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Scavenger: Evolution Audiobook

Scavenger: Evolution: Sand Divers, Book One

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Publisher's Summary

A compilation of Scavenger 1-3 (Red Sands, Blue Dawn, and Twin Suns).

In the future, sand divers search the depths for the lost city of Danvar and the truth behind their bleak existence. Divemaster Rush hasn't dived since he lost his infant. A job offer turns from an escape to a trap, and the lure of a hardened heart to survive like anyone else would. One dive leads to another. Farther and farther from the surface, death and evolution change his world. He'll have to change, too, or watch his wife rise without him.

Inspired by Hugh Howey's world of Sand, and written and sold with his permission, Scavenger: Evolution takes the landscape of Dunes and throws in the pacing and thrills of Alien.

©2015 Timothy C. Ward (P)2015 Timothy C. Ward

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    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas Georgia 11-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Sci-Fi!"

    Evolution is a sci-fi thrill ride set in Hugh Howey’s Sand! I haven’t read Sand but now I really really want to, and if you haven’t read it then don’t let it deter you from trying this one out because it’s a great standalone listen!

    Rush is a man stuck in a dust covered world where any weaknesses can be carved out of a person, and that’s exactly what has happened. At the beginning of this novel Rush is in the midst of living a hollow life, devoid of his now dead son and the wife he left behind, and he’s forced to put himself back into the equation when a man offers him a job that changes everything. I liked Rush. He’s definitely got some jagged edges to him, but under that hardened exterior is a man in mourning. I really liked his overall development and they way he handles the tough situations that they all find themselves in. He has a sort of gritty edge to him that makes him a damn fine character to follow, but it’s his heart and determination that really start shining though especially in the second half.

    The world itself is pretty cool as well…well as cool as a world covered in sand can be. It’s definitely a desolate place, but I like seeing how characters handle living in places where living isn’t exactly the best thing to do. The plot moves rather quickly once Rush makes his decision in the beginning chapters, and barely slows down at all. Instead it moves from one problem to the next, not giving you nor the characters a true chance to catch their breaths.

    David Robison does an excellent job of telling the story and has the perfect voice for it. He has this sort of gravelly gruffness, that captures the feel of the entire story and quite a lot of the characters with little to no effort. The only issue i had was there were a few instances where I lost track of who was talking because a few of the voices were similar.

    If you are looking for a sci-fi adventure with a ton of action, twists, and grit then I’d definitely recommend Evolution. It’s a quick listen that will leave you craving even more when it’s over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seamus 04-30-16
    Seamus 04-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exciting addition to the SAND universe"

    This is one of the best stories told within Hugh Howey's Sand universe & it's very exciting stuff too!

    Timothy C.Ward's Evolution series, just like Michael Bunker's - Dunes Over Danvar, is pretty much essential reading for anyone who enjoyed the original books from Hugh Howey. Dare I say it, they are nearly better cause they go deeper into the story, down to the nitty-gritty!

    Anyway, a great audio performance, with some nice special vocal effects were it counts.

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    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 02-04-16
    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 02-04-16

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    "A fresh idea for a sci-fi world"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Scavenger: Evolution to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure since I did not read the print version. I did enjoy the narration though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed that it was a fresh concept. The idea of a world largely covered in sand evoked images of Dune, BUT the sand diving suits made for a really awesome twist. Scavengers diving to the ruins of old covered in sand.

    The book was a great mix of straight sci-fi and post apocalyptic genres. The author does a good job of getting you "into" the world and understanding how it differs from our own.


    What about David Robison’s performance did you like?

    He had great intonation and portrayed each character very well. Sometimes in audio books it is easy to lose track of who is speaking, but in this case that was never an issue.


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

    If I had the time I probably would have!


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 01-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Intriguing world!"

    I tend to stay away from most fan fiction stories because I've found that they just aren't that good! Not so with this book, it's based on a very popular series and author and I have to say that it's well worth the read.

    The world building in this was awesome and intriguing. I love the idea of the sand divers and their suits. It was interesting and unique.

    The characters are all well written and developed. I loved Rush. He has spent the last few years in a fog as such. Every since the death of his son, he neglects his wife and doesn't care for anything. My heart went out to him but I'm so happy he had a second chance on living.

    The plot is well thought out and delivered. I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, but I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I loved the world and can't wait to dive back into the word the author created.

    Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read. I look forward to more from this author.

    *I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy V. (o´〰`o)♡*✲゚*。 Hialeah, Florida, US 01-13-16
    Sandy V. (o´〰`o)♡*✲゚*。 Hialeah, Florida, US 01-13-16 Member Since 2016

    I don't just love to read books. I love to listen, smell them, collect them and even read about them. My daily vitamins. (๑°꒵°๑)・*♡

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    "(ノ'ヮ')ノ*:・゚✧Fascinating and exciting Sci-fi Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Scavenger: Evolution the most enjoyable?

    Wow. It truly has been a long time since I've had a good sci-fi book. Scavenger: Evolution has really good non-stop thrilling action. A great story along with a great narration performance; that made it enjoyable and unable to stop.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character Divemaster Rush was my favorite one. Living a miserable life and having given up after the death of his son, he gets a second chance. He's offered a diving job that changes everything. He finds himself trying to change himself and working alongside his wife. She is both; the woman he blames for the death of his infant. And, the woman he is still married to, and loves. Enjoyed the relationship with his friend Avery. Lots of emotions the guy has to battle with; not just a powerful adversary enemy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part is trying to rid themselves of the Governor's nanobots. All in all, I immensely enjoyed the Twin Suns chapters. When they must flush out the nuclear plasma ingested. Rich detailed and not overly done.


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

    In truth, I found the beginning slow. Then I was so caught up in the emotions and their quest to reach "Danver", I kept pushing wanting to find out more. What were his best friend's Avery plans. What were his secrets. How could Rush fix his marriage. Every time I followed the story, it took a turn I had not expected. The action became non stop and fast moving while keeping you on edge. Intense. My saving grace: It was the holidays and I was off from work.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was exceptionally performed. Characters had their own personalities, their own voice; and you could feel the emotions going through them. Even the robotic voices he used. Fantastic job! I could listen to this man read the dictionary or the biggest law book, and I would still enjoy it. He poured emotion into each character, and he also made it fun.

    Disclaimer: This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Absalonson Spokane, WA USA 01-06-16
    Dan Absalonson Spokane, WA USA 01-06-16 Member Since 2015

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    "An Emotional Thrilling Story in the world of Sand"

    This was a fun read. There was a lot of action and once the story started moving it didn't stop. Leading up to all the action is a ton of emotion built into the main character. This base enhances the rest of the book giving the exciting scenes an extra layer of what's going on in the characters heads. It provided a good pushing off point for the characters motivations.

    I loved the expansion of Hugh Howey's Sand world in this story. We got to see the power of the sand diving suits used in new and different ways. We also learned a bit more about the old world that existed before everything was covered in sand and that was cool.

    I liked the characters in this story. They had a lot of emotionally charged back story and it helped make the story feel deeper through the many fun fast paced action driven scenes that made up the last three quarters of the book. You get a lot of the main character's thoughts throughout the story and really feel like you know him by the end of the book. If you liked Hugh Howey's Sand you'll enjoy this story as well. It did not disappoint.

    I read this book by listening to the audiobook. Dave Robison's narration was fantastic. First of all, the guy just has a great voice for narration. It's low, rich, and just easy on the ears. This guy could read a phone book and listening would be a nice way to pass the time. Beyond that I really enjoyed his reading of the character's dialog. When they got emotional you could really hear it in his voice. He's a great actor. I've noticed a lot of narrators, even popular great ones, don't really let their voices get that emotional when reading dialog of characters who are crying or screaming. I appreciated the emotion this narrator poured into his words. It really helped you feel what the characters were feeling and added to the emotion of the scene. I also loved the effects he used like a subtle echo when the character was thinking or the cool effects he put on a robotic A.I. voice. All of these made the story that much more fun to listen to and immersive. So a great story that made for a fantastic listen with great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 12-30-15
    Steven 12-30-15
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    "I look forward to reading more of this series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book brings a very interesting twist to the post apocalyptic genre. The author came up with an original idea for a very unoriginal setting, and I was never bored when I read this one. I was disappointed when it ended, not because of the ending but because I wanted more. However I did want more backstory on what happened to the planet and I'm curious if the same things happened to the other parts of the globe. I'm sure these things will be explained in forthcoming books. A very good read. There could be so many more series based in this same world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main one of course! Second favorite was the cave dweller, hopefully he gets his share of attention later.


    What does David Robison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration was perfect. He surprised me many times by performing different accents and sound affects awesomely. Great choice of a narrator for this series. I would love to listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was gifted to me free by the author in return for an unbiased review through Audiobooksblast dot com

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Davidt100 08-14-16
    Davidt100 08-14-16
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    "Overly dramatic, I didn't finish it"

    The concept of the story seemed pretty interesting. However after listening to it for about an hour I was very confused by the story, and put off by the use of echo when the character is thinking to himself.

    Since I did not finish the story I gave it all threes to keep it in the median range.

    The Book was provided by audiobook blast in return for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-28-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating and exciting Sci-fi Story"
    Where does Scavenger: Evolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the Top


    Which character – as performed by David Robison – was your favorite?

    Rush. His narration was perfect. He surprised me many times by performing different accents and sound affects awesomely. Great choice of a narrator for this series.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    livetodream 01-17-16
    livetodream 01-17-16
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    "Interesting listen"
    What did you like best about Scavenger: Evolution? What did you like least?

    I had a hard time following the story line and fully understanding the story. I can't say either what I like best or least. In all honesty I will listen again and update accordingly.


    Would you recommend Scavenger: Evolution to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book because some of my friends would enjoy this type of story.


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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