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  • Foreign Enemies and Traitors

  • The Enemies Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Matthew Bracken
  • Narrated by: Mike Kemp
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 287

Foreign Enemies and Traitors is set in the near future in an America that is creeping steadily toward socialist tyranny, in the midst of the second Great Depression. A year after earthquakes have devastated the Tennessee Valley, survivors are resisting demands by the federal government to relocate to FEMA refugee centers. United States National Guard units have proven ineffective at forcing these survivors out of the earthquake-damaged regions, due to their reluctance to employ deadly force against fellow Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every American needs to read this.

  • By Lincoln Morehouse on 03-31-15

Wonderful story. Reflects today's current events.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

The story was very enjoyable. The author tells a tale that closely reflects today's real social and economic issues and takes them to a very possible and harowing future of the United States followed by an exciting and also possible conclusion.

Though the characters are dynamic individuals, the narrator struggles to individualize their voices and does not have the range necessary to narrate them all.

  • Indian Hill

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696

Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get through this one because the next two are good

  • By DCinMI on 06-12-13

Another great book. Oder but new to me.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Over the last few years Mark Tufo has become one if not my favorite authors and his narators are always great. I went back a few years to check out some of his earlier books and book 1 of the Indian Hill series did not disappoint me. I listened to it almost non stop.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End Is Now

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Mur Lafferty, Kate Baker, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. "The Apocalypse Triptych" will tell their stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loses a star because the last story is That Bad.

  • By Peter Wombat on 06-06-15

Just as good as the first book in the series.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

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

To date this book and the whole Apocalypse Triptych are not the best books or series I have purchased from Audible however, it is very close. It is very difficult to rate a book full of mostly excellent short stories when one less than excellent story can bring the average down. There are a number of stories I will listen to again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

One of my favorite character to date is the cyborg created during the reign of Peter the Great (I think) and is still alive far far in to the future and apocalypse. I think my top favorite is the story "Fifth Day of Dear Camp", it's funny, exciting, suspenseful, full of aliens, the end of the world and just a good read. There isn't one character I can point out because I like all of them.

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

I have listened to a number of the narrators before. All the narrators I am familiar with did a very good job. There was one narrator that is new to me and did an excellent job.

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

It took me three sittings to listen to this book. I could have done it in one sitting but I listen to audio books when I go to bed and I never fell asleep listening to this book so I had to go to sleep or stay up all night and morning to finish it. I had to force myself to shut it off and go to sleep, which wasn't easy as the stories I listened to kept running through my head, even after I fell asleep.

Any additional comments?

There was one story about "The Grey" named "Spores", I think, you will know it when you start it. I found this story morbid and depressing with a lot of whining and crying and poor me stuff. I found myself just wanting the main character to shut up, quit your crying and just die or something. Needless to say I couldn't finish the last 30 minutes of that story. It was just too much.

  • The Apocalypse Outcasts

  • The Undead World, Novel 3
  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670

There are no happily ever afters in the new Undead World. There are no vacations or time-outs or do-overs. There's only the endless daily grind of living or the shockingly horrific fact of death that hangs over every living creature left on the face of the earth. For some, that death lies in a single mistake or a moment of bad luck, or simply in fate. For others, that hard death hounds them day and night, relentlessly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and better

  • By Team maryland on 12-02-17

Must have been drunk writing the last chapter

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

In the last chapter one of the main characters is found dead. Yhen in the prolog she is alive and well to the end of the story. The author must have been drunk or in a rush to finish and as a result the story is completely ruined. Refund time.
The reading was very good. Don't waste your money.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Taken: A New World, Book 4

  • By: John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Mark Gagliardi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

Dark clouds gather... A storm is breaking... With the sanctuary built, there is a respite from the nightly night runner assaults. Jack Walker and the group of survivors have bought themselves a little breathing room. Or have they? A peaceful daytime outing turns into yet another nightmare sweeping Robert and Bri up with it. The world has changed. Another danger has emerged. Ferocious packs of night runners still prowl at night and Jack must now locate and rescue his kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite in the entire series. .

  • By Gillian on 08-05-15

Not to shabby this time.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

This book is an improvement as compared to the previous books in the series. Listening to the audiobook version, I found some of the voices a little ridiculous. Otherwise a pretty good book.

  • The Horizon

  • Arisen, Book 6
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,313

Mission complete, Alpha team enjoys their first chance to breathe and tend to their humanity. But the darkness leaves them alone with their demons - and those who have found love may yet learn that it is fatally incompatible with duty....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting as Ever!

  • By Kimmy A on 06-28-15

Not as good as the last five. Disappointed! l

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

This book was filled with unbelievable battles with magic ammunition supplies, bottomless magazines and miracle nuclear engineers. Reality was stretched a lot in book 6.

  • Maximum Violence

  • Arisen, Book 4
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065

In Canterbury, as the virus rages out of control, one troop of Royal Marine Commandos fights a 360-degree battle for survival while also racing to rescue the Channel Tunnel survivors from a relentless siege, all before Hellfire missile strikes and carpet bombing kill anyone left alive. Across the Atlantic,the crew of the USS John F. Kennedy risks a catastrophic reactor meltdown to get out of the path of a 10-mile-wide tide of the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I would like it more if Audible would combine

  • By DLGloege on 04-29-16

Another short story!l

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

The story is good but disappointing at more than a few points. I don't like pawing so much for such a short book. I understand that this is done to increase profits however at some point I will get mad enough to stop buying them. But like the fool I am,I keep buying them.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Defiant: An Unbeaten Path

  • The Defiant Series Volume 2
  • By: John W. Vance
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Two weeks have passed since the lights went out and in that time, Nicholas McNeil has assembled the equipment, a team of devoted survivors and has located a safe place to go hunker down. The catch is that it's over a thousand miles away. He is ready for a tough journey but as the miles grow longer he discovers he's not quite as prepared for what mankind is capable of until he's face to face with it. He discovers the once picturesque landscape has been replaced with brutality and barbarism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good premise, until we had to copy National Treasu

  • By Daniel on 08-17-15

A Wonderful Ride.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

An "Unbeaten Path " is a great follow up book one. I couldn't put it down and read it in two evenings. The only thing I can find to complain about is that the story is too short. I would have preferred at least four more chapters of equal excitement. Knowing it will be some time before another book is published I'm not looking forward to the wait.