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Huntington Beach, CA
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  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack 3
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,722

This publisher's pack contains Sanctuary (book 5) and Rebellion (book 6) of the After It Happened series. Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness that swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great end

  • By Jordan on 01-31-18

Amazing! I’m sad to have it finish.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

These characters live and breathe. Expertly written, finely performed - like watching a movie in Ky mind while driving to work. I found myself listening on my breaks and at lunch. I simply couldn’t get enough. Do prepare yourself to focus as there are many characters, however, this series is easily palpable and thoroughly enjoyable. I felt like I knew the main character, Dan, by the time the books were over. I drank it in and was sad to finish the story. Kudos to Devon C. ford for such a gem and R.C. Bray could not have delivered a better performance. I enjoyed the series so much, I’m buying the print just as a keep sake.

  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

This publisher's pack contains Society (book three) and Hope (book four) of the After It Happened series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can’t wait for next installment!

  • By josh on 11-24-17

Thoroughly enjoyable; a top notch performance on all accords.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I’m not an action reader, nor am I a die hard fan of post-apocalyptic, pandemic survivor series. I’m happy to say that I took a chance on this one and was not disappointed! The story is terrific, very plausible with finely crafted characters complete with stellar dialogue. R.C. Bray’s narration takes this story to another level. Honestly, I couldn’t recommend this series more. You’ll remember the main characters for some time thanks to great writing and great narration and voice acting. Get it! Prepare to enjoy your drives and take in fine storytelling.

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Promising but ultimately tedious

  • By Christen Doc on 11-09-17

Nicely done, terrific listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Would you listen to Gray again? Why?

Yes. The story is solid with strong characters and believable plot scenario. Lauren Fortgang's narration is superb.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story is told in the first person so I'd have to say Coral, the narrator.

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

I consider myself somewhat of an Audible snob. Even the best writing can be beclouded and diminished by a poor reading as well as studio quality with a bad mix or worse, cheap microphone. Aside from an amazing studio recording, Lauren has an exceptionally pleasant voice to listen to - her characters are natural and engaging, even when she covers male voices. Her cadence is flawless.

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

Yes. Once I started, I listened daily for as many hours as I could spare.

Any additional comments?

I'm typically not one for the post-apocalyptic type novels or worse, fiction piecemealed into series, however, I had just finished watching the film 'The Road' and so this caught my eye. It's like a stripped down version of The Road, with elements which reminded me of Wool, however, the narration was on another level and I really enjoyed the relationship development between the main characters. Though you won't find striking prose here, what Lou Cadle lacks in literary finesse he more than makes up for with a captivating, honest and somewhat touching story of epic scale in minimalistic fashion - the characters stuck with me and the story was in my head for several days afterwards which is the best kind of accolades for any writer of fiction.

Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26,648

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Star Trek: Q-Squared

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-09-16

Great story, falls a little flat at the end.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

If you could sum up The Fold in three words, what would they be?

Original, interesting, great narration.

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

The plausibility.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time listener.

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

Yes, it has a fast paced, engaging story.

Any additional comments?

Thought the story and characters were good, however, it seemed to fall apart at the end in a rush to wrap up the story line.

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  • Aurora

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,124

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By ewreirct on 07-14-15

Perfect - Great Listen - Stellar Book

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

Would you listen to Aurora again? Why?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Plausibility. Beautifully written. Expansive. Never has such technical prose melted off the page like this.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ship's internal narrative during return to earth. End passages are breath taking.

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

An intergalactic voyage of mind and spirit.

Any additional comments?

Just loved the book. Fantastic follow up to 2312

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,875

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Me...

  • By Calmeridian Tink on 06-25-16

Just Ok

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

I read worse. A compelling idea. Decent characters. Better than average writing, though not world class. The characters, though at first show promise, end up thin and underdeveloped and stereotypical of blockbuster merit. If you have the time to kill and want a slightly better than average apocalyptic vampire tale...give it a whirl.

  • The Twelve: A Novel

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,422

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Twelve hours of boredom

  • By Checkered Heart on 09-25-16

Mediocre Filler

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

Like a Detour bar: marketed to be healthy, but really just junk food pumped full of whey protein.

I've completed both books, The Passage and The Twelve and can confidently say that the story here is decent, but stripped down and predictable in a 'made for the screen' type writing. I commute a lot which was one of the only ways I was able to get. Through it all. The narration is superb yet at the same time a bit over the top and a bit melodramatic- especially during the one-linear passages which repeat for emphasis. There are elements of the story which are simply put, 'too thin' and character development is often times poor. I was left with the feeling of regret over the 50 hours of listening time devoted to both books.though at times compelling, I just hoping for a richer, more concrete story.

I may be mistaken, but the writing felt poised towards the 'young adult' crowd,

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,457

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consciousness Altering

  • By Darius on 02-13-04

Mixed thoughts, but worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

My first introduction to Mr. Tolle. Without a doubt, here is arguably the super power, blended supplement of collective Easter/Western metaphysical thought served up in an easy to swallow single-serving. A lot to take in for sure. I enjoyed Tolle's delivery, but found the questioners it a little distracting. Concepts in The Power of Now are definitely some lofty goals to strive for, as I can honestly say I don't think I would have purchased this book if I was successfully practicing the core teachings Tolle so eloquently details. There lies the conundrum... A great place to start, however, if you can ultimately forgive yourself on the path to presence.

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,633

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You mean that voice can be tamed - Sign me up!

  • By Russell on 05-11-15
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Great first step story for the 'meta' doubtful.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

Top notch presentation (no surprise) of Dan's very open, very honest search for personal security through the path of meditation. Though, not many of of us have the fortune to have access to such incredible mentors and masters of the discipline as Dan Harris, his tale is nonetheless all inclusive, fun and educational. Learning through his extremely candid trial and error process, he brings the listener into his head and along for the ride. Coming from having never meditated ever in my life, I sincerely enjoyed the book which has sparked my interests to beginning my own journey towards mindfulness and shutting down the 'voice' inside my own head. I'm grateful to Dan for sharing and for delivering such an enjoyable read!

  • The Wolves of London

  • Obsidian Heart, Book 1
  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

Alex Locke is a reformed ex-con forced into London's criminal underworld for one more job. He agrees to steal a priceless artefact - a human heart carved from the blackest obsidian - but when the burglary goes horribly wrong, Alex is plunged into the nightmarish world of the Wolves of London, unearthly assassins who will stop at nothing to reclaim the heart. As he races to unlock the secrets of the mysterious object, Alex must learn to wield its dark power - or be destroyed by it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing here is what it seems!

  • By Lesley on 11-30-14

Solid Surreal Horror/Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

Creative tale and first installment the 'Wolves' story world of the dark-fantastic. Reminiscent of Clive Barker fiction without the sexual overtones. I enjoyed the story and the narration performance was good, though often a bit dry and melancholy. Not terribly distracting, but the baritone delivery is somewhat demanding and requires the right 'mood' for long listen times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful