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Elis Law

Atlanta, GA
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  • The City Series, Book 3
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 26 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 278

Sunset Park is gone. People are missing. Sylvie, Eric, and the other survivors have crossed the water to the security of a new Safe Zone, where they hope to heal their battered hearts, amass an armory, and get back at the ones who took it all away. But with zombies on the move and few resources to speak of, it’s harder than expected to plot their revenge. For some, it’s harder still to garner their resolve, since vengeance means more of them will die. But safety is ephemeral in a city where food is short and tensions are high. It seems fate may leave them no choice but to fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing ending to a truly engaging story!

  • By Mammabella on 12-18-18

Satisfying ending to this engaging series

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I’m disappointed the series is over, but Ms. Fleming finished in style. The finale, at almost 27 hours, was well worth the wait. The conclusion is satisfying, and it incorporated the companion series nicely. My only regret is that Ms. Fleming is unlikely to truly bring the two series together through another book or series of books, which would be great from a reader’s perspective. However, I understand why she did it this way, and I only complain because I don’t want it to be over. I highly recommend this entire City Series, as well as the original Until the End of the World Series.

The narration by Terese Plummer and Luke Daniels was wonderful. My only critique is that Mr. Daniels seemed to use what has historically been Paul’s voice to also represent Eric’s voice in this book. I like Paul’s goofy voice for Paul, but not so much for Eric. Otherwise, the narration was spot on, and that is very difficult in an audiobook where the male narrator voices male characters even during the female perspective (and vice versa). Their ability to do that well speaks volumes about their talent (no pun intended).

  • The Mad Mick

  • The Mad Mick Series, Book 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Conor Maguire nearly lost his daughter Barb when she was three years old, injured by the drunk driver that killed his wife. When the justice system failed him, Conor, the son and grandson of IRA bombers, retaliated against the driver in dramatic and gruesome fashion. For over 25 years, Conor designed and built custom weapons of death and destruction at his compound in the mountains of Virginia. Then a series of devastating terror attacks brought down the United States. Conor and Barb assumed they were safe in their secure compound. Then Barb was kidnapped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from the dynamic duo

  • By Elis Law on 11-08-18

Another winner from the dynamic duo

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Another winner from the dynamic duo Franklin Horton and Kevin Pierce. The first book in Horton’s new Mad Mick series is another original perspective in post-apocalyptic fiction. As prolific as Horton is, I’m always impressed with his talent for creating unique stories in a genre saturated with derivatives, but he once again proves it’s possible in The Mad Mick.

Book One feels almost like a prequel, as it focuses primarily on character development in preparation for what I anticipate will be a multi-book series. There is certainly enough action to keep it interesting (in fact, most of the book is a chase, as two main characters track the kidnapped third main character), but the action is a slow burn that culminates with the confrontation in the last several chapters. Even without the constant, edge-of-your-seat tension typical of most PA novels, Horton manages to keep the reader’s attention as he reveals the backstories of his characters and lets them unfold. My attention didn’t waver as I listened, and I was surprised when I realized the book was nearing its end, because the hours passed quickly. Of course, Kevin Pierce’s narration was a big factor in maintaining energy and excitement in this character-focused story, and without him, I would not have enjoyed listening as much as I did.

I appreciate Horton’s originality, but I still enjoy the elements of the tried and true PA story (modern conveniences abruptly disappear; people scavenge; gangs and/or government enslave/terrorize; heroes emerge to fight the bad guys and survive in the new world). I suspect (and hope) this series will move in that direction, but I think it will maintain a fresh perspective.

I gave this book 4 stars, because I reserve my 5 star reviews for books that I can’t put down. Because this one is more character development than edge-of-your-seat action, I wasn’t compelled to stay up all night listening to it; however, I think the next volumes in the series will move in that direction. I also gave Kevin Pierce a rare 4 stars (instead of the usual 5), only because his Irish accent was inconsistent and occasionally absent. Since two of the three main characters have Irish accents, this was a little distracting. I would actually give him a 4.5 if I could, because it was not that big of an issue.

I definitely recommend this book for fans of Horton, Pierce, and apocalyptic fiction in general. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Like you, I rely on the reviews of others when selecting books from Audible, so I always give a frank and honest description in every review I write.

