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  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,342

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

My favorite King novel.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

The extended version of this book is a masterpiece. The narration by Grover Gardner is perfect.

I doubt any review I could leave would sway you into purchasing this or not - so I'll just say that this book is excellent all the way around.

  • Dead Moon

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,478

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. An enemy that is already dead.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why did you do this? Just why?

  • By Veronica on 03-02-19

Reads like a SyFy original movie...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Let me start by saying that I LOVE 14 and The Fold. I even love Paradox Bound and the Ex books - although these aren't part of the Threshold series, they're still really great stories. This... this was not.

Potential spoilers ahead -

That being said... this book just didn't do it for me. We're introduced to characters who never get truly fleshed out and then we're fighting the undead in no time at all. This leaves us little time to revisit these characters and learn about why we should care if they live or die.

The book, as a whole, felt like a SyFy original movie. Don't get me wrong, it's leaps and bounds better than Sharknado... but still several levels beneath the other books by Peter Clines. Even Ray Porter's reading felt slow and I had to speed it up to 1.5X normal speed just to get through it... and I love Ray Porter as a narrator. I have almost every book he's read.

The characters are Cali, Jake, Tessa, and a bunch of other people who die and become zombies. We eventually learn that Jake is working on the moon to escape his tragic past in the Marines. Cali is there to get away from the apparent trauma of finding out she's not good at ballet? -- in 14, the backstory of Xela and Roger are far more in depth than Cali's. I seriously had trouble caring about either of them. They are empty characters who suddenly "take charge" and save the moon...? And Tessa is apparently a super nerd with bad teeth? That's all we learn of her. Jake's backstory sees to exist just so it makes sense for him to a: have a gun and b: have a PTSD moment with the zombies. None of them read as people... they seem to exist only to fill plot points.

The connection to 14 and The Fold are tenuous... we are given a vague prologue and epilogue that are basically the same thing floating through the void of time. Even the monster lacks the depth given in the other books. It's a vague, shambling monster that has tentacles and is hungry... if I hadn't read 14 or The Fold, I would be slightly put off by the vagueness of the thing.

The ending is vague as well. They go back to work? Seriously? And the thing is adrift in space? I get it - it leaves us open to another book... but why?

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  • Pursuit of the Apocalypse

  • A Duck & Cover Adventure
  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

There’s a bounty hunter to catch, an army to shake, and a biker gang full of dentists hot on his tail. The bounty hunter Mr. Christopher has kidnapped Erica, and The Librarian and his dog, Chewy are desperate to get her back. Willie and Coy like money and they are after The Librarian to collect the price on his head. Hawk and his gang of wasteland raiders are after Willie and Coy for a breach of contact. In the powerful city of Alasis, a movement is growing and the people consider The Librarian a hero. Lord Invictus wants the movement stopped and has sent the fearsome and mysterious Skinners to finish what Mr. Christopher started.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Going to need a moment...

  • By Bucko on 02-01-19

Going to need a moment...

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

The third installment of Benjamin Wallace's Duck & Cover Adventures is just as good as the first two... Full of the same humor and lighthearted murder that just gets you through the day.

Then you get to the end of the book and realize Benjamin has just stomped on your heart...

At that time you quickly go to the ole Audible library and find the next book... because you have to know what comes next.

  • Revenge of the Apocalypse

  • A Duck & Cover Adventure Post-Apocalyptic Series, Book 4
  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 136

They’ve taken everything from him. Now Jerry and Chewy are headed to Niagara Falls to take out the wasteland’s greatest villain once and for all. But The Librarian isn’t the only one looking for revenge. Several other post-apocalyptic nomadic warriors have experienced Invcitus’ horrors firsthand and are in town to find vengeance. The Bookkeepers have lived under the tyrant’s iron fist for far too long. They’re well informed, organized, and ready to strike. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can’t wait for book 5

  • By Anonymous Person on 02-05-19

I just don't want it to end...

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Look, I purchased the first book in the series on a whim... I purchased the second book because I loved the first. I purchased the third book because the first two were so amazing... and I purchased the fourth in the sole hope that there will be a fifth, sixth, and seventh book to follow.

This series has been fantastic along every step of the way and if you're here reading reviews on the fourth book - you probably know this already. So stop reading and get it. It's absolutely worth it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers IV: Wolves

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 4
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,729

The Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the dangerous open seas. But storms, sea monsters, and the cannibalistic Cazadores aren't the only threat to X and his small crew. Their mission will uncover hard truths about the history of the war that left humankind stranded in the air for centuries. The fate of those still living on the airships might very well rest on this perilous journey to find a new home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Yet!!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 11-06-18

From the skies to the sea!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I LOVE the Hell Divers books. Each one has stepped up a notch in action and intensity and I thought for sure book 3 - Deliverance - was the best... but Nicholas Sansbury Smith delivered on IV!

In the first books we have a good look at the new nightmare of the world at large as the Hive and Deliverance fly through the skies trying to keep the last humans alive in the radioactive nightmare that the earth has become. In Wolves - we take to the high seas as X and Magnolia try to track down the cannibalistic Casadores and the fabled "Metal Islands."

The Sea Wolf might be outmatched with all the seas have to offer. Giant octopi, monster sharks, and islands of giant, mutant boars...

But the sea monsters aren't the only challenge... an old enemy laying in wait in the shadows of the new world still lurks to bring destruction on the humans of the Hive an Deliverance.

RC Bray is back... and, in my opinion, he can do no wrong. He's perfect for these books. And this book is the perfect continuation of the story. Now I'm sitting here, waiting on Book 5

If you've already read/listened to 1-3 then you don't need my review to convince you how great this series is.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,609

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

It's like Dune-Light. But in a good way.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

First - Wil Wheton is a fantastic narrator for all of John Scalzi's books. He delivers the lines as I believe Scalzi would want them delivered - and it works.

Second - I love the world building in the Interdependency Series. Like, a LOT. There's a lot going on here.

Third - there's the rub. There is a lot going on here. The sequel to "The Collapsing Empire" was very... wordy? We have plots within plots within plots... it's like someone tried to boil down all of the conspiracies and treason in "Dune" into a much shorter book... which isn't bad with the exception that I felt the ending was a little too abrupt. It's as though someone said "All of that stuff you read for 200 pages... just got thrown out."

Don't get me wrong - I love the book. But I just feel like this book exists solely as a set up to the next book and isn't as long or fleshed out as it needs to be. Some chapters are very long, very talkative, and nothing gets done. Others are short and nothing but things being done... but without the dialogue and backstory.

It's like Dune-Light. But in a good way. I still liked it.

  • The Trackers Series Box Set

  • The Trackers Series, Books 1-4
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

Ripped from the headlines, the explosive Trackers saga is a realistic depiction of what an EMP attack and the aftermath might look like from one of the genre's leading voices, USA Today best-selling author and former Homeland Security Disaster Mitigation Officer, Nicholas Sansbury Smith. This box set includes the entire four-book Trackers series with over 30 hours of postapocalyptic survival fiction and action. Box set includes Trackers, Trackers 2: The Hunted, Trackers 3: The Storm, and Trackers 4: The Damned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honorable, brave, and selfless!

  • By RJ on 11-10-18

A Good Post Apocalyptic Series For 1 Credit!!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I am an apocalypse junkie. I've read almost everything I can get my hands on about stories involving life at the end of things... And the scariest of all scenarios, to me, is an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse). Other books have touched on them and done a fair enough job making that scenario into a work of fiction - but they usually seem like a really over the top "how to" guide for Preppers - not saying it's a bad thing, just that it does make for good fiction. Nicholas Sansbury Smith, however, has made this into good fiction while still addressing the "how-to" aspect of being prepared.

WWIII begins in the skies over the U.S. with the detonation of three nuclear devices resulting in an EMPs. If that wasn't bad enough, the attack is followed up by a secondary device that take out Washington DC. Dealing with the EMP is least of the problems for former Marine Sam "Raven" Spears and the man he's usually at odds with - Police Chief Marcus Colton... they are in the midsts of a manhunt for a potential serial killer who has come to the quiet, tourist town of Estes Park, CO.
It's good story showing the immediate fallout of life after an EMP mixed with a gripping murder-mystery. I look forward to the rest of the series to see where Smith takes us in the new, dark world.

As the stories continue we see more of the overall fallout across the country. The Sons Of Liberty - a Neo Nazi "army" is trying to take over Colorado, and eventually the country. In other cities gangs and thugs are running rampant. And as winter approaches, disease and starvation become a real threat to everyone who survived. There are allies and enemies on all sides and the people of Estes Park have a very rough time of it all.

While the books focus mostly on Estes Park, CO and the people there, but we're also take around the country with Secretary Montgomery - the newly appointed Secretary or Defense - as she and the new President try to salvage what's left of the United States. Eventually accepting help from the government of China... which brings with it a whole new level of problems. We also have other characters such as Nile Redford - basically a mobster trying to carve out a place for himself in the new world. Sheriff Thompson - a former MMA fighter turned psychopath wanting to make himself King of Colorado. And General Phoenix of the Sons of Liberty who wants to cleanse the lands of non-whites... and they all have one common enemy, Raven Spears.

Violence, gangs, and nightmares abound as the people struggle with the harsh realities of the "new world". And it's not an easy reality to live with.

I won't lie to you - the narration has some flaws. But that is personal taste. I love Bronson Pinchot's narration more often than not, but this one left something to be desired.

It's a good story overall and made even more so by the fact you get 33 hours for 1 credit.

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  • Knights of the Apocalypse

  • A Duck & Cover Adventure, Book 2
  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

A price on their heads has driven Jerry, the post-apocalyptic nomadic warrior, Erica, and their loyal mastiff west in search of a new beginning. But when their truck breaks down in what was once Southern Colorado, they are swept into an epic quest at the behest of King Elias, ruler of the Kingdom of the Five Peaks. On their quest, they will meet old friends and new foes, mutant cannibals, savage mountain men, fearsome knights, and much, much more.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Humor and wit after the end of the world

  • By Bucko on 10-23-18

Humor and wit after the end of the world

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

When I first discovered Jerry, the Post Apocalyptic Nomadic Warrior, I thought for certain there was no way to keep up the great storytelling with all of the humor, snark, wit, and sometimes heavy and/or sad moments.

Color me shocked! Because not only does this book pick up after the end of the first book - it keeps on rolling with every bit as much of the things I loved from the first. The characters, the hilarious banter and situations, and the social commentary by Wallace.

I cannot wait until the next book is available on Audible. Phil Thron is an excellent narrator and he reads Benjamin Wallace's stories with the perfect touch of humor.

If you've ever read A. Lee Martinez or similar authors and loved them - you will love these books. An excellent addition to your audible library.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Junkers

  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

The corporations promised it could never happen. Of course they would say that. Their products were everywhere. They had turned everything from scarecrows to coffee makers into robots, and there wasn't a home on Earth that wasn't filled with their machines.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy effort but should be longer.

  • By cosmitron on 05-28-18

The Robot Uprising Is Here - And it's hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

For such a short book, Junkers is a lot of fun.

I read the "Robopocalypse" by Daniel H. Wilson and was so disappointed that I almost gave up on the genre as a whole. But along comes Benjamin Wallace with his team of Junkers - Jake, Kat, Mason, Savant and Glitch - and I'm back in the game!

Life is supposed to be easier when robots do all the work, right? Then why are they murdering people? The story starts out with a murder, is followed up by a murder, and ends with another murder or two... and, yet, I found myself laughing and eagerly consuming page after page of this story.

It's fun, lighthearted, and full of characters that I couldn't help but like - and want more of in the future. Junkers is the Robot Uprising we should all be reading... and we should also be calling our movie representatives and asking for this to be optioned. Seriously, folks, Benjamin Wallace's wit and sense of humor make him a national treasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trackers

  • Trackers, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

Estes Park police chief Marcus Colton and tracker Sam "Raven" Spears have never liked one another, but when a young girl goes missing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colton hires Spears to help find her. Their search ends after a night of devastating horror. When word reaches Estes that the nation has been hit by a coordinated electromagnetic pulse attack, Colton and Spears are forced to work together again. But they quickly realize they aren't just tracking a killer - they are tracking a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • makes you think

  • By N.W.Wisniewski on 02-19-17

The Nightmare Scenario Done Right

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I am an apocalypse junkie. I've read almost everything I can get my hands on about stories involving life at the end of things... And the scariest of all scenarios, to me, is an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse). Other books have touched on them and done a fair enough job making that scenario into a work of fiction - but they usually seem like a really over the top "how to" guide for Preppers - not saying it's a bad thing, just that it does make for good fiction. Nicholas Sansbury Smith, however, has made this into good fiction while still addressing the "how-to" aspect of being prepared.

WWIII begins in the skies over the U.S. with the detonation of three nuclear devices resulting in an EMPs. If that wasn't bad enough, the attack is followed up by a secondary device that take out Washington DC. Dealing with the EMP is least of the problems for former Marine Sam "Raven" Spears and the man he's usually at odds with - Police Chief Marcus Colton... they are in the midsts of a manhunt for a potential serial killer who has come to the quiet, tourist town of Estes Park, CO.

It's good story showing the immediate fallout of life after an EMP mixed with a gripping murder-mystery. I look forward to the rest of the series to see where Smith takes us in the new, dark world. This one story is clearly the doorway into something larger and more encompassing just like Smith has done with The Extinction Cycle and Hell Divers.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful