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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 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

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

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had to keep listening.

  • By Kel's Opinion on 16-06-2019

Had to keep listening.

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

Reviewed: 16-06-2019

Having never read by Craig DiLouie, Stephen Knight or Joe McKinney previously this was a good start. I admit I didn’t realise it would be so full of military information. Not being a military person I sometimes feel that too many authors forget that not all of their readers have a military background so I was very surprised that I understood most of this story. As there was some jargon but not too much that made me want to stop reading.
Weirdly enough the storyline has a semblance of perhaps this just might be something that could happen. It’s a cross between a bad flu that makes you insane and zombies - Demi plausible I suppose.
I hate spoilers in reviews for the simple fact that obviously I haven’t read the book if I’m reading the reviews so I won’t do spoilers in any reviews.
Give it a go if you’re on the fence and hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did. I commute for work to the next town so listening to this was really good.

  • Instauration

  • The City Series, Book 3
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 26 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Sunset Park is gone. People are missing. Sylvie, Eric, and the other survivors have crossed the water to the security of a new Safe Zone, where they hope to heal their battered hearts, amass an armory, and get back at the ones who took it all away. But with zombies on the move and few resources to speak of, it’s harder than expected to plot their revenge. For some, it’s harder still to garner their resolve, since vengeance means more of them will die. But safety is ephemeral in a city where food is short and tensions are high. It seems fate may leave them no choice but to fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Series

  • By Kel's Opinion on 29-05-2019

Fantastic Series

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

Reviewed: 29-05-2019

I listened to all 6 books of both 3 book sets in this series and loved them. They had a male voice for male POV and female for female POV. I really wanted it to go on - perhaps another two character viewpoints from now. These were great. Get them and listen.

  • Battleborn

  • The Brother’s Creed series, Book 2
  • By: Joshua C. Chadd
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

After the events in Nebraska, the Andderson brothers continue their trek northward, joined by Emmett and the girls. The group makes their way through Wyoming to meet up with Tank, the brothers' best friend from a time before the apocalypse. They're delayed when they stumble upon a school full of more than 100 survivors - most of them children. While Connor disagrees with James's choice to help them, he follows his brother's lead as a series of drastic events makes James the unspoken leader of the large group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book Two Continued the Stellar Story

  • By Kel's Opinion on 09-05-2019

Book Two Continued the Stellar Story

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

Reviewed: 09-05-2019

Book two continued to keep me keen and listen as the story continued to unfold. Thank goodness they are all out otherwise I’d be going crazy having to wait for the next one in the series.
I should be doing some uni assignments but instead I cooked multiple plays worth of meals while listening to book 2.
I searched the author today and discovered he’s won awards for the series and I can see why - it’s fantastic.
Look, I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoilers so what I will close with is that the series is worth getting, worth investing in. I got each kindle ebook and then paid the small extra charge to add audible to it - do that and have both versions.
Like I said worth getting, reading and listening too.

  • Outbreak

  • The Brother’s Creed Series, Book 1
  • By: Joshua C. Chadd
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Two brothers learn of the apocalypse after being out of touch for a few days. Returning to town, they learn first-hand, the dead are coming back to life with a taste for flesh. With their parents in Nebraska they must embark on a journey to rescue them as they set into motion their zombie apocalypse plan. But they'll see not all is fun and games as they realize it is nothing like they imagined it would be. Can they make it in time to save their parents from a fate worse than death?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good storyline

  • By Kel's Opinion on 07-05-2019

Good storyline

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

Reviewed: 07-05-2019

Seemed a bit far fetched but I think that’s because I’m in Australia and we don’t have the same guns controls - I enjoyed it non the less and that’s what I would want if zombies occurred.
I can see how craziness would come out that quickly.
I’m keen for those who survived to the end to survive again.
Looking forward to the next book 📖

  • The Survivors

  • Pandemic
  • By: Alex Burns
  • Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

"I didn't realize how much I would miss grocery shopping until it was gone." Life was pretty good. The love of Alice's life had proposed, they were proud new homeowners, and she'd just landed a great promotion at work. Things were going to plan. Well, they were, until the Red Death struck. Billions dead in a matter of weeks. The survivors are few and far between. No one is safe. Life will never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Australian Survival Post Apocalyptic Novel

  • By Kel's Opinion on 03-05-2019

An Australian Survival Post Apocalyptic Novel

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

Reviewed: 03-05-2019

I find that when I come across an Australian based story I devour it.
I enjoyed this, have discovered that book two is due out in a couple of months and so preordered. Looking forward to it.
I do have to say, as someone who has some preparedness background that people can be very dumb and yes I believe that how the MC is portrayed is exactly how some people will react.
Just a warning that the books ends on a freaking cliff hanger. So if you hate that as much as I do it’s best to wait for book two to be out before starting this one - because now I’ve got to wait before I can find out what happens.

It does make you think what would happen if a pandemic were to happen, who would survive, how many children and animals would be left to fend for themselves.

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  • FREE: The Undead

  • Deleted Scene
  • By: R R Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

After a tense day of fighting off a horde of Undead, Howie and his group of survivors must find shelter before night falls. Moving through a desecrated town, they come across an industrial estate, break into a low building and find themselves in an abandoned radio station. They decide to record their voices for posterity. Meet Howie, Dave, their group of survivors and Meredith the dog in this free, exclusive Audible short.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stand together as One

  • By Jaimie Hall on 08-05-2019

Had to listen in one sitting!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-2019

Definitely listen to this! It was worth it and thankfully and sadly it was short so it could be listened to in one sitting! I would definitely recommend it and will look for more by both author and narrator.

  • The Fast 800

  • Australian and New Zealand Edition
  • By: Dr. Michael Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dr. Michael Mosley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 287

Six years ago, Dr. Michael Mosley started a health revolution with The 5.2 Fast Diet, telling the world about the incredible power of intermittent fasting. In this audiobook, he brings together all the latest science (including a new approach: time-restricted eating) to create an easy-to-follow programme. Recent studies have shown that 800 calories is the magic number when it comes to successful dieting - it’s an amount high enough to be manageable but low enough to speed weight loss and trigger a range of desirable metabolic changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've lost 9kg in 6 weeks. It works!

  • By Rod on 12-03-2019

Worth Getting

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2019

I heard an interview of him on the radio and wanted to get my hands on the book. I listened to it in one sitting and it was definitely worth it. It comes with a PDF of 104 pages which I promptly printed. It was worth it. So if you wanted the recipes without having to purchase the book then not an issue.
I like his voice, it was easy to listen to and he had enough personal story to back up what the book was about.
Getting this book is worth it and I highly recommend it to anyone.

  • My Dead World

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Since childhood Nila Carter has been made to spend every weekend at the family cabin. In her teenage years she believes it to be a prison; as an adult it becomes her sanctuary and means to survive. When a mysterious outbreak occurs in India, Nila's brother, Bobby, a virologist with the CDC, places the family on a precautionary alert to be ready to bug out. Unlike anything he's ever seen, the rabies-like virus is not just deadly; it causes extreme violent behavior in those infected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story-Worth the Time!

  • By Kel's Opinion on 19-09-2018

Great Story-Worth the Time!

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2018

Now I have finished listening this I am torn between reading the second in eBook or waiting in hopeful anticipation that the audible version will be released in Australia ASAP!
I enjoyed listening to this story so much that I listened as much as I could - in the shower, the bath, cooking dinner, making school lunches ect and before I knew it I was finished. So sad.
I will get the second book - the story compels me to find out what happened.

  • One Year After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

One Year After returns to the small town of Black Mountain and the man who struggled to rebuild it in the wake of devastation: John Matherson. It is a thrilling follow-up and should delight fans in every way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary Thoughts.

  • By Christine Denniss on 01-10-2015

Worth it

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

Reviewed: 20-08-2018

I devoured the first book via ebook but was unable to get an ebook version of this book, hence the audible version. I don’t normal get into audible books that aren’t self help or the like.
I was so into this book though, I feel it’s realistic in the outcome of a similar situation however all the military talk and references make me wonder if it would be that way for one small town.
The voice of the reader was perfect and I would definitely listen to him again.
I would read more books by the same author.
I love this genre and tend to devour anything I can my hands on.
I will say to those hoping for the same type of reading if the first book this is not that. It’s not so much focused on individual survival as it is on group survival.
An enjoyable book non the less.

  • Habit Stacking

  • How to Write 3000 Words & Avoid Writer's Block, The Power Habits of a Great Writer, The Blokehead Success Series
  • By: The Blokehead
  • Narrated by: Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

If you have always been drawn to word, have vivid imagination, and possess knack for putting your mental pictures into words, you have probably been drawn to, or tried your hand at writing, one or more times in your life. Every day we see the newly released books hitting the shelves or e-books becoming available online, and we are compelled to consider what it takes to turn our way with words into a vessel which is able to transport us to greatness as authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Tips

  • By Kel's Opinion on 21-06-2018

Great Tips

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

Reviewed: 21-06-2018

I recommend this book with its simple structure, great speaker, short time for listening and for all the great hints and tips that are easily doable.