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  • There Is No God

  • A 'This I Believe' Essay
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Penn Jillette explains his absolute atheism and why it makes him hopeful and optimistic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Intro

  • By Tom Barnett on 08-09-07

LOVE IT!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Penn Jillette is awesome. This essay really resonates with me. This perspective has really made my life joyous.

  • Black Knight Squadron: Book 1: Foundations

  • By: John Chapman
  • Narrated by: John H Fehskens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Foundations is the story of a group of like-minded police officers, SWAT officers, armed citizens, and military veterans who happen to be training together when the lights go out. Like most of you would, they quickly know what's up. Unlike most people, the Black Knight Squadron has the training and resources to do something about it on a large scale. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally

  • By Deborah Mak on 04-30-18

Flat narration w/ unacceptable recording errors

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I only got about 90 minutes in. Maybe I'm spoiled by the great narrators here on Audible, but the narration here is lifeless and there are unacceptable recording errors (mistakes, false starts, etc). On top of that, I find the brand name dropping and mentioning specs as if just to prove the author is knowledgeable on this equipment or that annoying.

  • Lawless

  • Lawless Saga, Book 1
  • By: Tarah Benner
  • Narrated by: Jennifer O'Donnell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

When Lark was sentenced to 25 years behind bars, she thought San Judas was her lucky break. The primitive 16,000-acre community in rural New Mexico isn't like any other prison. There are no cells, there is no warden, and Mother Mercy is the law. She didn't realize she'd be fighting for survival on a daily basis - battling hunger, violent inmates, and Mother Mercy's iron fist. Lark's only friend is Bernie - an off-the-rails environmental activist doing time for arson - and a mysterious stranger who's been sending her illicit messages from the men's colony.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a waste of time

  • By Billy on 12-08-17

What a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

The story is mediocre, at best, but I kept listening because the narrator is good, and I was hoping the author was going somewhere. I really WANTED to like it because there is quite a bit more content in this series and another by the same author who I hadn't listened to, but where this book finally "went" was...
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a hard left turn to "global warming" propaganda. Zombies are one thing, but the world turning into Al Gore's most horrific claims in under a couple years, even though scientists can't get a predictive model right to save their lives, THAT I can't buy. "Can you believe they thought it was a hoax?" the author says! LOL I'm done!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,783
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,479

Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-31-14

The narrators are great, but...

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

The narrators are great, but the story is WAY too SciFi for me. Even zombie books operate within basic physical boundaries. When you have something as far fetched as this, anything goes, nothing is a surprise. Plenty of people seem to be fine with it but it's not my thing.

  • Last Stand: The Complete Box Set

  • By: William Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718

Four audiobooks in one box set: Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse, Last Stand: Patriots, Last Stand: Warlords, and Last Stand: Turning the Tide. John Mack, a prepper and former soldier, struggles to save his family and community after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) takes out the country's electrical grid. With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy. Threats emerge from enemies both foreign and domestic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings on "The Last Stand" series

  • By filmakr on 11-03-18

Collectivist, authoritarian BS

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

Well, this isn't your typical prepper novel... and I don't say that as a good thing! The author, and by proxy the main character, clearly believe in a collectivist, authoritarian rule where reasoning with people and convincing them of your position is a waste of time. It's also quite apparent to me that the author does not respect an individual's right to self defense.

I'm just going to give you a few excerpts to give you a feel for the message the author is trying to convey...

"Any word yet on weapons?" John asked.
Peter didn't look hopeful. "So far it isn't looking good. Those who have them don't want to give them up. Some thought we were confiscating their guns. Frank Dawson over by the cul-de-sac, he put up the biggest fuss."
"Idiots," John growled. "Can't they see we're trying to protect them, not take away their Second Amendment rights? I'll head over there and sort this out."

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,144

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

Amazing value for only one credit!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

It was a bit slow at times, but overall I really enjoyed this series! It was definitely a unique take on the post apocalyptic genre. Lauren Fortgang did a great job with the performance too! I can definitely recommend this series as one of the best values in the genre!

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Betrayal

  • Society Lost, Volume Two
  • By: Steven Bird
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

After leaving Spence and the rescued girls with Jӧrgen and the remainder of his group, former Sheriff Jessie Townsend traveled the new and unforgiving world alone and on foot, continuing his quest to find his sister.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody talks like that!

  • By Billy on 05-28-17

Nobody talks like that!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

As the story went on, I got more and more annoyed with this book. At first, I wasn't sure if it was an issue with the narrator... he's got one voice for pretty much everyone and it has a bit of a cowboy sound to it, which wouldn't normally be my favorite, but it works for the main character. I thought the issue was that the narrator's voice didn't really match the dialogue, which is either the vocabulary of an awkwardly smart person or someone who isn't that smart, but wants you to think they are.

At some point in the book though, I realized that it's not the narrator... NOBODY speaks like that! Well, SOME people do... awkwardly smart people and people who want you to think they're smarter than they are! In this book though, EVERYONE speaks like that! Always saying "children" instead of "kids", "prepare for" instead of "got ready", "observed" instead of "watched", etc, etc. In fact, besides the bad guys, everybody is damn near the same character! With the same skills, the same knowledge, and the same morals.

Ok, I'm done complaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fractured State

  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 323

In 2035, the southwestern United States is ravaged by drought, reeling from an environmental catastrophe that has left the landscape a chaotic, depleted ruin. California, still viably inhabitable due to its oppressive social controls, marshals state-of-the-art surveillance technology and totalitarian policies to preserve its fragile hold on rapidly dwindling resources and an increasingly unsettled population.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: this novel ends in a cliffhanger

  • By Wayne on 01-06-17

Beware of the cliffhanger ending!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

I think I was expecting a political spin and never figured out what it was or if it was actually there. This book was different enough from most everything in the genre, but still quite believable, IMO.

My only real complaint was that it was hard for me to keep track of the characters. I noticed that the author would alternate between calling somebody by their first name, their last name, their relationship to another character, etc. I usually appreciate this avoidance to repeating the same word (or name) over and over, but this may have added to my confusion. It may have also been the names, specifically, but I don't have a specific reason to say that is the case. I do know it would have been nice if the narrator had more voices in his repertoire, but I may be getting spoiled. ;-). I did think the narrator did a good job overall.

My only other complaint is that the ending is one helluva cliffhanger! I don't always have a problem with cliffhanger endings, but this one is a doozy! Thank goodness book 2 is already out!

Oh, my last comment... this book is a great value at under $8! I didn't even feel right using a credit when I could buy it so cheap!

  • The Apocalypse War

  • The Undead World, Book 7
  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 359

The people of the Estes Valley have found their peace destroyed as they are attacked by the single greatest army left in the world. Not only do they have to contend with an army of men equipped with the latest hi-tech military gear, they also have to battle a horde of undead half a million strong. But, perhaps worse than all of this, they have to deal with a seven year old girl - Jillybean. Cruelly coerced into helping her enemies, Jillybean bends her mind to the destruction of the valley, the death of kings, and the loss of her own soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally

  • By zsines on 05-04-17

A good conclusion, I'm just sad it's over!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

A good conclusion to an excellent series, I'm just sad it's over! Peter Meredith has a way of touching nerves with me and Basil Sands does a great job brining the story to life!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wolves

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,222

Ten years after the collapse, Huxley has built a good life again. He has a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers come. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken, and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck. Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He knows only that they head east, and so will he, setting out on foot across the desert of the Wastelands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. I do have one criticism.

  • By Billy on 09-04-16

Brilliant. I do have one criticism.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

OK, so after listening to The Remaining series, I consider myself a BIG fan of both DJ Molles and Christian Rummel; I expected A LOT from this book.

As expected, the writing was nothing short of brilliant. DJ Molles is a master of descriptive words and analogies, pushing my imagination to perform in ways I didn't know were possible.

Christian Rummel brings the story to life with many different voices, expertly matched to the individual character's personality. DJ and Christian are an amazing team.

Now, my criticism... DJ takes a long time to reveal the back story of the main character and the main character's overall goal is obscure for most of the book... for that reason, even though there is PLENTY of action, I felt like I didn't know what I was rooting for. Because DJ tells us so little about the main character initially, I had a hard time feeling a connection to him... until much later in the book. By the end of the book, I was absolutely connected to him.

I understand why DJ revealed the details he did at the pace he did, but there were unintended consequences. I still absolutely recommend the book and, now that I'm emotionally invested, I CANNOT WAIT for the next book in the series!

57 of 61 people found this review helpful