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  • Harden

  • Lee Harden, Book 1
  • By: D.J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

It’s been three years since Lee Harden emerged from his bunker into a world gone mad. Governments have fallen. And new ones have taken their place. In the United Eastern States, Lee and his team of battle-hardened operatives walk a tightrope of survival, keeping their fledgling society safe from the creatures beyond their gates - and from the enemies within. Then, an ambush in hostile territory reveals a traitor in their midst - and leaves Lee barely clinging to life. Wounded and on the run, Lee and his team race to uncover the leak before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Exceptional

  • By smb072 on 10-27-18

Harden is back!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This new series picks up three-years after The Remaining. Readers of The Remaining series will be familiar with characters and flashbacks, but it is not a requirement. Captain Harden and crew continue to protect their charges in their compound from both the infected Primals, and those who wish to crush the fledgling United Eastern States. Harden is seriously wounded in an ambush and it takes all of Julia’s skills to keep him breathing. A mole is discovered in their midst and it’s a race to uncover the mole before any more damage can be done. It’s good to have Harden back in print. I enjoy the characters and love the action.

  • Hell Week

  • America Falls, Book 1
  • By: Scott Medbury
  • Narrated by: Adam Barr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Think North Korea and Russia are the greatest danger to the United States? Think again. After a surprise biological attack, America, the most powerful nation on Earth, quickly succumbs, with 99.91% of the population over the age of 16 decimated. As society unravels, and the ground invasion of his country begins, loner Isaac Race must form a connection with a ragtag group of survivors and elude not only the invaders, but other dangers and threats unleashed in chaotic Post-America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but half a book

  • By Adam on 10-04-18

Shot of adrenaline needed!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Hell Week is a bit of a humdrum roller coaster ride. The prologue begins with an interesting introduction describing a virus that has eliminated 96% of North America’s adult population, leaving the young to survive on their own. From that point the story devolves into a series of conversations between characters on what to do and where to go. Unfortunately, the action did not pick up until late in the story when another group of survivors appeared to rescue our hapless youngsters. This new fledgling militia group of sorts began to turn the story around renewing my interest once again. Perhaps the next volume will carry on this breath of fresh air. Three.point.five for a second chance. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Price of Now

  • By: Michael Bussa
  • Narrated by: Krage Brown
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

A short story set in the small, fictional town of Now, Indiana, circa 1940. A man, Troy, returns to his hometown after 10 years when he is diagnosed with cancer in his prime. Distraught, Troy visits a local antique store on Halloween night, hoping to find something to comfort him in his last weeks. He stumbles across a painting so compelling, he must have it at all cost - he must have it...now! Soon, Troy learns there is something more to the painting than for which he bargained. Something diabolical.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not your father's Dorian Grey

  • By Al on 12-13-18

Gem of a find!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Given my reluctance for short stories, I am always looking for good ones. I am glad to say I found one in “Price of Now”. This horror tale grabbed me and held my interest from the opening paragraph. There is a bit of Hitchcock or Twilight Zone suggested here. I love the tale and am happy to find talented short story writers. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Personal Demons

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444

Alex always knew romance would be complicated. When love came into his life with wings and horns, he knew those complications would be a little unusual. Four months after meeting Rachel and Lorelei, Alex finally has a handle on divine visitations, supernatural enemies, and the echoes of reincarnation. He might even survive bringing an angel and a demon home for Christmas with the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty pleasure with a great storyline

  • By David S. Broome on 02-20-17

The War for Perdition!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

The saga of Alex learning and growing continues. Alex, with the help of angel Rachel has dealt with his inner demons of past lives and come away feeling much better. In this next volume Alex and friends have to confront the organization of sorcerers in Seattle, the vengeance of The Pit including a bounty on Lorelei’s head, a price on Alex’s head as well for his growing interference in hell’s endeavors, and the appearance of Lorelei’s old boyfriend. Lorelei must make some critical decisions to save her friends, which may ultimately affect her relationship with Alex. So much is going on; an excellent continuation of the series. Tess Irondale also continues to do a wonderful job at bringing the tale to life.

  • Hellspawn Dominion

  • Hellspawn Series, Book 5
  • By: Ricky Fleet
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

On Ham Farm, the remnants of the British Army watch as the massive horde approach in the distance. Joining forces with the Smith sisters, they face a race against time to fortify the area before the dead attack. Vastly outnumbered, all they can do is pray their training and arsenal of weapons will see them through the coming battle. If they manage to repel the multitudes of rotting zombies, the real war is only just beginning. Inside the castle, the survivors start to take the safety of the impenetrable fortress for granted.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sufficiently Brutal Zombie Tale

  • By Brian on 12-12-18

Three groups on a collision course!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Book five in the Hellspawn Series continues the apocalyptic action with the three groups of survivors; Kurt and crew in the castle, the Smith sisters on Ham Farm, and Craig and company in the prison. Each group possess their own story as the plot revolves around them, but all three are seemingly on a collision course. There’s plenty of action although the story focuses more on the characters than the zombies. I’m not a fan of the British accent, but the narrator does an excellent job of delivering the goods. Three.point.five for flavor. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Law and Justice: Justice Series - Book 2

  • By: Donald L. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Bullets rip the air, snapping past Clay Barlow’s head as, riding Blue, he charges a band of robbers surrounding the Austin stagecoach. Clay lets loose with a load of buckshot from his 12-gauge Roper Repeating Shotgun. With his third blast, the robbers turn tail and race off into the Texas hill country, leaving one of their own dying in the hot Texas dust. At 18, Clay has been invited to join the Texas Rangers. Now, he rides to Austin to either put on the Rangers’ badge or fight for the law in Texas courts, fulfilling his parents' wish that he become an attorney.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rousing Tale

  • By Jean on 11-24-18

I love a good western!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Clay Barlow has always wanted to be a Texas Ranger. His parents had hoped he would serve the law on a different path by becoming an attorney. Clay had always been an upstanding, law-abiding citizen, managing to be in the right place at the right time to foil those who chose to break the law. The shooting of one such train robber precipitated Clay’s grandfather to be shot in revenge by the bandit’s family. Clay had gone to New York to study law and was on his way home when he heard the news of his grandfather. So began the hunt for his grandfather’s shooter. Meanwhile, another outlaw was making a name for himself as a holdup man and a killer. The paths of these characters would eventually cross, leaving behind violence and death. I love a good western and this one is no exception. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • A Slice of Death

  • By: Derwin Lester II
  • Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Eight years ago, Winston Carmichael fought the zombies. That meant running as fast as he could til there were enough people to stop the herd. Now he serves as a platoon sergeant in the Indianapolis Colony. Then word came from his ex-wife in San Antonio. A group of zombies had destroyed the colony.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aliens and Zombies

  • By Kingsley on 11-27-18

Impressive!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I was really impressed with this story. The writing is top-notch, the characters likable and interesting, and the narrator talented. I was wishing I had a full length novel of this story. As much as I dislike short stories this one is an exception. The author mentions titles such as “To Russia, With Zombies”, which I have also liked and listened to, and “The Dimension Next Door”, which I cannot find. There are several other short stories on Audible, but none full length. I’ll keep my eyes open and hope for more from Mr. Lester. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,940
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,661
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,641

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Best served cold!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

One of the most captivating black ops thrillers I’ve listened to in quite some time. I usually don’t find myself emotionally involved in these types of novels, but this one is an exception. Evan, Orphan X, becomes custodian of a package as a last request from his handler and long-time father figure Jack Johns. The package turns out to be Joey, a sixteen year old girl Jack has had under his wing. In this volume Evan confronts his long-time nemesis Charles Van Skyver and discovers what or who is behind the collapse of the Orphan program. What is more interesting is what Evan will find out about himself. The characters are wonderful, the writing top notch, and the action darn near non-stop.

  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,895
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,497

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Court Gentry, baby & diaper bag hmmmm...

  • By shelley on 02-21-18

A kinder, gentler Gray Man!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

The Gray Man is back and embroiled in a political quagmire of family bond and deception. Life and death hang in the balance, not to mention the Syrian presidency. Court Gentry’s hands are full in this mission. The original plan goes sideways and Court is faced with following new orders or his conscience. Great story telling with plenty of action.

  • Infinite Mayhem

  • A Roak: Galactic Bounty Hunter Novel
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Roak has a plan. It is not a good plan. It is not an easy plan. But it is a plan. And with a crew he doesn't want, a nemesis who is always one step ahead, and the power of the Galactic Fleet about to come down on him with all its might, Roak is going to need every ounce of his experience and skill as the galaxy's greatest and deadliest bounty hunter to execute the plan. If his infinite enemies don't execute him first! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get Enough

  • By Cindy on 11-06-18

Meet the Roak family!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Roak has been deceived by one of his long-time allies and in this volume he finds out why. Roak and his sister cross paths once again with Father with no better results than their previous dealings. The Galactic Fleet is hot on Roak’s tail and keeps his crew on their toes. Does Yellow Eyes have toes? Great story with more to come. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.