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  • The Remaining: Trust

  • A Novella
  • By: D.J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

While Captain Lee Harden struggles to fulfill his part in Project Hometown his trusted friend and ally Major Abe Darabie works to hold up his end of the mission. But caught between his responsibility to the mission and the ambitions of a new president Abe must decide where his duty lies and whom he can trust in a country turned upside down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why?

  • By Servo on 05-30-15

Why?

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

Love the series, but I'm not sure why this was needed. And since I'm really in to the series and buying all the books, why not throw this in as a bonus, like some other series have done? There's just not enough there to warrant paying for it, in my opinion. I'll just stick to the novels.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • We Die Alone

  • A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
  • By: David Howarth
  • Narrated by: Stuart Langton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

It begins with an ambushed commando raid that leaves all but one of the expatriate resistance fighters dead or captured. Though wounded, Jan Baalsrud, the sole survivor, takes off on a courageous, incredible trek into the wilds of the Lyngen Alps, while the Nazis pursue him relentlessly. He suffers frostbite, snowblindness, and a terrible fall in an avalanche. At last, delirious and near death, he chances on to a cabin, where the first in a series of remarkably brave and clever men and women come to his aid.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unbelievable journey

  • By Erik on 12-14-08

The body can take a lot of abuse.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

If you could sum up We Die Alone in three words, what would they be?

Will to survive.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Main guy.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where he wandered the forest.

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

I did cringe when he...did something to himself. Ugh. Won't give it away.

Any additional comments?

Not sure if it was worth a credit since it wasn't a very long book, but on the same note, I won't soon forget it.

  • A New World: RETURN

  • By: John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Christopher John Fetherolf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Jack Walker journeyed halfway around the world and completed his daring rescue. He must now return home, traversing a world filled with endless hordes of night runners; the genetically altered, ferocious species that now inhabit the dark recesses left over from the demise of mankind and now dominate the planet. The only things more dominate are the billions of corpses left to rot where they died. It is through this world that Jack must use his special forces training to lead a small group of survivors back home to where there is the faint hope of sanctuary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another so-so

  • By Servo on 10-31-14

Another so-so

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It would not be in first person, present tense. It makes the narration awkward.

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

The type of zombies. The least interesting, the overkill on the plane procedures, just like the first book. I'm convinced the author had a part in the writing the ACTUAL manual on how to fly the C-130.

Which character – as performed by Christopher John Fetherolf – was your favorite?

The main hero.

Do you think A New World: RETURN needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Leaves you hanging.

Any additional comments?

I will probably only get the next book if it's on sale.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A New World: Chaos (Book 1)

  • By: John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Christopher John Fetherolf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special-forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can Narration Kill a Good Story?: Yes.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-21-13

Not too bad

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

Reviewed: 09-08-14

What did you like best about A New World: Chaos (Book 1)? What did you like least?

Lots of zombies. Some zombie books forget to put zombies in their stories. What I liked least was the first person present tense. Books in this format drive me nuts. Also, I think I can now fly that plane...overkill on the plane procedures.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

That's it?

What aspect of Christopher John Fetherolf’s performance would you have changed?

You have to get used to it, but after a while I didn't mind it much. But you if you're going to put other voice characters in it, they should probably be pros. The ones they had were not and it didn't help the flow of the story, especially with a present tense story.

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

Of course.

Any additional comments?

There's a lot of complaining about the sound effects by other reviewers, but I didn't mind it. It was the characters that distracted from the flow of the book. No more first person present tense novels please.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Gunfight

  • The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

For the first time ever, the full story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - not only what really happened but why, and how mythology has led us to completely misinterpret the real history of the frontier. Combining cinematic storytelling with prodigious research, The Last Gunfight upends conventional wisdom about what the West was really like, who the Earps and Doc Holliday really were, and what actually happened in Tombstone on that cold day in October 1881.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The movie wasn't even close.

  • By Rick on 03-17-13

Hollywood needs better historians.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-14

Where does The Last Gunfight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in the top 20.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Gunfight?

The history of Tombstone and its growth. You really get a good history lesson.

Which scene was your favorite?

Several, too many to pick just one.

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

Forget what you think you know, it's not true.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. I do agree with one of the reviewers who said the author assumed a little too much when no records were available. But it wasn't too bad. Loved the history of Arizona and how it grew and the real Earps. Hollywood paints them as cleaner than wind-driven snow. You'll get a different picture by the end of the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age

  • Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen
  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Australia's best-selling nonfiction author of all time. Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, he led an expedition from Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Life "Boys Own" Adventure Story

  • By R. Wagner on 11-21-12

Ice ice, baby.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sure, it was interesting enough, though I took a few days to finish it as I was going to other books in order to take a break from this one. Felt very long, like the previous sentence I just wrote.

What did you like best about this story?

The history of the race to the pole. I've read several north pole books and didn't know much about this one. I was surprised by what happened.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Scott party...what a disaster.

Could you see Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Very easily, if they haven't already. Anyone, but Clooney.

Any additional comments?

You get the feel of how important these things were back then. The whole world was watching.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,988
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,920
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,991

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

In my top ten.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

Probably, it was easier to get through the stats at the beginning of the story, how much gear planes held, distance they traveled, etc.

What did you like best about this story?

The will to survive. It was unbelievable what these guys went through. It reminded me of "Coming out of the Ice," in terms of amazing survival stories.

Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

He did a fine job with all of it.

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

The punches. I thought, no way could anyone survive that. Several scenes really, but I don't want to give away much more though.

Any additional comments?

Once you get to the raft in the story, it's hard to stop listening.

  • Robogenesis

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the Earth was left in tatters…but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed. In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Picks up right you where dropped off!

  • By CSoAmazon on 06-27-14

Less is more

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

Reviewed: 08-16-14

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

Not really. It was a bit too slow.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was as I expected.

Which scene was your favorite?

Perhaps the coming out of the "human shell" for one of the characters. Made for a good visual.

Did Robogenesis inspire you to do anything?

That's an odd question, but maybe kill robots?

Any additional comments?

I never fully got into this sequel. I wanted to, because I loved the first one and gave it as gifts to family members who also loved it. This may be sacrilege, but the story dragged. And the reason, I thought, was because it was...too descriptive. Not every noun needs an adjective in front of it. My mind kept screaming "Strunk and White" as a scene dragged because of so much description and the need to always go back to the first war. We went back to the first war way too much. Each scene was difficult to maneuver through because there were just too many words on top of each other. Several times I kept thinking, get to the main point! Spit it out. It was distracting. But, maybe it was just me, I don't know.

  • Demise of the Living

  • By: Iain McKinnon
  • Narrated by: Karl Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

The world is infected. The dead are reanimating and attacking the living. In a city being overrun with ravenous corpses people find safety where they can. A disparate group of strangers drawn together by chance seek sanctuary from the carnage outside in an empty office block.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • character driven zombie story

  • By Mike Naka on 02-01-14

Ok, but the ending, blaaah

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it kept me interested for the most part.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Blaaaaaahhhhhh and whaaaaaaaaaaaa?

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Fine with me.

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

I'd wait for Netflix.

Any additional comments?

Needed more interaction between the living and the dead. They rarely left the building so all we got was...man, there's a lot of zombies down there. I did like the characters though. The story was part mystery, part zombie, part terrible ending. I literally said, "Aw, come on!" at the end. But it was an okay ride until then.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

  • By: A. R. Wise
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,137

David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WOW ZOMBIE CHAOS AND MAYHEM

  • By Amanda H. on 03-01-14

Hey, thanks for the freebie.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

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

Hm, nah. Not enough there. I'd recommend The Infection or The Remaining first.

Would you recommend FREE: Deadlocked 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

Sure. Free is always good and it's about zombies.

Did Brian Sutherland do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Sure, but needed more emotion.

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

I'd wait for it to come out on Netflix.

Any additional comments?

I don't think I'll be getting the rest of the series. I didn't mind the story as much as some of the other reviewers. It was fine, except I agree, where did the farmers come from? Across the bay? Also, if you're going to have an ending like that, write it in third person, otherwise, that's REALLY annoying. That turned me off the story.

The city street scene was very cool. Enjoyed that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful