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  • Zombie, Indiana

  • By: Scott Kenemore
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Zombie, Indiana explores the impact of an invading zombie horde on a trio of Hoosier protagonists…each of whom have some dark secrets to keep. When the governor’s daughter mysteriously disappears on a field trip, IMPD Special Sergeant James Nolan, scholarship student Kesha Washington, and Governor Hank Burleson must all come together not only to find the governor’s daughter, but also to undertake a quest to redeem the very soul of the state itself…all while under constant attack from the living dead.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful!!

  • By Steve Patterson on 03-26-15

Promising premise but ultimately stupid.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Made it halfway thru chapter 18 on this one. The premise was promising, interesting characters, plenty of gory action, and the potential to keep my attention.

But then characters started acting like stupid versions of themselves, making decisions that seemed out of character or at least out of the blue. And then there came the stereotypes and that's when I checked out.

The narrator was fine.

Of course, your milage may vary.

  • European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

  • The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, Book 2
  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, they can always rely on Mrs. Poole. But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Little Women meets Anno Dracula

  • By Stefan Filipovits on 07-13-18

Um, no. Thanks.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Full admission: I only got about halfway thru chapter 5 before stopping.

I read the 1st book in this trilogy, enjoyed it, though it dragged a little in places. I enjoyed most of the characters and happily looked forward to this book.

But for whatever reason, the author chose to put the most obnoxious, annoying, and all-around grating character almost front and center. And even before the plot could really take off, I found myself shouting at the annoying character & flipping the bird at my phone whenever her character spoke. After struggling with this for a half hour or so I decided discretion is the better part of valor and gave up.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

BTW: the narrator is top notch, one of the best.

  • Exit Strategy

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 989

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah - its former owner (protector? friend?) - submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite series! Best I've read in YEARS!!!

  • By Jaime on 10-02-18

More Murderbot! More! More!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Loved this conclusion and I look forward to more stories about my favorite rogue sec unit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Protocol

  • The Murderbot Diaries, Book 3
  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095

Sci-fi's favorite antisocial AI is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is. And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good. Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a humanlike android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Murderbot Keeps On Keeping On

  • By Michael Hicks on 10-19-18

More Murderbot, Please!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I loved the further adventures of Buckaroo Murderbot! The story was engaging, the action heart-pounding, and the characters compelling. The narrator was spot-on as well. I am very much looking forward to the next book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,746

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

A Unique Perspective

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

This was a terrific book! I was hooked from the 1st paragraph and stayed hooked to the very end. Zachary Quinto's narration was top notch, and I'm going to look for more audio books by him.

If you need a gripping read, this is it.

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,611

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Living in the shadow of "The Shining"

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

Will Patton's narration. I swear, I think he could read the telephone book and make it interesting! The story was pretty good, too, but Mr. Patton's narration was superb!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

Rock bottom with Dan Torrence. "Candy!"

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Everything! He was deep into creepy when he needed to be, easy to differentiate between characters, good pacing, excellent story-telling. I would listen to just about anything Mr. Patton cares to read.

Any additional comments?

There are some genuinely creepy passages in this book, but it cannot possibly live up to its predecessor, a fact that the author himself admits in the afterword. That being said, it is a good story, moved along at a good pace, kept me interested, held my attention. I felt that Mr. King could have really upped the stakes, though, with the tension and the horror. There was ample opportunity, but it felt like King pulled his punches, perhaps because of how beloved his characters are?

Definitely worth buying and listening to.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,116

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Into the Mystic

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

Reviewed: 07-13-13

If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

"For whatever we lose (a you or a me) It's always ourselves we find in the sea." E.E. Cummings

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

Old Mrs. Hempstock. She would be a lot of fun, I think.

If you could take any character from The Ocean at the End of the Lane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Letty - immutable and steadfast, but quick to laugh with a warm hand to hold. The best friend every child should have.

Any additional comments?

This book is beautiful and devastating all at once. At first I thought it was going to be the lush, delicious blanket of warmth Neil Gaiman has served up so well in the past, like in The Graveyard Book. But this is no children's book, not in the least. At one point I found myself shouting at the book in anger; at another point I was driving down the highway with tears streaming down my face.

Obviously I am a huge fan of Mr. Gaiman's, and I highly recommend this book.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,391
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,575

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

Will never pre-order again

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

Reviewed: 05-18-13

Would you listen to World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) again? Why?

I love this book. I mostly love the audio book. I know I will listen again and again, simply because it is so moving and powerful. However, when I pre-ordered this book it was advertised as "unabridged", which is not quite the truth.

1 week later I now get an email stating "... This is an Abridged book, but when you made your purchase, it may have been listed as "Unabridged" on our site, which was in error. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused." Also, chapter 3 has a fairly huge gap in it that readers have picked up on but no one who put the book out seems to be addressing.

Had I known this was still an abridged version of the book, would I still have bought it? Maybe, depending on what had been written about it. I mean, I love this book, so yes, I probably still would have bought it knowing that more of it had been recorded. I just hate being lied to.

188 of 207 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Policeman

  • By: Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,265

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not your regular mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 09-20-16

Clear-eyed, rousing, and poignant

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

Reviewed: 03-20-13

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

One of the better audiobooks. On a scale of 1 to 10, definitely a 9+

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Policeman?

The initial discovery of the body.

What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

Easily differentiated between characters. Nice variation without being shrill.

Any additional comments?

Apparently this is the first book in a trilogy. I'll definitely be buying the 2nd & 3rd books! I want to hear what happens to these characters.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Plague Dogs

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

After being horribly mistreated at a government animal-research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation—and terror—of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call “the tod,” the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Both a very sad and very happy experience

  • By Stephen on 05-08-14

Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short

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

Reviewed: 10-23-12

Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Adams? Why or why not?

Yes! Because of this and "Watership Down"

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Only if the dogs did carry an engineered plague.

Any additional comments?

I did not finish this book.

This review takes its title from a quote by Thomas Hobbes. He was talking about man, but it is my belief this quote totally applies to this book's 2 protagonists.

I enjoyed it up to a point, but about 75% of the way through it I had to put it away because I knew the ending was never going to be a happy one. No, I don't always need a happy ending, but their lives had been so bitter, so awful that I felt the need for respite. Humans do not come off well in this book, though probably realistic.

I kept thinking, "I wish they did have a plague, and that they were spreading it all over Britain. All these horrible people deserve it, and at least their short, bitter lives would have been avenged." Alas that Richard Adams didn't go that far.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful