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  • Harden

  • Lee Harden, Book 1
  • By: D.J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

It’s been three years since Lee Harden emerged from his bunker into a world gone mad. Governments have fallen. And new ones have taken their place. In the United Eastern States, Lee and his team of battle-hardened operatives walk a tightrope of survival, keeping their fledgling society safe from the creatures beyond their gates - and from the enemies within. Then, an ambush in hostile territory reveals a traitor in their midst - and leaves Lee barely clinging to life. Wounded and on the run, Lee and his team race to uncover the leak before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Exceptional

  • By smb072 on 10-27-18

Excellent start to the new Series

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Enjoyed every minute of this. Same world, many of the same characters w/ new and interest threats looming.

I look forward to what's next and hope I don't have to wait too long for it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakwater

  • Tide Series, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Governments across the globe have failed to stop the spread of the Oni Agent. The biological weapon continues to wreak havoc. Those that are infected become abominations known as Skulls, a fate worse than death. Captain Dominic Holland and Meredith Webb have made it to Fort Detrick. The Army base was once a bastion for America's biodefense. Now, swarms of hungry Skulls prowl outside the walls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first one. Loved it!

  • By Lola B. on 03-17-16

I'm giving up on this series, Sadly.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The first half is decent, and maintains the momentum of the first book. Unfortunately, the further I got into the book, the more I found myself having to suspend belief. Not only that, but the events became predictable, and even a bit cliche.

Would you be willing to try another book from Anthony J Melchiorri? Why or why not?

Possibly. The first book was pretty good.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The Good: I feel the reader did a much better performance with this book, than the first. You can really tell he's comfortable with all the characters.The Bad:The author insists on using technical details like weapon model names, but unfortunately there are several instances where he uses the wrong terms, and I found it incredibly distracting.
Once you've established the equipment's name, you don't need to keep referring to it by it's designation. "Rifle" and "Pistol/Sidearm" are sufficient. Also, Rifles don't have "slides". He commonly refers to the slide on the rifle locking back when he meant to say the bolt of the rifle locked back because the weapon was out of ammo.

If you're going to use the technical terms, it's best you research the actual equipment so you don't make errors like this.

Also, the whole Helicopter/Goliath fight is woefully hammy and unrealistic. (Beyond the obvious suspense in belief of Humans turned scary monsters) The helicopter would have fallen the ~6 stories to the ground in seconds. Also, the Helicopter he painstakingly tries to describe, the AW-109 could easily carry the weight of the crew, team, AND Goliath. It's a Multi-engine craft designed to fly in High altitude and Harsh environments.

I forgave the whole "FADEC Failure" and Crash landing from the first book. In Reality, the FADEC system on the AW109, has a redundant computer to Mitigate this exact situation. (The chance of both ECUs going out at the same time without being irreparable is next to nil). This point isn't common knowledge, but that's multiple errors in the subject matter. (It's perfectly fine not to know. The trick is to be vague on the details. The more specific you are, the more I expect you to be correct.)

A good friend of mine has a great philosophy when it comes to these situations. Don't tell me what you know-- SHOW me what you know. Big difference.

Was Breakwater worth the listening time?

The first half, yes. Once the second Goliath and James enter the story, No.

Any additional comments?

The author has a creative spark, but this book is a bit rough. I'm willing to give the author another shot (with another series), but I'm just not comfortable enough with the current series to continue.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Wolves

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,249

Ten years after the collapse, Huxley has built a good life again. He has a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers come. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken, and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck. Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He knows only that they head east, and so will he, setting out on foot across the desert of the Wastelands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. I do have one criticism.

  • By Billy on 09-04-16

Immersive world, raw emotion, Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

What did you love best about Wolves?

The setting and atmosphere. The author and reader went to great lengths to establish the backdrop of this story, and it worked wonders for keeping me hooked while I came to conflict with how the story was unfolding.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jim Davies. Even though he was described as the penultimate foil to the protagonist, and for all intents and purposes represented all that is evil within the story, he acknowledges his own treachery and affiliation to it, even admits to despising it, but continues on due to a sense of duty. He's just as flawed as the protagonist, but true to the definition of a Foil is also equally skilled and witted.

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

I've listened to the entirety of The Remaining (also by D.J. Molles) that was read by Christian Rummel. This performance was just as good as those books, and even went farther into showing the depth and range of characters Mr. Rummel could portray.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were several times throughout the story where I didn't readily know where the story was going to go, and I wasn't entirely pleased with the direction. I'm glad I continued listening, because it really plays to the strength of the story. I wasn't intended to openly support the actions of the protagonist, and might have been encouraged to despise him. I don't know if I consider this an extreme reaction, but the emotion within this story and Rummel's performance was laser focused on where it was intended to be. There were a few giggle-worthy points in the story, and plenty of opportunities for sadness, but I didn't find myself actually laughing or brought to tears.

Any additional comments?

This most probably pulls inspiration in tone and setting from the Mad Max and Apocalypse Now stories, and you can tell the author went to great strides to make sure this story was worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the themes of these two, all the while maintaining it's own identity. This is truly an exceptional story. It doesn't pull any punches.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Flood

  • Arisen, Book 10
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,139

With the tide of dead lapping at the walls of London, Major Jameson must decide whether to roll the dice and lead One Troop on a desperate mission into the fallen Russian Empire, to retrieve a designer pathogen so lethal it even kills the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • super series

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-27-16

An excellent continuation of a great series.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Where does The Flood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to a ton of audio books, but as far as the 12 Arisen books I've listened to so far, I'd rate this one in the top three (behind Exodus and Genesis). It's definitely one of the better books in the series.

What did you like best about this story?

This story has finally merged the Standalone arc with the main one. It's been a long time coming, and I'm excited to see where it goes from here.

Have you listened to any of R.C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This one ranks towards the top. Just when I thought I had become familiar with the range of characters he can portray, he goes and throws a couple new ones, complete with their own inflection and accents, into the mix. He's an excellent reader.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a few giggles here and there, but nothing extreme.

Any additional comments?

This book is nearly end-to-end action, which is in no small part to the previous book being a bit on the stagnant side. What I mean by that was that it served as one giant setup to this one. I'm a huge fan of this series, but it really feels like many of these books can be paired directly to another and combined into one cohesive narrative. This aspect of the series has always felt like a money grab to me. With that aside, I still maintain this is an excellent series, and well worth the read/listen if you're looking for a decent Zombie Apocalypse story with a focus on action. This is seriously good stuff.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Cataclysm

  • Arisen, Book 9
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,547

The battle to keep the undead tide from the walls of London is lost. Africa is a deadly hall of mirrors, leaving Alpha team riven with dissension and doubt. And the one man who might save the world is crashing to Earth half a world away. Only our greatest warriors can walk through this fire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book but...

  • By Woody on 08-11-16

A great continuation of an already excellent story

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

What made the experience of listening to Cataclysm the most enjoyable?

At this point, I'm already well invested into the characters and the overarching stories. This book is finally getting into the thick of things alluded to many books back.

What other book might you compare Cataclysm to and why?

Allegiance and Extinction (Books 5 and 6 respectively) of The Remaining series by D.J. Molles. They're all excellent stories, but don't really stand well on their own. They're the apex of events and story arcs already well established by their predecessors.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

It's hard to narrow it down to just one. He's an excellent reader.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

If I had to have a criticism for this series, it would be the fact that they feel designed like Pulp Fiction novels. They exist to advance the story, but they ALWAYS have the next book in mind and seem to focus on setting up the next one. Most of the books have a cliffhanger, and you usually go 2-3 books before coming to a conclusion of any arc, however important in scope.

With that said, I think this is an excellent series. It's not my favorite entry in the Zombie Apocalypse genre, but it's an extremely solid one. (Top 3-5)

  • The Swarm

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely happy

  • By Katy Troe on 08-09-16

An Excellent start for the trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

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

There are a few criteria that would need to be met, but certainly. Of those criteria the two main things would be: They've read/listened to Ender's Game and the previous Prequel trilogy.

What did you like best about this story?

If there's one thing I think The Swarm greatly contributes to an already well-established universe is the formation and fledgling years of the IF and the corruption, abuse, and bureaucracy that's already well established by the events of Ender's Game.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Lem Jukes. Many characters in this story are already well-established, and even a bit type-cast into their character. In my opinion, Lem is the most dynamic. Sure, he fits into a few stereotypes himself, but there are times that his actions contradict his character archetype.

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

Yes, but it was simply too long to do so. (I'm not complaining,though!)

Any additional comments?

I feel this is an extremely strong starting point for The Second Formic War trilogy. Here's to hoping we don't have to wait three years to get to the conclusion.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Remaining: Extinction

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966

This is the sixth and final novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90 percent of the population into a ravenous horde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mission Accomplished

  • By C. S. on 11-05-15

An Excellent conclusion to an Amazing story.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

What made the experience of listening to The Remaining: Extinction the most enjoyable?

It's been my personal experience that the endings of a multi-part series don't usually hold a candle to the journey the characters go on to get to that point. The Remaining is a notable exception to this. I was quite content with how things end, and I think you will be too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Remaining: Extinction?

One of the most memorable moments for me in this story has to be when they have to make a mad dash to-and-from one of the supply Bunkers while a massive horde is bearing down on them. Lots of suspense, and well timed pacing.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

Everything. He's an excellent narrator.

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

Survive. Rescue. Rebuild. (The series already has one, haha).

  • The Remaining: Allegiance

  • By: D.J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301

This is the fifth novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to make their way in a ruined world. After a bacterium has turned 90 percent of the population into a ravenous horde, Lee must complete his mission: SURVIVE, RESCUE, REBUILD.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got sucked in...

  • By JLM on 03-12-15

Liked it better the second time around.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

Allegiance is the book that carries the reader through most of the over-arching plot of The Remaining and frees the final book to spend more time with an action packed finale. I enjoyed this book, because it demonstrates that the concept of allegiance is a fluid one. Nothing is set in stone, and unlikely relationships form.

During my first listen-though I gave it an overall score of 4 stars, and that's because the story leaves off at such an interesting point in the story. Going back and listening to Allegiance again (after finishing the series a few months back) I really came to appreciate this book more. The cliffhanger at the end of the book is needed, because the next and final installment is seemingly non-stop action until the end.

  • Extinction Horizon

  • The Extinction Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,519

Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force Team, codenamed Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top-secret Medical Corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gets you thinking

  • By N.W.Wisniewski on 07-05-18

Interesting take on a Zombie-like Pandemic

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I don't fancy myself an author, but I found the dialogue for the supposedly Top-Tier "Ghost Team Delta Unit" to be equal parts cliche and out of character for such a group of professionals.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting: The Infected and their mutations.
Least Interesting: The Special Forces unit.

What aspect of Bronson Pinchot’s performance would you have changed?

His pronunciation of "Fort Detrick".

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Depends on when it came out.

Any additional comments?

This wasn't a bad book, but based on other novels in the same genre, I decided to not continue this one. I'm more of a fan of : The Remaining, Arisen, and Day-by-Day Armageddon.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Remaining: Faith

  • A Novella
  • By: D.J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

The world is slipping into chaos. A mysterious plague has come stateside, and Clyde Bealey suddenly finds himself with nothing but a suitcase full of worthless things and a desperate sense that he must prove himself to his pregnant wife. As he tries to lead his family to safety through a world filled with madmen, he will learn that the cost of his pride might be more than he can bear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another piece of the puzzle

  • By Ben R. C. on 06-01-15

Not the best, but shows a glimpse of the fall.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

If you could sum up The Remaining: Faith in three words, what would they be?

Everyone lost something.

Would you be willing to try another book from D.J. Molles? Why or why not?

Absolutely. I've liked every book in this series, and I hear he has a new book coming out in August. I'll be giving it a listen when it's available.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

Clyde, I guess?

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

The scene at the school in Sanford.

Any additional comments?

I don't think this novella was as strong as "Trust", but it at least offers a great view of things when they started crumbling. It also offers some character back story for one of "The Followers of the Rapture".