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  • Well Fed

  • Mountain Man, Book 4
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,030

After nearly four years, the zombie epidemic has almost burnt itself out. Gus' new life on a communal farm is peaceful. The daily routine of policing the fields is rarely disrupted by straying undead. His drinking binges are over. Long days have thrown time over the memories of Annapolis. But this will all change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best f*** series of books ever

  • By Brandie Beckman on 03-14-15

Brutal human conflict in zombie apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

Gus is back in this book along with his unique humor and pragmatic solutions for various disasters. Captain also makes an appearance though to a lesser extant. Book starts with Gus living in a colony with peace for last few years. One horrid tragedy spur him into action which takes him onto a chase to save friends' lives. Book, like previous ones, is pretty violent and most of it is being inflicted by humans onto other humans. Zombie threat forces people to make choices which will provoke thoughts on morality and practicality. People with practical knowledge are highly prized, but should such people be allowed to complete freedom at the expense of others for a community? Of course, Gus drew a very clear line and listener will end up cheering for him even as him being the underdog. Book has a complete and satisfying ending. I really enjoyed it. Narration of course is topnotch. I highly recommend this book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,954

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

Great start, and potential for an epic series

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

Book starts off slowly and it even seemed that it is another monster hunter type book in fantasy setting. However, author delivers a thought provoking story with depth and complexity. The story surrounds a paladin type person Ashok Vadal who is a protector of law dispensing justice as he was taught; however, Ashok begins to question the law itself as the society is built upon cast system where some of the cast had no rights. Ashok's struggle while discovering the truth makes of an intriguing story line. There is political element that is quiet prevalent in the story that basically want status quo at the expense of unjust cast system that is in place. To round it off, there are monsters, wizards and magic aspects as well. Over all, this book sets up a foundation for a story that could mature into a great series.

Interestingly, there are some elements that seem to be taken from Indian society (such as the cast system) and even name 'Ashok' is Indian. Certainly it is not a commentary on Indian culture or religion, but it is interesting to see what could have been the inspiration for author while writing this book.

As usual, Tim Gerald Reynold's narration is great. And as other (5 star) books, I didn't mind the busy traffic while listening to the book. I would recommend this book and look forward to the next in series.

30 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Clash of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it. A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other - and see Maidun as an easy target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story with humor, complexity and with good ending

  • By Adnan on 09-14-15

Story with humor, complexity and with good ending

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

Clash of Iron is sequel to Age of Iron and lives up to the expectations. This is a solid, entertaining book with some interesting historical background from Roman culture. Angus mentioned that Roman part in the book is accurate with few exceptions.

Book has much larger scope compare to the first one where Roman plans to invade Britain, and things are much more complicated due to politics/power grab within Britain's local tribes. There are more down to earth elements as well such as romance between Dug/Lowa and parent/daughter relationship between Dug/Lowa and Spring. Angus does a great job of mixing these themes seamlessly while adding humor that is not only unexpected but also very genuine. Sean is prefect for this book that his rough voice works well in delivering all elements of this book. Sean did well to the point that I laughed at humor and felt uncomfortable with some of the brutality and violence such as crucifixion. Book has a pretty good and satisfying bitter-sweet ending, so waiting for third book will not be too bad.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it as I wait for the next book in trilogy

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ascension

  • The Trysmoon Saga, Book 1
  • By: Brian K. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

Gen was a bard's apprentice, his nimble hands meant for the lute and his voice for a song. Then the half-mad and completely bored Shadan Khairn invaded Gen's village to winter there and start a war. He shoved a sword in Gen's hands and tormented his body, shaping a bard into a warrior to be killed for sport. As the days of torture pile up like the snow, Gen searches for death. But the day is at hand when the shattered shards of the world will knit together again, and the world's slain god will be reborn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good fantasy series

  • By Skipper on 09-08-15

Elegantly written classic fantasy with a twist

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

This book is captivating, well written and even better narrated. Book starts off depicting a simple life within a village where Gen (a bard apprentice) had simple life full of adolescence challenges including his crush. Author does a great job providing details about the village life in a beautiful way which hooks reader into the book from very start. Things start to move when Shadan (main antagonist) shows up in village to setup camp for the winter. Even though Gen is the main character and protagonist, Shadan turns out to be more interesting character who moves the story forward in earlier part of the book.

Shadan who is known to be the best warrior anywhere, senses talent in Gen, and decide to train Gen as a warrior over the winter. His motivation is to create a warrior that would provide a challenge in an eventual duel. His methods are brutal but affective, and a good part of the book goes into Gen's training.

My view of the book as a classic fantasy is that there is a prophecy about return of a savior who will fight against a clearly evil being. The leader of the world believe in it, and politics and religion is impacted by it. Gen's rise from being a simple bard from an unknown city to a warrior of great skills and renown makes him a relevant character around the people destined to bring the savior the world.

Books unravels the story slowly, and keep reader wanting for more. It is beautifully written book which I throughly enjoyed. I will be reading the next books in series, and highly recommend this book

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,334

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Overrated. Not comparable to Gone Girl

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

I am unsure why this book has such high rating. There are handful of characters and story is told by mainly 3 POVs. Book is compared to gone girl due to the fact that there is a missing person involve, but I do not find that to be accurate. Gone Girl had an antagonist that was intelligent and interesting. I have to say that none of the characters in this book are interesting or remarkable. These characters are going through life and things are simply happening to them. A reader can only enjoy so much about characters getting on train, and then getting off trains and watching people on train ..etc. None of characters really take an initiative or have much of an imagination. Story hinges on a person who can not recall a memory due to the fact she was drunk. Spoiler alert....She does remember finally at the end of the book.
Narration is pretty good and possibly have saved this book to some extent. As a reader who liked gone girl, this book is simply not that good.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 185,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173,100

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

An entertaining walk down memory lane

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

A popular game creator leaves trail of clues/challenges for gamer to find a hidden treasure in a simulation of his creation where the prize is in billions. The simulation contains hundreds of worlds and untold themes (scifi, fantasy..etc). Simulation allowed avatars to be created ranging from fantasy (mages, fighters) to Japanese anime and everything in between. This kind of flexibility allowed author to create settings and characters which are unique to this book; therefore, it can be said that this book contains a truly innovative settings among scifi books.

The clues mainly belong to games/pop culture trivia from 80; therefore, all players in this book are expert in 80's games and pop cultures. The affect on reader of this book is that reader will end up getting more information about 80 than you might care about. Still references to D&D, and Pacman would stir up memories for a lot of readers.

Even with huge settings, book revolves around few characters. These are the elite gamers who are ahead in hunt for the clues and challenges. Of course, there is an evil corporation that hire gamer as employees in order to capture the eventual treasure. This corporation of course is not playing by the spirit of the law and sometime letter of the law. Obviously, our heroes are cool in every possible way in the simulation where they know all the etiquette, tricks and shortcuts to be awesome. Outside of simulation is another matter. Currency of these characters is pretty much the knowledge of 80's pop culture and utilization of spells/magic items of their avatars. Most of our heroes are 99 level avatars either as mage, fighter or some other similar combination. The nerd battles about the 80's knowledge are quiet epic. As a whole I keep getting a sense of movie 'hackers' where the cool was to know your hardware spec and knowledge about computers. At least in movie hackers they did discuss some actual computer science stuff. These guys are generally researching sitcoms. Last gripe is the interaction between character is very much cliché and choppy at times. It could be due to the fact that most characters in this book are high school age.

Regardless of few shortcoming of this book, premise of this book reign supreme due to its unique nature. I was hooked and stays interested until the end of the book. Book has heart that once these characters finally step out of the simulation, reader feels for them and their situation. In the end book has a good message about virtual life and real life.

Narration worked well considering that the narrator is portraying characters that are in high school for most part. I read the book at higher speed, and I would suggest at least 1.25. I enjoyed the book, and I recommend it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,139

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Fast, entertaining scifi thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Scifi fans will find premise of this book to be familiar, but execution of the premise where this book stands out. Premise of the story is that an advance alien race has identified earth as a suitable planet for habitation. They want to invade to take over the earth. Only problem for them is that earth armies have nukes; therefore, even with advanced technology alien race simply could not invade earth without a nuclear war. The result of such a war would tarnish earth's ability to sustain alien life. In order to remove nuclear threat, aliens send spies to infiltrate armies to take control over earth's nuclear assets.

Story begins with their secret arrival which mostly goes unnoticed by all except for one bored scientist who finds strange anomalies and decides to pursue. What follows is a very fast paced action packed scifi thriller. Alien spies along with their tech are formidable. Book has shades of Pandora's star in a sense that alien spies start to layout a plans for eventual larger invasion while a group of local scientists (in this case) resist their plans. Human scientists have to recruit allies/other humans quietly to avoid leaking the news that alien spies have been detected. Utilization of new tech is amazing, though a little hand wavy at times. Agents are ruthless and determined to achieve their goal where humans are intelligent and methodical to counter their moves.

Story is fast pace and very to the point. There are no lingering side stories but characters are very well developed. There is banter between main characters that is touching/human and out loud hilarious at times. Book is written intelligently for most part, and character make moves which are smart and thought outs.

Narration is amazing as R C Bray again does a great job. He captures the essence/nuances of characters as well as successfully changes the accents between many different nationalities.

I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it as I wait for next in series to arrive.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Exorcist

  • 40th Anniversary Edition
  • By: William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by: William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying...

  • By Kenneth on 10-01-12

Book brings the horror and chill to this day

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

I find the movie to be one of the all time best horror movie, and I was not sure if book would live up to the expectation. I have to conclude that book brings depth and detail to the story that complements the movie well. Compare to movie, it seems that book takes a long time to get to the conclusion that an exorcist was needed. The banter between the demon and priest during the vetting process was particularly bone chilling. The intelligence shown by the demon was not particularly this evident in the movie. I did feel the hate of an entity that wanted to destroy life. I can only image what impact it would have had on people when book first came out. Book had several shocking scene that I believe were not in book. Also, I think that profanity and hate was toned down in movie compare to the book. Finally, once the exorcism started, book takes it to another level, and all of this has more impact due to the buildup from the beginning.

This has to be the top narrated book by an author. Narrator was able to depict the malevolence, and hate of the demon as well as gentle care of a mother. I am very impressed with narration. Though, I kept the narration speed at 1.25.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for supernatural horror. Book brings something new even for readers who have seen the movie.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Mountain Man

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE HUMANS SCARED ME MORE THAN THE ZOMBIES!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-05-18

Zombie thriller that is more about living

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

Reviewed: 12-14-14

In this post apocalyptic settings, book start with describing that world has overrun by zombies. Life for living is very difficult to near impossible that even toothbrush is a luxury. Book mainly described by main character (Gus)'s POV. Gus got lucky and ended up with an empty property that has a very comfortable setup. He has electricity as well as hot running water along with secure walls and food reserve reserves. The property is on a mountain hence the name 'mountain man'.

First half the book describes the world and day to day activities of Gus. Even with his comfortable settings, what precaution he must take to survive. Along with precaution he pro actively look to keep his food reserves and everyday supplies (such as toilet papers). The details which shows like 'walking dead' look over are discussed, and things are described in very funny manners. Eventually, Gus meets other people and story start to move forward, and even though zombies are in backdrop, book is about living. How good and evil living within people may come out in such settings that when there is no law enforcement. When one can do whatever he/she desires, what people might do to survive. Book discusses the good and worst of humanity.

Start of the book sounded very much like 'The Martian', but it story moved along beyond that initial similarities. Narration is great and very funny. I got several good laughs out of Gus' inner dialogues.

I recommend this book and I will be reading the next two book in the trilogy.

9 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,800

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom

  • By Jessica on 05-15-14

Not an Iron Mage, but close enough

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

Reviewed: 11-24-14

Book is about a ‘mage’ Alex who runs a store for magical item. Alex has magic to foresee possible variation of future at any given moment allowing him to make very clever choices giving him ability to complete tasks which are nearly impossible for normal humans/mages. Alex reside in London and there are two general factions of mages discussed in book while and dark mages. Alex does not seem to have any allegiances, but has certain history which makes the story interesting.

At the start of this book it reminds reader of ‘Iron Druid’. Therefore, comparison to iron druid books are inevitable throughout the book. There are few distinct differences worth mentioning. Alex is not immortal (not ancient with a lot of history) and does not has incredible amount of offensive weapons. Alex is not unique in general that there are various type of mages including other mages with same capability as Alex. Furthermore, there are no deities or talking pets involved in the book either.

Story revolves around investigation of an ancient relic of presumably immense power. All mage factions are interested and want to secure Alex’s services to unlock the relic’s secrets. Story moved at a slower pace for first half of the book, but picks up speed in later half of the book (especially the last several chapters) making up for the slow start. Investigation of relic becomes very interesting and contains several twists.

My minor gripe about the book is lack of sense of humor (at least it is not at the same level as Iron Druid). Second, Alex’s utilization of power sometimes is slightly confusing, but overall it is clean.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I will be reading the next book in series. Narration of the very well done and captures the characters well. I recommend this book even to Iron Druid fans.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful