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  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

  • The Road to Nowhere, Book 1
  • By: Meg Elison
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Equals" = "Annoying"

  • By Lulu on 12-26-16

Been Waiting for One This Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

One on the difficult things about reading polished, imaginative, and rich dystopian writing is that once I have experienced this it's impossible to turn back to mediocre tales that are lacking in one way or the other. I have been searching for a writer who can make words sing like Lauren Oliver, who van show believable humanity like Sarah Lyons Fleming, who can world build like Dan Wells and Alexandra Bracken, and who can elicit empathy, rage, disgust, pride, grief, and love from me. This book is all that. The narration is superb and ranks up there with the work Julia Whelan and Sarah Drew have done. The varying perspectives used in telling this story helped me to see the protagonist as she saw herself and how others experienced her. In this future Ideas about sexuality, love, intimacy, gender roles, and survival evolve and morph and so easily become something other than what we hold them about to be in our society in which some have all they need and others have to do with much less and must take what they need. The mark of a truly moving and insightful piece of literature for me is in the successful deliverance of messages that lead to more questions and more discussion and thoughtful debate and a need to read or listen to the book again. After consuming the sequel I'm certain I'll be back to listen to The Book of the Unnamed Midwife again.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gender Game 2: The Gender Secret

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Evans, Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089

Gliding over the treacherous Green in a shaky aircraft that she has no idea how to land, Violet Bates is still in shock. The harrowing events of the previous night play over in her mind as she asks herself question after question. Why did Lee Desmond Bertrand behave the way he did?What is the truth about the mysterious silver egg st owed beneath her seat? What happened to Viggo, and where is her brother? Is either of them still alive?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wordy. Not a full story.

  • By Jess B on 07-15-17

Book 2

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Sticking with this series is worth it. While I found the first book in the series a tad slow and lacking in description of the universe, the pacing in the second book is excellent and the storyline grows more detailed. I was craving information about the technology of the world, about the motivation of some of the secondary characters, and about the direction of Vigo and Violet's relationship. I enjoyed this second installment more than the first.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Gender Game

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,991

A toxic river divides 19-year-old Violet Bates' world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. But one decision could save her life. To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plot line is asinine in so many places.

  • By L. D. Brown on 08-30-17

Giving Book 2 A Try

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

This book started off slowly for me with too much detail and awkward description of every little thing the character was doing rather than with inner dialogue of the main character, Violet. I felt there was too much 'telling ' and not enough 'showing.' Introducing a character is tricky and I found the initial presentation of Violet to be lacking in believability. Determined to stick with it, I liked the second half of the story better; there was more character insight and some conflict both inner and outer. I enjoyed the author's political and social commentary regarding the strict division in ideology of the two cities and I'm intrigued enough to listen to book 2. I did have issues with visualizing the 'world ' the author created. For example the author makes the point that all stores and businesses should have up to date tech including security cameras and yet Violet esasily sneaks around buildings laying bombs, stealing schedules etc. with no comcern for any security. Some attention to world details would have been helpful. The narration was smooth with the exception of the voice of Vigo who came off as angry no matter what the character was saying. I'm interested to see where this story goes and if the writing continues to be rich and flowing and balanced like it was in the second half of this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mordacious

  • The City Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in. Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse

  • By LD on 09-25-16

New Characters-Same Great Writing

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

From the universe of Until the End of the World comes the first installment of the tale of Cassie's brother, Eric, Ana and Penny's mother, Maria, and a cast of characters also trying to survive while stranded in New York City. I was taken in by Cassie in the first 3 books; in so many ways I could relate to her. I have often wondered if the character, Cassie, is based on Lyons Fleming or someone close to her. She is fully a real and flawed character who we get to know on such a deep level that for me I felt as if I knew her as a close friend. The cast of characters Cassie loves and cares for and sacrifices for are also unique, funny, and equally devoted to Cassie. I admire Lyons Fleming's writing style and pacing so much that I have actually listened to all three books in the first series twice. The first time was to enjoy the unfolding story and the second time was to admire the process she uses throughout. I was always set on reading the next series of books because of the connection I felt to the characters. This first book, Mordacious, picks up where the last book in the first series left off. While I miss the characters and the story line from the first series this book is just as engrossing as the first one in the first series. Lyons Fleming introduces us to a new cast of characters struggling to stay alive and figuring out who to trust. Lyons Fleming's strength lies in her ability to balance the flow of the action with the details she reveals about each new character. I already have the sense that these folks are real people who could have experienced the events in the book. Even though this is a first story in a series we get to immediately see what lengths each character will go to in the decisions they make in horrific circumstances. We get to see how they make choices, what sacrifices they will make, why they make them, and for me, the most striking part, is that we get to see the emotional struggle ongoing in staying true to self even when the world has gone to hell. The narration is first rate (Audible) even without Julia Whelan (one of my favs). I need the next installment, please. As quickly as possible!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,225

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

On Must Read Lists for All Ages

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

This story is unique in several ways. First, the author does a fabulous job of presenting a world threatening life altering global scenario with minimal backstory. Readers are pulled into a story ongoing and we come to understand the important plot details through the eyes of four main characters. Second, the four main characters present the reader with four very different views of the world and four unique perspectives of the difference between right and wrong. Lastly, the skill with which a character's motivation and a character's emotional limitations are revealed makes stories like this either potent or ultimately unfulfilling. This story packs a punch. Emotionally gripping and socially relevant, this tale provoked endless speculation on my part and also a desire for mindless tasks so I could continue to listen straight through to the end! The narration is first rate and the story itself will find a place on must read lists in the years to come.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,399

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

Small Town Supernatural

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

The narration is top notch in this book and that makes the main character, Sookie, just that more charming, intriguing, and down to earth. This was an impulse buy. I
found it off the editor's choice list and dang it if I am not ready to follow the story along into book 2. There is a sneak peak right at the end of this book! The setting is super small-town and intimate but wrapped in larger more dangerous layers of the real and supernatural world. Loved this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • United States of Apocalypse

  • By: Mark Tufo, Armand Rosamilia
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427

When World War 3 erupts on American soil, it is up to some less than likely heroes to band together and stand tall against any and all comers as a once proud nation is brought to her knees. Cowardly terrorist attacks and indifferent global communities have isolated America as she spirals into a desperate bid for survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait, No Zombies? What the....?

  • By Mel the no where chick on 05-07-16

Getting Some Classic Tufo and THE Best Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Written with humor and with attention to the detail that Tufo fans admire and love, this first installment leaves me typically yelling at my device for more! B.T., Talbot, Tracy, and a cast of new characters welcome you to a world of conflict, survival, and uncertainty. Tufo and Rosamilla capture perfectly the fundamental question that some of humanity wrestles with on a daily basis: how to decide to act based not on what we can do but rather what we should do. Excellent read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343

Mike is back. Devastated by his loss, he strikes out on a doomed journey to wipe the earth of the Lycan scourge, with his faithful companion, Oggie, by his side. Bailey, a distant relative of Mike's best friend BT, joins him, but for different reasons. Azile struggles to reign him in, while a world already pushed to the edge begins its fall over the precipice. When all is lost, can anything ever be won? Join Mike on another epic adventure as he fights foes both new and old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done Mark Tufo

  • By Sarai on 01-11-15

Outstanding Tufo

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

Quick wit, a passion for loved ones, always a foot available for mouth insertion. ..Talbot is in perfect form. While I miss Trip, Tommy, and BT the Lycan Books are an ntertaining ride. I particularly look forward to more Mathieu.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lycan Fallout

  • Rise of the Werewolf
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,740

The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man clawed and climbed his way back from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, creating new communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung... Once again, one man finds himself once thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Mike Talbot Returns!!!

  • By Theodore on 07-23-13

Classic Tufo Classic Talbot

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Read Zombie Fallout first to get to know Talbot and BT and the story lines . Then enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 'Til Death Do Us Part

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 6
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,104

BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Series Back on Track

  • By Theodore on 01-27-13

What A Ride

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

I moved through these books so fast that I have not reviewed them individually but I had to weigh in on Tufo's awesome character creations. Mark Tufo, if you ever read these, John The Tripper is brilliant! And so is Deneaux , B.T., Gary... Tufo's skill is in describing real peoole with all of their shortcomings, their dedication to family and friends, and their ability to face death with courage . Mike Talbot continues to amuse and astound. Tufo is an outstanding first person story teller and the narrator captures the essence of each character in these tales with ease. Each book thus far is a perfect balance between suspense, action, descriptive horror scenes, character conflict, the personal musings of Talbot, and flashbacks that show readers how Talbot came to be the man he is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful