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  • Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3

  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,104

When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living - with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of seven billion animated corpses. And one international team of elite special operators - supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us - are humanity's last best hope for survival....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good macho military bang bang story

  • By Tilo on 04-15-15

Slow Start

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Slow start to this one. If I hadn't gotten the omnibus I may have stopped at the first one. But they got much better and after 7 titles, I find myself going through them like crazy. glad I toughed it out!

  • Under a Tell-Tale Sky

  • Disruption, Book 1
  • By: R.E. McDermott
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982

When a massive solar flare fries the electrical grid, Captain Jordan Hughes' problems are just starting. Stranded far from home with a now-priceless cargo of fuel and a restless crew, Hughes weighs his options as violence worsens ashore and the world crumbles around the secure little world of his ship, the Pecos Trader.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guy-tainment in a Post Apocalyptic World

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 08-19-17

Important for the Genre

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

I enjoyed this book very much, though I would not consider it the best of the genre. I have read a good deal of the post-apocalypse genre, and this book differentiates itself nicely. The story is entertaining, and the author builds suspense nicely with believable characters. What I think makes this one different is the ability to tell a grim story with excellent consistency without the need for extensive, graphic gore. While it is certainly not a children's book, it doesn't drag the listener through long and overly graphic sex or violence as others of the genre seem to do. It is important in that it shows that the story and the characters can carry a book in this genre without the need to shock the reader or make them cringe.

One thing I would change is the narrator. Mr. McDermott is a good narrator, speaking clearly and understandably throughout and without shouting at the listener, which I appreciate. However, I found his voice was somehow wrong for the genre. I also found it difficult to distinguish his voices for the characters, sometimes even between men and women.

Entertaining and enjoyable, despite the small, admittedly nit-picky complaint. Good read.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,969

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

A look from the other side of the mirror...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-12

What did you love best about Redshirts?

This book does a nice job of switching perspectives to tell a story from the perspective of those who are mere plot devices in popular science fiction. The action is intentionally overplayed, which contributes well to the overall environment being built. The three codas were also interesting and fun to experience. The ending of the book was also very enjoyable, and completely surprising in the context of the genre.

Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

Wil does an excellent job narrating this book. He adds depth to the characters and makes them come to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The ending of the book was very touching and very well done.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Amped

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 521

In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-11-12

Do you consent?

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

Reviewed: 07-05-12

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

Very engaging book, great action, and good character development. The story was original and not overly predictable.

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

Robbie Daymond did a good job with this narration. He gave variety to the characters and voiced them in a very believable way.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times, the tension was very palpable to me. I found myself talking to the characters to make choices they weren't ready for. Very engaging.

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable book. I would highly recommend it to adult audiences.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,122

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Truly Engaging Story

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

Reviewed: 04-16-12

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

Loved it from start to finish. This book has everything I look for: an immersive environment, good characters, good challenges for the characters, and most importantly, character development. This book likely appeals to me more in genre than it may to some, but I think there is something in it for everyone.

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

I was very pleased with Will Wheaton's job narrating this book. He did a fine job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I found myself missing other activities to listen to this one. Very engaging!