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Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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  • As The World Dies: Untold Tales, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Kathy Bell Denton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country. But theirs is not the only tale to be told. In the first volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.

    Katie says: "Ever wanted to know MORE about characters?"
    "After 2 seconds I tried to return it"
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    I downloaded this after reading the really good first book in her series "As the world dies" on the recommendation of a review there. But I immediately heard that the recording was of less quality than those books. I am not sure if it was just my download, but there was background static noise when she spoke and some repeats in some parts. In the second story it seemed like the narrator was speed reading. 2 seconds into the first story I thought, what a big mistake, its going to be full of the romance nonsense that I didn't like from the main series.

    So I shelved this book and continued with the series until I finished it. But it does give some background info on some of the secondary characters so you may want to read this before book 2 of the series since many new characters are introduced there and it fits the time line.

    The last story, Erics is what made this book really good, and its by far the main story of this book, the others were insignificant in the time spent and I don't even remember the second one. Eric is stuck with his dog in a bed and breakfast, and his girlfriend took his car and abandoned him (good riddance!). Much of the story is how he confronts the outbreak alone and isolated until all hell breaks loose and he, his dog and a girl try to make it to the fort from the main series. It has a funny part when he decides he has to save his own life and run away, leaving her behind, but he's so out of shape she catches up and runs past him!

    The cover illustration is how they get stuck for weeks in a water tower with little food and almost no ammunition and then suddenly its revealed that he's carrying a "small" machete. *Facepalm*. Rhiannon Frater again reveals that her stories lack male aggression. I could have slashed all those zombie heads off while hanging from the ladder with a "small" machete. I wonder if she knows what a machete is.

    So if you want to know how Lydia died, you need to get this. Hint: its NOM NOM NOM. If you're like me and don't care about lesbian love, you can get it for Erics story, its pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination 4: Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By T.W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Dan and Quinn Lowery may have escaped the initial infection, but their journey is far from over. Their once-safe location has been compromised, overrun by the agents and the infected. Now, in order to survive, they must first escape.

    Tilo says: "So so"
    "So so"
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    Story is decent but I cant say anything really drew me in. Just went along kinda hum dee dum dum. So the story starts off at the junk yard again and, sure enough, they gotta split. I don't know why the "agents" are still around with their leader dead. Their entire existence seems so pointless. So Dan and Quinn figure a good destination would be his wife's sister, Meredith, at some isolated farm somewhere.

    The book tells two stories, about Dan and his daughter Quinn and Meredith. Meredith plays the "this can't be happening" type of role and drives around like Mr. Magoo with zombies everywhere and I can't fathom how zombies can kill anyone at all if they can't kill her.

    There are a few holes here and there, like the science of the zombies. How a bite doesn't seem to infect, their behavior seems sometimes smart in the old books, but otherwise dumb. How can their be survivors if the food is infected; what have they been eating?

    Now there is one "bad guy" who steals their car but this part feels disappointingly unresolved. Reason to buy the next book in the series it seems, this story is unfinished! I want to meet up with those characters again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scourge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Roberto Calas
    • Narrated By Nico Evers-Swindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    I have never seen plague bring a man back from the dead. Nor do I know of any sickness, in England or upon the continent, that gives its victims a taste for living flesh. So declares Sir Edward Dallingridge, a noble knight whose years defending England on the battlefield haven't prepared him to face an enemy as chilling - and relentless - as the living dead. But even as his countrymen flee in horror, Sir Edward rides straight into the unholy infestation. For his lady love lies trapped behind a hundred miles of fiendish terror, and nothing will keep him from her.

    Tilo says: "Something different, pretty good"
    "Something different, pretty good"
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    So Sir Edward and his two pals, Morgan and Tristan ride to the north in search of...you guessed it, Edwards wife! So the typical zombie story and elements are intact; we follow them as they encounter one weird and crazy group after the other until they get to his wife.

    The difference is the setting, its medieval England which is done really quite well. The zombiesm in this story is kinda ill defined, being treated more like what they know of from before, the plague. They don't seem to make huge hordes and chase humanity around forever, they can in fact get distracted and lose interest if you keep galloping away from them.

    But they're still zombies, need to chop at the head and all that. An advantage these knights have compared to modern stories is that they do in fact have amour! They eventually lose their chain mail, war horses and swords, but still...

    Religion is always part of a good zombie story, but here its even bigger since its the middle ages. Morgan I think was a monk and is deeply religious while Tristan seems atheist and plays the comedic side kick.

    Lack of any major female character kept the story on track, if you find lovey dovey stuff distracting. I don't and would have preferred some deeper relational aspects in the story. Other than that, its a good read, and look! There is a book 2! Think I'll pick that up, although I think the story could have just ended the way it was. We know there is no cure...don't we?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 5: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Scott Aiello, Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Twenty years have passed since the zombie apocalypse devastated the world. A single man is on a quest for revenge in search of the people responsible for the outbreak of the zombie virus. His journey leads him to a discovery in the western United States that will irrevocably change his goal. Meanwhile, a new world is revealed that is under the strict control of the same people that were responsible for the plague. Two innocent prisoners of this regime must escape and learn the truth about the world they never knew existed.

    Thia says: "Up to this one I four starred. Downhill from here"
    "The start of another great story"
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    So now we figure whats up with that kid from the last book; similar to Regan, Ben has a mission to fulfill where he tracks down the initiators of the apocalypse and terminates them. Don't worry though, the old gang aren't too far off.

    Now this book starts its own storyline and introduces new elements and plots, just as mysterious as in the old books. I'm on book 6 and I still don't know whats going on :). The new plot line has to do with a lot of beautiful women seemingly bred or, I'm guessing now, even cloned from the past playboy models, and raised for some secret purpose.

    Now I don't like over the top, far fetched plots and these series of books are kinda that, but the author is an expert in weaving these intricate plots while still keeping the plausibility of it all. If it wasn't realistic, I'd have dumped this series a long time, but the story set up is pretty good, the best I've read in a zombie book actually.

    Best character: Harrison! Grumpy potty mouthed old man with humor befitting a freaking zombie apocalypse! Great narration work on him and all the other characters.

    This book has 3 narrators! Wow! They're not all talking at the same time, rather one narrator controls certain characters and their scenes always seem to comprise of just those characters and the same narrator. I think. I'm not sure, but it works it great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Corey Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    It all ends here. The characters of the Deadlocked series have been through nearly unbearable challenges, but they're about to face the hardest yet. Kim has been taken by the cruelest, most vile person in the series, and it's up to Billy and Levon to save her. All the while, Laura fights for her life in the grip of the military as they perform tests on her daughter, Annie, that are risking the little girl's life. The conspiracy behind the rise of the zombie plague will be revealed as Reagan uncovers the horrible secret that led to the murder of six and a half billion people.

    Tee Baby says: "Boring"
    "Great story, bad narration"
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    As the blurb points out, we will finally figure out whats going on and why everyone call themselves the "good guys". Great finish to this story line, as the next book takes off decades later which this book will set up, with the introduction of a new mysterious character.

    The narrator, on the other hand, was lousy. He didn't even try to do different voices. He would be very monotone except he has an annoying habit where at the end of each sentence the first part of the last word goes up a notch and trails out. You can hear it in the blurb, like "eagle" in "desert eagle". I'd give him one star but I have in fact heard worse, like the narration he has done in other books which out of curiosity I had to try the samples of. The story is still listenable though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A.R. Wise
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    The Deadlocked series continues as Billy heads into the city in search of his mother. During his quest, he will meet a strident military figure that will alter his journey and two brothers that will become his closest allies. However, his trip will endanger the family he has only just met, and he might not be able to save them. Billy's journey into the city will reveal many of the secrets of this penultimate novella.

    Amanda says: "HERO"
    "Wow, crazy awesome!"
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    Starting to feel a little expensive now, but I figure this series is worth it. The narrator is crazy good, excellent job.

    Now its Billy's turn to lead the storyline and like Laura, he is learning to be ruthless. The plot is getting really complex and confusing but that's the intention as we're trying to figure out the who's and the why's and the what's. On his way to find his mother, he has to kill people he doesn't want to kill, his enemy becomes his ally and another survivor enters the mix with his own opinions. This book just had so much packed into it. Top marks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By A.R. Wise
    • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    Part two of the series picks up immediately after the end of the first. David's wife, Laura, is forced to take over the protection of their family as the boat travels out into Hailey Bay, away from the zombies. However, the boat's pilot plans to dock back in the overrun city to rescue his own family, which will put Laura, Kim, and Annie in jeopardy. Laura is forced to overcome unimaginable horrors as the zombie apocalypse explodes around her, but it is the evil intent of humans that present her greatest challenge.

    Amanda says: "BRUTAL HUMANITY"
    "Getting even better"
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    After getting away by the skin of their teeth, Billy wants to go _back_ into the city to rescue his mom. I don't know why people always think in zombie books that everyone is dead, except just their particular loved one who has stayed put waiting to be rescued.

    But its all a rather believable story, there is a reason why there's not too many zombies about, and the conspiracy plot begins to thicken. Little by little things are revealed; the cops don't seem to be who they are, and whats this about a cure?

    This story is mostly about Laura, fighting for her life and kids, and boy does she take a beating here. Laura's character starts to develop now, no longer the naive civilized wife, she not only needs to be smart to survive, but also brutal. Its all rather exciting. And gross.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A.R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe? Deadlocked puts you into David's head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that could guarantee his family's survival, but at what cost?

    Tilo says: "Looks like a great series to follow"
    "Looks like a great series to follow"
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    I can't explain why each book is so short, it made me avoid this series until now. I guess the upfront cost is cheap to get people started, as the stories get longer and more worth a credit later on.

    Early on we find out that the infection is intentional, as people received "pricks" in subways. A few days after, today, people just change to zombies and start eating the normals. David needs to get away from down town to his wife and kids, which he actually does as that's just half way through the story. I liked this because I got to see him and his family interact and be part of the story, it wasn't just the end of the story. David is pretty smart, so is his wife and kid in fact, but they aren't brutal, which is a problem not only in this book, but the next as I'm currently reading book 2 now. Threats to your life and family need to be eliminated, zombie or human!

    I wasn't very impressed by the narrator, kinda monotone, non flowing kind of reading. Didn't sound like a pro. But each book has new narrators, an excellent idea I think, I prefer the narrator in book 2. So yeah, I'm following this series, and I think you should too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By T. W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (183)

    The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

    Amber says: "One of a kind!!"
    "First "book" was the best, ending was kinda..."
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    Book is about infected, not zombies, so I couldn't place these monsters in a "type" of zombie. They can be sneaky and even wait in the back seat of your car! Eeek!

    Start of this book is pretty creepy, scary even. The story starts off in a small town in the mountains somewhere but the book has two main story lines, one with a father who is a cop and his daughter and the other is a guy who runs a gas station in the middle of no where and a girl; they have a mini story of their own between them. Eventually, these two stories converge in a pretty cool way.

    There is also a secret organization involved, and this is where it kinda lost me in the plausibility area. How this secret organization is run and the things they do is a bit dumb. But most of that is at the end, until then I really liked the story. Just had to roll my eyes whenever this evil group of bungling amateurs showed up.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 900 Miles: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. Johnathan Davis
    • Narrated By Jamison Jones
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    John is a killer, but that wasn't his day job before the Apocalypse. In a harrowing 900-mile race against time to get to his wife just as the dead begin to rise, John, a businessman trapped in New York, soon learns that the zombies are the least of his worries, as he sees firsthand the horror of what man is capable of with no rules, no consequences, and death at every turn. Teaming up with an ex-army pilot named Kyle, they escape New York only to stumble across a man who says that he has the key to a rumored underground stronghold called Avalon....

    Mike Naka says: "funny zombie thrill ride"
    "Excellent purchase!"
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    So John is the protagonist, but he isn't the hero. John is some corporate suit, lacking any particular skills for the zombie apocalypse. Kyle is more hero like, but really, hes just a security guard/helicopter pilot, and with no helicopter, he is only slightly above Johns mediocrity. Both of them just try their best and learn to work with each other. A funny part was when John looked for a solution from Kyle and I expected a brilliant plan, but no...he didn't know either, what to do?!

    So the story is about them, how they become strong friends, struggling and straining to use the best of their wits to get out of one jam into another, to find Johns wife. Sticking to the Zombie genre, a major part of the story is the "captured by a cult plot". But this author came up with a new twist. Not a religious cult, not a racist cult, rather a more contemporary idea befitting the times.

    The zombies here are pretty much the shambling type, unless they are fresh. I found Davis' zombie theory had some holes. One saluted a flag? But they can't find their way around blocked terrain? Uh? These little sprinklings of zombie intelligence is littered around, but they generally don't show it. Maybe the explanation will be better in the next book.

    This is a great book from beginning to end, and the ending, well, you'll have to read it, very powerful, gave an extra star on overall because of it. Oh, and narrator, great job!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Life Among the Dead 2: A Castle Made Of Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Daniel Cotton
    • Narrated By Scott Parkinson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Welcome back. You are about to be taken back to the first day of the outbreak. There are over a million people in the city of Waterloo, Dan Williamson is just one of them. Meet Dustin Barnes, not the typical protagonist, he’s a post-apocalyptic cockroach, the sort of guy that will do anything in order to survive, and he’s on a collision course heading north to New Castle.

    Mike Naka says: "kind of disappointing"
    "Frustrating read"
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    Rather than go back to Dan and Newcastle, most of the book is about other characters, only closer to the end do we thankfully revisit the old gang. Think I would have gladly skipped to the last couple hours of this book.

    The one character, Dustin, who gets the most time is the one you hate. This poor excuse for a human being is responsible for horrible things, although the character is well written, its barely bearable to listen to what he is going to be responsible for next. Why do I want to read so much about a character I hate? I don't. Horribly annoying story.

    Many times I thought I'd give a 1 or a 2 for this story, but the end some what redeemed the story and is just barely worth reading the entire book for. I hope the next installment isn't like this. I hope for fewer meandering short stories which don't add to the main gang and their storyline.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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