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  • The Winter Over

  • By: Matthew Iden
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045

Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For thirty-something mechanical engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an opportunity to finally escape the guilt of her troubled past and to rebuild her life. But the death of a colleague triggers a series of mysterious incidents that push Cass and the rest of the forty-four-person crew to the limits of their sanity and endurance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A psychological thriller

  • By Brian on 02-08-17

Forgettable

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Can't even remember what this was about. Need I say more? Just plain forgettable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Defeat's Victory

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,390

In this explosive conclusion to the Indian Hill series we find Mike, Tracy, Drababan, BT and the entire crew of the now destroyed USS Guardian hurtling through space, head on into their destiny. But will it be the one they seek or the destruction of all they know and have ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome... as always!

  • By Jordan Imhoff on 03-14-18

Good ending to a good series

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I don't generally like stuff like this but Tufo could sell me anything. This was a good ending to a really good series. Thanks for tying up all the loose ends.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Convergence

  • A Shrouded World, Book 3
  • By: John O'Brien, Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

Having survived Atlantis, the town of Indian Hill beckons. As Mike and Trip make their way toward Indian Hill and are in search of some much needed answers, Jack is fast on their heels. It is a dangerous journey fraught with all manner of creatures. Zombies, Night Runners and the Alien Whistlers do their best to prevent the trio from ever going home again. The Whistlers are constantly roaming the wilds in search of food, the zombies gather in large groups, and the night runners own the night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great pairing of authors

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-30-18

And then what?

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

OMG, I hate books that just end in the middle of a sentence. It's like Mark and John looked at the clock and said, "Oh well, we'll just end it here and pick up next time."

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,616

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Emily - Audible on 11-30-12

Good story, boring reader

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I liked the television show better. The book made better sense but the reader was just boring. Glad when it ended.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,472

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Sounds amateurish!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

This book has some good moments and did keep my attention but it is amateurish. I am not familiar with this author but this is so grammatically correct that it seems like something written by a student fresh out of a creative writing class. It didn't feel as if the author knew how to add her own personal touch to make it unique.

Perhaps Kate Quinn should read or listen to a few books by Connie Willis, Belinda Alexandra, or heck, even Mark Tufo. Whether you like these authors or not, they have their own unique styles can be recognized almost immediately in their works. This author lacks any personal style- other than the "little problem" that she over-uses to the point of sounding ridiculous. Can't say that I would recommend this book but I would be curious to see if Ms. Quinn's writing style improves in future works.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Demon Fallout

  • The Return
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240

Zombies are a nightmare of the past, the Lycan wars are over. Mike feels that he can finally settle down after 200 years of war until he hears an impossible message from beyond. Tommy, his adopted son, is in trouble and there is nothing in Heaven or Hell that will stop Mike from helping him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • did not see that coming!!

  • By N.W.Wisniewski on 11-22-17

Not sure what to say

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I am not sure what to say about this book. I have generally enjoyed everything that I have listened to by Mark Tufo but with this one I found myself resisting the urge to turn it off. I will say it got better toward the end of the book and I liked the twist but it still fell short compared to his other books and I can’t say for sure if I will continue with this series. Maybe

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,750
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,895

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Really good

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

It took me a minute to get into this story but it got really good. No happy ending, that’s for sure but well rounded characters that kept my interest. Would have given five stars if ending had not been so abrupt. Plus, I just thought someone should have milked the pour cow!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

  • The Road to Nowhere, Book 1
  • By: Meg Elison
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Equals" = "Annoying"

  • By Lulu on 12-26-16

Couldn’t do it

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

This book is just plain annoying. I normally like dystopian novels but Not this one. I literally couldn’t stand the main character who was extremely critical of everyone and everything but failed to identify her own major character flaws. The “this equals that” and her constant foul language was so annoying that I had to shut it off. I will return this one and never select anything else from this author again.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Indian Hill

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,590

Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get through this one because the next two are good

  • By DCinMI on 06-12-13

Ok but...

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

Not as good as the zombies! It was a pretty good story, I couldn't really grasp hold of crocodiles or alligators for aliens. On the other hand this reader can make anything enjoyable and Talbot is still awesome!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Fallout 5

  • Alive in a Dead World
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236

In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Laura on 07-10-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Best zombie series around. I am so completely hooked. Tufo is a great story teller.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful