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  • Bits & Pieces

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Dana Fredsti
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Return to the zombie apocalypse wasteland that is the Rot & Ruin in this short story collection from Jonathan Maberry. Benny Imura's zombie-infested adventures are well-chronicled in the gripping novels Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone, and Fire & Ash. But what else was happening while he was on his quest? Who were the others navigating the ravaged landscape full of zombies? Bits & Pieces fills in the gaps about what we know about First Night, surviving the plague, and traveling the land of Rot & Ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more of this universe! also more Jonathan Mabury!

  • By A. Hodgson on 31-08-18

I need more of this universe! also more Jonathan Mabury!

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

i’ve been a fan of Jonathan Mabury for many years. It’s a real shame that more of his books aren’t available on Audible UK.

I’ve read this book up to the events of rot and ruin and am now waiting impatiently for The rest of this series, Being books 1, 2, 3 and 4, to be available on audible UK.

both narrators do a very good job of capturing each character.

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  • The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE best zombie trilogy ever!!!!

  • By Heidi on 04-05-13

where are the other two books?

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I first came across this book some eight years ago. Realising that it was part of a trilogy, I decided to wait until the next two books came out so I could read the trilogy altogether. I thought that the overall premise of the book was incredibly interesting, original and realistic.

The narration was very good. Each character had its own voice. I really enjoyed the fact that two people read it.

Having finished the book I now await the release of the other two books in this trilogy in English as, for some reason, they only appear to be available in German on audible.co.uk. I have nothing against the German people who i’m sure enjoy listening to audiobooks as anyone does. It would be nice to have the other two books in English as well, those of us who don’t speak fluent German. :-)

  • World War Z

  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,680

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned gory fun

  • By monkey-puzzle on 21-11-12

wonderfully, frighteningly, realistic

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

this has to be one of the most realistic zombie/post-apocalyptic stories i’ve ever come across.

Mr Brooks certainly doesn’t pull any punches and it explores The run up to, outbreak and rebuilding from every side.

I would recommend reading the zombie survival guide first as zombies that appear in this book are the exact ones described in that one.

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  • A Prequel Story to Patient Zero
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Meet Joe Ledger, Baltimore PD, attached to a Homeland task force … who’s about to get a serious promotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • can't wait for patient zero

  • By A. Hodgson on 24-08-17

can't wait for patient zero

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

an interesting way of looking at the zombie thing. Unfortunately, I am unable to find patient zero the book that this short story is a prequel of. I would really very much like to listen to it. :-)

  • The Apothecary Rose

  • By: Candace Robb
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

It is the year of our Lord 1363. And in the cathedral city of York people are dying in mysterious circumstances. But there seems to be a common thread - the herbal remedies dispensed by Nicholas Wilton, Master Apothecary. The first victim is an anonymous pilgrim. But when a highborn nobleman dies after taking the same potion the authorities decide to act. Dispatched to York, in disguise, to unravel the mystery, Owen Archer, former Captain of Archers, apprentices himself to the Apothecary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first of a great series

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-04-13

Different from the norm.

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

Reviewed: 16-07-14

What did you like most about The Apothecary Rose?

The characters and setting were realistic. Also the descriptions of the places and people weren't overdone and still kept it atmospheric enough without going overboard.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The death of the mand behind the murderer.

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

The death of Potter

Any additional comments?

This is a series I could really get into. Unfortunately, I am unable to find Unabridged recordings of book 2 'The Lady Chapel' and book 4 'The King's Bishop' on audible UK. I hope that they will become available soon.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Parasite

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives... and will do anything to get them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Mira Grant!

  • By A. Hodgson on 02-01-14

More Mira Grant!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

What made the experience of listening to Parasite the most enjoyable?

The Narator. She was great and managed to make every voice separate. She really braught the atmosphere of the story to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the author mixed Monster story with conspiricy thriller. She's also put a lot of research into the story which makes it feel more realistic.

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

I liked Sal's sence of humour. She made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next one to come on Audible!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Demon's Dance

  • By: Evey Brett
  • Narrated by: Max Tatch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Wanting to live freely as a human, half-incubus Tristan flees the Wardens. Broke and starving, he accepts Cory's offer of a paid photo shoot, never dreaming he'd find a man with whom he could be aroused and erotic in his own body without having to submit to his demonic half.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By A. Hodgson on 02-01-14

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Demon's Dance to be better than the print version?

The audio was fantastic. Unfortunately, being blind, I can not compare with the print.

What did you like best about this story?

The Narator! Each voice was distinct and Mr Tach made me feel like I was there.

Any additional comments?

If Ms Brett ever has another book on audible I'd so buy it!

  • Skulduggery Pleasant

  • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1
  • By: Derek Landy
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that, while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source, the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From an impluse buy to a firm favourite

  • By Jonathan on 23-11-10

Good story

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

Would you try another book written by Derek Landy or narrated by Rupert Degas?

Unsure

What will your next listen be?

Unsure

Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favourite?

Gastley

Could you see Skulduggery Pleasant being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Possibly a tv anthology

Any additional comments?

While navigating this book, I found that whenever I skipped through the chapters I was taken ahead or back at least 3 chapters where as other books that I have read using audible manager have skipped ahead or back 1 chapter. I was unhappy with this.