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  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,948
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,484

The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning of a new story

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 12-17-17

A Third Trilogy Begins.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Persepolis Rising heralds a return of our team, our rag-tag family of adventurers in a universe gone out of control with a renewed context, 10 years after the last book ends. Everyone's a little older but no less wiser and no less deadly as, once again our friends face an against-all-odds battle with an invading and unstoppable enemy. The characters all well-conceived, the narration is brilliant as always and the author(s) dig deeper to help us understand these very people we have come to appreciate, and the reasonable point of view of the enemy invaders. James S.A. Corey delivers another white-knuckle ride, things blow up, people die all over the place and spaceships destroy entire fleets. It's a thrill-ride, it's a high-speed roller coaster and if you've come this far in the series, you'll find this one edgier, more close-combat and with deeper treachery from the bad guys that maybe ever before. This book starts the first of the final trilogy and whilst it will be sad for this amazing saga to end, every chapter is rewarding and completely satisfying.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51,900

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

Home Run, Out of the Park! Outstanding Fun.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

Artemis finds it's comfort zone immediately in Andy Weir's wry humour and colloquial dialogue with yet another stellar central character. Not stranded on Mars this time, but a badass take-no-prisoners female protagonist, smuggler, genius, action-heroine working through multiple capers and international intrigue on a lunar colony. All the while, Weir brings us plausible science, teaching the reader about real common sense scientific principles on the moon! Like growing potatoes on Mars. But the action starts fast and ratchets up to a white knuckle ride, with great laughs, great side-bar dialogue, and bad things happen and things explode in this non-stop adventure. Very well read by Rosario Dawson, with surprisingly well executed accents, acting and excitement. If I had to nit-pick, (I love you Rosario, you're beautiful but from one New Yorker to another, we need to watch out for those dropped "T's" (impor'ant : important, di'nt: didn't). But this was a stellar performance all the way and Rosario did a spectacular job acting through numerous characters in an outstanding new book from Peter Weir. Five stars!

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  • Strange Weather

  • Four Novellas
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,235

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All Sizzle No Steak

  • By Constant Reader on 03-20-18

Absolutely Brilliant Work.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Strange Weather: Four Novellas is superbly written and so close to the razor's edge that it should come with a warning label. By now, or even by three of four books earlier, it doesn't matter a fig about the writer's lineage as this is the newest blockbuster contemporary horror writer of our time. Each story, brilliantly narrated, is haunting and grabs you by the front of your shirt and scares the bejesus out of you. This is writing about real people that live and breathe and experience terror in the beautiful landscape of modern day America. We touch on political hotspots but they need to be examined, but the author never dwells. He takes you to the graveyard and lets you see for yourself why it's scary as hell. Joe Hill is a master, and good grief, for a kid that's been writing since he was 13, he's earned a seat at the table with some of the greatest horror writers before him. These four Novellas, each one vastly different than the other are just long enough to leave you begging for more. Best value I've spent here at Audible after more than 10 years. Fasten your seatbelts, this is not your dad's horror writer, this is what extraordinary horror writing looks like and I for one, can't wait to see where else Joe Hill is taking us.

19 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,469

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sinister and Classic King

  • By David Shear on 11-12-14

Revival: Good Story, Really Not That Scary.

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

Reviewed: 11-23-14

Stephen King appears to have mellowed respectably into gentleman's horror fiction writer. That is, as an ardent and steadfast fan, we have seen him apply his demons into his writing from the earliest work. But drugs and alcohol aside, in recent years we've come to know a kinder, gentler and less gruesome Stephen King, and who knows if it was the accident or maybe it's just what happens as we grow older, but the true horror and unbridled terror has been replaced by very respectable time-travel, heartfelt romance and contemporary Americana. Want to read one of the greatest love stories ever written? See: 11-22-63. I'm talking about my favorite writer here. But as others have noted, the hype for REVIVAL as a return to the horror genre was overblown for this book. It just wasn't there. Not really, until the final few chapters. The rest is a chronicle of a young man growing up in the looming shadow of a very sinister and broken pastor. Great build-up, outstanding character development but the real hijinks only happen at the end when the pay-off is mild at best.

I have given this book three stars for an average story by one of America's most brilliant fiction writers. I have given the narration five-stars because I could not give it ten. David Morse is an outstanding actor and King has been amazingly fortunate to have scored this level of talent for REVIVAL. David Morse carries this story with an easy but versatile gift for voices and if you're familiar with his film work, he's the embodiment of cool coded into his DNA. Without Morse, this book may have failed for me. But here's the thing; it was a good, solid story and you just wish for a taste of the old rock and roll. It was weak coffee, Budweiser beer and cold pizza. The tiger is loveable now, his bite may be gone but you still respect the animal because you just never know. Not as bad as listening to Paul McCartney if you used to love his work. But I would love to see this tiger tear me to pieces at least one more time. This is the guy who wrote "The Stand", The Gunslinger Series", "The Shining" and most recently "Full Dark No Stars" which I had to set aside because it was far too scary to read at once.

With deepest affection and regard for Stephen King and his body of work, this was an okay book at best.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Spirit Clearing

  • A Michael Talbot Adventure
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him. That is, until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spiritually deep and moving

  • By Amanda H. on 01-28-13

Another Great and Scary Mike Talbot Adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-18-13

Most of us have come to know Mike Talbot and his extended family through the infamous "Zombie Fallout" series. We learn to love his wit, his sarcasm and his amazing strength of character. We also come to understand that Mike Talbot, his family and friends exist across a few parallel universes and time-lines where events happen a little bit differently with each adventure. Mike has grown up in numerous mirror-worlds with terrors and monsters that live under every child's bed or in the back of a closet.

Here's Mike Talbot, read brilliantly by Sean Runnette as a late adolescent living through an insane survival from a tragic accident, growing up, falling in love and discovering a deeper than ever understanding of the kindness of others. It's a full and beautiful life, wonderfully defined by Mark Tufo with all of Mike's fearless and phobic bravado, many of the characters we've come to know and some of the same villains.

Is it scary? Oh yes, absolutely. Is it the same Mike from the Zombie Fallout books? It's always the same Mike but maybe not the EXACT same Mike. Mike Talbot is a traveler across vast ribbons of time and space, but for the fans, Sean Runette IS Mike Talbot. What can you expect? Oh, the usual: ghosts, death, mayhem, life and death battles, amazing feats of bravery with the great tongue-in-cheek suburban humor that we've come to enjoy so much.

It would seem that the "Indian Hill" series and "The Spirit Clearing" adventure are preambles to the fully-formed ex-Marine that Mike Talbot becomes in the Zombie Fallout stories. It's almost a growing-up process in these various incarnations. Either way, it's a must-read. It's sad, fun, terrifying and hilarious and that's why I keep coming back.

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  • Zombie Fallout 5

  • Alive in a Dead World
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219

In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By B’atris on 07-10-15

OUTSTANDING! Keep them coming Mark Tufo.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-12

I've written a review for each volume in this series and found myself wanting it to be over in the last book. (Volume 4). I've completely changed my mind and say "keep them coming".

Zombie Falllout 5: Alive in a Dead World finds us deep into an ever-evolving story of the Talbot family in a desperately dead landscape of what is only remotely the United States. Go into this book with the understanding that it is, in all respects, the darkest journey to date. Without giving up any spoilers, expect to lose some of the good travelers that have survived with Mike Talbot to date, and some that should have died long ago manage to stick around.

Huge praise again to Sean Runnette for "becoming" Michael Talbot, for bring this alternately bumbling, alternately super-cool father, friend, ex-Marine to life. Mike has endured and survived the most unimaginable horrors and against all odds, remains standing.

Some have indicated disdain for long winded back-stories about Paul and Mike but they are brilliant. The beauty of this series is that it's never been anyone else's vision of zombie genre. It's uniquely different and getting to spend time with Mike Talbot as college prankster extraordinaire or hanging out with him stoned of his mind at a rock concert with his best friends, these are great stories. It pulls you out of the darkness for a while, gives the reader (listener) and chance to breathe and laugh out loud before plunging us back into the gruesome darkness.

Mike Talbot is every man. He's you and I at the shopping mall just days before Christmas. He's germophoboic., he's sarcastic, funny, insecure and deadly courageous. He remains consistent throughout this brilliant series and he's as kind and hilarious to the very end. But at Volume 5, it's still a white-knuckle ride and if Mark Tufo keeps it going at this level of inventiveness, that's fine with me.

  • The End Has Come and Gone

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 4
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,305

So continues Mike's journey. Will he give up all that he is in a desperate bid to save his family and friends? Eliza is coming: can anyone be prepared?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a twisted web we weave....

