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Red Hill Audiobook

Red Hill: A Novel

When the world ends, can love survive? For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone means fighting for tomorrow is an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can't remember what it's like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda's biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals. When reports of a widespread, deadly "outbreak" begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined.
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When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone means fighting for tomorrow is an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can't remember what it's like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda's biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly "outbreak" begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can't outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy - an enemy who no longer remembers what it's like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you'd die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times best-selling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

©2013 Jamie McGuire (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Amy JOSHUA, TX, United States 11-02-13
    Amy JOSHUA, TX, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read and listen to books. I teach and share my love with my teenager and I'd like to share that love with you.

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    "Are the Lives Lost Worth Those Saved?"

    When I set eyes on this cover and realized that EMMA GALVIN teamed up to narrate another of McGUIRE’s works, I had to give it a listen. The combination of McGUIRE, GALVIN, and Zombies is so up my alley that friend Felicia @ The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog was going to send me the audio to review. But alas, I had already cashed in an Audible credit and marked it “Read.”

    You’ll spend a little over half of the book with our three narrators on the run toward RED HILL. Though I could totally feel their anxiety and fear, I had a hard time connecting with the characters and their storylines. But I knew once they all hit RED HILL, things would happen. And they do. Their lives start to intertwine and complicate. I guess messy and complicated should be expected when a zombie apocalypse is thrust upon you. The relationships I enjoyed the most were those of the college kids. They rewarded you with loyal and sweet to uncomfortable and questioning.

    Scarlet, Scarlet, Scarlet. I think you caused me the greatest pain. I felt your actions were overly selfish and reckless. They diminished my views towards RED HILL and toward your badassness.

    EMMA GALVIN is always a favorite and she doesn’t disappoint here. She captures the youthful hopefulness of our college characters. She made me care about Miranda and the things that burdened her heart plus want to protect those that were important to her. ZACHARY WEBBER‘s stiff, calculated resolve made Nathan hard to connect with on the run. But at RED HILL, it fit what his character needed to be. He had to keep calm for the sake of the children and hold down the fort. JANUARY LAVOY’s Scarlet was hard to read. She was kind of stoic. But in hindsight, it was really one of those creepy calms that has something unhinged bubbling underneath. She was protective and courageous, but it twists into something I couldn’t resolve myself to appreciate in the end.

    It is one of those books that makes wonder if the lives lost were worth the ones saved.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erika 01-14-16
    Erika 01-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining but nothing new"

    Zachary Webber's perfect voice is the best thing about this book. It is an entertaining listen, but there is nothing novel about this apocalyptic storyline.

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    Gary 04-19-16
    Gary 04-19-16
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    "good book. hard to follow"

    the story was great. it was hard sometimes to follow who was saying what. Different people narrating the same character, several different voices for the same person

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    Jennifer O'Neill 03-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story"

    Loved it! Interesting. But it was similar to many zombie stories. I did enjoy the people's stories.

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    hill 06-24-15
    hill 06-24-15
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    "I could do without Emma Galvin in this narration"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Absolutely cannot stand Emma Galvins narration. I picked this book because of Z.Webbers performances in past books have been amazing. IMO Galvins voice sounds like a teenage boy, it's nerdy, nasally, annoying...just awful.


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    V. merante ctusa 06-01-15
    V. merante ctusa 06-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "narrators ruined the book for me"

    I read the book and loved it. .but the narrators are just awful. they are readi ng. .not narrating. one sounds like he is falling asleep the entire time...his voice is so droning. wish I could return this one!!

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    Amazon Customer 01-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "loved it!"

    So much loss, and hope wrapped into one novel! wonderful read! loved that it wasn't the predictable zombie novel!

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    NMwritergal 01-01-15
    NMwritergal 01-01-15
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    "Why You Should Not Waste Your Time or Money"

    Oh, why didn't I listen to other reviewers--the ones with brains who said not to bother with this tripe? I should have read the ones with spoiler alerts.

    I don't usually like to write reviews with spoilers, but without them, it's pretty tough to dissuade someone from wasting their time and money so I might as well go whole hog.

