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  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,383

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • When does anything interesting finally happen?

  • By B. Reid on 01-18-19

Honestly, just a really cool story and great listen

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

I drive 1.5 hours to and from work, and Audible gets me through. The reviews that complain about trivial things like made up curse words and the rather abrupt timeline jump are - in my opinion - casual listeners and pretty short sited.

It's a REALLY cool take on the vampire concept. And it's an even better mix of apocalypse, post-apocalyptic, and mystic fiction.

Narration was exactly what this story needed - the complaints on that are pretty baseless. I've heard a lot of narrators, including this one before this book... it's all about context and mood - this guy reads this book the way it was meant to be read and the mood fits the story.

26+ hours for 1 credit? You're crazy not to.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The War

  • Play to Live, Book 6
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088

The magic flames are raging. Blades are melting. Souls are reduced to ashes in the fury of battle. The grand finale of the war for the First Temple is upon us. The last trump cards have been played, the reserves are all exhausted, and even the gods have engaged in the plebeian fight. The universe is on the point of collapse. Broken are the chains that hold the worlds together. The icy waters of the Baltic cool the scorching sands of the Frontier.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So many holes

  • By Jonathan on 05-28-17

Great story but this would be hard to follow if you did not listen to them one after another

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

This really is a fun story especially if you can ignore some of the odd wording that gets lost in translation, but I highly recommend you listen to all the books up to this point consecutively, or relisten to old ones if it is been a while. The story begins to take a lot of quick turns that would get confusing if you hadn't been listening to all the subsequent books.

The events that happened in books form five are so epic and scope that they get covered at a very fast pace and can become confusing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • And After

  • Until the End of the World, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964

Cassie Forrest could almost believe life at Kingdom Come Farm is perfect, with Adrian and her friends at her side and spring on the way. The spring thaw also means millions of defrosting zombies, however, and if the past year has taught her anything, it's that life in this new world is highly imperfect. When Safe Zones throughout the country begin to disappear and the zombies at the fences grow in number, Cassie clings to the hope that if she has the people she loves most, it will be all right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FABULOUS LISTEN!

  • By Stephanie on 03-20-15

A little monotonous

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

The biggest problem I had with this book is that it continued the later trend of book one in getting lost in a lot of the mundane day-to-day life - it tried to make itself into a dramatic series instead of a story of survival

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,841
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,367

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent scifi series, look forward to anything else this author does!

  • By Thomas Gingery on 02-26-16

Outstanding book 2... FINALLY!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Listened to #1 about a year ago and then tried to get book two just to see that Audible had removed it!! After a few emails and probably many other listeners chiming in, they added it back - along with #3.

Fun, and every bit as good as the first.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,259

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old school-style scifi with dreary narration

  • By D. Backshall on 03-18-16

Bad narration & amateur writing ruin a good story

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

Reviewed: 11-29-15

Would you try another book from Vaughn Heppner and/or David Stifel?

No, the writing is amateur. They redundantly use the same phrases redundantly (see what I did there) thought the book. And honestly, the characters are like something out of a Sarurday cartoon rather than a real person with depth. The deepest character (the doctor) is pretty one dimensional, and I almost vomitted when when she "took the oath"...

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was just a teaser for the next book. And the very last part was quite literally the icing on the cheeseball cartoon writing cake

What didn’t you like about David Stifel’s performance?

Every female sounded like some kind of smoky bar pick up line. Seriously - "Capitan, the battle cruiser is almost in firing range" shouldn't sound like she's trying to seduce someone.And the guys, other than the line dude with an accent sounded like something from G.I. Joe - all rough and gruff... Except they're all the same action figure.

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

Meh-ness

Any additional comments?

The story, at its core wasn't bad. Sadly the science was no where to be found this science fiction, it was more "science magic". Disconnects like jump lag shutting down all systems, well except for the shields of course - and mostly because about halfway through the book we realized we needed those shields right after jump to get past another zainy obstical... Anyway.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,604

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a how to guide ..

  • By Ricardo on 03-19-13

Not for those who refuse to put down their moral compass

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

The narration sounds kind of cheesy at first until you realize how dry this work would be without that. That being said, this is probably one of the more disturbingly accurate books I have listen to.

Once you take the angel off of your shoulder and put him in your pocket, you'll find many tools that will help you to control those around you.

If you have been successful in life either professionally or personally you will probably notice that you have followed some of these laws already.

  • The Trafalgar Gambit

  • Ark Royal, Book 3
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125

Humanity is losing the war. The once-mighty space navies have been crippled, officers and crew have been stretched to the limit and Earth herself has come under heavy attack. The end cannot be long delayed. For Admiral Smith and the crew of HMS Ark Royal, the stakes have never been so high. The one hope is to make contact with alien factions that might oppose the war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same with a solid resolution

  • By Lore on 06-23-15

Fantastic end to a great story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

This entire series was probably one of my favorites in a long time.

And this book ends the storyline very well.

I don't think I will move on to the next book because I know it fallows a completely different set of characters it goes in a different direction, and I know it sounds cheesy but I just don't think I can give up the emotional attachment I add to this story line.

  • The Nelson Touch

  • Ark Royal, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,440

Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story arc remains engaging in book 2.

  • By Lore on 06-23-15

Great scifi continues in book 2, on to book 3!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

More action, more Old Lady kicking butt, more underdog humanity... If you liked book 1, you'll like book 2

  • Ark Royal

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,098

Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good solid effort at a Space Opera

  • By Jim In Texas! on 08-05-14

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

Realistic space opera, time put into the drama and realism of the characters, a real enemy, and some believable technology.

Going on to book 2

  • The Remaining

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,562

In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

  • By G Wallace on 01-10-14

A little campy, but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

Post-apocalyptia apparently has only good guys and bad guys, and mostly bad. The archetypes are a little too "Mad Max", especially when it's only been **small spoiler**


One month since collapse. But - that's really the only negative, the other aspects are well thought out and the story is not your typical zombie plague.

I liked the reality that dehydration would probably be more deadly than infection.