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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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    10-05-11
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    "cant wait for the next book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ashes the most enjoyable?

    loved this book! the voice was a little annoying at times but I was interested the whole time. I cant wait for the next 2 to come out!!!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SUZANNE United States 09-26-11
    SUZANNE United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2010

    zbarr

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    "To much like Hunger Games"

    It's the end of the world and another beautiful teenage girl makes it through
    ( with a lot of gory stuff to get past) only to fall in love with two different guys... Heard it before. The narrater read in a perpetual state of panic.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L Cook Odessa, TX, United States 09-19-11
    L Cook Odessa, TX, United States 09-19-11
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    "Wonderful Story"
    If you could sum up Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Deep and Realistic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ashes?

    Actually the end when she finds out what the secret of the town is.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first one.


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

    Yes a definate page turner. Unfortunately I couldn't had to break it up.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a page turner well if there were any pages to turn. HAHA Loved it!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" Coral Springs, FL, United States 09-23-11
    "unknown" Coral Springs, FL, United States 09-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, horrible narrator!"

    I can't wait for the next book! The premise behind the book is really interesting and similar (but not too much so) to The Hunger Games. The book is gripping and fast paced - at times a little gory-er than I was expecting, but not too bad. The story is great...but the narrator is HORRIBLE!! I barely made it through the first couple of chapters - she over acts intense scenes and her voice is shrill (at best) sometimes. You can always tell when a conflict or intense scene is on it's way based on the tone and hurriedness of her voice - never have I been so aware of a narrator during an audio book. I almost gave up on the audio several times in the beginning BUT I have to say, it gets better... if you're listening to this book, hang on about midway her narration gets slightly better. For the 2nd book in the trilogy I might purchase the actualy hardcopy book.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 11-27-11
    Amazon Customer United States 11-27-11

    bookworm

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    "Love the book, can't stand the narrator"

    I have no complaints about the author's work. The book is interesting, gritty, and entertaining. However, the narrator almost ruins this. She talks in this haughty, pretentious tone that is very jarring. Her voice is strange and does not fit with the book at all. I couldn't stand it when she read Ellie's parts in the book-her version of the little girl's voice was like nails on a chalkboard. I will avoid all books read by this woman again.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thaddeus Bishop, CA, USA 10-27-12
    Thaddeus Bishop, CA, USA 10-27-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Teenage girls and younger are a pain"
    What would have made Ashes better?

    The story, for one thing. By the time I was 2hrs into it, I never wanted to be around the characters again. I pressed on, hope attempting to triumph over experience and was disappointed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Why I left Goldman Sachs


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The reader did some screaming, not doubt to help us get in the story and it hurt my ears.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, I hated the little girl and grew to dislike, Alex, the female lead.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Book Junkie CEDAR PARK, TX, United States 10-20-12
    Book Junkie CEDAR PARK, TX, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2006

    I have an audible issue

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    "Great listen"

    highly recommened for those who loved the hunger games, the charactors are strong and the narration is amazing

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    amanda El Paso, TX, United States 09-27-12
    amanda El Paso, TX, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Great mix of author and reader."

    Ashes is reminiscent of Stephen King's - Stand. Not to imply that Ashes rips it off, only that is the story my mind kept comparing it to. The lead character finds herself in the woods burdened with a troubled child when a world changing event befalls mankind. Some people turn feral, some drop dead on the spot, others change in more subtle ways but none are left unchanged. This is a look into what would happen if scociety really did break.
    Yes some brainfried people even start eating other people!
    K. Kellgren reads this story the way I wish all readers would. She is a quick and emotional reader that puts you in the action. There were several times in the story I found myself gripping the steering wheel wide eyed with the excitment. (no telling what my fellow motorist thought)
    I recomend this book to anyone who is bored with predictable.

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    Terence Brighton, CO, United States 09-24-12
    Terence Brighton, CO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listen"

    Good story, builds characters very well, draws you in, and makes you want more. Highly recommended.

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    Jennifwe Beechgrove, TN, United States 05-31-12
    Jennifwe Beechgrove, TN, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Love it"
    What made the experience of listening to Ashes the most enjoyable?

    I forgot I was reading. It was like listening to a movie in my head!


    What other book might you compare Ashes to and why?

    Can't say I have a comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The river


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

    YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    Hurry up with the rest of the trilogy PLEASE!!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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