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  • ORBS

  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing - to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars. Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston's team finds a changed world outside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-moving Alien Sci-Fi!

  • By Reviewer R2D2 on 08-04-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

Any additional comments?

This is just so unexpectedly bad. I just finished Hell Divers (which was fantastic) and was eager to read more from Nicholas, but right off the the bat the narrators bizarre voice for men was off-putting, followed by ridiculous dialogue between characters. I thought it might just be the narrator, but as you listen you realize it's the writing as well. Maybe he was just finishing a binge of terrible SciFi channel movies when he got started on it and it creeped in because Hell Divers was great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Path of the Dead

  • Hungry Ghosts, Book 1
  • By: Timothy Baker
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Nestled on the foot of Tibet’s sacred Seche La Mountain is the village of Dagz. The normally quiet streets are bustling with the steady stream of arrivals and preparations for the coming Festival of the Medicine King; a time of celebration, healing, and renewal. But a shadow is sweeping the world, a plague of apocalyptic proportions - the dead are rising and devouring the living, and no place is safe where humanity thrives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By Sarah on 03-27-15

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

Any additional comments?

This was a fantastic change of pace from the usual zombie tale. A unique location, cultural perspective and set-up with interesting characters and story line. The author also keeps you guessing, and the narrator did an amazing job as well. A great listen and I can't wait until the next book comes out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Uprising USA

  • By: George Hill
  • Narrated by: Jason Clearfield
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

After a Chinese biological attack leaves 90 percent of the United States infected by the zombie virus, George Hill, AKA, the Mad Ogre, springs to the defense of his country with every manner of firepower known to mankind. George and his allies beat back the zombie hordes, killing hundreds of thousands of the undead beasts in an attempt to save America from extinction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Liberty on 04-25-15

Not worth the Audible Credit

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

Reviewed: 01-24-14

What disappointed you about Uprising USA?

I only made through about an hour but...

The Narration:
- The narrator isn't consistent, he keeps changing George (the main characters) voice, and can't keep a consistent speed

- It sounds like it was recorded in a basement.

- The narrator sounds young, but the main character is old enough to have 6 kids, maybe he started young, I didn't get far enough to figure out how old the guy was.

The Book:
- Lack of character building, I didn't care about any of the characters let alone care what happened next

- Lack of description, I've often complained when authors get overly descriptive, now I understand how much WORSE it is when the opposite is true, there is nothing to compel you to invest in the story

Would you ever listen to anything by George Hill again?

It would be a hard sell

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jason Clearfield?

Sean Runnette, he's age appropriate, and can pull off the snarky sarcasm I think the author was going for

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season

  • By: Kc Wayland
  • Narrated by: Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752

For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • my weekly addiction

  • By Mike Naka on 01-24-13

I'm Hooked, great performance

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

Any additional comments?

You can download all the pod casts for free, they're currently on the 4th season.

This is Audio Theater, so the characters are sometimes over the top, and it is very different from a novel. It also took awhile to get used to all the sound effects.

Overall the story is not anything special or unique, but I enjoy the characters, voice actors, and enough of the plot to have spent the last week listening to all the episodes. I actually enjoyed how naive the writers made the characters, it's a nice injection of humor.

If you're on the fence about it, I suggest going to the website and listening to the first episode.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lycan Fallout

  • Rise of the Werewolf
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006

The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man clawed and climbed his way back from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, creating new communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung... Once again, one man finds himself once thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Mike Talbot Returns!!!

  • By Theodore on 07-23-13

I Can't wait for the sequel

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

Reviewed: 08-01-13

Any additional comments?

If you love the Zombie fallout series, this is a must get!
Even though it is supposed to be a standalone series, I'm not sure if you'll appreciate it without having read at least the first zombie fallout book.

Just like Zombie Fallout isn't just about zombies, Lycan Fallout isn't just about Lycans. Mark Tufo does an amazing job with this, and pulls off the break from traditional genres. I can't wait for the next book, and ZF 7 for that matter.

  • This Shattered Land

  • Surviving the Dead, Volume 2
  • By: James N. Cook
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954

Eric Riordan doesn't look for trouble, but trouble has a way of finding him. Two years have passed since the Outbreak, and after joining forces with his friend Gabriel, he has managed to stay alive by fleeing to the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. With supplies running low, and enemies gathering, the two survivors are forced to begin their journey west to Colorado. Along the way they will find unexpected allies, reunite with old friends, and make deadly new enemies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Thing About Zombies and Physics

  • By Thaddeus on 05-06-14

The Narrator redeemed himself

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

Reviewed: 06-25-13

Any additional comments?

The only complaint I had about the first book was the narrator. He redeemed himself, no more surfer dudes and valley girl voices.

As some others pointed out there was a survival guide feel to it, lots of info on weapons proper preps, and human dynamics.

Although it is not non-stop gore, it is still a zombie story. More information comes to light regarding the outbreak, and you get to hear the story from both Gabe and Erics points of view.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sleepers

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: B. A. Washington
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

A normal spring morning cascades into a nightmare world for Mera Stevens as 1.8 billion children simultaneously fall ill and then vanish from the face of the earth. Her son, Jeremy, is one of them. Increased natural disasters, onslaught of disease and other phenomena throws the world into chaos as it balances on the brink of extinction. With communications down, Mera gathers the courage and strength she needs to trek across a dying country in search of a daughter she desperately hopes is alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • unimaginative.

  • By Jami on 08-18-15

Unique End of the World Story

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

Reviewed: 06-17-13

What did you like best about this story?

The main character Mera reacted the way I think most people would in a disaster scenario, and I enjoyed seeing her character develop throughout the story.

Any additional comments?

There's not a lot of gore, battles with the infected, or underlying love stories compared to other novels. The 'end event' of this book is a mix of natural disasters, mystery illness, and pseudo zombies. The book has a lot of religious undertones, but takes a wacky unexpected turn towards the end, I definitely didn't see it coming.

In the beginning it seemed like the narrator was speaking really fast, but either she slowed down or I got used to it. Overall I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beginning of the End

  • Apocalypse Z
  • By: Manel Loureiro
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,827

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meanwhile, in Spain...

  • By Lesley on 05-10-14

I hope the rest of the series comes out in English

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

Reviewed: 06-16-13

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book, it's a winner for sure. There are 2 more books in the series, and I hope they come out in English.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Roads Less Traveled: The Plan

  • By: C. Dulaney
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 225

Ask yourself this: If the dead rise tomorrow, are you ready? Do you have a plan? The dead rose, and the living quickly realized that Hollywood-style tactics were the quickest way to find yourself one of the walking dead. Kasey, a strong-willed loner from West Virginia, and Ben, a college student from Pennsylvania, have shared an unlikely friendship over the years. And their bond is stretched to its limits when society collapses under a tide of zombies. But Kasey has something she likes to call The Zombie Plan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid traditional no frills zombies... yeah!

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 12-07-14

A Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-16-13

Any additional comments?

I was worried when the story began with the main character having a "Zombie" Plan which she had been preparing for for years, which seemed ridiculous. Luckily it quickly redeemed itself by not focusing on that, and kicking off the nonstop action. This was the first book I had read that did not bother pondering the why or how of the infection, it just went head long into how the characters react and try to survive. It was a refreshing change and a really good listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows

  • Ashes Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ilsa J. Bick
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive. Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love. But she was wrong. Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Your Mileage Will Almost Certainly Vary

  • By Aser Tolentino on 10-11-12

Very Disappointing Sequel

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

Reviewed: 06-16-13

Any additional comments?

Do you enjoy being screamed at for 13 hours? Then this is the book for you!

Don't dare turn down the volume when the narrators is screaming at you, because the next minute she'll be whispering.

Over all this series took an idiotic turn for the worse. I know to expect some silly love triangle in a teen genre book, and the first book hinted at it, but now our ignorant heroine is shown to be SO incredibly irresistible that even the zombie kid falls for her? Really? Barf.