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  • The Retreat Series

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Craig DiLouie, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 651

This set includes the first three audiobooks from the Retreat series: Pandemic, Slaughterhouse, and Die Laughing

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By wendy on 06-01-18

Frighteningly Not Funny Clowns

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Best variation of the zombie apocalypse tale I've read. Not zombies! Crazed Clowns! No joke! Sounds too far fetched but DiLouie, Knight & McKinney make it real and frightening. Bray brings his gritty voice to the narrative making it all the more dark & serious. The story is true to military protocols and structures with only a few variations that push the plot along. I appreciated that they understood the difference between the roles of civilian authorities, the National Guard and active duty military (too many authors have no idea about these details). One of the interesting running subplots/friction points is that the main character, Harry Lee, starts off as a Captain but when the Battalion Commander dies, the XO (afraid that he doesn't have the right stuff to lead) convinces Lee to pin on the oak leafs and take over as LT COL until they can fight their way back to regular Army authority. Lee excels at this but he and the XO both dread the time when they have to answer for their indiscretion. First however, they have to keep fighting until they find someone alive/uninfected to report to so they can pay for their sins against the UCMJ. If you liked "The Arisen" and "The Remaining" series you will love this!

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  • Zombie Road

  • Convoy of Carnage
  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed, and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place, and lucky enough that some of them had the skills to survive soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well that was a suprise!

  • By Scott on 08-12-17

Zombie Road is good drive thru fare

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Told with a straight face but silly, funny, and VERY politically incorrect Zombie Road is good drive thru fare. Its like a double cheeseburger with large fries. You know you shouldn't be enjoying it but as long as no one is looking, what the heck! An engaging and entertaining listen if you don't expect deep meaning and it doesn't bother you to have our current western boogie men (Islam) blamed for ending the world with a zombie plague. Its like an episode of BJ and the Bear, but with zombies. The characters are cartoonish but in a good natured way, like the Dukes of Hazard, and the story has enough twists and turns to keep the plot moving and fun. I listened to all three in the series. If you like the genre you will like this.

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  • London Burns

  • Tales from the World of Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume Two
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

The world is ending, and you have a front-row seat. The Warden Kevin Whitten and Harold Parker met in London, England "that day"; the day the dead stopped dying, and long before they managed their way back to America, to Adrian Ring and the test they would all face together. The only reason Kevin and company survived their helicopter crash in Covent Garden was the sacrifice of a small unit of Royal Marines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I have More books that I must have!

  • By Jan on 04-16-16

Burns relights the worlds of AUD Series

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I have been critical of previous AUD spinoff content as mostly cold leftovers, but London Burns sets the series back on fire. Great stories, interesting characters, believable situations, exotic locations and very well narrated by James Foster. Great return to the grill. Creative and very entertaining effort by all the authors.

  • Hissers II

  • Death March
  • By: Ryan C. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Shawn Zuzek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

When a plane crashed in the quaint town of Castor, it unleashed a virus that turned everyone into hissing, blood-thirsty, undead monsters. Monsters that could transmit their plague in seconds, that could run as fast as dogs, and that could fuse themselves together to create massive mutated beasts. Four teens - Connor, Seth, Amanita, and Nicole - fought for their lives to secure vital data from the plane wreckage, some of them paying the ultimate sacrifice. Now they need to get to San Diego with their secret, but the plague is spreading too fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hissers II is a Howl!

  • By John on 09-29-17

Hissers II is a Howl!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Hissers was one of the first novels I listed to on Audible and it got me hooked. Hissers II is a fantastic action packed, high speed, undead mutant zombie adventure follow up. In this sequel Thomas picks up almost exactly where the first book ends. The characters are still running, as hard as they can, from the creatures which are not really zombies but the victims of human genome experiments gone mad. The characters have little time to contemplate the difference however as they dodge their way across the country hoping to get the research (found in book one) that created the things to a genetics lab and a group of top scientists that they hope will still be there when they arrive. The story is still told from the perspective of the kids, although more adults are present this time, which keeps things focused and prevents overthinking the situation. Shawn Zuzek provides the narration and does an excellent job with the voices.

Full disclosure – after I griped about some military aspects of book 1 the author, Ryan Thomas, asked me to consultant on the sequel. So, I read a draft and provided military related recommendations for the paperback release of Hissers II. This was a few years ago, however, and I was excited to see it had made its way to Audible. I picked it up and was reminded what a fun book it was. I listened to the whole thing in just a few days. Take away – even if I weren’t involved I’d say Hissers I & II are fun books to read (or listen to) and hard to put down. The cliff hanger ending makes me really hope the author is working on Hissers 3!

PS - if you read this review please mark whether it was useful to you. Otherwise, why write these things.

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  • Cattle

  • The Fearlanders
  • By: Joseph Duncan
  • Narrated by: Ian M. Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

It is 10 years after the global apocalypse. The Phage, the zombie virus that brought the world to its knees, has mutated, restoring the minds of its undead victims: their personalities, their memories... even their dreams. The living dead are no longer the mindless monsters that drove mankind to the brink of extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator made this book for me

  • By Todd N Toscano on 08-11-15

Graze Cattle if you have the Stomach

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

Any additional comments?

Cattle looks into a disturbing and terrible world where zombies have risen and people are being farmed for food. In Duncan's world some Zs have begun to regain their intelligence, creating a spectrum of undead from the familiar stumbling droolers to smarty pants zombies that know how to hunt and organize. Oh snap! The zombies are not all bad though. Some realize and despise what they have become. This doesn't stop them from eating the living (or their less realized brothers), most of the time, but they despise it nonetheless. Duncan does a good job of taking this zombie story to dark yet interesting places and gives his characters and events plenty of spin to keep things interesting. Ian Walker's voice seems lost which is perfect with the narration too. Worth chewing on if you can stomach the content.

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  • Divided

  • Here We Stand, Book 2
  • By: Frank Tayell
  • Narrated by: Theodore Copeland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

It is a week since the outbreak began in New York. The president has been betrayed. The vice-president is dead. The conspirators are close to victory. Having narrowly escaped agents of the cabal, Tom Clemens heads to Washington in the hope of warning the president, but it is too late. The highways are impassable, filled with millions fleeing from the cities. As refugees storm the towns, and zombies fill the smoking ruins, survivors become more deadly a threat than the impossibly living dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stand seems to Stagger

  • By John on 06-30-17

Stand seems to Stagger

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Any additional comments?

Tayell is a very good writer and I enjoy his work. This, and the Here We Stand series, is ok but not his best. There are complex plot points, situations and characters here - but they often come across as overthought to the detriment of what is going on in the moment of the story. This brings the Surviving the Evacuation series almost full circle so its worth a listen if you want more background on that.

Copeland, as always, does a very good job with the narration.

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  • Here We Stand

  • Infected, Volume 1
  • By: Frank Tayell
  • Narrated by: Theodore Copeland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Tom Clemens has been living in the shadows for years, searching for those responsible for the death of his family. Framed for murder, he is on the run when the first outbreak occurs. With thousands of others, he fights his way out of New York, and joins the exodus searching for a safe refuge in America. On that journey he learns the identity of those responsible for the betrayal of the species, and of a scientist who might be able to stop the living dead. So begins his quest to save humanity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stand Struggles but Holds Up

  • By John on 06-20-17

Stand Struggles but Holds Up

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Any additional comments?

Stand tells the back story Santos; a shady character from Tayell's Evacuation series (for which this is the prequel). Santos (who goes by Tom here) has fallen from grace while trying to prove that a small group of powerful elites has initiated a conspiracy to rule the world. They have to destroy it first (with zombies) but once its in chaos they will control everything. There are some problems in that logic but as Santos himself says, "they are crazy."

Tayell's writing is good and he has obviously thought the conspiracy itself through well enough. The plot is slowly revealed as Santos, pursued by minions of the conspirators, escapes NY just before it is quarantined and heads for the home of a scientist he knows that may be able to solve the riddle of the zombie plague. The weakness lies with his actions while on the run. Although he figures out early on that zombies are attracted by noise and motion he proceeds to make as much noise as possible fairly often, bringing he and his companions into danger. While camped out at a secluded cabin he shoots a lone zombie, several times, which of course draws in all the others in the area. Later, although safely barricaded at a motel in the mountains they choose to gun down all the zombies walking down the road... which of course just brings more. Santos is supposedly a smart guy, why waste ammunition and make all that noise? Especially, when they could just hunker down, be quiet and let them walk on by. It makes for good action sequences but not without a high 'why did they do that?' factor.

Theodore Copeland does an excellent job with the narration which helps hold up the story despite it's weaknesses. I enjoy Tayell's writing and am already listening to book 2 so the flaws are annoying but not that big of a deal.

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  • An Economic History of the World since 1400

  • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067

Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, tough to listen

  • By Rick on 10-27-16

Economics fueled by Innovation & Invention

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Any additional comments?

An enlightening, informative and enjoyable listen for anyone interested in what makes the world go around - or at least a big cog in the machine that makes it turn. Presented in a clear and concise format that is chronological and easy to follow. The narration by Prof. Herrald fits the topic well.

He begins with a bit of pre-history that leads up to 1400 so we understand the mind set of people at the time vis a vis money, trade & power. Then Prof. Herrald leads us on a journey that marks the major innovations that disrupted, transplanted or changed the major centers of trade & finance around the world. He identifies the reasons why some failed (mostly for lack of ability to adapt to new technologies) while others thrived and grew.

Worth noting is that it is not so much a history of economics as a history of how innovation & technology have driven change in human prosperity over the last 2000+ years. I would have loved more on how wealth (and desire for it) influenced actions. That is likely an entire course on its own.

This is one of the better TGCs I've had the opportunity to listen in on. If you are interested in the history of economics or technology this is a good primer.

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  • Only the Light We Make

  • Tales from the World of Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 3
  • By: James Dean, James Pyne, Josh Green, and others
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85

Since 2010, the world of Adrian Ring has grown, enveloping hundreds of thousands of fans, and creating a cast of characters who are both beloved and reviled. Time for more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories by some great authors!

  • By J.D. Demers (Author / Reviewer) on 02-21-17

The Light Flickers

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Any additional comments?

I am a fan & supporter of Philbrook's work. Unfortunately, this collection comes across as leftover bits and pieces of stories that were cut from his main AUD series. I know, that's what it is and that other writers contributed. The problem is that few of the characters or events stand out or rise to level of interesting. Here we get things like the back stories of a zombie who fell out of a closet on Adrian, a woman who has to find him but then stay hidden while she works secretly on his behalf, and that of a boy who ends up as part of the book toting horde of zombie messengers. Its not hard to see why these may have been cut from the original works. The writing styles are good but the stories don't stand up very well by themselves. Foster, a narrator whom I usually also like, here seems bored and drones with little inflection. Perhaps it is the editing but the monotone of the narration made it difficult to tell one story from the next and there are a few chapters where the protagonists are woman but there are few cues to notify the listener that this is the case.

I will continue to read Philbrook's work but this is a book I would only recommend to die hard fans who just have to know how that zombie got into that closet.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Scattered and the Dead

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Series, Book 1
  • By: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Narrated by: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 147

With 99.7% of the Earth's population dead and gone, the few who remain struggle to survive in an empty world. The scattered. The leftovers. These are their stories. Meet Mitch, a father infected with the zombie virus. He knows he has 24 hours until he turns. Maybe a little more if he's lucky. He's been a half-assed father. Checked out. Distracted. Can he find a path to redemption in his final hours? Can he make sure his kids are taken care of before time runs out?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • zombies are only one part of what drives this book

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-21-17

Scattered is worth its Parts

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Any additional comments?

At first blush Scattered is all over the map; the characters are mostly pathetic losers, the situations are unremarkable, there seems to be no point or direction to the story and the narrative bounces around in time and location for no particular reason. YET somehow it gets under your skin. The characters gradually become interesting and their stories eventually take on life worth listening to.

I was at first annoyed but ended up enjoying the long lead in to the appearance of any zombies. In Scattered, the world crashes in super slow motion, power goes out and returns, while there is rioting in one area - people are out shopping for designer shoes in others. Some people figure things out and try to flee while others try to continue on with their routines. A bag headed guy in the future wanders the wasteland trying to escape assassins (what is that all about?!). Like a David Lynch piece, the story is simultaneously in chaos and stuck in the rut of a dark normalcy.

Adding to the crazy mash up there are two different narrators for various parts of the book. In spite of their switching back and forth like jump cuts; it works. Tim McBain's voice is excellent for the stoned and clueless characters whose lives sucked before the end times and suck even worse after. LT Vargas provides a hopeful & exuberant voice for two young girls surviving on their own in the apocalypse

If you are a fan of the genre, Scattered is a different take and worth trying to assemble.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful