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  • Pilgrimage

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Pilgrimage is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • To survive, decide

  • By Sue on 09-01-18

Decent book, but the children are frustrating

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

The story starts off fairly quickly and has a really good pace. The overall structure of the story in what were 3-4 segments of the family's saga after a devastating event really worked for me in keeping the story moving while slowly exploring different pieces of the backstory. I like seeing the shifts in the leads adult characters from the world that was and the world that is and how/where they are trying to keep their principles and where they realize they need to change. The kids on the other hand, I've never hated characters as much in a story as I did the two main kids in this one. Anytime they opened their mouths or did anything I just wanted to reach into the book and strangle them both. If that is anything what having kids is like, very glad I don't have to deal with that. This is the 4th book I've heard from Kevin Pierce and is quickly becoming my number 2 narrator for my books.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Area 51: Invasion

  • By: Bob Mayer
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The ancient enemy has arrived. A Swarm Battle Core is orbiting Earth preparing for the Reaping. The remnants of mankind desperately try to either survive or fight back. But they aren’t certain what they’re going to face. All they have are myths and legends. And when the Swarm actually does land, it’s worse than any of those. Major Mike Turcotte, the hero of defeating the Airlia, makes a desperate attempt to stop the Swarm by going directly to the Core. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short and somewhat unsatisfying

  • By Josh on 08-06-18

Short and somewhat unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The story in this book is told in fits and starts, from a number of viewpoints. That's not always a bad thing but the way it was implemented in this book was not good. It reads more like a collection of small stories/notes off to the side that were split up and forced into rough arc to possibly close out the series. I really enjoyed the narration, just the story was hard to get through.

  • In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...

  • . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy
  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406

It's a sad and eerie harbinger of our times that the Oprah-watching, crystal-rubbing, Whole Foods-shopping moms and their whipped attorney husbands have taken the ability to reason away from the poor schlub who makes the Bloody Marys. What we used to settle with common sense or a fist, we now settle with hand sanitizer and lawyers. Adam Carolla has had enough of this insanity and he's here to help us get our collective balls back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious Book

  • By Brett on 12-03-10

Slightly distilled Carolla

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Would you consider the audio edition of In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks... to be better than the print version?

I would consider them more companion pieces. He uses the book as an outline for his reading and then goes off on tangents. You will almost always want to read the book itself first as it's a framework for what he does in the narration.

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

Yes and if you've listened to one book you've heard them all to some extent.

  • Not Taco Bell Material

  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adam's finest, with an elevating sophistication

  • By HappyQuails on 05-06-13

Another Carolla book, more ranting

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

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

Yes and if you've listened to one book you've heard them all to some extent. He uses the book as an outline for his rants. You will almost always want to read the book itself first as it's a framework for what he does in the narration.

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,208

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

Go in expecting one thing, get something else

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

What made the experience of listening to Hell Divers II: Ghosts the most enjoyable?

I was really expecting the story to go a different direction than it did, and I loved the direction it took instead of where I thought it would go.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The RC Bray narrates all the books he does, with little differences between the characters and gives them all their own unique voice. Some books the writing alone wont do that for me so it's always nice to get an audiobook with RC Bray as the narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When they realize they have another mission to go on and set up the 3rd book. Really looking forward to it.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,587

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

RC Bray brought me in, NSS kept me here

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Where does Hell Divers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd put it in the top 50, which has a lot of RC Bray in it.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

As always RC Bray puts a reality behind his characters and you almost immediately get invested in the story.

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

I wanted to but couldn't quite pull it off

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Band of Brothers

  • E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,379
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,381

Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High Expectations Met

  • By Scott on 02-12-13

Great book

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

If you could sum up Band of Brothers in three words, what would they be?

Everyone must listen

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Really the entire book did. Getting all the stories I missed from the miniseries and more information on the ones we did was great.

  • A Better World

  • The Brilliance Saga, Book 2
  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557

The brilliants changed everything.

Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the reviews I've read would suggest

  • By Andrew Pollack on 05-02-15

Second outing, not much better than 1st

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Any additional comments?

I was expecting more from the second book after only being a little interested in continuation of the story. I had a hard time really keeping focused on the book and it didn't hold my attention well.

  • Written in Fire

  • The Brilliance Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092

For 30 years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For 30 years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war. We failed.

The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Incredible! Wonderful!

  • By Wayne on 01-12-16

Respectable conclusion

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Any additional comments?

I mainly got this audiobook to finish out the series. The second book really started to shut me off to the series but I need to finish it out. This was a competent conclusion, but I definitely am not wanting more from this world.

  • Brilliance

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,276

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Written like a movie script

  • By Pam on 04-23-15

Decent start, need more character development

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the start of this series, it was a decent opening to the world of Brilliance but it really lacked any development of the characters to where I would be invested in their outcomes.