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DETROIT, MI, United States
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  • Dead of Night

  • A Zombie Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,426

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Will Be Eaten Next?

  • By Squeak on 11-04-11

Slow to start, but it does get going

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

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

The time spent listening to this book could have been spent listening to one of Maberry's other, more action packed reads. It was slow to start and the characters weren't very enjoyable.

If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Maberry before, how does this one compare?

This one isn't as 'hit the ground running' as his other works, but it does get up and grab you eventually. Once you reach that point, you can't wait to hear what happens next.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The performance was fine, in my opinion, seeing as how he didn't have much to work with at first.

Did Dead of Night inspire you to do anything?

Dead of Night isn't exactly inspirational. Unless of course you make sure you never, ever volunteer to buy a long lost relative on family property....

Come to think of it, that's a good idea.

Any additional comments?

The female lead was a guy with ovaries, but other than that, it wasn't half bad. Eventually you grow attached to the characters. The last few chapters are heart wrenching, and terrifying all at the same time.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Dragon Factory

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,705
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,135

In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extinction coutndown

  • By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer on 05-31-17

Maberry does it again

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

What did you love best about The Dragon Factory?

An infamous war criminal, cloning, and even a Unicorn. Tell me, what's not to love?

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dragon Factory?

The fight against the Jacoby family toward the end is action packed and it's results will pull at anyone's heart strings.

Which scene was your favorite?

Gotta love a woman who can take care of herself. Grace getting revenge for the 'blokes in Deep Iron' is what makes her character so amazing.

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

When Grace was shot in the back and her subsequent passing in Ledger's arms...it's a tear jerker.

Any additional comments?

The combination of Porter's voice acting and Maberry's words have scored another winner. I've listened to this book three times, and each and every time I cry over grace, cheer Sam/82 on and revel in Ledger kicking butt at the end.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Halloween and Other Seasons

  • By: Al Sarrantonio
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 23

Here, to treasure, a new story collection from award-winning horror master Al Sarrantonio. In Halloween and Other Seasons there's a neighborhood rivalry that grows to monstrous proportions, a hedgerow with an appetite, the ultimate Charles Fort story, and the end of the world from the beginning. Halloween and Other Seasons contains 18 gems of weirdness, including Al Sarrantonio's very first published story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not exactly terrifying....

  • By Shannon on 08-13-12

Not exactly terrifying....

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

What disappointed you about Halloween and Other Seasons?

Some of the stories start out with a bang, but all end up very, very lacking.

What could Al Sarrantonio have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Making this book more enjoyable might be impossible. Everything seems....forced.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

I don't think any narrator could have helped.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Halloween and Other Seasons?

All of it. I honestly didn't find anything about this book to be even remotely entertaining.

Any additional comments?

I doubt any narrator could have made this book interesting. I fell asleep while listening to it twice and had to start certain stories over. While some were passable, none of them were very enticing or entertaining.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,963

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Not your Momma's Zombies!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

If you could sum up Patient Zero in three words, what would they be?

Fast-Paced, Detailed, Exciting

What did you like best about this story?

Maberry brings thoughts of his main character to the foreground and you can see he's not just a killing machine. Ledger is a real person, with real thoughts and reactions to a situation like this.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Joe Ledger, as voiced by Ray Porter, is a sarcastic, witty, lovable character.

Who was the most memorable character of Patient Zero and why?

Mr. Church served to make you curious about him. Who IS this big man in tinted glasses?

Any additional comments?

A wonderful zombie thriller that's fast paced, action packed and will leave you scrambling to get to the next book.

  • Joe Ledger: The Missing Files

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171

In this collection of five short stories, Jonathan Maberry fills in the blanks in his action-thriller Joe Ledger novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • READ BEFORE BUYING LEDGER SHORT STORIES

  • By Lisa on 04-27-12

Missing Scenes shouldn't be missed!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-11

If you could sum up Joe Ledger: The Missing Files in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, riveting, intense

What was one of the most memorable moments of Joe Ledger: The Missing Files?

You cannot and will not forget Joe Ledger visiting Pine Deep and running into a couple of our faves from that series. And when he finally catches up to Amirah, the scene that plays out is quite interesting.

What about Ray Porter???s performance did you like?

Ray Porter has this dry, sarcastic tone when he's voicing Ledger, yet when he voices Top and Bunny, it's completely different. He does each character justice in inflection and attitude.

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

There were a couple of scenes that had me laughing. Top asking Ledger why the old guy always had to run up and down the stairs....trust me, you have to listen.

Any additional comments?

The combination of Jonathan Maberry's writing and Ray Porter's narration combine for an awesome set of short stories. It helps if you've read at least one or two books in the Ledger series, but if I didn't know what was going on, this would certainly make me want to take a peek.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful