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  • Wall: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure

  • The Traveler, Book 3
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

In the chaos of a global plague, evil took hold. Governments fell, the good became servants, and the Cartel rose to power. A wall was built to contain the wasteland and keep the evil at bay. Now an organized resistance wants change. They're willing to fight for it and they've asked Marcus Battle to help. The last thing Battle wants is another war. But if that's what it takes to gain freedom and safe passage to the other side of the wall, he'll take aim and fire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • End of the three book series

  • By Wayne on 12-10-16

Suffered Through it!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Spoiler alert: So I have read the whole series. I liked the way it started. Interesting take on a pandemic. But the character development is not good. Especially by the last book, the characters do things out of character and against human nature. Worst of all is the lack of knowledge of the weapons by the author or military skills. I liked the beginning of the A American series because the main character was a prepper but not ex-military. So there is forgiveness in weapons choices, tactics, etc. But if you are going to write about an ex-military guy who is described as a former combat arms and most likely infantry holed up in his farmhouse, then he is going to have skills. Especially with combat tours under his belt. Marcus Battle is described as a the worst Infantry Officer in history. (By the way, the Army stopped using HMMWVs on combat patrols a long time ago - they use Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected - MRAPs). Battle has prepped his house for the Apocalypse and decides the night before a possible attack he will put out the wimpiest booby traps sporadically? A good Infantry officer would have every in of his perimeter set up with traps and ways to channelize his enemy into his fields of fire. He would have dug burms and better fortifications. His priceless resources were in an unprotected warehouse in Texas? Why no have an underground shelter? Easier to cool in hot summers and protected from tornadoes. I could go on and on. And the bad guys only carry shotguns? I would understand AK-47s or SKSs because they are everywhere. But Browning shotguns? Who even owns one of those? I wanted to like this book. But there are too many inconsistencies in the story line related to character explanation and lack of research related to military side. Dont waste your time on this series. If you did, I am sorry.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,239

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

The 80s Rock!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

This was without a doubt one of the best books written for my generation! It was the most fun I have had reading in a long time! And Will Wheaton rocks too! ( Despite what Sheldon says...)

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,548
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,495

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

painful but worth it

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Least favorite of the series. It has some very tedious parts. it reminds me of an old Army saying, " No matter how bad it gets, it can always be worse." In some parts there are so many moving pieces you have to ignore the details in order to maintain the central theme and story line. The only question I have for my fellow Stormlight, Mistborn, Wheel of Time fans, is if the was worth the pain of the book. It is a good ending but I am not sure it was good enough. It certainly sets up the next book. But I am not sure the juice was worth the squeeze. The book is good at drawing out emotion but I will have to wait until my second or third read to pass my final opinion. Good reading to you all!

  • The Winter King

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,861
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716

The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Might be my favorite take on Arthur

  • By Allen Young on 06-12-16

Starts out slow!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This book starts out excruciatingly slow. I really did not like the first quarter of the book. But that's what it took to develop the characters and story line to change the story of Arthur - King of Britains to Bernard Cornwell's version. If you make it passed the build up, you are good. It is a very different version of the story. Mr Cornwell's version of the "Arthur" tale is way more believable than most others. Looking forward to book 2

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Across the Nightingale Floor

  • Tales of the Otori, Book One
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,737

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful epic story

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-04-03

Love reading it - hated litening

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Where does Across the Nightingale Floor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

bottom third only because of the narration - made me want to sleep not listen

What other book might you compare Across the Nightingale Floor to and why?

None

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone ’s performances?

Hate Kevin Gray's voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • One Man's Opus

  • A Survival and Preparedness Story
  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Rick is like many Americans. He's concerned with what he sees on the news, and how the country seems to be ready to tear itself apart. His biggest concern has been civil unrest. Already an avid camper, he sets out to secure his future, and career, by finding his own Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A refreshing and authentic apocalyptic tale

  • By Brian on 05-28-17

Loving It

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

If you could sum up One Man's Opus in three words, what would they be?

The best yet! I have read a number of Post-apocalyptic novels and this one is the best yet!

What did you like best about this story?

Its a story. Its not written like a Prepper "how to" manual with some story line in between,. Boyd is a great writer and has weaved an interesting story with believable characters and making me like the characters. The best part is Opus the dog! Now I am a huge Bloom County fan from the 80's. But this Opus may rival that Opus! I love the dog the most!

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

He does not get in the way of the story. He makes listening easy for me!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Man's Best Friend - When he's needed Most!

Any additional comments?

Next book? When is it coming!

  • American Meltdown

  • Book Two of the Economic Collapse Chronicles
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

Written from a Christian constitutional worldview, American Meltdown, Book Two of The Economic Collapse Chronicles uses dystopian fiction to take an in-depth look at the economic and political trends that have taken America to the edge of bankruptcy. The book assesses the current course of the nation and projects it into the near future. In Book Two, America has entered into a full scale financial meltdown. The members of the Bair family do the best they can to navigate a complete currency collapse and the social disruptions that come with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beware and prepare!

  • By raul m. barreiro on 10-19-16

Written like a true civilian

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

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

I am torn, There parts of the book I really like - especially the quote from our Founding Fathers at the beginning of each chapter.
However, the military fact checking is abysmal. I know it is fiction, but the entire series loses credibility when the author discusses anything about the military. I know I am nit picking, but as a 22 year US Army Airborne Ranger Retiree, I have a hard time getting past the inaccuracies. Stinger missiles are anti-aircraft missiles. They produce shrapnel to take down aircraft. We didnt use them against anything but aircraft for a variety of reasons. He doesnt mention a more likely anti-armor weapon like an AT-4, MAAWS (Carl Gustav), TOW or a Javelin. Or a shaped charge by taking the C4 out of a claymore. His description of squad level tactics is accurate but the organizational structure of squads and platoons and companies is not. I will also tell you that there are units in the military that are 95% Patriot and some that are on not.
Also, I find it humorous that many apocalypse books that paint DHS as some sinister organization capable of doing military operations. I am here to tell you that DHS is so incompetent, that it could never happen. There are elements that have law enforcement roles, but LE is not the military. Understanding of breaching operations they can do. But they are not trained or equipped to coordinate an attack with heavy weapons.
I agree that we are headed down the path of a split country in the future. Ayn Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged classified people as producers versus moochers, looters or parasites. It would be great to develop a character along the parasite mode other than Howe.
There is a great deal of thought provoking content in this series. Some things I never thought of. And I commend the author for pushing to get these topics out into public discourse. I absolutely love the way author translates the Constitutional elements into the book about the way it should be.
Just my two cents, Keep up the good work and God Bless America!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Resurrecting Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,087

Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan's crew, alongside their new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable community. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is book 5

  • By Jan on 01-09-15

Its a turning point - not for good

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Would you try another book from A. American and/or Duke Fontaine?

Duke Fontaine - yes; A American not sure

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The ending

What about Duke Fontaine’s performance did you like?

I like his tone and delivery

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

No

Any additional comments?

SO you know when an Author gets a name wrong - he is isnt paying attention to his own story - it could have been Duke Fontaine. But at the end of the book, Eric and Doc are at the barrier when Sarge and Morgan go down to relieve them. The the narrator/author say Travis was down there instead of Eric. When we know Travis is finishing up the deer he was dressing up at Danny's place. Huge error.I might finish the series out of curiosity - but I am not sure yet. Dont like the reviews I am seeing for the next two books.