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  • Hell Divers III: Deliverance

  • The Hell Divers series, Book 3
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,005

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero. In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome entry in a great series!

  • By Lisa L on 05-15-18

Superb

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I absolutely love this series. Every book builds onto the last adding just enough depth to leave room for more growth. It's an original Post-Apoc story that is filled with action, survival, intrigue and politics. All of these elements are in quantities that make a perfectly original story. Did I say original too many times? The narration was also on point, as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trackers

  • Trackers, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097

Estes Park police chief Marcus Colton and tracker Sam "Raven" Spears have never liked one another, but when a young girl goes missing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colton hires Spears to help find her. Their search ends after a night of devastating horror. When word reaches Estes that the nation has been hit by a coordinated electromagnetic pulse attack, Colton and Spears are forced to work together again. But they quickly realize they aren't just tracking a killer - they are tracking a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • makes you think

  • By N.W.Wisniewski on 02-19-17

Another fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Here's another very original story from NSS. Excellent performance as usual. There is a combination of an EMP attack and a killer on the loose. So there's basically two very different stories merging together to create one very exciting ride!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,065

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty Sci-Fi

  • By Donna on 10-04-17

Strong Beginning to a new series.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This is a great beginning to a new series. The story line is fresh. The characters are very well developed. I could feel the emotions from the characters. Very well written. I can't wait for the entire series!

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,001
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,507

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

Better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I love this series so far. In this book you get to know more of the hell divers and Tin grows up so he is also a very strong developing character. The writing is superb as usual and the performance is strong.

  • Journey

  • Sunfall, Book 1
  • By: D. Gideon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Becket Royce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

Ripley's a tomboy at heart who has never met a stranger. Her plans were to finish her veterinary studies and take her family to the country, where life wouldn't be such a struggle. She thought the worst she'd have to deal with at the University of Maryland were the unwelcome advances and attitudes of affluent students, and the occasional East Coast hurricane. She never expected the sun to fall down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent start to a YA disaster series

  • By Marcus on 05-02-17

Good prepping info, but very YA.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book with a clear disclaimer: Read it only if you enjoy YA novels. If I had known that it was YA from the start I would have skipped it. The writing was good but I prefer more adult dialogue and reactions.

Would you be willing to try another book from D. Gideon? Why or why not?

If these characters turn into full grown ups. Yes.

Any additional comments?

I didn't understand why the writer decided to leave out the fact that certain characters where African American. It's clear that in certain situations race plays a huge factor but you don't learn that key characters are A.A. until well into the book. I was confused by this. Even when you do figure it out, it still is very vague. Also, I've never seen such naive preppers like Ripely in my life. She fully understands what's going on yet has a real problem grasping why she should not just give supplies away. I was super irritated by Mel as well. You'll figure out why pretty quickly. Like I said if you enjoy YA it's great but pass if you like adult dialogue and thinking.

  • Predator - Incursion

  • The Rage War, Book 1
  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

Predator ships stream into human space in unprecedented numbers. The Colonial Marines, controlled by Weyland-Yutani, respond to the incursion, thus entering the Rage War. This terrifying assault by the Yautja cannot go unchallenged, yet the cost of combat is high. Predators are master combatants, and each encounter yields a high body count. Then, when Lt. Johnny Mains and his marines - the VoidLarks - enter the fray, they discover an enemy deadlier than any could imagine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Lola B. on 09-08-16

Wow

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

So, I almost didn't finish this book but this was my fault. I wasn't really listening to it the first time! I had to restart the book and pay attention. I'm so glad I did finish it because all the story lines tied in with each other so well by the end I was at the edge of my seat. I don't want to give anything up but I am a long time AVP fan and I was pleasantly surprised. I can't wait to read the next one! Please listen carefully. There are like four story lines going at once and it could be easy to get confused if you aren't really listening. It's definitely worth your undivided attention.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Colony

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 603

For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid atmospheric horror

  • By AJ on 07-13-13

Good story, however...

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

The writing was exceptional and the story would have been the same if it weren't for the shallow, unlikable characters.I loved the idea of the story. Getting together experts of all fields to solve an old mystery. But all of that was overshadowed by the excessive descriptions of the female characters, who are more like props than people and the sheer amount of characters, all of which, male and female are totally forgettable and overall irritating. How many times can you mention how all the female characters are,'shapely and attractive' or how much the men want to sleep with them? The performance was excellent and one of the reasons I kept listening. I loved the mood of the book and I though it had real potential. Personally, I just got tired of the author focusing more on how the women looked and the shallow relationships these people had together. If that aspect of the book had been left out I would have given it five stars all around. The guy is obviously a great storyteller and writer but enough with the 'shapely and voluptuous' descriptions. More substance please. Don't slam me over the head with shallowness.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tide

  • By: Anthony Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare. When his CIA handler, Meredith Webb, gives him a mission to investigate a disturbing lead on a laboratory based out of an abandoned oil rig, they discover the most terrifying threat to mankind they've ever faced - a genetically engineered biological weapon called the Oni Agent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Tide

  • By DJW on 11-17-17

Great start! Repeat listener, right here.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

This is a great start to a new series. There's a great mix of action and drama. The dialogue also fantastic. He really does a great job with character development which is hard to do with this type of genre. Everything played out in my head like a really good movie that you don't want to end. I've listened to this book twice already. The first time, my mind was blown but the second book wasn't out. I decided to listen again before I played the second book and I was just as impressed the second time as the first. Definitely worth a credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Breakwater

  • Tide Series, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Governments across the globe have failed to stop the spread of the Oni Agent. The biological weapon continues to wreak havoc. Those that are infected become abominations known as Skulls, a fate worse than death. Captain Dominic Holland and Meredith Webb have made it to Fort Detrick. The Army base was once a bastion for America's biodefense. Now, swarms of hungry Skulls prowl outside the walls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first one. Loved it!

  • By Lola B. on 03-17-16

Even better than the first one. Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

This series is excellent! I can't wait for book three. There's a great mix of action and drama. The dialogue also fantastic. He really does a great job with character development which is hard to do with this type of genre. Everything played out in my head like a really good movie that you don't want to end. Basically a bio-weapon has been unleashed throughout the world and the Hunters are charged with saving what's left of humanity while stopping those that are infected, the skulls, from taking over the world. There's no need to read any more reviews. If you read the first one and liked it even a little. Then you'll love this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Apocalypse Crusade: War of the Undead Day One

  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Erik Johnson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 509

In an apocalypse, there is definitely a beginning where mistakes are made and the seeds of evil are allowed to sprout and take shape. However, an end is not so certain. Once an apocalypse occurs, not even death is certain. Sometimes, death is only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-16

Funny Scientists

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It was an okay read. I expected it to be more terrifying but it ended up being more funny than anything. I'm sure it wasn't meant to be a comedy but by the end of the story, the exchanges between the scientists were hilarious.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful