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  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (645)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "Sneaks up on you like Hitchcock!"
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    What did you love best about The Jakarta Pandemic?

    The story was extremely plausible (which I can't always say with this genre). The people were your next door neighbors (or yourself). It just shows how quickly the craziness can start (and how stupid/risky people can be) when there's a one-two punch of pandemic and food shortages.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jakarta Pandemic?

    The night they had the shootout with the crazed "neighbors" (people who had broken in and taken over a home). Loved the slow, tense build up.

    Also, if you liked the movie/TV show "The Office," you'll love it when this guy's obnoxious boss gets his just desserts.


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

    I liked his narration so much, I want to hear more from him. Just smooth and wonderful.


    If you could rename The Jakarta Pandemic, what would you call it?

    Pandemic Survival Tips!


    Any additional comments?

    Where can I buy some Tamiflu???

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1406)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1063)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "ARGH! Only for the testosterone junkies and vets"
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    Would you try another book from James Wesley Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    Probably not. Waaaaay too much detail about guns, ammo, tanks how to make bombs etc. This is Timothy McVey's dream book! As a woman who likes the genre, I found this lacked story and was heavy on the weaponry details.

    And don't get me started on the "Christians who kill" idea....(Does the name Jesus mean anything to you? We are not living in Old Testament times! But that is a whole 'nother topic)

    On the other hand, Rawles' book, How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It is excellent in it's details about prepping for SHTF scenarios. I just didn't care for all the weaponry and obsession with guns and killing in this story.


    What could James Wesley Rawles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More story, less getting bogged down in the details of guns, ammo, etc. Jakarta Epidemic, Alas Babylon, Night Light and other books in this genre have much better/developed story lines. Like I said earlier, I love the genre and I put up with a lot of guns and killing to listen to it but OY VEY! Too much testosterone-laced stuff for this woman.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Basic, okay, poor female voices.


    Any additional comments?

    There are much better books in this vein than this one (as I listed above). However, the TEOTWATKI one that Rawles wrote is good to have in hard copy. Fiction is not his strength.

    1 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
    (5163)
    Performance
    (3163)
    Story
    (3190)

    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..."
    "Would sneak into bathroom to listen to this!"
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    What did you love best about One Second After?

    Just a riveting story, so plausible (mostly, except for the 'execution' of criminals--didn't think that was totally going to happen. But maybe it would in Texas!)

    It's a can't-put-it-down story.


    What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?

    Jakarta Pandemic. Alas Babylon. Same genre, same plausible story line.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    The father (can't remember his name). He had to take care of his girls, his mother, and be the voice of reason. Oh, and the African American ex-soldier at the college, he was a cool dude too.


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

    SPOILER ALERT: When his daughter died of diabetes because they ran out of insulin.


    Any additional comments?

    Not so thrilled with the young/child female voices the narrator did. But that was minor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4005)
    Performance
    (2972)
    Story
    (2975)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Must have classic from the genre"
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    What made the experience of listening to Alas, Babylon the most enjoyable?

    I had low expectations. Mostly because of the age of this novel. Cold war/nuclear attack so ancient history! But, it was FANTASTIC. All of what they went through we will go through with either economic meltdown/pandemic/name-your-event.

    Also, got some great tips- like the importance of salt!


    What other book might you compare Alas, Babylon to and why?

    One Second After


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Didn't get in the way at all, really liked it.


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

    Yep.


    Any additional comments?

    You will NOT be disappointed (well, unless you like blood and guts and lots of gratuitous violence). It's very professionally done. Well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "Fascinating, detailed "why's" of survival"
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    What did you like best about Deep Survival? What did you like least?

    The overall message I took from it: Overcome your amygdala's panic response. STOP and THINK. Panic is normal but let it pass. Those are the ones that survive. (And it doesn't hurt to dress sensibly, look around--be aware, and always check exits).


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    None stand out. I really liked the narrator's voice. Very commanding.


    Could you see Deep Survival being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It might work as a documentary, with different scenarios.


    Any additional comments?

    Liked it a lot. Better than most of the survival ones. (Sometimes too much psychological details but excellent).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Caroline Moorehead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, spirited Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15 who scrawled “V” for victory on the walls of her lycée; the eldest, a farmer’s wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to one another, hailing from villages and cities from across France, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers.<

    Sher Sutherland says: "A real look at life"
    "Okay, took a while to 'zing'"
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    What would have made A Train in Winter better?

    Not starting off with endless, boring details about too many characters in the beginning. Too many characters with similar sounding names is hard to keep track of and frankly, I didn't care that much about their detailed back stories. I just wanted to know how they survived the concentration camp experience. It took foreeeeeeeever to get there.

    Once there, it was riveting. Really brought home the importance of community and friendships in survival. They couldn't have done it alone without the support of each other. And even then.....not all made it through.


    What was most disappointing about Caroline Moorehead’s story?

    The boring beginning. Took forever to get to the meat of the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Wanda McCaddon’s performances?

    Sure.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6569)
    Performance
    (1888)
    Story
    (1909)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "UGH! Child rape, etc. etc."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I liked the narrator and I felt I was right there and could picture his country. HOWEVER, I didn't WANT to "be there" hearing about the rape, the bullying of this poor, innocent little boy servant. I did not enjoy this pampered selfish, rich boy's constant failings of character. I could not finish it. There is enough bad news every day on the news, I don't need it for "entertainment". I went to another web site and saw a chapter-by-chapter synopsis of the plot and encourage would-be listeners to look at the outline of the plot. If you're okay with all the misery, then by all means, listen to it.

    But I for one, could not finish it and want my credit back.


    What was most disappointing about Khaled Hosseini’s story?

    All the character failings, the miserable treatment of the faithful, innocent boy servant. The GROSS, detailed rape of a child. Hated it.


    Which character – as performed by Khaled Hosseini – was your favorite?

    Blech


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good description of life in the Middle East before the invasion by the Soviet Union. Interesting details about customs and routines.


    Any additional comments?

    I certainly don't expect, nor always want, a "Pollyanna" ending. But this book.....meh. Go watch the news to get your depressing pathos of moral failures, or, listen to this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1879)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (860)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Raise your kids like Teddy Roosevelt"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it says so much about character and how when the circumstances are dire, true character shines through. It says a lot about moral fiber, how to treat your fellow man, and you learn a lot about nature and history in the process. Fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning so much about the character of Theodore R. Although he started out as a weakling boy, he set his mind to improving himself until he actually had robust and unflagging stamina. He raised his kids to never grumble, whine and always share and take a back seat. Very cool to learn about the Amazon too.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Nice, smooth voice. Great execution on the accents too.


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

    Made me gasp in some parts!! Made me want to read even more on Teddy R.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ethan Rarick
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival.

    Roger says: "I REALLY enjoyed this book"
    "Riveting!!"
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    Where does Desperate Passage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Much better than I thought! I learned a lot more than the traditional lore about the Donner party. It was much more difficult, gruesome and heartbreaking than history had taught me. What was really compelling was realizing how many times they were warned, "Don't go that way-- it is NOT a shortcut!" They had grizzled experts warning them and so many examples of why they shouldn't have trusted certain people but they refused to turn back.
    Which, is an interesting psychological study. Why it's so hard to admit you've made a mistake and backtrack when invested heavily down a certain path in life? It's a lesson for all of us.

    Also fascinating is who survives and why. I live 5 hours from where they died and I can't wait to go there after the snow melts and see the monument dedicated to them.

    I grew up in Wisconsin and if your car dies in 30 below weather and you're not prepared--you die! Be prepared always, everywhere!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That huge man (one of several rescuers) who refused to let children die just because they couldn't walk. He carried several for a few miles, set them down, came back for the others and repeated- like a relay. Everyone else was content to let them die.


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

    He doesn't get in the way of the story at all, very comforting listen. Like you are around the campfire!


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

    It made me wince, gasp, but most of all, think a lot. What would I do if the rescuers were there and I could walk out with my little children--or choose to stay by the side of my husband who was dying and then I would die for sure, I would be stranded because the rescuers left and wouldn't be coming back. Fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Always have food bars and water in your cars folks!! CB might be a good idea too along with the cell phone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (735)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Even non-athletes will be enthralled!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Ultra to be better than the print version?

    Didn't compare


    What did you like best about this story?

    His open-hearted, unflinching honesty.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    His narration was great, didn't hinder the story at all.


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

    Oh yeah


    Any additional comments?

    You will be inspired!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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