LISTENER

Dale

Springdale, AR, United States
  • 14
  • reviews
  • 41
  • helpful votes
  • 16
  • ratings
Once upon an Apocalypse
    Book 1 - The Journey Home
    
        By:
        












    





    





    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Jeff Motes
    
    


    
    
        Narrated by:
        












    





    





    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Holly Henrichs,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Michael Stadler
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    288 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Once upon an Apocalypse

  • Book 1 - The Journey Home
  • By: Jeff Motes
  • Narrated by: Holly Henrichs, Michael Stadler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 264

Jill Barnes, a single mom, finds herself stranded on the side of Interstate 485 near Birmingham, Alabama. Jack Chance, a bank vice president, is stranded on Interstate 85 near Montgomery, Alabama. John Carter, a contractor, finds himself stranded near Leeds, Alabama. Each must travel home to Clarke County in rural southwest Alabama. Follow them as they each make their decisions and journey home while the fabric of American society is torn asunder and criminals run amok.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I had fun with the book but there are flaws

  • By James D. Hurless on 01-15-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

I was excited by the summary as it sounded similar to "one second after" except without the syrupy heavy handed patriot propoganda. What you get here is what I think of as a "Christians in action" novel... The story is constantly interrupted when the characters suddenly stop and pray to Jesus... .. Almost as bad, the author packs in as many "in jesus's jame" and holy roller references as he can.
At the moment, I'm about 1/3 through the book.. The protagonists have met up with some kind of church group... When one of those characters loudly proclaimed "PRAISE JESUS!"

I've had enough.. And I want my credit back. I'm pretty surprised that the books editor didn't warn the author that the heavy religious tone would alienate and annoy non christian readers... Anyhow.. The storyline DOES have potential because the EMP attack is a real fear.. And plays in with current events.. Its just disappointing that the author couldnt leave God out of it.

15 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • 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 7,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,301

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

A very entertaining zombie tale

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

This story is a typical zombie apocalypse theme, but has a unique blend of light heartedness and humor that's very entertaining. It's a bit light on the realism for those looking for a "how to survive" story, but not so much that it'll ruin the book. I think you'll find that the wit and humor value are a welcome break from the hard line "prepper" stories that've been done already.
This is the first book I've heard with this narrator, and at first his voice and inflection seemed ill suited to the sarcastic self deprecating humor.... but he quickly grew on me and I found myself charmed by his performance.

All in all, If your interested enough to be considering this book, I'd say you won't be disappointed.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blindsight

  • By: Peter Watts
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,025

Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gothic Horror Hard Science Fiction

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 06-24-15

let's get ready to MUMMMMBLE!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

My major issue with this book is the narration and engineering. The sound quality is aweful. The narrator has a softly pleasant voice, but no sense of performance. The result is a mumbling narration in a muffled recording.
The story if a narrator could vocally signal when the story changes character, flashback, and substory... it would be MUCH easier to follow. .. as it was, I found the number of bugs on my windshield far more interesting than this book. It's one of the few that I simply could not bear to finish.

PLEASE consider reperforming. I may buy it again, but.. it's a definite return.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

Flood
    
    
        By:
        












    





    





    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Stephen Baxter
    
    


    
    
        Narrated by:
        












    





    





    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Chris Patton
    
    


    
    Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    258 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Flood

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this... The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great "what-if" apolcalyptic exploration

  • By Q on 10-30-10

not his best

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

I have to throw my voice in with the other reviewers that found this book a bit dreary and depressing.. I think it's departure from Baxter's normal theme of original ideas and hard science is explained by the kitschy environmentalist subtext. It's his way of joining into the global warming clique....

My recommendation to shoppers would be to skip this book... You don't need it as background for the sequel "ark".... which begins before the chronology of "flood" ends.




  • Brainrush, a Thriller (Brainrush Series Book 1)

  • By: Richard Bard
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 972

When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Watch this author!

  • By Wanda on 06-09-14

not for the lactose intolerant

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

The author tries way too hard to make the "most awesomest super action superhero" The character development is like somebody throwing every type of cheese you can imagine onto a pizza. Eventually, it got cheesy enough to kill the lactose intolerant. The plot sounded cool, but got corny and predictable pretty quick.

That said... The book may have entertainment value if you're into the comic book theme. It just got too much for me . I can't get more specific without spoilers, so----

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Melt Down

  • Breakers, Book 2
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

In upstate Idaho, Ness Hook is run out of his mom's house by his bullying brother Shawn. In Redding, California, Tristan Carter is graduating college, but with no job and no prospects, she'll have to move back in with her parents. Then the world ends. After Ness discovers his best friend dead of disease, Shawn takes their family to the mountains to wait out the plague.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A let down from Book 1

  • By Russ on 12-12-14

Not a sequel

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

Reviewed: 05-03-14

This is not an actual sequel to the first book in the series. It runs concurrent with the original so anybody hoping for a continuation of the story will be seriously disappointed..

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Wool

  • Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Amanda Sayle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,782
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,233

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, ridiculous narration

  • By virginia on 10-26-14

Not bad, could use some editing.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

Overall this is a pretty good dystopian tale. The originality of the silo habitat throws some fresh air into the genre, and some new twists to keep it interesting. There is one thing that readers may struggle with...

On a sentimentality scale of 1-10 with 1 being Vin Diesel and 10 Being Richard Simmons... the male characters in the story would score a 12. The weepy emotionally fragile men become a distracting influence on an otherwise great story.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Earth Afire

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,546

One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is why I enjoy Orson Scott Card's work

  • By SAMA on 07-17-13

what a rip off!!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-13

I was excited to get this book because of the abrupt, unsatisfying end to the first in the series... but this book took that to an extreme. By ending this book at the plot's climax... O.S.Card is treating his readers like a dope dealer treats a drug addict. In other words: "keep them hooked but unsatisfied and they'll be back with more money"

I don't believe in refunds because "I didn't like the book"... but I will be returning this because I feel seriously ripped off.

  • Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,648

Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet--and himself--in harm's way. An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Still a Need for Black Jack

  • By Aser Tolentino on 05-02-12

BEWARE!!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-13

The title is very misleading! This is NOT the 2nd book in the lost fleet series. Its a whole new chronology after the syndic war... perhaps I'm an idiot, but I felt chumped after realising the mistake

  • Antares Passage

  • Antares, Book 2
  • By: Michael McCollum
  • Narrated by: Gavin Hammon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

After more than a century of isolation, the paths between stars are again open and the people of Alta in contact with their sister colony on Sandar. The opening of the foldlines has not been the unmixed blessing the Altans had supposed, however. For the reestablishment of interstellar travel has brought with it news of the Ryall, an alien race whose goal is the extermination of humanity. If they are to avoid defeat at the hands of the aliens, Alta must seek out the military might of Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good follow up to the first book

  • By Colin on 05-19-13

A soporific yawn.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

. Well... this book should have a "do not operate machinery while listening" disclaimer. It's almost like the author intended the book to be as dull and boring as possible. I gave it two stars because there is about 2hrs on the second part that actually followed the summary... the rest? I actually fell asleep listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful