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  • The Retreat Series

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Craig DiLouie, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 551

This set includes the first three audiobooks from the Retreat series: Pandemic, Slaughterhouse, and Die Laughing

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By wendy on 06-01-18

Detailed, Jarring, and Intense

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This series is intense with a great twist on zombies. The "clowns" (meaning the sick people) are still able to think, making it a lot easier to believe that their disease might take over the world. There is a good amount of body horror in this, and it's pretty disturbing. So, be ready for that. But if you like some horror that does not let up, this series is a great listen.

  • Empire of the Dead

  • Arisen, Book 8
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,666

With Juice in heavy contact on the do-or-die shore mission, Ali in a blistering sniper duel over the South Atlantic, and Homer all alone and massively outnumbered deep beneath the keel of the JFK, the Alpha operators are in the fight of their lives - against tactically outstanding, pain-invulnerable, and utterly merciless Spetsnaz commandos - and with no guarantees about who will be left standing at the end....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • shame on you for milking a great story

  • By davidw on 02-18-16

I have stopped listening to this series

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I love zombie books, movies, etc. I will read or watch just about anything. This series is great in that the authors have obviously done their research, they have a great premise, and the story is consistent. However, they have obviously stopped plotting to move the story forward and have begun to write each book for the money alone. Believe me, I have nothing against artists making money for their work. But at this point, it's gratuitous. I actually liked book 8 because it FINALLY moves the story forward (I was about to throw in the towel after this one) but then I bought Book 9 and it just got stuck back in the mire, with characters doing things that they would NEVER do. I feel like many of these books are just written for wordcount. At this point, I'm rooting for the zombies. I am not going to read another Arisen book because I honestly don't care what happens.

That said, I love R.C. Bray. He's an amazing narrator and I will continue to buy books he has narrated. I love his voice.

  • Generation Z

  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

It's been twelve years since the undead hordes swept over the earth forcing mankind to the brink of extinction. We now live like rats, scavenging in the ruins of our fallen civilization as the dead hunt us night and day. There is little left to scavenge, however. Grocery stores were emptied ages ago, gas tanks have long been dry and bullets are so precious that a man is lucky to have two to his name. Still, we survive. But for how much longer? Instinct and love have combined to turn Darwin's theory on its head. The strongest didn't survive in this world. They were the first to die, leaving behind a generation of orphans. It's a generation that's never had a full belly. It's a generation that has no idea what an Xbox did, or what algebra is for. It's a generation of children who never laugh out loud, and who have learned to cry softly because the dead are always near and the dead are always so very, very hungry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So enjoyable!

  • By Claire on 04-14-18

A Fun Zombie YA Novel

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and well-written, the premise was fun, and I enjoyed the various cultures the author explored. The narrator was great, he has a wonderful voice. The only thing that threw me off is the main character is a young girl and the narrator is a man. That only threw me for a minute or so though - then I was into the story and really enjoying it. I will definitely read more from this author and listen to more stories narrated by this voice actor.

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  • The Long Walk

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,930

In the near future, when America has become a police state, 100 boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is 16-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules - keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out - permanently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, but....

  • By Tanner A. on 09-22-17

Great Story, Clipped Audio

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

I really loved the story. The narrator did a good job too, but there are moments in the audio where the sentences appear to be clipped off. I can't tell if this means I ended up missing a sentence or two or if it's just a glitch. But, unfortunately, it kept taking me out of the story.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • A Minor Magic

  • By: Justin R. Macumber
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Over the course of a single night, mystical fires tore through the sky and reduced most of Earth to ash. Ten years later magical fire burns again, but this time it's in the hands of a young girl named Skylar. Exiled from her adoptive home, Skylar must now struggle through ruined lands and religious zealots who believe she's an agent of the Devil. An even greater threat exists in the form of shadowy sorcerers from another world who covet her blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #amazeballs

  • By Ian on 11-08-16

Fun story, wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

I really enjoyed the story and magic in this book, but the narration takes the cake. I have heard Veronica Giguere before and I look forward to listening to her narrations again. She has a wonderful voice that pulls you in to any story.

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,704
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,721

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alternative history

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 07-28-15

A Peek into an Alternate Universe

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

Philip K. Dick sometimes hits and sometimes misses. I feel like this book was more of a hit than a miss - but I am a little unsatisfied. The world he sets up is fascinating. I just want to know more than he ended up writing. However, his characters are compelling and there's a meaning in his words that make me want to dig deeper into this work and read it more than once.

  • Hominids

  • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033

Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature

  • By Scott on 08-10-09

Fantastic Sci Fi Story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

I loved this story. It had great, accurate science and some really wonderful character building. I adored the world and the people in it and I found myself worrying about the Neanderthal's decisions after the book was over. Can't wait to read book 2.

  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,793

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
  • Awesome! I didn't think it was slapstick at all!

  • By coreybeth on 04-22-12

Fun Zombie Story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

This story was pretty fun, but there are some very, very, very weird bits. Parts where there appears to be something supernatural going on and the main character is somehow blessed. They didn't jive with the rest of the storyline, which was a storyline I enjoyed. There were also a couple of spots of wish fulfillment. But, overall, it was a fun story.

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  • The Elite

  • The Selection, Book 2
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,684

The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I confess -- I really like this series!

  • By AudioAddict on 08-30-13

Trite but Addictive

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

I enjoyed the first book in this series, though it is mainly fluff and has very little about the more interesting aspects of the world surrounding our main character - America. The second book felt like it was mainly filler until the end. I don't see that the main character has really grown at all, but I do want to know what's going to happen to her. So, I'm torn about this book. The performance was great. Amy Rubinate has a wonderful voice.

  • Hollowland

  • The Hollows, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Hocking
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent zombie story but lacking depth

  • By Annie on 02-22-12

An enjoyable zombie tale

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

Reviewed: 12-16-14

If you like zombie books, I think you'll like Hollowland. There's not a ton of minutiae about how the apocalypse happened, but there is enough information to make the story believable. The reader does a great job and the characters are pretty rounded. It's good light listening material.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful