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  • White Flag of the Dead: White Flag of the Dead, Book 1

  • Zombie Survival Series
  • By: Joseph Talluto
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Millions died when the Enillo Virus swept the earth. Millions more were lost when the victims of the plague refused to stay dead, instead rising to slaughter and feed on those left alive. For survivors like John Talon and his son Jake, they are faced with a choice: Do they submit to the dead, raising the white flag of surrender? Or do they find the will to fight, to try and hang on to the last shreds of humanity?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'FLAG' White Flag of the Dead as a Must Listen!

  • By Tracy P. on 12-12-18

'FLAG' White Flag of the Dead as a Must Listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

When I originally purchased this (White Flag of the Dead, Book 1) first book of Talluto's Zombie Survival Series, I was curious about the title "White Flag." and where the idea for it came about. The answer was provided at the beginning of this book, and made complete sense, reminding me similar methods were used during various times throughout history during plagues, wars, etcetera. For purposes of this series, the method was implemented at the onset of the Zombie Apocalypse, with authorities making a declaration which stated anyone who was bit and/or may be infected is to put a white flag on the front of their doors so everyone will have a heads-up, and know to avoid those occupancies and the occupants of said residencies. These same flags were also supposed to be used as indicators to retrieve the dead quickly, in the hopes this would aid in disease prevention. Obviously, those good intentions were not going to be possible in this situation. . .

The storyline is well written, making it easy to become invested in characters, whom I found relatively believable and relatable. John is a strong, likable lead character, and his adoration for his son is quite endearing. He is a super cool mix of a doting, loving father and a bad a- - zombie slaying, trouble-shooting, rule instilling newly appointed leader to his freshly established group of survivors. Sarah is also a fan favorite of mine (thus far) because she is the perfect balance, having an old soul perception (insight, intuition) which is exactly what John needs at this point to keep him from going off kilter. While on the other side of the coin, Sarah is ALSO a bad a - - Zombie slayer, as well as always standing up for what she believes by saying what is on her mind, and never backing down from any confrontation. Thus far, she appears refreshingly authentic and transparent. Of course, I am interested to see how her character continues to develop independently, and in regards to her budding relationship with John.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side

  • Tales from the World of Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume Six
  • By: Chris Philbrook, Josh Green
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Adrian Ring is in a coma. Shot by a traitor in his midst, he has slipped into an existence where his consciousness is neither alive nor dead. He has gone to the other side. Bolstered by the presence of the friends he has lost since "that day", Adrian embarks on exploring this frozen landscape of dreams and nightmares. Transported through time and space, Adrian sees a hunting trip firsthand with Gavin and then relives one of Gilbert's worst firefights during his Vietnam era. Then, he sees something that hasn't happened yet, but will. And what he sees will change the world forever. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side- Excellence in Short Stories!

  • By Tracy P. on 12-12-18

The Other Side- Excellence in Short Stories!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

"The Other Side", (Volume 6 of Tales from the World of AUD) is yet, another excellent edition of several short stories, each providing helpful insights and information regarding the direction the AUD series is heading. It is nice having supplemental short stories, as they have provided answers to many peripheral questions, popping up here and there as I have listened to the whole (one right after the other) AUD series.

Book #10 is available to read at this time, however, I am holding out for it to come out on audible, as I enjoy listening to books in this genre much more. I find audio makes for better graphic visualization in my mind. On that note, hopefully audible will make book #10 available sooner rather than later. :)

Finally, I found it pretty cool to make a connection with the last story in "The Other Side" to one of my all time favorite novels: Stephen King's,"The Stand." The correlation between the survivors in the AUD series and the survivors in "The Stand" is compelling. In "The Stand," the band of survivors is also fighting against a supernatural evil, and attempting to get to the "good" or "God" for help and guidance to fight this "evil." This was found when they finally found Mother Abigail, an African American older adult. All along the way, during this dangerous quest to reaching her, many in this band fell, becoming victims', after giving into the devil's (as represented in character Randal Flagg) forked tongued promises, their endings came with payment in the highest of prices. Either sell your soul to the devil (Randall Flagg) or suffer a physically and mentally torturous death for refusal or betrayal.

Adrian had (the equivalent of the devil) attempt to thwart him by tempting those he thought were loyal. How devastating when he was betrayed by one of his own, ending up in the coma (we read more about in the last short story of this volume.) at the hands of one of those in his group, whom he trusted. This happened because of the promises the devil made to this man, almost costing the group their leader, and hope for the future of mankind.

I cannot get enough of AUD, and am sending many, many thanks to author/creator Mr. Chris Philbrook, Collaborator Mr, Josh Green and Narrator Mr. James Anderson Foster for this (yet, another) incredible supplement to the AUD series. "Tales form the World of AUD" is a a remarkable addition to AUD, and I hope there will be many more to go along with the continuation of the phenomenal AUD series! Also LOVE the anthologies! #Keep 'em coming!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Unhappy Endings

  • Tales from the World of Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume One
  • By: Chris Philbrook, Alan MacRaffen, J. C. Fiske, and others
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

The apocalypse has ended for Adrian Ring, and the rebuilding of the world has begun. But have all the stories of the old world's death been told? Elsewhere on Earth, there's a plane filled with innocents, and a criminal could wipe it from the skies with a tide of undeath. A young man in Manhattan is going mad with hunger and fear. A veterinarian races to save her animal patients and their owners one by one. A drunk lunatic is driven to self-destruction, craving the undead horde and the absolution they will give him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unhappy Endings. . . A Collaborative Win!

  • By Tracy P. on 12-06-18

Unhappy Endings. . . A Collaborative Win!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Absolutely Blown Away! Yep, this sentiment pretty much sums up how I felt right out of the gate, listening to the collaborative genius of the many talented authors, and/or collaborators, whose short stories appear in (Unhappy Endings) Volume 1. This combined effort, served to shine a bright spotlight on the the creative talents of each individual. . . . the final product, a collaborative anomaly.

The stories written for this volume took the levels of sheer terror, excitement and intrigue to whole new heights, with a no holds barred approach to shock value. After I would finish with one story, I would think: "there is no way the next one can be more mind-bending than this." Yet, everyone was equally shocking and spectacular!

There were certainly several stories which stood out to me on a personal level, for one reason or the other. In particular, the Zombies on the plane took that concept to dimensions I have never encountered in any other book. Just Wow! The ending was not what I was expecting and this one is definitely not for the faint of heart, for sure, and a real head spinning, adrenaline rush of a ride/flight!

Another centered around a sweet dog named Duke. This one had a profound impact on me, and will not soon be forgotten. . simply fantastic!

Invest a credit, and get ready to be propelled into new dimensions of sheer zombie spectacularity!

Chris Philbrook always delivers, and I am so, so glad I found his work!

Narrator, Mr. James Foster, always reigns supreme, and just such a natural!

Happy listening!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Screaming Eagles

  • The Front, Book 1
  • By: Timothy W. Long, David Moody, Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Private Franklin Grillo is a fresh-faced infantryman in the 101st Airborne. He's been dispatched to the Ardennes Forest outside of Bastogne to assist Baker Company against a surprise attack by the Germans. Outgunned, low on ammo, food, and supplies, the men along the new front are up against an army 10 times their size.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Screaming Eagles Flies High!!

  • By Tracy P. on 12-04-18

Screaming Eagles Flies High!!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Phenomenal! The compilation of these three exceptional authors ( Long, Moody & DiLouie- who each have more than a few must listen books written individually) is amazing! “Screaming Eagles” Book #1 of this ( The Front) series was like no other book I have encountered in the Zombie genre, and can only say it was electric!

American soldiers coming up against super Zombified German Soldiers?!?!
Oh Yaaay!!! Couldn’t ask for more with the superb character development, extremely intelligent and witty plot, plus the amazing action all throughout!
This first book of the series, is a standout of standouts, and I must tell anyone who will listen, reads my reviews, etcetera... ‘this book is a must read and/or listen, and you do not know what you are missing until you give it a go! #Hooked!

Sending countless cheers and accolades to authors: Timothy W. Long, David Moody, and Craig DiLouie.

Narrator, Tom Menesses brings this story to life with his Supreme narrative talents behind the mic, and what a killer job he did!!!

Onto book #2 “Red Devils” of this, The Front Series.

Hope book #3 “Berlin or Bust” ( currently available on Kindle) becomes available on audible pronto.

These are the exact types of books which are especially amazing on audio!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • New Zed Order: Survive

  • By: Todd Sprague
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

The dead have risen, and they are hungry. They are tough, they are lethal, and they are everywhere. Savage packs of the undead wander the world, feeding on the living. And they are getting stronger... In Brattleboro, Vermont, John Mason and his beautiful young wife Sara believe that family can survive anything. When the apocalypse arrives they pack food, clothing, and weapons, then hit the road with their dog seeking refuge in the mountains of John's youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Zed Order: Survive. . . Nice Listen!!

  • By Tracy P. on 12-03-18

New Zed Order: Survive. . . Nice Listen!!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Fun! I believe this is the first book in the Zombie genre I have read/listened to as a stand alone.

Good character development interspersed with a nice amount of Zombie action.

Excellent narration by L. J. Ganser. . . Great job individualizing each character!

Quite an enjoyable book for an exciting, action-packed few hours of escapism!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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

  • By: Timothy W. Long
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Z-Risen: Books 1 & 2. . . Rises to the Occasion!

  • By Tracy P. on 12-03-18

Z-Risen: Books 1 & 2. . . Rises to the Occasion!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

So good! Lots of Zombie action, relatable characters, witty humor, and (love when this happens) action-packed right out of the gate!

The ending was incredible, and just when I thought it could not get anymore exciting. . . SURPRISE!

Highly recommend! On a side note, it is so nice get 2-3 books on several volumes of this series. #Bonus!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Silence

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326

Terrorists-for-hire have created a weapon that can induce earthquakes and cause dormant volcanoes to erupt. One terrifying side effect of the weapon is that prior to the devastation, the vibrations drive ordinary people to suicide and violence. A wave of madness begins sweeping the country beginning with a mass shooting in Congress. Joe Ledger and his team go on a wild hunt to stop the terrorists and uncover the global superpower secretly funding them. At every step the stakes increase as it becomes clear that the endgame of this campaign of terror is igniting the Yellowstone caldera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep Silence Shines Loudly!

  • By Tracy P. on 11-13-18

Deep Silence Shines Loudly!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

As with every other Jonathan Maberry/Ray Porter project, I am always mesmerized by the storyline and excellent narration.

Due to circumstances, Joe's relationship with Aunt Sally went through quite a metamorphosis in this book, and hearing this superbly written, complex and timely process unfold was exceptionally compelling.

Ghost, as always, never ceases to amaze, and be the most fantabulous companion to Joe. Man's best friend at his finest. . . #titanium teeth!

Church, Top, Bunny and Junie are back in full force, and continue to "Rock the Casbah!" Love them!

Sending much gratitude to Mr. Maberry and Mr. Porter for yet another opportunity to relish in a fresh episode of this epic, and unparalleled series!

May the Ledger series continue for a looong time!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Undead: Part 3

  • By: R R Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

A deadly infection spreads across Europe. The Undead series: a terrifying account of one man desperately struggling to survive this harrowing event day by day. At Tower Bridge, Howie, Dave, and their group of survivors take stock of the previous day's battle. After an initial confrontation between Howie and the turned Darren, Howie and his group beat a hasty retreat to Fort Spitbank on the south coast, where they prepare for the invasion of Darren and his army of undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By Tracy P. on 11-07-18

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

What an exciting, intense episode! This one was not lacking for anything... Humor, mystery, love, loss, and some righteous retribution, via a thrilling gore-fest of insane zombie slaughtering!

Thank you R R Haywood! What an amazing series!

Excellent narration, Mr. Morgan. . . Kept me on the edge of my seat. . . start to finish!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Collapse

  • The Dead Years, Book 4
  • By: Jeff Olah
  • Narrated by: Mark Westfield
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Collapse picks up with the men attempting to put together the pieces of their failed rescue mission, and the women trying to make sense of Justin's current condition. Will he recover or become something much worse? Mason's captors aren't leaving anything to the imagination. They are intent on inflicting massive destruction on all who oppose their directive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT A RIDE!!

  • By Tracy P. on 11-03-18

WHAT A RIDE!!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Jeff Olah certainly was not afraid to take risks with the characters in "COLLAPSE." Expect the unexpected . . . and then some! This edition has the most unbelievable surprises to date, and is just chock full of nonstop action, heartfelt emotion, and thrills galore!

As I mentioned in my review of (book #03) "BLACKMORE", it is disappointing that audible only carries this series through this book, (#04) as I am hooked to this amazing listening experience, and would love to dive into the rest of the series to find out how it pans out for the remainder of this dynamic group.

Sending high accolades to Mr. Olah and Mr. Westfield for an incredible job!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blackmore

  • The Dead Years, Book 3
  • By: Jeff Olah
  • Narrated by: Mark Westfield
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Blackmore picks up as the group leaves the stadium. Beaten and battered, they head for the beach house. With the fate of their son now a complete mystery, Mason and April must fight to keep him from becoming something no one in the group wants to speak about. As Savannah attempts to come to terms with her own mortality, Randy continues to battle the demons that haunt his every move. However, they must put aside their personal issues and work together to defend the group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ACTION PACKED!!

  • By Tracy P. on 10-30-18

ACTION PACKED!!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

A lot happened in this, the third episode of the "Dead Years" Series. Struggles with the group dynamics, injuries and constant worries about how best to negotiate ways out of the numerous, harrowing predicaments caused by both zombies and human misfits alike, all added up to make this edition the most exiting so far!

Mark Westfield's unique voice made it impossible not to have innumerable adrenaline rushes throughout, as he brought an exceptional level of intensity and suspense to the listening experience. Thank you!

Mr Olah does an phenomenal job bringing a new spin to zombie fare, and it is disappointing audible only makes this series available through book 4. Hopefully, they will add the rest, as I would love to finish this most enjoyable series via listening.

Recommended for others who enjoy the zombie genre.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful