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I have been enjoying Audible for the past year and a half and have about 35 books listened to. I'd like to share some suggestions and more importantly hear your favorites and recommendations. 

 

I'll post some of mine when I have some extra time but wanted to post this while I remembered. 

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So, a good football book is "Collision Low Crossers".

 

A journalist spent a year imbedded with the NY Jets and Rex Ryan's coaching staff. Some very interesting stuff and casts an interesting light on Ryan, Mark Sanchez at times, and Mike Pettine. 

 

It seemed to be rather unfiltered by the Jets or Ryan and I absolutely see it as accurate after watching closely his tenure with the Bills. Kinda a must read or listen, for football fans.

 

 

The Passage and it's two follow up books are, in my opinion, fantastic stories. The narrator, Scott Brick, is wonderful in telling the 36 hour story. You can get more detailed reviews and story synopsis on-line and hear audio samples, but for my money it is just a great story and I have listened to the trilogy twice in about a year. That's around 90 hours of story and I loved it all. It's vampires and government experiments and then...well a whole lot more.

 

There is great amounts of character development and back story which may seem unnecessary, but it is and how. It isn't an action packed book. But has a lot of action and held my attention throughout. Twice.

 

As an added bonus it is going to be a series on Fox with Ridley Scott attached with some other industry heavy weights. Would I prefer an HBO venue, yes, but network television has become darker and edgier in recent years and Ridley Scott is gold as far as I'm concerned.

 

Thats all for now...but I have the most actiony action pack action fest to tell you about later.

 

Would love some ideas for future credits.

 

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If you want a balls to the wall special forces vs zombie story with, for my money the best narrator of action, RC Bray, the "Arisen" series is the only choice. These are simply put ,the most action packed audiobooks I know of. With multiple story lines of action with just badass  and sometimes funny special forces mash-up of SEALS, Delta, SAS, Royal Marines, MARSOC, Rangers, a cool as manure British security guard, and several I won't mention because it's to friggin' awesome, this is so great.

 

In one sentence, Great Britain is the last major stronghold of civilization and a cobbled together bunch of pipe hitting special forces and the British military struggle to cure the zombie apocalypse and then it kicks off and over the next, so far 12 books it hasn't let up. Think of the most expensive sweeping movie ever and put it in your brain. Try not to go crazy casting it while the action plays out on multiple fronts. They quote movies with-in the context of the action and it plays funny, not corny or forced. It's what I imagine military men and women would do. Quote Aliens, Predator, and other great pulls. 

 

The one thing I would say is the books are a little short sometimes, around 8-11 hours. If you do happen to try it out the "Arisen Omnibus" is the first three books bundled together for 1 credit which makes it a great bargain. 

 

If you have Amazon Prime that password and sign in is what you'd use for an Audible account. Or i-tunes, I'm not shilling Audible, just the books themselves. I think the "Arisen" series is available in paperback too. I should warn you reading is for nerds and never got anyone anywhere. But the paperbacks are also in the Omnibus version for 1-3 and 4-6 if you insist on reading.

 

I listen mowing the lawn and driving to work, whenever I'm alone a screwing around I'm listening to something. 

 

Final thing, if you hate it you can click return and get your credit or money back with no issue. I've returned two books out of around 40 now and its simple. 

 

More suggestions to come...

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Alright, here's another I really enjoyed. "The Mountain Man" omnibus, three books for the price of one.

 

This is a zombie apocalypse story as well. Where the "Arisen" series is hugh with special forces verses zombies and full throttle "get some", Mountain Man is about a guy who used to paint houses.

 

Again, I'm not here to post some great synopsis, you can get that from any website. I'm here to say I really liked this story a lot. In a sentence, a loner named Gus is trying to drink himself to hell while making his way in the Z.A. in a cool house on a mountainside in Canada. 

 

Smart, funny, gory, and if you like drinking or at least listening to someone drinking and drinking and drinking. This is for you. 

 

RC Bray is the narrator again and he is tremendous again. If you like your "heros" to be smart for the most part this will be a welcome change to the norm. 

 

The story does expand of course and there is one character that we haven't seen before who was really fun. But overall the scope of the series remains focused on a few people.

 

There is a free prequel to the omnibus but I would listen to it last. It's only 45 minutes long and it was decent. I'd save it for the end.

 

I didn't love one part of the story, when I think about this plot point in a movie I imagine it looking cheesy. It was good just not great. The overall story is still fantastic given the part I was iffy about.

 

Check out  "The Mountain Man" omnibus, it's very very good.

 

There is also a 4th book which I forgot about because you just listen as one big story. It's all great as they say. I'm going to listen again.

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This one is a podcast and I listened for free a couple summers ago. It's called "We're Alive", they have done a sequel which you may have to pay for but "We're Alive" can be found as episodes of a podcast on whatever podcast app you use, I assume.

 

It's a bit more than a podcast, it's more of a radio serial with a cast and sound effects and the whole nine yards. There are some soldiers but mostly normal everyday people trying to survive.

 

You maybe guessed, it's a zombie type end of the world story, but the creatures are quite a bit more than that. 

 

It's really worth checking out if you like to listen to stuff other than music while doing yard work or whatever. I'll say, some of the voice acting is rough a times and some character choices get tiresome. But overall it is a compelling listen and fairly well written story. If you like the "people hold up in a building trying to survive and stuff just keeps going wrong" story I'd recommend it highly.

 

It's a great deal of content and again I really enjoyed it all summer long. A little hidden gem I was lucky to come across and I'm really curious if anyone else has even heard of it and if you listened what dd you think. 

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Great thread! Thanks for getting it going.

 

I have about an hour drive to/from work each day and make long work related drives (2+ hours) almost once a week. Audible is fantastic for all that time spent in the car. I started using audible about 2 years ago and have listened to about 60 books so far.

 

Most memorable series I've read are:

 

KingKiller Chronicles written by Patrick Rothfus --- Epic fantasy series with incredible depth and intricacies. If you enjoyed Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Ring series (book form), you'll love this one.

 

and

 

Reckoners written by Brandon Sanderson --- After a burst on Earth's sky, some people were able to obtain superpowers but they came with weaknesses as well. Needless to say the people with superpowers take over different regions of earth and they challenge one another or make alliances with one another. A group of "normals" rebel against the superpowers. It's in the SciFi / Fantasy genre but really well written and narrated. 

 

 

 

 

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Love it, I'll look into those titles. Thanks. 

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Hands down the best audio book I've listened to is A Short History of Nearly Everything written and narrated by Bill Bryson.  Pretty great history of the the universe and his narration is on point.

 

If you like Brandon Sanderson his Mistborn Trilogy is also a great listen.

 

 

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Yes, I went down the Sanderson rabbit hole and saw Mistborn. Good reviews and a ton of them.

 

I will look into your suggestion. Thanks!!!

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I ended up getting the Reckoners and I'm digging it so far...

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Just finished "The Lies of Locke Lamora", and it was good enough to get the sequel.

 

love the Dresden Files as audio books.  Light, entertaining and funny.

 

the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie is a good listen.

 

American Gods by Neil Gaimon 👍

For Sanderson, try The Way of Kings.

Stephen King's 11-22-63 was very good.

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On 9/16/2017 at 9:48 PM, satelliteoflovegm said:

I ended up getting the Reckoners and I'm digging it so far...

 

I finished this one and liked it a lot. The narrator is really good. I think I will explore around some other series but will definitely consider the sequels at some point, it was that good.

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I'm listening to The Disaster Artist which is a book about the making of the movie The Room. It has reached cult status like Rocky Horror with audiences participating in the film as it plays. The book is a movie staring James Franco and it too looks to be very good. It's on my list to see while most are flocking to Star Wars.

 

First if you're unfamiliar with The Room you should seek i out. Especially if you like movies so bad they are good.

 

Second, the book is very funny and interesting. I'm only 2 hours in and if it changes I'll post that but so far it is quite frankly amazing! I think it helps to think back to the movie when he describes something in the book but works as a stand alone too.

 

Love the ideas from you guys and hope to find some more great stuff!!!

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On 9/28/2017 at 1:15 PM, Caveman_Nick said:

Just finished "The Lies of Locke Lamora", and it was good enough to get the sequel.

 

love the Dresden Files as audio books.  Light, entertaining and funny.

 

the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie is a good listen.

 

American Gods by Neil Gaimon 👍

For Sanderson, try The Way of Kings.

Stephen King's 11-22-63 was very good.

 

American Gods was great! I have been a Gaiman fan for year (That didn't come out as planned but leaving it here for gigs). I have the original comic books for the Sandman series.

 

Just finished Sanderson's "The Reckoners" series and picked up the first 2 books for The Way of Kings in digital book format for cheap.

 

Have read the first 5 book of the Dresden files in paper, great series don't know why I stopped.

 

Finished book 8 for the Drizzt Do'Urden series from R.A. Salvatore, a whole lot more to go. Great to have the whole series on audible.

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Added the Disaster Artist to my wish list, it looks pretty good from the reviews. Please update as it goes.

 

I have the 2 credits a month plan and now my wife and my youngest son are getting into audiobooks so I need to ration my credits wisely. Thankfully they are listening to books I already have.

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Finished "The Disaster Artist" and thought it was excellent and very funny. I do think knowing the movie "The Room" makes it much better and would recommend watching it somehow first.

 

On its own it is very very funny. The author Greg, does a wonderful impression of Tommy in the audiobook which is critical to the humor. 

 

Everything about the making of is great. The relationship between Greg and Tommy is 90% interesting and 10% a little slow at times. Without even trying there is a little mystery aspect to the book and at times it is genuinely sad.

 

Recommended!!!

 

I'm trying to decide between "Mistborn" or "The Way of Kings"

 

Anyone with any help here?

 

I have also downloaded "Ready Player One" because it sounds good, is going to be a movie shortly, and got a ton of good reviews.

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I have not started The Way of Kings but from the looks of it, Mistborn seems to be a shorter storyline. I had to push The Way of Kings back since I was able to get a deal for James Clavell "Asian Saga" book series.

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Listened to "The Girl With All The Gifts". I loved it. Post apocalyptic zombie type story. It's also a movie on Amazon prime, same title. I liked the movie as well, very good. It's a British film and maybe doesn't have a Hollywood budget but the story is tremendous and the cast is strong. No major changes from book to film.

 

Finty Williams narrates mostly kids books but this deviation is so strong, her narration is very strong and I like her British voice a lot.

 

The book is written as if she relating a story to you. I was pleasantly surprised having not heard of this book before and I am currently listening to a companion book, "The Boy on The Bridge".

 

Recommended. 

 

 

 

 

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Listened to "Commune" book 1 and 2. Very popular book and it is very good. I liked book 1 and immediately got #2 when I finished.

 

As is my taste, another end of civilization type book, flu, EMP, zombies, fungal infections, whatever causes the end of world event, works for me,

 

Smart, likable characters who really dive into what to do, how to do it, where to go to do it. Rebuilding the world, or their slice of it in great detail. It's described a lot as a "preppers" how to guide. I wouldn't say that, but I just love listening to reasonable and realistic characters having smart planned out ideas and discussions. I don't always agree with choices but they have their reasons as characters go. Main character is mysterious and likable soft spoken tough guy.

 

I recommend this one too.

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"After it Happened" is an EOTWAWKI story that takes place in England and narrated by RC Bray, one of the best and one of my favorites.

 

It's follows an ever growing list of survivors as the try to make their new lot in life. Action at times, how-to planning and prepping at times, smart, fun to think along with them and what would I do or do I agree with this course.

 

It's 3 books, or publisher packs, 1-2 together, 3-4 etc...

 

Some soldier types but a lot of normal people making their way.

 

It was very good and worth the credit.

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"Gray: The Complete Collection" 

 

A woman alone on a hike when something happens and she finds herself very alone.

 

I enjoyed this, however it is a slow burn (pun not intended) and can get a bit repetitive. Not a ton of action, just a scared person trying to survive with next to nothing and no-one. 

 

I could absolutely see someone getting bored with this one. I did at times but listened to the end and ended up enjoying it and I liked the ending though maybe seems tacked on. It worked, I invested some time listening to this one and I'm glad I did.

 

Any females in your life that like survival stories with a female lead might enjoy it of the action heavy choices for EOTWAWKI stories.

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On 9/1/2017 at 1:19 PM, Shaman said:

Great thread! Thanks for getting it going.

 

I have about an hour drive to/from work each day and make long work related drives (2+ hours) almost once a week. Audible is fantastic for all that time spent in the car. I started using audible about 2 years ago and have listened to about 60 books so far.

 

Most memorable series I've read are:

 

KingKiller Chronicles written by Patrick Rothfus --- Epic fantasy series with incredible depth and intricacies. If you enjoyed Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Ring series (book form), you'll love this one.

 

and

 

Reckoners written by Brandon Sanderson --- After a burst on Earth's sky, some people were able to obtain superpowers but they came with weaknesses as well. Needless to say the people with superpowers take over different regions of earth and they challenge one another or make alliances with one another. A group of "normals" rebel against the superpowers. It's in the SciFi / Fantasy genre but really well written and narrated. 

 

 

 

 

Reckoners book 2 and 3 are on sale for $6 each, if anyone cares...

 

I never use a credit on a book that costs less than $10 because 1 credit gets you a $50 book or a $2 book.

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On 6/18/2018 at 1:42 AM, satelliteoflovegm said:

Listened to "Commune" book 1 and 2. Very popular book and it is very good. I liked book 1 and immediately got #2 when I finished.

 

As is my taste, another end of civilization type book, flu, EMP, zombies, fungal infections, whatever causes the end of world event, works for me,

 

Smart, likable characters who really dive into what to do, how to do it, where to go to do it. Rebuilding the world, or their slice of it in great detail. It's described a lot as a "preppers" how to guide. I wouldn't say that, but I just love listening to reasonable and realistic characters having smart planned out ideas and discussions. I don't always agree with choices but they have their reasons as characters go. Main character is mysterious and likable soft spoken tough guy.

 

I recommend this one too.

Commune Book 1 is also on sale. 10 Hours of listening for $6. Great series...

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12 hours ago, satelliteoflovegm said:

Reckoners book 2 and 3 are on sale for $6 each, if anyone cares...

 

I never use a credit on a book that costs less than $10 because 1 credit gets you a $50 book or a $2 book.

 

Agreed!

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