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  • Homestead: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Human Survival

  • After the Pulse, Book 1
  • By: L. Douglas Hogan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Two years after the Pulse shut down the nation’s power grid, Darrick, his wife Tonya, and their autistic son Andy, show up on the doorstep of Darrick’s childhood home. Darrick must make peace with his older brother Jimmie and ailing father James, all the while reacquainting himself with the life of a homesteader. Meanwhile, a looming omen hovers over everything he holds dear. A huge murder of crows circles a large, well-equipped, and organized group of aggressive survivors that are about to discover the homestead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top tier in genre

  • By Keith LaDue on 10-16-18

The end is just the beginning.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

A cautionary tale of a strange new world fought with hidden danger in the aftermath of an apocalypse. Kevin Pierce does a magnificent job of bringing these characters to life.

  • Lit

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 2
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

In Lit, Abrahams tells the story of a couple on a camping trip to the Angeles National Forest, a Los Angeles firefighter, a lonely fry cook, and a group of college students who struggle to escape and survive in Southern California after an unprecedented outbreak of wild and urban fires. Can they escape the flames? Will they become heroes or run from danger? What will it take to end a fiery hell on earth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting premise

  • By KS on 07-22-18

Alt Apocalypse Redux

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

The author has an interesting idea. Same Characters, Same City, Different Apocalypse, Different outcome. Unfortunately I was stuck in the old Apocalypse during much of this story and it didn't quite work for me as well as I'd expect. This would have held up well if I hadn't listened to the first in the series, and could have stood up on its own. With memories of an earlier well crafted work stuck in my head I was left confused throughout the story, as my mind shifted between two different Alternate Universes, often wondering where I was. But... It's probably just me.

  • Ash

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

Four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians each battle to survive in southern California after a series of nuclear attacks. Theirs is a gray world covered in ash and nuclear fallout. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series...

  • By Lee McGinnis on 05-24-18

Well written Survival Story, narrated by a master

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

A post Apocalypse work of fiction, in which each and every bit of story line is completely believable. Tom Abrahams has written a well researched and accurate story, which is delivered by a narrator who is a master of the genre. Keven Pierce breathes life into this tale, lifting words from the page and delivering them in a way that had me there in the story... tasting the ash as it filtered through the burlap.

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  • Targeted

  • A Deputy, Her Love Affairs, a Brutal Murder
  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

When her missing boyfriend is found murdered, his body encased in cement inside a watering trough and dumped in a cattle field, a local sheriff's deputy is arrested and charged with his murder. But as New York Times best-selling author and investigative journalist M. William Phelps digs in, the truth leads to questions about her guilt. In his first full-length, original true-crime audiobook for WildBlue Press, Phelps delivers a hard-hitting, unique experience, immersing listeners in the life of the first female deputy in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did She or Didn't She . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 03-01-18

Well Crafted True Crime

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

So many True Crime novels seem to be nothing more than a compilation of Cut and Paste Newspaper articles. The True Crime there is that the authors are simply repeating verbatim the works of other writers and reporters. That is not the case with "Targeted"... M. William Phelps has done an outstanding job of researching the story, interviewing witnesses and people directly involved in the case, and presenting it in his own captivating writing style. Couple that with the skillful delivery of Kevin Pierce, and you've got a compelling story that will keep you listening from beginning to end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • The Storm Before the Storm: A Novel of Preparedness and Survival

  • American Sundown Series
  • By: Joe Russell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

As a prepper, Dave Galanos has always made an effort to do what he can to prepare for the unexpected. But when something goes terribly wrong halfway through a backpacking trip with his wife and family, his world is turned upside down, and he is tested in a way he had never planned for.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book if you have Insomnia

  • By cosmitron on 02-23-18

Kevin Pierce kept this book alive.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I've become a fan of Kevin Pierce and his narrating style. In fact, his narration is what kept me listening to this audiobook from beginning to end. In the hands of another, less skilled narrator I don't know whether I would have made it to the meat of the story. It was an enjoyable listen.

  • The Death Wish Game

  • By: Jonathan Chateau
  • Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

A one-way trip to Florida offers Rodney Corso the chance at a fresh start from his dead-end life in South Carolina. Newly divorced, broke, and unemployed, a bus ticket gifted to him by his sister could not have come at a better time. However, this bus would never reach its final destination. Sometime during the 10-hour trek to Miami, both he and the rest of the passengers awaken to find themselves duct-taped to their seats and stranded in the middle of nowhere in the black of night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buckle Up You are in for a wild ride.

  • By cosmitron on 03-17-18

An unfortunate bus trip

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

A great story. Well written, and wonderfully narrated this audiobook held my attention until the bus went off the road and into the weeds.

  • Outside the Law

  • By: Phillip Thompson
  • Narrated by: J. Rodney Turner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Sheriff Colt Harper lives by his own moral code. His relentless crusade against drug crimes in his rural Mississippi county infuriates a Memphis mobster who sends Hack, his cold-blooded assassin, to stop him. ATF Special Agent Molly McDonough, looking to save her troubled career, follows Hack's trail of corpses to Harper's turf. The fates of Harper, McDonough, and Hack collide in a bloody, brutal showdown for justice, redemption, and survival that can only be fought outside the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, can't wait for more.

  • By Jason on 11-02-17

Well crafted story. Outstanding narration.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Well written, coupled with an outstanding narrator, I could "See" the story unfold... The film running in my mind, and characters brought to life as I listened.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,668
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,403

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will never forget it...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-31-17

The unintended consequences of one pirates quest

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

What made the experience of listening to The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson the most enjoyable?

I had no idea what to expect or where this story was taking us, but the twists and revelations were starting. The impact of one pirate was not felt just in little corner of the world, but in an entire industry, affecting not just a handful of people, but millions of lives across the planet. One pirate has disrupted the lives of each and every one of us.The implications are staggering.

This is a very well researched work that includes great stories, interviews, and narrative.

  • Sector 64: First Contact

  • A Sector 64 Prequel Novella
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

As part of the Greatest Generation, Major Anthony Spinelli, a World War II fighter pilot, flew into combat to save his family and keep them free. Two years later, he lost them in the blink of an eye, leaving Tony rudderless and without purpose. Then, on a dark, moonless night, in the skies above 1947 New Mexico, he has an encounter that will change humanity forever. However, when an accident threatens to unleash unimaginable destruction, Tony must race against time and unwinding plots to save us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cole Does It Again with First Contact

  • By Brian on 07-22-17

Well written story coupled with amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

Would you listen to Sector 64: First Contact again? Why?

Absolutely. The writing and performance make this one worth listening to again and again.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Some narrators read words. Some tell a story. R.C. Bray grabs you by the ears takes you on a journey. His skillful transition between fully fleshed out characters brings an entire cast to life and places the listener right there beside them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Are you sure you're ready?

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  • Productivity Beast

  • An Unconventional Guide to Getting Things Done
  • By: Thibaut Meurisse
  • Narrated by: Meral Mathews
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Would you like to get more done, enjoy more free time, and increase your financial success? Imagine being able to create more wealth and free time in your life. How would you feel if you could spend this extra time with your loved ones or doing things you enjoy? What if you could transform your relationship with time and learn to value it enough to become its master? This book will take you from imagining these things to actually experiencing them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's worth more than I paid for it

  • By Mark on 06-30-17

It's worth more than I paid for it

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

What did you like best about Productivity Beast? What did you like least?

A nice short easy listen that comes in just over two hours. I listened to it from beginning to end two days in a row. There are a lot of good ideas in there.

Would you be willing to try another book from Thibaut Meurisse? Why or why not?

I don't think so.

I tried to listen to it for a third day in a row, but I just couldn't get into it. I think I was focusing more on all the parts of the book that really didn't resonate at all with my own life. I mean... There were a lot of great ideas if you want to be a public speaker and tour the lecture circuit for a living... or work as a consultant in japan, and want to quit your day job because you hate it, and want to write books for a living.

But if you're trying to boost your own personal productivity you'll need to weed out the ideas that are absolutely brilliant, just not necessarily applicable in your own life situation.

What three words best describe Meral Mathews’s performance?

Clear direct reading.

Did Productivity Beast inspire you to do anything?

It gave me something to think about.

Any additional comments?

While this book may not have provided me with any new insightful material, and didn't necessarily resonate with me, it did remind me of things I already know that are worth reviewing and thinking about.

Thibaut is a very kind and sincere person. He's actually followed up with me after I downloaded his workbook, and I know he has the best interests of his readers in mind.

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