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  • The Book of M

  • A Novel
  • By: Peng Shepherd
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey, Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears - an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories. Ory and his wife, Max, have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day, Max’s shadow disappears, too.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flat characters and nonsense

  • By Thomas D. Tucker on 01-25-19

So well done.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

The premise sounds so silly; people lose their shadows and the world falls apart. But this book is so well written and narrated that any notion of disbelief or silliness is almost immediately quashed.

The way the narration is done is perfect. Each character has a different voice and rhythm to their chapters.

I almost passed this one up based on the description and I'm so glad I didnt.

  • Good Morning, Midnight

  • A Novel
  • By: Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Paul on 08-25-16

Just Awesome.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This book is more about language and metaphors than about an apocalypse, and in only the very best ways. Dont expect a lot of "how it happened" info. Just read (listen) and enjoy the authors wonderful way of making words paint pictures.

  • Nighthawks

  • Children of Nostradamus, Book 1
  • By: Jeremy Flagg
  • Narrated by: Robin J Sitten
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier. His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus - an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan's exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an entertaining story with an engaging plot

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-05-17

Excellent take on the comic book theme.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

If you like comic books, or super human stories like X-Men, or Heroes, or you just enjoy a good story well told, this book will not disappoint. The characters are rich and realistic, and the story is paced perfectly. There are a few points where it jumps back and forth in timeline that may throw you off, but the author does a good job of letting you know when a flashback is happening. The narrator is pretty good. She is a little stiff at first and the story suffers a bit for it, but by the end she hits her stride and the characters voices are easy to pick apart, and the story is delivered with warmth. I'm excited to see where the story goes from here and to learn more about the world the author has created.

  • Mirrors

  • Curse of Lanval, Book 1
  • By: Rebekah Dodson
  • Narrated by: Matthew DeWolf
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

You probably won't like my story. Heck, I'm not sure if I even like it myself. Between getting burned at the stake and being drowned, almost twice, it's quite a lot to swallow. I'm not sure where it all went wrong. Everything was going fine my freshman year of college as a history major. I had a full-time job as a paramedic and any girl I wanted was mine. When tragedy struck our family, I found myself in France with my sister, Jules. And she just had to touch that mirror. She had to get us transported to the middle ages. 1155 A.D., to be exact. What. The. Hell. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced story with cliffhanger

  • By Mandy Buffington on 10-26-18

Long Intro, Not Much Payoff

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This book was 3/4 setup before anything actually intersting took place. Not to say that the story was terrible, it just didn't go anywhere. And despite this, the characters seemed fairly one dimensional and bland. I wasn't left with an overwhelming need to know what came next. It may work better if the rest of the story was packaged with it, or the ending took place with a little more resolution and a little less cliffhanger.

The narration was okay, but there were a couple of obvious mispronounciations that should have been caught and edited out. The character voices were interesting and well defined and the pace was right, despite the story moving so slowly.

I recieved this book for free I exchange for a fair review.

  • As We Fall: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

  • Against All Odds, Book 1
  • By: Jack Hunt
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Sam Wade is on a trip to reconnect with his estranged daughter studying in Boston when the interconnected US infrastructure is crippled by an unknown attacker. As the Internet, communication networks, and power grid go down, the world is soon thrown into turmoil and danger. Faced with no other choice than to battle their way home through a country on the verge of collapse, Sam and his daughter will have to face more than a troubled past - the future is deadly. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a good value.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-07-18

A great start to a post EMP(?) book.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18


I've read a lot of books like this one, and this book starts out similar to other books of the genre. The hero is introduced, the "event" happens, and the battle for survival begins. The differences cam in the writing and character. Tha main guy isn't some badass who makes all the right decisions. He is complicated, flawed, and human. I liked him right away. The story is well written, if a little unrealistic at times, and the ending makes you want to know what comes next. I only wish the book was a little longer.

All in all it was a rare treat in a genre that is flooded with copycats and boring, unbelievable books. If you like the EMP/Societal Breakdown genre, younwill love this one.

I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

  • The Distance

  • By: Jeremy Robinson, Hilaree Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

The human race has turned to dust. August Morrison faces it after rising from the depths of a dark matter research facility in Arizona. His co-workers. His daughter. All of them: dust. Friends and colleagues around the world don’t answer their phones. The city of Phoenix burns. He is alone. As a world without mankind starts to crumble, August fights not just for survival, but for his very sanity. On the other side of the country, Poe McDowell watches her parents crumble into dust just moments after being shoved inside a coffin-like device that spares her from the same fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again!

  • By Sandra on 09-02-18

Amazing Story and Characters

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I've never read anything else from this author, so I wasn't expecting anything going into it. I've read a lot of books in the same genre, but this one leaves them all behind.
First off the Narators are perfect. At first I thought Jeff Kafer was a little too "rough" sounding for the character he was portraying, but after a few chapters you really get a feel for it and as the character develops, he fits perfectly. Heather was just perfect (I can't think of any better way to put it). One of my biggest pet peeves is when there are two narators and they do each others character voices completely different from each other, but these two do it flawlessly. The book is great, but these two make it 100% better.

Now to the story. At the beginning I was thinking it was going to be just another apocalypse story with two dimensional characters with a cheesy love story tossed in. I was so happy to be wrong. The story is fun, tense, scary, and entertaining throughout. The characters are likable and believable. The whole story just works so well. The ending wraps the whole thing up perfectly without leaving you wanting.

I recieved this book for free in exchange for a fair review.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Make Bright the Arrows

  • Flights of the Nanshe, Book 1
  • By: S. A. Huchton
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

What starts off as a simple retrieval of stolen goods turns deadly when Leena Espinoza discovers a girl stashed in a cellar, her guardian murdered. The crew has a soft spot for hard cases, and despite Delilah's odd behavior, offers help instead of turning her over to the authorities. But what they don't know might kill them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable all-woman SciFi adventure

  • By Kara on 08-03-18

Space Cowgirls.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

There is an obvious nod to Firefly/Serenity here, but it takes the theme in it's own direction. It could have been easily written into the same universe. The story line is a little too close to that of Firefly (in my opinion). The narration is good, but not great, and I didn't find myself caring too much about any one character, but the overall story was fun and easy to stay engaged in. The all girl crew was a cool take on the theme. If you're looking for a fun space cowboy story you'll enjoy this one, despite it's being an almost carbon copy of Serenity's main storyline.

  • Extinct

  • By: Ike Hamill
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

Channel Two predicted a blanket of snow for Thanksgiving weekend - unusual, but not alarming for the little Maine island. What comes is a blinding blizzard, and a mass disappearance of nearly every person Robby Pierce knows. He and his family flee, trying to escape the snow and the invisible forces stealing people right from the street. Miles away, Brad Jenkins battles the same storm. Alone, he attempts to survive as snow envelops his house. When the storm breaks, Brad makes his way south to where the snow ends and the world lies empty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors

  • By KarmaKarma on 08-16-18

A Better "Yesterday's Gone"

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This book starts out pretty strange, and then it gets stranger. For a while I was ready to give up in it, thinking it was kinda directionless and just being odd for the sake of being odd. But then about half way through it starts to tie the story up and get some direction. After that the story really draws you in, and I was happy I stuck with it. It had a similar feel to Yesterday's Gone without but with only one narrator and two POV characters (which I though made it easier to follow). The story had a few plot holes and was shaky at times, but overall it was pretty good. The narration was perfect. I'd say of you enjoy strange sci-fi like Yesterday's Gone or Welcome to Night Vale, this one is for you.

I received this book for free in exchange for a fair review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,230

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

Action Packed and Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This book was so much fun. The story is exciting, and funny and doesn't waste very much time on hashing out the old "last man on Earth" tropes. The main characters are smart and likeable without being unbelievable, and the Naration is on point.
The only thing that threw me off a little was when the narators did the other character's voice. you get used to RC' whiskey throated voice for the male charachter, and then Julia does this moare oafish voice for him, and vice versa, and it's a little disconcerting. But only a little.

All in all a great start to a series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Metro 2035

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

World War Three wiped out the humankind. The planet is empty now. Huge cities became dust and ashes. Railroads are being eaten by rust. Abandoned satellites hang lonely in their orbits. Radio is mute on all frequencies. The only survivors of the last war were those who made it into the gates of the Metro, the subway system of Moscow city. It's there, hundreds of feet below the ground, in the vaults of what was constructed as the world's largest air-raid shelter, where now people try to outlive the end of days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really great stories.

  • By Adam S. on 04-02-17

The Best of a Great Series

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

All of the Metro books are great, but this one is amazing. It's hard to imagine where they could go from the previous books, but this book manages to forge ahead into new territory and, in my opinion, surpass what came before it.