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  • The Dying of the Light: End

  • By: Jason Kristopher
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

The United States military hides a secret: the completely real existence of eat-your-brains, one-bite-and-you're-dead zombies. The Army has known they exist for over 100, and has been quietly and expertly keeping the secret. Until now. His hometown destroyed, with everyone he has ever known dead and gone, the sole survivor of the massacre at Fall Creek joins a secret military group to combat the single greatest threat our world has ever faced. Unfortunately, his help may come too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, perfect for listening

  • By Sandra K. on 03-21-14

Couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

I've been at several writing sessions to hear the author talk about writing and publishing without actually reading his work. I gave it a try. As a result, I am now better informed about what people are willing to pay for and how the author makes his living.

The author himself is a nice guy. He comes to all kinds of writing events to not only promote his books and his company, but also freely share what he knows about writing and publishing. After giving this book a try, I think that coach role is a good place for him to stay.

Maybe if I hadn't already read a couple dozen "average guy gets to become GI Joe" wish fulfillment stories, this book would have been fresher. I have read them though. The protagonist gets to be in an elite soldier unit. He gets the hot girl without really trying. I'm sure if I had finished, he might have even saved the day. I'll never know. The story bored me in a way I could swear I had heard before.

He also calls the zombie-ish bad guys, "walkers". I mean, come on.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unleashed V Plague Book One

  • By: Dirk Patton
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 512

John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a business trip when America experiences the worst attacks in history. Nuclear bombs destroy cities and the widespread release of nerve gas sends the majority of the surviving population into a murderous rage. Rescuing a woman who survived the attacks he must lead her to safety as Atlanta burns, raging infected roam unchecked and society disintegrates into savagery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Junk food for the mind

  • By James Ball on 04-24-15

Does not really stand out

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

If Jack Burton, the character played by Kurt Russell in the 80s classic Big Trouble in Little China wrote a zombie survival story, I think it would sound a lot like this one.

I flew into Atlanta because I've got a big-deal job.

I rescue a naked hottie outside my hotel from red-eyed weirdo zombies.

Oh yeah, I used to be a green beret.

I continue to save her life and she continues to find ways to stay in a state of near total undress.

But I'm married. The tension!

This book is the Mary Sue-iest book that ever Mary Sue-d. The main character is the POV for most of the book and for the most part, can do no wrong. Even when wrong is done unto him, the naked hottie he's picked up also happens to be a med student. Mary Sue, party of two.

Also, the timeline of the book is only a couple days. In that span of time, the ne'er-do-well jerks of the world all decide to band together into an apparent brotherhood of evil somehow because the hero and naked friend meet a lot of coordinated resistance to their survival all along the way. How could that be? Two days into the zombie apocalypse, nobody knows who is going to be immune to the plague and these groups are coordinating ambushes and speedboat attacks?

I've read a lot of different zombie fiction and this one doesn't stand out as anything worth continuing. Sorry.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Constitution

  • By: Nick Webb
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540

The year is 2650. Seventy-five years ago, an alien fleet attacked Earth. Without warning. Without mercy. We were not prepared. Hundreds of millions perished. Dozens of cities burned. We nearly lost everything. Then the aliens abruptly left. We rebuilt. We armed ourselves. We swore: never again. But the aliens never came back. Until now. With overwhelming force the aliens have returned, striking deep into our territory, sending Earth into a panic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too derivative

  • By Joey on 11-23-18

Derivative, familiar

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

Nick Webb must watch the same TV shows I do. I also try to write, but when I find myself drifting too close to an idea someone has already used, or just flat out copying the idea, I stop and start over. Webb doesn't have that filtering process. He borrows pretty liberally from Battlestar Galactica, Ender's Game and little from Star Trek (A starship engineer named Scott? Sure! I'll just make her female!) before adding any twists and turns to make the story his own. Really, I thought I was listening to an alternate take on BSG for about half the book as I could almost assign book characters to TV characters one to one. The bummer with this take is the "Adama" (Grainger) is not as inspiring. He's just a blow hard who really shouldn't be as good at space navy tactics as *SPOILER* he may turn out to be.

Once the "borrowing" of familiar groundwork was done, I like he story itself and may continue with the series if they are on sale.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Wool

  • Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Amanda Sayle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,741
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,197

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, ridiculous narration

  • By virginia on 10-26-14

The Story is Worth the Bad Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-10-13

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

I would easily recommend Wool to my friends, but most of my friends would agree that the narrator is a distraction.

How could the performance have been better?

Maybe a male/female team would have been better. She reads Juliette's part well, but every other part suffers. All of the male characters sound like slow-witted cartoon characters or evil old women. Those are the only two characterizations available for about ten male characters.

Any additional comments?

Don't let the lousy narration dissuade you from enjoying the story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful