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carlos

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missouri | Member Since 2012

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  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1974)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Excellent!"
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    Such a great concept. Loved the book from the start. It has become one of my favorite zombie novels. Just get it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Howarth
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    It begins with an ambushed commando raid that leaves all but one of the expatriate resistance fighters dead or captured. Though wounded, Jan Baalsrud, the sole survivor, takes off on a courageous, incredible trek into the wilds of the Lyngen Alps, while the Nazis pursue him relentlessly. He suffers frostbite, snowblindness, and a terrible fall in an avalanche. At last, delirious and near death, he chances on to a cabin, where the first in a series of remarkably brave and clever men and women come to his aid.

    Erik says: "An unbelievable journey"
    "The body can take a lot of abuse."
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    If you could sum up We Die Alone in three words, what would they be?

    Will to survive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main guy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where he wandered the forest.


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

    I did cringe when he...did something to himself. Ugh. Won't give it away.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if it was worth a credit since it wasn't a very long book, but on the same note, I won't soon forget it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New World: RETURN

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John O'Brien
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Jack Walker journeyed halfway around the world and completed his daring rescue. He must now return home, traversing a world filled with endless hordes of night runners; the genetically altered, ferocious species that now inhabit the dark recesses left over from the demise of mankind and now dominate the planet. The only things more dominate are the billions of corpses left to rot where they died. It is through this world that Jack must use his special forces training to lead a small group of survivors back home to where there is the faint hope of sanctuary.

    Davy says: "new narrator would be nice but it's ok."
    "Another so-so"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It would not be in first person, present tense. It makes the narration awkward.


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

    The type of zombies. The least interesting, the overkill on the plane procedures, just like the first book. I'm convinced the author had a part in the writing the ACTUAL manual on how to fly the C-130.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher John Fetherolf – was your favorite?

    The main hero.


    Do you think A New World: RETURN needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Leaves you hanging.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably only get the next book if it's on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New World: Chaos (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John O'Brien
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special-forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence?

    Amazon Customer says: "Can Narration Kill a Good Story?: Yes."
    "Not too bad"
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    What did you like best about A New World: Chaos (Book 1)? What did you like least?

    Lots of zombies. Some zombie books forget to put zombies in their stories. What I liked least was the first person present tense. Books in this format drive me nuts. Also, I think I can now fly that plane...overkill on the plane procedures.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    That's it?


    What aspect of Christopher John Fetherolf’s performance would you have changed?

    You have to get used to it, but after a while I didn't mind it much. But you if you're going to put other voice characters in it, they should probably be pros. The ones they had were not and it didn't help the flow of the story, especially with a present tense story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Of course.


    Any additional comments?

    There's a lot of complaining about the sound effects by other reviewers, but I didn't mind it. It was the characters that distracted from the flow of the book. No more first person present tense novels please.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    For the first time ever, the full story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - not only what really happened but why, and how mythology has led us to completely misinterpret the real history of the frontier. Combining cinematic storytelling with prodigious research, The Last Gunfight upends conventional wisdom about what the West was really like, who the Earps and Doc Holliday really were, and what actually happened in Tombstone on that cold day in October 1881.

    K. says: "Better Than Advertised - An Important story"
    "Hollywood needs better historians."
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    Where does The Last Gunfight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 20.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Gunfight?

    The history of Tombstone and its growth. You really get a good history lesson.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several, too many to pick just one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Forget what you think you know, it's not true.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. I do agree with one of the reviewers who said the author assumed a little too much when no records were available. But it wasn't too bad. Loved the history of Arizona and how it grew and the real Earps. Hollywood paints them as cleaner than wind-driven snow. You'll get a different picture by the end of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Paul English
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Australia's best-selling nonfiction author of all time. Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, he led an expedition from Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz.

    R. Wagner says: "A Real Life "Boys Own" Adventure Story"
    "Ice ice, baby."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure, it was interesting enough, though I took a few days to finish it as I was going to other books in order to take a break from this one. Felt very long, like the previous sentence I just wrote.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of the race to the pole. I've read several north pole books and didn't know much about this one. I was surprised by what happened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Scott party...what a disaster.


    Could you see Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Very easily, if they haven't already. Anyone, but Clooney.


    Any additional comments?

    You get the feel of how important these things were back then. The whole world was watching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12968)
    Performance
    (8840)
    Story
    (8889)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "In my top ten."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    Probably, it was easier to get through the stats at the beginning of the story, how much gear planes held, distance they traveled, etc.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The will to survive. It was unbelievable what these guys went through. It reminded me of "Coming out of the Ice," in terms of amazing survival stories.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    He did a fine job with all of it.


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

    The punches. I thought, no way could anyone survive that. Several scenes really, but I don't want to give away much more though.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you get to the raft in the story, it's hard to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robogenesis: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (173)

    Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the Earth was left in tatters…but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed. In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping.

    Herb says: "Good book, not as good as the first one"
    "Less is more"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was a bit too slow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was as I expected.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Perhaps the coming out of the "human shell" for one of the characters. Made for a good visual.


    Did Robogenesis inspire you to do anything?

    That's an odd question, but maybe kill robots?


    Any additional comments?

    I never fully got into this sequel. I wanted to, because I loved the first one and gave it as gifts to family members who also loved it. This may be sacrilege, but the story dragged. And the reason, I thought, was because it was...too descriptive. Not every noun needs an adjective in front of it. My mind kept screaming "Strunk and White" as a scene dragged because of so much description and the need to always go back to the first war. We went back to the first war way too much. Each scene was difficult to maneuver through because there were just too many words on top of each other. Several times I kept thinking, get to the main point! Spit it out. It was distracting. But, maybe it was just me, I don't know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Demise of the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Iain McKinnon
    • Narrated By Karl Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    The world is infected. The dead are reanimating and attacking the living. In a city being overrun with ravenous corpses people find safety where they can. A disparate group of strangers drawn together by chance seek sanctuary from the carnage outside in an empty office block.

    Mike Naka says: "character driven zombie story"
    "Ok, but the ending, blaaah"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it kept me interested for the most part.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Blaaaaaahhhhhh and whaaaaaaaaaaaa?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Fine with me.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd wait for Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    Needed more interaction between the living and the dead. They rarely left the building so all we got was...man, there's a lot of zombies down there. I did like the characters though. The story was part mystery, part zombie, part terrible ending. I literally said, "Aw, come on!" at the end. But it was an okay ride until then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (923)

    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?

    Amanda says: "WOW ZOMBIE CHAOS AND MAYHEM"
    "Hey, thanks for the freebie."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hm, nah. Not enough there. I'd recommend The Infection or The Remaining first.


    Would you recommend FREE: Deadlocked 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure. Free is always good and it's about zombies.


    Did Brian Sutherland do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Sure, but needed more emotion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd wait for it to come out on Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I'll be getting the rest of the series. I didn't mind the story as much as some of the other reviewers. It was fine, except I agree, where did the farmers come from? Across the bay? Also, if you're going to have an ending like that, write it in third person, otherwise, that's REALLY annoying. That turned me off the story.

    The city street scene was very cool. Enjoyed that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Refugees

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1161)

    He has fought the fight, and run the race. But the enemies never stop coming, and the race has no finish line. It has been three months since Captain Lee Harden found the survivors at Camp Ryder. With winter looming, Lee is on the verge of establishing Camp Ryder as a hub of safety and stability in the region. But not everyone agrees with Lee’s mission... or his methods.

    Amanda says: "HORRIFYING ZOMBIE BOOK"
    "The build up is worth it"
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    Continues to keep me buying the series. This one slowed down but with a purpose, just keep listening and then your brain will literally explode. I'm a mailman and it did. I had to pick up a lot of mail afterwards.

    I did find some small things that always bug me about zombie books though. It's a zombie apocalypse not a nuclear holocaust, so why are they living in old wooden shacks with only tarps for roofs? If they're scavenging, hit a motor home dealership for Pete's sake. I mean really. It's like in the walking dead when they were driving around in the oldest RV on the planet. Come on. Sewing clothes? It's been what, 3-4 months and they're sewing? You can't find a Kohls, a walmart, a...any of a about a billion stores that sell clothes? And why were they using and reusing plastic silverware until they fell apart? Again, anyone scavenging could easily find enough silverware in homes for 60 people.

    And then my old least favorite cliche...the nutter religious folks. See my review for "14." I was really disappointed knowing they were the ones "killing for god." Bah. Still, can't put series down though. The narrator is perfect.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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