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  • Lovecraft Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An effective mix of influences

  • By Jim N on 04-10-16

Six stars!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

There's so much happening in this book, I can't even. It's weird, wonderous, horrifying, suspenseful, funny, and sad (a couple times). The story and the main characters are all fleshed out, I just... really loved this book. It's probably my favorite now. I listened to it pretty much non stop since I purchased it three days ago. Good purchase! I can see why HBO is making a show about it (Executive producer Jordan Peele).

  • The Rising

  • By: Brian Keene
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

The Rising is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different type of zombie story

  • By Rabid Reader on 08-01-17

Not your classic zombies.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Alright, there are some really good parts to the story. I like brutal and dark, and this has that in full. There are two things that bothered me though.

1 - These aren't zombies. Zombies have no will other than to feed. They aren't intelligent, they can't use tools or be reasoned with, that's a zombie whether it's running or crawling.


Mild spoiler below:


2 - Keene introduces characters just to kill them, it seems. You learn a little about them, enough to decide on whether or not you like them, then they die. Seems kinda cheap to me. Like, forcing the brutality. Eh.

  • Rise of the Dead

  • By: Jeremy Dyson
  • Narrated by: John R. Crosthwaite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

Blake was never one for taking chances. He lived in a world of formulas and equations. A statistician in a controlled society where everything had become predictably mundane. That world disappeared the day the dead got up and began attacking the living. Now, the end is here. Blake finds himself fighting for his life in a world that is rapidly spiraling out of control. He struggles to keep himself alive and must risk everything to find his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to the zombie genre!

  • By ANGIE on 06-28-16

Run of the mill stereotypical ZA

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

this story was completely average in all respects. it had everything that a zombie apocalypse needs, but nothing past that. this is a great story for first-time reader of zombie apocalypse fiction, past that, I would not pay to listen to this knowing what I know now and probably wouldn't listen to it for free.

the narrator is distracting with his halting speech between what the character say and the narration of the story. the main character is a college instructor statistician who sounds like he smokes three packs of Marlboro Reds a day. it's just not very believable.

I did finish this book which means I enjoyed it, overall. not bad, but not great. just average.

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  • The Halfling's Gem

  • Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,525

Assassin Artemis Entreri whisks his kidnapped victim, Regis the halfling, south to Calimport and into Pasha Pook's vengeful hands. If Pook can control the magical panther Guenhwyvar, Regis will die in a real game of cat and mouse. Using an enchanted mask, dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden hides his heritage and races with the barbarian Wulfgar to save their light-fingered friend. An unexpected ally arrives just as Entreri springs a trap. But can Regis survive unscathed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure to the max.

  • By Jose J. Juarez on 02-20-18

Victor Bevine

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

is the best narrator ever. He should do voice acting as well. also, this series is super fantastic, I'll probably listen to all 30 something Drizzt books