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Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1 | [Ilsa J. Bick]

Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
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Publisher's Summary

It could happen tomorrow....

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

©2011 Ilsa J. Bick (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"For fans of postapocalyptic and horror fiction, Bick has created a story of equal parts intrigue and gore…Katherine Kellgren narrates the tension-filled action at a lightning pace…The author’s frenetic characterization of Alex is tempered by Kellgren’s ability to draw the listener into each scene." (Audiofile)

2012 Audie Award Nominee, Female Solo Narration

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    Amazon Sucks 07-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "dont waste a credit - you have been warned"

    Here is the honest truth on this book.
    1) the first 2 or 3 hours are kind of painfull as the performance by the reader is too much. She squeeks & screams the lines. This improves greatly after that & she does a good job. But you have to get through the first section.

    2) the story really isn't that well written - I mean - its not a good story - The last 30 minutes were good - but when she was captured by the cult of "we are not mormons" who make her attend school.... come on - that just sucks. The title has nothing to do with the story & it seems that ashes are a side note & not related to anything that is happening.

    3) This might be a good book for a younger person looking for something a little scary - maybe an early teenager. Us older folks expect more.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Vidalia, LA, United States 09-12-11
    Karen Vidalia, LA, United States 09-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Superb!"

    The author is a genius with her use of imagery and setting. I found the storyline very fresh, the characters believable, and the ending a heart-stopper! Ms. Kellgren caught the character's personalities perfectly...especially the eight year-old girl. Does an eight year-old whine and throw temper tantrums? Any parent will tell you that yes she does. Ms. Kellgren got it spot on. I love this book so much I purchased it for my NOOK and have ordered the hard back. Can't wait for the next installment!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    AudiobookWorm California 05-29-12
    AudiobookWorm California 05-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "waste of a credit"
    Has Ashes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love dystopia, but not this book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was very obnoxious. I read other reviews that said the same beforehand, I should have listened.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike other books of this genre, the characters do not draw you in. I found it difficult to care what happened to them.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    it's me 09-12-11
    it's me 09-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Ruined by the narrator"

    I have not made it even an hour into the book, and I am ready to rip my ears off. I have listened to this narrator before, and she constantly raises her voice to a whiny, ear splitting shrill that absolutely ruins whatever story you were attempting to listen to, no matter what the quality of the writing had been.

    24 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cannington, Australia 12-25-13
    Garry Cannington, Australia 12-25-13 Member Since 2011

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Very different and somewhat disturbing."
    What did you love best about Ashes?

    It is a good story, I felt for the characters


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less shouting, I do like a narrator that gets into the performance and this is done very well by Katherine Kellgren but there was times I had to turn down the volume or take the headphones from the ears as the shouting/acting was just too loud.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very different view of an apocalyptic event and aftermath and one that seemed possible yet left me a little wanting. I will listen to book 2 and see what develops. Which in many ways is what a author should do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blueyes in NJ 12-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Cheap is dear...even at a daily deal not worth it!"
    What would have made Ashes better?

    Eliminate the terrible characters annoying narration


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author or narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very annoying


    What character would you cut from Ashes?

    The first two girls we meet.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste youcredits or time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    OZ VB VA USA 02-05-13
    OZ VB VA USA 02-05-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Can't this girl do anything right?"

    I have to agree with an earlier review. I read (listen to) post apocalyptic tales to hear stories of everyday heros who overcome adversity. Into part two and I just cannot connect with someone who does everything wrong, loses with every situation. I'll continue to struggle through, but my bright daily outlook can only absorb so much heroine failure in a given reading.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Front Royal, VA, United States 03-06-12
    Carol Front Royal, VA, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I loved this story! Could not stop listening."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I haven't read the print version but I loved the audio book and don't get all the negative comments about the reader, I thought she did a wonderful job! She gave a unique and distinct voice to each and every character, I almost forgot I was listening to one person. The story was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end and THEN BAM!! To my shock and horror the book was done, the story was unresolved, because (though nowhere in the books description does it warn you that this is book one of three) its a trilogy. Worse-- the next book is not coming out until September 2012!! Except for that unpleasant little surprise this book was terrific.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I was already very interested in the subject as I incorporated the use of EMP's in a novel I am presently writing , though with very different results.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Absolutely, though she gives only one point of view I thought it was interesting. The pace keeps things exciting as well. The constant excitement and the characters, some of whom I'd like to have shaken at various times but that's because two of the main characters are a naive 17 year old girl who sometimes doesn't think things through very well ( like most 17 year-olds) and a traumatized 8 year old. Just realistic in my opinion.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I loved her performance.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I was really peeved that there was no indication that this was book one of a trilogy, if I'd known that I would have waited to buy this because I hate for a story to end on a cliffhanger and then no second book to resolve things for 6 months!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Kaysville, UT, United States 09-12-11
    Melinda Kaysville, UT, United States 09-12-11 Member Since 2009

    5*= Loved this 4*= liked a lot; 3*= a solid OK ; 2*= could've done without; 1*=a total PU

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    "Simply Put..."

    Awful--shockingly, embarrassingly, discouragingly devoid of creativity and talent, and the narrator's histrionic reading was akin to listening to nails scraping across a chalkboard. Disgusted with the rote and threadbare story, and protecting my ears from the whining and screeching of the narrator, I was compelled to keep my finger on the skip-ahead button most of the time. Seeing that a publisher actually saw potential enough to committ to a trilogy, I concluded there must be something here, it would be safe to take a chance...it would be safer to run blindfolded through a zombie infested graveyard at night. Ashes is absolutely one of the worst books I've ever read (or almost read) and THE worst audio I have ever listened to. Miss Kellgren--some heartfelt advice: do not use this for an audition tape.

    35 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Beth Atkins Tucson, AZ United States 04-03-12
    Mary Beth Atkins Tucson, AZ United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Story Line Minus Narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Was expecting something more along the lines of 1 Second After but still engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ashes?

    the end


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am sure she was attempting to evoke the horror and emotions of the characters but found it more often than not very distracting and not at all advantageous to the story line.


    Was Ashes worth the listening time?

    yes


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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