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  • American War

  • A Novel
  • By: Omar El Akkad
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,308

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best listen in years

  • By odin on 04-08-17

Hard hitting and honest

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This is a book about war. It doesn’t hold back. It doesn’t sugar coat. It doesn’t paint one side better than the other. It doesn’t pay homage to sentiment, tradition, or expectation. It doesn’t pretend that there’s good, god-chosen core to America that doesn’t let bad things happen.

It’s ugly, honest, and beautiful. I’m sure that’s why it doesn’t get all the stars it could, and why all the “now wait just a darned second” reviews.

It rubs everybody’s nose in the shit. And they all deserve it.

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  • Extinction

  • A Thriller
  • By: Mark Alpert
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first. The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they're desperate to keep it secret. They're also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unintended consequences of machine-human interface

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 06-15-13

Pedestrian. Remedial. Formulaic. Cliche.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Nothing new to see here. Move along. Move along.

Honestly the toughest part of this review is coming up with enough words about how crappy this crappy book is so that audible will let me hit submit.

Wooden, obsolete characters.

Outdated male/female relationships. “Sit down right there. I’ll get you coffee,” she said. Really? Seriously?

I guess if you’re not real bright, and want a nice, mindless, non-threatening book to not expand your mind anymore than that double quarter pounder expands your tastes, than this book is oh so for you.

  • The World Without Us

  • By: Alan Weisman
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 08-23-07

Dumb

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I like many of the concepts put forward in this book, but an underling funerary tone and apologetic superiority makes me want to gag.

I may be outgrowing apocalyptic literature, but the more I read, the more unrealistic scenarios have to be invoked to bring about the situation. And this book sinks to a new low.

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Promising but ultimately tedious

  • By Christen Doc on 11-09-17

One of the best apocalyptic stories I’ve ever read.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Brilliant narration, and straight up, hard hitting reality take this thing to the very top of my list for the genre. The Road beats it out from a literary standpoint, but only just.

Comparisons: Tried listening to Epidemic after this one, and almost clawed my ears off. Slaps down One Second After down like the redneck manifesto that it is. Steps up to Alas Babylon and doesn’t blink.

Highly recommended

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  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,347

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read this before buying, too much hype

  • By Bradley on 06-23-17

Pedestrian. Remedial. Made for broadcast TV.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I kept plugging away at this glorified soap opera hoping it would gain some some altitude, but ultimately surrendered at 10 HOURS. Ugh.

If I had to hear about one more “wave of blinding pain” tearing through the protagonist, I was gonna barf.

Amnesia? Really? That wore out on Days of Our Lives in about 1979. There’s just nothing new here, and 18 hours of nothing new is just a waste of time.

Add all that to an over-dramatic narrator doing his very very best to channel Scott Brick (who I also can’t stand), and it’s just worth the effort.

  • Invasive

  • A Novel
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Hannah Stander is a consultant for the FBI - a futurist who helps the agency with cases that feature demonstrations of bleeding-edge technology. It's her job to help them identify unforeseen threats: hackers, AIs, genetic modification, anything that in the wrong hands could harm the homeland. Hannah is in an airport, waiting to board a flight home to see her family, when she receives a call from Agent Hollis Copper. "I've got a cabin full of over a thousand dead bodies," he tells her. Whether those bodies are all human, he doesn't say.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I could practically taste the fear and danger

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-04-17

Vapid

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Classic prime time TV mistakes by the hero. Mysterious, darkly sexy bazillionnaire. Mad scientist island. Blah blah blah.

Nothing new or even very interesting.

Who the hell is writing all these stellar reviews?

  • A Filthy Business

  • By: William Lashner
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

A lifetime ago, brutally efficient fixer Phil Kubiak coldly cleaned up the messes of shady clients from Miami to Las Vegas by any means necessary - short of murder. Now he's one eye and one working leg short of the man he used to be, scarred beyond recognition, and with the feds and criminal organizations in hot pursuit. Throwing back sour beer in a dingy bar, Phil recounts the long story of his bitter life to the only person left to listen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • twisted

  • By Dtmurphy1 on 05-14-17

Great start of a series

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

So there's a little bit of tv-series formula here, but the story is so well told that it doesn't get in the way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cruelest Cut

  • Jack Murphy Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Rick Reed
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

The first victim is attacked in her home. Tied to her bed. Forced to watch every unspeakable act of cruelty - but unable to scream. The second murder is even more twisted. Signed, sealed, and delivered with a message for the police, stuffed in the victim's throat. A fractured nursery rhyme that ends with a warning: "There will be more". For detective Jack Murphy, it's more than a threat. It's a personal invitation to play.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn’t come close...

  • By Terry on 04-07-18

Stupid

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

The plot is way too complicated for the villains portrayed. They could accomplish their intent soooooooo much easier, and they're just not smart enough to work the way the story says they do.

Bit of a good ol' boy storyline too. Women are basically decoration or a way for the tough guy hero to show how good hearted he is... blah blah blah.

Gave up at 2.5 hours

  • The Drowned Girls

  • An Angie Pallorino Novel, Book 1
  • By: Loreth Anne White
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008

Detective Angie Pallorino hasn't forgotten the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card - crosses etched into the flesh of his victim's foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent New Series

  • By Lia on 10-05-17

Nice procedural with a heart

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

A little soap opera-y at times, but really riveting. Kept my interest the whole way.

Very gritty. If you want to see crime scenes (and sex scenes) under absolutely unsparing bright white photographic lights, this one will do it for you. No words, images or ideas spared. In a police procedural, it works.

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  • Ancillary Justice

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,465

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past the Narrator to finish the story.

  • By Zillah on 12-08-14

b o r I n g

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Nothing new here.

I slogged through two and a half hours of wooden, star-trekian character development before calling a day. It's a moral story tied to current world social, economic, and environmental issues. I found myself saying "no sh_t" a lot.

If you like Classical Greek drama, this ones for you.

Boring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful