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  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,150

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

So Good! So Impressed!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

This is my first book of Jonathan Maberry (JM). Excellent story that holds your interest for its entirety. I was hesitant because it had zombies. Surprisingly I’m fine with the zombies. To me it felt real, as if it could really happen. Although JM ‘s zombies are fantasy the world it happens in is very much real. That’s why it will give you pause to think “Could this happen?”. Ray Porters narration of this book is masterful. So impressed by his performance. Recommend this book to everyone even non zombie fans.

  • Quietus

  • The Pandemic Series, Book 4
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell, Kris Adams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

There is no such thing as an ending, just a new beginning. Throughout the millennia, extinction has been the norm and survival, the exception. When faced with the hour of departure, will mankind fight to survive? Not only was there a patient zero, there was also a last patient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not over till it's over!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-06-17

A slight letdown.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I have been a huge fan of this series. Eating up every word of the story. It was very good and I was sorry to see it end. It had everything all of the books had. Listening to this book as did all of the books, it became very personal and characters became family. You suffered when they did and you smiled as they did. I'm not an expert on writing but I do know it's a good book when you get emotional about the story and when you can't put it down. However the problem I had with this book is it was just too much like the other books. For me the ending just happened with no build up or events leading up to it. As the book evolved I kept waiting for something exciting, special or meaningful but it just wasn't there. I think perhaps I built it up too much and was disappointed when it didn't shake my world as some endings do. I do recommend the book and series with the caveat that expectations are managed. It's a great story that will make you think. The narrator was excellent.

This audio book was given to me in exchange for a honest and timely review. I apologize for it's lateness due to illness and surgery.

  • Catalyst Downward Cycle

  • By: J K Franks
  • Narrated by: Steven Varnum
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

The super solar storm wasn’t supposed to hit Earth - the odds were against it. And yet it did, and everything changed. The storm causes a global blackout. Society begins to come apart as the planes begin falling from the sky and all traces of normal vanish. Scott Montgomery watches helplessly as pandemonium consumes the world around him. But the loss of electrical power is just the first of the problems facing the survivors in the chaos that follows.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On to book two

  • By TinkerMel on 08-10-17

Returned

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

If you are brand new to prepping and novels about the apocalypse you might like this book. I very much felt like I was listening to "Prepping #1", out of 100 books. To simple and to juvenile. Even the narrator sounded like he was reading to 6th graders, although he wasn't bad. I think it was more the material.

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  • Pandemic: Level 6

  • The Pandemic Series, Book 3
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell, Kris Adams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Deadly outbreaks of diseases make headlines, but not at the start. Every pandemic begins small, subtle, and in faraway places. When it arrives, it spreads across oceans and continents, like the sweep of nightfall, killing millions, or even billions. Be prepared to get very, very paranoid. A new post-apocalyptic medical thriller fiction series from author Bobby Akart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-30-17

Level 6 is scary. This could happen!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Any additional comments?

Level 6 follows "Beginnings" and "The Innocents" from the Pandemic series by Bobby Akart. Each book has been an excellent listen and "Level 6" is no exception. The story has really grabbed me and drawn me in. I cried, laughed and cheered in different parts of the story. I feel like I’m there and part of the family with Hunter and Mac. Hunter and Mac are the main characters. They work for different federal agencies both are investigating a virus that appears to have the potential of a serious pandemic and because it is suspected that the introduction of the virus was by terrorist. Their lives are intertwined throughout the investigation and they are falling in love. While their relationship grows so does the investigation. It has become obvious to Hunter and Mac that the virus is out of control and it is time they think about their own survival. The country is in chaos and law and order is no longer. The President and the key government officials that at still living are making decisions that are shocking and will affect the entire world.

Narration is excellent and I can say now that I really like the dual narration. Both John David Ferrell and Kris Adam do a great job. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat. It tuned my stomach to realize that this scenario could happen in real life.. I said this in my last review, I believe we could be reading this storyline in the headlines of a newspaper someday. Breaking news, “Terrorist kill millions with deadly virus”. Quick get me a mask and hand sanitizer. Happy Listening.

*I was given this book to listen to so that I may give an honest review. I guarantee no one had to make me give a good review. I can't say enough about this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pandemic: The Innocents: The Pandemic Series, Book 2

  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell, Kris Adams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

And so it begins, the virus enters on the quiet feet of The Innocents. It invades each and every one of us. But, they say, plagues are like fires. At some point, they burn themselves out. Or not. Fear and rumor can be far more dangerous than the virus itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-06-17

Can I give it 6 stars?

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

Any additional comments?

Boy oh boy "The Innocents" did not let me down. When I finished "Beginnings" I couldn't wait for the next book in the series. It came out on Audible about two days later. That's an extra star for me already. This book is so exciting. Terrorists are infecting the world hoping to accomplish the final Jihad. There are parts of the story that will make the hair on your neck stand up. They disperse the virus in ways that are indefensible. Bobby Akart is spot on with the research and in the way he wrote it. "The Innocents" grabs you right from the start and won't let go. Everything about this story will linger and stay with you for a long time. The main characters are developing and becoming romantically involved by book two. Hunter works for the Department of Defense and Mac is an epidemiologist for CDC. There is conflict within our government as to how much to inform the public, which sadly is very plausible. The entire story is so credible, I don't doubt that one day we may read a newspaper headline similar to this storyline. The narration includes 2 voices. John David Farrell always does a great job. Kris Adams is the second voice and she does a good job. I have to admit that it was something to get use too, but by about the middle of book two I was ok with it. Once again by the end of this book I was spellbound and wanted to continue immediately. I watched everyday for Level 6 to be available on Audible. It's here so I will start Level 6, book three on the edge of my seat. That's all I will tell you about end of "The Innocents" Bobby Akart has done it again. It's a wonderful, exciting and very scary series that I can easily recommend for all readers. I would give it 6 stars if I could. Happy Reading!

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  • Pandemic: Beginnings

  • The Pandemic Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell, Kris Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Terrorists kidnap and blackmail a young French scientist in Western Africa. The outbreak of an ancient disease kills everyone in a village located in a remote jungle of Guatemala. US government operatives uncover a secret biological laboratory in Trinidad. An isolated death at the hands of this killer virus is discovered in Greece. Is there a connection, or are these simply a string of coincidences?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked "Hot Zone" you will love this!

  • By Bryon L on 08-03-17

Great Start! I'm so excited!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Any additional comments?

I must confess (as others have) I am one of those that can't get enough of Pandemic and Bio Terror stories. Beginnings is well written, well researched and a sit on the edge of your seat story about a terror generated virus with the potential for disaster. You are in on the inner workings of the CDC and Homeland as they investigate and discover the early signs of a possible real worldwide pandemic. Listening to the story I kept thinking this could happen, this could really happen. The characters are likable and believable. Something different was thrown into the mix. I was thinking no worries about the narration because John David Farrell is one of may favorites. However there was a second narrator, a female, Kris Adams. I was not familiar with her and it did take me awhile, in fact into the second book but eventually I liked it and it made sense. There are a lot of facts and information thrown into the book that there may be some that think it slow at times. This only happens in the first book and I believe it is necessary for the setup of the rest of the books. Don't let that turn you off. It's a good book and book 2 is even better. So good I didn't want to stop. I wanted to go onto book 3. Great genre, check, great author, check, and a great narrator, check. With all that you can't go wrong. I recommend Beginnings.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Consider

  • Holo, Book 1
  • By: Kristy Acevedo
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

As if Alexandra Lucas' anxiety disorder isn't enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: Heed the warning and step through a portal-like vortex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with Earth. How's that for senior-year stress?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds cliche but what an ENDING!!!

  • By Josh on 04-21-16

Refreshilng and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Any additional comments?

I loved "Consider". First the narrator did an excellent job. She was perfect for the story and performed the characters in a very believable way. The story kept me in suspense the majority of the time, right up to the very end. I could not stop listening. I felt at times the story was a little juvenile but for the most part but I felt at home with it and I am 63 years old. Generally speaking I do think "Consider" is geared for and will mostly appeal to the female audience. It has a great ending which just begs for you to read the next book. I pre-ordered the 2nd book the same day I finished "Consider". Fortunately I had to wait only 2 days. The characters are real and the story is believable. It's a very fun book to read and I definitely recommend it.

  • Democide

  • Charlie's Requiem, Book 1
  • By: A. American, Walt Browning
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

Charlie finds herself caught in the city as it degenerates into chaos following an EMP attack. Charlie, a successful pharmaceutical sales rep, has no background in prepping or survival. Thrust into a do or die situation, she quickly learns that leaders in Washington are working to change the country as she knows it. Her world has become a race to freedom while attempting to avoid capture by the new government's agents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book a little hard to follow

  • By Kristy Rieman on 02-19-17

I am returning it.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

Any additional comments?

I couldn't finish it. I found it to be very boring and slow. I think a lot of it has to do with the narrator. It wasn't that he was horrible but he sounded like he was at the library reading to children or even a teacher reading to their class. I do not recommend this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Day

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,191

The highly anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen's New York Times best-sellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses listeners once more in the story of our nation's struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator didn't ruin it for me..

  • By shelley on 01-04-17

Really Good!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

Any additional comments?

The Final Day (TFD) continues to deal with the struggles and problems caused by an EMP in the first book "One Second After (OSA)." I hesitated to purchase TFD for a couple of reasons which I'm seeing repeated in other reviews. Book 2 "One Year After (OYA)" was good but not as good OSA which I loved. I worried TFD would be even less good. Another reason was I did not like the narrator for OYA and he is back for this book. I'm somewhat surprised he is again the narrator considering there were so many negative comments. I thought maybe the author might change the narrator. With that said there were so many good reviews for TFD I decided to take a chance. I started and started over and started over again before I could get past the first chapter. Mostly it was the narrator. The story did move a little slow in the first chapter as well. Finally once I got past the first chapter and got into the story it was so good I was able to get past the narrator. In fact I got use to him and he didn't do a bad job. Comparing all the books in this series TFD is far more exciting than the first two in the series. TFD is very suspenseful, very entertaining and has some great characters old and new. I urge anyone starting this book to make yourself listen past the first chapter. I believe you won't be disappointed. I definitely recommend this book.

  • Shiloh Ranch

  • The Blackout Series, Book 4
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

The strongest emotion of man is fear, and...fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all. Could you face fear head-on? This fast-paced post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction series from author Bobby Akart has been hailed as a masterpiece of EMP survival fiction. Prepare to learn, as well as be entertained, as the Blackout series continues with Shiloh Ranch. After a perilous journey replete with highs and lows around every turn, the Rymans reach their destination only to face guns pointing at them from all directions. Did they make a mistake?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult listen...great book

  • By Lori on 02-23-17

Another Strong Story

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Any additional comments?

Shiloh Ranch is the continuation of The Blackout series. Great story, has lots of conflict and suspense to keep you interested. The Ryman family is a normal family trying to cope with a blacked out world. It's a different narrator this time but he does really well. If you have been reading this series, keep reading. It's really good.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful