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Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World, Book 3) | [G. Michael Hopf]

Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World, Book 3)

Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren't really prepared at all. While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation. Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor and Pablo are all on different paths, but they are all in search of a home away from chaos.
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Publisher's Summary

Surviving the attack proved to be more than they could have imagined….

Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren't really prepared at all.

While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation. Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor and Pablo are all on different paths, but they are all in search of a home away from chaos. They are all in search of a sanctuary.

©2014 G. Michael Hopf (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    C. Dissmore 09-09-14
    C. Dissmore 09-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good 3rd book. Do NOT change narrators mid-series"
    What did you love best about Sanctuary?

    I enjoyed this series, and eagerly sped through all the books. But this audiobook takes a great story and throws the listener a huge curve ball with a narrator change. I am not going to speak to the talents of the narrators, but rather to the HUGE MISTAKE of changing narrators mid-series. That is just plain dumb. I don't know what led to that decision, whether it was deadline, availability, or some decision-makers personal preference.But let me just say loud and clear: DON'T DO THAT TO YOUR AUDIENCE. Having the voices of the narrator change is jarring, but also the tremendously altered voices of various characters changed is completely off-putting and unacceptable.BTW I know I said I wasn't going to speak to the talents of the narrators but I have to make one exception: The voice used by Keith Szarabjka for Barone on this book is horrible. Horrible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sanctuary?

    Now as to the story, it was actually pretty good. Memorable moments? Hmm. That's tough. It's a fairly steadily progressing story with some real bursts of action...yet as an avid listener I don't think I was ever surprised by what was happening, as by the time something happened (most..not all.. of the time), I already saw it coming. But that's okay.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Keith Szarabjka’s performances?

    Perhaps. As I said, I'm most offended by the change of narrators on the third book in a series. That's terrible. I'd probably listen to and enjoy other performances by Keith Szarabjka if the story was good.


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

    No. But still enjoyed. Did all three books in as many weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I found the book great. A few scenarios in this series were over the top (Rahab storyline) but overall pretty good. I found the use of profanity slightly excessive, but appropriate in some places. I thought there were a few too many characters that became "unhinged" and this story device seemed a bit forced at times. (Lexi, Barone at the end, Brandon). Slightly 2 dimensional on those supporting characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 04-07-15
    Daniel 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, new narrator."

    The new narrator threw me off. His reading works great for some characters, but after the last two books I have a hard time with the Marine officers having a less commanding voice. Still a great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy R. 02-26-15
    Amy R. 02-26-15
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    "Worst narrator EVER!"
    Would you listen to Sanctuary again? Why?

    No. This narrator has completely ruined the story. I was so looking forward to book 3 and was disappointed to see that Joseph Morton had been replaced by this clown. I have fast-forwarded over quite a few parts, esp. those where Pablo and his minion Pasqual, a.k.a. Speedy Gonzalez, are speaking. Szarabjka's accents are utterly ridiculous and so overly-dramatic that he lends a comical feel to the story. He does 12-year-old Brandon's voice with a ridiculous southern accent and he sounds like an adult who smokes a pack a day. Half of Connor's staff are now from Boston, apparently, and their accents are so annoying they are difficult to listen to and take seriously. Pablo's accent is so overly done it's just stupid. We get that he's from Mexico...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sanctuary?

    The narrator's horrible impressions when voicing the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Particularly horrible was Winston Churchill. I literally LOL'd. Why is that even necessary?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Someone should tell Szarabjka that people from Southern California do NOT have southern accents. Neither do native Idahoans, so unless everyone in Eagle, Idaho (Mac, Scott, Truman, his entire group, etc.) came from Texas or Alabama he's way off. He does about 1/3 of the characters with southern accents, 1/3 with Boston accents, and the other 1/3 with a regular west coast accent, sometimes with tinges of southern and Boston thrown in for good measure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh. The narrator is that bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not buy book 4 if this narrator is used. Joseph Morton should re-do this book and be hired for book 4.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 07-16-14
    Alan 07-16-14

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "I fully enjoyed it."

    This may be the last in the series rather hard to tell it could certainly go on, but either way it was a great ending to the first two of the series that I've read. You will not want to miss this book. The characters are as well written and the narration is as good as the others. enjoy I know you will

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim MANKATO, MN, United States 05-29-14
    Jim MANKATO, MN, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A glimpse of a world in chaos"

    I will start off by saying I am a huge fan of this series. This installation of the series delivers the same level of intensity, excitement, an intrigue as the last two. If you are looking for a survival book on “how to” skills this is not your book. The author does not teach how to live off the land while navigating the country side as other books do. Where this book not to mention the whole series really shines is the presentations of the raw ugly situations of a world in chaos. Many times while reading this series I have been forced to ask myself if I could do the hard and sometimes distasteful things that Gordon Van Zandt and the other characters in the story have had to do. This is where this series is unlike any other series I have ever read. In other apocalyptic series characters make long hard treks or fought off countless bands of robbers, zombies, or hungry mobs. But in this book and the series the characters are often put in situations where the good an honorable way of life is not always an option. These are the moments where the book is absolutely riveting an cost me more than couple hours of sleep because I could not put it down. Then again that is why coffee was invented.

    The book itself picks up almost directly where The Long Road left off. If you have not read The Long Road I would strongly advise not continuing on as some of the items in this review will touch on key plot line events and will disclose events that happen during the first two books, so in short SPOILER ALERT! The book starts out with Gordon hot on the trail of the cult leader Rahab the man who killed his son Hunter in one of the most gruesome manners possible. This is what we would expect any good protagonist to do. From Achillies avenging Patroclus’s death to Bob Lee Swagger avenging the death an defamation of Carl Hitchcock, Gordon Van Zandt leaves his family and friends alone in a very dangerous and unpredictable world to seek vengeance for his son’s death. This decision comes with unintended consequences. Gordan’s family and friends are taken in by a man named Eric, his wife and a small community of people living in a subdivision. In Gordon’s absence his family and friends are harassed, harmed, some even killed by a local thug named Truman and his cohorts. The book ends just after an explosive confrontation between Truman’s group and Samantha, Hailey, Nelson, and Eric and his group. I hope the author will further expound on the possible rifts between Gordon and his family and friends on what happened while he was gone. Doing the just and noble thing may seem like a good idea but we may not always get the happy ending we think we deserve. The other four plot lines continue on President Connor, General Barone, Pablo, and Sebastian. I don’t feel like they have quite the level of detail that the Gordon plot line has been given but you do not need a crystal ball to see they will all eventually be intertwined. I heard a saying one time “Experience is what we get, when we do not get what we want.” This becomes an all too common theme throughout the book. From President Conor expressing regret about his rash use of nuclear weapons to Sebastian and those around him who pay heavily for some decisions he makes and obviously Gordon leaving to avenge Hunter. Most readers can see the pieces falling into place of how this story will go. But the author has done a great job in the past of surprising the reader with a plot twist. I know more than once all I could say was “Holy CRAP, I did not see that coming.”

    My one issue with this book is that it seems awfully short. I felt like just as you are getting immersed in one story line the chapter ends and you are catapulted into another story line. By the end of the book you feel like you have barely spent any time with any of the characters. It is like being the host of a large party and because you have so many guests you really cannot spend any real quality time with any one person. This left me feeling like the book was really short even though when I looked the overall book is fairly comparable in length to other books of its genre. But those books had maybe one to three story lines to follow. Hopefully future books in the series will start to combine a number of these story lines together so that the reader can be deeply immersed in each story line. That said it is still a really good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brett 05-01-15
    Brett 05-01-15
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    "Left me waiting for the next one"

    The third installment of The End. There should be no.doubt will be a sequel, and I'll look forward to it. This series has a great story line. it would be a shame for it to end with this book.

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    chris 04-20-15
    chris 04-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awsome"

    Loved it was the best narrator by far*************good story and great voices I I I I I I I

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    Amazon Customer 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great real life station possibilities"

    Good story line a bit segmented between one to many story lines but much improved on the dlivery.

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    BRL 01-22-15
    BRL 01-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Great Storyline Carried On"

    I hesitated at downloading this book. I enjoyed the first two in the series very much but the reviews regarding the change of narrators in this book gave me pause. WTH, it's only a book, right?

    I'm very glad I did. The story line is good enough to overcome the narrator's deficiencies. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't a failure at reading it, it's just his voice, like someone else pointed out, is an assault on your senses. His cadence and timing was ok/good, just that it sounds like he gargles with broken glass. It makes it very difficult to distinguish some of the characters. Some narrators make it so you know who is talking after you're into the book a ways, not here. That's his biggest downfall. It's not his fault though, right? (Unless you figure the steady diet of Marlboros and Scotch that probably got him that way)

    Buy the book/spend the credit. The storyline is worthy. It's set up for a forth book which I'll likely buy. PLEASE go back to the original narrator though.

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    David Brundage 01-03-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Well researched and spellbinding"

    Third book in a 7 book series. I'm hooked! unfortunately, Audible doesn't have the next 4 yet. DOH!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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