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  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,284

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

The only bad thing no sequel ever.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

What can I say about this? Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett creators of two of the most iconic worlds ever collaborating on a book! The story flows wonderfully, from beginning to end I blazed through the written version and to have a version I could listen to while working in the yard or on my projects was a joy. The voice work was good, and didn't make me stop and ask 'which char said that'. The only bummer about this story is that, with the passing of Mr. Pratchett, there will never be a sequel.

  • Under a Graveyard Sky

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387

Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Zombie Apocalypse Tale

  • By Sara Marie Dalke on 07-03-14

This is how you write a Zombie Apocalypse.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Okay, I have to start by saying "I HATE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE MOVIES". Why? you might ask. Well, lemme give you an example I once watched a ZA movie, I think it might even have been called "Zombie Apocalypse". I stumbled upon in on night while flipping channels. The first thing I saw... INTELLIGENT CHARACTERS! They did thing the smart way. Zombies in this movie are attracted to sound? Use a taped down airhorn and throw in the opposite direction you want to go. Always check doors before you open them. That kinda stuff. Then about the third act, everyone took a stupid pill and started dying in careless and truly stupid manners. This is the basic outline of nearly every ZA movie I've seen. Either that or they create super zombies that can do physically impossible things (I'm talking beyond what a body made of flesh and bone can actually do, not you know the dead people walking around part). Yes I'm talking about the WWZ parody that Brad Pitt starred in. John Ringo has done what I was sure was impossible, he made got me to thoroughly enjoy a ZA story. The plot is believable, even how the Virus spreads. The characters are smart, prepared and have an excuse for the skills they show. The other thing I like about this story is... It takes its time to get to the actual ZA. Too many stories just go "Bang, you wake up and ZA!" The most egregious example of this is the new Dawn of the Dead movie. I'm rambling I know, but this story is probably the best ZA story I've ever seen. And the scariest, because you can actually imagine it happening.

  • Black Tide Rising

  • By: John Ringo, Eric Flint, John Scalzi, and others
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

The news that humanity had been dreading for ages had come true. Zombies are real. Worst of all, we created them. The apocalypse was upon us, and every man, woman and child had to answer a simple question of themselves: "What do we do now?"

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • read what your buying first.

  • By sean on 08-18-17

A great additon to the series with a few flaws.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Okay, first things first. I'm a big fan of John Ringo books. I'm also not a big fan of Zombie Movies. The reason I'm not a big fan of Zombie Movies? Watch the first season of Walking Dead. For every smart thing that the characters did, they did about 10 really really stupid things that just... Annoyed the *Beep* out of me. This is true in just about every Zombie movie I've ever seen. What John Ringo created is world that for the most part has a valid reason for a ZA and people who actually think about things. For the most part the stories in this book follow that lead, you can actually root for the characters, not go, 'jeez the only reason they're still alive is the writer." They're all good reads. That being said, at least a few of the authors either took liberties with canon or didn't really read the stories in depth. This is being nit picky but at least of the stories (actually one of the better ones) Get's progression of the virus wrong. little things like that are the only reason I'm not giving this book a 5/5. If you like books like WWZ then you'll like this book. And if you're going to get this book without reading the others first. Do yourself a big favor and listen to "Under a Graveyard Sky" first. That's how you right a ZA book!

  • From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

  • By: Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, and others
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Ashley Eckstein, Janina Gavankar, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795

Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view. On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the 40h anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One has Raved About this yet?

  • By Michael J. Stewart on 10-05-17

Fun read with one annoying problem (at least to me

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I enjoyed this book, of course I also loved the dark horse Tag and Bink series and "Rosencranz and Guilderstern are dead" as well. I love books that look at a well known story through the eyes of someone other than the main protagonists. Especially when they don't try to completely rewrite canon just because (yes I didn't like The Musical wicked sue me). My only real gripe is too many of the authors decided to focus on just one freaking part of the story and I had to listen to same scene over and over with just variations of the plot that made the other ones jarring. I get why it's a popular scene, it's just that the editors should have considered having that many of them in a row with contradictory ideas playing out would take some people out of the narrative. I think it would have been better served if they'd used maybe two and found a different writer who wanted to different bit of the story. I don't know, It's a good book, The narration was top notch and like I said I loved these type of stories, but... I just got really tired of that one piece ad infinitum.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,411

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, creative, and FUN!

  • By Kent on 04-18-13

As good as Galaxy Quest in having fun w/ startrek

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

Where do I start? I have to admit I had a few preconceptions about this book when I got it. With a title like Redshirts, who wouldn't. I expected a semi-funny parody of what it would feel like to be a redshirt. What I got was so much more. This story goes so deep down the meta rabbit hole that it comes out the other side to sheer brilliance. The only other stories I've seen that manage to both skewer a genre and still pay loving homage to it, are Rhustler's Rhapsody (a send up of the old singing cowboy movies) and Galaxy Quest. Wil Wheaton's performance is darn near perfect and I loved the coda's at the end. If you like Star Trek, you have to read this. If you don't like Star Trek, you should still read this, the humor and the story are well worth it.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,180

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

A fine companion to both the movie and the book

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

I've been a fan of the movie since it first came out. I have to admit I don't usually read the memoirs of the people who worked on the movie. But this book changed my mind about that, it was funny and poignant and a great insiders view of the making of one of my favorite movies. even if you've never seen the movie, this has moments that just... Chris Sarandon's stories about Andre the Giant had me laughing at one moment then almost in tears the next. Actually all of the stories about the Giant in this book did that. Listen to it, you won't be disappointed.

  • The Hot Gate

  • Troy Rising, Book Three
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395

The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great series but where is BOOK 4!

  • By john on 04-15-18

Great third act for this series

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

This story is a great third act to the troy rising series. Loosely based on an idea for the first contact period of the fantastic webcomic Schlock Mercenary, this story just gets better as it goes on. Like it's inspiration, the entire Troy rising series delivers a great story and well done action scenes while keeping itself mainly planted in real world physics. A must read for any hard scifi fans.

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