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Paul A. Luedecke

Texas, USA
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  • No Direction Home

  • Ordinary People Surviving Extraordinary Times, Book 1
  • By: Mike Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

A college student in Knoxville. An Irish couple on their dream vacation in Orlando. A bank robber in an Atlanta prison...what do they all have in common? They are survivors of vPx073, the most deadly virus ever to be unleashed on the planet. One that has brought civilization to a standstill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Direction Home Excellent Plague Survival Series

  • By Joseph Mahoney on 07-26-17

Viruses today

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

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What do you do when the world falls apart? Maybe getting drunk is not such a bad idea, at least for the first night. This time from a virus, the story is told from different points of view, and is full of tricks to remember if you find yourself in a SHTF situation.
I like survival novels, especially post-apocalyptic ideas. The authors tend to show the best and worst, as well as the gray areas, of people and it seems much more true as a result.
Kevin Pierce has a great voice and delivers the story in a very matter-of-fact manner, much like one would do when in that type of situation. He doesn't have a large range of voices but it doesn't detract from the stories for me, it just seems more like a campfire story years after the (enter disaster here) occurred.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • Roaring Blood

  • Demon-Hearted, Book 2
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

You'd think that life would be easy-breezy for a handsome, demonic badass like me, but you'd be wrong. The demon doesn't help me with rent, doesn't help me pick up chicks or anything fun like that. Instead, he's all about violence. So, when this super-powered necromancer shows up in town and starts emptying the city's graveyards, my buddy Gadreel thinks it's go time. Before the Veiled Order knows it, a war is about to break out between the living and the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Demons are always fun

  • By Paul A. Luedecke on 02-23-18

Demons are always fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

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Roaring Blood is about a fella trying to fight fire with fire, sort of, to do good in the world. It ain't always pretty, but he gets the job done.
Ambrose Ibsen brings another thriller to the world with some interesting takes on old ideas. He is very entertaining to read.
James Foster is an amazing narrator. He has a powerful voice but can make it do whatever the story calls for. I have listened to several books simply because he was the narrator.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A House by the Sea

  • Winthrop House, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

After his book becomes a best seller, novelist Jack Ripley moves into a house on the edge of Cutler Harbor with his wife and two daughters. Nearly a century old, Winthrop House is newly-restored and boasts a gorgeous oceanfront view. But everything is not what it seems. Though picturesque, Jack learns that the house has been shunned for decades by the locals, owing to a number of mysterious disappearances and inexplicable deaths on the grounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Haunting Of Winthrop House.

  • By Joe Starks on 04-10-17

Old houses

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

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This house holds some secrets and the protagonist is bound to find out about some of them. But what will it cost him?
Ambrose Ibsen brings another horror thriller to the world with some interesting takes on old ideas. He is very entertaining to read. James Foster is an amazing narrator. He has a powerful voice but can make it do whatever the story calls for. I have listened to several books simply because he was the narrator.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Haunted Life 3

  • True Tales of the Paranormal
  • By: G. Michael Vasey
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

True creepy tales of demons, ghosts, evil, strange events and things that go bump in the night. Hear about haunted places, scary apparitions, terrifying monsters in the cupboard and scary supernatural events in this set of all true stories of the supernatural.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Collection of Paranormal Tales

  • By Admiralu on 01-23-18

Paranormal tales

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

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This book contains paranormal stories that are apparently true. I guess truth is stranger than fiction. The stories are short and the narrator is OK.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • The Horror Squad

  • An Apocalyptic Tale
  • By: TJ Weeks
  • Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

With the world now plagued by rotters, it's up to my team and I to take care of the living and take out the dead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bob @ Platypire Reviews

  • By Platypire Bob on 03-08-17

Good story but difficult to listen to

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

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This is a short book with zombies. That pretty much saves it. The idea is good, however, saying "he said" regularly is OK. The author chose to use a thesaurus and find every possible thing other than "he said" such as "he interjected", "he called out", etc. The narrator furthers this irritating part by waiting a beat before saying that part. It makes it somewhat disconnected. Maybe I'm just too much of a stickler, but it was more difficult to listen to. The narrator's voice is fine and the story is good, just be aware you might cringe at that issue which is all through the book.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • The Con Season

  • A Novel of Survival Horror
  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Horror movie starlet Clarissa Lee is beautiful, internationally known, and completely broke. To cap off years of questionable financial and personal decisions, Clarissa accepts an invitation to participate in a "fully immersive" fan convention. She arrives at an off-season summer camp and finds what was supposed to be a quick buck has become a real-life slasher movie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hilariously twisted take on Fan Cons.

  • By Steve H. Caldwell on 10-31-16

Fun horror

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

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The Con Season is about a washed-up actress that needs the money and takes a job performing at a convention... in the woods at a camp. I think we all know where this is going. A fun ride though.
Joe Hempel, the narrator, has a subdued voice, but does good voices and keeps the pace moving well. I have listened to many books and several authors simply based on his being the narrator.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • The Shroud Key

  • A Chase Baker Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

Chase Baker is a true Renaissance Man. He's also a man who knows how to find trouble. A part-time resident of Florence, Italy, his resume reads like a modern day Da Vinci or Casanova. Writer, private investigator, tour guide, historian, treasure hunter, adventurer, and even archaeological sandhog, Chase is also a prolific lover. Unfortunately for him, his dangerous liaisons all too often make him the target of a jealous husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was really engrossing in the story right from

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-18-16

Chase Baker begins

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

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The Shroud Key is the first Chase Baker book. Not too many people get to see the Shroud of Turin up close. Living a life as an explorer, sandhog, treasure hunter, writer, and of course, lover, he bounces around getting into scrapes and beds. In the vein of Indiana Jones, you feel for his smart-alec character and wait impatiently to find out how he will get out of his current pickle. Andrew B. Wehrlen is the narrator and does a wonderful job. His voice lends itself to the smart-alec Chase and he breezes through the many accents needed for a globe hopping story. I have listened to many books just because he was the narrator.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Robert Maskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes changed crime fiction forever and helped launch not just a popular character but an enduring legend who is just as loved today.

This audio book was narrated in London by experienced British stage actor Robert Maskell at a voice recording studio renowned for high production values.

The stories were originally featured not in a book at all, but were written as installments in a London magazine called The Strand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I see why people love these books!

  • By TinkerMel on 11-01-16

Elementary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

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Sherlock Holmes has always been on my radar, but I never read any of the actual books, only excerpts or shows. This is much more and worth the listen. Doyle created a great character and you almost feel like you should have known some of those clues. The narrator was amazing.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • Harold Shipman

  • The True Story of Britain's Most Notorious Serial Killer
  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Ernie Sprance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

It's easy to imagine Harold Shipman doting on his little grandkids, reading them stories from his lap and letting them play with his big, bushy beard. If you were told he was a doctor, I bet you'd imagine he was a good, kind and gentle one, with an easy, affable manner and deep care for his patients. Harold Frederick Shipman certainly projected all those qualities, but only so that he could hide the evil that lurked deep inside. Shipman abused his trust and used his position to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. Death!

  • By Simone K on 10-21-16

Disturbing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Any additional comments?

Harold Shipman did some vile things. It is not always easy to listen to but it is relatively short so at least the tension settles after a short time. Few things are more disturbing than the true stories. The narration is in more of a news story style, so hard to put a grade on it, but it is good.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • Colombian Killers

  • The True Stories of the Three Most Prolific Serial Killers on Earth
  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Ernie Sprance
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Colombian Killers explores the stories of three men who have forever tainted the lush fields of Latin America. This book narrates the sadistic acts of serial killers Luis Alfredo Garavito, Pedro Alonzo Lopez, and Daniel Camargo Barbosa.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Colombian True Crime

  • By Simone K on 12-24-16

Disturbing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Any additional comments?

The Colombian Killers is a disturbing book about real life serial killers. Few things are more disturbing than the true stories. The narration is in more of a news story style, so hard to put a grade on it, but it is good.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."