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  • The Purge of District 89

  • A Grower's War, Book 1
  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

Walter Lawrence Baucom is used to the troops that patrol Agrarian District 89. He grew up with the sight of Chinese and Russian soldiers, right alongside the American ones. They are the Coalition. "The Three Brothers", they call themselves. They claim that they are there to help. And he thinks that if he doesn't rock the boat, then they will never have a reason to break in his door and disappear him, like they did to his brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I may just be a simple knocker, but...

  • By Kevin J. Dufrene on 03-14-17

Wow. Really. Wow.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

D.J. Molles has really forced his way into my top five favorite authors in the last few years. Not only can he create an engaging world, but he has a gripping ability to put the reader into the tense action built within his work. The Purge of District 89 is perhaps his most action-packed tale yet.

Aside from telling a good story, Molles can really write. I often found myself surprised by the depth of his comparisons and analogies when viewing events through the eyes of his characters. If I had one criticism, it would be to ask him to delve deeper into his characters and their backstories. Molles creates characters that are very believable and already demonstrates the ability to make you like or dislike them. It's clear that he could push that ability further and have the reader love or hate the characters.

This book was a great read. I'm eagerly anticipating more in this series.

  • Waco

  • A Survivor's Story
  • By: David Thibodeau, Leon Whiteson, Aviva Layton
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

When he first met the man who called himself David Koresh, David Thibodeau was drumming for a rock band that was going nowhere fast. Intrigued and frustrated with a stalled music career, Thibodeau gradually became a follower and moved to the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. He remained there until April 19, 1993, when the compound was stormed and burnt to the ground after a 51-day standoff. In this book, Thibodeau explores why so many people came to believe that Koresh was divinely inspired.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking!

  • By kerri goobs on 04-16-18

A defining event in US history

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This book is a very interesting read offering insights into events that I saw unfold from a much more innocent perspective when I was a child. This book spurred me to look deeper into the events surrounding Waco, and the facts do not paint a pretty picture of our government. While I will never agree with the way of life these folks chose, it does not appear that they were bothering anyone else, and to say that they got a raw deal from government agencies is understatement in the extreme.

Some of this book will anger you, all of it will interest you.

  • Ginger Kid

  • Mostly True Tales from a Former Nerd
  • By: Steve Hofstetter
  • Narrated by: Steve Hofstetter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

In Ginger Kid, popular comedian Steve Hofstetter grapples with life after seventh grade...when his world fell apart. Formatted as a series of personal essays, Steve walks his listeners through awkward early dating, family turbulence, and the revenge of the bullied nerds. This YA nonfiction is sure to be the beloved next volume for the first generation of Wimpy Kid fans who are all grown up and ready for a new misfit hero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Justin on 06-28-18

Genuinely Engaging

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I liked this book far more than I thought I would. Hofstetter narrates his own material, which definitely lends to the feeling of the book. I'll look for more from Steve Hofstetter; my only detraction of this book is that I wanted more. That's the sign of an enjoyable experience. I also dropped the author an email to let him know that I enjoyed the book...he got back to me within 24 hours to thank me. I didn't expect a response, and thoroughly appreciate the contact. Hoping Steve has a few more books in him, and the time to narrate them himself.

  • Tomorrow War: Serpent Road

  • The Chronicles of Max, Book 2
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754

During an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative had unwittingly triggered an incredible worldwide event that irrevocably shaped the future of the United States. In the aftermath of the crisis, families have struggled to survive in a world short on food, water, and electricity. Hyperinflation cripples the United States economy, and postwar armored military vehicles are patrolling the streets. One man has now stepped forward and continues to push back the dark wave of tyranny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best ever

  • By Eddie Muñoz on 07-28-17

Genuinely disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

There's simply no story here. I'm getting the feeling that Bourne's "Day by Day Armageddon" was a fluke, which is sad because it was so good and I want to hold a torch that the author has another round of that level of story in him. This is the second book in the Tomorrow War series, and it is as uninspired as the first. One might say that the tale is riddled with plot holes, but that would be inaccurate. There is simply no plot. The book just meanders until the author either gets bored, finishes his contractual obligation for word count, or finishes heating up his burrito in the microwave...dunno, but the setup for the ending comes about in one page and then the book just coughs to an end.

The main character asks about a resistance group and is told that they are impossible to find. Ten minutes later, he is having coffee with them. The protagonist says that he will start shooting anyone riding a motorcycle because the bikers are always bad guys. Ten minutes later, he's riding a stolen motorcycle as if no one else has come to the same conclusion.

The narration is good.

Avoid this book.

  • Kings of the Wyld

  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers

  • By Matthew on 03-07-17

So well done.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Eames blends the nostalgic idea of getting the band back together perfectly with a sword and sorcery tale. So many sly music references without any heavyhanded forcing. As an aging musician myself, I found myself grinning very frequently at names and concepts presented in the story. Listeners who are not musicians do not suffer for a lack of familiarity, either. The story is just that well done.

Jeff Harding's narration is great, really bringing to life the grizzled main character and the world that Eames builds. I spent the credit on this one solely based on some positive reviews, and I couldn't be happier with the result. I am solidly a new fan, and will be looking forward to anything else Nicholas Eames has to offer. I will also be looking for other titles Harding narrates.

  • The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: An All-Star Cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent bridge book!

  • By Willis on 04-17-15

Great narration - weak stories

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

The selection of readers for this production is great. I was enthralled to hear how each reader would treat the material. While they are all good, a special commendation should be noted for Ice T, who killed it despite sword and sorcery fantasy literature not having been part of his former wheelhouse. I hope he narrates more in the future.

As much fun as it was to hear this first rate group of narrators, the short stories are pretty weak. While I'm tempted to say that I just might have moved on from the iconic Drizzt, I don't feel that this is the case. These are just shorts that seem like they are filler; stories written because the author was offered a paycheck for a few thousand words. Salvatore, of course, has every right to make bank for the creation of one of the genre's standout characters, but that doesn't mean that the tales are going to be great. The majority of the stories just seem to be tired belaborings of the same philosophical rhetoric that has been covered again and again in the Drizzt stories. Appearances aren't everything.

Audlible should be praised for making this production happen, though, and I hope that this is the beginning of a trend that may continue. The narrator of an audiobook is as important as the story itself, and Audible continues to look for interesting ways to present material.

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,908

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

A collection of weird that grows boring

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

I stopped listening with about an hour left and just could not bring myself to care enough to finish. The story is well-performed by Stephen R. Thorne, but it just a collection of weird experiences with holes everywhere in its premise. The best comparison to reading this book would be if you were the designated driver for a group of your dumbest friends and you had to listen to them piece together and "awesome and hip" story. Not annoying enough to return for a credit, but I really wish I hadn't bought it.

  • The Remaining: Extinction

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965

This is the sixth and final novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90 percent of the population into a ravenous horde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mission Accomplished

  • By C. S. on 11-05-15

Great book, but unfinished

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Another really good book from Molles, and I can understand why he leaves the main character how he does, but one gets the feeling that the author simply got tired of his character and world. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the book, but felt as if there were many threads left unfinished and unexplored.

  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,712
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,523
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,553

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-25-15

Yup, this is the Mountain Man

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

In all it's gritty glory, this is a Mountain Man tale. I was glad to see this on Audible and hope Keith C. Blackmore has some other Mountain Man tales lurking around his notebook or hard drive.

  • Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day

  • And Other Tales of the Necromancer
  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 375

Johannes Cabal is a necromancer - and he's slightly infamous. Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer features seven of Cabal's most frightening adventures, including "Exeunt Demon King", "The Ereshkigal Working", "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day", and more. Also included is an original introduction written and read by the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen, Wonderful short stories

  • By Damian on 08-21-17

Great fun for short term bursts.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I'm not usually a fan of short stories. The author explains that he grew up being a fan of the format during his forward. He must have learned some great lessons from those short stories of his childhood; this collection is great.

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