    That said, here's the spoiler alert review as to why this book is best avoided:

    Because the author can't tell a decent story, though the writing itself is decent. Did this writer not have an editor? Or a writing group who would have said, "Uh, these fifteen (or however many) things you do in this novel going to be so very unsatisfying for the reader, because what you've done is stupid, illogical, lazy, etc." Or, "Gee, you sure you want to kill off half your cast of characters with barely a 'fare thee well'?"

    McGuire gives us Scarlet, one of the main characters who is so obsessed about finding her children that she gets a number of characters killed. Not only does the author kill off a number of the likeable and decent characters, said author sometimes does so in what probably amounts to a paragraph (if you were reading instead of listening). Most times it's told and not even shown in a scene. If that's not lazy writing, I don't know what is. Nobody likes it when characters they like die, but a decent writer knows how to do it in a "satisfying" way. Additionally, the author could have given the characters other reasons for "clearing" the town so some of the deaths wouldn't have been so senseless and a direct result of Scarlet's irrational thinking.

    What's worse, after the author kills off many of the main characters, Scarlet's kids coming strolling on down the road after months and months.

    What's the point of a minor love triangle when the author kills off all three of those characters?

    Autistic (very high-functioning) kid who is never identified as such. If you don't know anything about autism, some of what the author writes might be a little mystifying.

    They are not very diligent about keeping watch for the walking dead, which is the main cause of another senseless death.

    The ending: Since only one character I cared about survived Scarlet's obsession, I didn't really care what happened.

    I could go on, but I think that ought to be enough to warn people away from a novel that was probably written during NaNoWriMo--that's an "event" when you write a novel in one month--and was never edited.

    Female narrator who does Scarlet: Excellent
    Female narrator who does Miranda: Ok
    Male narrator: Rather monotone

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    loralou 03-16-14
    loralou 03-16-14

    Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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    "AWESOME"

    I'm always leery when trying new authors but i'm so glad I did with Jamie McGuire. It words flow smoothly the story is strong and realistic. I do hope their is a sequel to Red Hill. It isn't that the ending wasn't satisfying. It was. I'm just curious what happened to so many great characters.

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    The Reading Date CA, United States 02-05-14
    The Reading Date CA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.

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    "Needed more Action and Zombies"

    Red Hill is more of a character study than a non-stop zombie killing adventure. Scarlet’s character is at the center of the action- she’s the mother figure to the group, and also one of the best at taking down zombies, aka creepers/shufflers/teds. She holds on to the hope that she will be with her daughters again and that’s what keeps her going.

    The story picked up steam for me once the gang got together at Red Hill. Before that time, they were isolated and dodging zombies separately, and my mind would start to wander. There’s lots of time spent on the journey to Red Hill. And with the shift in perspectives, I felt a little detached from the characters.

    When the group meets up at Red Hill though, things get a little less predictable and a lot more dangerous. Character bonds are formed. The danger kind of sneaks up on you, and there are some whoa, I can’t believe this is happening moments. The slow pace of the novel makes any fight or death scene that much more impactful. And McGuire makes some bold choices with the conclusion that took me off guard.

    I picked up the audiobook because I saw Emma Galvin was one of the narrators. Galvin reads Miranda’s part, January LaVoy is Scarlet, and of course Zachary Webber is Nathan. Galvin is very strong with action scenes and bringing the emotional intensity to her reading- she reads Divergent so this is right up her alley. LaVoy sounds age-appropriate for Scarlet, and you can feel her concern for her kids. Webber’s Nathan has a smooth, calm voice that’s perfect for the character. The narration is good, and sets the mood for the story. Emma Galvin’s intensity stands out among the trio but that’s also the nature of her character. The novel’s slow pace did make the audiobook feel longer than 9.5 hours.

    Red Hill is zombie fiction, rather than NA or YA and is such a departure for Jamie McGuire I’m not sure it’s a natural fit for her NA/romance fans. Then again, with the focus not on zombie killing action, it’s not a slam-dunk for zombie lovers either. I’m not into zombies, but even I think there should have been more action and scares.

    Red Hill may be a good choice for someone who reads fiction and wants to dip their toes in the zombie pool. There’s not too much romance and it’s not keep-you-up-at-night scary. It has a Walking Dead vibe to it, and you’ll be thinking more about how you’d survive in a zombie apocalypse.

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