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  • Rising from the Darkness

  • American Apocalypse: Book 4 EMP Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction
  • By: AJ Newman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Sara Morsey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Joe and his band of intrepid survivors have joined a larger group of survivalists. They are making life much better by implementing mutual-assistance groups that help protect each other and barter among themselves. While life is getting better, there are still threats to handle and pains to endure. The loss of a several loved members rocks the group and shakes its faith. Joe and Cobie make sure the group uses the pain to make the group stronger as they fight to rid Oregon and Northern California of gangs and slavers. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Joe’s Grandmas letters.

  • By CruzinCat on 08-22-18

What happened here?

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I really enjoyed the series until this book. The idea of Grandma planning ahead for SHTF and leaving that legacy to her grandson first by her Will, then in the form of letters of encouragement, secret maps and words of wisdom is something that really appealed to me as a very clever writing tool.
Joe too was a very appealing character. He was likable and normal, the average guy trying to survive and help people.
However somewhere in the first third of this book, the characters started to act, well, out of character. Joe went from helpful to hard without any real transition. Chloe became timid. Then not timid. Then timid again. It was weird! I had to keep backing up the book to re-listen to scenes to make sure the characters talking were actually the ones I thought were talking.
The last part of the book jumped around like crazy. Joe became a father, then a grandfather in the blink of an eye. The people captured and flown away were just...gone. The resolution to this was a note from the author saying he was going to write a separate series about this-- and that's fine, but he needed to resolve what was happening here first!
I'm really sad to write this review, because until this book, I really liked this series a lot!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,450

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

I listened to this book 3 times in a row!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

This book was amazing, probably my top book in the last few years. I really did listen to it 3 times in a row. It made me laugh and tear up every single time. The author did a skillful job of weaving past and present, and the characters were well-developed. You become so invested in Ove, the cat and all of the neighbors that the story feels completely real, and the interactions between them are genuine. If this author's other books are even half as good as this one, I will be getting all of them!

  • The Light of the Fireflies

  • By: Paul Pen, Simon Bruni - translator
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,610

For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns. He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone's been acting very strangely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By David Shear on 04-11-16

At least the narrator wasn't crappy.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

What would have made The Light of the Fireflies better?

The characters could be less stilted and one dimensional, with more realistic and believable emotions.

What was most disappointing about Paul Pen and Simon Bruni - translator ’s story?

It's as if 'The Road' and Flowers in the Attic' had a baby, then abused it. I could not understand why the author tried to make these characters sympathetic, when they were all, grandma included, horrible people. The end made me sad and irritated.

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

Never listened to the narrator before, but he was fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

  • Black River

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

Burned-out Hollywood screenwriter Bo Aikens is fed up with life in Los Angeles. He heads out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and arrives in picturesque Black River in Northern California, seeking relaxation and artistic inspiration. In small, idyllic Black River nearly everyone is happy, contented, and welcoming of strangers. But despite the beautiful setting, Bo begins to feel unsettled after several disturbing incidents.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the usual Dean Knootz

  • By Kimberly_SB on 08-23-08

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you like Dean Koontz's work, you will be fine with the story. It's not horrible, just not that great.

What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

The conclusion feels ripped off.

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

I've never really liked his voice that much, but I can live with it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The idea was interesting, although it's been done before. I'd probably like it better fleshed out into a full novel, you know, Koontz style- hardworking independent man meets smart yet sexy woman and they hook up to fight the evil government overlords, or possible monsters. There could be some smart dogs too. You never know.

  • The Education of Little Tree

  • By: Forrest Carter
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression. Little Tree" as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grabs Your Heartstrings

  • By L. Pegher on 07-02-15

Terrific story for a younger audience

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

I enjoyed this book a lot as an adult, but I really wish I had discovered this jem when I was a child. I liked it now, but I would have loved it then. Narration was fantastic. The story is about a young boy who, orphaned by his parents, was raised by his Cherokee/half-Cherokee grandparents in the mountains at the turn of the century, and how they lived their lives. Highly enjoyable!

  • Extinction Horizon

  • The Extinction Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,677
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,471

Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force Team, codenamed Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top-secret Medical Corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gets you thinking

  • By N.W.Wisniewski on 07-05-18

blah, military bad, virus US fault

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

Sooo tired of books where the US govt is bad and the military generals all hover behind closed doors working on viruses and super soldiers. And trying to make a super soldier using the eboli virus? Really?

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!

  • More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139

Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, he curses

  • By Marc on 11-16-12

More great stories from Penn!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

In this book he uses the various seasonal holidays to tell tales about his life and connect them to whichever holiday he now does not celebrate. There's Christmas, of course, but also Columbus Day, and Martin Luther King's birthday. I have to admit, traveling through Penn's profane views, he still makes a great case for atheism, but he does it with humor and insight. It's a fun book and well worth reading, even if you are not an atheist!

  • God, No!

  • Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,577

From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More memoir than theology

  • By Paul on 12-29-11

Do NOT stick body parts in hair dryers!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

And other stories from the remarkable Penn Jillette. Even if you are not an atheist, you will enjoy the amusing and quirky stories that he spins out about his life, family, successes, failures, and of course, what body part you should never under any circumstances put in the hair dryers of your enemies.

You will also learn why he is an atheist and what he really believes, but you want to know about the hair dryer. Also fat Elvis. Yes indeed.

  • Close to Home

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475

Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren’t impressed by the rundown property on the shores of Oregon’s wild Columbia River. As soon as they pull up the isolated drive, Sarah, too, is beset by uneasy memories - of her cold, distant mother, of the half-sister who vanished without a trace, and of a long-ago night when Sarah was found on the widow’s walk, feverish and delirious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Mystery-Thriller Psychodrama

  • By chrispark on 03-05-15

Spoiler alert ahead.....

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

I like horror novels, but why, why, why do SO MANY of them end up being all about incest and inbreeding? I enjoyed the book until I got about half way through, and then realized where the book was heading. Ugh. I mean yes, it's horrific, but try to be more creative people! The narrator was good at least, and made the whole thing more bearable, but really, the book was boring and unimaginative.

  • Resurrecting Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793

Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan's crew, alongside their new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable community. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is book 5

  • By Jan on 01-09-15

For the Patriots that are left in America!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Another great in this series. Great author, great narrator, perfect combo! The series continues with the rebuilding of Morgan's family's home now threatened with an out of control wildfire. Loved revisiting with Morgan's family and friend, especially Thad and Little Bit and the ever amazing Sarge!