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  • Immortality

  • By: Kevin Bohacz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 26 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Without warning, something has gone terribly awry. In the remote and unnoticed places of the world, small pockets of death begin occurring. As the initially isolated extinctions spread, the world's eyes focus on this unimaginable horror and chaos. Out of the ecological imbalance, something new and extraordinary is evolving and surviving to fill the voids left by these extinctions. Evolution is operating in ways no one could have expected, and environmental damage may be the catalyst.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good End of World Thriller

  • By John S on 11-04-14

Mortality

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

What was most disappointing about Kevin Bohacz’s story?

The book could easily have been written as a short story.Immortality, the story just goes on and on and on, seemingly lasting forever.
The author needed an editor! At one point I skipped two chapters and easily picked up the story line.I like reading long drawn out stories, particularly if the early action has a greater meaning in the later parts of the book. There is no reason why we need a mile by mile account of a drive across Pennsylvania, complete with descriptions of the passengers of other cars that pass by.

  • The Twelve: A Novel

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,712

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A pale,disjointed sequel to"The Passage".

  • By Michael on 08-22-18

Twelve hours of boredom

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

This could have been a nice short story rather than a long drawn out epic novel.
I'd skip large portions of the book and pick it up a chapter or two later and not miss a beat.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,344

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Undisciplined and rambling post-apocalyptic novel

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

A rambling epic of good against evil, a post-apocalyptic novel in the backdrop of a genetically designed viral disaster initiating an unplanned vampric evil upon the world.

Reminds me a lot of Stephen King’s novel, The Stand, with the prominence early in the book of a militarily designed and accidentally released deadly virus combined with a draw to evil or good through dreams.

The epic nature of the novel also brings to mind Frank Herbert’s novel, Dune, in the way the author evokes futuristic historical recollection to describe the important events unfolding.

At times I was disturbed at the undisciplined way the author conveyed the story. Long rambling passages describe almost meaningless events, such as using page upon page to describe a character’s needs to urinate; by the time his extensive descriptions are finished it was often difficult to recollect where the story was going. It wasn’t hard to skip over long passages to find some more meatier sections.

Despite this shortcoming by the end of the novel I was willing to purchase the second book in the series, The Twelve.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love.

  • By Velan on 02-19-13

Classic enduring story of adventure and love

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

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

I treasure the book; listening to the story brought it alive. This is a book you will want to read again and again. The narrator gracefully reads passages with the accent of the characters, pronouncing foreign words and phrases without hesitation.

What did you like best about this story?

It is a long story; one you wish would go on and on. As it ends, you wish to follow the characters further.

Any additional comments?

Pity that the narration isn't whispersinc'ed.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful