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  • Neighbors

  • By: Jerry D. Young
  • Narrated by: Joseph F Miele Jr
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Hank Smith was a prepper with a problem. He lived on a cul-de-sac, which was good. The bad part of it was it was on a hill, putting him in full view of the approach to the cul-de-sac and of most of his neighbors. Everyone in the neighborhood saw his large garden, his solar panels, his hand well, and the other items that indicated his ability to get by without much help from anyone else. Even though his neighbors thought Hank was a little nutty, they respected his right to live the way he wanted. However, when a world war breaks out, will they respect his right to his own property?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good introduction to the concepts of prepping.

  • By Aerindel on 08-26-18

A good introduction to the concepts of prepping.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

So first off, this is a SHORT STORY. Obviously you aren't going to have any character development or much descriptions in such a short story that is covering months of time so although the book lacks these things, it can't really be counted as a criticism, rather just a limitation of the format.

This is not really a character or events driven story, its more a best case scenario, "How to survive nuclear war" primer in the form of short fiction. Its simple, straight forward and easy to understand. There is nothing new, surprising or memorable there if you've read pretty much any other post apocalyptic or disaster fiction. There are no bad apples or traitors in the community, no mistakes are made, is as saccharin and predictable as a 1950's civil defense film reel.

This does not make it bad. It just makes it what it is, a short, palatable example of what a community could do to survive nuclear war. This is not really a book for preppers, its not going to bring out any new ideas or concepts to anyone who has already started prepping.

What is a good book for is people who have never really thought about prepping before. As a simple, non threatening, 'sanitized' version of nuclear war it would be easy for anyone to listen to and if it was their first exposure to the concepts, give them a lot to think about and a lot of prepping 101 type information with just enough story to keep it interesting through its short run time.

It would also be an excellent introduction to the subject for kids. The whole time I was listening I was imaging it as a 'magic schoolbus' episode (what can I say, I have a three year old who knows how to run netflix) In fact I think this would make an excellent illustrated book for kids from the right kinds of families. Its just dangerous enough to get the point of prepping across without doing so in any kind of threatening way.

As for the audio part of 'audiobook' this one is just acceptable. It was obviously produced with a low budget and B list reader. You can hear pages being turned, background noises and clipped words and over long pauses where edits where made. It gets the job done but has a noticeably amateurish production value. Not a big deal but it doesn't really add anything to the experience.

  • The Salt Line

  • By: Holly Goddard Jones
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

In an unspecified future, the United States' borders have receded behind a salt line - a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what's left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a pop star and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta, a seemingly simple housewife.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Odd, pointless story.

  • By Aerindel on 05-05-18

Odd, pointless story.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

The set up is for an exciting post apocalyptic thriller.

What you actually end up with is a mediocre soap opera that ends without ever really going anywhere.

Many...even most of the characters die, but it all happens 'off screen' and you don't really feel anything, and neither do the other characters and despite all they supposedly go through, nothing really changes for the characters or the world afterwards.

Which is really too bad. The set up and premise are excellent...its a world I would like to read more about...just needs a different author to tell the story.

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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

As a child Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating - and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Serviceable Aliens Story

  • By Flavius on 01-09-17

Pretty Bad.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was an original Alien story, not some weird thing shoehorned into the cannon timeline.

The whole thing is basically a repeat of Aliens and Alien: Isolation with Ripley simply having her memory wiped in the last five minutes and sent on here way like nothing happened (to explain why none of this is mentioned in Aliens)

What do you think your next listen will be?

No idea.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The. NarATor. Read. EvERY Line...As if HE was William Shat-NER. With every OTHER word being needLESSLY over emphasized for NO reason.

What character would you cut from Alien: Out of the Shadows?

Ripley.

Really it was pretty mediocre, read like fan fiction, but would have been at least passible if it was just a Alien spin off rather than trying to be a mainline story.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could trust audible reviews more. This book was terrible but seemed well reviewed which was why I got it.

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,019

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Not as good as the TV series (surprisingly)

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

If you could sum up Altered Carbon in three words, what would they be?

Sex. Blood. Crime.

What did you like best about this story?

The main character, classic anti-hero.

Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Many of them. Perhaps too many. It was hard not to think of other characters he has read.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately, the netflix series is better. Not what I expected but this time it was the TV series that had more story and the book that felt kinda stripped down.

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  • Semiosis

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Burke
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 521

Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird. But good. But weird.

  • By Lilyn G. on 03-20-18

Great book...no ending.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

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

Sure, its an interesting book and well read.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the ecosystem and its components, very imaginative.

What about Caitlin Davies and Daniel Thomas May ’s performance did you like?

Nothing memorable, which is generally a good thing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many, but I won't spoil them.

Any additional comments?

This book had no real ending.....it just went on with more and more interesting things happening and then just came to an end with no real feeling of ending or resolution.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51,708

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

Terrible.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

What would have made Artemis better?

If the main character had been even slightly likable. She was basically an incompetent psychopath, which could be an interesting starting point but there was no arc, no redemption, just a really unpleasant person from start to finish coupled with a improbably plot and dull story.

What could Andy Weir have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He should have stuck to what he was good at, highly technically problem solving and humor.

Have you listened to any of Rosario Dawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't but the performance was just fine, it was the story that was bad.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Artemis?

Frankly I would have cut the whole thing. The back of the napkin plot is okay, a heist story on the moon, no problem, but everything else was just unpleasant, unlikeable and hard to believe.

Any additional comments?

I hope Andy Weir writes another book as good as the martian someday.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,923

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Felt like it was only half a book.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Decent begining but it felt like the story ended before it really got going. I kept waiting for the "Faraday cage" moment (if you've read Anathem you will understand) but it never came and pretty soon the book was over and was left feeling like I had just listened to an introduction.

Would you be willing to try another book from Neal Stephenson? Why or why not?

Of course. He has produced several of my all time favorite books. This just wasn't one of them.

Which character – as performed by Mary Robinette Kowal and Will Damron – was your favorite?

No idea, I can't remember who voiced what. Probably my favorite character was Sonar Tax Law mostly because of her crazy name.

Do you think Seveneves needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe. This felt like less than half the story but I'm not sure he actually knows himself what the other half ways and Stephenson normally doesn't make sequels. I would much rather have a sequel to Anathem, Snowcrash or Cryptonomicon instead.

Any additional comments?

Once thing that was nice about this book is that it had the proper loss of life you would expect from a story about the end of the world. It seems obvious but many apocalyptic books fail to actually bother to kill everyone, this book doesn't pull any punches, when he writes about the end of the human race he means it. No 99% percent death rate here literally only one in a billion people survive the the first three years.

  • Under a Graveyard Sky

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Zombie Apocalypse Tale

  • By Sara Marie Dalke on 07-03-14

Interesting beginning that goes nowhere.

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

Reviewed: 02-22-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have liked it much better if it had stuck with the intense, serious tone it started with rather than turning into cheese after the first few chapters. Its really too bad, the basic premise of this book is a good one and the characters, at least at first, where pretty likable

Would you recommend Under a Graveyard Sky to your friends? Why or why not?

To my OMGZombies! friends I would recommend it, it has some fun parts and the writing is solid. But to my actual prepper friends, the kind who have actual disaster codes in place and view the zompoc as a metaphor for what is really going to happen to the world after about three weeks without electricity, no. There is nothing here for the serious survivalist, too much is just ridiculous. A 13 year old girl wearing 120lbs of gear jumping into a ship and slaughtering dozens of zombies single handedly? Yeah, I don't think so. It would have been hard to believe if it had been a navy Seal, its impossible to believe when its a young, civilian teenager.

Also this author seems to know very little about real world guns and a lot of about internet stereotypes. You would think Ringo would know better but as others have hinted at, I think this book was ghost written.

What about Tristan Morris’s performance did you like?

He did a good job with the accents, which was appropriate for the characters but it did get annoying eventually.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe. It probably would have made a better movie than a book.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143,599
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143,444

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

The best audiobook I've listened to since '14'

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

Reviewed: 01-24-14

Yes this little book from a no name author is actually one of the best books I've listened to in a long long time.

Some books are great because of the plot, Some because of the setting or the writing.

This book is great because of the character and the sheer amount of science that is put into it. If your tired of sci-fi glossing over the details in favor of melodrama then this book is for you.

The plot is as simple as can by, survive 500 days on mars, travel 3200 kilometers, by yourself, with no contact with earth. Accomplish this mostly with duct tape. Yes, its sound preposterous but its little different from what the crew of apollo 13 did when they built an air filter out of duct tape, plastic bags and socks.

Sound dry to you? Its not, for just one reason, the protagonist is as hilarious as he is smart. Get tired of talking about Kilowatt days? Invent your own unit of measure, the PirateNinja. Hurt your back and need to spend a few days recovering? Study maritime law and figure out that if you achieve your goal you will technically become the first space pirate.

How else do you survive almost two years alone on mars? Learn to find humor in everything, even your own imminent demise.

This is a must read. I wish I had followed my instinct and bought it when it first came out instead of waiting for the positive reviews to stream in.

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  • FREE: Day by Day Armageddon: Grey Fox

  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: James Snyder
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Time is a very fluid thing, no one really has a grasp on it other than maybe how to measure it. As the maestro of the Day by Day Armageddon Universe, I have the latitude of being in control of that time. I can adjust the slider either direction, moving the timeline back and forth along the continuum. This is one of the perks of creation, the benefit in constructing something (albeit small) from nothing. Sort of makes you wonder what the maestro of the universe is up to, no? You have again stumbled upon a ticket with service through the apocalyptic wastes, but this time the train is a little bit older, a little more beat up, and maybe a little wiser. Keep your doors locked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe the end

  • By Felix on 01-31-18

Apology accepted Mr, Bourne, Apology accepted.....

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

Reviewed: 01-24-14

Like many people, I loved the first two books of the Day by Day series, and like many people, I felt the third book was a steaming pile, the kind of thing written by a nine year old on a three day caffeine high.

With this short story J. L. Bourne shows that no, he didn't have a stroke or if he did, he has recovered. This story is everything the first two where and more. The only downside is that it was so short, barely had time to finish cleaning my AR before it was over.

Here is hoping that when the author talks about time being a fluid thing that he is hinted at disavowing the third book in the series and re-writting it as it should have been done in the first place. Don't worry, every author is allowed one terrible book as long as they move past it and get back to what they do best. We'll happily forget your mistake and buy your next book if its anything like Grey Fox.

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