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reena

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  • The Collected: Jonathan Quinn, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    A cleaner’s tasks are simple: get rid of the body so that it will never be found, and make the scene of the kill look like nothing happened. Rule Number One: Don’t get caught. With Jonathan Quinn’s career in question, his apprentice Nate has successfully taken on the role of full-fledged cleaner, using Quinn’s name to keep the business working seamlessly in case his boss decides to return.But Nate’s latest job is not what it seems, and he finds himself on the wrong side of a trap.

    reena says: "Battles Runs True to Form: Excellent"
    "Battles Runs True to Form: Excellent"
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    Brett Battles never fails to delight. The action keeps moving, the plot is plausible and exciting. Again, this is one for the men or the women. Good 'espionage' stories are hard to come by and all of Battles' books are exceptional. Just buy it! You won't regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots: With a Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Hollerman
    • Narrated By Kent Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (131)

    EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots is a harrowing story of survival after the destruction of the electric grid and nearly every electronic device in the country. Jonathan Hollerman paints a vivid and disturbing picture of society falling apart after an Electromagnetic Pulse attack against our nation.

    reena says: "Dont Waste a Credit"
    "Dont Waste a Credit"
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    The summary suggested if you enjoyed 'Alas Babylon' and/or 'One Second After' you would probably enjoy this one. Sadly this is not the case. Both AB and OSF were riveting pieces of work with realistic dialogue and storyline. The characters in these situations are under some serious stress. This is something the author of EMP seemed to miss. The husband and wife relationship of the main characters was like something out of a Mills and Boon novel. I simply could not suspend my disbelief. The narrator did not do the story any favours. Sometimes the story was rushed and sometimes drawn out. There was no consistency and I found the narrators inappropriate expression irritating and distracting. Normally I can come to grips with less than magical narration but after two hours I gave up (reluctantly). Do NOT purchase this with the expectation that it is anything like 'Alas Babylon' or 'One Second After'. Both the story and the narration don't come anywhere near this standard.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (90)

    Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

    Alan says: "Tops"
    "Not For the Faint Hearted"
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    Justin Cronin is a master at weaving a story around human emotions and reactions. But if you're looking for something warm and fuzzy choose another because this is in NO WAY A ROMANTIC TALE where everyone lives happily ever after. Cronin seems to have an amazing gift for getting in to the reader's mind - or in this case, the listener's mind. A very descriptive style that allows you to sink so deeply in to what the characters are feeling that it often becomes quite heavy going. Its altogether possible that you might need to take a break every now and then because its a bit overwhelming. You name the emotion and its in this book: fear, despair, love, grief, joy, desperation, hope, jealousy, faith, evil. But don't be fooled in to thinking its all just a yarn about touchy/feely stuff, because there is great depth and variety in the story line - how the characters feel is wholly (and believably) related to the action and story line. I nearly ignored this book based on the cover art. At first glance I was tempted to think it was simply a book about an abandoned little girl. But the addition of 'Something is Coming' enticed me to read the full description. Its always nice when you find a book that provides such bang for your buck (in terms of both quality and listening time). This is a long book but I never lost interest or wondered where the hell the story was headed. About to start on the next in the series - you really cant go wrong with Scott Brick. This book was primarily read by Scott with short journal extracts performed by Adenrele and Abby. If you're looking for a great read that's based around tough choices in extreme circumstances you're likely to enjoy...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End…is now. When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse - until the doctors found the monster in her head. She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death. Now, with no hope of rescue - on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit - she discovers a new and horrifying truth. The Change isn't over.

    reena says: "This is not a book, its a poor play"
    "This is not a book, its a poor play"
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    Way too over the top for my taste. I like to absorb and consider the story as it unfolds. This style of writing, in my opinion, is distracting. I know a good author paints a picture but this carries the premise to the extreme. Sadly the story is lost with long winded, blow by blow descriptions which (for me) stop the story in its tracks. It seemed to take 30 minutes to describe a body falling down a hole...irritating. When a piece becomes too wordy my focus shifts to the narrator and given the dramatic emphasis on every sentence I just couldn't cope. Finally gave up.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Clayfield: Clayfield, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Shane Gregory
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help. But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns....

    Mike Naka says: "surprisingly good"
    "Poor Writing, Poor Narration"
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    I've listened to many zombie books but I was shocked at how simplistic and flat out corny this one is. I persevered but just cannot finish it. Pass this one by - there's too many other reasonable to good stories out there in this genre. A very amateur production.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pray: The Revelation Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Prescott
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (68)

    The year is 2016, and America is no more. The United States, Canada, and Mexico now comprise a single, unified front to the world: the North American Union. Implanted ID chips are soon to become mandatory for every citizen of the NAU, and Trez Sleighton, a disgruntled ex-Army officer, takes to the mountains of Colorado to come to terms with the changing world-and his own hand in the whole mess. Then sounds the trumpet. Around the planet, people simply disappear.

    John says: "Really good but..."
    "Narration Overkill"
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    I tried - I really did. I just couldn't get past the terrible narration. Every sentence is a cliffhanger. It just ended up sounding childish. Might be better in print, but I doubt it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3535)
    Performance
    (3082)
    Story
    (3063)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "One of His Best!"
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    Vince Flynn fan or not you're pretty hard to please if you don't love this book. Flynn has a magical way of keeping the action moving without ever coming close to corny. The characters are real and you will quickly get to know them even if you've never read a Flynn book. But, treat yourself and read them all. There are lots of references to the past and you will better understand the sequence of events if you know the history. Rapp, Hurley and Kennedy battle the evil doers once again - all with a hard edged attitude. No flowers and roses in this one. Get invested in Mitch's latest antics. I only wish there were more authors that could write like this. As usual, Guidall tells the story as though its coming straight from his head, not a book. Sheer brilliance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Kristin Allison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (227)

    A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity's last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive....

    Mike Naka says: "better than expected!"
    "Lots of gore..."
    Overall
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    Kept me interested. Lots of gore and technical battle stuff. If that appeals to you it will probably keep you interested. I did have a vested interest in what happened to the characters and that, to me, is what keeps you wanting to continue with a book. Not your typical scary zombie offering but the behaviour of the 'powers that be' (military and political) is disturbing... The narrator does a great job. Well set up for a sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Bidinotto
    • Narrated By Conor Hall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    From its first moments, Hunter takes you on a nonstop thrill ride: from the top floor of the CIA, to the marbled corridors of Capitol Hill...from the posh hotels of downtown Washington, to the city's mean, violent streets. It introduces a colorful new hero for our time - and a dazzling heroine every bit his equal. A spy mystery...a crime thriller...a passionate romance: Hunter is a genre-bending novel unlike any you've read. Deviously plotted, filled with vivid characters, and propelled at a breakneck pace.

    Michael F. Dickey says: "A great philosophical action romance..."
    "Sorry - Just Can't Finish This Book"
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    I tried really hard - honest, I did. The story line is both obvious (a cardinal sin in the 'thriller' genre) and unbelievable. The narration is corny and over-done - the characters lack-lustre. One thing I insist upon is that I have some buy in about the fate of the characters. I found myself not caring what happened to them one way or the other. Normally I am fairly tolerant. I respect the writing craft and believe its not easy to write an interesting story that has wide spread appeal. But these characters are just not real. How can a vigilante (whose obsession is to punish evil-doers of crime, including perpetrators of sexual violence) turn to his girlfriend and say that, in bed, the only word he forbids is 'No'. Purrrrlease. Makes me want to have a crack at a novel myself... I'm sure I could improve on this. Aaarrrgh! I will confess that I'm not feeling well at the moment and a tad cranky. But that's just when I want a book to distract me. Not working. Next...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1432)

    In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

    Teddy says: "Feels like Tufo was Stalling"
    "Consistent Tufo"
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    Mark delivers his trademark brand of dark, dry humour again. Some reviews are less than flattering but I disagree. Sure, its not the best of the series but highly entertaining nonetheless. There are key plot twists that you will want to know about before dipping in to the next release in the series. If you're already a Tufo fan you won't be disappointed. Some stories die out because the author has exhausted the concept. This is not the case here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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