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Morro Bay, CA, United States
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  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,201

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

I wish I had known...

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Any additional comments?

*Mild Spoilers*

I wish I had known this was written by a Christian author before I started. It would have saved me the frequent cringe-worthy moments as I read his depictions of the various female characters. With two exceptions, what we have are overbearing, manipulative or weak stereotypes. When I finally got to the end with the main character's revelations, I thought, "Ah, that explains it. He must be Christian." Sure enough, I checked his website, and I was correct.

Aside from the distasteful stereotypes and preachy overtones, this author would greatly benefit from an editor. Yes, we all love the celebration of boyhood, but...enough is enough. Let's move on.

Perhaps a good bit of my disappointment comes from the literally thousands of rave reviews. I suspect many of them must come from the readers' zealous love of the author's subject matter rather than any standards for literature. The narrator, however, was spectacular and helped me finish all 29 hours and 36 minutes of this rather simplistic fare.

  • Infected

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,128

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confused? This review might help.

  • By Jessica's Bookshelf on 01-14-09

If this book were a camera...

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

Any additional comments?

First off, the narration is not nearly as bad as some reviewers say. The author should not have read his own book for the Audible site, but I've heard far worse from "professional" narrators. The Amos voice was cringe-worthy, and some of the female voices were not the best. Overall, though, he did a fine job of acting without overacting.

The story was interesting, and had me hooked early on. The author took a fairly well-known plot and gave it enough twists to make it feel fresh. Well done on that account. Where it fell short, for me, was in some of the detail. Sigler seemed to be fairly heavily influenced by another popular horror author, but he lacked the skill to pull off the Flawed Character. In some instances, his characters seemed to be not so much flawed as a vehicle for the author to air some of his own more unfortunate biases. I hope I'm wrong in that. Regardless, the characters lacked depth, and it was difficult to care what happened to them one way or the other. I was far more interested in the alien species.

To sum up, if this book were a camera, I would describe it as prosumer: an hybrid of professional and consumer grade. It doesn't have the polish of a professional work, but it's still pretty darn good.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Failed Coward

  • Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 4
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

A sinister darkness has finally cast its long shadow across the world, and Adrian Ring now suspects he's at the center of the maelstrom. And he's not alone. Even overseas, his friend Kevin is somehow standing at his side. At Auburn Lake, Adrian and his adopted family finally understand that the dreams they have suffered since the end of the world are far more than restless imaginings. When a thousand mindless dead arrive holding books, can it be anything but a message from beyond the grave?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THINGS ARE GETTING WONKY!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 01-13-16

Good Zombie Fun

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Any additional comments?

I've powered through the first 4 books in a few days. While the pace is slowish, I've found that I enjoy the author's voice enough that I can't put them down. Also, the pacing did pick up after the first book. I love that they are absolutely, completely realistic. If a manchild with combat training awoke in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, I'm sure it would go down just like this.

A previous reviewer mentioned the excessive cursing. This is true, and there is also some fairly horrid visual imagery. This is not the book to take on a drive with the kids. During the interludes, where other people's perspectives come forward, the language and visuals are clean. So, whether we like it or not, Adrian has army vernacular and a fairly nasty mind. What the character thinks goes down in his journal, too. This is my long winded way of saying that I don't find the smut gratuitous.

As an aside, I suspect the author games, and I was amused to note Adrian pwning and kiting zombies. Too funny.

The only part I found unrealistic to the point of eyerolling is how every. single. character who meets Adrian sees him as some menacing demigod. Really? The interludes sound like they were written by the actual Adrian character.

Still, this is a highly enjoyable listen, and the narrator is...simply the best. I'll be adding Mr. Philbrook to the list of narrators I follow. I'm not sure I could read these books, but the audio version is just good, dirty fun. :D

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Recollections

  • Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Different

  • By dailey on 11-05-15

The most nothing to ever happen in a novel.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

Any additional comments?

Ok. I loved the narrator, and I also loved the way the author wrote his main character. Adrian bore a striking resemblance to one of my good friends, which made me predisposed to liking this book...which I sorta did. I was expecting something similar to Day by Day Armageddon, which had a lot going on even though it was in diary form. Not so!

Very little happens in this book, ever. I would fall asleep at night listening, miss a little story, and actually wonder if it was worth rewinding in case I missed something. Grudgingly, I would rewind, and sure enough, nothing had happened aside from what had happened in all the previous hours. Literally.

**MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW** At one point, a car drives by with people in it...and keeps on driving by. A young girl is rescued, but she takes off to find her parents, and we hear nothing more. We are left with a guy and his cat and his Playstation. He occasionally kicks some zombie arse. He also does a bit of work around the place from time to time and heads out to forage when the need strikes.

I wish we had seen more of the interludes with the townspeople and their viewpoints. Those two instances were awesome! I am...again grudgingly...going to try the second book. It appears that Adrian is no longer alone, and something might actually happen. I liked the author's voice enough to give this second book a chance.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,068

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly Pivik on 03-04-17

A Geekfest of good times.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

Any additional comments?

I found this book because my favorite narrator, Luke Daniels, is reading. As an added bonus, I also fall into the demographic--White girl nerd who started with tech in the '80s.

Now, I know that previous viewers have said this is more for guys, but that is untrue! In life, I've found, nerd > gender. While we may not make the "obvious jokes," we have certainly heard enough of them to make us smirk when the obvious jokes pop up...so to speak. Oops, I think I just broke the first rule of Magic.

But I digress. Mr. Daniels' narration was perfection, as always! The storytelling was nimble, witty, and filled with nerdtastic goodness. Unlike another reviewer, I found Martin's reactions to be completely believable and probable, considering the circumstances. I also thoroughly enjoyed the bits of nostalgia. All in all, a highly recommended read!

34 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • The Remaining

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,347

In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

  • By G Wallace on 01-10-14

Hardcore to the point of stupidity.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed Day by Day Armageddon, Zombie Fallout, etc. I liked the idea of a new type of zombie which avoided the undead issue. I expected to enjoy this book, and I figured there would be some excessive gung-ho-ness, but what the heck. It's the end of the world, right?

Apparently, I have now found my limit in male fantasy military literature. This book spent probably a good third in excruciatingly fond detail over every weapon, piece of equipment, and battle. Too bad the author couldn't be bothered to spend a fraction of that time exploring his characters.

This is my first time listening to Christian Rummel, and I thought he did an excellent job in elevating what was essentially drivel. Because of his awesome narration, I was able to listen until the end, but just barely. I couldn't be bothered to care enough to listen to the free preview which came after.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,849

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

Overall awesome tale.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-14

Any additional comments?

I won't say this story isn't without its problems. There is too much repetition in areas, and the main character swings between heroic and detestable. Certain events and feats of strength are highly improbable. And yet.... Wow, I loved this book! It kept my attention and turned me into a zombie, as I walked around listening. My family became annoyed. It buggered my dreams as I fell asleep listening each night. The narrator was FANTASTIC! I loved this book enough to immediately buy the next within minutes of finishing. A recommended read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch with No Name

  • The Hollows, Book 13
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,751
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524

In The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle. Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Kim Harrison for the memories!

  • By Fun Lovin Lady on 09-10-14

A Fond Farewell

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

Reviewed: 09-21-14

Any additional comments?

Thank you Kim Harrison and Marguerite Gavin! Over the years, I have come to love these characters and their stories. I never lost interest, as I have with so many other series. I'm so glad they ended perfectly and in character and while they were on top. Thank you for a completely satisfying ending. I can hardly wait to read what you bring us next.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Sound and the Echoes

  • By: Dew Pellucid
  • Narrated by: David Radtke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 102

The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy adventure for middle grade and young adult listeners. Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law-no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies. One Sound especially must die. The Prince's Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Imaginative!

  • By Julia on 11-21-13

The Jim Carrey of Narrators

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

Reviewed: 06-17-14

Any additional comments?

I imagine this would have been an enjoyable and imaginative book, but I couldn't finish it. The narrator seems to have never met a line he didn't wish to over state, over act, over everything. Listening to his voice is like a Californian taking their first sip of Southern iced tea. Or like a small town library reader during story time with a group of five year olds. I could go on, but I probably shouldn't. This book is marketed for middle school kids, but I believe the reading style is far too juvenile for them.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,596

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much Fun!

  • By Roger on 05-07-12

A book for the decidedly un-metrosexual man

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

Reviewed: 04-26-13

Any additional comments?

This book made me smirk. The main character had a fun, quirky voice which was helped along by the most awesome narration. I enjoyed the new twist on zombies, as well.

However, I think you'd have to be a tee shirt and jeans wearing, domestic beer drinking, football worshiping, man cave owning guy to fully appreciate it. Women, especially beautiful women, were dangerous, mysterious, volatile, helpless, demonic and/or banshees, the source of all evil, or just plain zombies. Flatulence was elevated to levels I'd not seen in literature before.Guys liked to sneak a hug, and then call each other fruity. The attractive lesbian in the tale was a potential convert until she was found to prefer zombies over men.

I found I couldn't help but roll my eyes from time to time, which made it quite difficult to listen and drive at the same time. Nevertheless, it was a fun story, and the main character was likeable. He wasn't all that different from some of my exceedingly hetero guy friends, and he liked dogs. No one who likes dogs can be all bad.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful