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  • Escaping Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,904

When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation's power grid, America is under martial law - and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's only half a book!

  • By merlin on 03-13-14

A Series of Great Stories

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This is a very interesting and learning series to read. Such terrific and helpful advice on things a person wouldn't normally think of in a situation of survival. Even if one was to find themselves having to fend for themselves without a national emergency event to push them into survival mode. After reading this series I've found myself buying and stocking things in my personal life just in case.

  • The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

  • By: Kevin M. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856

Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A REAL Monster

  • By Gayle on 10-20-14

Killer Book

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This documentary really gives lots of detail to Ted Bundy's terrible reign in American history. What was he thinking? What makes a man snap and become such a heinous monster? Some of the details will leave you feeling a bit sick. It will make you look at the world differently. Strangers asking for help will always take a moment longer or hesitation before offering one's assistance. You just never know who you're talking to.

  • Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline

  • Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties? One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships (Travelers' Tales)
  • By: Brian David Bruns
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

In Cruise Confidential, Brian David Bruns spills the dirt - or, in this case, the dirty water - on those romantic, fun-filled vacations at sea. His hilarious chronicle of the year he spent working for Carnival Cruise Lines takes listeners down into the areas where the crew works and lives, leaving listeners gasping with laughter as they're assaulted nonstop with events that range from the absurd to the utterly bizarre. Stewards fighting over food. Cutlery allowances and other nonsensical rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never been on a cruise but this makes me want to take one

  • By Mary Karowski on 04-28-16

Holy Cat Batman!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Interesting stories of what goes behind the scenes onboard ships. Gives me perspective on what the staff puts up with not just amongst themselves but with cruisers. Funny tales and insights on life on the sea.

  • Serial Killers

  • The Method and Madness of Monsters
  • By: Peter Vronsky
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in ancient Rome, through 15th-century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as "the serial rampage killer" such as Andrew Cunanan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Overview With Significant Inaccuracies

  • By DrManx on 03-02-17

Killer Recap

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

This is basically a recap of some serial killer murder cases over the years. Interesting listen.

  • Descent into Darkness

  • American Apocalypse, Book II
  • By: AJ Newman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Sara Morsey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Book 2 of the series American Apocalypse continues the heroic struggles of an unlikely band of survivors in Southern Oregon. Joe Harp, the leader, was an overweight auto mechanic without any special survival skills. He had never been in the military but did know how to hunt, fish, and camp. He also had some notes his Grandma left him plus some survival books and supplies his Grandpa left him in an old cabin in the woods. Cobie Simms worked as a clerk at an outdoors store. She was working hard to survive before the SHTF while raising her daughter alone. Joe and Cobie team up to fight the evil around them and make life better for those in their small group. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still a good series

  • By Summer on 06-16-18

Apocalyptic Soap Opera

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The series is a bit of a romance/survival finding love at the end of the world kinda story. Interesting but some parts just seem too far fetched and unrealistic even in this genre. It was decent but I’m done at book 2. No regrets reading this. But I’d rather move on to something else.

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  • Forsaking Home

  • The Survivalist Series, Book 4
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,510

Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation's power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn't over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society - but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completes the series nicely... with a 3.5 read

  • By Jan on 06-26-14

Apocalypse Now

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

At first I wasn’t sure how this would fair as it got off to a slow start. But as Morgan’s story unfolds you get a sense of being part of the group. It’s a good story and I love the series. Now I’ll have to finish as I want to see where it goes. I sure have learned a lot without even having to go thru the trials and sorrows.

  • American Survivor

  • American Apocalypse, Book I
  • By: AJ Newman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

The North Koreans launch a surprise Nuclear EMP attack on the USA. Our hero, Joe doesn't care about politics or what happened, he just knows his world went to Hell. Planes fell out of the sky, people went nuts looting and killing as he scrambled to hide from all of the craziness. Joe had a cabin and land in Southern Oregon when TSHTF and retreated to the cabin to survive the massive die-off that was always predicted for an apocalypse. The weeks before the Grid went down weren't much better for Joe because his best friend, his fiancé, and his beloved Grandma all died before lights out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great 1st Book to a Series with Great Potential

  • By Cycletrash56 on 04-04-18

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I’ve been thru a few apocalyptic genre books and this one was interesting. Average Joe with some hunting, camping skills that gets caught up in throwback America in worse shape. People having to learn how to survive when all else fails. I will go on to the next book in this series to see where this goes because I did enjoy the story. I’ve read a couple other books I didn’t even get past chapter one they were so boring. But this is good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Going Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,640

If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book can't wait for more!

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 08-14-14

How To Survive Social Breakdown

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Great read on basics to survival if society ever comes to every man for himself. The narrator did a great job of relating feelings to words as well as a sense of being in the moment rather than just reading the book to you. The story also described what I think would actually happen in instances of people taking the laws of society into their own hands and creating twisted ideals of self justice and power grabs on local levels. This book made me think about the most basic needs for survival that may be now a part of stocks I will keep on hand in case there ever comes a time daily necessities are in short supply. It may sound like knee jerk reactions to a fictional tale. But in these times we live in one can’t be too prepared. Only the strong survive and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Watchers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298

From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book; so-so narrator

  • By KS on 08-11-08

Almost Scary

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

First let me say, I LOVE Audible. And audio books are so convenient when you just want to close your eyes and escape into the story. But pronunciation is a new pet peeve for me or so I have found. Little things like Los Angeles being pronounced Los Angelees is irritating. Otherwise this was a good read. Not spooky or scary as other Koontz works. Good pace up until the last 3 chapters which progress much faster. I enjoy Koontz books and will try another. Hopefully with someone who knows the language.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,316

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

A Fine Line Between Order and Chaos

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

If Y2K, storms and rumors of gas shortages can cause panic in today’s world, imagine what losing power and the ability to communicate would do to society. Chaos. Things we take for granted like running water or going to market for basic necessities would leave most of our cities and towns in total disarray. So many people are so ill prepared for what would come if we were attacked and our ability to sustain order would throw this country into turmoil. It would be every man for himself. How would you survive? How would you take care of your family? The thought is chillingly frightening and the possibilities very real in today’s unstable world. You don’t need ghost, zombies or monsters to make a story scary. The breakdown of the rules of civility are as scary as anything.