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  • The Borrowed World

  • A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234

In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim Powell and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Close and personal story of the apocalypse

  • By Kingsley on 07-25-15

Much Better than Expected

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I didn't really know what to expect with this story. I got it so long ago, I couldn't even remember what drew me to it, other than a preference for action and post-collapse stories. The narrator sounds a little too old for the characters, but otherwise did a good job.

What I found pleasantly surprising about this book was the writing. It was well done and didn't come off as too pretentious or over-the-top, as many prepper books usually are. I found the actions of the protagonists and antagonists to be believable. I think the post-collapse violence and problems started occurring a little faster than they would in reality, but not so much as to break the suspension of disbelief.

Eight hours is just barely long enough of an audio length for me to get into a book, but it was on sale, so I took a chance on it. I'm glad I did, and I was pleased to see this is a series, as I'm drawn into the story and want to hear more.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,941
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,954

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Really short story

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

As short stories usually are, this got right to the point and ended with a punch.

Not overly creepy, but well written and was enjoyable. There's no prefacing story, no sequels, and just short enough to listen to when you only have a short time to fill.

  • What the Hell Did I Just Read

  • A Novel of Cosmic Horror
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John, and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they - like you - would be better off not knowing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please fix the audio

  • By Chris Bell on 10-03-17

Highly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I'm not sure if it's the writing or the narration, but but book, much like "John Dies at the End," is a fun, quirky story that draws you in and keeps you entertained to the end. To be sure, I enjoyed this on as much as I did JDatE.

  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,882

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best one yet

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 03-22-18

Excellent, as usual

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

The Gray Man series is one of my favorites. If you're familiar with the pervious books, then you don't really need specifics on this book. More Gray Man, more cretics action. Nuf said.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,635

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Couldn't Finish It

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The first chapter was utterly annoying. Very annoying. It's a good thing the sample audio on the Audible site used the second chapter, because using the first chapter would have led to low sales. Thankfully, it was short.

The story got a little better after the 1st chapter, but then went downhill fast. So fast, I had to stop listening to it, as I found myself avoiding pressing play to continue listening. Part of this is likely due to the narration, but the way book was written was just not pleasant.

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  • Food: A Love Story

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,868

Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, but read more like a series of jokes

  • By Adam Shields on 10-24-14

Not as Good as Hoped

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Jim Gaffigan is one of our family's favorite comedians. However, this book isn't as good as I had hoped.

If you've seen his comedy specials or in person several times, then the comedy bits will be familiar to you. For most of the book, Gaffigan sounds as though he's reading an unfamiliar script, including the awkward pauses when he realizes there are more words on the next line or has to turn the page. Honestly, his narration sounds like he was reading it for the first time and tried to get through the whole book in one sitting; the gaps and pauses get worse as the book progressed.

Because Gaffigan's comedy is pretty clean, this could make for a family worthy listen on a road trip, particularly if your kids are familiar with and like him, and if you only need to listen for an hour or so at a time.

The title should have been, "Food - A Love-Hate story with Diarrhea."

Given the book's real title, I expected to hear more favorable food stories. Instead, it felt there was more about the foods he hates. A little of this is in his comedy acts and can be funny, but by the time you're in the last half of the book, it begins to get tiring, as the same pattern of complaining is applied to just about every entry. This is not a love story about food.

The last two hours of the book were somewhat tedious to listen to, as the all-too-obvious-reading-from-the-page style of narration and the repeated comedy pattern began to wear on me. I typically don't like short audio books, but this one would have been better if it had been kept under 4 hours. Either that, or just do the material as comedy, and not a bad hybrid of poor narration interspersed with some stand up comedy bits.

All in all, I'm left feeling the book purchase was a mistake and it may have ruined my appreciation of his stand up comedy.

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  • Prey

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,866

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum

  • By Michael Kellogg on 05-06-05

Andromeda Strain 2.0

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This book reminds me of "The Andromeda Strain." From the interaction of the characters, to the way the technology is a part of the story, to another "contagion" problem. Overall, the book was enjoyable, though it had somewhat of a pre-1990 feel to it.

The narrator did a good job of telling the story, though it needs some editing. Quite often, there are gaps between sentences. At first, I thought these may have been new chapters or sections, but it's difficult to tell, as they also appear in the middle of the action.

The book had a lot of technical information, which was fine for me, as I like details. The author waited until the epilogue to fill in many of the missing pieces of the puzzle, as well as a warning for the real world use of technology and I found this to be more of a monologue than part of the story.

  • The Turn

  • The Hollows Begins with Death
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction. But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like coming home again

  • By The Mays on 02-17-17

Excellent Prequel to the Hollows Series

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

The excellent narration, again, hallmarks an entertaining story. Between the narrator's wonderful reading and the author's deeply woven and highly-detailed story, "The Turn" is as good as any of the books in The Hollows series. This same combination also comes so close to the feel of the Rachel Morgan stories, one could mentally replace the character Trisk with Rachel. Though there are enough differences between these two strong female characters, so the line isn't all that blurred.

We've heard about the Turn all through the Hollow series, and it's great to finally know how it occurred and the details surrounding the event. True to the author's style, there are enough twists in the plot to keep me from accurately guessing what happens next. This, along with author's fantastic ability to tell a story, kept me interested throughout the book.

One of the things I like about this author is her ability to keep track of intricate details through the entire series. It's amazing, actually, that she can do this, as little details you may pass off as a simple storytelling aspect, turns out to be a significant part of another book. This ability makes the stories feel real, as if she is describing events that really happened.

Though none of the author's other books have piqued my interest, the Hollow series, coupled with Marguerite Gavin's narration, are among the most favorite audio books in my collection.

  • Halfway to the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,912

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Guilty Pleasure!

  • By Wendy on 04-19-12

Not for Me

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This story started out okay, given it was the beginning of a book, but it didn't get better. This doesn't seem like teen or YA fiction, but it doesn't seem like it's for adults either. There's too much cliche dialogue and activity. It got boring real fast. Stopped listening and returned it.

  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,574

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly "brainy"

  • By Tango on 08-03-13

Fun Twist on a Zombie Story

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This isn't the typical zombie apocalypse kind of book. In fact, it's not an apocalypse book at all, though it does have some zombies in it. Without providing spoilers, the plot revolves around a young woman who becomes a zombie. She doesn't know how it happened, but seem to have a mysterious benefactor to help her out. Being a zombie in this story is different from typical stories, which allows the plot to advance in different directions from the typical undead fiction.

The story was fun and was easy to listen to. The narrator performed well, and did a respectable job of male voices. Each character was distinguishable and consistent throughout the book.

Having just finished book 1, I'm uncertain if I will continue with the series. Though the book was a fun listen and I enjoyed it, I'm not sure if I liked the story well enough to spend a credit on other books in the series. There just wasn't enough adventure or excitement in the story, as it's mostly about a "white trash" girl trying to get her life together and also happens to be a zombie. However, if they came up on sale, I would probably buy the next one or two in the series.