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  • Gomers

  • By: Chuck Dixon
  • Narrated by: Jon Mollison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When the dead walk the earth......the living go shopping. Jim and Smash are looking for a safe place to sit out the zombie Armageddon. They choose a giant home improvement store as their sanctuary. But an Afghanistan war vet and an attack dog with gender issues have already claimed the place. And then there's the girl....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid Descriptions, Excellent Narration, Story O K

  • By Hey Grampa on 10-04-18

Just phenomenal all around

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

This was a fantastic listen and a book that stands head and shoulders above most of the Zombie fiction out there, while managing to remain true to its roots.

The author crafts a tale where the characters are not only likable and believable, but behave 'realistically' and in an intelligent manner- Allowing the reader/listener to really connect with them and care about their plight.

The 'world' we find out characters in is a fairly typical post apocalyptic landscape shortly after the zombie event essentially wipes out civilization. Its what you would expect of this world- But the characters who populate it really bring everything to life.

This book is clever, sometimes a bit scary and just phenomenal all around. As a massive fan of this genre I am always thrilled to find a book that stands out from the pack and this one certainly does that.

  • Onslaught

  • The Zombie War Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Damon Novak
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

When the black rain began to fall, it was a worldwide phenomenon that mystified everyone. Climbing Fox Wattana of the Henomawi Nation claims responsibility for the black rain and its effects; he says it is his revenge against the United States government for robbing his people of their land, ensuring their ultimate extinction. Cole "CB" Baxter isn't taking this lying down. He, his sister, Lilly, and Dr. Georgina Lake will flee the airboat-tour business in the Florida Everglades and attempt to rescue what family they can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • -Almost passed this one up

  • By T.J. on 03-09-18

-Almost passed this one up

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I nearly passed this book up because the premise (Zombie gators) seemed very 'B-Movie-ish' and I felt it would either be extremely silly or just plain stupid- Filled with one liners and tropes and just not something for me. I love Zombie fiction but am a 'purist' and usually find when authors tamper with the formula to try and be clever or unique it falls short.

After looking over the reviews and seeing who handled the narration was I decided to give it a chance and I'm so glad I did.

This characters in this tale are likable, believable and very 'three dimensional'- Not the cardboard cut outs many zombie books use to give cannon fodder to the zeds. I very much enjoyed the characters, their backstory, their occupation etc...It just really worked and didnt feel forced.

The premise- Yes , its a bit silly. Voodoo, black rain an Indian curse, zombie gators etc... But it also worked. There wasnt any third wall breaking or jokes being thrown around or trying to be cute but it was taken seriously- And I'll be damned if it somehow worked out really well.

Believe me when I tell you, that premise almost kept me from trying this out and man, I would have missed out big time. This was a 'classic' zombie tale that we've all come to expect but with the added bonus of the adventure and danger one could imagine in horror tales of Everglades with highly aggressive alligators, dark waters and endless mangrove swamp.... It worked- It worked so well I was sucked in after a short time and ended up staying up and almost listening to the entire book in a single night- And now I'll be restarting it so I can enjoy listening to this again with my wife.

I'll be looking out for the next book in this series even if sounds like 'Shark-nado' or something lol- The author really pulled this one off and it was hell of an enjoyable listen- This could end up being one of my favorite zombie series.

-So dont let the 'zombie gator' thing put you off if you just want a classic zombie tale and are tired of authors trying to creatively twist the genre and falling short- This time it didnt fall short.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Road

  • Convoy of Carnage
  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed, and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place, and lucky enough that some of them had the skills to survive soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well that was a suprise!

  • By Scott on 08-12-17

Average but fun

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This is a pretty straightforward zombie romp that was tilted far more towards the "action" spectrum than to "horror".

Not a bad book by any means but nothing spectacular. I'm also one of those who prefers "zombie horror" as opposed to "zombie military shooter" so someone more inclined towards that will probably enjoy it more than I did- However, I still thought it was decent.

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absurd...But awesome

  • By T.J. on 11-12-17

Absurd...But awesome

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

This was one strange story- Performed in a 'mock interview' style, akin to 'World War Z' it was an attempt to piece together the events that happened at an amusement park that was cut off from society after a hurricane. When the rescue teams arrived they found carnage, and a place known for family fun was a complete warzone

I'm not going to bother with any particular details other than to say that it was absurd but totally fantastic, pretty well written and the performance by the narrators was some of the best I have ever heard- The Female narrator did an especially outstanding job in conveying emotion and creating different personas that were believable and so well 'acted' that it 'felt' like a real interview was being conducted.

I say this was absurd because it is- But not in a way that is unbelievable or way over the top. The fact is, I loved the story. My wife and I literally laughed at parts and cringed at others and felt emotion when it was merited...This book was made for audio, and I'm not sure how good it would have been in book form but the narration here was mind blowing, the story really draws you in and at the end you are left wanting more.

This is one of those books ill be able to listen to again and again- Which is rare for me even if I enjoy the story. I was reluctant to buy this tbh and this has quickly moved to one of my favorite audible titles.

60 of 61 people found this review helpful

  • Nights of the Living Dead

  • An Anthology
  • By: Jonathan Maberry - editor, George A. Romero – editor, Gabrielle de Cuir - director
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

In 1968 the world experienced a brand-new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark film Night of the Living Dead. This was something new...and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture. But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse. Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just incredible to listen to

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-29-17

-only for hardcores of the genre-

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Unless your really hardcore into the genre and want to hear Romeros introduction and thoughts about NOTLD (and its not even him narrating his words) then its not really that good.

For me, being hardcore into the genre it was worth it just for the introduction but the stories are not very good and overall its not that good except for collectors I suppose.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

Well, I'm not big on anthologies anyhow- And this being a collection of short stories already hurts it for someone like me-

However, the amount of situations and stories that could have come out during the first 48 hours of the outbreak is very intriguing... Especially because this really is "official cannon" of the genre.

And yet I'm halfway through and theres only 1 story that really was any good and captures what I was expecting.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The first narrator sounds like shes trying to do the whole thing in a fake and terrible southern accent- The other narrators (thus far- I'm halfway through) are all decent to good.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes- But for the same reason I'm going to see the next George Romero movie (which is the stupidest plot ive ever heard- Zombies racing cars for rich peoples pleasure)- For the same reason I will see of buy anything that george Romero is a part of, even though he hasnt made a decent zombie flick since 'day' and the recent ones have been some of the worst Ive seen in the genre....

Because Romero is a god for giving us the zombie and for the terror, adventure and theroycrafting (what will I do if this happens) that hass went on in my mind since I first saw NOTLD as a 11 year old boy, on halloween night in the mid 80s...It changed everything...

Any additional comments?

-If youre not a hardcore collector or Romero fanboy- Pass... Its not that good.

However, the intro by Romero and the other guy (who I'm not all that familiar with btw...sorry) are both fantastic (especially the other guys)

Just disappointed Romero didnt narrate his own intro.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Little Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King's It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral Effectiveness

  • By Michael on 02-07-17

This generations Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Fantastic and well fleshed out characters in a very weird and terrifying tale. I wish I wasn't typing this on a phone or I would give a far more in depth review but suffice it to say I loved it.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful