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  • Still of Night

  • Dead of Night Series, Book 4
  • By: Jonathan Maberry, Rachael Lavin
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 452

The dead rose. We fell. But not everyone thinks the war for survival is over. Heroes rise in times of crisis, and Still of Night tells their stories....Dahlia- A bullied high school girl with a love for edged weapons goes from victim to powerful leader as the zombie apocalypse sweeps through her world. Rachael Elle continues her journey from comic-con cosplayer to actual hero as she encounter a community with a dark and terrible secret. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So excited!

  • By Liv on 12-14-18

This is the story most Joe Ledger fans have been dying to hear!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

As a fan of the Joe Ledger series, you always wondered what would happen if Joe or Mr. Church ended up in a SHTF scenario. Well this is it. Definitely a great story and I love the cameos of old Joe Ledger series characters. PLEASE continue this story line ASAP. It is what all the fans have wanted.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Silence

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301

Terrorists-for-hire have created a weapon that can induce earthquakes and cause dormant volcanoes to erupt. One terrifying side effect of the weapon is that prior to the devastation, the vibrations drive ordinary people to suicide and violence. A wave of madness begins sweeping the country beginning with a mass shooting in Congress. Joe Ledger and his team go on a wild hunt to stop the terrorists and uncover the global superpower secretly funding them. At every step the stakes increase as it becomes clear that the endgame of this campaign of terror is igniting the Yellowstone caldera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep Silence Shines Loudly!

  • By Tracy P. on 11-13-18

I love these books, this one lost me a bit.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

The Joe Ledger novels are among some of my favorite stories. They take the reader into a deep, dark and action packed world of a spec ops team saving the world. This story had very little of that. It felt repetitive and uneventful. It regurgitates past plot lines while trying to take a dig at our current administration. This book just didn’t do it for me.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Defiant: An Unbeaten Path

  • The Defiant Series Volume 2
  • By: John W. Vance
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Two weeks have passed since the lights went out and in that time, Nicholas McNeil has assembled the equipment, a team of devoted survivors and has located a safe place to go hunker down. The catch is that it's over a thousand miles away. He is ready for a tough journey but as the miles grow longer he discovers he's not quite as prepared for what mankind is capable of until he's face to face with it. He discovers the once picturesque landscape has been replaced with brutality and barbarism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good premise, until we had to copy National Treasu

  • By Daniel on 08-17-15

Good story, ending a bit weak

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

While a good story, this should have been a 3-4 book series. 2 books makes too short of a platform for the story to wrap up properly. The ending is almost abrupt and leaves a lot of unanswered questions.

  • Beneath the Skin

  • The Sam Hunter Case Files
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533

Sam Hunter is a bit of an animal. He's a former Twin Cities cop who lost his badge because of excessive force. Abusive husbands, child molesters, and other lowlifes wound up looking like they'd been mauled by a dog...or a wolf. Now Sam's a low-rent PI in Philadelphia. He takes the kinds of cases no one wants. His clients are usually on the fringes of society. The kind who are prey for all manner of predators - human and otherwise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Maberry, but story was a bit repetitive

  • By Jan-Michael on 12-16-16

Love Maberry, but story was a bit repetitive

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

Jonathan Maberry is one of my favorite authors with one of my favorite book series, the Joe Ledger novels. That being said, this compilation of short stories was repetitive and lackluster with a touch of running in place. The story lines would start strong and draw you in but ultimately end in the same manner. Each story would include the same lines from the character over and over, i.e. "I hate people that hurt women and children", "once I take on a case, the client becomes part of my pack" and "I didn't take money from the client". It would have been refreshing to see how Sam Hunter dealt with a case that didn't involve women and children and if he actually cashed a damn check once in a while. How the hell does he pay for anything? Overall the compilation wasn't terrible but I was expecting a lot more out of it.

38 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Switch

  • Joe Ledger, Book 8
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,606
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,317

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to 10 major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come. And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions. At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When the lights go out

  • By Ryan Hooey on 04-26-16

Another amazing novel worth every single penny!!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

The Joe Ledger novels have seemingly become my favorite series...and I listen to a LOT of books. They hold everything that an action thriller should, and so much more. Though the format stays generally the same, it never gets old, it never gets boring and it never ever isn't entertaining as hell. A great story as always and I am begging for more. Thank you Jonathan Maberry.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Day By Day Armageddon

  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,219

In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin' AWESOME!

  • By Brandon on 02-09-11

The best post apocalyptic novel ever!!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

I have listened to this book, in the last three years, five times. It has everything you look for when picking out a zombie novel. It has realistic characters, a great plot line and a riveting story. The narration also fits perfectly. A+

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder and Ashes

  • The Morningstar Strain, Book 2
  • By: Z. A. Recht
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405

Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • thank God they finally got off the boat

  • By Mike Naka on 09-08-12

Great post apocalyptic story

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

This book is a well rounded and properly narrated story about the zombie apocalypse. I am an avid zombie fan and this is one of the best series' of books I have ever listened to.

  • 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 3,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,323

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

Very realistic and riveting

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

I listen to many post collapse novels and have heard almost every one worth listening to. This is one of the best. With a realistic storyline and believable events, this story keeps the thinking listener intrigued. Great storyline. Can't wait for the rest of the series.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Assassin's Code

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,754

When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang On To Your Shorts!

  • By Mel on 05-05-12

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

Another Maberry written, Porter read masterpiece. I love all the joe ledger novels. It's like watching the best action movie...but it's in your ears. Great story as always.

  • FREE: The Undead

  • Deleted Scene
  • By: R R Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,957

After a tense day of fighting off a horde of Undead, Howie and his group of survivors must find shelter before night falls. Moving through a desecrated town, they come across an industrial estate, break into a low building and find themselves in an abandoned radio station. They decide to record their voices for posterity. Meet Howie, Dave, their group of survivors and Meredith the dog in this free, exclusive Audible short.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • FOR POSTERIORS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-29-15

Just plain boring

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

I found the story jumbled and not really making any points. The characters all blend into one homogenous British annoyance. Sorry, just not for me.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful