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  • Ravage

  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult when not a single customer comes by his store that day. It seems as though there's a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping people at home. Still, it's probably nothing to worry about. People get sick all the time. And besides, things are finally starting to look up. Nick's first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • is it me or the story

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 05-26-14

Nice tie-ins to Other Books

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

Sea sick came first, This is second but perfectly readable as first. Would not recommend jumping into Savage without this one. I read the "Final Winter" before these. There is a tie to that book but totally not necessary, sort of like an easter egg. You get the tie-in and it's really interesting, kind of "perspective #2" or you have no idea there is one and still really interesting. Still, the next book ties all the knots so grabbing the "Final Winter", "Housemates" and "Sam" before actually hitting Savage is super satisfying. I read those last 3 out if any sort of "order". I am sure there is some order to them all in a perfect world but it's hard to be the late commer.
I do want to say one thing-I HATE zombie stories, I loved this one. So if you are generally tired of the same boring plot- something is making people crazy, oh they are zombies, a merry band of survivors set out, some die, loads of running and stupidity, and then the journey to a safe place or escorting the "only survivor" where they sail into the sunset clutching guns....don't worry, I can't say much more but yes, some of those elements ate presented but it's got more depth

if you like it, try the book with zombies on the moon.

  • Escape!

  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Cheryl wants to get to know her co-workers. That's the only reason she agreed to go on a "company outing." She and six of her colleagues are going to be locked inside a room with only their wits to help them. If they escape in time, there'll be prize money. Fail, and the repercussions might be deadly. Cheryl will soon find out that the people she works with all share a secret, one they are willing to kill for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • easy listening

  • By Matthew Mckenna on 04-11-19

Quite the ride

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

I listened straight through. Just a night of sleep I was happy to delay. I tried to turn it off and hit the hay but it was no use, I had to know. As with any review I write I am careful to omit spoilers. If you like this author, then the book is what you would expect. It is, at the time of this review, totally stand alone.
I would say it compares to his novel "Housemates" in terms of level of violence, suspense, twists, and an ending that wraps all the main elements presented in the plot. The epilogue was a tad on the "could be a second part..." though, I suppose it was sufficient to give the reader a chance to be a bit of a detective. I will likely listen again and pay better attention to certain comments and play that role. Mr. Wright is good at making a reader (or listener) think.
Narrator was very good, one voice reminded me of the voice of the actor who played Hagrid in Harry Potter movies. He had unique voices for all the characters except maybe the girls but for a male, it was still very good. Great pace and enthusiasm.
Overall, I was happy and I hope this review helps. I did pay for this and only want to help fellow buyers in making choosing a book a tad easier.

  • Tar

  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The world has ended, yet a few places still cling to life, dragging out their final, dwindling moments until the last second. The United Kingdom is one of those places still left alive, but it is only a matter of time before it too is wiped from the face of the earth. The Tar is coming, covering every inch of the globe. There is no escape. It means the clock is ticking for Finn, who needs to find the monster that murdered his sister. The world might be over, but vengeance never dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I invested in this book

  • By Maya K. on 10-25-18

Glad I invested in this book

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Honestly, I was taken back by going from the beginning of a disaster, the creation of stranglets as far as I can tell, to right before the world ends. I was thinking the story would be the slow consumption of earth and the terror of it all. Maybe I should just trust good authors. It was quite outstanding, character driven story. I couldn't understand the motive of the main character, I would be angry if was in his shoes but I just did not understand his motivation. It took a few starts before I just followed along on the main character's "journey".

No spoilers, Everything I have mentioned happens in the beginning. The story plays out in ways I couldn't have predicted. It was really a good ride. The ending was really warm for a "let's face it, if no one figured out how to undo the problem by now, the world is over, a goner, goodbye blue marble" sort of way. Still, this story concludes with a purpose.

Hope you enjoy the book.

  • Jack Daniels Stories

  • Fifteen Mystery Tales
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill, Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

JA Konrath, known for the Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thrillers set in Chicago, offers this collection of short stories and novellas from the Jack Daniels universe. Join Jack Daniels, her partner Herb Benedict, private eye Harry McGlade, and part-time criminal Phineas Troutt, in this omnibus of 15 stories. These were previous published in magazines and anthologies, and many are long out of print. On the Rocks - Suicide or murder? Lt. Jack Daniels solves a locked room mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the J.D. series

  • By R. Sippel on 07-27-11

Good Collection

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I enjoyed all the stories. It's nice to have an author who isn't worried about going to the edge, but he has the control to make these stories not overly ridiculous for "shock value"
always enjoy his warnings, great fun, unless you have enjoyed none of his work. It would be a strange use of money and time. people are strange, but it makes the world interesting

  • Break You

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Somehow, Luther Kite has found them. Following the events of Desert Places and Locked Doors, Andy Thomas and Violet King are hiding out in the wilds of northern Canada, where Violet has a four-month-old son and a burgeoning romance with Andy. On a cold, rainy night at their cabin in the woods, the promise of an idyllic life that seems just around the corner is shattered when a man from their past, a monster of pure malevolence, returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a SUCKER. More S&M than thriller.

  • By HistoryBoy on 08-05-15

Story was not bad...

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Could have been a lot better. The first 2 hours I kept thinking "how does this make someone snap?" The premise to one of my favorite Jack Daniels book was a let-down. Ending was the savior of the story, but it was like watching 2 hours of someone rowing a boat

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    Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    144 ratings
    Overall 4.2
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  • A Novel of Terror
  • By: Jack Kilborn, J.A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Bob Walkenhorst
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Someone is stalking webcam models. He lurks in the untouchable recesses of the black web. He's watching you. Right now. When watching is no longer enough, he comes calling. He's the last thing you'll ever see before the blood gets in your eyes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • the narrator's voice was absolutely horrible.

  • By BlessedSiren on 09-21-16

Wow, super ending, Bravo!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This review contains NO Spoilers...
If you love Jack Daniels, this book fits like a glove. I read 'The List' first and I think people may like doing that. You'll get the few "inside jokes" among the main characters, and folks who are good predictors will be able to apply the jokes too early in 'The List', if you are going to read it. Also, it's fun to know these characters a bit first. I don't see any major benefit or drawback from reading 'Shaken' before or after, there really is no spoilers at all, it's just a fun cross -over.
I am hard to scare, but this book gave me a few pauses and that is saying A LOT!
I loved the ending, and for you clever readers, I will say nothing more.
The reader is excellent, not a single complaint from me.
Hope you enjoy it!

  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absurd...But awesome

  • By T.J. on 11-12-17

Really Impressed

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

I loved this book. I listened with so much desire to hear more, I hadn't realized it was 5am. The narrators have so much voice talent! They really sell themselves as multiple people. I actually looked a second time to see how many narrators there were, because I couldn't believe it was 2. I
This book made me laugh, touched my heart, and shocked me. The format was very effective in making me care.

  • The Troop

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,238

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mild spoilers

  • By Jess B on 02-15-18

This is going to ruin my next book

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I love finding a book that grabs my every fiber. That will keep me listening so late that there is no point in sleep and I will work 2 days straight and not get drowsy because every single break is like a jolt of "book caffeine ".

When it ends, it kills the next couple books because I want more of this one. I need more. I am in total withdrawal.

No regrets. Science, horror, psychopaths, and the characters are just intoxicating. Hope you enjoy

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  • CyberStorm

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,284

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes - satisfied a craving

  • By Jan on 01-14-14

Truly remarkable story

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

The story keeps rolling at a good pace with a reader that sounds like he really could be the main character, youthful and vibrant.

I was happily surprised that this disaster story was not the "classical" - most of the disaster stricken citizens immediately turn into criminals and hunt down the few innocent people.
This was real, people very diverse in reactions but plenty of examples of kindness, charity, and not wanting to be the bad guys. Still there is plenty of our insensitivity or foot in the mouths' moments that make us human.

There was comic relief, a toddler that sounds adorable to break the tension, and some very touching moments.

I recommend this to anyone really. I am not a tech person, I am not really into the prepping idea, and honestly I don't know what drew me to the book. I just started and was locked in. I listened at every moment and finished in under 2 days.

  • Extinction

  • Hell on Earth, Book 3
  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Brad Gilliam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

After dealing with his rival, Pusher, and escaping the clutches of treacherous Prime Minister, John Windsor, Vamps and his last remaining friend, Mass, set out with the mysterious Aymun. A man who came from the gate that imploded on Oxford Street. The demons have destroyed civilization, but Vamps isn't going to take that lying down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unable to listen

  • By RH on 08-07-18

The demons killed all the British Narrators!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

The book was great, the story was engaging and I think it had some really good moments that were just so heartfelt.
The American accent didn't get noticed until the narrator started to botch things up. I wish I didn't have HD headphones. He Americanized purely UK things. Lucas sounded like a confused homosexual from an urban American upbringing. "I. That be the way lads." whaaa? The biggest mean angel, I am guessing drag queen of the century was not the intended idea. I laughed each of the 3 times I tried to listen to that chapter, meaning was lost. Besides those 2, you can hear pages flipping (how big of a book was he reading from?) which I have never heard before on any other books. There is also times were the reading stops and then repeats, I thought my device was messing up, but I ruled that out.

I was surprised, Iain usually has excellent readers without tech issues. I hope the next book he can find a Reader somewhere in the UK.