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  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,713

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! I didn't think it was slapstick at all!

  • By coreybeth on 04-22-12

Comical & funny at times

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes....if you're into this genre, it puts a different spin on the cheesy zombie movies & books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

There were many memorable moments with this audio book. Mainly, I loved the sarcastic spin on Mike's internal thoughts as he dealt with each problem that he faced.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many times I caught myself laughing at the way the main character Mike would converse with different people.

Any additional comments?

Although there were A LOT of f-bombs dropped and various other curse words, on the whole it did add the the atmosphere and tone of the book. The overall feel of the story and how it was portrayed, made you feel as if you were right in the thick of things as they unfolded.

The narrator was perfect for the story. This series was on my page of recommended reading. The book is easy to get into--not slow at all but not so fast-paced that you'd get lost trying to keep up.

Very glad that I have started the series--although I didn't listen to the prequel yet, I did listen to the sample. I might go back & try it but I'm not sure about wasting a credit for an audio book that's less than 3 hours....and not willing to pay the $10 & something cash for it either.

  • Red Delicious Death

  • An Orchard Mystery
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

In this latest Orchard mystery, amateur sleuth Meg Corey takes a bite out of crime.... Some baby-faced chefs, fresh out of cooking school, are looking to open a restaurant in Granford. They plan on using local foods - great news for city girl banker-turned orchard owner Meg Corey. Yet when one of the chefs is found dead, face-down in a farmer's pig wallow, plans come to a screeching halt. And Meg soon discovers they may have a locally grown killer on their hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Melanie on 06-21-16

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Any additional comments?

This series of life in the town of Granford, Mass. is entertaining....of course the main character, Meg Corey is usually involved (somehow or another) along with Seth. I like how the story is progressing without feeling like the author is stringing it out or rushing the characters.

  • Rotten to the Core

  • An Orchard Mystery
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Spring has come to Meg Corey's apple orchard—and it's quickly becoming a killer season. Just as she's getting the hang of managing the two-hundred-year-old orchard she's inherited, the dead body of a local organic farming activist is found in her springhouse. And the only thing that's sprung is a murder accusation - against her...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing right to the end.

  • By Doug Wilkie on 04-27-15

Light but Interesting Read

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

If you could sum up Rotten to the Core in three words, what would they be?

It's longer than three words but "Apples and Poison don't mix"

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really, although when they were poisoned, and started working through the possibilities
of who might have wanted to kill them, I figured out who it was. The actual killer was interesting...

What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The difference in the vocalization of the characters. The Northern accents are just right, not overly done. The speed of speech was on target....nothing blows a good narration than too fast or too slow of speaking.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Due to the length, it's very doable...even to go on to listen to another book in the series.

  • One Bad Apple

  • An Orchard Mystery
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land - and her former flame from Boston. When he's found dead in the new septic tank on her property, the police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally in town is the plumber Seth Chapin. Together, they'll have to peel back the layers of secrecy that surround the deal in order to find the real murderer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very slow mystery-wise, narrator okay

  • By Debbie on 03-27-17

Murder in the Country

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Would you consider the audio edition of One Bad Apple to be better than the print version?

didn't read the book.

Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

Seth....steady, hardworking, all-around good guy that tried to do his best for everyone.

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

Not really, although when Meg was speaking to Cinda at the town meeting, laying out all that she thought was the motive for murdering Chandler, I thought "good for you, stand up to her"

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was a casual thought, I was just shuffling through the different recommendations and seen it. Listened to the sample reading & decided to give it a shot...it's not heavy drama or fluff....has just enough to keep me interested....on to the next book of the series.

  • Blood of Dragons

  • Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

Years ago, the magnificent dragon queen Tintaglia forged a bargain with the inhabitants of the treacherous Rain Wilds. In exchange for her protection against enemy invaders, the humans promised to protect an unhatched brood of dragons. But when the dragons emerged as weak and misshapen hatchlings unable to fend for themselves, dragonkind seemed doomed to extinction. When even Tintaglia deserted the crippled young dragons, the Rain Wilders abandoned the burden of caring for the destructive and ravenous creatures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THAT'S JEALOUSY NOT LOVE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-01-14

Decent ending

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

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

Only if they would be willing to start at book one of the series...otherwise they wouldn't have the full context of the story and be fumbling around the story.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robin Hobb? Why or why not?

Yes, I have started a few other books in different series of hers so I would finish them out--mostly to say that I'd reached the conclusion in each of them.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Since the narrator did all of the books, with the finish of this one, I had resigned myself to her style of speaking. She did a decent job of differing the voices of the female & males characters although the speech patterns still grated even after four books.

I guess having a different narrator would have been the best thing to do.

Any additional comments?

In each of the books, I felt that there was a bit too much fluff going on...as if the reader needed the proverbial hand-holding (but in word form)---that the reader couldn't imagine it on their own. Many times, I felt myself drifting when that happened...in the this book, I did fast-forward it through one part that I felt was unnecessarily shoved at me....I got the meaning within the first few sentences but the scene was dragged out enough that I just couldn't take it anymore.
Actually, I am glad that it's the end of the series....it didn't pan out as I thought it might....although the battle scene ending was as I hoped.

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,945
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,750

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

Great Story to Listen Time after time

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

If you could sum up Dragonfly in Amber in three words, what would they be?

Great Historical Romance

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

She tells the story as if it's just the two of you in the room....not at all 'stilted or 'scripted'...

Any additional comments?

I've read all the books as audiobooks except for the last few so I'm starting fresh and reading them again....it's the type of story that a person can go back & listen to over and over again....kind of like an family story that gets retold many times.

  • City of Dragons

  • Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908

Once, dragons ruled the Rain Wilds, tended by privileged human servants known as Elderlings. But a series of cataclysmic eruptions nearly drove these magnificent creatures to extinction. Born weak and deformed, the last of their kind had one hope for survival: to return to their ancient city of Kelsingra. Accompanied by a disparate crew of untested young keepers, the dragons embarked on a harsh journey into the unknown along the toxic Rain Wild River.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story was incomplete and felt rushed

  • By Tyler on 02-13-12

Slowly Inching Forward

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Which scene was your favorite?

When Sintara finally decided she was going to fly.

Any additional comments?

Of the three books I've listened to so far, the story hasn't really progressed...there's a lot of unnecessary back & forth of the same storyline among the different characters. I'm all for fleshing out the characters & getting their perspectives but sometimes it stretches the story out to the point of the reader being frustrated. Even though I know there's another book to follow, the way the book ended demands a better wrap-up of the loose ends--does Hest make it to Kelsingra to demand that Alise come back with him to Bingtown or does she continue to defy him & stay with Leftin? does Tintaglia get back so Malta can heal her? does the dragons help the newborn baby survive? do all the dragons finally learn to fly & bring back the splendor of Kelsingra? Not to mention the character, Seldon...he's Tintaglia's keeper but I don't know how he really figures into the story & whether or not he survives the voyage or does he get killed for his blood for the old Duke?Although I'm committed to finishing the last book in order to find the answers to these questions, I feel like it would have been better just to have 2 really long audiobooks instead of chopping it up like it is...

  • Beyond the Ice Limit

  • A Gideon Crew Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David W. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534

Five years ago, the mysterious and inscrutable head of Effective Engineering Solutions, Eli Glinn, led a mission to recover a gigantic meteorite - the largest ever discovered - from a remote island off the coast of South America. The mission ended in disaster when their ship, the Rolvaag, foundered in a vicious storm in the Antarctic waters and broke apart, sinking - along with its unique cargo - to the ocean floor. One hundred and eight crew members perished, and Eli Glinn was left paralyzed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite what I expected...

  • By Riconquer on 05-19-16

Scientific thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Would you listen to Beyond the Ice Limit again? Why?

yes...given enough time passing....I would do a 'marathon' reading with both books.

Have you listened to any of David W. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

the ending is adequate but it seemed to me, there's a possible thread to continuing the storyline. Something that Eli Glinn might pursue.

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  • Dragon Haven

  • Rain Wilds Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, Bingtown dandy Sedric.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A very LITTLE better than the first book

  • By Joe on 05-13-10

Slow but Sure Progress

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Would you listen to Dragon Haven again? Why?

I might given enough time between readings....otherwise I wouldn't focus on the story...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thymara.....this character is tough and resilient enough to get through the difficulties of dealing with her dragon.

Have you listened to any of Anne Flosnik’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Dragon Keeper. I have resigned myself to the way she is speaking--it's still not my 'cup of tea' but I will go on to the next book just I can see what happens now that the dragons have gotten to Kelsingra.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No due to the number of hours.

  • Dragon Keeper

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,059

After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Live Ships first!

  • By Deborah on 05-01-13

Narration is distracting

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Flosnik’s performances?

Not really...the way she narrates the story is strange. I'm not really sure what/how the narrator decides is the best way to tell the story but in this instance, she was totally wrong for the book. The bad thing is, in order to finish out the series, I have to deal with the same narrator--almost makes me not want to spend the credits--but I will so that I can find out if the dragons make it to Kelsingra...

Was Dragon Keeper worth the listening time?

The length was definitely worth the one credit price...although the narrator wasn't.

Any additional comments?

I like Robin Hobb's books...have read about half of her books but with this story, it seemed to drag...there was too much descriptive fluff and not enough meat to the story---not to mention the ending....goodness, it was abrupt; no kind of wrap-up or such. I'm all for spacing it out if you want to keep the reader hooked for the next book but this ending was horrible.