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  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Healing Through Comedy

  • By Bjorn on 11-04-18

Entertaining,, and hopeful

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

The bits of the comics are funny. Hearing their stories in between make you glad they found a solution,

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Divided We Fall: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel of America's Coming Civil War

  • Ava's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

America is on the verge of a second civil war, and Ava must pull it together if she wants to survive.  Violent protest, widespread destruction, and politicians who insist on letting the disassociated vent their rage will bring America to her knees, threatening to decapitate the laws, principles, and values on which the country was founded. Ava refuses to give into fear, but she simply cannot survive on her own. She must deal with her crisis of faith and learn to trust other people, or she’ll never make it through the bloodiest period of America’s history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start to a new series

  • By KS on 05-22-18

Scary real

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Great book, entertaining, but so close to how reality could be!

Narrator is pretty good. But Buds is pronounced with a hard "u", not booda.

  • My Familiar Stranger

  • Knights of Black Swan Series, Book 1
  • By: Victoria Danann
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

I accidentally ended up in this dimension. I had nothing. I knew no one. I barely survived the journey but landed in the best possible place; an ancient society of vampire hunters with the medical means to put me back together. I can't go home, but I can use the extra-abilities I gained from slipping dimensions to work for Black Swan and try to keep my friends alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazingly wonderful story

  • By susan b on 09-18-18

an old favorite

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This book was published in 2012, I have re-read it dozens of times. I'm glad to finally have it on audio.
I wish the performer was better with Irish accents, but overall its a pretty good performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unexpected World

  • The EMP Survivor Series, Book 1
  • By: Chris Pike
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

Author Chris Pike's debut novel Unexpected World is a gritty and compelling survival tale about human courage and steadfast determination to live, to endure, and to persevere against all odds. Assistant District Attorney Dillon Stockdale is on the phone with his daughter when an EMP obliterates the entire electrical grid of the United States. Anything relying on a computer is fried, including the plane his daughter is on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Father WIll do Anything to Rescue His Daughter

  • By Neva on 12-22-16

Change of pace

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Not your typical prepared for anything story. What happens if the sun explodes while your family is spread out across the world? Terrifying things happen, and this is the story,
Also any book read by Kevin Pierce is good, he just has that voice.

  • When the Peace Is Gone

  • A Powerless World Series, Book 2
  • By: P. A. Glaspy
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Russ and Anne Mathews made their escape from their home, along with family, friends, and new friends they made along the way. Now, they must build a new life for themselves at the Warren farm, without the luxury of electricity and very few traces of the 21st century. The problem: there are a lot of people who didn't prepare for something like this, and some of those people will stop at nothing to take what the group has, by whatever means necessary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By ellen on 11-02-17

good follow up story

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I mostly enjoyed this. Maybe being from the South, I'm more sensitive to this, but the Tennessee accent seemed over done in the narrator. I do like the main character, she is trying to survive in tough times and does well.

  • Fight like a Man: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

  • The SHTF Series, Book 1
  • By: L. L. Akers
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything...anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan. While he sat back and watched the US rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out that he and his family would be ready and safe. What he wasn't prepared for was his family not being home if it ever happened. Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. Graysie Rowan, a freshman at university, just wants to go home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Performance

  • By Chris on 11-09-17

Well, that's all for now folks, ßtay tuned

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Great story. Characters spread out hundreds of miles to get to home. Rookie -and veteran- mistakes are made. A plan usually barely survives until the problem occurs with enough variables to sink that plan. Peppers are just more ready for SHTF than sheeple, but they still fall asleep, get hungry, forget to think ahead. I enjoyed both the story, and this narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Firm

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Is A Great Story, But Not A Great Undertaking

  • By Glen on 05-04-11

still a great story

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Excellent narration, excellent story. Made in to a movie, and two television show s, one of Grisham's best.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,718

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

The narrator wasn't my favorite, but still a good story. As an adult I enjoyed e series.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,366
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,214

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

hilariously entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

You would think a book based mainly on one person would be boring, but this is funny, ànd believable. Great narrator as well.

  • Friday

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767

Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss." She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun For Heinlein Fans

  • By DGE 2020 on 05-11-14

Love Heinlein

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Always a favorite. I can remember finding this book on the shelf in my house fairly young. My parents weren't too happy to find I had read it. Friday enjoys recreational sex, at the time I was 12 or 13. All these years later Heinlein is still a favorite author, re-read many times now.