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mike

bremerton, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James N. Cook
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (495)

    Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end. He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything. He was wrong. As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel.

    Amanda says: "Not bad, Not unique, but well written!"
    "good series..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Hope to be better than the print version?

    This series so far has done a great job by not "jumping the shark" they keep the focus on the main characters and the daily struggle to survive. They keep it interesting without putting so much of the filler that I've noticed a lot of the novels today are doing. Surviving the dead is what I would consider a great example of a survivor horror story. The zombies are there in ample but they don't saturate the plot, which many books tend to do. If you're a fan of undead apocalypse style stories I highly recommend these books, they are well written and the author has certainly done his technical research.... Enjoy.


    What other book might you compare No Easy Hope to and why?

    I'd compare this with the first book by the late Z.A Recht.


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

    He was a good narrator, and doesn't overdo it I like it.


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

    it's too long of a book to listen to all at once but its certainly interesting enough that I didn't just put it in when I wanted some white noise while I did something else. You do want to pay attention and enjoy the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Islands of Rage & Hope: Black Tide Rising, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (270)

    With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a rag-tag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away. Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....

    Stephen Clark Harkess says: "Best Yet"
    "Chekhov's gun store"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story had my attention at first, there were interesting characters and the plot was very interesting. But the author kept taking me down dead ends, there was so much going on that the story got cluttered and hard to follow. Mix that with the cliche tactical broadsides that sound like they are written by a Call of Duty gamer and its really disappointing.

    During the whole series he kept adding new characters without finishing the story of the last person he introduced. There are so many lose ends I started to get upset and frustrated. I had to WORK at finishing the story... Plus, the writing and editing is awful. "Character A said this, character b said that character A said this character B said that in response." The conversation never flow and its like reading a court stenographers account of the events.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I will fill my time with James cook's books when i want some good ol fashion ZA fiction.


    What three words best describe Tristan Morris’s performance?

    The narrator did a fine job, he worked the accents of the main characters and the gender and ages very well


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, frustration.... It had a lot of potential.


    Any additional comments?

    It had a lot of potential but fizzled very fast and turned into a coming of age/ yachting instruction story halfway through the first book. I followed it through to the end hoping he would take me back to New York and end the story of the first group of people he introduced me to but it was not the case. the book crawled along until the epilogue then he went from a tedious ultra fine tipped brush to a paint sprayer and wrapped up the story with a platitude bow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mountain Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (370)

    Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

    Adnan says: "Zombie thriller that is more about living"
    "unapologetic "every man" zombie book done right"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the thing that really I really picked up on was the main character was so full of human flaws. He makes human mistakes and lets emotion get in the way but always pulls through, not for some super human feat or well time miraculous coincidence. He just perseveres by just chugging along and doing more right than wrong.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mountain Man?

    The climatic gun fight, and the empty bottle of captain morgan.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Gus of course... unlike some other zombie apocalypse stories. Gus is a true everyman. a bald overweight tradsman, a blue collar guy. survives the first 2 years of the rise of the dead by simple and common sense means, and lives long enough to learn the skills that a lot of zombie book have the main character magically learn in the first few chapters or circumvents that by making the main character some DELTA, Ranger ninja that was on seal team 6... All of his back story is told in past tense, the book begins two years after the rise of the undead and Gus starts out as a capable person in the story, so you need not worry about long drawn out chapters of him transitioning from a fat painter to a cunning survivor.


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

    Its not a "moving" book per say... but you do feel his heart break at the end by the betrayal he faced by someone her really cared about.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, doesn't commit the cardinal sin of taking its self to serious. I have already ordered the sequel and have high hopes for it.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (713)

    America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

    Glenn says: "Good Story Line"
    "POGs Airsofter and FPS gammers rejoice!"
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    Would you try another book from James Wesley, Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    no, I followed founders through the fist two books. the first one was so bad it was amusing kinda like a B horror movie, but after reading the second one I am starting to see that the author takes himself way to serious and has taken platitudes and cliches added a dash of Fobbit war stories and calls it a novel. I love TEOTWAWKI books, they can be a good adventure and a lot of fun, as I said earlier this guy is way to serious and is cramming his ideas (most of which are someone else good ideas, mixed in with some really bad ones that I assume he must of made up working in the TOC during his much touted military experience overseas.)


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A. American has a pretty entertaining series out 'the survivalist series." way more about storytelling than a would be survival guide disguised as a story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    This book wasn't any of dick hills fault... he just read it and tried as hard as he could to give the story some legs to keep it moving.


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

    Not a lot. Like I said the first book had that " so corny its kinda good factor" this one was just too over the top to even have that going for it.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book "the patriots" in one of its first action scenes had our heroes ambushing a pair of leftist collage kids that had a wagon of human body parts in it and copies of socialist books, just in case you didn't know that they were #1 cannibals and #2 commies. If you buy this book get ready for more of the same, except they really ring the bell for " anyone in government is only there to kill you and rob you." Oh, and Mexican gangs are going to raid north and kill everything in their path. I would say "strap in, this is going to get rough." But this book never gains enough speed to warrant and safety precautions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (964)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Okay, but I'm still waiting to be amazed"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a bit far fetched, the action was repetitive and predictable to a point but still entertains. The humble hero that wins every encounter because of some convenient dumb luck got old after several chapters, I have followed the ZF series and understand that the main character is not meant to be taken overly seriously, but its almost like the author is trying to make him to be a fool on the one hand and a superhero on the other... It was pulled off relatively well in the ZF series but the Mike Talbot was more of a sarcastic irreverent character where as in this series he wins his battles in almost a slapstick three stooges way... It was a fun read overall and I'll wait for the next two books to have my hair blown back but, even if I am not counting the days till the next release like I was with ZF I will make sure to get around to the next two books in the series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Tufo? Why or why not?

    of course, he has a very good talent for writing and I see why he uses the same character in so many books, Mike Talbot is an everyman that he brings to life very well and the author writes a good story without going overboard on interpersonal side stories that can bog down an adventure story.


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

    He is my second favorite narrator and can really bring out a main character.


    Did Indian Hill inspire you to do anything?

    yes upon finishing this book I raised my right hand and enlisted in the earth defense marine corp


    Any additional comments?

    not his best work but there are 2 more books to go... Not a bad read either just haven't had the same warm fuzzy as with some of his other books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Greta Christina
    • Narrated By Greta Christina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    Why are atheists angry? Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God? Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry - and are ready to do something about it? Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it. This accessible, personal, down-to-earth book speaks not only to atheists, but also to believers who want to understand the so-called new atheism.

    Erik says: "I didn't need to listen to this book"
    "religious rhetoric...same old song and dance"
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    Would you try another book from Greta Christina and/or Greta Christina?

    No. If you want a good book on the subject read Penn jillette's God No.


    Has Why Are You Atheists So Angry? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just her writings


    What didn’t you like about Greta Christina’s performance?

    She is spinning her politics into a religious manifesto where if you don't agree with her your wrong. She and many others (bill maher comes to mind) are trying to turn atheism from an unaffiliated lack of faith, into a collective that have the same doctrine and sheep their way through life. the very thing that turned me away from any faith, which is an us vs them outlook on life, is the object of this book.

    She is condescending to the reader throughout much of the book, talking down to you because you are not nearly as enlightened as she is, and just like the forces she is writing against, she lets you know, if you don't share her ideas you are not only wrong, but stupid. She is also condescending by saying things like " I don't hate people that think differently than be, BUT...." and then uses a vast vocabulary to tell you she hates people that don't share her doctrine.

    And keep in mind I am a free thinker and agree with her statements about how atheists should be taken seriously, and 2000 year old sheep herder's campfire stories should not dictate our national policies. But I don't think that someone with a different opinion is somehow a lesser person or inferior.

    Its the same BS the the religious right has been feeding us for centuries just wrapped up with an angry leftist vibe, repackaged think like us and sold back to you.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Why Are You Atheists So Angry??

    I would remove the author as the narrator. The woman was unable to hide her contempt for others in her voice. She would say something that she thought was bullet proof or a huge insult on "the other side" and then make a small smug laugh and she did it throughout the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a saying. "Try not to argue with someone that shares the same opinion with you." Man, this book really makes that hard.

    16 of 34 people found this review helpful

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