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  • The Rising

  • The End Time Saga, Book 3
  • By: Daniel Greene
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

You either build your world or you burn in someone else's. With every fleeting moment, the whole world draws closer to being overcome by the deadliest virus known to man. Steele's family home lies in burnt ruins on the shore of Lake Michigan. His group hunts for his missing mother in the apocalyptic wilderness filled with the dead. Instead he finds a group of refugees badly in need of his skills learned in the shadow war on terror, for they are persecuted at every step by the Chosen, a group of fanatics hell-bent on creating God's Kingdom in the rubble of society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT SERIES!

  • By Tracy P. on 10-05-18

EXCELLENT SERIES!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This was definitely an above par Zombie Apocalypse trilogy/series. Almost immediately, I was captured by the intense graphic and (sometimes literally) explosive Zombie interactions w/ the human survivors. The excellent character development created a relatable human side to all of them... good and ill willed alike. I felt like I knew what made many of the characters tick, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to end. However, the ending was a a bit of a cliffhanger... just say'n... : )
Bravo and kudos to the exceptionally talented narrator, Mr. Keith Szarabajka! This series would not have been nearly the thrilling listening experience it was without his talents behind the mic.! There are multiple, complex and multidimensional characters throughout this trilogy, (both male and female ) who have well developed, strong personalities, unique unto themselves, and what a great job he did making it easy getting to know and appreciate each one.
Please keep sending your work our way, Mr. Greene! #Stellar!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • End Time

  • The End Time Saga, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Greene
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

In the dark, primal jungles of the Congo Basin, something is ravaging the local population. When protests turn violent in front of the US embassy in Kinshasa, only the foreign policy experts paid attention. Civil war erupts, and people rip each other apart in the streets of the African capital. To avert disaster and preserve its self-image, an overwhelmed State Department dispatches a team of elite counterterrorism agents to bring their besieged people back alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!!!

  • By JJ on 06-13-18

WHAT A FIND! RIVETING!!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

For the past several months I have been in a Zombie Apocalypse frenzy... Reading tons of reviews in solely the zombie genre, which has given me insight into some of what to expect from the books/series content. Only then, do I carefully choose what appears to be the best of the best as per audible/amazon and multiple editorial reviews.
When I lucked upon Greene's trilogy: "The End Time Saga" I was enthralled and immediately hooked to this very intelligent, exciting, supremely well written, and narrated series.
Steele is like many of the other main (male) protagonists I have encountered in a lot of the very exceptional apocalypse books I have listened to on audible. That is, Steele (like all of us) is an imperfect human being, and because of unfathomable circumstances, is quickly humbled by his own human limitations. Hard to swallow for a tough, hardened, military guy such as himself. Prior to the apocalypse, Steele was nothing less than a "bad a- -", and able to take down just about anyone. Initially, it is incredibly dumbfounding to him that there is actually something(s) in his hemisphere which he cannot take down. Especially considering all of his superb, well honed, physical discipline and military training. Only when he comes to fully accept he is not infallible, is he able to start seriously using his head to evaluate exactly how to best go about (if indeed, possible) terminating whatever infection/plague is turning people into insane, human eating zombies.
Eventually, he also realizes that all people who are unturned are not necessarily his allies, and that (sadly) it is impossible to do what he has trained much of his life for... save many innocent lives. Only then, does he reluctantly conclude his main objective, quest and priority has got to be saving the lives of himself, and the one person who truly inspires him to want to keep fighting at all costs... his rock and the love of his life, girlfriend, Gwen. Once he accepts it is now everyman for himself, with a good dose of vigilante justice mixed in, is he able to untether his conscience and realize it is literally the survival of the fittest (and/or luckiest) for those who are able to get in and fight the good fight, if only for one more day!
Onto book #2 in this riveting series! "HOOYAH!!!"

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Trudge

  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Shawn Chesser
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 712

As the first waves of injured bystanders, guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population. Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment, Cade hadn't a clue and wasn't especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep on trudging on, TRUDGE!

  • By Tracy P. on 09-06-18

Keep on trudging on, TRUDGE!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Cade Grayson is the ultimate family man! He worships his daughter and wife. Caring only about getting back to them at all costs, since, for him, there is no life without the people he loves the most in this world. He is a fighter through and through.
He gives meaning to the term "Manning Up", because he takes it to a WHOLE new level! He has nothing to prove, but when it becomes necessary, he can take down zombies like nobody's business!
Mr. Chesser is an incredibly talented, creative author, and I plan on plowing through his work!

Thanks!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Infected: Battle Ground

  • Book 5
  • By: Joseph Zuko
  • Narrated by: Tom Bishop
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Jim and Karen's group have escaped the horrors of Vancouver and are travelling north, toward his parents home, in hopes that the remote location will allow them some measure of safety. What they encounter on the road is far more dangerous than anything the city had to offer. The defenses at Brother Paul's survivalist church are at a breaking point and a drastic choice must be made. As he shepherds his congregation north to a massive, secluded church compound, he learns that faith alone won't save his followers. It's going to take a hell of a lot of bullets and all the luck in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT NEXT??!!

  • By Tracy P. on 09-04-18

WHAT NEXT??!!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

The ending of this book (#5: The Infected: Battle Ground) has got to be the most intense, and emotional to date. Talk about being left hanging! Of course, this is because after five books I am attached to this dynamic cast of characters, whom I feel like I know, and am now in for the long haul and invested in seeing them through whatever twisty path Mr. "Zombie" Zuko has mapped out for all, friends and foes alike. What a fun adventure he has us on!
This edition focused a lot more on the differences in the group dynamics between the sanctions. That being said, it is without a doubt, that each one has the same fierce determination, and the common goal of securing survival at ANY cost.
Obtaining more in-depth insights into some of the characters within both of the factions was much appreciated, since up till now there were several, whom I only had a peripheral view, and in this book, they play much larger roles. This proved to add even more intrigue to the already amazing plot. #BONUS!
There are also a few new characters introduced. One, in particular, (as if it is possible) manages to ratchet up the mayhem and terror twofold! This person is a PRIMO edition at the perfect time!
Mr. Zuko did not understate the fact that this book would be more intense. Cannot wait for for book #6 to come out on audible.
Mr. Bishop, as always, did a great job narrating! BTW: Dead ringer on the Kermit the Frog imitation! :)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dead

  • Reborn, Volume 7
  • By: TW Brown
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Winter is losing its grip. For Billy and the survivors who began the nightmare, the loss of Steve Hobart is devastating, but could they finally be finding a place to truly call home? Kevin resumes his original quest for a safe place in the Badlands of the Dakotas, but with a whole new gang. However, they stumble across another group of survivors and face a new dilemma. Do you try to save others at the risk of those you know and love?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never a Dull Moment!

  • By Tracy P. on 08-19-18

Never a Dull Moment!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

The world is now free reign for the demented and psychopaths, who used to have to restrain their sick fantasies for fear of law and punishment.
Now it’s any mans land and vigilante justice is the new way of life.
Thank goodness there are still good guys fighting for the meek and vulnerable! The question is, will the moral, ethical survivors be able to keep on, and finally create a decent way of life for themselves? Considering all the continuous losses suffered from zombies and decrepit humans alike, I am worried, and loving the nonstop emotional and action packed plot!
Onward to book 08 in this phenomenally well written, smart series!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Road III: Rage on the Rails

  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

The finale of the Zombie Road tale. It's been a month since the outbreak, and the survivors of the zombie apocalypse have started a new life in a walled city. There are still a few enemies that need to be dealt with, the kind that can think and plan, and they can be more devastating than a horde of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And the RAGE Continues...

  • By Tracy P. on 08-03-18

And the RAGE Continues...

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Human beings at their best and worst. A real “good” vs. “evil” series. As Mr. Simpson says in his epilogue: There are good and bad people out there. It just so happens that during a zombie apocalypse the differences between the two are (unfortunately) unabashedly more glaring.
Even though this series is clearly for entertainment, and 100% fictional, there are life lessons to take out of these epic books.
Excellent storyline by Mr. Simpson and fantastic narration by Mr. Shelman! Thanks for the engrossing entertainment!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Road II

  • Bloodbath on the Blacktop
  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

The people that tried to kill the world almost succeeded. They were fiendishly clever but they didn't take into account the vets, the truckers, and the two-fisted fighters who didn't know how to give up. Gunny and his band of survivors continue their journey along the Zombie Road, saving as many as they can along the way. They power through the undead hordes with their modified semi-trucks to beat the ticking clock of nuclear meltdowns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT ADVENTURES IN ZOMBIE LAND!

  • By Tracy P. on 08-01-18

EXCELLENT ADVENTURES IN ZOMBIE LAND!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

What a unique twist on normal Zombie fare. Love the convoy and welcoming of strangers along the way to their journey. Of course, there seems to always be a price to pay when people unknown join a group of survivors... wouldn’t be as exciting if it were otherwise!
Onto book three!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Slow Burn: City of Stin, Book 7

  • Slow Burn Zombie Apocalypse Series
  • By: Bobby Adair
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

In the aftermath of the battle for Monk's Island, Murphy has been nursing Zed back to health in a remote house at the west end of the lake. But every day, they see helicopters cross the sky, heading south and then back north again. Zed wonders if the helicopters are proof that not all civilization has collapsed. He convinces Murphy to seek out the place where the helicopters are landing so they can find the answer to that question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NAILED IT! PERFECTION START TO FINISH!!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-25-18

NAILED IT! PERFECTION START TO FINISH!!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

The plot line is (as always) phenomenal, and adding intrigue were some significant, powerful changes in the dynamics of Murphy and Zed’s group, resulting in reestablishing the game plan and expectations. Both Murphy and Zed have matured in leaps and bounds between episodes #1 and (this one) #7, putting a spotlight on their ever changing and developing friendship. When one is down, the other is right by their side, supporting and cheering them on till they are able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and move on.
What a joy it is to have Mr. Sean Runnette pickup the narrating! I immediately recognized his infamous vocals from Mark Tufo’s “Zombie Fallout Series." Always a thrill listening to his (way above par) proficiency in bringing each character to life, giving one and all a voice... unique unto themselves.
His ability to accomplish this (much appreciated) feat, indubitably creates an astoundingly authentic/real experience for the listener, as he makes it possible to completely appreciate the singularity of every character. #Gifted!! Simply put, he NAILS EVERY WORD, keeping me entranced from beginning to end!!
This series is just flawlessly written and exceptionally clever. Sending much appreciation and cheers to Mr. Adair! [ : 0 )

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Back in Town

  • By: George Carlin
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

George Carlin's ninth HBO special, it was recorded in 1996 at the Beacon Theater in New York City, his first of many performances there. Carlin said it featured the best writing and performing he'd done in 36 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • George Carlin is irreplaceable

  • By Tracy P. on 07-24-18

George Carlin is irreplaceable

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Even though George passed away over 10 years (June, 2008) his comedy is still as relevant today as it was when he first brought his unbelievably gifted craft to our stages.
Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of seeing him live. He is so relatable because he is one of us. His fame did not change his authenticity or passions.
His messages are so glaringly obvious when he’s telling his observations on life, and George was the best teacher!
He’s the gift that keeps on giving and giving, bringing smiles to peoples faces through his audio and video recordings, which will be passed down from generation to generation.
It is rare to find a multifaceted comic who doesn’t have to try or scan the world for material. His life is his material, and we are getting a man who is a genuine anomaly!
Just grateful he left behind his priceless performances.
There are many gifted comedians who I greatly admire and appreciate, yet George Carlin is in a league all his own and a true Godfather and mentor for other up and comers during his career.
I have to say listening to George I truly am
“Fine AND Dandy!” Lol!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Infected: Death Sentence

  • Book 4
  • By: Joseph Zuko
  • Narrated by: Tom Bishop
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Jim and Karen are finally reunited, but a new horror is on the horizon. Zombie hoards are around every corner. Every moment is a fight for their lives. Will they make it another day? Or is this apocalypse a death sentence they won't survive? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHY CAN'T WE ALL GET ALONG?!?!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-11-18

WHY CAN'T WE ALL GET ALONG?!?!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Isn't it bad enough the few living human beings that are left are fighting hordes and hordes of the undead? Obviously not... Human nature, without law or accountability is more terrifying than coming up against the zombies. Even those with the best of intentions and concerns for human life have to act in ways which are beyond their own comprehension. So disturbing are the ghastly things they are propelled to reap onto innumerable human derelicts to save and protect their loved ones and other survivors, with whom they have formed forged fast bonds and trust along the way, fighting side by side, all in the quest just to survive another day!
Intense, riveting, non-stop heart pounding emotional and action packed thrill rides!
Looking forward with great anticipation to books 5-6 to be released on audible!
Kudos to Mr. "Zombie" Zuko for the incredible storyline and Mr. Bishop for the fantastic narration of the many characters!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful