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  • No Easy Hope

  • Surviving the Dead, Volume 1
  • By: James N. Cook
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218

Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end. He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything. He was wrong. As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, Not unique, but well written!

  • By Amanda H. on 07-26-13

Good Story, Good Narration (with Caveat)

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

Overall this is a promising storyline, and I look forward to listening to or reading more in this series. Narration was actually better than "good," but I rated it a little lower because some of the characters were voiced in a very unlikable manner. A character who is supposedly quite intelligent for his age and uses words like "albeit" in casual conversation should not be voiced as though he just got off riding a killer mondo wave...dude.

Despite some unfortunate character voices, I like the book and the narrator's overall performance.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,508
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,346

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great story, good narration...

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

The story itself was terrific. Incredibly resourceful and resilient scientist stuck on Mars. Very believable sequences based on obvious and thorough research. Narration was very high quality. Character voices were artistically expressed. I only rated the performance down a little because of the sometimes campy characterization of the protagonist. To be fair, the "Martian" is, after all, a scientist. So it is believable he might sound a little nerdy. Overall, great story, and very well told.