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  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun yarn with some unexpected twists.

  • By Bad Monkey on 26-04-17

Great ufo book. Amazing twist.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I really like the fact that you need to hire a PR agent in order to have the world believe your hard evidence of aliens. The book focuses about the news and pr side of things, and most of the time you will listen to the protagonist preparing to convince the media, while the govt is in denial. A very refreshing take on the alien story. I liked it, a lot.

  • On the Road with Kids

  • By: John Ahern
  • Narrated by: Michael Veitch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

It's a life-changing trip. Take it! John Ahern had a high-flying job, big house, loving wife and two great kids. But if this was success, why did he sense he was failing as a husband and father? So John did something insane. He quit the corporate world and bought a busted-up camper-van online to chase an improbable dream: a year travelling together as a family...on the road with kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so very funny,

  • By Gareth burgess on 31-10-16

I want to quit my job and sell my house

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

But my wife refuses to. So i may need to divorce after reading this book. What a weird review! But its the feeling you get from this amazingly well written story about family, life, and experience. We will probably just visit Croatia instead of divorce however. I am from Norway and i must admit i laughed at the puny Australians terrified of hospitals and the wild countryside here. Im very glad things changed over the 12 months and i was pleased to be invited along the way through the book. Thank you for writing this.

  • Every Day Is a Holiday

  • By: George Mahood
  • Narrated by: James Elliott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

George Mahood had a nice, easy, comfortable life. He had a job, a house, a wife, and kids. But something was missing. He was stuck in a routine of working, changing nappies, and cleaning up cat sick. He felt like he was missing out on a lot of what the world had to offer. He then discovered that it was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. The day after that was National Curmudgeon Day, and the day after that was Inane Answering Machine Message Day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual read (listen)

  • By Thought Processor on 31-10-18

Great everyday book

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18

Loved the book. Its a great every day book about life ik Britain, with spices. I have never thought about the celebratory days and i probably wont in the future either. But the humour and family life/remarks make the book a great listen anyway.

  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starship Troopers for the thinking pacifist

  • By ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ on 16-04-19

loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

great classic sci fi. found it funny how the author describes homosexuality from a 1975 perspective.

  • 299 Days IX: The Restoration

  • 299 Days, Book 9
  • By: Glen Tate
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The 17th Irregulars are teamed up with regular military units and they must put their differences aside in order to successfully overthrow the Limas. While the battle rages on, the Loyalists outside of Olympia start to pay the price for their allegiances to the wrong side of the Collapse, while well-intentioned others welcome the beginning of New Washington that recognizes fairness and hard work. The battle winds down and a new day begins as the Team recognizes that victory does not come without loss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much right wing politics

  • By martin on 14-08-15

Too much right wing politics

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

Reviewed: 14-08-15

I like the main story of this series. And the story continues in this book. Allthough there are some cheap plot twists and "hand to forehead" moments, its dumbtainment enough to leave me satisfied.

Be aware however that the author keeps going on long tirades about how bad socialism is and how good old fashioned anarchy is. The author calls it liberalism, but for a norwegian with social democracy, it really sounds like anarchy. The US ranks amongst other third world countries in many statistics. Crime, murder, auto-theft, to name a few. The scandinavian social democratic countries rank among the top safest countries, while also having the most happy citizens. Few countries are as heavily regulated as the scandinavian. Did you know that Norway tax american oil companies 78% on their evenue? Thats how Norway became super rich, instead of the wealthiest 1% in america. We protected our riches. We regulated.

In Norway, we have a common saying when things get completely out of control: "Its Texas!".

Norway is also a gun loving country. We love our guns, an i am a gun owner myself, but i want heavy restrictions on gun ownership. The author obviously does not, and he tries to polarize gun owners and non-gun owners too much. In the book its just one out of two posibilities: Either you own guns and love them, or you hate guns and think they go off or explode just by looking at them. People are not that stupid, and especially not in the gun-loving US.

Besides the oddities throughout the book, its still good dumbtainment. Great for survivalnuts and fans of the nuts like myself.

  • 299 Days

  • The Preparation, Book 1
  • By: Glen Tate
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this whole series, skip book 10 tho

  • By Jason Smith on 24-07-15

Patriot propaganda

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

Reviewed: 28-05-15

This book is filled to the brim with tea party propaganda and government hating patriotism. Its also filled with guns and constitution.

As a norwegian living in the worlds most happiest country, who also has one of the largest governments in the world, while also having some of the lowest crime rates in the world, i laugh alot of the politics uttered inside this book.

But bad propaganda aside, the story is very entertaining. I like to call this a guilty pleasure, or dumbtainment. My mind shuts off and i enter the universe of the Matsons, and thats exactly what i like about this series.

I am now in book 5, and i have just decided to buy the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well. I am going through these rather fast.

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  • Resurrecting Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan's crew, alongside their new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable community. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of the whole series so far books 1-5

  • By Gary on 17-03-15

Weak plot, but great to hear Morgan back in action

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

My review may be a little unfair, seeing that i listened to this book right after completing the amazing We Are Alive: A Story of Survival.

Even so, i thought this book was slow. The continuing saga of Morgan and friends however, made it worth a listen. looking forward to the next book.

  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season

  • By: Kc Wayland
  • Narrated by: Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best zombie Podcast all in one place!

  • By SbS DEFTxSTAR on 04-01-16

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 13-01-15

That feeling when you find a Great book!

I found this by chance. Listened to the sample and was hooked. I Just cant stop listening.

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  • Mountain Man, Book 2
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain since the demise of civilization, Gus knows that his next visit to undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Zombie addict? come get your fix.

  • By Karen on 13-08-14

A split performance

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

Reviewed: 05-09-14

Well, i really love R.C. Brays reading so i liked this book alot more than if i had read it physically.

The first book was rather great. There was human interaction and believable action. This one however features Gus as Tom Hanks in "Cast Away" with his very own Wilson to talk to.

I found it rather boring at times and my mind driftet off elsewhere while R.C. Bray so excellently read the words out loud.

*Spoiler*

The ending was abit confusing as well. Did Gus die, since book 3 does not involve him, or do we get more Gus in book 4? I really didnt like the Scott character so i dont feel like listening to book 3 either. Currently busy with the Survival series from A. American, and was very pleased with "The Second After" amongst other good listens.

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  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wilderness adventure from the comfort of home

  • By John on 28-04-07

A split book

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

This is a great first half of a book. I walked in the woods while listening to this performance, and i laughed so hard at times, other people who obviously heard the manic laughter echo through the woods probably got scared.

Bill and Kats walk is hilarious. They do errors, they meet weird people and they walk along beautiful nature. Its written with an excellent tone from Bill, and narrated with a passion. The first half of the book is worth the purchase alone.

Second half however is not really interesting for other people than probably local citizen along parts of the AT, or AT hikers themselves. For me, not going to walk AT ever, the historical rambling in the second half and the lack of actual hiking made me go oh so very bored. My wish is that Bill wrote to shorter books instead, or perhaps edited out alot of the historical stuff in this edition.

I am at the end of the book now, and Kat is finally back into the game and they are once again going hiking. It only took three minutes and i was laughing out loud again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful