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  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,125

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner"

  • By Jason Spencer on 09-01-10

A decent plot.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

A fairly well fleshed out cast of characters and a respectable back story comes together for a good first 3/4 of the story. The last 1/4 is more fantastical but palatable with a grain of salt.

Recommended for those fans of the "Bourne" type of action if for only the first 3/4 alone.

  • First to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,057

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By Vida T. Yancy on 07-12-09

Well put together.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

A traditional sniper based tale with hints of a "007" flair. I enjoyed the story in all it's twists & turns. Not every single thread was down up IMHO but the story wasn't meant to be a biography. Recommended to lovers of an action theme with a decent back story.

  • The Promise

  • Riker's Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Shawn Chesser
  • Narrated by: Adam Paul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Army veteran Lee Riker is staying in an Atlanta shelter and supporting himself with the odd carpentry job when his sister, Tara, summons him home to Indiana for the reading of their mother’s will. Riker boards a Greyhound bus in Atlanta with his duffel bag, less than $200 to his name, and a secret he must protect at all costs. Riker makes it to Middletown only to learn his sister has recently witnessed a gruesome death. Insisting she saw the victim rise from a pool of his own blood to attack the Samaritan rendering aid, Tara floats the idea that the man may have been a zombie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shawn Chesser is great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-04-18

New heights achieved for the genre.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

From the near perfect performance with a great strength of cadence/speed instead of inflection to the writing, this first installment is very well done.

I WILL be buying the next audio book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wormwood

  • The Days of Elijah, Book 2
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 705

Everett and Courtney Carroll have survived the Seven Seal Judgments which devastated the planet through a global earthquake and a massive bombardment of meteors. The cities of the earth lie in ruin, and much of the globe's forests have been destroyed by widespread forest fires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down. Read all night!!

  • By Squawkingbeak on 03-11-17

An enjoyable read.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

A light-hearted take on the apocalypse with religious undertones. I look forward to the 3rd installment.

  • The Next Pandemic

  • On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers
  • By: Ali Khan, William Patrick
  • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

An inside account of the fight to contain the world's deadliest diseases - and the panic and corruption that make them worse. The Next Pandemic is a firsthand account of disasters like anthrax, bird flu, and others - and how we could do more to prevent their return. It is both a gripping story of our brushes with fate and an urgent lesson on how we can keep ourselves safe from the inevitable next pandemic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many Outstanding Stories about Many Scary Microbes

  • By aaron on 01-24-17

Truth when truth matters on an ever present threat

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Pandemics are always knocking on the door. Keeping them at bay is an ongoing battle never to be belittled.

  • Ash

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians each battle to survive in southern California after a series of nuclear attacks. Theirs is a gray world covered in ash and nuclear fallout. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series...

  • By Lee McGinnis on 05-24-18

A fair tale with some good information.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Not stellar but worth a listen. The petty bickering & some of the main characters refusing to accept reality even to the end of the book was difficult to wade through. It also took too much of the story.

Meaning that persisting to look at the world through rose colored glasses in life and death situations can result in the literal death of those around you. This way of thinking was supposedly going on weeks into the scenario. 🤔

  • Getting Out: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller

  • By: Ryan Westfield
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

The EMP hits. The lights go out and silence roars. Society is on the brink of violent chaos. The only way to survive is to get out, away from the cities and into the wilderness. Max is an office worker with some gear and a plan. He's one of the first to realize the unspoken dangers. A few years ago, he inherited an old farmhouse. His plan is to get to it as fast as possible and bunker down. He thinks he's ready, but he quickly discovers that there's more to surviving than just having the right gear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series

  • By Kristy Rieman on 11-04-17

This could have been a great book.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

"Appropriation" is a military term. Armies for milenia have "taken what they needed" to further their military campaigns. It's a self righteous ideology that is used to justify all manner of depravity.

This in no way translates well to civilian life. One civilian "appropriating" goods and items to supply their perceived "need" is merely theft by any definition.

The first book in this series on the "very first day" of the shtf event, a single mother noticed the power outage, the cell phones not functioning and used her insight to pull her two tweens/teens out of school to make a trip to the family hunting cabin. Still being the same day as the event, she thought it prudent to rob her neighbors for supplies..... on the very first day, before even leaving their driveway. To me, this is psychotic. Thinking "your need" supercedes the need of others.... at gun point. Then vilifying the neighbor for brandishing a handgun in an attempt to protect himself and his family.

This way of thinking is prevalent throughout. It makes the book leave a mote in your psyche. All other parts of the story however leave you at near rapt attention. It's like a mild yet twisted addiction.

  • Staying Alive

  • A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (The EMP)
  • By: Ryan Westfield
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

It's been two weeks since the EMP. Getting out was just the beginning. Staying alive is proving harder than anyone could have imagined. Max knows people will come from the cities. He knows they'll be ready to fight, to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival. Will he be able to lead the others in the defense of the farmhouse, even when he's still recovering from his injuries? Georgia is in charge of hunting. Each trip into the woods brings her closer to danger. It's just a matter of time before she runs into people who will do anything to get her gun and her gear. How dangerous do things have to get before she stops trying to provide for her kids? John is Max's estranged brother. He'd always made fun of Max for worrying about being prepared. Now, he's trapped in his upscale apartment with no gear and no food.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Confiscation ideology issues are a constant theme.

  • By GMJ on 06-19-18

Confiscation ideology issues are a constant theme.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

This being the 2nd in the series, I was hoping morality would make a strong showing. I was wrong. Whenever there is a perceived need, that is justification enough to wantonly take from others.

It belies the premise of humanity & jumped straight into animalistic behavior from the first day in the first book. It was never explained away. Never made to reason. Just a dog eat dog mindset with platitudes and "many miles before I sleep".

Should that not be a concern, the rest of the book & the writing therein is a bit addictive. Be it not for waiting for a come to Jesus moment or a severe humbling. There is too much rampant "man's inhumanity to man" emanating from the main characters and it undermines the storyline.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Longest Walk

  • By: Ron Foster
  • Narrated by: Duane Sharp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

A reedited and reformatted beloved classic story about one prepper's apocalyptic journey and the continuing adventure of going home after a disaster. A solar storm has just unexpectedly hit Earth"s magnetosphere causing an EMP event. An emergency manager visiting Atlanta, Georgia on a job interview must find his way back home penniless and unprepared.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Packed full of good information.

  • By GMJ on 06-14-18

Packed full of good information.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Presented in a decent story format, the information contained therein is good indeed.

Though the "procurement" ideology for all things that bend to Newton's laws gives me GREAT misgivings. The reasoning of "If it isn't being used, it's fair game" starts & stops where exactly? Does that also extend to the "procurers" & their belongings not carried bodily?? That way of thinking gives me great pause.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Floor

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,007

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even if you have it GET THIS ONE!!

  • By shelley on 10-30-15

Oddly time appropriate for the modern day.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I loved the fast pace of the story. I wanted to start with the first book that introduced author Lee Child's iconic character. I was not disappointed.