almost succeeded. They were fiendishly clever but they didn't take into account the vets, the truckers, and the two-fisted fighters who didn't know how to give up. Gunny and his band of survivors continue their journey along the Zombie Road, saving as many as they can along the way. They power through the undead hordes with their modified semi-trucks to beat the ticking clock of nuclear meltdowns.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "What more can a zombie addict want"
    "What more can a zombie addict want"
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    I was very pleased to see this title considering I only just stumbled across Zombie Road earlier this month which I loved.

    I am even more pleased to say that this one is even better than the first. The action picks up in every way. The storyline continues to develop depth and the characters continue to become more likeable. I get the feeling that these characters are based on real life friends of the author and the affection the author has for the characters is endearing. 

    Eric A Shelman continues to impress as the narrator. I also noticed an increasing use sound effects. For example, the use of echoes. This helps the listener get into the story. In the past I have not been a fan of this sort of thing and have been vocal against the use of such things, probably because it has been overdone in the past. Not in this case, it was not a distraction and it just felt natural. Eric A Shelman really did have a difficult task in this one, the sheer number of different characters would be quite a challenge for any narrator. The length of this one nearly 11 hours so even when I increase the speed to 1.25x speed which is what I normally do, the dollar per hour ratio is not over affected.

    The story goes up a notch in the use of not just trucks but trains! Seriously what more can a zombie addict want!

    This fast Fatman is sitting on his motorcycle with the biggest grin and two fat thumbs held high in the air with a HUGE HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY! This fatman's advice is buy buy buy!

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Children of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian Tchaikovsky
    • Narrated By Mel Hudson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10346)
    Performance
    (9635)
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    (9613)

    Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

    Simon says: "A very pleasant surprise"
    "I want more!"
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    Crazy people – deep space travel – artificial intelligence – search for life – human attempts to interfere in the process of evolution – end of the world… all within the first chapter! What more could you ask for?

    Zombies! That would have been awesome!

    But alas… even without zombies I loved this one. Because at the heart of this amazing story is the basic human desire for security, self-worth and significance. In all of the far-fetched extremes of the story is something all of us can relate to. I forgot to mention there is also a love story, and mutant spiders!

    In regards to the narrator. I can report that there is nothing to say other than the usual ‘I turned it up to 1.25x speed’. But that wasn’t a drama because the length of this one is over 16 hours. Giving the listener great dollar per hour value! I would have no hesitation with purchasing a title narrated by Mel Hudson.

    Adrian Tchaikovsky is an awesome story writer. The imagination needed to come up with this one is incredible. Things did speed up dramatically towards the end. Which honestly I felt was a shame, because it could have easily been fleshed out more and made into two parts. I liked it that much I would be willing to pay more for an extended version. That is saying a lot because I am the cheapest person you could ever meet. I am so cheap I let my hair fall out to save on haircuts.

    This very cheap fatman is giving this one two BIG thumbs up and a loud and long ‘Heeeeeeeeeeey’

    36 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David A. Simpson
    • Narrated By Eric A. Shelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (392)

    After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed, and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place, and lucky enough that some of them had the skills to survive soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

    Scott says: "Well that was a suprise!"
    "Yes mindless fun strikes again!"
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    First up... This one is brilliant! I loved it! A return to good old fashioned zombie story. I reckon if this one was narrated by someone like RC Bray it would already be a big hit! Please don't take that as a slight against the narrator Eric A Shelman because Eric did an great job. It is just seems so rare these days to find a good zombie title without it being narrated by one of the big three narrators. 

    This story has all the elements in a zombie title I like; Big Trucks with plough type attachments, fast zombies, gun carrying veterans who are on the edge. Wrapped up with just the right amount of humour and tension! In fact I have claimed one of the one liners from this story as my own.

    I really hope that there is going to be more in the series, because it was just starting to introduce a deeper element into the story with the epilogue. So please do yourself a favour and listen to the epilogue as well. 

    This title is is over 9 and half hours long so it is good value, even if you have to speed the narration up a tad.

    I will most definitely be buying the second if there is a second in the series. In fact I would even pre order it... that is saying a lot for a cheap person like me!

    I was really looking for a new zombie series to fill the gap now that 'Arisen" series seems to have finished, and that no more Mountain Man will be forth coming. This one in my mind is going to go alongside the other titles which have given me the ability to forget the chaos and drag that life can sometimes bring. It is up there with Z-Burbia and The Undead.

    A word of warning peeps, some of the reviews on this title give away a little too much information.

    In summary; this fatman is rocking from foot to foot with fat jiggling while holding up two thumbs with a huge smile, saying Heeeeeeeeeey

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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