Lock the doors and board up the windows. The power grids are down. Food is gone. Communications are reduced to short-range transmission and the only sound on the radio is a killer's heavy breathing.
Moving as it is gripping, CRUDE takes the listener inside the world of Eddie Slate, a smooth-talking car salesman who finds himself caught up in the red zone after a catastrophic incident shuts down the global fuel and power supply. With the gas pumps spitting air and law enforcement failing, self-preservation is the only rule for survival until help can arrive.
Alone and frightened, Eddie spends the hours on a hand radio searching for Beth Andrews, a woman he once loved. Nobody ever answers, at least not until a mysterious drifter starts transmitting and takes a dark step into his life.
The time is now and the place, your hometown. See what happens to Eddie Slate the day the world stops.
©2014 Jeff Davis (P)2016 Jeff Davis
This could have been a story about any one of us. The world imagined by the author takes place after a very plausible oil shortage scenario. Everything that we use in our daily lives, including electricity, heat, food, and transportation comes to a screeching halt. Enter Eddie, a completely ordinary car salesman who happened to prepare a little better than most for the end of the world. What follows is a sometimes unbelievable sequence of events that turns mild-mannered Eddie into a post-apocalyptic hero of sorts. There were times where the action dragged or was interrupted by a flashback or internal musings of Eddie. I understand that the author was attempting to show us how events from the past can determine our future, but I felt it was a little overused. It was like ice water to the face, just when things were getting good. I really enjoyed the narrator's work though. He sounded exactly like I would imagine Eddie to sound. I didn't care for Frank's voice though...he sounded too Brooklyn thug rather than hardened killer. Almost too comical for the part, in a way.
I received this book at no charge through AudioBookBoom in exchange for my unbiased review, so my final thoughts are that this was a 3.5 star book that could have been a 4 or more if the author were to rework certain parts. Overall a good listen and I would like to hear more of both the author and narrator's work in the future.
Just was my type of world ending story, but it was still enjoyable
Salzman always does a great job
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“Crude” takes place in a future where a global catastrophe has shut down fuel and knocked out the power grid. People are running out of food and civilization is devolving into savagery. Former car salesman, Eddie Slate is doing his best to get by while using a radio during the empty hours to try to find a woman he once loved named Beth Andrews. What finds Eddie is a psychopath who wants to take everything Eddie has for survival away from him.
S.W. Salzman does a fine job narrating this gripping cat and mouse story. Crude could have gone a lot of different ways with it’s post apocalyptic future. The direction author J. L. Davis chose was a refreshing change from zombies and other undead things. I think you’ll find Crude well worth your time and your purchase.
Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Blast.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
Yes, the storyline was telling and creative.
The plot was well created and the characters of the story came together gracefully.
Narration was what kept me going till the end. Great job!
To find my moral conscience in the worst of situations.
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I love books that take place around or after apocalyptic events. So, when I started this book, I was a little disappointed at first. It started out pretty slow. I kept listening as I did the dishes, and after awhile I realized I was really into it! It was very different than I was expecting, but I did end up enjoying it. Our main character ends up having to be the hero, and goes through a series of trials and "games." The antagonist is a major bully, who is not afraid to kill anyone in his way. This story actually does have a good many action scenes, and there are a couple twists along the way that I didn't see coming. I think I would classify this book as more of a thriller, that takes place in an apocalyptic setting. S.W. Salzman was the narrator of the audiobook, and he was enjoyable to listen to. He had kind of a unique voice, and I liked that he sounded a little different. Even though I had a harder time getting into this audiobook, I ended up really enjoying it. I would recommend this one, just be aware that its more of a thriller than the summary makes it sound!
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There were too many things wrong with this for me to give it an overall rating of 4. The superb narration is what saves this from getting bumped down to a 3.
Mild spoilers ahead:
As I've seen at least one other person mention somewhere, this felt like it should have been more like a short story than the length it ended up being. Usually, I'd consider an audiobook this size to be very short but in reality it felt probably an hour or two longer than it really needed to be. We kept getting interrupted with the protagonist's internal musings and flashbacks at the most inappropriate moments - such as right in the middle of an action scene or dialogue. Then there were the downright stupid things the protagonist would do, like taunt the bad guy when he wasn't even figuratively out of the woods (and, of course, the tables would turn and he'd be back in hot water again) or not tie a knot sufficiently tight to keep the bad guy adequately restrained, or not be able to find the bullets when he needed to and yadda yadda. On top of that, there were countless times where both the protagonist and antagonist would keep going through the same dialogue over and over to the point that I just wanted them both to shut up. And then there were the moments when of *course* the worst possible thing would happen at the worst possible moment ... multiple times. Really?
Like I said, the narration saved this from getting bumped down to a lower score. Salzman did a good job of representing the characters and bringing them to life. I especially liked how he made the character of Frank sound (despite hating that character early on). No complaints in this area.
Final thoughts: the premise of this story was interesting and the situations scarily realistic. Listening to post-apocalyptic stories does make me think about what life would be like if humanity was punched backward by about 150 years. It's frightening to think about, but definitely a possibility, and I hope it never comes to pass. However, the method of delivering the story was a bit too flawed to fully appreciate. Still, someone who likes this genre might like to check it out.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
"Crude" was a fast-paced story that started out good and built up to intense fairly quickly. It was a different and interesting take on an apocalyptic situation that was hard to turn off. Not only was it based on the exhaustion of the global fuel supply, one of the characters, Frank was crude, (marked by raw emotion, evil, primitive, and down right scary).
The protagonist, Eddie finds Beth and her daughter, but they're all found by Frank who heard Eddie searching for her on the radio. I can't leave out a comment on the dog Shadow. He played a good role in the story as well.
I have to say that this was twisty to me. I had a whole other ending I thought was going to happen. About halfway through, I was sure I had it figured out but I was wrong. This was a great edge of your seat story by J.L. Davis. He's on my author to watch list now.
S.W. Salzman's narration was exceptional. He portrayed all the characters very well and he was especially good with the desperate grittiness in Frank's voice. He has quite impressive vocal skills and I feel like he was half the success of this audiobook. A great match up with author/reader.
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CRUDE hits the mark with great characters and twists. Definitely one of my top picks and with its short snappy chapters, difficult to stop listening. Intense, moving, full of surprises and a satisfying end as the tension continually builds.
Both the protagonist (Eddie Slate) and the villain (Frank Myers) were rock solid when pitted against each other, making for edge of the seat entertainment. Eddie's battle within himself to maintain moral values in a world gone crazy, not to mention find his old flame Beth, was often moving, sometimes to tears, while at the same time pulse pounding as a rapid fire machine gun. Great characterization on all fronts.
Salzman did a fantastic job through the entire novel, but particularly excelled in those moments of confrontation between the major players. His dialogue was crisp as a whip and nearly picture perfect. A few emotional but highly tense moments nearly brings the listener to tears, and at other times, the performance unfolds in high drama keeping the listener heavily engaged and wanting more until its satisfying conclusion.
Yes. The twists, turns and unexpected moments combined with short snappy chapters leaves the listener wanting more.
CRUDE is the combination of a well thought out, thought provoking novel that employs tense situations, tender moments and tons of twists that keep the listener guessing until the end. This was a slick thriller and an apocalyptic view of the world with delicious villains we love to hate, and a hero in Eddie Slate that makes you want to stand up and cheer. A great read.
Maybe - solid and different twist to post-apocalypse. Oil has run out and the earth plummets into chaos due to that fallout. Protagonist is not a typical hero and not a military trained super shooter, prepper, or super human fighter.
Story line was pretty good. But the back and forth between protagonist and the main villain was tiring. How many times can we here this - "where's the girl?" - "I wont tell you". Or "where's your food?" - "I dont have any!", " come on, where's the food?" "I dont have any".
That back and forth repeated it self many times and often didnt feel like it would end. I ended up just wanting one of them to shoot the other just to stop the back and forth.
It's an interesting twist on post apocalypse - right in my favorite zone.
No - good, not great. A little tedious at times but overall still enjoyable and worth the listen. I'll buy more in a series.
I 'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic fiction and looked forward to this author's interpretation of survival when everything familiar suddenly changes. I was disappointed in the author's world building, as I was continually pulled from the story by implausible scenarios. I felt the post-apocalyptic world building elements were missing, which made this story less enjoyable for me.
The narrator did a good job bringing Eddie Slate to life. The narration was largely what kept me engaged.
I am readily willing to suspend my disbelief for the sake of a fictional story, but I feel an author has an obligation to create a world that is credible and plausible. It is my opinion that this was not achieved in CRUDE.
In CRUDE, society as we know it collapses virtually overnight when the Earth's oil supply runs out, despite governments having known of the threat for a couple of years (wouldn't governments have stockpiled reserves??) What about solar power, electricity, steam engines? Eddie spends his time talking to an old girlfriend via a hand-held radio yet the author states no one responds. I don't know much about these types of communications, but it seemed logical to me that if Eddie was using a radio, others would be too (such as ham radio hobbyists). When Eddie finally leaves his cellar at midnight one evening after 30 days of hiding out, he sees a single stranger (where are all of the other people??) enter a music store with an Open Sign posted. He discovers his friend Leo behind the cash register, shot and killed. I found myself wondering why Eddie had been hiding out for weeks while his friend appeared to be conducting business as usual? Other scenes struck me as conveniently coincidental and lacking sufficient explanation as to be improbable.
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