  • By Theodore on 01-13-13

Great Story, Great Series, Time to Wrap it Up!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

I've stayed with the Talbot family and their friends throughout this extraordinary and unique take on the global zombie epidemic. It's nothing short of brilliant and while I thought I'd had enough with this fourth installment, that I could not manage one more family member vomiting, or the family dog farting in a car, or any of Mike Talbot's introspective observations, Mark Tufo delivers yet again. He hits it out of the park one more time. This author sinks his teeth into you and doesn't let go until HE decides that the ride is over. You want to stay, you want to fight and more than anything, you just really want to hang out with this heavily-armed middle-class family. Even so, at book 4, I'm thinking it's time to wrap it up. On the one hand, where else are you going to find a zombie epic as satisfying? But on the other hand, how many books until Dorothy finds her way out of Oz, metaphorically speaking?

A standing ovation to Sean Runnette for being Mike Talbot, and for embodying every quirky family member from wives, to kids, to redneck strangers to the coolest, biggest, black man to ever carry a gun. I recommend this series to the purists and to those willing to travel this authors equivalent to Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series (and by the way, this is a brilliant homage to King all along the way).

Nicely done, brilliantly read.

  • The End

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 3
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,768

As the world spirals even further down into the abyss of apocalypse, one man struggles to keep those around him safe. Michael stands side by side with his wife, their children, his friends, and the wonder Bulldog, along with the Wal-Mart greeter Tommy, who is infinitely more than he appears. Whether Tommy is leading Mike and his family and friends to salvation or death remains to be seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • best book of the series so far

  • By Mike Naka on 09-22-12

Part 3 of an Extraordinary Adventure

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

The Talbot Family continues against all odds and it's full-on war. There's a sinister and unrelenting cruelty that follows this family, as if surviving in a post-apocalyptic zombie driven world were not enough. Mark Tufo retains all the key elements of this nuclear middle-class family on the run with some vital tag-along's armed to the teeth who comprise this inner-circle of survivors. Mike Talbot is holding on as our reluctant wise-cracking hero, the sometimes amazing, sometimes flawed father and ex-Marie war veteran and the chances of living is probably zero. The death, the gore, the guns and absolute horror of it all is turned up all the way. The listener does not get a break because this ride is far from over. The best we can hope for in this saga is brief moments of rest before the shooting starts, the zombies advance and escape is impossible. Sean Runnette continues in a excellent performance and delivers Mike Talbot's humor in the most extreme of circumstances. Were it not for this performance, the books may not have held up through the intensity of three volumes. Be warned: The title is "The End" but it's not by a long-shot. If you like the traditional zombie genre, this is possibly the "Lord of the Rings" epic version across the vastness of the US landscape. I've read numerous, very good zombie genre series but this one is a cut above the rest.

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  • A Plague Upon Your Family

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 2
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,359

The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent sequel

  • By Theodore on 11-24-12

Book Two: It keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

Mark Tuffo advances the misadventures of the Talbot family in the bleakest of worlds, on the run and held together by pure determination. A significant plot-twist with a well-considered paranormal component propels these good people across the heartland of the United States with slow and fast zombies right at their heels. The chase is on with all the gore, the guns and a rag-tag collection of survivors trying to make it to the next day. And once again, it's Mike Talbot who combines the elements of suburban middle-class dad who's greatest concern before the zombies was taking out the trash to reverting to his extraordinary skills as a trained Marine war veteran. Again, great character development for all passengers on this ride. Good people in the darkest sitcom you can ever imagine. It's still very scary, the horror is as real as it gets and Mike Talbot's cynical humor is pure brilliance. Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot and you don't get much better than that in a reader. Stay with the series, it will not let you down.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,812

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! I didn't think it was slapstick at all!

  • By coreybeth on 04-22-12

Something Completely Different, and way cool.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

This book sets the tone for an amazing adventure, something completely new and different in this genre. What's brilliant is that while you get all the prerequisites for a post-apocalyptic world where the dead not-only walk but they are extremely dangerous, you get the guns, the ammo, the desperation and an amazing twist on your average middle-class American family trying to stay alive against all odds. The genius is in the character development of our protagonist as an everyman, an average Joe with a wonderfully cynical sense of humor but with an absolutely unwavering sense of duty to his family. All the characters are well-defined, including the family dog. Mark Tuffo combines the bleak and horrific reality of a hopeless future with a gun-toting ex-Marine dad who can't help being funny when situations are at their most dire. This is the first book of a long, addictive, brilliantly written and masterfully well-read presentation. Sean Runnette reads this like the star of a nightmare sitcom and you just want to hang out with him because he's that cool. Here's the warning: it's going to cost you several books, you won't be able to wait for next month's allocation and you won't stop until they're done. It's one hell of a scary ride and you won't be disappointed.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful