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  • Rise of the Dead

  • By: Jeremy Dyson
  • Narrated by: John R. Crosthwaite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Blake was never one for taking chances. He lived in a world of formulas and equations. A statistician in a controlled society where everything had become predictably mundane. That world disappeared the day the dead got up and began attacking the living. Now, the end is here. Blake finds himself fighting for his life in a world that is rapidly spiraling out of control. He struggles to keep himself alive and must risk everything to find his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to the zombie genre!

  • By ANGIE on 06-28-16

Its really boring, why so many positive reviews?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-17

The writing was really dull and the narration didnt help matters. It was really tortorous to get through this book. Lots of things seem to happen but I didnt care, couldnt relate to the characters, and the protogonist is useless and all his ideas suck. Its really not as good as its score suggests.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Something to Fight For

  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Book 5
  • By: W.J. Lundy
  • Narrated by: Eric Vincent
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Home was supposed to be the endgame, but the nation they came home to is not the way they left it. Brad and the team find themselves quickly switching gears to embark on a greater mission, one that could cure the Primal virus. Loyalties are divided, new alliances made as old ones fall apart. The team discovers they can trust no one when they find out things are not what they seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story and series

  • By Vinnie on 08-12-16

Great story, little depth

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

- "How can so few fight so many?"
- "We like to call that a target rich environment"

I loved Sean's attitude and it's just satisfying listening to things getting done without too much fuss.

The one thing these stories lack is depth, character depth and relationship depth. Chelsea romance? Doesn't seem like there is anything there. Although Shane was rather interesting. Surprise character there.

I'm surprised I didn't previously note the narrators halting style of reading, 3 words, pause, 3 words, pause again. Rather annoying.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deathmatch

  • Arisen, Book 11
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,283

Humanity's most fearsome enemy is no longer death. Alpha and Marsoc meet their match. Lurking in the bush is the dark shadow cast by the operators - a terrifying force every bit their equal in skill, ferocity, and sheer resolve...but utterly unconstrained by humanity, compassion, or brotherhood. Now, to complete their mission and save the world, the operators will have to pay with their lives, or their souls, or possibly both.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Enjoyable Half-book

  • By Ergon on 03-10-17

Where are the zombies?

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

There are zombies, but they are just in the background now. Ditto for the next one, or even worse I should say, as the plotline is the same; super soldiers vs super soldiers. This series always had a lot of combat in them, but the other books always had, at least a little, a deeper human storiy part as well. These two are all human on human warfare.

Nonetheless, its very good and exciting writing. As others have noted, it was a little frustrating that nothing seems to work for them. Until it does. There seems to be no way out, but then suddenly something that we had clue about happens and surprise!, everything clicks into place.

I presume zombies will make a return in book 13.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sick

  • A Project Eden Thriller
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,704

Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She's had them before. Yet he can't help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare. But the nightmare is his. It's real. And it's just beginning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyably addictive story!

  • By Amanda on 12-03-13

Too boring

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

The narration and voices was well enough so maybe it was the actual writing that was a bit dull. All kind of matter of factual and shallow I think. And the face change was a big face palm. Thats just silly and unnecessary. Have no idea why it was included in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nemesis

  • Arisen, Book 8.5
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,567

Between the fall of man and the arrival of the JFK, the Horn of Africa is a battleground. Salvation. Vengeance. Vanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate Zombie stories! I LOVE these Authors!

  • By Mr. Gadget on 07-17-16

Not a novella. Read in order between 8 and 9

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

It fits best to read this together in order as the main series as the events fill out the back story. But its a major back story so you definitely do not want to miss it. Its its own series in its own right.

Otherwise its fairly similar to the main series. Everyones tough and good at killing stuff, with one girl, who is also tough. The climax battle at the end I did get a bit bored with though. Major slog, just wouldnt end. Kinda disappointed too. No resulation.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Cruiser

  • Lost Colonies, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,884

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First 2 hours One Star. Next 10 hours, Five Stars

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-08-16

For a younger audience

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

From the summary, I thought the story had great potential. It takes place somewhere in the future, where cloning and eugenics is common place, people live for 200 years and there is nanotechnology.

Unfortunately it feels like it was written for children. It is too simple and too easy to grasp. Description of the technologies, combat, politics, even the "romance" was all simplistic. It left me feeling that the plot and characters was shallow. The hero, Sparhawk does have character progression, but it's as if he is growing up, from the age of 12. He is naive, believes in rules and regulations and honor and can't tell a lie, blah blah blah. He rarely comes up with an original plan, he dithers, and constantly asks his crewmen what to do. If its meant for children, great!

Narration was good, the voices distinctive, but I am not sure the narrator could really do a lot with the portrayal of these characters. I got this book on sale for 4 bucks but will not continue with the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Refuge

  • The Last Survivors, Book 5
  • By: Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Not all ancient secrets are lost. Father Winthrop's insanity and eloquence turn a rabble of starving militiamen into an army with a new purpose. With the spore eating away at William's humanity, he finds a new place in the world as the survivors from the Ancient City expeditions discover a remnant of the past that could change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bob @ Platypire Reviews

  • By Platypire Bob on 05-24-16

Undoubtedly the best but still lousy

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

Brae acts totally out of character. The plot twist felt contrived just to do something exciting and have something interesting to write about in the next book. Without that I would have given this 3 stars.

The other thing was the "ancient tech". Boy, everything really has to be soooo drawn out in these books. It just takes forever and leaves us in anticipation for the next book. Which we know, will be drawn out yet again.

Other than that, things start coming together nicely. Finally, the unbearable back story of how miserable life is under the power structure of Brighton comes to a resolution. Readers who couldn't bear to listen about the subjugation and abuse of women in the previous books may want to start reading again from here. Actually, everyone would do well to ignore the previous waste of time books and just start from this one.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Z-Risen 3: Poisoned Earth

  • By: Timothy W. Long
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed and Marine Sergeant Joel "Cruze" Kelly have faced hordes of undead, rogue military units and a constant living nightmare as they try to navigate the apocalypse. Now they are close to their goal of reaching Los Angeles where they hope to learn the origin of the plague that has affected the US. Along the way, they've been harried by the shadow mercenary group known only as Bright Star, but that is all about to change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series

  • By Maly C on 12-30-17

More intrigue, shades of gray

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Although book one was better this one follows much the same style with more intrigue and revelations about the Bright Star military and the Reavers. I like that it wasn't all just black and white. I wouldn't mind if it was a bit darker; don't need jokes everywhere.

There is a bonus story at the end, and that narrator pulls off all kinds of voices. Incredibly talented voice master.

There was one part where they were flying around and then suddenly on the ground. I thought there was a page missing. I'm not sure.

I was a bit disappointed in the death of one character; didn't expect that to happen! I thought it could have been worked into the story more. All the same, this series is a must read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Z-Risen 1: Outbreak and Z-Risen 2: Outcasts

  • By: Timothy W. Long
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

When the USS McClusky (FFG-41) was overrun by the dead, Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed, and Marine Sergeant Joel "Cruze" Kelly, were forced to abandon the ship and take their chances in San Diego. Now they are stuck in a city that has been completely overrun with zombies, and as the days go by, they must range farther and farther away from "fortress" in their search for supplies. Relying on military training, guts, and pure force of will, the two of them will face a nightmare world that is intent on killing them one bite at a time. Contains books 1 and 2 of the Z-RISEN series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jackpot

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 08-12-14

Its movie guy!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

That was my first thought of the narration. It's cool, but really? The entire book? But it was actually really good. The character voices were also very distinct, although sometimes the lead character seemed to change voices. I think he must have the best female voice by a male narrator I ever heard. I wouldn't have thought he could do that sounding the way he does.

The main thing with this book is the sarcastic ribbing Joel and Jackson give each other. The rude humor fits me very well and its the best I've heard. Its not at all like the Mark Tufo books. I found that humor just silly.

I found the characters had depth and story compelling with plenty of action. Not a lot of intricate plot lines, but developments with the dubious mercenaries/soldiers and shuffler zombies are intrigueing. Well, I loved the story so far and already on the next book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Command

  • The Last Survivors, Book 4
  • By: Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Death is inescapable in the wild. Blackthorn's army marches toward the Ancient City as power struggles ensue in Brighton. Several outcasts gather in the collapsed world of the Ancients. Will they find answers and survive, or will they perish?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! Need the next book! lol

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 03-22-16

Finally something happens, war!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

Yeah! Less chit chat, more action! No more extended periods of drivel nobody cares about. Unfortunatly the zombies are indeed really boring and not scary at all. I was gonna finally bury this series and maybe return this book, but then I saw the next book; ancient tech? I was have to get to the end to get ancient tech?! Gosh darn it, this entire series should be just one book!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful