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  • D-Boys

  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: Kevin Arthur Harper
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

The year is now. Islamist terrorists hack into America's defense networks, launch chemical weapons attacks on Western cities, and stage a raid on nuclear storage facilities in Pakistan. They are using a massively multiplayer online video game as a platform for planning and rehearsing their attacks - forcing a squad of supremely elite Delta Force operators to go inside the game to fight them. These weapons, tactics, tech, and 21st-century warriors will be unlike anything you've ever heard of before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a ride!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-05-15

I really wanted to like this

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

The author is also involved in a fantastic series called Arisen. If it weren't for Arisen, I'm not sure I would have tried this book. Unfortunately, I didn't finish. At chapter 18 or about 75 chapters I was done.

Chapter 18 is still pretty early in the story, and I'll be honest the story was good. It was getting interesting and if I were reading this in print form I probably would have continued.

The problem was the narrator. This guy is probably the worst narrator I've ever heard. Understand, this book is supposed to be about bad asses in
Delta Force. At least one of the characters is a carryover from the Arisen books. The problem is, the narrator has about three primary voices and plays every character with one of them.

The first voice is the stupid redneck. He uses this voice for the colonel. It's not awful, but it makes this guy sound like a sh*t-kicking redneck and it's not flattering at all.

The next voice is the indian voice (although I think the character was from Pakistan - not sure). This one actually wasn't too bad, it just needed a little more work.

The real problem though is the voice that he uses for just about every one of the Delta operators. The pre-pubescent boy with feminine tendencies. So if you're a man, raise your voice about three octaves and make it sound like everything you're saying you say while you're inhaling. This is EXACTLY what these Delta guys sound like. Put two very intelligent fourth grade boys in a room and record their conversation. This is the dialogue from this book and I simply couldn't take it anymore.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dead: Spring

  • Dead, Book 9
  • By: TW Brown
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Everything hangs by the thinnest of threads. In a Dead world, nothing is certain and nobody is safe. Friends have fallen; some enemies have been defeated only to be replaced by yet another. As the first year of the zombie apocalypse ends and a new year begins, can a person hope that the coming of spring can be a starting point for re-birth? If not... then what is the point of trying to survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • when's the next one?

  • By Annie Graham on 03-26-15

Didn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

For me, this series is starting to wind down pretty quickly. This book jumps roughly ten years into the future from the last installment, and it just didn't feel right. To me, it felt like a gimmick to keep the series going. I really enjoyed the early installments, and I think I may just stop now and not sour the punch.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Well Fed

  • Mountain Man, Book 4
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,553
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,532

After nearly four years, the zombie epidemic has almost burnt itself out. Gus' new life on a communal farm is peaceful. The daily routine of policing the fields is rarely disrupted by straying undead. His drinking binges are over. Long days have thrown time over the memories of Annapolis. But this will all change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best f*** series of books ever

  • By Brandie Beckman on 03-14-15

Great

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

I really enjoyed this series. I have a feeling this is the last one. Savor it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Amongst My Enemies

  • A Cold-War Thriller
  • By: William F. Brown
  • Narrated by: Lee Alan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Inside an old German U-Boat rusting on the bottom of the Baltic are millions in gold bars, stolen art, and a secret that could tear NATO apart. In this military political action thriller, the only one who knows the truth is Mike Randall, a battle-scarred American who survived four months in the frozen Hell of northern Germany at the end of the war. When he does speak up, he puts a target on his own forehead, one which the Russians, the West Germans, the U-boat's former owners, the Israeli Mossad, and even his own government quickly take aim at.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HIghly entertaining. Production almost perfect.

  • By Joy on 03-09-14

Not an audiobook but a poorly done audio drama

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

This recording is full of sound effects and music that is so out of place that I couldn't continue to listen. If the same book was done without all the fluff, it may have been worth it. Right now, it's awful!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yesterday's Gone: Season One

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Chris Patton, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,854

Can humanity Survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.ms Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, searching for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger through every terror-filled breath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy crap, wow.

  • By Ran on 04-22-14

Buy this audiobook, then get Season 2

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

I'm not a huge science fiction fan, but I really enjoy end of the world reads. This book, however, was awesome! The only thing better is Season 2. The authors have five seasons out now, and the sixth will be the finale. Here's hoping that Podium gets all of them produced and here on Audible!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Mountain Man

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caught Me. . . Hook, Line, and Sinker!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-05-18

Stop reading this and buy the book!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

I'm not going to waste a bunch of your time with a review. I'm just going to cut to the chase. This book was bad ass! The novel itself was great, and the performance made it even better. If I were you, I'd grab it up now, and enjoy every minute of it.

The author has already put out the next two books, but they aren't on Audible yet. Hurry up already!!!

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight in Europe

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

Paris, 1938: As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the Continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun. Alan Furst, whom Vince Flynn has called "the most talented espionage novelist of our generation", now gives us a taut, suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Furst + Carroll = WIN!

  • By Annie M. on 06-22-14

Overall, a let down.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

I am a huge Alan Furst fan, so it is with great sadness that I say that I was disappointed with this novel. I've read all of the formulaic works by Furst, and honestly I love them. That's why I keep coming back and buying more. The problem though is when I compare this novel with earlier works like Dark Star, or even Spies of the Balkans, this novel simply can't hold up. It almost feels as if someone has done a poor job of impersonating Furst and published a book with his name.

Think back about some of the Furst characters over the years, and the wonderful words Furst put to paper. Think about Khristo Stoianev, and Illya Goldman. Remember the way Furst described the German Funkmeister eating his sausage as he used trucks to hunt down the Opel network radio girl. Remember the drunken fisherman in Normandy who made it clear he was Norman, not French. This book has none of that. No memories that stick in my head and make me long for it like an old friend.

Now to the narration. Personally, I like George Guidall doing Furst novels. I was disappointed for jump street seeing that he didn't do this one. Daniel Gerroll has done at least one other of Furst's novels that I can think of right off the top of my head, so I knew he was coming in with some experience. The problem I have is when crossover characters are portrayed by different narrates differently, even to the point of pronouncing their names differently. If you listed to the book, you'll hear about the count and know what I'm talking about. In the end though, I'm glad Guidall didn't do this book because I think it was so bad, that it may have impacted my feelings about him.

I give the book three stars and that is generous. It probably only warrants two if I were honest with myself and not giving Furst a pass because of his numerous other five star novels. I'm just shattered that I waited two years for this to come out.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Militia

  • The Thousand Year Night
  • By: Skip Coryell
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Six months earlier, in The God Virus, the lights went out across America, throwing our country into turmoil and chaos, unleashing the demons of a million souls upon an unsuspecting humanity. Dan Branch and his family, caught in the meat grinder of societal collapse, battled their way back home, only to find a new and greater threat waiting for them. Once again, Dan and his family must fight for survival against impossible odds. But this time they are not alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging story.

  • By B. Raymond on 07-03-16

Good story, awful narration

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

Reviewed: 05-12-14

This is basically the same review I wrote for the first book because my issues with it are identical, although Kuch does a much worse job in the sequel than he does in the original.

The militia ideas are really good, and the ending of the book makes me want to look for another volume to find out what the big secrets are. The problem is, I will absolutely not buy another Coryell book if it is narrated by George Kuch.

Also, I will say that the bad guys in this book are very underdeveloped and one-dimensional.

For me, where this book completely fell apart was with George Kuch and his awful narration. When you listen to this book, Kuch sounds as if he has never read anything out loud before. He stumbles through sentences, fumbles over words, and pronounces things however he likes. He adds pauses where none are intended or appropriate, and rushes while speaking in the most awkward of times.

The worst part about this is that had there been a director or producer involved in the production of this book, they would have said, "Wait George, we need to re-record that paragraph because you made about four mistakes." The issue here is that George just plows through and leaves the errors as-is. Either he doesn't realize how bad he is, or he doesn't care.

Then in the end, the author of this book, Skip Coryell, holds the production copyright. That means that Coryell paid Kuch to do the narration, and accepted this awful production as-is. If I were the author, I would have rejected this out of had, and made Kuch go back and fix every one of his errors so my hard work as an author doesn't sound like it was produced by some first-time New Yorker who stumbles and fumbles and makes every single character sound like they too are from urban New York.

  • The God Virus

  • By: Skip Coryell
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Suddenly, the lights went out, not just in one town or village, but all across the world. It was an act of cyber terrorism that plunged the world into the heart of darkness, into the 1000-year night, letting loose the demons of a billion souls, pitting dark against light, causing each person everywhere to choose sides.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By JLee on 02-07-15

Worst narration I've ever heard

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

Reviewed: 05-12-14

Let me start by saying the premise of the book was good. The story was also good but could have been better. For me, where this book completely fell apart was with George Kuch and his awful narration. When you listen to this book, Kuch sounds as if he has never read anything out loud before. He stumbles through sentences, fumbles over words, and pronounces things however he likes. He adds pauses where none are intended or appropriate, and rushes while speaking in the most awkward of times.

The worst part about this is that had there been a director or producer involved in the production of this book, they would have said, "Wait George, we need to re-record that paragraph because you made about four mistakes." The issue here is that George just plows through and leaves the errors as-is. Either he doesn't realize how bad he is, or he doesn't care.

Then in the end, the author of this book, Skip Coryell, holds the production copyright. That means that Coryell paid Kuch to do the narration, and accepted this awful production as-is. If I were the author, I would have rejected this out of had, and made Kuch go back and fix every one of his errors so my hard work as an author doesn't sound like it was produced by some first-time New Yorker who stumbles and fumbles and makes every single character sound like they too are from urban New York.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rot & Ruin

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544

Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just when you thought it was safe.....

  • By Amanda H. on 05-12-11

Well, I got my zombie fix but that's about it.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

The narrator of this story does three voices really well. An upper-middle class white guy, a Texan, and an Italian-American from Brooklyn. The only problem is, those seem to be the ONLY voices he can do, and every character is a variation of that. It really threw me when the narrator read that two characters were speaking Vietnamese.to each other, then turned and started speaking English. The accent used sounded like a west-Texan Marlboro Man.

As far as the story itself goes, it starts with a great idea and finishes strong. But like several other Maberry novels, there are just a few too many points thrown in that are just so, well, dumb, that it makes the novel less fun. Maberry also must have a thing with albinos, because this is the second novel of his where the bad guy has been one. Zombies become a secondary, even a tertiary plot device and really aren't that scary at all.

This is an average zombie book at best, so if you're buying it in hopes it will help give you a zombie fix, save it for a day when you can't find much else that's any better. As for me - I'll read the sequels just to see if they get any better. If Maberry's Joe Ledger series is any indicator though, the series started out as a zombie book and none of the rest had any zombies in them. What a rip off! I quit reading them.