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  • Married with Zombies

  • By: Jesse Petersen
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 809

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ear piercing screeches

  • By Liv on 09-30-15

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Holy Moley this was awesome! Forget Mr. and Mrs. Smith, y’all, these two are WAY more entertaining! I loved how the apocalypse worked as a far better therapist than the one who felt rather annoying (though we admittedly aren’t properly introduced to her haha). I didn’t really get sad at some of the scenes I would’ve thought I would have, but that last one got me!

I listened to the narration of this, and simply loved the snark of the reader’s voice; she got perfectly with the main characters.

The only drawback was the it felt a tad jerky in some places, and occasionally words were repeated too often in a sentence. Not anything huge, but something that I tend to take notice of.

If you like snarky humor and zombies, this is for you.

Bob says: 4 Platypires

  • Catalyst Downward Cycle

  • By: J K Franks
  • Narrated by: Steven Varnum
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

The super solar storm wasn’t supposed to hit Earth - the odds were against it. And yet it did, and everything changed. The storm causes a global blackout. Society begins to come apart as the planes begin falling from the sky and all traces of normal vanish. Scott Montgomery watches helplessly as pandemonium consumes the world around him. But the loss of electrical power is just the first of the problems facing the survivors in the chaos that follows.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On to book two

  • By TinkerMel on 08-10-17

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I was approached by this author to check out the third book in this series. While he offered the first two as well, I like to support authors when I am able, and have become more dependent on Audio to get my book fix. So, I bought this for myself on a gamble that I'd like it. And do you know what? I DID!

This was great! While not completely action-packed (there were moments of slower-paced life, which I fully enjoy in a book), it was still thrilling and kept me hooked throughout. I don't know if it's due to how it was written, or if it's just the prepper wannabe in me, but the passages of stocking up and making lists of things did NOT bore me in the slightest; rather, it captivated my attention. Great storytelling, and great characters. I also would like it known that I offer myself up if Bartos needs someone to keep the home fires burning... Just sayin' lol!

Also, I feel like there may be zombies, or a Captain Trips type twist coming?? I ACCEPT.

The narrator did a great job, as well, really bringing the story to life. On occasion it felt he was a little unfamiliar with the passage he was reading, but overall it was excellent on all counts.

  • Zombie Park

  • The Z-Day Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mark Cusco Ailes
  • Narrated by: Persephone Rose
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

Ben Cutler just wants an honest way to make a lot of money! Unemployed and on the short end of the employment stick, he knows his chances of getting a traditional job is slim to never. Ever resourceful and always a forward thinker, Ben comes up with a brilliant idea - Zombie Park! Create a park with zombies, sell tickets and people will come by the hundreds. To his surprise, one of the richest men in the world backs his project and makes Ben an instant millionaire!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thouroughly Enjoyed

  • By Big Cheese on 08-27-17

Erm...

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I don't like leaving negative reviews, I really don't. The only reason that I do is because I'd feel dishonest if I only give my good opinion and pretend I love everything. Unfortunately, this is one of those hard reviews to write.

It just. . . I couldn't make myself like it. The writing felt very amateurish, the grammatical errors and repeated words made it seem like perhaps it was a very young person who wrote it. That was really my biggest issue, though there were others. A good editor could probably clean this up and make it a lot better.

The characters just didn't feel real or relateable, with the exception of the female professor (I'm blank on her name, sorry). After the THING happens to her, I really felt for her, but she was the only one.

The narration did NOT help this. The characters all sounded like Mr. Movie Phone, cartoon villains, or cartoon characters in general. However, if this guy ever throws his hat into the animation voice-over game, he could make BANK!

Also, the reason I bought this in the first place is because I somehow already had book 2, and simply cannot start in the middle. And now I'm gonna listen to the second because I HAVE to, and I feel like I should give it a chance and see if it gets better.

Bob says: 2 Platypires

  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,108

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

Interesting read...er...listen

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I have never read anything of this genre by Nora Roberts before, but I'm glad I did! I really enjoyed the little twists and turn that the story took, and liked most of the characters. I thought the flow and ebb of the telling was really nice, and I loved the paranormal angle! Well written and intriguing, I suggest this for paranormal and apocalyptic readers who don't mind a bit of a slower start to their story. I'll be getting the next in the series!

The narrator was...okay. I wasn't entranced or thrilled by her, but she wasn't bad, either. I don't know how to explain it...I guess she felt a little flat to me? Still, I wouldn't mind listening to her again.

Bob says: 4 Platypries

  • The House of Long Shadows

  • House of Souls, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

Kevin Taylor is an Internet-famous handyman on a mission: Find a house and renovate it in 30 days. By flipping a derelict house in a month's time and chronicling the entire thing on video for his online subscribers, he seeks to become a star. The problems that plague this property will require more than elbow grease to fix, however. Shadows throughout the home are distorted, and an enigmatic trespasser keeps showing up in his footage. Worse still are the hideous voices that issue from otherwise empty rooms in the dead of night.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dry

  • By Donna Johnson on 08-21-18

Had me jumping at shadows!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Blasted book! Had me jumping around at shadows! LOL Very good, I am extremely impressed with Mr. Ibsen's writings, and am SO glad I stumbled across a freebie of his to introduce me his dark world! I know that haunted/possessed house stories aren't' exactly unique, but he manages to put a delightfully terrifying spin on his, and I love them!

Do I even need to bother commenting on our illustrious narrator at this point? He's awesome. He is the impersonation of the these great characters.

Bob says: 5 Platypires

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • In Absentia

  • Black Acres, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

There's No Place Like Home. Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It's a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick but creepy read!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-11-18

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Quick, entertaining, and thoroughly creepy! This would make a very cool short movie (or, better yet, filled out with the rest of the series when it's complete as a full length)! If you want a quick scare, this is the book for you.

Narrator is, as always, spot on. Both this author and narrator are on my radar as ones to keep an eye out for!

5 Platypries!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon's Heart

  • The Dragon Fey Saga, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Rabe
  • Narrated by: Karen-Eileen Gordon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Serena Harlowe always knew her place. A foundling placed with the tutor of Illedrian royalty, she grew to be a talented fighter. After rising to the rank of lieutenant in the royal army, she proves her worth and thwarts the attempted assassination of the man she loves. The selfless act will change her life forever and start a chain of events that will unlock her hidden past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different and fun

  • By erobbins33 on 08-26-16

Great world building

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This was just great! I truly loved these characters, their sass and attitude really made me like them and feel more connected lol. The trials, the choices (which I TOTALLY screamed at Serena for!) made it more realistic. People don't make the perfect choice the first time around, ad I really enjoyed reading a fantasy story with imperfect characters. The plot is good, very interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending my time in this world! Another to add to my Definitely Continuing Series list!

I wasn't entirely keen on the narrator, which is a personal thing. The strong emphasis every time there was, "he" or "she" bugged me. I'm not sure why. At first I thought the word may have been in italics in the writing, but it was pretty much Every. Single. Time. This is a thing that may not bother anyone else, though! Otherwise, her voice and accent are quite pleasing.

I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys fantasy, dragons, and romance.

Bob says: 4 Platypires!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Time: An Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

  • 180 Days and Counting..., Book 1
  • By: B. R. Paulson
  • Narrated by: Rosalin George
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

If you knew the end was here, who would you tell? Who would believe you? In Cady’s case, no one would take her word at face value. Not anymore. A microbiologist in another time and a prepper by choice, Cady hasn’t been in the science industry in years. She gave up a promising career to pursue life with her husband in the woods. When Jackson, a man from her past, resurfaces with vague warnings and promises to uphold overzealous plans from their college days, Cady must remember the details or lose more than a friendship. The entire human race stands in the balance. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start!

  • By Platypire Bob on 06-04-18

Great start!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I listened to the Audible version of this book, and wow!! I wasn't too sure about the narrator at first, but she quickly grew on me, and I loved it!

Caty (I think I spelled that right...) is a study of contraditions. She muses about how to kill the whole world, while at the same time not wishing death on anyone. To me, this makes her feel more real, more human and flawed, which endeared her to me. Jackson, on the other hand.... well, someone tell him I know how to make tamales and somewhat how to survive, so maybe he'll spare me!

I really enjoyed this book. It's not action filled, as it's the introduction and is actually starting from before the beginning, and I really love that about it. The plot unfolds nicely, while somewhat predictable in certain aspects, but that didn't make it boring or anything of the sort for me.

The ending came a bit more abruptly than I was anticipating, but that's okay!

If you enjoy sci-fi and apocalyptic tales, I recommend this! I know I'll be continuing on with the series!

Bob say: 4 Platypires!

  • Bad Karma

  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: Liz Thompson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

At Darden State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, psychopath Agnes' rage is triggered when her psychiatrist Trey leaves town for a family vacation. She'll ensure his vacation is anything but restful in this twisted thriller. "A sleek, smooth, and constantly surprising page-turner..." Bad Karma is a fast-paced, full-length suspense thriller of heart-pounding terror and reincarnation from critically-acclaimed, award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg. Book #1 in the Criminally Insane series.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time...

  • By shelley on 01-12-18

Nice start

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This book in and of itself was GREAT! I love the criminally insane aspect of it. The characters were very well written, and I quickly got to know them. The flow was good, and the plot heart-pounding. I especially loved the delusions, and how in detail they were. Really good book! I intend to read more.

The narrator was just okay, for me. Not bad, but not great, either. The tension and emotion just never seemed to be there, and it kind of pulled me out of the reverie. I feel like I would have connected more with the characters had I either read it myself or had a narrator more in tune with the book.

So, 5 for the book, 3 for narration, 4 overall.

  • Kill Creek

  • By: Scott Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,275

When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • UNUSUAL PREMISE, COULDN'T STOP LISTENING

  • By Linda Likes to Learn on 12-02-17

Creepy!!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Oh maaaaan!!! This was an amazing horror story!! The characters were very different from each other, while all maintaining a thread of similarity. Their actions were true to their personalities, and each reacted differently to the various terrors that were visited upon them. The LOVED the twists and turns in this book, and I listened to it all in one sitting. The wind started blowing during a specific part of the book, and I had to turn the lights on, which is NOT something that is normal for me haha.

The narrator! He was PERFECT for this book! The different voices for characters, especially the sarcastic ones, was simply spot on. I mean, wow.

Seriously, if you want a good creepfest, you should definitely check this out.

5 Platypires!