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  • Interview for the End of the World

  • A Children of Titan Universe Short Story
  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

The apocalypse is coming. There's only one way off Earth. When a small-moon-sized asteroid is discovered hurtling toward Earth, billionaire scientist Darien Trass must deal with the hardships of finding the select few who will join him on his voyage to escape the apocalypse and rekindle civilization on another world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just can't get enough of this series

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-17-19

Endless talented author

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

What a wonderful story depicting the background story of the man and his attitude that started this story in reference to the Circuit series that follows.
I enjoyed every minute of it and plan on listening to it again.
Thank you Rhett for your endless talent.

EDIT:
After having had listened to this short but powerful story a second time, it occurred to me that I needed to remind everyone I could just how brilliant and insightful Rhett Bruno is.

It’s really a shame he elected to be an author instead of a scientist or a leading edge surgeon/doctor or even a politician who could speak common sense to so many politicians that have none, zero.

This story was of a man who struggled with his conscience, with every decision, with every life n his hands. In the end he decided to join the masses, the ones who would eventually suffer from his conscientious decisions.

Does that sound familiar?
Isn’t that what our president should do? Isn’t that what every elected official should do, instead of vying for power and riches?

I mean how rich is enough?
There’s a time when there’s a job to do. For the people, for the constituents.
Being elected to office isn’t a “whew, I got here, now let’s have some fun!” ticket.

Sacrifice is what it takes, just like Mr. Darien Trass sacrificed himself.
I’m not saying throw yourself on your sword, just do the job you were meant to.
President
Congress
House
Senate
It’s not too late!

I apologize Mr. Bruno if I’m reading more into your story than you intended, just like I did long ago with “The Roach”, but whether you intend to consciously or not, you write strong messages.

To everyone else, this is a very short story that reads really long.
Please read it. Read it more than once like I was able too.

Thank you Mr. Bruno for being one of few authors that I know of that are capable of just about anything.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Trackers Series Box Set

  • The Trackers Series, Books 1-4
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595

Ripped from the headlines, the explosive Trackers saga is a realistic depiction of what an EMP attack and the aftermath might look like from one of the genre's leading voices, USA Today best-selling author and former Homeland Security Disaster Mitigation Officer, Nicholas Sansbury Smith. This box set includes the entire four-book Trackers series with over 30 hours of postapocalyptic survival fiction and action. Box set includes Trackers, Trackers 2: The Hunted, Trackers 3: The Storm, and Trackers 4: The Damned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great deal on this amazing series!

  • By Lisa L on 10-17-18

Realistic scenario that’s scary as hell!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

A wonderful example of great science fiction.
Very scary stuff as this is something that could very well happen, just as 9/11 did.
This is such an intelligent story and so realistic.
I’m just very happy it’s fiction, but it still makes me want to dig a big hole lined with thick concrete and steel. Then fill it with supplies to last for a few years. I think I’m turning into a prepper , at least mentally as I could never afford to actually prepare for such a disaster Mr. Smith has described here.
Adding unstable sociopaths, desperate starving people, brutal gangs, etc. to the story only made it, not only more realistic, but even more frightening. What could be worse than someone taking everything you own from you and leaving you to die?
Nicholas Sansbury Smith is a modern day storytelling genius.
And the narration was spot on. The narrator did a great job switching from each character with all the different inflections. It was exciting and tense throughout the entire series. Job well done!
Five stars all the way!
Thank you Mr. Smith!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Circuit

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 685

Earth is a dying planet. To survive, humanity founds the Circuit, a string of colonies across the solar system, dedicated to mining resources vital to preserving what remains of mankind. Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what's necessary to survive. The New Earth Tribunal, a powerful religious faction, has risen to rule the Circuit. They believe a Spirit within the Earth will one day appear and welcome humanity back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Epic Trilogy

  • By Christopher on 07-21-18

An author who understands science fiction and true story telling!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I truly don’t know where to start in reviewing this tremendous work of sci-fi art. Because that’s what it is.
The narration is flawless! The narrator makes it seem like I’m really in the story.
This is truly a pure understanding of how to compose a story with rich characters along with intricate yet totally understandable backstories, unbelievable, but realistic environments, wonderful awe inspiring action at every turn, but I personally think that the real treat is the lesson the author and narrator have shown humanity.
This tale exposes all of our very real flaws as a supposedly civilized species.
It’s a mirror image of today’s horror here on Earth.
We lie to each other, cheat each other, kill one another and at the same time we’re destroying the only home we have.
Mr. Bruno, I hope I’m not reading more into your stories here than you wanted, but for me it was an exciting lesson.
I can’t give out spoilers, so all I can say to others is to read and or listen to this trilogy and if you love science fiction then this is for you.
Thank you Mr. Bruno and thanks to the narrator, Mr. Jefferson Mays.
Sincerely,
Alan McDonald
(note: my vision is impaired, so I was helped by my daughter to read this wonderful tale and I’ve managed to read most of his other wonderful works as well. The audiobook version provided me with no restrictions and was simply wonderful)

26 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Troubles Keeper

  • By: Susan May
  • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Bus driver Rory Fine has a gift. With selfless thought, he uses his unique power to relieve others troubles with a mere touch. This brings him great joy, until one rain-swept night when he offers to lift every passenger’s spirits. He asks them to play a game by tapping his palm when they disembark and leave their worries behind with him. Someone aboard, though, hides a deadly and dangerous secret, and this kind act will drag Rory into a perilous battle with a powerful, evil entity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narration for a chilling story

  • By Kim Hunter on 04-18-17

A wonderful tale and a wonderful author!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I received a free audiobook version from Susan because my vision has left me unable to read or write. My wonderful daughter helps me with both when she has time, but the audiobook gift is something I’ll never forget. Thank you Susan.
As for the story, it was thrilling, scary at times and it made me fearful for everyone.
The protagonist, Rory, is a good person with too much to do, too many lives in his hands. I felt sad for him, but at the same time grateful he was there for those in need.
I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but the dark thing was frightening and is synonymous with criminals in a dark ally kind of thing in today’s society but of course without the paranormal.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward to more of Susan’s works.
The narrator did a great job with all the voices and I don’t hesitate to recommend, not only this book, but the audiobook as well.
I’m in the process of listening to this story again to make sure I didn’t miss anything and also because it was such a good tale.
Thank you again Susan for everything.
Sincerely,
Alan McDonald

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Air and Ash

  • TIDES, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Kaitlin Bellamy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 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 91

After a lifetime of training, 17-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission - and fails. Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battle worthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile's blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody Amazing!

  • By HeatherY on 09-15-17

Air and Ash audiobook review

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17


I just finished the audiobook Air and Ash and I want to thank the author for giving me my first ever audiobook a wonderful experience.
The narrator did a wonderful job.
I loved her Nile voice, but especially her mother's Irish/Scottish accent. I giggled a little because I'm of Scottish linage.
She made the story feel like I was there amongst the crew and living the life of a crewman aboard ship.
The only criticism I could possibly have is that it's so difficult for a single narrator to voice so many different characters.
She handled the many different characters better than most people would have I'm sure.
I'm sure she felt it was a daunting challenge to read so many multiple accents in a single book.
Regardless, I give the narration five stars easily. I'm very impressed.
How I feel about the story itself is second to none.
It's one of my all time favorite story series hands down.
Thank you again Ms. Lidell for allowing me the opportunity to experience my first audiobook with Nile, Dominic, Catsper and company.
Sincerely,
Alan McDonald

1 of 1 people found this review helpful