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  • Volumes of the Vemreaux Complete Collection

  • A Dystopian Adventure Trilogy
  • By: Mary E. Twomey
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 45 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

This is the complete set of the Vemreaux Trilogy, including The Way, The Truth, and The Lie. In a world not divided by race, creed, or color but by blood type, Blue Anders finds herself on the wrong end of fortune's mercy. Born with a lesser blood type, Blue is raised in The Way, a work camp for A-bloods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Religious overtones and emotionalally damaged protagonist

  • By Lea on 05-16-16

OMG so bad it’s bad.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Usually I’m able to get through just about any book. I have tried listening to this three times and just can’t get past the fact that it’s just preaching a xenophobic message badly.
I’m out. I’m just glad the characters are so unbelievable that I have not made a connection with them.
Yuck.

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,775
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,525

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RC Bray as Hispanic Woman - Just Wow!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 05-03-18

same old familiarize yourself weaponry quasi story

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

What would have made Commune better?

My impression was that the story has been written over and over again. Nothing special going on here.

What was most disappointing about Joshua Gayou’s story?

The story is lost in the attempt to train the reader to survive an actual apocalypse. The author as a training instructor comes off as having so much contempt for the reader that it makes the story fall apart. Clearly the author is writing a story on survival preparation in story form. The reader is not reading as much as studying scenarios which use the same character names as case examples.

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favorite?

Billy. Because I enjoy old fashioned one liners. And when I was a kid I also liked the lone ranger and thought Tanto was the brains of the operation.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Commune?

The rape scenes.

Any additional comments?

I was looking forward to hearing a good one this wasn't terrible. I'm just done with the guns and truck survival books... nothing new here.

Leadership & Self-Deception
    Getting Out of the Box
    
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    Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    3,713 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Leadership & Self-Deception

  • Getting Out of the Box
  • By: The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,265

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • struggled

  • By Misty on 01-24-17

For those who have forgotten they used to be human.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

I'm not going to beat around the bush... I was raised in a communal society in the 60's so this message was a blast from the past. If you are having a hard time understanding that all people are uniqueless... not misspelled, you will gain something from this trainer.
Here's the message happy people see other people's reflections when they look within. Unhappy people see themselves within and are without. It's called empathy and it's not too late to learn and feel joyful and hopeful.

  • Dawn for a Distant Earth

  • Forever Hero Series #1
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Thousands of years in the future, Earth is a desolate ruin. The first human ship to return in millennia discovers an abandoned wasteland inhabited by only a few degenerate or mutated human outcasts. But among them is a boy of immense native intelligence and determination who grows up to become the force behind a plan to make Earth flower again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Early work, but really good Modesitt, Jr book

  • By Eric G. Peters on 10-23-15

Great Story... Performed by "Looney Tunes"

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book but not this audio version.

What did you like best about this story?

Strong character... masculine morality is often cut short... not here... I like that. Exciting and unusual setting.

How could the performance have been better?

Wow.. the voices used by the narrator were beyond bad. It sounded like the narrator was making fun of the characters by making them sound like cartoon character nerds, aliens and wimps.... which was much in conflict with the author's writing. The droopy dog voice is used on almost all military personnel of power.... maybe the narrator has a slight grudge?

Could you see Dawn for a Distant Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

If they use the audible version it would star Marvin the martian... and the whole gang of characters.... Droopy dog would definitely have multiple parts along with professor duck.

Any additional comments?

Yaaa.... the narrator changed the story, by making the characters Goofy sounding. The narrator re-wrote the story.... I don't like that and I doubt that it was the intent.... Because I had read the book first it really bothered me that the silly voices changed the message.... made it trivial.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Girl

  • The Dominion Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joe Hart
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,970

A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than one percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but 25 years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than 1000 women. Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story, but missing some details

  • By Ruth Ravve on 06-14-16

Would have been totally immersed in story of narrator had been different.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

Wow what a great story. This one has got it all... Somethingk kept yankingk me out of the experience and it was the narrator. The narrator has a slight speech impediment and that's not her fault.... she pronounces any word with a g in as if there is a k end of the word. I'm thingkiingk this is goungk to bother you too. Too bad cause it's really unique and well written.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,965

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Starts great... fades to boring.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Needs more detail... background... heart... depth.

What could Pierce Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The story seems flat... almost feels like it was edited.... maybe the good stuff was removed. Sometimes the story jumps and it feel like something is missing. I just finished the book and am having a hard time remembering the characters... It is written much like the He-Man cartoons I watched as a kid.... only not as believable.

Did Tim Gerard Reynolds do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe, if it could be made into short animated films... it is very cartoonish.

Any additional comments?

I understand what the writer was trying to do... create another Hunger Games like story... only with strong male characters and weak female characters.... the dart didn't even hit the board.
If you like pro wrestling with lots of commercials, this one is for you. I am pretty disappointed with the story, was expecting much more.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,161

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Kept my interest wile... no booring sections.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-13

Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of the books I will remember, Many times I hear a book tittle and think... did I read that book! Well this is a story that left an impression and I will recognize the tittle as I have fond memories, it was definitely a good story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Swan Song?

There is a scene where one of the characters kills his parents... I realized that his perception of reality had been so altered by fantasy games that instead of adapting to his current world he escaped into the one reality that never changes.... mental fantasy.
This scene coincides with another character who escaped into mental fantasy when she killed her child long ago, she adapts to the changed world by abandoning the insanity of mental fantasy... she creates hope by living in the real world.
These are really two moments but they clicked for me.

Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

Mule the horse.... because the characters all loved the animal and you could feel hear love, pity and compassion in all the characters voices as they spoke to him. Tom Stechschulte masterfully creates characters within characters by inflecting his tone when referring to others in situational dialogue, I like that. I live on a farm and I could tell that this animal was so like many good sound horses.... sadly a thing of the past.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was surprised by the casual nature of evil as it was reflected upon by characters in the story... it was fitting to the story.

Any additional comments?

I listen to lots of books.... lots and lots.... I use the books as a companion to my daily life as a farmer... driving tractor, cleaning barns, hoeing rows... earthy but tedious jobs. Many of the stories I listen to are too weak to hook me, this one was solid entertainment from the beginning to the end.... It was like a good home cooked meal, satisfying.
My all time favorite stories are "Earth Abides" and "Watership Down".