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Mordacious Audiobook

Mordacious: The City Series, Book 1

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From the universe of the Until the End of the World series. (Note: The City Series can be heard before or after the Until the End of the World series)

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in.

Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier and likelier, and finding his sister may be his only prospect for survival - if he can make it home.

Sylvie doesn't need more than food, water, and shelter. Eric wants only to find his sister. But sometimes what we think we need isn't what we need at all, and what we find is more than we expected.

©2016 Sarah Lyons Fleming (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    LD 09-25-16
    LD 09-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse"

    I was excited to find Sarah Lyons Fleming had released another book in the Until the End realm. I loved the first series and have listened to it multiple times. I must admit I love this book more than any of the three in the original trilogy and novella.

    I love how real these characters were, how SLF made them loveable even with their flaws. Sylvie's and Grace's friendship is enviable. The humor between them and Sylvie and Eric is perfect. I never thought a post apocalyptic book could make me laugh out loud so many times, as well as feel fear or sadness.

    This book has joined my top 5 books of all times. SLF has a real gift for words. I can't wait for the next book.

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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 09-16-16
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 09-16-16 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "Feel Good Zombie Stories!"
    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! If you are new to this author, stop! Check out her trilogy + novella, Until The End of The World. Mordacious is a spin off of that series. It is not essential that you read Until the End of the World first to enjoy this book, but I recommend you do.

    Do you like zombie / survival stories – but hate to get bogged down with endless tragedy and after tragedy? I love apocalyptic novels, but I am often turned off by plots that take the reader down a dark hole (evil humans, society at its worst, characters spending the entire book trying to find a way out of a hopeless and ugly scenarios). While Fleming’s novels include all these elements, her books center on the dynamics of the survival group. The plot is centered on her characters, their struggles, and growth – that happen to be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

    Fleming wrote the first “Feel Good” Zombie story I have ever read – and it was such a breath of fresh air! That is, when my heart wasn’t racing from fearing for my beloved characters well being and safety.

    Narration: I am a narrator snob. I have loved Luke Daniels since “The Druid” series… he does a fine job here. I am new to Therese and thought she was a little better fit for the character she’s playing. The story is told from two points of view, so that is why we get a male and female narrator. When the two characters are together, the narrators get to play off each other, the narration really shines. I saw one negative review of the narration and I honestly don’t know what they are talking about. The narration is great.

    Can't wait for the next installment!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty 26 Tennessee, USA 10-15-16
    Kitty 26 Tennessee, USA 10-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story"

    This was a really enjoyable 'read'. The characters really came to life by the readers and the story flowed. Great ending too.

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    cappi lucas chico, CA, United States 10-13-16
    cappi lucas chico, CA, United States 10-13-16 Member Since 2016

    Addicted to audiobooks. Can't go a day without it. Makes housekeeping,cooking and hobbyist more interesting.

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    "Great start to a series"

    I likes that Maria is safe. This new aspect of the zombie genre is refreshing. I like that it focuses on the people more than the zombies. Survival before blood and guts.
    I highly recommend this series and personally want to see more.

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    Anthony 10-09-16
    Anthony 10-09-16
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    "Must.Have.More"

    loved every second of this book.
    I had been hoping to find out what happened to Eric and Maria ever since I got hooked on Until the End of the World (where you'll learn about Eric's sister Cassie and Maria's daughters Penny and Anna).
    Ms. Fleming has a way of tying up loose ends so you have a sense of closure and leaving some frayed so you'll want more.
    Now I need to know what happened to Grace's family - hopefully in the next book....please!

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    marti 09-14-16
    marti 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book was so satisfying!"
    What made the experience of listening to Mordacious the most enjoyable?

    I previously read it before I listened to the audiobook. I think I enjoyed reading it better, but I still loved listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sylvie and Eric were probably tied. They are both so funny and witty and i obviously love what's happening between them. Sylvie isn't afraid to stand up for herself and her friends. She doesn't realize the impact that she has on people. She thinks she isn't worth anyone's friendship, but she doesn't realize that anyone she meets loves her. Eric gets her. Knows when to push her and when to back off. He gives her time to adjust to him and he respects her personality traits.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sarah has a way with words. She could write the dictionary and I would still listen to it all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read the prequel series to this, you are missing out. It's called "Until the End of the World" and it has three books. They are so phenomenal. I have re listened and re read probably a dozen times. Do yourself a favor ;) This series is setting up to be the same. I love her writing. And her plot twists.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. Spencer Ky 11-17-16
    M. Spencer Ky 11-17-16 Member Since 2016

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    "(Gasp) I Am Sylvie"
    What did you love best about Mordacious?

    The book is told from two alternating points of view, Sylvie and Eric, against the backdrop of the North East US (both rural and urban) within the grip of a burgeoning apocalypse. The transition between the character vantage points is timed well and isn't confusing. The plot and characters are well-rounded and evolve, and while there is a wave of man-eaters now shambling the streets, life isn't without some glimmer of hope.I loved the language the author used in this book - as the characters bantering about with word-of-the-day vernacular. I applaud the dialogue and reactions as they felt very natural. Sylvie: I've never been so drawn in by a female protagonist as I was to Sylvie. Her character is completely real to me because - setting aside her penchant for sweets - we are very much the same; eerily similar difficult childhoods rife with insecurity and neglect at the hands of both parents, similar mindsets, similar personal landmines, an obsessive need for things to be fair, not wanting to depend on others, not wanting to be a burden, a hate for bullies and people who abuse their power, plus I'm passionate about word games and I'm a cat whisperer too. Syl is damaged but strong willed and capable, and her hard upbringing, as crappy as it was, has prepped her for the right mindset for the apocalypse. She's accompanied by her childhood friend Grace as they find themselves stuck in a hospital at the start of the series just as the "virus" begins to show its teeth and claws. Eric: Eric is the golden boy who had a more ideal upbringing in comparison. He too has the right mindset for the fall of humanity as his parents were preppers. He is driven, kind, and principled. He's comfortable in the wilderness, strong, smart, and has a wonderful protective quality about him. He's also willing to do what needs to be done to survive. Eric is attempting to traverse a now zombie-laden landscape in hopes of finding his sister along with his best friend Paul (+ his wife & son). If the zombies aren't bad enough Eric is towing his ex-girlfriend along for the ride. I won't go into any details of the other characters as I would hate to reveal any potential spoilers - other than to say there are the occasional idiots whose selfish actions do get others killed. From other reviews I've read, this book is a nod to the author's Until the End of the World series. I have yet to read/listen to those, but based on my experience with this book, I'm going to start it as soon as I can.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    While I don't recognize the narrators who performed the reading of Mordacious, I hope they return for the next volume of this series. They did a fantastic job emoting the written word where I really felt like there were more than the two reading it aloud - given the number of different characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't put this story down (which is saying a lot since it's about 17 hours long). Mordacious , hands down, is one of the best zombie or end-of-the-world stories I've ever read/listened to. For anyone who is into preppers, survival, zombies, or similar ilk this is worth your time.


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    Steven Ferro 11-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bravo Zombie !"

    Sarah does not dissapiont. A well written story narrated in harmony that keeps you riveted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 11-09-16
    Annette 11-09-16 Member Since 2010

    Lover of sounds, especially when I can learn something or get lost in another world.

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    "Amazing"

    The author writes with eloquence and the narrators were dreamy. There is nothing bad to say I will get the next one as soon as I can.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K12mom 11-04-16
    K12mom 11-04-16 Member Since 2015

    I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.

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    "New Characters-Same Great Writing"

    From the universe of Until the End of the World comes the first installment of the tale of Cassie's brother, Eric, Ana and Penny's mother, Maria, and a cast of characters also trying to survive while stranded in New York City. I was taken in by Cassie in the first 3 books; in so many ways I could relate to her. I have often wondered if the character, Cassie, is based on Lyons Fleming or someone close to her. She is fully a real and flawed character who we get to know on such a deep level that for me I felt as if I knew her as a close friend. The cast of characters Cassie loves and cares for and sacrifices for are also unique, funny, and equally devoted to Cassie. I admire Lyons Fleming's writing style and pacing so much that I have actually listened to all three books in the first series twice. The first time was to enjoy the unfolding story and the second time was to admire the process she uses throughout. I was always set on reading the next series of books because of the connection I felt to the characters. This first book, Mordacious, picks up where the last book in the first series left off. While I miss the characters and the story line from the first series this book is just as engrossing as the first one in the first series. Lyons Fleming introduces us to a new cast of characters struggling to stay alive and figuring out who to trust. Lyons Fleming's strength lies in her ability to balance the flow of the action with the details she reveals about each new character. I already have the sense that these folks are real people who could have experienced the events in the book. Even though this is a first story in a series we get to immediately see what lengths each character will go to in the decisions they make in horrific circumstances. We get to see how they make choices, what sacrifices they will make, why they make them, and for me, the most striking part, is that we get to see the emotional struggle ongoing in staying true to self even when the world has gone to hell. The narration is first rate (Audible) even without Julia Whelan (one of my favs). I need the next installment, please. As quickly as possible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Carina Regan
    11/22/16
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    "Pure Zombie Joy!"

    I love Sarah Lyons Flemings's other books she wrote about the Zombie Apocalypse and I was so thrilled when I found out that she wrote about Eric's and Maria's journey. (You don't have to read the other books before, to understand the story.) Fleming brings the characters alive and there's never a dull moment. Its funny, full of action and very addictive! I can't wait for the next books in this new series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
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    11/11/16
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    "Amazing! Can't recommend highly enough!!"

    It's been so cool to see what happened to the other side of Cassie's family!
    I was slightly worried that the city wouldn't live up to the excellence of the 'end of the world ' trilogy but I needn't have worried as this book was just as good! The characters are fantastic and I think she should never stop writing these stories! I could listen forever. The narrators are fantastic as well!

    Please hurry with the next one, I'm starting to get withdrawal lol!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    10/11/16
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    "I really love this series of books."

    I've listened to all the books in the serise twice so far. I love the characters, the story lines and the threads of connection between survivors. Listening to what Cassies brothers journey has been like and the people hes met and their survival in the city through another strong yet vulnerable female character. I love it! Great listen... Can't wait for book 2 in the city series... Bring it on! 🤗

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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