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  • Shoot Like a Girl

  • The SHTF Series, Book 2
  • By: L.L. Akers
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

Would your neighborhood work together to survive if the s--t hit the fan? More chaos erupts in book two of the SHTF series when the lights don't come back on and there's still no word - or help - from the government. Tullymore is divided, and on the brink of an internal war. Tensions only rise further when one innocent life is on the line, and they must make a deadly trip into town to scavenge for a crucial supply that someone may have had all along.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • written like a man!

  • By kevin harris on 02-22-18

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This read just like the first book. More foreshadowing at every turn. I’m guessing that’s this authors writing style, and I’m not a fan of it at all. I almost expected to hear the cliche “dun-dun-DUN” whenever a cliffhanger was at the end of a chapter. Sigh, not interesting enough to make me want to purchase book 3.

  • Fight like a Man: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

  • The SHTF Series, Book 1
  • By: L. L. Akers
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725

As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything...anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan. While he sat back and watched the US rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out that he and his family would be ready and safe. What he wasn't prepared for was his family not being home if it ever happened. Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. Graysie Rowan, a freshman at university, just wants to go home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Performance

  • By Chris on 11-09-17

Pretty good book

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I liked this story enough. The one thing that bothered me was all the “foreshadowing”. Ex. “He would’ve said more if he knew he’d never see her again”. “If she knew what lay ahead, she wouldn’t have turned left.” “Had he only known what events would happen next.” And so on and so forth. So much so that it got annoying. And redundant. Other than that, pretty good read. So much so, I purchased the second book.

  • Contamination Boxed Set

  • Books 0-3
  • By: T. W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 732

The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT READ! Worth the time.

  • By Dorian F Perez on 02-28-15

This was an alright book

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

This told the story from the perspective of multiple characters. I enjoyed that about the story. I also liked that it cane from a civilian point of view and not some super trained soldier who has all the knowledge/ equipment to get out of any situation. The one major thing that bothered me was the overuse of the phrase “before he could”. Ex. Before he could turn around, the man jumped out. Before he had a chance to speak, she slapped him. Before he could pull his gun, he was stabbed. Before she had a chance to thank him, he kissed her. And on and on and on. This was especially so in the last 30 mins or so of the story. It was as if they couldn’t think of anything else to write so they just repeated the phrase until the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Harbinger

  • By: Keegan Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Ahr
  • Length: 29 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 160

It starts as a whisper, barely audible. Rumors. Paranoia. Conspiracy theories. Subterfuge. Like lightning, the plague moves across the globe, leaving few alive. But the end is only the beginning. Primarily set in Memphis, four loosely-connected strangers, caught up in their lives, find their worlds annihilated by the swiftly-moving plague. Alex Connelly is a wealthy young executive. Kirk Foster is a self-absorbed aging gay man. Meredith Brinkley's ongoing war with breast cancer takes a turn for the worse. Logan King is a closeted baseball jock.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story that could have been great.

  • By Derrick on 06-08-18

Two words. Gay.Erotica.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

Wow, not what I expected. Now, if that is what you're into then by all means jump on this. But since that is not something I'm interested in, this was NOT the book for me. The reviews I read beforehand all praised this book, and not one person mention how much of a "porn" read this was. I couldn't finish it. Seriously, how many times can you use the word cock?? I purchased this for the Zombie genre, but was onable to stick around because of the other content. There's a difference in writing about a gay couple, and describing a full guy on guy sex scene. This book is the latter, and unfortunately I was able to finish because of it.

6 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,717

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

No Zombies, No Hordes. Just survival

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

22+ hours for 1 credit?? How could I NOT purchase this book?! I was very excited to get started on to listening this, expecting it to be like all the other books of this genre. About 4 hours in, I was surprised that nothing had happened yet. Where was the "uprising", where was all the bodies scattered about? I was ready to return this because of the lack of excitement. At this time I went back to the reviews and actually read more than the 1st 2 or 3. It was then that I realized it's more of a story of survival rather than a traditional Apocalypse story.

Once I understood what I was getting into, I decided to give the book another shot. It was a great take on the post apocalyptic books that I normally read. Though I believe the author gave Rebecca a lil too much knowledge (if that makes any sense). I mean, how can a 12 y/o be the Subject matter expert on everything? Yes, I know her character was touted as a genius, but come on. Another thing that was "unrealistic" about this story is how none of the survivors came upon ANY dead bodies in the streets or stores. How is that possible? The only time there were bodies was when they went into homes. So you're telling me that EVERYONE who died went home and got in bed? I mean clear roads, no traffic jams, nothing??

And how convenient was it that the 'Tribe" was able to find a doctor, vet , pediatrician, amateur farmer, sous chef, pilot, and car/boat mechanic? Of all the people who die, the ones that they find happen to have the tools and wit to take care of the people, pets, and plants left. Not very believable for me. Though this was an excellent story, and I found myself disappointed when it was over, I do wish there were more hardships presented. Beside a few struggles here and there (the group who grew tired of eating lobster), there wasn't any real "threat".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scabs II

  • The Quantum Connection
  • By: Eric A. Shelman
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

When an otherworldly light engulfed the entire planet, nobody predicted the catastrophic transformation to come. Several unique men, women and children have escaped conversion, and are now bound together with a common resolve. Survive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK...............

  • By Ebony on 10-11-16

Just OK...............

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I actually found myself doing a million other things whilst listening to this book. It did not hold my attention like the 1st one did. The story seemed to be all over the place

Would you recommend Scabs II to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes because it is a continuation of the story, and the end seems to be promising for book 3.

Have you listened to any of Eric A. Shelman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, in the 1st book in this series. the performance was the same

Was Scabs II worth the listening time?

Yes and no. It answered some questions, but it left you with more. Like, How did we go from an alien biological event, to a Shaman with "sight", to an all powerful/knowing being??? They didn't fit together in the story. It seemed as if the author was making it up as he went along.

Any additional comments?

The ending of the book lead you to believe that book 3 would be from the "Invaders" point of view. I'm excited about that, and am willing to continue on with the series for that reason alone :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scabs: The Gemini Exception

  • By: Eric A. Shelman
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

A strange phenomenon occurs out of nowhere: an omnipresent light that engulfs the entire planet. Humanity is forever changed by the light. NOAA and NASA are mystified. People soon face a new threat; even the smallest, most insignificant injury will no longer heal. Doctors cannot stop it. The sick do not die. They change. They are Scabs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good!

  • By Pete's mom on 10-09-15

Don't pass on this listen!!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

What did you love best about Scabs: The Gemini Exception?

Basically the whole story! I love this new take on an old genre. I loved the narrator, and how he brought the characters to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scabs: The Gemini Exception?

The description of how the scab covered the people's body. The way it enclosed it's "Host" and prevented them from moving was just fascinating.

What does Eric A. Shelman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Different accents, and raw emotions. I truly enjoyed this book. I tried to finish it in one day, but life got in the way. I was however able to finish it the following day, and immediately start book 2. I almost passed on this book based on the 5 min preview, glad I didn't!!!

  • The Upper Room

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Nationally best-selling author Mary Monroe createsan unforgettable cast of characters in The Upper Room. Mama Ruby stole her best friend's baby girl, ran off to Florida, and raised her as her own. Maureen is the center of Mama Ruby's world, and she will do anything to protect her and their life together. Now Maureen wants to know what the rest of the world is like. She is determined to find out, but escaping Mama Ruby won't be easy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but..................

  • By Ebony on 09-26-16

Good story, but..................

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, I found it entertaining and funny. Mama Ruby is a mess, and she kept the story interesting with all her antics.

What about Kevin Free’s performance did you like?

EVERTHING!!!! I loved his accents, and his portrayal of Mama Ruby. He was the perfect narrator for this, and the mama Ruby book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.. It was so crazy at times, I would've loved to see some of the scenes played out.

Any additional comments?

I've said it before (multiple times), and now I'll say it again. The overuse of gasp, sniff, incredulous is so annoying, it makes me want to scream!!!! How can she have so many stories, written so many books, and NOONE brought it up to her about changing these words??? Sniffed: Inhaled, breath, snorted. Gasped: gulped, huffed, wheezed. Incredulous: skeptical, disbelieving, dubious. See? Not that hard!! I'm currently reading the 3rd and final book in this series, and in true Mary Monroe fashion, she has used these 3 words more times than I can count.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mama Ruby

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

In this stirring prequel, New York Times best-selling author Mary Monroe returns to the “cold-blooded yet fascinating” ( Publishers Weekly) character from her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Ruby is a wild youth, with a thirst for boys and booze by the age of 15. When she discovers she’s pregnant, the only person she can confide in is her best friend Othella. But Othella talks Ruby into giving up the child, leaving Ruby emotionally shattered and adamant that Othella is to blame for her loss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest

  • By KweenBie on 02-19-18

Very good read

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

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

Yes. However, I would tell them to read this one BEFORE the read The Upper Room. I read both these books years ago, and just revisited this one today. It made a lot of sense to read it 1st

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not surprised. Though since I already read the Upper Room, it seems the book ended abruptly, and more detail could've been added.

Which character – as performed by Kevin R. Free – was your favorite?

The main character, Ruby. I found her funny and witty.

Any additional comments?

It typical Mary Monroe style, the overuse of sniff/sniffed and gasp/gasped is prevalent in this book as well. I really wish she would find different words to use.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,025

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

The beginning of an GREAT series!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

I was hooked from the very beginning!! The Authors sense of humor, and her way of telling a story kept me enthralled throughout the entire story. Definitely a series worth finishing all the way through.