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  • Extinct

  • By: Ike Hamill
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Channel Two predicted a blanket of snow for Thanksgiving weekend - unusual, but not alarming for the little Maine island. What comes is a blinding blizzard, and a mass disappearance of nearly every person Robby Pierce knows. He and his family flee, trying to escape the snow and the invisible forces stealing people right from the street. Miles away, Brad Jenkins battles the same storm. Alone, he attempts to survive as snow envelops his house. When the storm breaks, Brad makes his way south to where the snow ends and the world lies empty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors

  • By KarmaKarma on 08-16-18

Are they even human?

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

One of my creative writing professors in college said it best. “Don’t tell them (your readers). Show them.” He meant by using the method of fleshing out characters, building worlds and situations, and by never giving away your true story or plot ‘til the very end. This author did none of that. Within the first hour of the book, he had a character, a 13 year old boy, already talking about extinction and that was only after a few people disappeared (and that was done “off screen”). The so called “scary” parts were barely a blip in the radar. And the way the rest of the characters reacted when people snatched in unbelievable ways right in front of them was beyond nonexistent (these were friends and family who were just snatched and they were like “oh, well, let’s keep going”). I’m only a couple hours in and am struggling to keep going. I really wanted to like this book but there are far better ones like Koontz’s The Taking or Brant’s The Dark. Save your credit or buy those.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Here Be Sexist Vampires

  • Deep in Your Veins Series, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire's private army. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Svente vampire; a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Wait!!

  • By B. Valdez on 06-10-18

Mary Sue = Bad Writing from a Lazy Author

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The term Mary Sue came from a late sixties, early seventies short story, I believed titled "Star Trek: The Legend of Mary Sue". It is about a young woman with little to no training who takes over command of the Enterprise after the crew is struck down with food poisoning. She not only defeats the aggressive alien race who could not be defeated, saving the crew and the starship, but is beloved, wanted and desired by almost all of the male characters. She is the perfect being and the newest form of bad writing.

The main female character, Sam, is a Mary Sue. She not only gets into the Legion, she is made co-commander without any prior training or experience, skipping the whole recruit stage. She has a psychic ability that is near impossible to defeat and she is the master of it, even though others have gone insane and died from it. She just knows how to get all of the members of her squad to improve their own psychic abilities and in a matter of a few weeks (I think it was two), they are able to defeat another squad who have been training together for years. She kills another vampire for revenge and doesn't even get a slap on the wrist. She was able to stop and destroy her sire when he was about to attack the grand master vampire, and knew the perfect way to counteract the natural reactions to severing that tie with little to no adverse consequences. And several male characters seem to want her for one reason or another, even the ones classified as homosexual said they would go "straight" for her. There is no problem she can not conquer and overcome. Yes, she is a Mary Sue.

A good character, over the course of the story, must overcome an event, whether it is internal or external, and by the end of the story, becomes better or worse because of it. They basically become a different character than what they were in the beginning of the story. In over-simplified terms, that is character development. The problem with a Mary Sue character (Gary Sue is the male version) is they have no character development, no real story arc. They never change, They never lose, struggle, or break. They are flat, unrealistic, and un-relatable.

Now, some might say "She was tricked into becoming a vampire. She had to watch as humans were killed until she could master her ability. She witnessed the death of her vampire boyfriend when he tried to save her. She was forced to become her sire's consort and was raped repeatedly." The problem there is the author was lazy and used the convenience of "the past" to try and flesh out the character without fleshing out the character. When other authors used "the past" device, they usually tell it as a flashback or re-living the memory. This author did not. We, the readers/ listeners, never experienced this so-called trauma with the character. It was told to us in a few simple sentences, such as "this is what happened and that was it". Good character development doesn't work that way.

Unfortunately, this is becoming a trend in several genres and medias.

I barely made it 3/4 the way through the book before calling it quits. And yes, I will be returning this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lorn

  • By: Laurann Dohner
  • Narrated by: Savannah Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968

Being raised among a race of half-breed Vampires and Lycans has been far from easy for Kira. VampLycans despise humans - and her mother's human blood runs deep in Kira's veins. Unable to shift, having few VampLycan traits at all, Kira is denied acceptance from the clan, and the love of the man she's wanted since childhood. A little girl's crush that's bloomed into a desire so strong, it threatens to consume her. Suffering the pain of Lorn someday finding a mate is not an option.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIIS IS A GREAT SERIES. DONT WAIT GET IT NOW

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 10-20-16

10 Minute Discussion about the same thing

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Is it me or is this author not even trying to write good books anymore?
The story just drags on and on. What do you expect when the characters have 10+ minutes discussing the same thing and then discussing it all over again the next chapter?
I had to really fight to get through this book and this one was way better than the first one in this series. I cannot believe how many good reviews it got because it was repetitive (same plot, same character types, same drama, same dialogue), flat (no real emotion between the characters, nothing to make the characters interesting) and unimaginative (the characters made these elaborate plans that actually sounded like an elementary kid made them up and even the sex scenes were a snooze fest). I'm really thinking about giving up on this author.

  • Catalyst: Decay Chains

  • By: Kate Wars
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Carpenter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Stormy Theo survives her first encounter with the Supervirus, but her boyfriend, Matt, is directly exposed to it. Grief devastates her as the virus consumes the person Matt once was and leaves behind a depraved monster. Propelled by pure anger, Stormy does what any lover wants to do, but no normal person actually does. She assembles a small team of survivors and goes after the organization known as Cold World. The organization that is infecting the masses and gearing up to jump-start the apocalypse. Can Stormy cripple Cold World or will her inner turmoil work in their favor?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Author failed at research

  • By T. Lamb on 12-25-17

Author failed at research

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

After 9/11, many security procedures came into practice. One such practice is security passwords for high-level buildings such as hospitals, court and police buildings, and several different types of high-rise facilities. Even my small town hospital has these procedures. It is where if a lockdown has been initiated security must give a certain password to cancel the lockdown and the flimsy excuse of "accidentally hit the button my bad" doesn't work. Yes there is a certain level of suspension of belief in fiction writing but that only goes so far. Author really needs to do more research to give their story a better chance of being plausible and enjoyable to the readers.

  • Fyre

  • By: Sean Schubert
  • Narrated by: E. R. Edwin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Four ancient sisters are determined to destroy man unless a blind boy, a mysterious stranger, and a band of teenagers can figure out how to stop them. Civilization has been scorched to cinders, as a torrent of flames scorched the earth, destroying everything in its path. Much of the world’s inhabitants have been driven to the brink of extinction. The ancient, evil sisters responsible for the destruction are bound and determined to end humanity for good.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different take on post apocalyptic genre

  • By EB on 01-12-18

Mechanical Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Was this book narrated by a person or a computer? I could not tell since there was almost no human qualities in the narration. It was so distracting that I had to replay the first 5 - 10 minutes over and over again and still cannot remember what the story was about.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mark's Merry Mayhem

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Most of you know I'm not known for my short stories; apparently I'm much too long-winded. But on occasion there are some things I just need to pull from my head and put out there. I hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the things that keep me up at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FUN SHORT LISTEN!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 12-17-16

Good start for longer stories

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

This author and narrator combo is the best. They compliment each other perfectly and one would not be the same without the other. The problem I have with this book is that it leaves so much... open. Several of these short stories do not seem to end. They are more like the first chapters of their own (longer) books. I would really be interested in hearing/reading those stories because these leave me wanting more.

  • Wishing for a Highlander

  • Highland Wishes, Volume 1
  • By: Jessi Gage
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,274

Single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie voices an idle wish while examining a Scottish artifact, that a Highland warrior would sweep her off her feet and help her forget her cheating ex. The last thing she expects is for her wish to be granted. Magically transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in the 16th-century Highlands, she comes face to face with her kilted fantasy man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as a man, romance novels are a new interest to me.

  • By Dusty on 03-02-16

Fan Fiction for the TV Show.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

I was actually surprised this author did not get (or has not as of the time I write this review) into any legal trouble with this story. But unfortunately, fan fiction of popular books is now quite profitable and prevalent, for instance, the Grey series is fan fiction for the Twilight series (which are both examples of bad writing, if you ask me).
When I started to accurately predict what was going to happen just based on the TV show alone, I gave up. I prefer to read an original story or one that has a new aspect or angle to make it an original.

  • Rendezvous with Yesterday

  • Gifted Ones Series, Book 2
  • By: Dianne Duvall
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

Modern-day bounty hunter Bethany Bennett helps her brother track two fugitives to a forest outside of Houston, Texas. But what should have been a routine apprehension of two bail skippers spirals out of control and ends in violence. After Beth and her brother are both seriously injured, a mysterious figure suddenly looms over her. And, when the smoke clears, Beth finds herself not only in another place, but in another time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Story! Great Narration!

  • By Tracy T on 11-08-16

Please Behead the Heroine

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

This author and this narrator are some of my usual favorites, but not with this book and I only gave it a two star for the other great books this duo has done. This story is way too long and just drags on and on and on. Both the writing and the narrator make the main female character sound idiotic and irritating at best such as when you were just being shot at and suspect there might be more snipers in the woods, don't go screaming your head off and giving away your position. And if I hear "her" scream Josh one more time.... At thirty minutes into the book, I'm hoping the main female character has an unfortunate accident. At two hours, I want to do it myself.

  • Highlander's Bride

  • A Moment in Time, Book 1
  • By: Lexy Timms
  • Narrated by: Stacy Hinkle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 49

Mya woke one morning in a field, a stag grazing close by as if it didn't even notice her. She lay bare, like a babe from the womb, except for a wool blanket wrapped around her tightly. A grown woman with no memory, no family, no money, nothing. Kayden McGregor found her while hunting. He was after the stag and nearly shot her with his arrow instead. Unable to leave her to the wolves of his clan, he took her to his home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst fake accent EVER

  • By Krissy on 10-16-18

If you cannot do accents, don't.

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

Not everyone can do accents and this narrator is horrible at them. I don't know if the main male character is Scottish, Swedish, or Jamaican. And its VERY distracting.

  • A Demon Bound

  • Imp, Book 1
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight. But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait for the Next One!!!!

  • By Sharon on 04-16-14

Narrator Grows On You

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

Reviewed: 04-23-16

Once you get used to the narrator's reading style (slow as molasses), the story is actually very good.