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  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

  • By: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME ADDITION TO THE WALKING DEAD

  • By Amanda H. on 02-11-13

Fun read - predictable in parts, but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

What did you love best about The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury?

A very scary-cool view into the Governor's decent into madness.

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

This guy does a great job in my opinion, great Afro-American, great southern and great latino accents - throw in some old men and distinct women voices - very talented voice!

  • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

  • By: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544

Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well....okay...I guess

  • By David on 11-13-11

Better than I anticipated, very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

I never read the comics (wish I had), but love the show - how cool to see the Governor develop from 3 days into the plague to his arrival in Woodbury - WHAT A TWIST!!

  • Neuromancer

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,993
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,549

Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Terrible performance.

  • By Denis on 04-08-16

Classic Sci Fi - witness the birth of cyberpunk

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

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

So cool to go back and read something that took shape in a very real way

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,827

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Fun read, good twists

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

What did you love best about Patient Zero?

Great pace and overall plot line

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amirha - crazy beautiful, psycho, zealot, genius - 'nuff said

Any additional comments?

Fun read overall, to be picky the dialogue is a bit challenged in places.....e.g. lovely heroine is pouring out her heart about the death of her child and hero's line is "have some beer" :)

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,309

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Beautiful storyline and beautfully written

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

Reviewed: 04-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

The performance was a work of art

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mama, you zaomench!

What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

Perhaps the best performance I've enjoyed thus far on Audible

  • Escaping Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832

When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation's power grid, America is under martial law - and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's only half a book!

  • By merlin on 03-13-14

Best thus far

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

Any additional comments?

Really solid story and pace this time around and I can't wait for the next one.

  • Surviving Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,535

No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared? In A. American's first novel, Going Home, listeners were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation's power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He made it home... now what?

  • By Jan on 02-16-14

Better than the first

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

Any additional comments?

The writer has developed a bit, the story is better paced and with less extraneous distractions.

  • Going Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,499

If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book can't wait for more!

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 08-14-14

If you give it a while, you'll like it

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

Reviewed: 03-15-14

Would you be willing to try another one of Duke Fontaine’s performances?

If I had to. This guy needs some tonal variance, he's got a great, rich voice, but his rhythm needs serious work as well.

Any additional comments?

The writer needs a good editor to trim some of the random, irrelevant content that is disruptive to the story flow. That being said, the story progresses and the characters were developing - i'll definitely give book 2 a try.

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  • The Remaining: Fractured

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744

The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible continuation of a great series

  • By Mike Naka on 09-27-13

Best so far - well done

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

Would you listen to The Remaining: Fractured again? Why?

I'd listen to the entire series again - the writing and the story gets progressively better, very cool to see the author develop along with the characters and storyline.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Other than Lee I think I'd have to give a strong vote for Angela or Old Man Hughes.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

Such a great reading, thank you!

Any additional comments?

If I had to find one area to be critical and offer guidance - reduce/limit the simile in descriptions....."she cracked a smile like drying plaster in the Arizona sun"...or whatever,,,,,a bit over the top :) A great read/listen, best so far - hard to find much to be critical about, looking forward to the next one. Thank you,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Remaining: Refugees

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,473

He has fought the fight, and run the race. But the enemies never stop coming, and the race has no finish line. It has been three months since Captain Lee Harden found the survivors at Camp Ryder. With winter looming, Lee is on the verge of establishing Camp Ryder as a hub of safety and stability in the region. But not everyone agrees with Lee’s mission... or his methods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book despite the cliff-hanger

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 06-19-14

Best of the series thus far

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

Reviewed: 03-03-14

What did you love best about The Remaining: Refugees?

The author has found his stride, good balance of character development, action, drama and plot development. Well read and well written

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Remaining: Refugees?

Jerry - you bastard!

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

Very strong reading, love the voice(s)

Any additional comments?

The foreshadowing is a bit heavy handed....where are the female infected...once was probably enough, twice (we'll give you the benefit of the doubt), beyond that = do you think the reader isn't paying attention? :) Nitpicking though

3 of 5 people found this review helpful