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  • Seabound

  • Seabound Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jordan Rivet
  • Narrated by: Ray Greenley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

When an apocalyptic catastrophe decimates the land, a lucky few escape on a souped-up cruise ship called the Catalina. After 16 years, the strain begins to show in a floating world of distrust and shifting allegiances. A young mechanic named Esther wants to prove herself, but she tends to bash things up in the name of progress. When disaster strikes the Catalina on Esther's watch, she must risk everything to fix her mistake. She sails in search of help and encounters a mysterious metropolis called the Galaxy Flotilla.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent post-apocalyptic book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 03-03-17

Fantastic story and a new take on the apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

What did you love best about Seabound?

It is difficult to choose just one thing. The story was great with very real and relatable characters. I was very engrossed in it and found myself constantly trying to guess what was going to happen next and putting myself in Esther's shoes.

If I were to choose a single thing I liked best it would be the originality of the story. I am a great lover of post apocalyptic fiction. Recently there is a tremendous glut of zombie stories, which while not necessarily a bad thing, it seems to become derivative after a time. The idea of civilization surviving the apocalypse on board ships...cruise ships no less...was brilliant and I found the author was really good with details that came to mind: ("How do they get enough food? How do they make repairs?" etc.)

Also the end of the world came not from EMP or nuclear warheads, but rather from a natural event.

I really loved this book!

What other book might you compare Seabound to and why?

It is hard to find a direct comparison of the work, and of course many post apocalyptic books have similarities. If I were to draw some comparisons I might take Lucifer's Hammer for the natural disaster aspect and The Road for the gritty feel.

Which scene was your favorite?

I do not want to spoil it by the whole scene involving the Lucinda. It was awesome.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I was sorry that I couldn't!

Any additional comments?

Please get the other books in the series on Audible immediately so I can listen to them!! I want to know more.


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  • Rat Run

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Tale
  • By: Michael Robertson
  • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

With extreme austerity driving everyone but the super wealthy into poverty, Matt joined the revolutionaries in their fight against the UK government. The previous monuments to political rule were toppled, and London was reduced to rubble. Ten years later, and Matt's desperate for one last roll of the dice. He's promised his 12-year-old daughter a new life in a fairer world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bleak world, well written

  • By Chris on 08-08-16

Dark dystopian fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this to a friend who enjoys this type of material.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I honestly do not feel the reader really got to know the characters in the short span of the work.

What about Phillip J. Mather’s performance did you like?

At first I had trouble with his narration. It seemed too over the top. I got used to it and actually found it good towards the middle. It is a very theatrical performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The twist at the end was amazing.

Any additional comments?

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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 3,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262

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

A frighteningly possible look at the end of civili

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

If you could sum up The Borrowed World in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, interesting, fast-paced

What other book might you compare The Borrowed World to and why?

Prepper's Crucible, Home, Northern Lights etc.

His style reminds me a bit of Boyd Craven III and the subject matter is very similar.

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

Kevin is always awesome. I find in this book, like others he narrates, he breathes life into the characters and gives each their own voice. I find myself really getting engrossed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes absolutely. If I had a day off I would have!

Any additional comments?

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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Black Metal

  • The Orc Wars
  • By: Sean-Michael Argo
  • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The race of Orcs are the last remnants of an ancient and brutal world that has been left behind by the civilizations of man, Dwarf, and Elf. The marauding Orcs find themselves under attack by an alliance bent on purging the world of its savage past in order to make room for a new age of peace and growth. Under the guidance of their shamanic leader a barbaric tribe of Orcs fight back, joined by trolls and goblins as they struggle to survive a journey of self-discovery and holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like forgotten realms from the view of an Orc

  • By Mary Karowski on 09-06-16

A fantasy novel as told by the other side.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

What did you love best about Black Metal?

I loved the fact that this book primarily focused on the orcs and to a lesser extent their goblin and troll allies. Usually in fantasy novels, it is told by the traditional "good guys," the elves, humans or dwarves. This put you in the headspace of the darker races of fantasy lore.

I also really liked how they turned things on their head where orcs were an "ancient race" as were trolls and goblins. This is again different from the standard trope of "ancient elves."

What other book might you compare Black Metal to and why?

I honestly cannot think of one.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the final battle. I only wish it had turned out differently!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think actually there were many moments. There was nothing singular. Again, being put in the headspace of the traditional bad guy "monsters" of the story let the author and therefore the reader explore a very different side of the old familiar coin. This was fresh and deeply interesting.

Any additional comments?

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  • 36 Hours

  • The Blackout Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166

This is not the story of preppers with stockpiles of food, weapons, and a hidden bunker. This is the story of Colton Ryman, his stay-at-home wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world will be thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Pre-Apocalyptic" book with tons of action

  • By Brian on 09-14-16

A new twist on an EMP event

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of 36 Hours to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version, but the audio version really drew me in.

What did you like best about this story?

I really like that it was a twist. There was no terrorist event, no WW3...it was a natural thing that could really happen. It has happened before.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have listed to quite a few and I have to say he is by far one of the best narrators out there and his voice, tone, inflection and emphasis is perfect. I find myself really wrapped up in the story when I listen to his narration. This book was on par with the others I have listened to by him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I found the story very engrossing.

Any additional comments?

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vampire Caving

  • By: James Livingood
  • Narrated by: Bryan Patrick Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

"My tie whipped in my face as I jumped from a 20-story building. Everything I had worked for, everything I had invested in, was gone. It was a stormy day for Mother Nature and the stock market: October 29th, 1929. I thought of what my life would have been like as a bird, flying free. I started laughing and flapping my arms. After all, who did I have to impress now?" Join a risk-taking vampire as he explores why vampires exist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been better.

  • By ATX-LH on 05-17-16

Interesting take on the modern vampire

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Vampire Caving the most enjoyable?

I felt that it was a new take on an old theme. Sure we have seen vampires exploring their origins before in other works such as those by Anne Rice, but never like this. It was just a very different take.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the portrayal of the two different vampire "sects" if you will. The risk takers and the power behind the race. It presented a really interesting dichotomy.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed when John was trying to teach his recluse patron about email and how you didn't need to pay for each one. An amusing take to be sure.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure...

Any additional comments?

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  • The Reluctant Demon

  • Circles in Hell, Book 4
  • By: Mark Cain
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Steve Minion attends Beast Barracks, where he learns both the arcane and mundane arts of being a servant of the Devil. Strength, speed, and endurance are all part of a demon's physical makeup, but he must be taught to be sneaky, cruel, and ruthless and of course to ignore personal hygiene. As Steve begins work as a full-fledged bad guy, he must confront the inevitable: demons exist to torment the damned, and Hell's former handyman-in-chief doesn't seem to have the stomach for the work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Day Listen

  • By M. Maryanow on 05-29-16

So sad this is the last in the series

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

What did you love best about The Reluctant Demon?

It is bittersweet when I say this, but the way the book brings the journey full circle to completion. On the one hand it was very satisfying and cool to look back at the four books as one complete work. On the other hand, I am sorry there is no more in store for Steve Minion!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reluctant Demon?

Tricking Leviathan and getting away with it was priceless.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the party that Lilith threw for Steve upon his graduation from Demon Boot Camp.

Who was the most memorable character of The Reluctant Demon and why?

While I still have to say I really love Lilith since she is always amazing. I rather enjoyed the portrayal of Beelzebub and thought he stole the show. He is far more complex and layered than one might initially think and despite being a devil it was like he had a genuine empathy for Steve.

Any additional comments?

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  • The Devil's Brand

  • The Rider Series, Book 1
  • By: Seth Nation
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Winter 1865: Five confederate deserters, near starvation and manic with fury over the state of the war, go on a bloody rampage along the Kansas-Missouri Border, taking retribution on a family of abolitionists they find harboring runaway slaves. In the aftermath, Ethan Brody returns from the war to find everything he knows and loves reduced to nothing but ashes. Hell bent on revenge, he sets off to find the murderous gang, only to have them slip away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Cheryl a DeMont on 07-19-16

Entertaining Western

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

What did you love best about The Devil's Brand?

I really enjoyed the nostalgic feelings from the book. It evoked memories of old school western novels and movies. It had a good amount of action and standard western tropes but mixed it up with new ideas.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Brand?

Hard to say without spoiling but let's just say when the Katy's get what's coming to them. No one likes a bully.

What does J. Scott Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think the narrator added a good pacing to the story and his use of changing voices for different characters kept it all flowing well.

If you could take any character from The Devil's Brand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Oliver Kingston Dukes. He seems like he would be amazing and entertaining company.

Any additional comments?

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Devil Dog

  • Out of the Dark
  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Dick, AKA Devil Dog's world changes drastically when the EMP takes out the power grid. The loss of electricity brings out the darker side of human nature across the city. A homeless Marine veteran living in the abandoned tunnels beneath Chicago, he's far better prepared than most people. Good folk have survived, but they are often outnumbered and outgunned. Only the tunnels provide the safety he needs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By omar conger on 10-29-16

A new take on a post EMP world

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. I have come to really love Boyd Craven's work. His stories are in depth and multi-faceted. Often they are also flawed or reluctant heroes which is something I enjoy. The challenges they face are realistic more often than not.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Devil Dog?

I really enjoyed the whole situation where he essentially shamed the town. He taught them to open their eyes and start cooperating and how to act like civilized people again.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

Absolutely Dick. He was an amazing character. As always Kevin Pierce breathes life into him and the performance was so easy to get lost in. His narration is superb.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! It was great. I found myself sitting in the driveway for extra time at the end of my drive to get a little more in.

Any additional comments?

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Darkness Falls

  • The Secret Bunker Trilogy, Book One
  • By: Paul Teague
  • Narrated by: Dan McGowan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Separated from his family as the entire planet becomes surrounded by a deathly blackness, Dan Tracy must figure out what's going on below ground. The bunker is at the center of a conspiracy to destroy the Earth - but there's something special about Dan and his twin that could stop the terrorists dead in their tracks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Slim on 04-26-16

Scattered, disjointed and poorly narrated

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

What disappointed you about Darkness Falls?

Honestly I couldn't even finish this book (which is quite rare). The story constantly jumps around: The protagonist is 14...no he's not he's 16....here's what happened when he was a kid...now he is a kid...but he's 16...he's in a bunker...are they now talking about someone different?

The story was just very hard to follow and seemed disjointed and incoherent. At several points I lost track of what was going on and finally gave up. I don;t understand the positive reviews, but to each their own I suppose.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Clarification and better organization.

How could the performance have been better?

It sounded like the narrator was reading a book to a child as others mentioned.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I didn't even want to continue.

Any additional comments?

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