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  • Awakening

  • The Hunt Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Demers
  • Narrated by: Joshua Story
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

After a contagion engulfs humanity, zombies rise to feast on the few survivors that are left. But they are not the worst monsters to come from this plague. There is hope, though: Christian Hunt is immune. But how many lives will it take to bring his gift to what's left of mankind?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awakening is Phenomenal!

  • By Tracy P. on 02-04-19

Awakening is Phenomenal!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Excellent! This is my first J.D. Demers book, and he does not disappoint. Fantastic storyline and Joshua Story does a terrific job narrating. Definitely going to keep plowing through Demers work! \ : 0 )

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,452

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

HELL DIVERS: A HEAVENLY THRILLER!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

"Hell Divers #1" was even better (based on all the great reviews I read prior) than expected. An absolutely amazing thrill ride, start to finish, with well developed, multidimensional, realistic characters.

I was familiar with Sansbury Smith's work from his "Extinction Horizon" (Zombie) series, and went through them, one after the other, till I had to wait for his newest release, and preordered that one.

This book had it all. . . mystery, suspense, nonstop thrills, and horror all perfectly mixed in. I did not read the synopsis for book #2 for until I finished this one, so was surprised by the ending, and thought it was perfect!

Looking forward to moving onto book #2 in this series soon, and cannot recommend Mr. Sansbury Smith's work highly enough. He is definitely not a one hit wonder, and is (quite honestly) just terrifically talented, and gets what readers/listeners seek in thriller/horror books.

It goes without saying that R.C. Bray was as amazing as the narrator. Whenever I see his name listed as the person who narrated a book, I know the listening experience will be well beyond expectations! :)

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A New World: Dissension

  • A New World, Book 6
  • By: John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Mark Gagliardi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

Jack Walker and the other survivors continue their search for others. Unbeknownst to them, the night runners have initiated their own gathering and, with Michael's leadership, they are adapting. The survivors learn about some of these adaptations and strive to stay one step ahead. Their continued existence depends on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIVETING! . . Onward to Book 7!!

  • By Tracy P. on 12-30-18

RIVETING! . . Onward to Book 7!!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

What and ending! One thing that’s good about being late to the party (starting a series years after the original release) is that when I am listening to a phenomenal series ( like this one!) I am never left in a state of suspension, itching at the bit for the “next-in-series” to be released. This way I get to listen to them all, one after the other! Yay!

This series reeled me right in, because not only is it thrilling and filled with lots of zombie fighting mayhem. . . It is smart and outstandingly clever. #Hooked.

Kudos to Mr. O’Brien for the incredible narrative, as well as narrator, Mark Gagliard, who flawlessly brings the episodes to life. . . nailing every character he voices perfectly. Much thanks!

Thanks for the hours of nail- biting, non-stop listening pleasure!:)

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Departing

  • The End Time Saga, Book 4
  • By: Daniel Greene
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Steele and his followers retreat before the might of Colonel Jackson's rogue military unit. Jackson is always two steps ahead in their apocalyptic war, and Steele's back is against the ropes. He must find a way to outlast his opponent while holding his loose confederation of allies and former enemies together or face certain annihilation. Back in her small hometown of Hacklebarney, Iowa, Gwen struggles to convince her cautious neighbors to provide refuge for Steele's haggard forces. If she doesn't succeed, Jackson's noose will tighten, and her friends and loved ones will be crushed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to 'PART' with 'THE DEPARTING'

  • By Tracy P. on 12-15-18

Difficult to 'PART' with 'THE DEPARTING'

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Just when I thought "The End Time Saga" could not get any better! Absolutely remarkable! I cannot wait till the next book ("The Holding") comes out.

So much happened in this episode, and I barely noticed the almost nonexistent Zombie fighting. Testament to what a phenomenal novelist Mr. Greene is.

Loss of friends and foes alike, with Steele and Gwen showing new sides/capabilities to their already multidimensional, resilient characters, and loved traveling to Gwen's hometown in Iowa, meeting her family, friends, and even an old beaux of hers from years ago.

This episode certainly left quite a bit of unanswered questions, which I am excited to find out the answers to in the upcoming episodes.

Much thanks to narrator Mr. Keith Szarabajka, who always does a fantabulous job voicing all of the characters. Absolutely terrific! :)

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • 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 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

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.

8 of 9 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 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

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.

An diabolical attempt to end Adrian's life was made by the evil forces which want him dead. This was accomplished through the temptation of a member from his own trusted group, and was a person whom he understandably thought was loyal, and sadly, this false presumption cost him dearly. The "promises" the evil forces that be made to this man, almost cost the group their leader, and more disturbingly, the loss of Adrian would almost definitely mean no 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!

7 of 8 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 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

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!

8 of 8 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 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

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!

8 of 8 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 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

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!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful