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  • Dead City, Book 1

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

One drug saved the world. Now, the same drug threatens to destroy it. Ian Keys's rocket career took him to the top of pharma giant Hemisphere - creator of Necrophage, the drug that paused the outbreak and allowed the infected to live among us as normal. Ian's new position gives him access to secrets. To information the company doesn't want others to know. And now, an anonymous insider has begun feeding him ominous hints. Ian can't say what's wrong at Hemisphere, exactly - only that something is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Closet Philosopher on 06-09-17

Excellent Narration, Good Thriller

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

What made the experience of listening to Dead City, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating this story and brings the characters to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The world was an interesting premise where there was a zombie outbreak but it had been halted in its tracks.

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

The only other story I've heard Scott Brick narrate was a companion story to this one, so it was performed in the exact same style.

Any additional comments?

The story was a little predictable but did a good job of moving forward at a quick pace and is an easy listen at just over 12 hours long.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dream Engine

  • Blunderbuss, Book 1
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

When Eila Doyle first sees the strange boy beckoning in whispers from somewhere deep in her imagination, she questioned her sanity. She was used to seeing strange things with her eyes closed - that's what Eila did all day while strapped to the Blunderbuss, building whatever the Ministry of Manifestation required - but never before have those images felt so real, or so dangerous. After Eila learns the terrible truth about her reality and the monsters inside it, she thinks that maybe madness might be her only escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and Engaging - Both Story and Performance

  • By Stuffeshead on 08-18-14

An Introduction to the World of Alterra

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

If you could sum up The Dream Engine in three words, what would they be?

Who is insane?

What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

Ray Chase did an excellent job performing this book - it was quite simple to tell who was speaking based on their individual voices and he drew you right into the action.

Any additional comments?

This book follows Eila as she slowly goes crazy, in a society where everybody takes a drug and it's almost inconceivable for somebody not to. Eila has to attempt to wean herself off of the drug, while hiding that she's not taking it from not only her parents but everybody else, or else she'll be sent to the insane asylum, Joffrey Columns.

A fun and fast read, this book is opening a whole new world and I can't wait to read more stories set in it.

  • Meta

  • By: Tom Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Tom Reynolds
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

It’s been ten years since Connor Connolly lost his parents in ‘The Battle’; a fight between The Governor and Jones, two of the world’s strongest metas. Before ‘The Battle’ the world had been full of metas, super-powered humans whose amazing abilities came from mysterious wristbands. Since that day one has never been seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Bree on 06-19-14

Skip the Audible Version, Go For Kindle

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Any additional comments?

The story was okay; there were some general flaws with the pacing and what not, but it was still a fine diversion. The author should not have tried to narrate it himself, however. Every character had the same voice, and there were many times when I couldn't tell if another character had started speaking or it was still the original one, nor could I tell when the hero was thinking to himself or speaking out loud. There was also a lack of gravity during the action scenes, it was just being read out of the book flat. I might consider reading the second book, but unless there's a new narrator I wouldn't get the audible version.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Drawing Out the Dragons

  • A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of Choice
  • By: James A. Owen
  • Narrated by: James A. Owen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

In Drawing Out the Dragons, James shares personal stories and the deep truths he learned while navigating past obstacles and adversity toward a life of lasting belief and joy. We all have a grand destiny, but sometimes we feel we lack the power to achieve it. But we always have the power to choose. “Every drawing, every life, is nothing but a series of choices and actions. Make your lines. Make your choices. . . . What you create from there is entirely up to you.”

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • SHORT

  • By Yency L. Purplebeard on 02-21-18

Inspirational Story

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't listen to it in one sitting...but nearly so.

Any additional comments?

Drawing out the Dragons is an inspirational story - I like how if you put your head down you can find a way to make anything work. It's a great message, and I'm glad that James Owen shares his stories to kids at a time when it'll do them the most good. Well worth a read or listen.

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    Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    58 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Ted Saves the World

  • By: Bryan Cohen
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Ted Finley was your typical, wise-cracking teenager - until an otherworldly force gave him abilities beyond his wildest dreams. After an unintended public display of his powers, Ted has become an instant celebrity and the target of a gang of undead thugs. Sixteen-year-old Erica LaPlante was six-feet-under when a blast of blue light brought her body back to life. Armed with the consciousness of a fierce warrior, Erica must keep her teenage urges at bay to protect the newfound hero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun and engaging read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-06-15

Great Narration, Interesting Concept,Shows Promise

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Any additional comments?

Steven Jay Cohen did a great job narrating this book; it was easy to tell different characters apart and I enjoyed his reading thoroughly. The world itself was an interesting concept, dealing with a war between good and evil and entities that can basically take control of corpses (though making them much less corpse-like.)

That said, the story felt a little bit lacking; the super-powers for the main character (Ted) are a bit over the top and hard to really relate to. He's not quite as impervious as Superman, but is pretty close to it. I also found Erica to be a bit hard to believe in her role and attempts to blend in as a high school student rather than actually doing her job.

It is an introduction to a new world, though, and the story and characters did improve throughout the text as the book prorgressed. I will eventually pick up the second novel to see what becomes of the characters; I could see myself continuing with the series or calling it good at book two at this point, but hopefully the trend of improving prose throughout the novel continues at a steady pace in book 2 in which case I could see this as a must-read series for fans of young-adult teenage super-heroes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Such Thing As Werewolves

  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 704

A pyramid predating all known cultures appears without warning. Its discovery throws into question everything we know about the origins of mankind. Inside lies incredible technology, proof of a culture far more advanced than our own. Something dark lurks within, eager to resume a war as old as mankind. When it is unleashed it heralds the end of our species’ reign.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Canines Rule

  • By Tango on 02-15-15

Amazing Performance, Riveting Story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

What does Ryan Kennard Burke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ryan Kennard Burke does a great job with differentiating all of the voices throughout the work; there are a lot of characters with a fair bit of dialogue and each was instantly recognizable.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed No Such Thing as Werewolves. The premise seemed a bit silly but I'm glad I gave the book a chance as once things get moving they don't let up a whole lot on the pace throughout the rest of the book. There is plenty of foreshadowing of things to come throughout the work, but you still never really knew exactly what would happen when. I like that main characters are regularly killed off so you never know exactly who will be safe and who in danger during the action sequences in the book. It's also hard to know who to root for; the "bad guys" aren't so easily defined as all of the characters are fallible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Let's Get Digital

  • How to Self-Publish, and Why You Should
  • By: David Gaughran
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

This award-winning, best-selling self-publishing guide has been re-released as a new updated and expanded 2nd edition, with 75,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 30 best-selling indie authors including J. Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Debora Geary, Mark Edwards, and many more. And now it is available in audiobook format for the very first time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Might be great, except...

  • By T. Nash on 05-07-17

Great Introduction to the Self-Publishing Market

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

Any additional comments?

The first two-thirds of this book describe the current marketplace and why it's a great time to be a writer, and the last third of the book offers case studies of people who have found success in publishing by going their own way instead of relying upon the traditional publishing model. This books provides a great overview and motivation for becoming a self-publisher and is worth a read for any author that wants their words to be read.

Simon Whistler did a great job narrating the text.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fiction Unboxed

  • How Two Authors Wrote and Published a Book in 30 Days, from Scratch, in Front of the World, The Smarter Artist 2
  • By: Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Fiction Unboxed offers something that’s never been offered before: a naked look into two writer’s process, as they wrote and published a book in 30 days, from scratch, in front of the world. In 2013 Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant wrote and published 1.5 million words. The next year they showed the world how they did it. In May 2014, Johnny and Sean, along with their third partner David Wright, launched a Kickstarter campaign to see if their fans wanted to see how they wrote behind closed doors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and somewhat Enlightening

  • By D. Shane Hanson on 04-05-16

Surprisngly Entertaining Tale About Writing a Book

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

Any additional comments?

I was a member of the Fiction Unboxed program when it was launched on Kickstarter in May 2014 and watched the entire process unfold throughout that following June. I was expecting this book to be a basic rundown of what went down (it was originally slated to just be a book full of transcripts) but Johnny and Sean always outdo themselves and instead wrote a narrative that retold the story in a much more satisfying way.

At it's nutshell, this book is about two guys writing a book together. Somehow, the actual story told is much more exciting than you would think from the description. They open with the history of the project and what led to its inception, running a Kickstarter campaign, finding a nugget on which they could base their novel, writing said novel and producing a finished product (from conception to completion) in 30 days, and then meeting with members of the community to more fully flesh out their story world at a summit a few months later.

There is intrigue, backstabbing (sort of...if you really bend the meaning behind the word...), even cliffhangers galore from chapter to chapter. Even knowing the story (since I was there for the entire thing) they had me on the edge of my seat.

Simon Whistler did an excellent job of narrating the book, even if it does seem odd to hear his voice instead of Johnny's, from whose point of view the book is told and who I am used to listening to multiple times per week. Simon's cool voice and strong accent are very easy to listen to, and his production quality leaves very few errors to distract you from the book. (In fact, in this book, I didn't notice any at all.)

This is a quick listen at just over 5 hours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beam: Season 1

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

The world's old political borders have dissolved. The NAU is civilization's carcass, a nation ruled by two political parties: Enterprise, the sink-or-swim party where each party member has no one else to blame for their starvation or astronomical wealth; and Directorate, whose members have a guaranteed safety net but can never rise above their station.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sheer entertainment

  • By cristina on 07-09-15

An Immersive World - Great Read & Listen

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

Would you listen to The Beam: Season 1 again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this book again. It was the first time that I listened to an audiobook with multiple narrators in the production, and I think that it worked really well with the multiple points of view that this book is told from.

Which scene was your favorite?

I especially enjoyed the scenes with Crumb, and none more than the ones from his point of view while he is still crazy.

Any additional comments?

I'm really looking forward to listening to The Beam: Season 2, which I've already read but can't wait to hear. Hopefully it coincides with the third book coming out so I can refresh my memory about what has been happening before starting the third one.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller

  • By: Bobby Adair
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 408

In this thriller, terrorists stumble across this new, fully lethal strain and while the world fearfully watches the growing epidemic in West Africa as Sierra Leone goes into country-wide lockdown, only a few Americans are aware of Ebola K and the danger it poses—to be the deadliest pandemic in the history of mankind. Can they do anything to protect themselves from this killer disease? Can they stop the terrorists?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid at all costs

  • By Alan on 08-10-15

Great Blend of Fiction with Current Events

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

Any additional comments?

Ebola K did a great job of weaving current events into the narrative for the story, which in the long run may date the book but which worked really well as a contemporary read. Different storylines are introduced and brought together through the book, with some fairly large and hard to believe coincidences finding a pair of Americans who grew up together with very different beliefs in the same tiny little town in Africa at the same time. The story kept you on the edge of your seat (or ladder, in my case, as I listened to it while painting) although fair warning, it will leave you with a cliff hanger and no real resolution.

I thought that this book was really well performed by Adam Verner who did a good job making it obvious who was speaking and was a pleasure to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful