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  • Unwanted World

  • The EMP Survivor Series, Book 4
  • By: Chris Pike
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Nico Bell has been working undercover in San Antonio for over a year, trying to infiltrate a dangerous gang, led by the mysterious Santiago. Desperate for a meeting with Santiago, Nico agrees to be a courier to pick up and deliver a package. It should have been easy, but easy isn't in Nico's vocabulary. EMP isn't in his vocabulary either, but it soon will be. Kate Chandler, who requires a service dog, desperately wants to forget her past. She works as a bartender at a historical hotel next to the Alamo in San Antonio. Young and tough, she uses the bar as a barrier, so nobody will ever get close to her again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoying this series!

  • By Naioa on 08-06-18

If two stars is "it's okay" then it's two stars

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

It's just okay.

The character development is lacking. I found myself not caring that much about the characters and what happened to them. It's formulaic and you can guess what will happen before it does. I remember enjoying the other books in this series, was surprised to have to chew through this one.

  • Journey

  • Sunfall, Book 1
  • By: D. Gideon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Becket Royce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

Ripley's a tomboy at heart who has never met a stranger. Her plans were to finish her veterinary studies and take her family to the country, where life wouldn't be such a struggle. She thought the worst she'd have to deal with at the University of Maryland were the unwelcome advances and attitudes of affluent students, and the occasional East Coast hurricane. She never expected the sun to fall down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent start to a YA disaster series

  • By Marcus on 05-02-17

I was NOT given this for an unbiased review...

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

The writing isn't terrible, but the story is far fetched and incredibly skewed towards a young adult audience. I dig the strong female lead, "Ripley" is a great literary throwback to Alien.

** Spoilers ahead **

One big problem is the time wasted on petty, predictable teenage drama. There's no adult situations, it's all nicely safe for prime time viewing. The cool girl with the powerful mother she hates smokes cigarettes. Her secret service protector loves her like a daughter. The amount of time wasted with the authority figure in the dorm room is tedious. The racist and stupid campus cop who thinks a computer is a bomb? I don't know what other reviews are talking about with this being a "believable" EOTWAWKI book. It feels amateurish and undeveloped. All the characters are clichés.

The character development can really only be described as awkward. The neighbor man whose wife is a racist, so he can't talk to Grams? The foreign friend who happens to have killed a bunch of people and is an expert with knives and guns—so says a mysterious secret service agent? I just can't get past these parts.

I really did want to like it, but it felt like chewing a rubbery piece of meat.

  • Trap the Devil

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 7
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231

A group of some of the most powerful people in the government, the military, and the private sector has begun a brutal plan to quietly take over the reins of the US government. They've begun to remove the people who stand in their way - and replace them with their own sympathizers and puppets. They've already taken out the Speaker of the House - whose death was made to look like an accidental drowning - and the president and vice president are next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jay Snyder show become familiar with nomenclatures

  • By Luke on 08-17-17

I never write reviews

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

I never write reviews. I've listened to hundreds and hundreds of audiobooks, and the espionage/thriller genre is one of my favorites. This might be my favorite of all time, no exaggeration necessary. This book is fantastic.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,047
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,223

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

It's an absolute ten out of ten

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

I've listened to maybe a hundred(?) books on Audible and this is my all-time favorite. It's fan-tastic. The bit at the end about "if you can't trust the company your son works for..." had me tearing up.

  • The Survivalist

  • Frontier Justice
  • By: Arthur T. Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jamie Buck
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 922

The Superpox-99 virus has wiped out nearly the entire human race. Governments have collapsed. Cities have become graveyards filled with unspeakable horror. People have resorted to scavenging from the dead, or taking from the living. The entire industrialized world has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, decaying bodies, and feral animals. To stay alive, U.S. Deputy Marshal Mason Raines must forage for food, water, and gasoline while outgunning those who seek to take advantage of the apocalyptic anarchy. Together with his giant Irish wolfhound, Bowie, he aligns with survivors of the town of Boone in a life and death struggle against a gang of violent criminals. With each deadly encounter, Mason is force to accept his place as one of the nation's few remaining lawmen. In a world now populated by escaped convicts, paranoid mutants, and government hit squads, his only hope to save the townspeople is to enforce his own brand of frontier justice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story Poor Performance

  • By Jesse on 03-29-14

Speed reading without emotion with a fluff story

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

Oh man. This is not a good audiobook. The narration is fast. Really fast.

The story is pretty flat, fantastical, and emotionless, but the reading is what really makes it poor. More than a few times I thought that the narrator must be getting paid by the hour, and wanted to make sure he was out of the studio on time.

Clearly some of these reviews are fake. There's no way anyone would rate this a 5/5.

I came this close to requesting a refund...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise of Superman

  • Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
  • By: Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624

In this groundbreaking audiobook, New York Times best-selling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow”, an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • There is no way some of these reviews are real

  • By Mike on 05-01-15

There is no way some of these reviews are real

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

If there was any sort of narrative whatsoever, or if it wasn't so formulaic.

Extreme sport story > FLOW!!!! > Repeat

Admittedly I couldn't finish it. It was grueling.

60 of 65 people found this review helpful

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,295

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Celeste Albers on 05-24-17

Amazing story, amazing read

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

Beautifully read and artfully written. Hard to believe it's so old, feels just as relevant as if it was written today.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,500

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

Mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

It's well-read by the narrator. The story is beautifully written, but tough to follow at times in audio form. There are time transitions that had me wondering if the audiobook had an error causing it to jump forward. I also feel like the ending was a bit of a punt.