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  • Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy

  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 42 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't believe I haven't read this before...

  • By Erik on 10-21-13

Understand Civil War better

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Fabulous book and author; great narrator. Will listen to many more times to catch what I missed.

This book helps me understand the civil war much better.

Several good villains - both black and white. Scheming and conniving by Virgilia, Ashton, Bent and others horrifying, but true to life.

Good treatment of sex.

Orry failed to shoot Bent and other coconspirators immediately a mistake; also his showing mercy to a wounded soldier
who then murdered Orry reminded me of the need for immediate deadly action in some circumstances.

Life long friendships of West Point graduates very good.

Common aspects of life - love for a good horse, lice infestation, pettiness, need for basic necessities well done.

Horrible conditions in Confederate prison. I am sure conditions as bad in Union prisons.

This book corroborated experiences my family, both Southerners and Yankees, had during and after the war.

I recommend this book for its entertainment value and history.

  • North and South

  • North and South Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating novel of the Civil War

  • By 9S on 01-12-13

Wowser! More and Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Character development and storyline awesome! Very much appreciated the background storyline leading up to the Civil War. John Jakes is a master craftsman. Grover Gardner, the narrator terrific. As soon as I am done with this review, I am going to purchase the next in the series.

I am going to listen to this again. I recommend this book!

  • Pilgrimage

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Pilgrimage is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyday people trying to survive

  • By KS on 08-15-18

To survive, decide

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Great survival book. James, the main character, had only minutes or hours in different situations to react to save himself and his family. He took immediate, decisive action to save his family from the tsunami, 3 would-be kidnappers, vicious meth squatters, and other situations.

Appreciated the characterization of Vincent, one of the bad guys. He was just a guy that had potential to make something of his life, but got in with a bad crowd and chose a loose woman who did not have his back. Not all bad guys are evil, murdering, raping scum, but just people, like Vincent, who make bad decisions and have bad association, which leads to their downfall.

Narrator AWESOME! Loved his bullet sound effects.

After the story ends, the author tells about his upcoming books about surviving different scenarios. Looking forward to them all except the zombie one, which I will skip.

I recommend this book and am planning to listen to it several more times.

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  • Wildlife Wars

  • The Life and Times of a Fish and Game Warden
  • By: Terry Grosz
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

In Wildlife Wars, Terry Grosz serves up fascinating stories - alternately hair-raising, hilarious, and heart-wrenching - from his 30-year struggle to protect wildlife in America. A natural storyteller, Grosz writes about the remarkable characters he met - on both sides of the law - as he matched wits with elk poachers, salmon snaggers, commercial-market duck hunters, and a host of other law-breakers. Best of all, though, these stories are so remarkably entertaining you won't want to put them down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Author is his own biggest fan.

  • By leigh on 08-14-15

Very worthwhile - entertained plus learn!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

This was a wonderful, upbuilding book! The author conveys his respect and love for his wife, wildlife, people, the Creator. He used his strength and size to serve. His true life experiences very exciting. I reviewed this after my second listening...it is worth listening to again.

I highly recommend this book.

  • Tripwire

  • Jack Reacher, Book 3
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,001

Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expects the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slower pace than first 2 books

  • By Dogs & Horses on 04-12-13

Great Reacher novel

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Great Reacher novel, will listen to again at least 1 or 2 more times.

I did fast forward over 2 scenes - the company president's humiliation and the
blow by blow lovemaking of Reacher. One too excruciating, the other
private.

The president's wife was admirable. Good to be reminded there are many good
people out there, but truly evil ones too and not to place yourself in their power.

Good reminder that debt is slavery.

Loved Reacher's philosophy of possessions and preferring the simple life.

Narrator great, good nuance in villain's voice, women's voices, New Yorkers'
accents, etc.

Story line fascinating, realistic portrayal of Vietnam War and army life,
ending very good.

  • When the Peace Is Gone

  • A Powerless World Series, Book 2
  • By: P. A. Glaspy
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Russ and Anne Mathews made their escape from their home, along with family, friends, and new friends they made along the way. Now, they must build a new life for themselves at the Warren farm, without the luxury of electricity and very few traces of the 21st century. The problem: there are a lot of people who didn't prepare for something like this, and some of those people will stop at nothing to take what the group has, by whatever means necessary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By ellen on 11-02-17

Nuts and Bolts of living after an EMP

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Great information on chores, education, entertainment for children, menus,
sleeping arrangements, laundry, old time tractor driving and plowing, medicinal
healing herbs. Kept rewinding to listen to the section on healing herbs.

While encouraging being armed, the characters showed a reluctance to kill
when confronted with 3 scavenging predators. It was obvious to me, even
without knowing their previous crimes, but knowing they had tried to steal
a woman, that they should have been killed immediately when the defenders
had a chance. They should have realized letting them go allowed them to
continue kidnapping, rape, plunder on someone else. Maybe they were allowed
to go for the sake of the story line. In real life, the defenders should have killed
them quickly, then gone to eat or finish chores or nap.

A little concerned about the story line regarding the UN. Afraid this will
encourage a Ruby Ridge mentality. The UN is more likely to outlaw all
religion than come to your house to steal your food. If you have a compound
and the government comes, you will not drive them off, you and your children
will be killed. Better to be taxed or whatever than face direct confrontation
like Ruby Ridge. If submission cannot be done because your wife or children
are to be taken, FLEE.

Other flaws, lots of profanity and wife disobeying a legitimate order of her
husband to stay behind and not endanger her life.

Enjoyed the nuts and bolts of daily life of running a large household, which
male authors overlook.

I intend listening to this book several more times. Still lots more information to pick up!

  • Before the Power Was Gone

  • A Powerless World, Book 0.5
  • By: P.A. Glaspy
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

My name is Anne Mathews. I'm a prepper. But I haven't always been. This is how it started.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Another flat prepped book where women are portrayed as idiots

  • By Colorado Skier on 08-16-17

Painless Prepping

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This is the prequel to Book 1 by Mrs. Glaspy. This book contains very useful
information about smart budgeting tips and meal planning so that money
can be freed up to purchase supplies. Purchasing was done weekly, and
monthly, and over time they assembled what they would need.

Also they acquired knowledge via the internet and an old couple.

The main couple enlisted their best friends to join them and then they
got an older couple with a farm to join them. The older couple taught them
a lot about living off the grid - how to butcher animals, planting, preserving
food, etc.

Very encouraging book making preparing seem doable not daunting.
Just start and do a little at a time. Make some minor lifestyle changes.

Keep your preps confidential. Loads of practical tips. It does not matter
if you know some of this stuff, reminders are useful!

Nice relationship between husband and wife. Loving.

  • When the Power Is Gone

  • A Powerless World Series, Book 1
  • By: P. A. Glaspy
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Russ and Anne Mathews live in a rural suburb in Tennessee. Regular people, with regular jobs, living a normal life - except for one thing. They are what many people call "preppers". They have stocked up on supplies to survive any kind of event they can think of that may occur to disrupt life as they know it. When that event comes, they start preparing for the new way of life they will face.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • same ol same ol

  • By george on 08-03-17

Nice prepping novel from woman's perspective

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Learned a lot of new prepping stuff as well as appreciated the reminders
regarding things I already knew. Information presented in an interesting
story; nice story line about couple with children, childless couple, single man,
and others. Really appreciated the reminders about protecting women and
children who would seem desirable commodities to predators.

The narrator mostly very good, but in a few places spoke so quickly I could
not follow.

Some things I did not like: Use of coarse language by the main female character.
One scene at a road block where there was a lot of talking; in real life guys do not
stand around talking like women, they say a few words, if it is not resolved, they get
down to fighting. Also at the road block the bad guys gave the good group the finger
and the female character returned it. I am 64 and when someone calls me a !@#$%
or gives me the finger, I do not return the same. The other thing was the double standard
about stealing - it was ok if the good group did it, but not if others did it.

Preps very good, I am going to listen to this book several more times as well as get the
prequel and the next sequel. If I like the next sequel, I will get the third sequel.

The author did achieve her aim to tell the story from a woman's point of view...Loved
the details about personal hygiene, cooking, food storage, animal husbandry, organization...
gal stuff. Mrs. Glaspy correct … male authors spend a lot of time on the military action,
torture and executions; this was nicer about training children, good foot gear, securing your
home, etc.

  • Prepper's Crucible: An Arizona EMP Tale

  • By: Bobby Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

They have been preppers for four years, and have prepared a retreat where they can hunker down and survive an EMP that cripples the entire country. The group, consisting of three couples, must now reunite in Prescott, Arizona, the site of their bug out location. Two of the couples must use power line easements and old cattle trails to find their way to their ranch in Prescott. They face many challenges during their grueling journey, which they make on ATVs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well spoken ideas of what could happen

  • By Brian on 07-12-17

Condensed Prepping

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Great story, even though only 2 hours 48 minutes, packed with prepping info
in an entertaining story.

3 couples form the nucleus of a prepping group, Don and Kate, Ed and Anne,
and Bud and Mary. They prepped for 4 years before the EMP hit.

Don, retired from the military after 20 years, and his wife Kate, a banker, live on
a 6 acre ranch, which is the bug-out location..

Ed is a firefighter, and his wife Anne, a hospital worker.
Bud is a general contractor and his wife Mary a schoolteacher.

Lots of useful information. Use of ATVs. Don helped some stranded motorists
and his neighbors when the EMP first hit with rides and practical advice, while
still putting his own family first. Practical advice was get groceries, go home,
and hunker down.

Much practical advice discussed about advance planning, need for group support,
wisdom in planning several routes, rally points etc.

Listened to twice. I will listen to it several more time to help get in my memory
the good points.

Nice story line about the loving relationships of the 3 couples.

I recommend this book and will buy the sequel.

  • The Final Day

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,327

The highly anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen's New York Times best-sellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses listeners once more in the story of our nation's struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator didn't ruin it for me..

  • By shelley on 01-04-17

Mostly Combat

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Not that interested in military stories. This will appeal to civil war buffs and other militia types. If I had been one of those, I would have rated it higher.