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  • Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief - she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust but no people and no answers. She knows only one thing about herself - her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin. She finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth two credits!!!

  • By Spamy Jr. on 07-15-15

Another Sigler great!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

It's been a while since I've had the chance to dig into Scott sigler's work again. and while it took me a while to get into the narration with every sentence seeming to end on an upswing once I got used to the particular style the book moved along wonderfully. I eagerly look forward to listening to book two

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bill Clinton

  • The American Presidents
  • By: Michael Tomasky, Sean Wilentz - editor, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. - editor
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Bill Clinton: a president of contradictions. He was a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate, but he was also a fatherless child from rural Arkansas. He was one of the most talented politicians of his age, but he inspired enmity of such intensity that his opponents would stop at nothing to destroy him. He was the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win two successive presidential elections, but he was also the first president since Andrew Johnson to be impeached.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The good, the bad, the ugly

  • By EasyReader on 02-10-17

The good, the bad, the ugly

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

I was in High School when Bill Clinton was elected and spent the majority of his time in the Oval Office, so I didn't know much about his election, or about the trials and tribulations of the man. I know the tech business was growing and there was job growth in that sector and he always seemed like he was an "average joe" type of guy. I mean, he appeared on Arsenio Hall and played a mean sax, how could you not like him?

What I didn't know was all the ugliness that started between republicans and democrats especially as news skewered to airing scandal after scandal and scrutinizing people more and more in the name of ratings and wall to wall coverage.

This isn't just a rah rah go Bill type of book, it unabashedly tough on him, his foundation, and actions.

Paul Heitsch brings a very conversational aspect to the book. It's easy to sit there and listen to him spin this tale of Clinton as if listening to a lecture from a History professor. He sounds interested in the topic which helps you stay close by the radio, or mp3 player or whatever.

While this isn't a complete overview of the man, there is a lot of information in this 5 hour book, and it's worth your time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bust

  • The Max and Angela Series, Book 1
  • By: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Five valuable lessons you can learn by listening to Bust: When you hire someone to kill your wife, don't hire a psychopath. Don't use Drano to get rid of a dead body. Those locks on hotel room doors? They're not very secure. A curly blond wig isn't much of a disguise. Secrets can kill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another Plan Gone Awry

  • By Jim N on 02-16-18

Dark. Gritty. Perfect Noir

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

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

Yeah, I would recommend the book. It's slow moving, but the tension builds each step of the way as the story unfolds around the deceits and lies and actions of Max and Angela

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It wasn't the most gripping story out there, but it fit my mood for the week.

What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Peter Brings a grit to his voice and an edginess to his tone the draws you in. His voice alone tells you how dark this tale really is. His accents are wonderfully done and believable (but I'm not an expert so he could have sounded like the Lucky Charms guy and it would've worked for me).

I look forward to his portrayal through the rest of the series.

Any additional comments?

I'm in for the rest of the series. I liked the edginess, and I liked the darkness, and I liked that happily ever after doesn't always happen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,623

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

Couldn't Stop Listening

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

What did you love best about Awaken Online: Catharsis?

Gaming is in my blood. It's what attracted me to this book, and the authors knowledge of the RPG universe and how it was applied in the overall story is one of the things that kept me captivated.

I can't really say there was just "one best thing" that I loved about Awaken Online. The story line was intriguing, the humor was in all the right places, and the narration was top notch.

It was a slow build as Jason became the person he would eventually become, and it was such a fun ride to see his character build throughout the book.

What other book might you compare Awaken Online: Catharsis to and why?

I can't really think of anything that compares to Awaken Online that I myself have listened to. I'm sure they exist, I just haven't listened to them.

What does David Stifel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've not heard a bad book from Stifel yet. This is no different. Throughout the entire 16 hours of content he was able to lead you through the twists and turns, taking you in game and out of game all with ease. The characters were all easy to discern, and I never felt like I was being "read to", it felt like he himself was immersed in the story which made it that much more of an enjoyable listen.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Villain or Hero: Who will you be?

Any additional comments?

I have it on good authority that the next book is in the works, and I anxiously await the fallout from Catharsis.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Grieving Stones

  • By: Gary McMahon
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

A small therapy group arrives at Grief House hoping that a combination of isolation and hard work will help them begin the healing process each of them so desperately needs. But their presence has awakened something in the old dwelling. Something linked to the ancient stone megaliths at the rear of the property and a terrible crime, committed centuries before. Before the weekend is over, the group will learn the secrets of the Grieving Stones, and come to understand the true meaning of transformation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Disturbing, Heightened by the Narration

  • By EasyReader on 09-21-16

Deeply Disturbing, Heightened by the Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

A house in the woods to serve as a grief house?? What could possible go wrong, especially next to something called the "Grieving Stones" which feed off the grief the patients in the weekend counseling session emit.

