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  • Journey

  • Sunfall, Book 1
  • By: D. Gideon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Becket Royce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

Ripley's a tomboy at heart who has never met a stranger. Her plans were to finish her veterinary studies and take her family to the country, where life wouldn't be such a struggle. She thought the worst she'd have to deal with at the University of Maryland were the unwelcome advances and attitudes of affluent students, and the occasional East Coast hurricane. She never expected the sun to fall down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent start to a YA disaster series

  • By Marcus on 05-02-17

I liked it

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I think it was a good book. The overall timeline was really good for this type of event. Very realistic try thought out. Needs to focus more on the people and less on the government conspiracy. That stuff should have been pushed more into the background. Can’t wait to read the next book.

  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,449

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

  • By Miachi on 01-23-15

Very fun book

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

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

Dont know, I havent read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The whole concept for this book was awesome. I really liked it.

Have you listened to any of Roger Wayne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope. I may continue on with the trilogy he wrote with this book.

Who was the most memorable character of NPCs and why?

Not one stuck out to me. I enjoyed the all equally.

Any additional comments?

Really fun book. If you play D&D and don't take yourself too serious you will really enjoy this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Time for Mourning

  • The Borrowed World, Book 4
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200

In the Borrowed World Series, America is brought to its knees by coordinated terror attacks against the infrastructure. After spending weeks walking across a violent and horrific landscape to reach his family, Jim Powell hoped they could weather this storm on their secluded Appalachian farm. They had prepared for this. They had armed for this. They could live without power and fuel. What happens, though, when the same qualities that drew Jim to his isolated valley begin to attract another armed group looking for a place to hide from the unrest of a starving nation?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story is getting long in the tooth

  • By Binkers on 05-10-17

Book Filler

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Would you try another book from Franklin Horton and/or Kevin Pierce?

I think I am done with Franklin Horton. After reading four of his books he still hasn't gotten the pacing and storytelling correct. The timing in his stories are way off and has been since book 1. Kevin Pierce rocked as always. Love listening to him.

Would you ever listen to anything by Franklin Horton again?

No I think I am good at this point. Four books in and he still has the same issues as he started with. I thought he was getting them worked out in book 3 and looking back on it I think it was just because I was getting used to his inconsistencies in storytelling.

Which scene was your favorite?

None. This book was forced. It didn't add anything to the story. He could have stopped with 3 books.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness. Horton has some great ideas for stories but the mechanics are horrible. If they were better written this story premise would be incredible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Jakarta Pandemic

  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,531

In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Halfway Boring

  • By Paul on 04-22-14

Middle of the Road

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

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

Yes it was an interesting read for the genre.

If you’ve listened to books by Steven Konkoly before, how does this one compare?

This was the first book I read of his.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Some.

Did The Jakarta Pandemic inspire you to do anything?

Not really. Just a fun read in the space.

Any additional comments?

Not really. Just a fun little book to read.

  • EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots

  • With a Story of Survival
  • By: Jonathan Hollerman
  • Narrated by: Kent Clark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020

EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots is a harrowing story of survival after the destruction of the electric grid and nearly every electronic device in the country. Jonathan Hollerman paints a vivid and disturbing picture of society falling apart after an Electromagnetic Pulse attack against our nation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, but with annoyances

  • By GreenAdam on 04-24-14

I Couldnt Finish It

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is a stereotypical "prepper" book. It goes into catalog details to the point of I stopped reading because I could care less about the story. I think I made it about 13 chapters into the book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am planning on trying James Wesley Rawles' Patriot book

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kent Clark?

This book's problem wasn't the narrator it was the material. He sounded like he was reading a catalog because there isn't much of a story to read.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. This is great premise for a book but the author got bogged down on what widget was named what.

Any additional comments?

Please rewrite this book with more literary focus and less Sears and Roebucks.

  • Legion of Despair

  • Book Three in The Borrowed World Series
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208

In this third installment, Legion of Despair, the country is teetering on the brink of anarchy. While one of the stranded travelers, Jim Powell, made it home and is working to establish a safe, sustainable enclave for his family, his co-workers Gary and Alice are not faring as well. After spending hundreds of painful miles dreaming of his reunion with his family, Gary arrives home only to find his family under attack. Now he must face the painful decision as to whether his family's plan to bug-in is viable or whether they may need greater numbers and a better location to survive in this collapsing nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • book 3

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 11-19-16

Much, Much Better

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Some things. He is still a little "catalogy" for my taste but the storytelling is getting much better.

Would you be willing to try another book from Franklin Horton? Why or why not?

Absolutely. His writing skills are getting better each book. If he can just stay away from the catalog style of descriptions we will be set. I cant wait for Book 4, which is going into editing this month.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

It would be a toss up between Gary or Lloyd.

Do you think Legion of Despair needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. I know he is already writing one and I can't wait to read it.

Any additional comments?

Horton's writing style and storytelling is getting much better as the series continues. If he keeps improving like this by book 5 he should be rocking.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ashes of the Unspeakable

  • The Borrowed World Series, Book Two
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618

While just a few days have passed since the initial attack, the group finds that its country is quickly descending into a vicious, chaotic landscape where nothing comes easy. While they fight to close the distance between them and their loved ones, they cannot avoid the steadily growing number of people who have realized that they can get away with whatever they want in a world where there are no longer any legal consequences for their actions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Much Better

  • By Mitchell on 12-16-16

Much Better

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

Would you try another book from Franklin Horton and/or Kevin Pierce?

Yes, I am planning on finishing this story.

If you’ve listened to books by Franklin Horton before, how does this one compare?

This is the best writing Horton has done so far.

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

Pierce's voice is comforting and brings an "every-man" quality to the story.

Did Ashes of the Unspeakable inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to finish the story and to read book 3. I really wasn't giving much hope to this story after book 1 but thought I would at lease try book 2 and I am glad I did.

Any additional comments?

I was pleasantly surprised with this book and am really looking forward to finishing book 3. As with my first review on Horton's books though he still needs to work on his timing doing more storytelling and less cataloging. Some of the best disaster books I have read (Alas, Babylon, One Second After, etc.) don't get lost on who is carrying what. For example if you are talking about a generator call it a "portable gas powered generator" and move on instead of calling it a "Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Inverter Generator with a modified steel beam welded cage surrounding the housing preventing it from electrostatic discharge..blah, blah, blah".

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Borrowed World

  • A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360

In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim Powell and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Close and personal story of the apocalypse

  • By Kingsley on 07-25-15

Starting Spot

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story needs to be cleaned up. This could have been an amazing book if the story was better written.

What was most disappointing about Franklin Horton’s story?

The timing seemed to be off on the overall event. Stuff happened too fast for them not being at ground zero of the attacks. FEMA and the military rounding up people in an area not at ground zero less than 48 hours after the event wasn't believable. With the amount of devastation that is eluded to later on in the story both FEMA and the military would have been focused on other areas of the country. He also focused too much on the logistics of who was carrying what, too "catalogy" but stereotypical of the genre. It needs better storytelling and less logistics.

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

Kevin Pierce is an awesome narrator. He is the main reason I stayed with the story. I really enjoy his narration.

What character would you cut from The Borrowed World?

The entire redneck family. I feel they were just introduced as a token challenge and didn't provide much to the story.

Any additional comments?

You can tell with this book that Horton is just getting started writing. My advice would be to relax and let the story tell itself. I know that sounds a little weird but I just felt things moved too quickly and out of context at times.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Defiant: Grid Down

  • By: John W. Vance
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 602

When Nicholas McNeil, a father and dedicated husband, turned out the lights in his suburban home Sunday night, they would never turn on again. During the early Monday morning hours, a spectacular and well-coordinated attack destroys the grid and brings the United States to its knees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A better SHTF novel.

  • By Corey J. Polesel on 05-09-15

Great Structure Little Story

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

This book has a great "set of bones" but it's way too short. He almost needs to take this book back into the editing process. I like the characters.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,976

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

What a book! I identify a lot with the challenges Vance overcame having some similar backgrounds and life experiences. I have often struggled with putting words to some of the thoughts I have had about my culture, my history, and my country. He has done himself and his family proud with the telling of his story. Great read.