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  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great twist on the zombie genre - Well worth it!

  • By Melissa and Josh on 04-11-17

Worst. Narration. Ever.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I honestly can't tell you if this story is good or not. I'd like to think it is. The problem I ran into is with the Narrator. He has the most boring, monotone voice I have come across. After about an hour, I simply couldn't take it any longer. Even during points where I'm certain the author intended to convey excitement, there was that mundane, monotone voice. It's a shame the producers couldn't have listened to how bad this was early on so they could line up someone better like R.C. Bray, Mark Boyette, or almost anyone else.

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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,472

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Not what I thought, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

To be honest, I wasn't paying attention when I purchased this book. I think it was part of a deal or free selection at the time. What I thought I grabbed was a short work of fiction. What I stumbled into was a genuine learning experience. Although it was not what I was expecting, information was delivered to me in an easy-listening format that easily kept my interest. And unlike my usual book selections, I can say I learned something after listening. Overall, it's a winner.

  • A Fallen Empire Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 27 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

A fighter pilot on a mission to reunite with her daughter. A cyborg soldier on a quest to regain his humanity. Mortal enemies during the war, they must now work together to salvage a 70-year-old freighter and navigate the gauntlet of pirates, scavengers, mercenaries, and other pitfalls that stand in their way after the fall of the largest empire mankind has ever known.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT. WELL WRITTEN AND PERFORMED

  • By Bunty on 08-29-17

Interesting story, mediocre narration

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I honestly thought Kate Reading was better than this after listening to the Wheel of Time series. Now it's clear that Michael Kramer's performance was so bad that Kate sounded phenomenal by comparison. It's an otherwise fun story of a distant future that kinda mixes Star Wars with Firefly. If you can deal with Kate's ridiculous character voices, give it a go.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,845

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Overall, I have been enjoying this sci-fi series. Book 3.5, "Trouble in Paradise", is overpriced for the amount of content you get, but it's still a good story.There is also a little repetition throughout the series, but it's not so bad that it ruins the story. And, as always, R.C. Bray's performance WILL NOT disappoint. This is a series I will listen to multiple times.

  • The Longest Day

  • Ark Royal, Book 10
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 333

The first major alien offensive against Earth has been blunted, winning humanity time to deploy new weapons and prepare new tactics as Earth's space navies prepare to take the offensive. But the enigmatic aliens have plans of their own - a full-scale attack on Earth that will either win the war in a single stroke or lose it. The stakes have never been so high. The fate of humanity itself is in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not chronological book 10

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

Unimaginative

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

The author is assuming a future world where we have not advanced very far, both socially and technologically. The misogynistic and racist undertones are pretty obvious and the story telling throughout the series is actually very repetitive. I’m not certain why I’ve wasted so many credits on this series.

  • Captives

  • Breakers, Book 6
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

Once, Walt Lawson saved the world. Lately, he's lived in peaceful anonymity with his girlfriend Carrie. This morning, she's been kidnapped. Walt has a single lead: the van that took her. Its trail points him up the coast to San Jose, where survivors have banded together against the gangs who've overrun the north. With the aid of a local guide, Walt homes in on the kidnappers, who are days from shipping Carrie far away. But Walt's past is about to crash down on his rescue plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A welcome bounce back from book 5

  • By Sailfish on 11-28-16

It just keeps getting better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-16

This is probably the best story in the series, so far. Full of emotion, action, & drama.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,874

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

Great story. Excellent narrator. Poor production.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

What made the experience of listening to It the most enjoyable?

The narrator was top notch. He really enveloped me in a descriptive story.

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

This was my first story narrated by Weber. I will explore more titles as he was fantastic!

Any additional comments?

Simon & Schuster Audio did not do a good job ensuring this story was properly edited. Very frequently, words were clipped at the end of a sentence disrupting the flow. This problem wouldn't be that noticeable on a shorter story. But after 44 hours, it became very annoying. So much so that I was tempted to stop listening and request a refund. However, I managed to power through it.

  • Empire of the Dead

  • Arisen, Book 8
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,728

With Juice in heavy contact on the do-or-die shore mission, Ali in a blistering sniper duel over the South Atlantic, and Homer all alone and massively outnumbered deep beneath the keel of the JFK, the Alpha operators are in the fight of their lives - against tactically outstanding, pain-invulnerable, and utterly merciless Spetsnaz commandos - and with no guarantees about who will be left standing at the end....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • shame on you for milking a great story

  • By davidw on 02-18-16

Easy to loose yourself in the Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

If you could sum up Empire of the Dead in three words, what would they be?

Military, Science, & Salvation.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Juice

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

Great movies don't need tag lines.

Any additional comments?

This has been an enjoyable series from start to finish. It doesn't follow just one person or even a group of people, but an entire society. This story embodies the human desire to overcome and survive.
I started listening to this series because R.C. Bray is the narrator. He is wonderful. I would even listen to that piece of garbage "World War Z" again if Bray narrated. Did I mention how much I enjoy Bray?

  • Flowertown

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

Seven years ago, a chemical spill brought the U.S. Army to rural Penn County, Iowa, where soldiers established a long-term, medically maintained quarantine. Officially, it’s called the PennCo Containment Area. But to the people trapped inside, their bodies tainted with chemicals that give off a sweet smell, it’s known simply as Flowertown. The quarantine was supposed to save their lives, but many of the survivors have grown suspicious of the government’s real motives. But not Ellie Cauley - her rage long ago burned down to hard, cynical pessimism. When a series of deadly events forces Ellie out of her apathy, she must prepare to face an enemy powerful enough to unleash her greatest nightmare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a surprise

  • By Jan on 07-16-12

That's it?

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

What made the experience of listening to Flowertown the most enjoyable?

Just when I thought the story was being predictable, it went and proved me wrong. Great characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, it was always action packed with surprises around every turn.

Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

Ellie, of course.

Any additional comments?

The story felt unfinished. I wanted another book, or at the very least, another chapter.

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