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  • Tomorrow War

  • The Chronicles of Max [Redacted], Book 1
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed - a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic story from JL Bourne

  • By PaulWray73 on 24-07-15

J L Delivers another prepared masterpiece.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

From spec op to OH! sugar happens fast. J L, just nailed this and so did jay/Dan.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super-Skippy-Just-Fantastic-Expeditionary-Force!

  • By Simon on 27-09-17

Skippy, Skippy the magnificent to!

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

All us stupid monkeys should realize that Skippy is the best character in any book you have ever read bar none. Bathe in his awesomeness once again, you stupid monkeys.

  • Tomorrow War: Serpent Road

  • The Chronicles of Max, Book 2
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

During an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative had unwittingly triggered an incredible worldwide event that irrevocably shaped the future of the United States. In the aftermath of the crisis, families have struggled to survive in a world short on food, water, and electricity. Hyperinflation cripples the United States economy, and postwar armored military vehicles are patrolling the streets. One man has now stepped forward and continues to push back the dark wave of tyranny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sort of good

  • By Miles on 04-08-18

Max redacted, but closure can be found.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

J L, your writing is crisp, clear and concise. Jay seems to be your go to guy for narrator and that is all fine with me. I loved the story, the premise for the story and the outcome. Thanks Man! Another great plot and character driven ode that I just couldn`t finish quick enough. Your prose is like candy to me, please keep satisfying my sweet tooth. P.S any sign of that damn robo-dog? Surely to god as a retriever he can help the living in a zombie world? Then scratch his bugs off his system.

  • Surviving the Evacuation, Book 11

  • Search and Rescue, Volume 11
  • By: Frank Tayell
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48

Anglesey has become home to nearly ten thousand survivors from across the Atlantic. While there is still danger from the undead on the mainland, there is hope. Hope that the zombies might die, hope that the electricity supply might be restored, and hope that more survivors will be found. Hope is not enough. Sergeant Branofski and Chester Carson venture into northern Wales to set up a network of safe houses that will provide a route to Anglesey for those still trapped in the wasteland. Though they find survivors, they discover something far worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can`t believe I on book 11 so fast!

  • By James on 15-06-18

I can`t believe I on book 11 so fast!

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

A slower more "English" pace than that of the American, zombie shot-em-up feasts. But it was the intrigue and more careful story development that had me hooked from early on. I think it is with the Tarantino estque interweaving of story lines and character relationships that bring the whole series together. This is well handled by the writer and the accents of the narrator hit the mark as well. Believable and captivating. A win for the more discernible zombie apocalypse palettes among us. Sometimes its nice to take a break from the mini-gun against the approaching horde and cycle your bike away, whilst figuring out what course of action to take next.

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  • Return of the Dead Guy

  • Space Team, Book 6
  • By: Barry J. Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

When a Weird Space Thing™ threatens to destroy planet Earth, Cal is determined to stop it. But when they get there, they find the place is still swarming with parasitic extra-terrestrial bugs, and that there isn't a whole lot left to save. While battling an unexpected ghost of the past, Cal is abducted by aliens. Again. Brought before their covert High Council, Cal is given a choice: save his Earth and doom countless others to oblivion, or sacrifice it, so that parallel Earths may live.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not the best of the series but series is awesome.

  • By TheCritic on 13-12-18

Dead or maybe not! These stories are real fun.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

This series is fun, funny and a breath of fresh air compared to the more serious SCI FI that's out there. A nice segway into a tongue in cheek romp with action, humor and great cast of main characters. The censored curse words and insidious to. So enjoy Shiz nodes.

  • Space Team: Planet of the Japes

  • By: Barry J. Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92

While trying to stop a cyber-attacker stealing all Space Team's hard-earned money, the cyborg, Mech, unlocks a secret partition in his hard drive, revealing a mysterious set of coordinates. The co-ordinates lead the team to Funworld, a planet-sized theme park with a worrying number of artificially intelligent clownbots and a shocking disregard for Health & Safety. With no weapons, and a shapeshifter who can no longer shift-shape, Space Team's quest to unlock Funworld's mysteries leads them deep into the planet's core....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Space Team back on Track

  • By TheCritic on 16-12-18

SPACE fun and shennanigan abound.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

Lots a laughs. So devious plot twist and a joy to listen to. Another great addition to the series.

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  • Super Human

  • A Superhero Adventure
  • By: J.A. Cipriano
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

When Mickey stepped into that bar, he never expected to find out he was the most powerful superhero the world had ever seen. But when footage of him beating up the strongest hero, and biggest bully, in the tri-state area goes viral, suddenly the world can't get enough of him. There's just one problem. The world's greatest villain has returned from the dead, and he's set his sights on making Mickey his first victim.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this one.

  • By Chris parry on 26-06-18

Super down to earth Heroe.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

A fun story premise with allot of humor written well and narrated well to boot.

  • The Vesik Series: Books 1-3

  • Vesik Series Box Set
  • By: Eric Asher
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 28 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

This omnibus collection includes Days Gone Bad, Wolves and the River of Stone, and Winter's Demon. That's three complete novels of Damian's dark, gritty, and occasionally hilarious urban-fantasy adventures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • lighten up this is fun (*^o^*)

  • By Megan on 13-11-16

Great character based story driven action.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 to be better than the print version?

Very vivid story telling and great voice acting by the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Foster is to Vesik what Chewie is to Han Solo. A bad ass side kick with deeper back story than is first realized. He would be my first choice.

What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Guy really nails the pace, sarcasm, humor and characters of the book as I would see it in my minds eye just reading it. A top performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No just the whole struggle for a morality the character do as friends and comrades in the fight against the deepest darkness.

Any additional comments?

There are similar themes like Iron Druid and the Hollows series. But this is a good story well written and with an excellent narrator performance. So stands on its own as a deceit series to enjoy with tongue in cheek to boot.

  • Zombie Road III: Rage on the Rails

  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

The finale of the Zombie Road tale. It's been a month since the outbreak, and the survivors of the zombie apocalypse have started a new life in a walled city. There are still a few enemies that need to be dealt with, the kind that can think and plan, and they can be more devastating than a horde of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! amazing read

  • By Rozi P. on 14-01-19

Road Heads get outsmarted.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Road III: Rage on the Rails to be better than the print version?

Narrator is is very good at the characters. Books pace and story arch is excellent.Big set piece battles flow fluidly and are very well written.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Road III: Rage on the Rails?

The darker side of jaded people finding excuses for their loyalties.

What about Eric A. Shelman’s performance did you like?

Does all the character with separation and with confidence. I know who he is portraying without prompts.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but found myself willing certain characters to make it through.

Any additional comments?

Series comes across from a very American point of view. But nothing wrong with that considering the view point of the main protagonists. The fact that any fundamentalist bent on opening the Pandora`s box of an indiscriminate zombie plague, bent on destroying civilization could be justified is crazy. This would only leave us all doomed to a Darwinian life of living like animals as pure prey. I mean how stupid could they be? Not to mention as the books touches on, the lowlifes of society would become empowered by the lack of law and order. Thus further making surviving a hell on wheels unless you drive the truck or train with a big ass gun and plenty of ammo to boot. Honestly I really like this series and find it deeply engaging.

  • The Siege

  • Arisen, Book 13
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

In the north, the collapsed section of the Wall is defended only by the decimated remains of 2 PARA. Even reinforced by Jameson and the exhausted Royal Marines of One Troop, it's a doomed delaying action at best - and the last choke point in the entire ZA faces an incoming tide of dead stretching to the ends of the Earth. Meanwhile, hunkered down at CentCom, the unified ranks of our heroes, led by Ali and Fick, work furiously to fortify and reinforce what will be humanity's final fallback position - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Veritable Battering of the Eardrums

  • By Simon on 11-03-18

Near endgame zombie madness

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! adrenaline fueled roller coaster of zombie apocalypse badness..

Who was your favorite character and why?

Again it changes focus from book to book, but Juice is my personnel favorite.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Top notch another great performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No spoilers just great edge of your seat moments.

Any additional comments?

If you like the whole zombie, end of the world scenario versus special operations soldiers. Then you can get no better than this fantastic series of heart pumping masterpieces.

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