Atmospheric horror at its best, you'll be hard pressed to find a better novella in the "haunted house" genre.

Chris Barnes heightens this with his stoic delivery, drawing you into the darkness and never letting go.

This is a book to be listened to at night, with the lights off, and no other distractions.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Captain to Captain

  • Star Trek Legacies, Book 1
  • By: Greg Cox
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 774

Hidden aboard the USS Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back to audio Star Trek

  • By EasyReader on 08-18-16

Welcome back to audio Star Trek

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

It's been too long.....it's just been too damn long! What a way to bring back Star Trek to audio. I hope this trilogy isn't the last either.

Captain to Captain has everything you could imagine from the original series. From going back to Captain April to Pike and to Kirk, a secret aboard the Enterprise is passed between Captains each time to keys to the ship are handed over.

When this secret item is stolen in order to complete a mission from years gone by, Kirk and crew are challenged to pursue to either stop, or help, the enigmatic woman known as Number One.

What really brought this book home for me was the fact that the central characters were actually NOT the stars of the Original series, but those of the quest that took place years ago. Sure they play an integral part of the story, but Kirks crew take a back seat for much of the book. You get a well done Star Trek story without the main cast.

Then there is Robert Petkoff.....I could hear each character come out in his voice. Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Sulu, Checkov, and even Uhura. I swear I was listening to an episode at times. Supremely well done, and well acted.

The ending will absolutely leave you wanting to jump into the next book right away.....speaking of which....time to put the headphones in and continue the story in book 2.

Highly recommended.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,400

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Laugh out loud 2.5 hour extravaganza!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

I didn't know what to expect going in. Figured it would be a great way to kill a couple of hours. What I heard was something I didn't want to stop, and I want more!

Larry Correia has put so many references to pop culture, created a rip roaring laugh a minute tale, and then it was topped off with the nice cherry of Adam Baldwin putting in a stellar performance.

This is something that has to be experienced. I don't even want to mention just one of the references to spoil the surprise.

Do yourself a favor and buy this thing!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Bloodline - New Republic

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,857

From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Circ on 05-26-16

Political novel that fills in Ep VII gaps

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

For those that had questions about the political atmosphere in the Star Wars universe after watching The Force Awakens, THIS book is for you. The New Republic is suffering from the woes that all big governments do, and the more red tape you have, the less actual progress can happen.

You watch as the government begins to collapse in on itself, and friends become enemies and enemies position themselves for the best possible personal outcome. There is the typical backstabbing and the typical outcry for or against policies, but when it comes down to it, this is Leia's story. It's about her heritage, how people view "Vader's Daughter" and how she is able to keep poise under the governmental collapse that she's at the center of.

You do get a little bit of Han Solo, and Ben is mentioned a few times, and knowing that he was still in training when the book takes place only 6 years before Ep. VII is pretty interesting. It really sets the stage, though briefly for a great explanation of his fall.

What really shines here is January LeVoy. The best thing I can say is -- can she do ALL of Leia's books? It was THAT good, that consistent, and deserves every piece of accolade that comes her way.

  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season

  • By: Kc Wayland
  • Narrated by: Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • my weekly addiction

  • By Mike Naka on 01-24-13

Every bit as good as I remember

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Any additional comments?

I remember when this first came out in the podcast realm and I tuned in as soon as it came out. Each and every time. It was absolutely wonderful to relisten to the first season in its entirety without having to wait a week for each chapter/section.

The production is movie studio quality, the acting is fantastic, and I look forward to listening to the rest of the seasons, reliving each of them before heading into their new production: We're Alive - Lockdown.

Well worth the credit...or 4, because I nabbed all 4 seasons.

  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,373

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great Stephen King crime/mystery

  • By Mark on 07-11-13

Top 5 King novel, and ending you won't forget

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Joyland to be better than the print version?

I've not looked at the print version, but I'm going to say absolutely. Michael Kelly conveyed the wonderment of working at an amusement park in the 70's and the mystery of what happened at Joyland perfectly. Not to mention the end of the book. It was so well executed I was fighting back tears.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

When Jonsey met Annie and Michael and everything that happened from there.....the ending was absolutely a punch to the gut.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

It's first person, so it better be the main character.

Any additional comments?

Easily one of the top 5 King books I've ever read, with an ending, that, maybe because I've got a special needs son I'm biased, I won't ever forget.