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  • Darkhand

  • Alpha World, Book 7
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 363

The Path to Peace brought them to the gates of the old city. Now Alburet and his friends will need to find their way into the vaults under the city. They will need to bypass the undead and the cultists that roam the city to even find those tunnels, and that’s only the start of the troubles they will face. Traitors to Stormguard are uncovered, and the King will have to be told. That can only happen after they deal with the two quests that have brought them this far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • finally a book as good as the first

  • By janet breeding on 06-29-19

A long time coming

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

Reviewed: 07-08-19

Schinhofen has finally learned that less is more when it comes to his erotic interludes. Bravo!

  • Siege

  • Trump Under Fire
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695

With Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff defined the first phase of the Trump administration; now, in Siege, he has written an equally essential and explosive book about a presidency that is under fire from almost every side. A stunningly fresh narrative that begins just as Trump’s second year as president is getting underway and ends with the delivery of the Mueller Report, Siege reveals an administration that is perpetually beleaguered by investigations and a president who is increasingly volatile, erratic, and exposed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the Mueller Report first...

  • By Carolyn Talbot on 06-08-19

Trading on His Earlier Success But Doesn't Deliver

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

In the author's captured words, a "nothingburger." I expected more than Mr. Wolfe delivered on this follow-up to his successful earlier book on the president.

  • Fractured Spirit

  • Alpha World, Book 5
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065

Fresh from the success of capturing Gwain’s Keep, Alpha Company is in high spirits. Flush with coin, everyone is eager to get better gear and see what new zones they can go fight in. Not everything is roses though, as the first testing phase is about to come to an end. A number of those who ventured forth with the guild are about to return to their regular lives, and the next wave of testers brings even more players to embrace Alpha World as their new reality, if only for a limited time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Circling the Drain

  • By Steven Merrick on 08-29-18

Enough with the erotica. It's getting tiresome.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

Enough with the erotica. It's getting tiresome. We get it already. They have a special kind of relationship. Less is more in this case.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 48 Hours

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun, a "Carrington Event" that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world's electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: Global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off. Will the world's population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical Forstchen book

  • By Preparing4SHTF on 01-16-19

Not a typical Forstchen book

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

This was the worst book by him that I have ever read. Pinchot really did not deliver at all. Listening to Pichot repeatedly say "Mag-net-o-spere as opposed to "mag-ˈnē-tə-ˌsfir" was like listening to fingernails scraped along a chalkboard. Not to mention his frequent reference to the calibers 7.62 and 5.56 as "seven-sixty-two" or five hundred fifty-six was also annoying. These things broke the immersion. The whiney voice he attributed to Dr. Carrington was also irritating. While these seem like trifles, they took away from my enjoyment of an already labored read. I found it hard to be empathetic to the ill-conceived plan of the protagonist.

I loved the authors EMP books, by the way. This book, however, was painful to get through.

46 of 49 people found this review helpful

  • Convergence

  • A Shrouded World, Book 3
  • By: John O'Brien, Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

Having survived Atlantis, the town of Indian Hill beckons. As Mike and Trip make their way toward Indian Hill and are in search of some much needed answers, Jack is fast on their heels. It is a dangerous journey fraught with all manner of creatures. Zombies, Night Runners and the Alien Whistlers do their best to prevent the trio from ever going home again. The Whistlers are constantly roaming the wilds in search of food, the zombies gather in large groups, and the night runners own the night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great pairing of authors

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-30-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

This was the most disappointing Mark Tufo book that I ever heard. I wanted to like it but it just wasn't delivering like I expect a book by him to do.

It was very flat and uninspired.

  • Grid Down: Perceptions of Reality

  • Volume 2, Part 3
  • By: Bruce Buckshot Hemming
  • Narrated by: Tyler J. Singleton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

America, once a thriving and prosperous nation, now an empty decaying wasteland - everything changed in the blink of an eye. In Grid Down Reality Bites, a high-altitude nuclear blast causing an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) destroys the power grid, catapulting life as they knew it back to the 1800s. The saga continues in Grid Down Perceptions of Reality (Volume 2, Part 3), A small band of survivors desperately struggle to survive the chaos that ensues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Need a better Narrator!!!!

  • By sydney on 08-14-16

This Chapter of the Saga is Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Where does Grid Down: Perceptions of Reality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of the "Grid Down" series, this book ranks as the worst. While not one hundred percent unenjoyable, the stories did little to advance the series. In fact, it began to sound like a soap opera. I enjoy character development but there appeared to be more conflict for its own sake than was warranted.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I hate putting people on blast. However, the narrator did a terrible job. His mispronunciation of (often simple) words, poor cadence and inappropriate accentuation of words make the book hard to listen to. There are times when he, literally, cannot go a paragraph without offending the sensitive ear. Without a doubt, I'd say that he is in the top three worst narrators that I have experienced on an Audible listen.

Any additional comments?

This story is more like a placeholder for the next book in the series. If you aren't willing to be content with listening to a synopsis of this entrant of the series as part of the next book's exposition of what has gone before then, by all means, put yourself through the experience but have your expectations appropriately set. If you can do without the pain than do so.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aftermath: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,200
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11,180

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over. As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance - now a fledgling New Republic - presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and Frustrating

  • By Jason on 09-08-15

The narration could have been better

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

The generally good narration was blemished by the frequent mispronounciation of the word "satrap" as "sat-rap." Because the term was used literally every five to ten minutes, this became an issue.

I'll give him credit for trying to get the voices of characters we know and love correct. However, he only came close.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret History of Star Wars

  • By: Michael Kaminski
  • Narrated by: Josh Robert Thompson
  • Length: 24 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

The tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker has become modern myth, an epic tragedy of the corruption of a young man in love into darkness, the rise of evil, and the power of good triumphing in the end. But it didn't start out that way. In this thorough account of one of cinema's most lasting works, Michael Kaminski presents the true history of how Star Wars was written, from its beginnings as a science fiction fairy tale to its development over three decades into the epic we now know, chronicling the methods, techniques, thought processes, and struggles of its creator.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not much of a secret, honestly.

  • By Rob G. on 12-11-15

Very well written and well documented.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

I learned a lot about one of my favorite topics. I will now look at the series totally different way.

  • One Nation

  • What We Can All Do to Save America's Future
  • By: Ben Carson MD, Candy Carson
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

In February 2013 I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Standing a few feet from President Obama, I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great. Many Americans heard and responded, but our nation’s decline has continued. Today the danger is greater than ever before, and I have never shared a more urgent message than I do now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please lead our nation from the brink of...

  • By Jonathan Love on 06-12-14

An excellent book worthy of Ben Carson

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

Would you listen to One Nation again? Why?

Well written with easy to follow action steps that can be taken by any individual to save America's future .

Listening to this book makes it easy to see why many folks are saying "Dr. Ben Carson for President in 2016!"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival

  • By: Joe Nobody
  • Narrated by: D. Allen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

This first book of the Holding Their Own series, A Story of Survival, is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country's core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Narrator Ever!!!

  • By Dennis L on 10-06-12

The performance is the worst I've heard in years

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

Where does Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While the story is almost as good as many of TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) stories that I have listened to, the performance is reminiscent of old books on tape for the blind from the National Library Service for the Blind that I used to listen to towards the end of the last century. I thought, at first, that the producers were trying for a particular audio effect. However, nothing made sense. It was just a bad recording artifact that should never have been allow past the first quality control check. The production quality is inexcusably poor from start to finish. The reading is amateurish. I almost put the book down after a bit more than an hour invested but the story offered enough value that I decided to stay. When I saw that I could invest in the series because the same reader did not narrate the entire series, I decided to persevere.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite characters are the two main protagonists, Terri and Bishop. I enjoy how they keep their humanity, hope and love for each other despite all they see and endure.

Would you be willing to try another one of D. Allen’s performances?

Only if you paid me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final note of hope that the book ends on is moving to me.