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  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,035

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable Multiverse

  • By Michael L. Moore on 02-18-17

WOAH!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

The best book in over a year! Thrilling, non stop energy and action. There isn’t a place you can stop and catch your breath, eat dinner or pee!!
I write very few reviews. I only write when I am completely blown away!

This is ingenious! Every time I thought to myself “ that’s not possible “, the writer made it possible.
This would be a great movie. He’ll, I guess I should see if it already is.
This isn’t back to the future, but more like across the many different “Me’s” out there in parallel timelines.
This has a medical thriller/slight sci-fi/ action adventure. The writer lets the characters take over instead of telling us what’s going on. I enjoy first person writing styles for this reason.
I felt fear, tension, anxiety and intense love for this average man with an exemplary love for his family above all else.

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  • To Serve and Protect

  • Onset, Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

When vampires attack David White's small town, only luck, firepower, and the intervention of an elite government task force saves his life. The aftermath of the attack leaves him in the middle of the world's biggest secret: the existence of government agencies that regulate the supernatural. They insist that David's "luck" is actually a supernatural gift, and he's immediately recruited into ONSET, the most shadowy part of America's thin blue line of police protectors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent multi genre story with plenty of action!

  • By Chris Miller on 01-18-18

Surprised me!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I can appreciate great classic literature, horror, historical fiction, but I prefer books of this genre.

Well written, NOT a repeat of all the apocalypse books out there. Yet if you enjoy the Monster Hunter series ( hell who wouldn’t ) or the Joe Ledger books, oh and Zombie Fallout series, you love this.

It has the potential to be a very long series. The emphasis is on the people that fight the supernatural and the plans they make to bring it to them.
Make no mistake though you’ll get plenty of demons, elvans, elves, vampires etc.
this isn’t about Zombies but about fighting the supernatural beings in the world.
Thoroughly enjoyed this. I blasted through it in 18 hours!

Pick it up if you relish a good vampire hunt, police procedural, well fleshed out characters, faux military. This is just a really good book to get lost in!

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,609

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Just WOW!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Do Not believe anything about the ending being awful!! Look at the 10K reviews and the near 5 stars. This isn’t paranormal, just lucid dreaming taken a little too far.
Lucid dreaming isn’t paranormal, it is a very true and practiced phenomenon. I can only think the negative reviewers don’t realize this.
The ending is complained about. I can’t understand! This is a thriller and it delivers!!

I didn’t expect the ending at all. But as soon as I hit the ending everything fell into place.
Please rate my review as helpful so we can get those awful reviews down further. A good review, a review praising this book needs to be placed on top of the list because this thriller is everything and more than I’ve ever read!

You’ll not be disappointed by the ending of this book. It comes up and you’ll say, ” Ah Ha! NOW I understand why she lived at the gym, know I get why ' it wasn’t how she liked it’”!

I can only beg you to read this book, love this book, take the adventure with the characters. The characters are fully fleshed out, your questions are answered all along in the book, and the ending will leave you with chills and satisfied!
I don’t like female narrators. Matter of fact I have only four books out of 300+ with female narrators. But I took a chance and this isn’t an amateur, this narrator ROCKS!

On the fence? Buy it. Ten thousand reviewers loved this book!

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  • Mindhunter

  • Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,013

Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much ego

  • By Kourtney on 01-27-18

Truest respect for these pioneers!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Could not put this book down. I often wondered how accurate the portrayal of FBI profilers were. Well, now I know!

Over and above all I most enjoyed the tricks, tests, traps, used to catch these killers! All of these techniques come from the profiles, which then proceed with understanding the personality traits of the killer to provide fodder to catch these people.
The narrator is perfect for this book!!

Bravo!

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,737

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

The author surprised me!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I’ve never read “It”. I’ve never read any of King’s books.
I’ll tell you I devoured this book, lost sleep, I’m exhausted today as I had to finish the last four hours.
Most books this long have a period that requires patience. I’m not a patient person; to my dismay. But “It” grabbed me immediately and not one single moment did I feel a lag, a slow period, a ‘leading’ up to the actual good parts.
From start to finish I was on a wonderful trip!
The narrator sample gave me huge doubts. I thought he wasn’t the right person for a horror book. But truthfully this did not feel like horror. I wasn’t scared. I was moved, a couple of times I cried for the love between the characters.
I laughed for the hilarious voices, the simple minds of kids, the ability to see and feel joy when one was young.
These kids were dealing with problems just like us adults. Some were small, some large, but to them the one thing that made them different than adults was their belief they could do anything and how much more resilient they are.

I don’t think this book should be under the horror category. It’s just a wonderfully written literature action and adventure book with a malevolent IT in the town...with a few bloody and stinking creatures.
I can tell you one thing. You won’t be bored.
Oh wait; two things. The second being you’ll feel joy, love, friendship, the meaning of desire and want.
I’ve never read something this intimate!
There is so much honesty and vulnerability in these tweens; as soon as they feel acceptance even when each has their own desire to hide their shortcomings.
Just a very good listen!

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,405

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Endless Descriptions

  • By Paul T on 01-05-18

R C Bray is a God!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I’ve read a lot of ‘End of the World books. This one ranks right up there with the Arisen Series. I’m not easily impressed with mediocre books. I’ve returned dozens of listens. So when I tell you I devoured this book you can damn well believe I mean it!

This is a character driven book. And oh my, after this I feel like I know and love these people. You can’t listen without feeling their pain, accomplishments and minor victories. Let it be said, this is also a book with a theme that “you CAN pick your own family”! Thank the universe on that one; my own personal family...well that’s another story.

Let me just say, no one listening to this masterpiece can walk away disliking it. It’s just that good. Be prepared to loose sleep, burn the roast or forget to take a pee break yep, THAT entertaining
It grabs you asap and won’t let go! The emotions and dialogue compelled me and drew me in, in the most pleasant way!

I thought I wouldn’t be so attached to these people without the usual Zombies in this genre Holy Cow was I wrong.

Pick it up, it’ll make your day! No not your week-your day. Because I dare you to put it down to sleep!
R C Bray...I want you giving my eulogy at my funeral; you’re just that good!

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,310

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I couldn’t get past the plodding, it was slow. Like walking through mud. I wanted so badly to love it. Maybe I needed to listen longer. But I couldn’t get past the 8th chapter.

  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,412

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

Great story, not the best narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

I've read many books narrated by Ballerini. I've enjoyed them all. But this time I didn't think he was a good choice for the book.
Needless though, this book is very good. It kept me coming back everyday to hear more about this part of our history!

I'd pick this gem up if I were you. Yes, it's a drama, but a thrilling adventure too.

I just didn't like the narrator 100%. But I've heard much worse! Ballerini didn't do a poor job at all. I just think a narrator with a bigger repertoire of emotions and inflections would have been better. Ballerini is a soft spoken man. I would have loved this more read by a more exciting narrator.

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  • Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3

  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,849

When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living - with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of seven billion animated corpses. And one international team of elite special operators - supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us - are humanity's last best hope for survival....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good macho military bang bang story

  • By Tilo on 04-15-15

Are you kidding?! What are you waiting for?

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

I've said it before, I'll say it again; Fucking masterfully wonderful ride!
This isn't a book I could put down. I craved it when I was in public, I had withdrawals after an hour of silence.
You think I am joking, being facetious? Fuck no! I kid you not.
So far, if you are offended with my F bombs, don't waste your time with The Flood! Steer clear! You may not be worthy of this masterpiece or the series!
Seriously, I've told Fuchs how talented he is. It takes a lot to impress me, a lot to make me gush over a book. I'm a snob. If an author can't draw me in within a half hour ...well give me back my credit!
I refuse to give you details. Chances are if you're reading this you already know what lies in store for you.
I've listened to all of this series. Only one other book, in 2+ years of audible has kept my attention like this series It was a nonfiction though.
I can't describe in words, ( unless I resort to words my mom might blush upon hearing) how fantastic a journey this series has been.
Fuchs makes the Zombie Apocalypse seem a realistic nightmare. He allows the characters to keep you on the edge of your proverbial seat.
Every single fucking time the battle is hot, the cordite stinging my eyes, I dread that one of my favorite characters is going to bite the dust!
I'll say this, so far he hasn't broke my heart in this vein.
I'm dreading the end of this series! PLEASE SAY IT ISN'T SO! Seriously Michael, can't a series last forever! LOL.
I listen while showering, during my day , ( I'm on very early retirement), during the twilight of my sleep. Heck who am I kidding, I listen all day! I can't wait for the next scene, yet I rewind dozens of times just to hear that last snarky comment from Pred.
So, it's redundant, but oh so freaking true, PICK THIS UP!
I will never enjoy a series like this again...sob. Michael, you've ruined me for all other books! How can I be totally satisfied again after compulsively masticating ( no not masturbating, get your head out of the gutter dude!) every single word of your masterpiece series?!
Ok, I've gushed enough! I'll leave you with this: when the series ends I'll utter the words of Pred, " I'm coming in hard! Mayday motherfuckers!"


  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,291

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Give the Hero a Break, please?!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

I love R. C. Bray! I listen to anything he narrates. I'm a huge fan of his. Once again he did not disappoint.
OK. That's out of the way.
I argued with myself about my rating here. I devour fast paced, non-stop action books. My library is full of them. But... I don't want to give away any spoilers. Hmmm...
Everything is perfect here, except. I kept hoping for redemption for these last souls. I clung on for the whole book! I wanted to internally clap and fist bump in the air. I wanted to feel that relief you feel when the hero triumphs. Instead, I waited, I waited and I actually cried at one point.

So you see, I had a very hard time rating this. I loved it and at the same time I felt like I was dangling onto the action, one foot on the cross , the other off kind of feeling. WHEN am I going to be able to root as they meet their goals!! Oh god!! Another person dies! Please stop, stop !! Another sad scene! For the love of God.....isn't there ANYTHING to brighten this great book?!

I'm not used to crying while listening to a pseudo military action packed book!

Sigh, near the end I cried B_llsh_t! I was so pissed, I actually said," Oh come on for god's sake DONT DO THIS TO ME"!!!

Great action, sad book. Would say more but I really don't want to spoil this.

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