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Charles Rippel

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  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,338

America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Are you a Prepper?

  • By Dennis on 10-22-11

This does not read like a Rawls Novel

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I've read Rawls' novels, this reads like it was written by someone else. The story line and characters are difficult to follow and the story itself, boring. Not a good read at all, really.

  • Lines in the Sand

  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

Major and Lucy Armstrong's four children are spread around the globe and are in a race against time to return to Texas before societal collapse takes America to the depths of human depravity. They use their ingenuity, grit, and faith to persevere but find themselves facing a most unexpected enemy. The Lone Star Series is a thought-provoking, gut-wrenching look into a postapocalyptic country devastated by nuclear destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Action

  • By Brian on 05-02-18

Excellent!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

An enjoyable story, well performed. Doesn’t stray far from the possible. One has to read the whole series in order, however.

  • The Storm Before the Storm: A Novel of Preparedness and Survival

  • American Sundown Series
  • By: Joe Russell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

As a prepper, Dave Galanos has always made an effort to do what he can to prepare for the unexpected. But when something goes terribly wrong halfway through a backpacking trip with his wife and family, his world is turned upside down, and he is tested in a way he had never planned for.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book if you have Insomnia

  • By cosmitron on 02-23-18

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Well worth the investment in time. Kevin Pierce, as usual was a top notch narrator.1

  • Unexpected World

  • The EMP Survivor Series, Book 1
  • By: Chris Pike
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

Author Chris Pike's debut novel Unexpected World is a gritty and compelling survival tale about human courage and steadfast determination to live, to endure, and to persevere against all odds. Assistant District Attorney Dillon Stockdale is on the phone with his daughter when an EMP obliterates the entire electrical grid of the United States. Anything relying on a computer is fried, including the plane his daughter is on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Father WIll do Anything to Rescue His Daughter

  • By Neva on 12-22-16

Great Story Line !

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened to it over about a 4 day period.

Any additional comments?

Kevin Pierce could read the phone book and it would be interesting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Surrender the Sun

  • By: A R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

In the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself. Maeve Tildon and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Since her husband died in the war, she's barely kept her head above water, and when the first freeze strikes in the fall, she's completely unprepared for what lies ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!

  • By Nadia on 06-02-17

A refreshingly Differrent Approach

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

Where does Surrender the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoy, among other titles, Prepper Novels. This one takes an entirely different approach from the "story du jour" of EMP, economic collapse, etc... IMHO, Kevin Pierce could read the phone book and make it interesting and this is yet another of a growing list of his performances.

Any additional comments?

Get the book; you won't be sorry. I download Audible purchases to my iPhone which syncs to my car "entertainment system." Much rather listen to books like this than the boring, predictable crap on even XM radio.

  • Persecution

  • The Days of Noah, Book 2
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063

In The Days of Noah, Book 2: Persecution, a globalist conspiracy transpires by way of a false flag attack against America's energy infrastructure. Noah and Cassandra Parker witness a complete economic meltdown which is intentionally triggered by the event. The assault is blamed on patriots and Christians who are rounded up into detention centers across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Appealing Christian survival genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-30-15

Great performance, ok story.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

Kevin Pierce could read the Phone Book and it would be interesting. The storyline was ok but predictable. Not a barn burner but also not a waste ok money.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • American Exit Strategy

  • The Economic Collapse Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492

Liberty minded individuals and those who believe in the Constitution will find this near future dystopian novel to be right up their alley. Those who are looking to be more informed about the potential threats to America's financial stability will learn what to watch for and how to prepare themselves for an economic collapse. America is on the cusp of financial annihilation. Matt and Karen Bair face the challenges of Main Street during a full scale financial meltdown. Government borrowing and monetary creation have reached their limits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much bible, but good.

  • By Ryan on 09-05-16

Not Your Average Prepper Novel

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

No spoilers but this does not follow the usual storyline of say.... a Rawls novel. Get ready for a refreshing difference! Kevin Pierce has quickly become my favorite narrator and his performance here will not disappoint.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Liberators

  • A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 414

When looting and rioting overwhelm all the major US cities, Afghanistan War vet Ray McGregor makes his way from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to his parents' cattle ranch in Bella Coola, British Columbia, in remote western Canada. Joining him is his old friend Phil Adams, a Defense Intelligence Agency counterintelligence case officer based in Washington State.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • really wanted to like it

  • By kim on 11-05-14

Read one Rawls novel, you've read them all

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

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

For starters, a different narrator. My #1 choice would have been Kevin Pierce. 2nd, don't follow the general theme of "Patriots," this book is just too predictable.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The Narrator didn't bring much to the story, sad to say. Very limited voice inflections, seemed bored with the novel (I know I was).

  • The 17th Irregulars

  • 299 Days, Book 6
  • By: Glen Tate
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

In some ways, post-Collapse life at Pierce Point resembles the everyday normalcy that Grant and others still hoped would return. The community is organized and humming along smoothly, the young guys on the Team are partnering off with local “Team Chicks”, and Grant's daughter has found a boyfriend. For most, the new reality has been accepted and a calm, self-sustaining groove is setting in. For others, though, life is far from normal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A refreshing dose of reality.

  • By Karl on 12-17-14

Great story told by a top narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Kevin Pierce gives a great performance. His ability to vocally "act out" the dialogue adds a significant definition of enjoyment to the story line.

  • 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 3,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,295

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

Captivating Story

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Where does The Borrowed World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

With most "prepper stories," you read one, you've sort of read them all. Not so here. The story line has just enough difference, the predictability element is removed. Its an enjoyable "read."

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

Kevin Pierce is my top choice for a narrator. He adds a good deal of dimension to the story and, IMHO bring out the best in the Novel.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful