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  • As We Break: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

  • Against All Odds, Book 2
  • By: Jack Hunt
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Ten days after a massive cyber attack tears a hole in the nation's infrastructure and brings the country to its knees, Sam, Anna, Mason, and Amanda are preparing for the worst as the town of Breckenridge, Colorado is about to break. Haunted by his past, and determined to keep his daughter safe, Sam is forced to make some tough decisions and risk it all. A cyber attack was the beginning; a second attack is coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it. Bad value.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-08-18

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I loved book one of this and was excited to see where the author would take it, but I have to admit that I was disappointed with this!

This one starts slow, the gets good, then fizzles out at the end! There were a lot of things I found to be unbelievable and in my opinion, quite silly! It's hard to talk about some of the things because they are major spoilers, but I'll do my best with the non spoilery parts.

Anna and Sam are coming to terms with her mothers death, and the end of life as they knew it, but their life isn't too bad. Her grandfather seems to have everything and she's not wanting for anything. They have a fence around his place, and bars on the windows. In fact, the whole town where they live seems to be doing good. There is a bit of unrest when the town is told to hand over all their weapons, but that fizzled out way too quickly.

Annas' grandfather is a piece of work!! What he tries to do to Sam was.... I don't know, I was shaking my head because I didn't think the character he asked would have done it and Sam wouldn't have been so naive when the shot came near him. I think he would have put two and two together! But again, that little story line fizzled out and never got a resolution either.

Possible spoilers!!!! Another part of the plot that annoyed me and seemed unbelievable was when Sam was sent on a certain task. A certain character comes to their town and tells them he is responsible for everything! He is the hacker, and he knows that the group responsible for making him commit the act is about to undertake something even worse..... Why would he turn up in a small town and blab his sins!! Why would they not inform the authorities and get qualified men to save the world!! Instead Sam and a few others go.

To me, the whole plot felt rushed.The ending definitely felt the most rushed and I did not like it at all!!!! I wanted to give up a few times but I also wanted to see what happened because I did like the characters!!

In all, I really think this should have been one decent sized book, instead of two. I feel like the story could have been great, but instead it just felt rushed and suffered because of it. 2.5 stars!!

Kevin Pierce is the voice of Post Apocalyptic books. He has read so many of them!! He is clear and easy to follow and has plenty of tones and voices for the characters.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

  • Night, Winter, and Death

  • By: Dave Pedneau
  • Narrated by: Jon Oak
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Night - The town of Yocum Valley is in for the longest, darkest night it has ever known. A night that will make some doubt their sanity, and others fear for their lives. A night when the heinous curse of its tainted ancestry will rise, in the form of a living horror, to seek savage vengeance.... Winter - The beast will stalk during the coldest, cruelest winter on record, in a place that is frozen, snowbound...and trapped at the mercy of something unspeakable, with a taste for human flesh and a thirst for human blood....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly good!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-10-18

Unexpectedly good!!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

It all starts when a man dies! An elderly lady tells everyone that unless he is buried properly right away, the curse will awaken. Nobody listens because the ground is too hard, and they call her a kook. But when Ernie is doing his rounds, he encounters the curse and nothing is ever the same for him again!

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot! It starts out slowly, but the tension builds continuously until the curse takes effect and then it ramps up even more. I enjoyed the take on the werewolf and how the curse takes effect, it was a nice twist. The characters were all well written and developed. It was easy to connect with them and become invested in their tale.

In all, this was an unexpectedly good read! I wasn't too sure what to expect, but what I got was a great werewolf read. I look forward to more from this author.

This seems to be Jon Oaks' first narration and he did really well. He was clear, easy to follow and read this well. I did find his voices for certain characters were very similar, but since it's his first time, I'm impressed with how good he did.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

  • Long Road to Survival

  • The Complete Box Set: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller
  • By: Lee Bradford, William H. Weber
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

After container ships carrying black-market nuclear bombs are detonated in American port cities, millions are killed and the country is thrown into panic. In Greenwood, Nebraska, Paul Edwards learns about the devastating terrorist attacks on the news. As the power grid goes down, his fear is magnified by the knowledge that his wife and daughter are a thousand miles away in Atlanta. When his prepper father-in-law, Buck, insists on being part of the rescue, things go from bad to worse. Paul and Buck have hated each other for years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 11-20-18

Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This was an entertaining read, and while I didn't love it, it was still a good read.

The plot centers on the fact that some container ships have detonated in a lot of port cities, with a nuclear bomb and changed the US almost overnight. Pauls' wife and daughter are in Atlanta, roughly 1000 miles from where he is. Buck, Pauls father in law arrives in his old hummer and insists on driving to get his daughter and granddaughter. Only thing is, theses two do not get on at all!

While I did enjoy this, there were enough inconsistencies that I couldn't love it! Lets start with the fact that the two set out to go get the girls. Buck is a prepper and has a lot of know how with everything, yet the first time they pull over for gas, they get their vehicle and all their equipment stolen! I thought this was a little hard to swallow as Buck is made out to be an expert prepper. Then we have the gang, (I'm not going into specifics here because that's spoiling it, so sorry for being vague!) I also found it hard to believe that they would go so far out of their way for revenge, when they can basically do anything they want now. Plus when Buck and Paul get back on the road, they are behind the gang, yet they manage to get back in front of them easily. Then we have the fact that a military man, a stranger to the group, gets Paul, Buck and the two girls a place of safety so easily. It was things like that that had me shaking my head!! There are other things like this in book 2 that I had a hard time with too. I'm not going to say what because, again, it will spoil stuff.

I did enjoy the back and forth between Paul and Buck. Buck is a cantankerous man, and poor Paul takes it all in his stride. I liked the characters and they were all well developed and, for the most part, likable. It's an ok read and I will check out the authors in future, but it will be hesitantly because I had so much trouble connecting with the story here.

Johnny Heller on the other hand was awesome!! He is the only real reason I kept going with this because he brought the book to life. He has an impressive array of tones and voices and was so easy to listen to, he drew me in right from the start. I will definitely check out more from him.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Malefic

  • House of Souls, Book 2
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The move into 889 Morgan Road was supposed to be a fresh start for Joseph Dubois and his family. What they got instead was a nightmare. At night, guttural noises issue from behind the walls, and the family reports seeing a terrifying figure wandering the premises. Desperately seeking someone with experience in supernatural matters, Joseph calls upon his uncle, Marcel. Retired surgeon Marcel Dubois has a special gift: The ability to communicate with his dead wife. Harnessing this gift allows him to plumb the depths of the afterlife and to confront the paranormal. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Buy the Cheap House in a Nice Neighborhood

  • By Spooky Mike on 11-13-18

Incredibly creepy!!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Having loved the first book, I bought the second when it came out, but didn't read it because I wanted to wait for the audio, and I'm so glad I did because Joe Hempel brought this to life!!

Book 2 sees a new family living in the house, and they soon realise that there is something wrong with it. Long shadows, weird noises, footsteps and their daughter is seeing something nearly every night. Joseph has had enough and decides to call his Uncle whom has some experience with supernatural things. And so enters Marcel. He takes over the house in the hopes of uncovering the secrets, but he gets more than he bargained for and is now in the middle of a terrifying fight for his soul.

I want an Uncle like Marcel please!! He is awesome. Not only for his generosity, but also the fact that he can communicate with spirits. Since his wife passed, they have written to each other nearly every night. He would write first and the next morning his wife would have responded. It was cute!!! From the second Marcel enters the house, the tension and creepiness slowly ramps, I had chills when I was reading parts and actually jumped when there was a knock at my door. I was that engrossed in the story!!

While this is book 2, it can be read as a stand alone, though I do recommend reading book 1 first as it gives a lot of background into the house. This one is even better than the first, and I loved the first one! I can't recommend this series enough, nor can I recommend the author enough. He is such a fantastic writer and is able to grab the reader right from the get go. I highly, highly recommend you check out his books!!

Joe Hempel is the voice of horror!! He captures the atmosphere and the essence of the story perfectly and with the right inflections, he brings the book to life. When he gets together with this author, it's an automatic winner in my book. Brilliant narrator for a brilliant book.

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  • The Last Hellfighter

  • By: Thomas S. Flowers
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

In the year 2044, reporters from the Public Relations Ministry gather at the home of Benjamin Harker, the last surviving member of the Harlem Hellfighters. At the age of 144, he is the oldest recorded man alive. Hidden among them, Clyde Bruner is looking for a different kind of story. Across the US, despite the Great Walls and patrol drones built to keep America secure, something has found its way in. Now, towns are vanishing during the night. Entire populations, gone, only to return after the sun sets, changed, unholy, and lethal. Whatever this evil is, its spreading west. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By erobbins33 on 10-03-18

Enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This was an enjoyable read. It's a unique take on Vampires and the Harker lore, which I thoroughly enjoyed!!

The plot centers on Ben Harker, a man who has lived a very long time,.....144yrs to be exact, seen a lot and done even more. He is telling his story to a reporter and the story goes back and forth from present day to past. He has lived through many wars, both with man and beast and has a lot to tell the young reporter, some of which is hard to believe, but as the tale unfolds, we start to see that Ben has been trying to kill one Vampire for a long time. Time is coming to an end for Ben, will he finish his lifes work before it's too late.

For the most part, there's a lot to love about this, but for me, what brought it down was that there was a lot of filler. I know everything was necessary to tell the story, but there seemed to be an awful lot of detail and not a lot of action. I became bored half way through and was tempted to skip to the end, but I didn't, and in a weird way I'm glad I didn't. While it was long, it was also unique and I was invested enough to find out what happened.

Ben was a good character. He has so much information and memories in his head, and I loved finding them out along with the reporter. I also loved how the author made Ben pick out certain music to trigger his memories, it worked really well.

Rick Gregory read this well. He was clear and easy to follow and had a good array of tones and voices.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Requiem

  • The Tatterdemon Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

This is the final book of the trilogy - a fat monstrous volume of pure undiluted scarecrow terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy as a Madhouse Painting of God

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-30-18

Great read.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Not my favourite of the three but still a good read. This one was so much more bloody and gory than the rest, plus there's more horrific things happening, it was a little stomach churning at times.

The plot really ramps up in this edition and doesn't let up. Not all the characters survive but that is to be expected, especially with this series!!! Fast paced, entertaining... if a little icky, this was a great series and I must check out more from this author.

Rick Gregory is easy to listen to and tells the story well. I enjoyed his performance.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

  • The Tatterdemon Omnibus

  • All Three Books of the Tatterdemon Trilogy in One Collection
  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In 1691, the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her--but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root,flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Trilogy of Scarecrow Horror

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-30-18

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This whole trilogy surprised me a lot with how much I enjoyed them! We start with the scenes of the witch and how she was murdered by the towns people. Flip to 300 years later and she is stirring. The towns people start acting weird. Maddy is the first, she murders her abusive husband and buries him in the field, he rises again, and that's just the beginning.

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, it was fast paced and addicting and I flew through it! Each of the books flows well into the other and it felt like one complete book instead of three. It's brutal, bloody but oh so good! The action is well paced and with each book the tension ramps up.

Rick Gregory was clear and concise. He read it with enough tones and inflections and brought the story to life. He had different tones and voices for the characters and it was easy to follow who was talking.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

  • Hell Divers IV: Wolves

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 4
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260

The Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the dangerous open seas. But storms, sea monsters, and the cannibalistic Cazadores aren't the only threat to X and his small crew. Their mission will uncover hard truths about the history of the war that left humankind stranded in the air for centuries. The fate of those still living on the airships might very well rest on this perilous journey to find a new home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Yet!!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 11-06-18

Best Yet!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Book 4 sees a change of pace for all involved.... Ha, only kidding, this is a Smith book after all!! The book starts with an absolute bang and doesn't let up. I devoured this as fast as I could and forwent sleep to finish!!

Literally within the few pages the ship that X, Magnolia and Miles are on is attacked by a giant monster! They have their hands full and things are extremely tense. The author makes it such a way that you can't see what's coming. My heart was in my mouth because I didn't know what was going to happen. In fact, through out the whole book, I was kept on tenderhooks because I had no clue where the plot was going!! There are so many twists and turns that it was impossible to tell.

Then we have the characters that are on the airships. At the end of the last book, they had managed to get another airship, Deliverance, and with that, life upon the ships have gotten better for all. Yet the Hell Divers are still needed and their latest dive is going to test even the hardest one! Certain things come to light when the Divers land on an island that will shake them to the core.

There is so much I want to say about the plot and what is revealed, and what happens to certain characters and what happens to other characters, but I can't!!!! I truly believe that this is Smith's best work to date. The pacing never lets up and the characters will squeeze your heart. So much is revealed and so much is set in place for the next in the series! You can just tell that everything the author does here is a set up for what's sure to be an explosive end!

This author has never failed to deliver an amazing read, and this one is no different. Its everything you could want in a book!! Jam packed with action, adventure, edge of your seat pacing, characters that will captivate you and a story you will fall in love with. Absolutely epic installment in one of my favourite series! Highly, Highly recommend.

RC Bray is phenomenal no matte what he narrates, but here he is even better. He brings the intense atmosphere to life and never lets up. He has such an amazing array of tones and voices and it's always easy to follow who's talking. Its like listening to a full cast performance.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Operation Zulu: Dead Island Ravenous

  • By: Allen Gamboa
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

A year after the undead outbreak the world is in chaos. With the United States now divided into safe zones, Rollie Hale and Linwood Morgan are still out in the wastelands battling the relentless hordes of ravenous dead. Possessing a possible cure to the Deader virus, two Army Rangers and an alcohol-addled pilot are on the run from the evil Mister Black and his mercenary army. This is going to be anything but a cakewalk. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Operation Zulu: Dead Island Ravenous

  • By Tiffany on 11-16-18

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Here we are, a year after the outbreak, and things aren't slowing down. Sgt Hale and his group are trying to survive any way they can, but when they are sent to get much needed medical supplies, secrets, lies and betrayals are unveiled. Meanwhile Mr Black is after the rumoured cure and will do anything to get it! He sends out Mercenaries with the orders to kill any and everyone who gets in the way.

The action never stops in this edition. There seems to be rumour going around of a possible cure and everyone wants a bit of it. Mr Black is the only one willing to do anything to get it!! This goes back and forth between Mr Black, Sgt Hales' group and the Corporal Jefferson whom survives the attack to get the vaccine. I loved that we got to see everything that was going down with each group. It's non stop for each of them and I couldn't stop reading!

Andrew B. Wehrlen was, once again, amazing. He was clear and easy to listen to. He gave each character their own personality, and he even had a good Irish accent, ;) Well, I think it was Irish anyway!!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Exorcist Falls

  • Includes the Novella Exorcist Road
  • By: Jonathan Janz
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When the police are called to an affluent home in the middle of the night, they learn a seemingly normal 14-year-old boy has attacked his family. The boy exhibits signs of demonic possession, and even more troublingly, he knows too much about the Sweet 16 killings. Father Jason Crowder, a young priest assigned to the case, must marshal his courage in order to save the boy and the entire city from the forces of evil. But this is a darkness mankind has never encountered before. It craves more than blood. And it won’t rest until it possesses Father Crowder’s soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Use a credit on this book. You won't regret it.

  • By Spooky Mike on 11-06-18

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

When the police are called to a house where a 14 year old boy has attacked his family, they realise quickly that they need specialist help.The boys' uncle is a police officer and approaches Father Jason Crowder to come take a look. So along with Father Sutherland they go to the house and soon come to the opinion that there is a powerful demon possessing him. They need to exorcise the demon before it's too late but this demon knows things about the Serial Killer, known as The Sweet Sixteen Killer, that has Chicago gripped in terror. Is the boy somehow connected to the sadistic killer?

I didn't read any reviews of this before listening to it so went in blind, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! I didn't even really read the blurb, only saw that the author was Jonathon Janz and that Matt Godfrey was narrating, both of which I'm huge fans of!

We start with the Novella, Exorcist Road, which is all about the exorcism. This part of the book was so scary and extremely well written. It's graphic, gory, and I devoured it so quickly. I remember when I was little, my brother was watching The Exorcist on TV. I sneaked down and watched for a while and it scared the crap out of me! This brought back memories of that time!!

Then we enter the aftermath of the Exorcism and the book took a more sinister turn. Father Crowder is left with a difficult decision after finding out who the killer is. The demon may not be gone after all, and the sins of the Father may just catch up with him!! The plot of this one was fast paced, intense and kept me hooked. Even though we know who the killer is at this stage, the author still throws in a few twists and turns.

The reason this isn't 5 star was because some of the characters questionable actions! I can't really talk about too many of them because they are spoilers but somethings the Father did and some things the police officer did had me scratching my head at times! In all though, this was a entertaining, scary, perfect for Halloween, type of read!! Lol.

I think this has been my favourite performance by Matt Godfrey! He captured the atmosphere perfectly, brought me into the world through his inflections and cadences and had me hooked till the end. I loved his portrayal of the demon!! He was truly creepy.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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