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  • Until Nothing Remains

  • A Gun Play Novel, Volume 1
  • By: C.A. Rudolph
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

The United States has experienced its share of turmoil over the years. Although not particularly as war-torn or stricken with genocide and violent crime as other nations, over time, gun violence and terror attacks have become commonplace on American soil. Never before has the United States been subjected to widespread coordinated terrorist attacks, devastating enough to bring the entire nation to its knees. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent twist!!!

  • By Darlene on 10-26-18

Refreshing new take on apocalyptic fiction

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

As a fan of CA Rudolph and Kevin Pierce, I was excited to listen to the first volume of Rudolph’s new series, and I was not disappointed. Rudolph has crafted an entirely new take on the genre with interesting and likable characters. The book ends when the main characters — a husband and wife assassin team and an ordinary family — finally connect. I look forward to discovering what happens next.

Kevin Pierce’s narration was on point, handling several different accents with ease.

My only criticism is something that is a particular pet peeve of mine and may not bother other readers. I have noticed in the author’s previous novels that he tends to use unusual words that don’t sound natural for his characters, and this was even more apparent— and distracting— in this book. (For example, “vacating our suite in rapid fashion” instead of “quickly leaving our suite;” or “after her shift concluded” instead of “after her shift ended/was over.”) Overall, this is a minor complaint, and I enjoy Rudolph’s books in general, and this one in particular, enough to overlook it.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and I recommend it to fans of apocalyptic fiction or spy thrillers, because Rudolph has successfully married the two in this novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

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

Strong start to new series

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Jack Hunt is off to a good start in the first book of his new post-apocalyptic series. Although he hasn’t reinvented the wheel, he has done something new by creating a slightly morally-flawed protagonist. Although Sam, a former special forces soldier who finds himself in Boston to take his estranged daughter home to her ailing mother when the lights go out, is generally a sympathetic character, he makes some ethically-questionable choices without usual and expected self-doubt and justifications. Fortunately, his daughter quickly moves past the whining and blaming stage and becomes a self-sufficient and valuable partner on the trip from Harvard to Breckinridge, Colorado. Unfortunately, another member of the group assumes the role of the never ending victim you want to sacrifice to the bad guys, but it wouldn’t be a post-apocalyptic novel without that character, would it? The story is enhanced through the narration of the incomparable Kevin Pierce, who was terrific as always. My only criticism is that the book is barely over 5 hours long, and it is hard to use a credit on anything shorter than 8 or 9 hours. With that exception, I recommend this book for anyone who likes post-apocalyptic books. I received this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Strands of Sorrow

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 4
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

A hardened group of survivors fight back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization. With the world consumed by a devastating plague that drives humans violently insane, what was once a band of desperate survivors bobbing on a dark Atlantic ocean has now become Wolf Squadron, the only hope for the salvation of the human race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending to the series.

  • By Christopher J Bayne on 01-09-15

Great ending to a great series

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I enjoyed the entire series, and this was a very satisfying conclusion. My only issues with the series are: (1) The wife/mother of the main characters was pregnant, but there was never any mention of her giving birth/having a miscarriage during the ensuing 12 months; and (2)The series lacked any real tension. Although I did not get bored, I was also never on the edge of my seat, and [SPOILER ALERT] not one main character died—in the zombie apocalypse. 🤔

Only 4 stars on the performance, because Tristan truly cannot carry a tune! There is a fair amount of “singing” in all of the books, and most of the songs are well known; however, Tristan speaks them in a very strange way instead of even attempting to sing them, and it’s just...wrong! 😂 With that exception, the narration is quite good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Time-Travel Story

  • By Mike Pluta on 05-19-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Excellent conclusion to a great series. I wish RR Haywood would write more like these.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolves of Winter

  • By: Tyrell Johnson
  • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's been forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community - most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and compelling

  • By Elis Law on 05-15-18

Beautifully written and compelling

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Unlike so many novels in general, and apocalypse novels in particular, The Wolves of Winter is beautifully written. The story unfolds effortlessly. The author does not force anything. The characters are well developed but not exhaustively examined. It is difficult to put this book down. The action, like the rest of the story, occurs naturally. I really loved this read and look forward to more books by this author. Highly recommended.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • In the End

  • In the After, Book 2
  • By: Demitria Lunetta
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

It's been three months since Amy escaped New Hope. Since she's seen Baby, or Kay, or Rice. And she's been surviving on her own, like she did before she was "rescued" and taken to what she thought was a safe haven. Then, in the midst of foraging for supplies, her former fellow Guardian's voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • In The End You Will Be Disappointed

  • By Lulu on 04-22-15

Great except the incorrect terminology

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I really enjoyed the story. HOWEVER, if you’re going to write about something, you should at least do the most basic research on it to avoid sounding ignorant. The protagonist has supposedly become an expert in, among other things, firearms, but she continues to talk about the “clips” she has for her gun and loading “clips” into her gun. They are NOT clips. They are magazines. Two very different things which, when used incorrectly, make it impossible to take the character seriously. If it happened once or even twice, it may not be memorable; however, when she uses the wrong term over and over again, it’s extremely annoying and distracting. A simple google search would reveal the error in about 2.5 seconds.

As always, Julia Whelan is amazing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Afterlife

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion - a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He's relieved to spot other people - until he sees they're carrying machetes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 50 shades of wish it was more interesting

  • By booklover690 on 02-02-18

Would've been a 5 without the gratuitous politics

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I really loved this book...but I almost quit listening after the first two gratuitous political comments. They were utterly irrelevant to the story and actually dated it when it could have been timeless. I can't turn on the television, watch football, browse Facebook, or go to a movie without being bombarded with other people's (mostly uninformed) opinions about what is and is not socially and politically acceptable. Books are one of my only escapes, and I select them carefully to avoid those that are likely to be a social commentary in disguise. The first remark in this one surprised me, and I stopped listening for a few days. I picked it back up, thinking it was a fluke, and then I heard the second (much more blatant comment). I don't even care if the opinion is one I share. The point is that you've taken an otherwise brilliant story and turned it into something ordinary. What could have been a story that would be timely even decades from now is relegated to a book that takes place in or near 2016. What a waste. And what a stupid decision by the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When We Were Human

  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: BettySoo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

They came four years ago. Invaded our planet, rounded us up, and decimated the human race. We fought back, and some even say we won, but they're wrong. The invaders took everything from us. Our family. Our hope. Our humanity. We won the war, but there are no humans left. Only monsters who will do anything to survive. Some look human and some don't, but they are all the same. Eighteen-year-old Eva has spent the last year punishing herself for her sister's death and hiding from everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alien Apocalypse

  • By Karen M. on 11-13-17

Interesting take on Alien Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

When We Were Human tells the story of 18-year-old Eva, who was orphaned in the alien apocalypse four years earlier. She and her younger sister survived for years, only to be separated when her sister was abducted by the aliens (or Creepers, as Eva calls them) a year before the story begins. Eva has been wandering alone, doing what she must to find food and shelter, and punishing herself for her sister's capture, for which she feels responsible. Eva meets two other survivors, Walker and Tara, and they set out together to find a place to settle down.

The story has adventure, mild violence, mystery, and a little romance. It's an entertaining book that ends in a way that is satisfying yet open to a sequel. The main characters are largely likeable, although I had trouble relating to Eva's self-harm. The setting is an interesting take on paranormal/apocalypse/sci-fi, but I would have preferred more detail on exactly what happened and the current state of the world. For example, it's unclear if the invasion was limited to the US or occurred all over the world. It's also unclear just how many people are still around and whether there is any effort to rebuild, now that the war has been won by the humans. If there is a sequel, more world-building would be helpful.

The narrator is very good; however, the pauses between sentences were too long for me, so I listened at 1.25x speed, which was a little too fast for some of the dialogue but preferable to lengthy pauses. I enjoyed her tone, style, and voices, though.

Overall, I liked the story. It kept me engaged, and I finished it, which is saying a lot compared to many books I've listened to lately! I recommend this story for anyone who enjoys YA and paranormal/apocalypse/sci-fi books.

I received this audiobook free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful