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  • Born to Fight

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller
  • By: Jay J. Falconer
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Jack Bunker vowed to never step foot on another battlefield. But the former combat engineer’s new peaceful life in the Colorado mountains is shattered after an attack takes out America’s power grid. When suspicious activity plagues the nearby high-security military facility, Bunker fears he’ll soon have another war on his hands. As the story unfolds, Bunker suspects a foreign invasion is imminent, leaving him no other choice but to somehow transform the mild-mannered townsfolk into military-grade guerrilla warriors. He knows if their small town surrenders, America won’t be far behind. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Saga

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-25-18

It hurts

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I could not finish this book. It jumps around too much. The characters are not believable. No one first impulse goes to cooking meth on day two of an EMP to supply etc etc. An engineer that can’t figure stuff out?

  • End Time

  • The End Time Saga, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Greene
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

In the dark, primal jungles of the Congo Basin, something is ravaging the local population. When protests turn violent in front of the US embassy in Kinshasa, only the foreign policy experts paid attention. Civil war erupts, and people rip each other apart in the streets of the African capital. To avert disaster and preserve its self-image, an overwhelmed State Department dispatches a team of elite counterterrorism agents to bring their besieged people back alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!!!

  • By JJ on 06-13-18

So much promise...

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

The book had so much promise. The disjointed and disconnected story lines were annoying. They did come together in an unbelievable fashion. I think what rally broke this for me, other than the narrator, was when they reference a Romero zombie but still didn't know about zombies or know how to kill them. Ugg. It was like two books in one and shuffled together.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Prepared

  • Sundown Series, Book 1
  • By: Courtney Konstantin
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Alex Duncan is a mother, a sister - and the daughter of a doomsday prepper. She always thought her father was insane, raving about an apocalypse she never believed in, but when a plague hits the United States and the dead no longer stay dead, Alex discovers heeding her deceased father’s advice is what will keep her family alive. Before he died, Alex’s father created a compound in Montana just in case situations like this arose. The dead walk, hungry for human flesh. With little time to spare, Alex must make split-second decisions to prevent her family from being devoured. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Preppers and Zombies

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-19-18

Had to stop.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I got 80% through the book before I could not take it anymore. She is an awesome motherly character! She makes many mistakes, although she has 'trained' to be a prepper. I can forgive her mistakes, until she make the same mistake for the 5th time! Example. Runs around a blind spot into a zombie. When she could have taken a step away from said object and not literally ran into a zombie. How she wasn't infected 10x over is a mystery. Tess is always a great narrator. Please go into this book with a YA fiction attitude. And if you were a mother protecting your children, wouldn't you be teaching them as much and as fast as possible about the ZA?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crusade

  • The Hunt Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: J.D. Demers
  • Narrated by: Joshua Story
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Christian Hunt and the small band of Camp Holly survivors begin their trek west toward Hoover Dam. There, Doctor Tripp believes she and the refugees that have fortified the dam can develop a cure from Christian's blood. Zombies are an ever-present danger, opportunistic humans threaten their very lives, and scabs are evolving into apex predators, with humans on the menu. As if the near impossibility of making it past all of these obstacles wasn't enough, Christian strives to search for his family. Did his parents or sister survive?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I’m Torn On This One

  • By Wade Lancaster on 10-28-17

Selfish and Self righteous.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Not really containing spoilers.
Ok. It took me a few days to calm down after this book. I admit, I liked the first two books. I chalk Christian’s stupidity up to just being ordinary guy in an extraordinary position. I enjoyed watching him grow. I even winced my way though the whining tone of the narrator for women. Then he stopped growing in this book. He became more selfish and no regard for all those who put their faith in him.
Around 70% through, I realized he hasn’t grown at all. In hindsight, he is the same. He puts everyone in his convoy at risk for personal reasons time and time again. Everyone wants to see if their family is alive, but they will not endanger humanity or Christian for personal gain. Somehow he thinks he’s special. And everyone thanks him for it. Personally, I would have tied him up, put a gag in his mouth, and barreled to the Hoover Dam. I am done with this series I am sad to say.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trudge

  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Shawn Chesser
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 714

As the first waves of injured bystanders, guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population. Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment, Cade hadn't a clue and wasn't especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep on trudging on, TRUDGE!

  • By Tracy P. on 09-06-18

Gets a little Dark. Decent Story.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would for a quick zombie fix read.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact he's trying to get to his wife and daughter.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is a scene that the characters use a telescopic electrical truck to break int a building. Haven't thought of or seen that before, original.

Any additional comments?

The story only follows the first three days of the outbreak. It is very hard for writers to capture and portray the fall of civilization in that small timeframe. The author does a good job, but some of his explanations/situations are too convenient.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Dawn

  • The Critical Series, Book 1
  • By: Darren Wearmouth, Colin F. Barnes
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Archaeologists Pippa Quinn and Charlie Jackson find advanced technology in undisturbed 16th-century graves. A portent, the discovery precedes thousands of giant sinkholes opening up across the globe as extreme weather threatens the population. Charlie suspects the two are related.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Younger adult sci-if.

  • By Tony on 07-22-15

Younger adult sci-if.

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book starts out very well. The middle and end are rough. I like books with some struggles. I do not like it when everything conveniently falls into place. More descriptions would be nice as well.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Denver. He is very upbeat, despite how he was raised.

Did Critical Dawn inspire you to do anything?

No. I do not think I will pursue the series.

Any additional comments?

I think the series has/had great potential. I just think it is geared more towards a younger audience. It is an easy listen and not too many dynamic characters, that you can't keep track of them.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Tomorrow War

  • The Chronicles of Max [Redacted], Book 1
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,329

In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed - a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for Book 2! Excellent story as always!

  • By Jason on 07-22-15

J.L. Bourne is Back

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

What made the experience of listening to Tomorrow War the most enjoyable?

It gets back to his roots of journal style entries. It is told from his point of view in the future. I enjoyed his "DBDA" series and Jay Snyder's performance really helped make the book feel real. Jay does an awesome job again with his performance of Max. This book sometimes felt a little rushed, but nothing like "Shattered Hourglass". This does not look to be a new series or he left it open ended enough to just be a one-off story. Overall its a good story and enjoyable. I would have finished it in one day of binge listening if the job didn't get in the way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tomorrow War?

Motorcycle Head. No spoilers.

Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins and Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

Jay Snyder did most of the narration with Kevin doing the "interludes." They both are awesome performers and this book didn't distinguish one over the other.

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

  • By: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME ADDITION TO THE WALKING DEAD

  • By Amanda H. on 02-11-13

The Walking Dead.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-12

What made the experience of listening to The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury the most enjoyable?

....Short Answer....

The book is awesome. It picks up right after the Governor takes power, with a small group of refugees entering Woodbury.

....Medium Answer....

This book adds to the series perfectly. Following a group that finds their way to Woodbury a few weeks after The Governor took control of Woodbury. The group does not know the history in which The Governor came to rise to power, but they start to see the rot under the veneer. Eventually the group is thrown into situations far deadlier than the Walkers.

....Long Answer....

The Walking Dead series is a genre in its own. Character development is a crucial aspect to these books. The listener can empathize with at least one character. Everyone who listens or reads zombie fact/fiction books has the “I know what I would do.” quote, but what would you do if your first and typically only plan didn’t pan out as expected. You would eventually end up like characters in these books. Would you be an Alpha or a Follower? These books give an insight into how the world would be if civilization crashed and an ever eminent threat loomed over them. This installment follows a group of unsuspecting individuals that are welcomed into Woodbury where the Governor has risen to power. They know all is not as it seems, but a safe place to sleep. The entrance of this new dynamic help start in motion the events change the future of all the characters and Woodbury.

What did you like best about this story?

I always like the interactions between characters. The way these authors build them into people and not just "characters," and put them into real world situations.

Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

That would be Josh, although the Governor is pretty tempting too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Fallout 5

  • Alive in a Dead World
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245

In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Laura on 07-10-15

Lacked some story progression.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

If you could sum up Zombie Fallout 5 in three words, what would they be?

Fast, Slow, and Frustrated.
Fas t- the story flew by way to fast and I really enjoy Tufo's writing.
Slow - there was not enough story progression. It was almost like a side story.
Frustrated - I found the series not too long ago and started. Luckily book five was a few months out after finishing the 4th book. I was excited, but it lacked.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

He brings the characters to life and expresses the sarcasm well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,010
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,095

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Read To Nowhere

  • By Timothy M Snodgrass on 08-06-18

Builds a World you wish you lived in.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

What did you love best about Pandora's Star?

He built a universe that you wished you lived in. The freedom to do what you like without fear of death is awe inspiring. People only took one to two lifetimes for granted before settling down and planning long term. He builds the characters with dynamic and diverse backgrounds.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it was way to many hours to do it comfortably.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful