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  • The Scattered and the Dead Series: The First Four Books

  • Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
  • By: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Narrated by: Christopher Boucher
  • Length: 37 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 250

With 99.7 percent 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. This collection contains the first four volumes of the Scattered and the Dead series, audiobooks 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tense, thrilling apocalyptic series

  • By Melanie on 02-08-19

Just Okay

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

It definitely was not a favorite. I didn't love most of the characters, which was a major reason I just wasn't that interested in the book. I didn't return it mainly because it wasn't horrible and I wanted to have something to listen to.
The series is comprised of journal entries, books 1 & 3, and multi-character points of view, books 2&4. Traditional zombie book for the most part, but focuses more on the darkness of societal collapse.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Dark

  • By: Alex Callister
  • Narrated by: Ell Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

GCHQ agent Winter has just 14 days to bring down a website before a teenager is tortured to death in front of an internet audience of millions. Winter has to go deep undercover, disguised as the paid assassin Snow White, to infiltrate the criminals’ organisation and bring down the man at the heart of the dark web. Winter is razor-sharp, quick-witted and sexy, an expert in all forms of combat, master hacker and the number one field agent of British Intelligence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't live up to my expectations

  • By Tammy on 03-30-19

Returned

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

It's not what I was looking for. I was hoping for more of a cyber-thriller, and though it had that aspect, it was very sexually graphic. I don't have an issue with that, but it's not what I was looking for so, I returned the book.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Dark of Night

  • A Joe Ledger Novella
  • By: Jonathan Maberry, Rachael Lavin
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268

Dark of Night is a story of worlds in collision. Three heroes who have survived the apocalypse are in a deadly race to save a busload of children from ravenous zombies and ruthless human scavengers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark of Night: Joe Ledger Returns!!

  • By Tracy P. on 04-03-18

Definitely Glad I tried Book 3

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Book 3, Dark Of Night, is more of a novella, but so far my favorite in this series. I really like the new characters brought in Rachel and Joe; Desdemona is still in the book but far more tolerable.

Though this book is significantly shorter than the other two books, it reads a lot a smoother. There’s definitely more action and the new characters are quite likable. It was a great way to bring in a couple new main characters and surprisingly Billy Trout is missing from the book.

Rachelle is a badass lady who also has taken on the role of hero and plays that role quite well.

Joe is the ever so common special ops soldier guy who is the one many army…the guy who can take down 20 bad guys without breaking a sweat…though the really cool thing about him is his dog. He has a Shepard Wolfhound mix that is both sweet and a hardcore canine warrior. Absolutely Love the addition of the dog.

In Book 3 they are fighting both human and zombie enemies as well as strangers banding together to fight a common enemy.

Definitely glad I gave it one more chance.

  • Bits & Pieces

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Dana Fredsti
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Return to the zombie apocalypse wasteland that is the Rot & Ruin in this short story collection from Jonathan Maberry. Benny Imura's zombie-infested adventures are well-chronicled in the gripping novels Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone, and Fire & Ash. But what else was happening while he was on his quest? Who were the others navigating the ravaged landscape full of zombies? Bits & Pieces fills in the gaps about what we know about First Night, surviving the plague, and traveling the land of Rot & Ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Joe Ledger

  • By BackupGeek on 05-23-18

Returned

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

It sounded more like a documentary not a story...I couldn't even get 30 minutes into the book

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead of Night

  • A Zombie Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Will Be Eaten Next?

  • By Squeak on 11-04-11

Not Sure Yet

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I’m trying a new series, Dead of Night series, by Jonathan Maberry, it’s another zombie apocalypse series.

It starts from patient zero a death row prisoner that was infected and later goes on to spread the infection in a small town in PA. It follows a female police officer, definitely not a favorite character, and a male reporter a much more likable character.

I didn’t love the book, but it was intriguing and fast paced, but the female lead character has made the book less appealing. She’s beyond abrasive and in truth I haven’t really found anything about her that I like. When she’s not being rude and mean to others she’s having a breakdown accusing people of leaving her, which really some of those she’s upset with have died…

However, I am intrigued enough that I did buy the 2nd book in the series. I am hoping that the series improves since I think it has a lot of potential.

  • Fall of Night

  • Dead of Night, Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against - what? The undead? The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. But the infection is spreading and fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and read!

  • By Popkev on 09-09-14

Still Not Sure

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Oddly I am going to rate this the same as the first book…it has its good points, but I still really dislike one of the main characters…she’s extraordinarily annoying. I had hoped that Maberry would have given her some redeeming qualities, but her brand of crazy is just too much.

That being said, I was still compelled to listen to the whole book. I did think about giving up on it a couple of times, but I didn’t since I had hoped it would tie into the Rot and Ruin series. At the tale end of this book it started bringing in more characters from it so I will be trying book three.

I don’t think I have ever been so conflicted on whether or not I like a book or not as I have been with these two books…I hope the series gets better.

  • Peripeteia

  • The City Series, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

Months into the apocalypse, the zombies show no signs of dying, but it's clear everyone in Sunset Park will die without enough food to outlast the undead. Add in the less-than-sociable new neighbors only blocks away, and the hunt for sustenance has come to feel more like a race than a ramble. Sylvie is happy in her new home with the people who've become like family, though she's still working out how to let them into her heart. Eric wants in, and he wants to find his sister, but he can't do both at the same time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fix the audio!

  • By K. Dennis on 11-07-17

Just as Good as the First Book

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Peripeteia is the 2nd book in The City Series.  Same great group of characters from the first book, but their ties and relationships grow stronger.  Their enemies of the human variety start to make themselves better known.

As I sit here and try and describe the book, I feel that my description will fall woefully short.  Essentially the book picks up where it left off Eric still wanting to get out of the city to find his sister Cassie, the struggle to find food and resources and their merge with other groups.  It doesn't sound fast paced or suspenseful and I would say it is less suspenseful than the first book, but still somehow equally as fast paced.  Like the first book there is humor and there is sadness.  It's interesting though having read the first series knowing things in this book that these characters still aren't aware, some insider knowledge if you will.

I think that if I had to pick I would say this book is better than the first book, Sylvie's brand of crazy is behind her, the question of Logan is answered and Eric finally gets on the road to find Cassie.

I am absolutely at the edge of my seat though to see what happens in the third book.  I wonder if the Until the End of the World Series will finally merge with The City Series, probably not, but one can hope.

  • Mordacious

  • The City Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in. Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse

  • By LD on 09-25-16

One of my Favorite Zombie Series

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

One of my favorite Zombie Apocalypse series....Mordacious is the first book in The City Series, which is the second series written about this apocalypse.  If you haven't read either series I would recommend starting with the Until the End of the World Series, then move onto The City Series.

The two main characters Sylvie and Eric are portrayed by two different narrators, which is a bit different then most audible books.  I like the change and both narrators are pretty good.   This book is fast paced, has great character development, suspense and humor.

It starts out from day 1 of the Z apocalypse and follows the two main characters and their companions through how they deal with the end of the world as they knew it.  The characters aren't perfect, which makes them all the more likable and the emotional baggage they carried before it all happened still burdens them.  This isn't a the standard military end of world book, it's more about regular everyday people dealing with the challenges of living in a world without electricity, running water and with a very deadly enemy.

Like many Zombie books it does show the best and the worst our civilization has to offer.  The zombies are the same as they are in most Z books, but the characters make the series unique.

  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,456
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,413

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, very WELL DONE!

  • By Who? Me? on 10-05-16

Loved it! Even better than the first book

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Equally as good as the first book in the series. As Rezkin’s journey continues into the “out world” he gathers new and interesting friends to join him to the king’s tournament. As the story unfolds, Rezkin adopts his 3rd identity, Dark Tidings. The book is based on his new friendships, growing his old friendships and juggling his three identities until he is able and ready to reveal them to his companions. Much like the first book, this book made me laugh, made me frustrated and unfortunately in the end made me teary.

I love most of the supporting characters and love how Mr. Kade is able to bring them to life. I am absolutely amazed at how intriguing the book is and how fast paced it is, I could hardly put the book down. I can hardly believe the book is 19 hours!! It really flies by…Plus unlike so many sequels this book does not spend too much time explaining what happened in the previous book, there’s just enough information to trigger your memory regarding the first books so that you’re not feeling lost. That being said I feel it would be difficult to pick up the 2nd book in the series without having read the first one.

  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,496

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

Pretty good but not my favorite in the series

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Just finished book three Legends of Ahn …It’s a good book, but my least favorite so far in the series. If you’ve followed the books, you know that Rezkin has decided to take on the roll as king. Some but not all of his personas are coming to light in this book, I am curious to see the reactions when The Raven is revealed.

The book wasn’t as fast paced for me as the previous ones, which was one of the things I loved the most about this book. Also, this book had a lot of things going on and almost felt at times a bit disjointed. He starts on the boat, then travels through a forest, goes to the city, etc etc.

And not to give things away, but the when they arrive on the island I have a really hard time getting into the story. The added demon, supernatural beings and paranoia thing just didn’t work for me. I guess it just didn’t feel that it flowed, but that being said I still enjoyed it and definitely has to be read if you continue in the series. And really they all can’t be your favorite in the series right?

Super excited to start book 4!!!!