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  • The Purge of Babylon Series Box Set: Books 1-3

  • By: Sam Sisavath
  • Narrated by: Adam Danoff
  • Length: 41 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Creatures that once lived in the shadows, hidden from humankind, have risen, spreading like a plague across the globe over the course of a single night. Their numbers growing exponentially through infection, these seemingly unkillable creatures have swallowed up whole cities and collapsed unprepared governments. Survivors call it The Purge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-18-17

Research, research, research.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

A little basic research would go a long way for this story. The author has apparently never fired an M4. The gun has a very light recoil compared to many combat weapons. Although a CQB weapon, it is also a a great deal more accurate, in trained hands, than the author portrays.

I also can’t for the life of me understand why people continue to believe “it’s just a flesh wound” is a realistic assessment of any gunshot wound, especially from a high velocity round. And there is certainly no doubt that a “through and through” wound can kill you just as certainly as a any well placed round. Also, stitching a gunshot wound is no guarantee that bleeding will stop.

I did like the plot and most of the characters, especially Danny. Lauren pisses me off by constantly doubting herself and her decisions, but that is tolerable.

It’s not high literature. I wouldn’t expect such from a EOTWAWKI novel. For its genre, it is a good twist on a well travelled path.

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,308

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

More realistic post apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

Even though it involves an end of civilization which is thankfully unlikely any time in the near future, this tale of survival is the most realistic scenario I’ve read yet. No zombies, no fantastic killer plague, a really possible scenario depicted in a potentially realistic story.

The main characters are flawed human beings. Flawed and ignorant. They learn a great deal along the way. They are not gifted a background that has them prepared to meet the struggle they enter into.

I do think the author places more importance on a one semester “pre-med” education than is completely believable. I also don’t see real people buying into its significance, either.

Aside from that, this was a completely believable, plausible tale, a rarity in post apocalyptic literature. It’s a good listen.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,669
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,637

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A hopeful perspective on a harrowing time

  • By melyssa57 (A Page Before Bedtime dot com) on 10-10-18

Ubermensch vs human man.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This story gives the reader a chance to see life in Birkenau. It relates the extraordinary life and survival of two people trapped in a nightmare and how they and other prisoners helped each other to cope … to even exist.

Of necessity it is a dark tale, but human beings in these darkest times not only survive, but actually live. From tolerating the petty casual mistreatments to the most brutal assaults and murders, one can see a whole array of people who have found a way to live in Hell.

The contrast between the good guys and bad guys is not always sharp. There are those with a seemingly complete lack of insight and those who agonize over what it takes to survive.

It shows the best of the human animal and the worst. Well worth your time.

  • Covenant

  • The Black Flagged Series, Book 4.5
  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

At a luxury resort on the coast of Uruguay, Jessica Petrovich and a select team of Black Flagged operatives prepare to kill Dr. Anatoly Reznikov, the elusive bioweapons scientist responsible for designing and selling a lethal virus to America's enemies. At the same time, a Mossad assassination cell moves on a Russian mafiya boss believed to have offered Reznikov's bioweapons to the Iranians. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ended too abruptly!

  • By James on 01-16-19

Too short

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

These “X.5” novellas are not worth a credit, regardless of who the author is. And this is no exception. If it were a stand alone story with familiar characters, maybe. But dribbling in new information central to the series plot is just another way for publishers and authors to generate cash flow and does a disservice to loyal followers. No more X.5’s please.

  • The Black Flagged Thriller Series Boxset: Books 2-4

  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell
  • Length: 45 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Continue the Black Flagged series with this specially-priced box set! Three books in one! Contains Black Flagged Redux (Book 2), Black Flagged Apex (Book 3), and Black Flagged Vektor (Book 4).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual genre but it was good

  • By Primonate on 05-03-18

Nuance with a hammer

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Haven’t finished with four of the currently five books in that Black Flagged series and it is easy to say that I have very much enjoyed the four books. The author tends to over “technify” the narrative at times, especially when identifying military hardware. I know that the M16 variants fire a 5.56 mm cartridge. And even if I didn’t, I wouldn’t need to be told the statistics of the bullet every time it is fired. But that is nit-picking.
And now the nuance. The author does a very good job of combining both the good and bad in his characters. It is often difficult to figure out for whom one should be cheering at different times in the story thread. Overall it gave the characters a more believable existence and enriches the stories being presented.
Overall, very enjoyable and able to keep the reader engaged throughout the narrative.

  • Bunker: Boxed Set (Books 1-3)

  • By: Jay J. Falconer
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 345

Jack Bunker vowed to never step foot on another battlefield. But the former Combat Engineer’s new peaceful life in the Colorado mountains is shattered after an attack takes out America’s power grid. When suspicious activity plagues the nearby high-security military facility, Bunker fears he’ll soon have another war on his hands. As the story unfolds, Bunker suspects a foreign invasion is imminent, leaving him no other choice but to somehow transform the mild-mannered townsfolk into military-grade guerrilla warriors. He knows if their small town falls, America won’t be far behind. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome listening experience!!!!

  • By Stephanie MacLean on 09-15-17

More research needed

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

The story is pretty standard WTSHTF genre.
Okay, but the author displays a need for more research into his background subjects. The mistakes are small, like calling the bees of a wild hive “drones”, but they could be avoided with a little deeper investigation.

Not bad, but nothing stellar either.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,917

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

For or against?

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I’m not sure that I know that advocacy or opposition are what the author had in mind. What is presented is a confusing look at a confusing tableau.

I came away in some ways more sympathetic, or at least understanding, of Trump. It was not a voluntary reaction, but the result of seeing the deep dysfunction that is the current administration. The White House today is a soap opera. Nothing is what it seems. The top officials of the administration are constantly warring to hold and wield the most power. Unfortunately, they do so for purposes of self aggrandizement and personal profit, not for the good of the Country.

Donald Trump is a deeply flawed, troubled and dysfunctional human being. Those faults are paramount in his “management style”. He is surrounded by self seeking toadies who cannot and will not work together. Rather than an organization with visions and goals, it is a loose confederation of people working in different directions who only truly have one thing in common, Donald Trump. Also unfortunately, the chameleon that the man is presents a different person to each participant.

The administration IS Donald Trump. God help us all. There is very real cause for “Fear”.

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The Phantom of the Earth
    An Epic Sci-Fi Saga, Books 1-5
    
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    Length: 41 hrs and 1 min
    155 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • The Phantom of the Earth

  • An Epic Sci-Fi Saga, Books 1-5
  • By: Raeden Zen
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 41 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 147

Here are the five thought-provoking postapocalyptic stories that lovers of science fiction can't stop talking about, gathered together in one volume for the first time. The futuristic theories, conspiracies, political maneuvering, and characters within these visionary tales will stay with you long after you finish.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious, could not finish even with John Lee.

  • By C.Dale on 01-03-17
  • The Phantom of the Earth
  • An Epic Sci-Fi Saga, Books 1-5
  • By: Raeden Zen
  • Narrated by: John Lee

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Okay, I guess. Overly complicated and not well explained. A lot of needless repetition which gets annoying. Could have been a couple hours shorter and not suffered.

  • Carnage

  • Arisen, Book 12
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,163

After recovering Patient Zero, Alpha must escape Africa to end the ZA once and for all. But they can feel the hot breath of a reinforced and vengeful Spetsnaz team on their necks - and there can be no escaping the reckoning of an ultimate sniper showdown between Ali and Vasily, and an incomparably brutal iron-cage Texas death match between Predator and Misha. For the first time, all the teams will come together and must fight as brothers for any chance of making it back to Britain. And only one thing is certain - not everyone is walking away from this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best series on audible

  • By frank on 05-14-17

Unbelievable!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

And I don’t mean that in a good way. There is fiction, and then there’s just BS. Carnage tends towards the latter not sure I will finish the series.

  • Avenging Home

  • The Survivalist Series, Book 7
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,229

In Avenging Home, we see how the long-running battle between Morgan's people and their number one nemesis plays out. While Morgan thinks this is the biggest threat they face, there are things on the horizon he cannot yet see that are going to dwarf these problems. Morgan has lived in a vacuum. He's had little information about the outside world. While he's used radios to listen to what he can, there's been precious little real information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series!

  • By Shea LeBlanc on 04-11-17

Confused Politics

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Right wing self justification mixed in with a liberal dose of Ayn Rand and a confusing dollop of socialism and even communism.

Morgan and his family live in what can only be called a commune. They all divide labor amongst themselves according to skills and proclivities in what appears to be a very egalitarian spirit, all contributing to the common good and extracting only what they need.

But then there are some very two dimensional caricature like figures that are the epitome of greed, self righteousness and entitlement whose only function seems to be to illustrate the evils of social welfare programs that only take from the hard working, self supporting folk of the community and give to the lazy ne’er do wells who choose to be lazy and thus are greedy, self entitled and worthless leaches on society. Another such caricature is the evil “Federal” whose only goal in life is to accumulate power to a central government in order to abuse and enslave the common American. Again, very two dimensional.

There are also a number of scenes of decidedly antisocial, even pathological, scenes of summary execution, torture, “no quarter” combat and other tyrannical despotic behavior that the author seems to justify on the exigencies of the moment. I can’t help but think of the war crimes of the Nazis during WW II. Setting fire to buildings and shooting any who try to escape is in no way an American value I would choose to support.

It is not a complete brainwashing, but A. American is either either a simple minded “patriot” incapable of complex nuanced thought, an unthinking parrot of political rhetoric that they do not understand, a money grubber willing to spout what they believe is populist thinking to sell books or an agent provocateur trying to poison the thoughts of the more uninformed amongst us.