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  • Cattle

  • The Fearlanders
  • By: Joseph Duncan
  • Narrated by: Ian M. Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

It is 10 years after the global apocalypse. The Phage, the zombie virus that brought the world to its knees, has mutated, restoring the minds of its undead victims: their personalities, their memories... even their dreams. The living dead are no longer the mindless monsters that drove mankind to the brink of extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator made this book for me

  • By Todd N Toscano on 08-11-15

An interesting take on the zombie story

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The book was well written, if a bit gory and stomach turning at times. If you like zombie stories, this one is fairly original, and offered several edge-of-your-seat moments. The narrator is great, but was totally miscast for this book. The story is set in the the southern USA, and the narrator is British. The accents are a mess, and he mispronounces words (Arkansas sounds like “our Kansas”). It’s really distracting at times. The zombie voices are creepy, when you can understand the words. Otherwise it’s just growling. I recommend this book if you can focus on the story and disregard the odd narrator’s casting.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,694
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,600

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This book surprised me. Donald Trump’s name is not even mentioned for well over 3/4 of the book. The story revolves around Comey’s childhood, the beginning of his career, and much commentary on what he believes makes the country, and it’s leaders, great (or not). I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I come away with the absolute belief that he is an honorable and honest man. I think he’s made mistakes, but did what he believed was good for the country and the FBI at the time. We hear so much partisan BS and just flat out lies, that sometimes it’s hard to discern who’s spinning, and who’s telling the truth. This book, and the author’s voice, leave me with the sense that the words that are spoken are true. Compared to the people who are currently in the White House, it’s reassuring to know that our government still houses people of integrity and honor. Maybe not many, but a few. If you can’t listen to his words without your own partisan bias, don’t listen. You’ll be missing the entire point.

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,690

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Juvenile and cliche

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

As a woman who enjoys sci-fi, I’m used to the constant sexualization of female characters (and no, I’m definitely not a prude). But literally every female character’s introduction in this book includes a detailed review of how shapely her legs and breasts are. Every. Single. One. As if it’s a vital part of the story or the character. I powered through, rolling my eyes with every juvenile aside, until the sex scenes, when I gave up. It’s like a high school boy wrote this book, with bad guys and boobs and guns galore. The main character is uninteresting and two-dimensional. It’s juvenile and lazy, which is unfortunate because it’s a really great premise. This could have been a smart, intelligent story in the hands of a wittier author.

  • Trouble on Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,902

While the crew of the UN Expeditionary Force's pirate starship Flying Dutchman are enjoying a luxury vacation cruise (not!), UNEF troops are still stranded on an alien-controlled planet. Major Emily Perkins and her team are busy picking up the pieces, and it's not easy, because there is trouble on Paradise....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been part of Book 3

  • By W. Brooks on 07-11-17

Dammit Craig and RC, we're ready

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Such a great story and excellent narration. Soooooo hooked, soooooo good. Thank you your time

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cataclysm

  • Arisen, Book 9
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,539
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,530

The battle to keep the undead tide from the walls of London is lost. Africa is a deadly hall of mirrors, leaving Alpha team riven with dissension and doubt. And the one man who might save the world is crashing to Earth half a world away. Only our greatest warriors can walk through this fire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book but...

  • By Woody on 08-11-16

Dammit man

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

Dammit man, your writing and Bray's narration are crushing it. Great work, please get those other books ASAP!!!! Please

  • Zombie Rules: Zombie Rules, Book 1

  • By: David Achord
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

Rick, an aging Vietnam veteran, alcoholic, and prepper, convinces Zach Gunderson that the apocalypse is on the horizon. The two of them take refuge at a remote farm. As the zombie plague rages, they face a terrifying fight for survival. They soon learn, however, that the walking dead are not the only monsters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • JUST BECAUSE I'M CRAZY, DON'T MEAN

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-01-16

I didn't even finish this book

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I did not enjoy this book at all. The writing is poor, the characters are annoying and unbelievable, and nothing really exciting actually happens. The main character is a young teenager who, a few weeks in to the zombie apocalypse, becomes a sniper, expert at hand to hand combat, expert at survival, as well as a battle-hardened badass. The explanation that he's exceptionally intelligent just doesn't begin to cover why he's suddenly able to cut people's throats and shoot out kneecaps from afar. The beginning of the book treats every female character as a walking set of breasts, nothing more. The women are either stupid or manipulative, but you will hear the main characters refer to getting "pus*y" over and over again. One of the men even admits that he likes to have sex with women, he just doesn't particularly like their company. This is a common trope in sci-fi and horror, but it gets a little wearing. I didn't even finish the book, as I realized about 3/4 of the way through that I didn't care what happened to these people.

Has Zombie Rules: Zombie Rules, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was great

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation, boredom

Any additional comments?

I realize I'm in the minority that don't like this book. For a good zombie series listen to The Remaining. You will not be disappointed.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Labyrinth

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,972

A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree

  • By GH on 11-13-14

Not a fan

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'm obviously in the minority, but I am not a fan of this book. This was my first time to listen to a book in this series and I will very likely not listen to another. The story is ludicrous. I can usually suspend some belief in order to enjoy a good book, but this book just struck me as silly. The characters are unconvincing and the entire story is just plain unbelievable. And as the book goes on, the situations the characters find themselves in become more and more outlandish.

Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child again?

Not likely

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Could you see Blue Labyrinth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Based on this book, I hope not.

Any additional comments?

The story that sets up the conflict and eventual climax is preposterous.i didn't find myself caring about any of the characters or their fate. I even rolled my eyes a few times, the story is just so silly. And it seems to take itself too seriously to be so outlandish.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful