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  • After the Fall

  • Jason's Tale
  • By: David E. Nees
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Zacchai
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

In a world without power, Jason must fight for survival as he heads to the wilds of the Appalachian Mountains. In this story, ably narrated by Gabriel Zacchai, an electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States shuts down all power, communications and transportation. With no food deliveries, and no vehicles working, society begins to unravel. Starvation and death begin to reign and panic leads to violence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • To the Author

  • By Brad on 01-05-17

To the Author

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

You have a pretty good talent for writing a story and keeping it interesting. However, here's a little constructive criticism I would like to toss in the mix for the future. The first point is learn the details! The people that listen to books of this genre are not lonely housewives or elderly women hoping to read about desire. When you refer to AR-15 rifles as .223 throughout the entire book, it drives me crazy because they are mainly 5.56. Although a 5.56 will shoot .223 ammo, the chamber pressures are much higher. Plus, you cannot use any found 5.56 ammo in a rifle chambered for truely .223. Please learn the difference!!! You built Jason as a former sniper that only selected a Ruger .223 caliber when he got out. Are you kidding me? These guys train with everything from the .260 caliber up to .50 cals and are intimately connected with their weapons. They may own AR-15s but an AR-10 is a more believable story. Jason took his bow and taught Katherine how to use it. Dude! There's no girl in her teens that is going to stealthily and accurately pull back a mans normal draw weight of 55 to 70lbs. Especially in a physically demanding role and a slightly malnourished state! Please learn the difference between a clip and a magazine. Lastly, the narrator was ok. Kevin Pierce as a narrator is on a whole other level. If you going to write a story set in the Appalachian mountains, a person with a clear yet refined southern accent for the narrator will do wonders for your story. That's enough!

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Turning Point: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Fiction Series

  • The Blackout Series, Book 3
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

In Turning Point, the Ryman family faces a life altering decision - should we stay or should we go? The oldest and strongest emotion in man is fear, and the strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. Will Americans flee the urban centers, the proverbial golden hordes, for the countryside? Will it be safer than the cities? Turning Point will lead the Ryman family into a complex, inexplicable world where danger lurks around every bend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me on the edge of my seat!

  • By Denise K on 02-23-17

Passes the time

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

These stories are all the same and have a huge BS factor involved. How is it possible for hundreds of people to shoot and ambush a jeep but never shoot out a single tire? No matter what scenario occurs, some miracle just happens to develop and save the characters time and time again. For instance, the Riemann family needs to cross a river that is heavily guarded to finish their journey. Magically, a young boy and old man tap on the jeep window and tell them of a 90 year old black man that has a ferry several miles away. I can't stand the miracles that are placed into these stories when a writer corners his characters and needs a way out. Instead of taking a moment to teach the listeners, he writes some BS and loses the opportunity. All of these stories start off with people far more wealthy than the average or possess skill sets from a decorated war hero former career. It's just laziness or lack of skills/ talent from the authors that write them. That's enough of my ranting! The author kept his family scratch free and alive so he can sell you the next book he comes out with in this series.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Hour

  • The Blackout Series, Book 2
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

Zero Hour continues to follow the obstacles faced by Colton Ryman, his wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world was thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world. A catastrophic solar flare brought with it a blast of solar matter in the form of an EMP, leaving America in darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary Story with excellent characters

  • By kanundra on 04-15-17

Nice attempt at the same story but different approach

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

The story is fine. The characters are fine. However, it appears each author that writes these sorts of bookshas to add an element of unrealistic angles such as when one teenager can manipulate

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Haunt for Jackals

  • Seven Cows, Ugly and Gaunt, Book 3
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 348

Danny Walker's survival retreat has been devastated by violence since the detonation of the EMP. A megalomaniacal warlord has stepped in to fill the vacuum of authority left by the utter collapse of society. Regent Schlusser's designs on absolute power have already brought him to Danny's doorstep once, leaving a trail of blood and heartbreak in his wake. Another conflict with the malicious dictator will spell certain death for the remaining members of the compound.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation.

  • By Kevin (Slingshot) on 12-13-16

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

At least there is action to the point it will keep the reader interested. People die and new problems are created as a result. It is not one of those books where an untrained civilian and his buddies outsmart and slaughter everybody they encounter. It is a good story but I am not a huge guy for prophetic dreams that tell the future in parables. That is the base of this entire series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shepherd: Society Lost, Volume 1

  • By: Steven Bird
  • Narrated by: Roger Bull
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

The Shepherd: A Society Lost is an action-packed post-apocalyptic thrill ride detailing the struggles of former sheriff Jessie Townsend as he and his family seek shelter from a crumbling world with a self-sufficient life on a homestead deep in the Rocky Mountains. Sanctuary soon becomes what he meant to escape, peaceful bliss slipping into desperation and despair in the aftermath of events that shook the foundations that shaped our world to the core.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story. Absolutely Loved It.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-03-16

Complete waste of both time and money

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Another copycat, societal breakdown story that is badly written. How about the following skill sets for "Jesse" the main character: former county sheriff, a hermit shepherd, and a pilot. How believable is this? Another example, Jesse gets shot in the shoulder but manages to make it to an abandoned house that was well stocked by a prepper veterinarian. As it turns out, the vet is back home and is lonely for a friend. The vet patches old Jesse right up and they quickly set out to kill bad guys. Gunshots take months to heal and many have permanent damage. That's not the case with Jesse, he feels good enough to fly a plane across country in search of his sister. The single prepper vet makes the decision to leave all life saving preps behind and go with Jesse across country. Two words!!! "GET REAL." The plane is shot down over New Mexico by extreme jihadists that quickly surround the downed aircraft. Miraculously, gunshots erupt and all jihadists are killed by guys in armored hum vees. The story is filled with miracles that save Jesse every time the author's inept writing skills back the characters into corners. I have listened to dozens of books but have never left a review. This one is so Grade A Power Stupid that I feel obligated to warn people before they buy it. That's it so consider yourself warned!!!