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Wade Lancaster

At The Five And Dime
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  • Of Blood and Bone

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 729

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before - the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted - and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden. In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Expectations!

  • By Fay S. Sideris on 12-05-18

I’m really enjoying this series....good world building.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

It’s still a little light...though I expect it to get to a much darker tone in the next entry. I am enjoying getting to know this world, these characters, just a basic magical tale of good versus evil.

However, I’m having doubts about the narration. She does well about 50 percent of the time. It just seems dragged down with her voice. She is a very good narrator, but with this book I would have liked someone that could have really stressed the dark currents that run through this book.

  • Crossbones

  • An Omega Days Novel
  • By: John L. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Leading the U.S.S. Nimitz survivors has forced Father Xavier Church to make some hard decisions, but he's protected his flock. Only, his fortress is about to fall, and, this time, he might not be able to save them all. Most people lost everyone they loved to the walking dead, but Evan Tucker didn't have anything to lose. The folks on the Nimitz are the closest family he's ever had. He'll fight to his last breath to make sure nothing comes between them - no matter whether it's the undead or the living. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT A Fitting Ending To The Series

  • By Wade Lancaster on 11-30-18

NOT A Fitting Ending To The Series

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This entry reads like the first entry in the series. There are similar new characters and old characters doing similar things. There is hardly any character development or growth and some of the characters do things that are out of character to advance the plot. Example: During a fight with another ship one of the characters thinks this is wrong and that innocent lives will be lost. Then he thinks...oh what the hell, I get to fire on another ship. Really?? This book really has no reason to exist. The author could have given us a much greater episode in the survivors lives like the last entry that actually was way more plausible.

Narration was good..not great. Some of his voices can be grating after awhile.

  • Dead of Night

  • A Zombie Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Will Be Eaten Next?

  • By Squeak on 11-04-11

Good Not Great

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Solid entry with some good plot twists. Well drawn characters that you care about. And you definitely care about the town’s plight as it is overtaken by zombies and the military. Both want to destroy the town.

Narration wasn’t as strong as it could have been.

  • Hex

  • By: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,024

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened, or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Story...Odd Narrator

  • By Mr. Richard Smith on 08-08-16

Dark and Dreary

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Very gloomy horror novel that has a lot to say about how we treat each other. Makes a lot of social statements and most of them are negative. You really care about some of the good characters and grieve over their predicaments. Great mix of suspense, action, horror.

Narration is great...characters brought to life.

  • Ex-Patriots

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,053

It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than The First!!!

  • By phil humphries on 08-09-17

Very Good Entry

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I’m rereading this series. This is a solid entry in the zombie/super heroes series. Characters are well developed and interesting. Very evil villain and some surprising plot twists.

Narration is great. It is shared by 4 narrators and they all bring the characters to life.

  • The Cutting

  • A McCabe and Savage Thriller, Book 1
  • By: James Hayman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

Detective Mike McCabe moved from a top homicide job with the NYPD to Portland, Maine, to leave his failed marriage and suspicions of wrongdoing behind, and to find a more peaceful life for himself and his 13-year-old daughter. But the small New England city is not nearly as safe as he thought. On a warm September night, a missing high school athlete is found dead in a scrap-metal yard, her heart removed from her body with surgical precision. As outrage over the killing spreads, a young businesswoman disappears while out on a morning jog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay For A First Book

  • By Me & My Girls on 11-15-15

Good Mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Interesting characters and good plot. Some stereotypical characters, but overall a solid debut , first in a series.

  • The Complete Deadland Saga

  • By: Rachel Aukes
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 27 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The number one best-selling trilogy is now available as a single audiobook! This audiobook contains 100 Days in Deadland, Deadland's Harvest, and Deadland Rising100 Days in Deadland: The world ended on a Thursday.  Deadland's Harvest: It has been 100 days since the zombies claimed the world. Cash, along with 42 survivors, have found safety in the secluded and well-guarded Fox National Park.  Deadland Rising: It has been nearly one year since the zombie hordes claimed the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • oh dear narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-29-18

GOOD zombie entry

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

The full 3 novels are included. It’s standard zombie fare. Has interesting characters and good action sequences. It’s worth the credit.

Narration is very good and she brings the characters to life. I enjoyed the ending most of all and it’s narrative that relates to the current political class.

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  • Dread Nation

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dead Are Never Lonely

  • By Cynthia on 05-15-18

BELOW Average

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Well-written, but the story just lacked interesting characters and was too much political and philosophical rantings. Like some others have stated, there are very few if any positive male characters. And if you’re white, expect to get the smack down. It was classic switch and bait. It has very little to do with zombies and more to do with racism. It could have been written differently with more zombie action and still made its valid philosophical points. Or how about making the zombies the ones treated unfairly and criminally..because they actually were at certain points in this novel, but it wasn’t explored as well. Also, the author really veered away from post civil war mannerisms and way of talking—although a generic southern style was evident. Since this is an alternative history novel, that can somewhat be forgiven.

THE narrator was excellent. She is probably the only reason I read the whole book. She really brought the characters to life...especially the main one. She has such a beautiful voice, I’m hooked.

Lastly, I’m expecting to get a lot of unhelpful votes on all of my reviews for going against the grain on this one. It always happens.

  • Exodus

  • Green Fields, Book 9
  • By: Adrienne Lecter
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Finding the French Resistance was only the first step in achieving their mission. With impossible odds looming ahead, Bree is forced to bury the hatchet and work with Bucky Hamilton and his men to get to their destination - a secret underground lab previously part of the serum project that might just hold the most valuable thing on earth: a cure for the zombie virus.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back On Track

  • By Wade Lancaster on 11-01-18

Back On Track

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Just when I was going to give up on this series, Lecter writes a great novel with good character development, good action sequences, good plot, etc.. The main characters are a lot less whiny and cranky and show there affection in more positive ways. Probably the main reason for a better entry is that the author takes the core group out of the states, introduces new characters, new storylines, and continues/advances the main storylines from past entries.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twisted World: A Broken World Novel

  • Twisted, Book 1
  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: Heather Firth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Twenty years ago, a deadly virus swept the globe, ravaging the population. People died and came back as monsters, and through the tragedy that rocked the world, survivors were born. Megan James is the product of survivors. Her parents crossed hundreds of miles of dangerous countryside to reach Atlanta and the promise of a real future. Now, two decades later, Meg is facing a crisis of her own. Her father has vanished and is presumed dead, and her mom is teetering on the edge of insanity, but all Meg really wants is to return to the safe world she always thought she was living in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life is a struggle.

  • By cosmitron on 03-22-18

Blah Blah Yada Yada

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

There’s a good story here but don’t go in thinking it’s a zombie novel. I gave up halfway through. The characters just go on and on about everything. Nary a zombie in sight. Proceed with caution.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful