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  • Masters of Mayhem

  • Book Two in the Mad Mick Series
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 349

Conor Maguire and his daughter, Barb, planned to weather the apocalypse by keeping to themselves, hidden from the world in their compound deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Their approach failed, allowing bad men to get too close and kidnap Barb. After rescuing her in a violent bloodbath that decimated the kidnappers, Conor realized it was time to enlist his community to work together to improve their security. They had better work fast.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE THE MAD MICK!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 02-24-19

It's awful SHTF fiction but still a lot of fun!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Ok let's be honest none of the SHTF books are great literature. That said this one is a lot of fun and I hope he continues the series ...

Hold on to your teeth!

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,681

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

book started good then made a hard left turn

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

The book started pretty good, stuff a military vet would recognize and enjoy. The all of a sudden it made a hard left turn into star trek or is that star wars - so geeky supernatural stuff

  • The Mad Mick

  • The Mad Mick Series, Book 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

Conor Maguire nearly lost his daughter Barb when she was three years old, injured by the drunk driver that killed his wife. When the justice system failed him, Conor, the son and grandson of IRA bombers, retaliated against the driver in dramatic and gruesome fashion. For over 25 years, Conor designed and built custom weapons of death and destruction at his compound in the mountains of Virginia. Then a series of devastating terror attacks brought down the United States. Conor and Barb assumed they were safe in their secure compound. Then Barb was kidnapped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from the dynamic duo

  • By Elis Law on 11-08-18

Really fun

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Even though this is below my credit to hours threshold it's really a good book and worth the credit and the time to listen

  • A Different Flesh

  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

What if mankind's "missing link", the apelike Homo erectus, had survived to dominate a North American continent where woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers still prowled while the more advanced Homo sapiens built their civilizations elsewhere? Now imagine that the Europeans arriving in the New World had chanced on these primitive creatures and seized the opportunity to establish a hierarchy in which the sapiens were masters and the "sims" were their slaves.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite good, well worth a credit

  • By Phil on 03-04-19

Quite good, well worth a credit

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I really enjoyed this. Turtledove takes the story a lot of interesting directions. It was well worth the credit and the time.

  • Grace Under Fire

  • The Locker Nine Series, Book 2
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 824

We find Grace taking refuge in a secure compound in the Southern Appalachians. After reuniting with her father, she expected that the remainder of her journey home would be uneventful. Her dad was with her now - things would be okay. She couldn't have been more wrong. Nothing in this new life is easy. Grace and her friend Tom, a physically-challenged veteran utilizing a specially-outfitted track chair, find themselves suddenly thrown back in the fight. Robert Hardwick and Tom's mother become separated from their children and find themselves under attack from a highly-skilled and heavily-armed force. Most alarming of all, an innocent comment from a child's lips puts the remainder of Grace's family directly in the crosshairs of a violent sociopath. If he is able to carry out his plans, Grace and her father will not have a home, or even a family, to return to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Franklin Horton and Kevin Pierce are perfect combo

  • By Real deal on 11-12-17

Not a bad story worth the credit

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Fairly typical SHTF novel. It is starting to get a few interesting characters It's worth a credit and the time it takes to listen to it

  • Apocalypse Trails Omnibus: Episodes 1-3

  • By: Joe Nobody
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

The first three episodes of best-selling author Joe Nobody's highly regarded serial, Apocalypse Trails, begins the story of Commander Jack Cisco and his harrowing journey to reunite with his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good start of an interesting series.

  • By RJ on 02-22-18

It's a really awful story but still fun

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

It's a really awful story but still fun. This book Is really aweful. The beginning has quite a few silly fact errors – navy has not had pharmacists mates since 40’s. But if you can suffer though the beginning it’s actually a fun listen by the end.

  • Divided We Fall: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel of America's Coming Civil War

  • Ava's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531

America is on the verge of a second civil war, and Ava must pull it together if she wants to survive.  Violent protest, widespread destruction, and politicians who insist on letting the disassociated vent their rage will bring America to her knees, threatening to decapitate the laws, principles, and values on which the country was founded. Ava refuses to give into fear, but she simply cannot survive on her own. She must deal with her crisis of faith and learn to trust other people, or she’ll never make it through the bloodiest period of America’s history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start to a new series

  • By KS on 05-22-18

Two hours in and I returned it

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Two hours in and I returned it. Too many whiny, bickering females just cold not take it any more so I returned it . You have been warned

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  • The Assassin

  • An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 8
  • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746

As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin - shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range - kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, timeline a bit confusing

  • By Ross on 03-17-15

Cussler - nuff said

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I like the historical setting on these. Entertaining. Worth a credit. It's Cullsler what more needs be said

  • Into the Shadows: The Fever

  • A Spy Novel
  • By: Michael Brady
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

The first of a series of high-octane spy thrillers, Into the Shadows: The Fever is the story of Michael Brennan, a career CIA non-official-cover intelligence officer, and his quest to identify and disrupt a plot crafted by the Islamic State terror group. After Michael travels to Israel and meets with Israeli intelligence, he partners with Elif Turan, a Mossad agent working in Turkey as a "false flag" along the Syrian border. Together they must use their skills and tradecraft to stop Islamic State's scheme to introduce the deadly Ebola virus into New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Realistic and Full of Action

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-14-18

dull

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

It's a lot like reading a text book or operations manual - just not very entertaining. There is some silly side love story that seems just thrown in there

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,710

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

A great old school thriller nails the 'gun stuff'

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

A great old school thriller nails the 'gun stuff'. The only draw back is it 'fast forwards' though some things a bit. Well worth a credit.