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  • Torrent

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 3
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

In Torrent, Abrahams plunges his characters into an unforgiving flood. College students on vacation, a family trapped and unable to swim, a journalist out of his depth, and a doctor prepared but overwhelmed all face the rising water. The beginnings of a conspiracy begin to surface, possibly connecting strangers and their roles in catastrophes they only vaguely recall. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book I Won't Soon Forget

  • By Brian on 10-02-18

Great narration, ok story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I had heard about this series through a "sneak peek" at the end of another Tom Abrahams book so I was happy to get an opportunity to listen to it for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

I had mixed feelings about the book and found myself having to separate the "Story" from the "Writing" in my ratings. I thought the story was great, four stars; it was fun, somewhat unique, and easy to listen to - of course it didn't hurt that Kevin Pierce was narrating. But the writing itself fluctuated between a 2 star and a 3 star for me. It must just be me though, I see that Torrent gets very high ratings from just about everyone else, but there were too many things about the book that bothered me to give it that high of a rating: editing mistakes (e.g. one sentence describing water at someone's waist while the next sentence calls it neck-deep, stuff like that), places where writing style didn't fit the tone, and some things that didn't quite make sense to me. Nothing terrible, just many little things.

On the other hand, the story was good enough that I didn't want to base my "Story" rating solely on how I felt about the nit-picky stuff. There was enough deeply descriptive writing that, at times, I was really drawn in to the cold, wet horror of the situation and that took some skill on Abrahams part.

One thing that bothered me was the primary protagonist being named Dr Steven Konkoly! I suppose it can be fun to include a known author as a character in a book like this but for some reason I didn't like it. No marks down because of it though, that is just personal preference. I read a story once where the primary protagonist was named Eddie Bowers...so yeah, it could have been worse...

So, solid 3 star for me with a 4+ star narration. I have consistently felt that Abrahams could be better served by a decent editor, no idea what the story is there, maybe some future works will be better cleaned up. Until then I'll probably still pick him up from time to time.

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  • Pilgrimage

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Pilgrimage is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid post apocalypse story

  • By TU on 09-13-18

Enjoyable listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I was a little skeptical when I started this book. I was familiar with Tom Abrahams, having listened to the first couple of books his "The Traveler" series, and I was worried that the reasons I never finished that series might persist here in "Pilgramage". I was happy to find this listen a lot more enjoyable.

I liked "The Jarkata Pandemic" and the "Perseid Collapse" series and knowing that Abrahams wrote "Pilgramage" as an off-shoot really peaked my curiosity, I wanted to hear how he might connect this story to the others. It turns out that it was very minor but the connections were there, a couple of key scenes in "Pilgramage" brought me right back to Steven Konkoly's efforts. With this said though, there were also times I almost felt a sense of deja vu in that there was at least one part of the book that seemed a little TOO similar to one in "The Jarkata Pandemic", so much so that I had to go back to that book to remind myself that no, it did not take place in James Rockwell's Maryland neighborhood.

There were some situations that just didn't cut the credibility meter with me. For example, I don't believe societal breakdown and lawlessness would begin within only a few hours of a catastrophic event, especially when most people are experiencing only a power outage. Nor do I believe that criminal militia's would be murdering families at road blocks in the first day. There was a lot of this type of activity that quickly got annoying, but I committed to putting it aside and trying to just enjoy the story.

By the end I was happy with the book and, of course, Kevin Pierce's narration (though I don't want to hear his Maine accent again lol). Aside from the annoyances it was a fun story that never felt like a burden to get through and made me think I could try another of Abraham's works, maybe something in his "Alt-Apocalypse" books (which he promotes at the end of this listen) will be next.

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

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  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,235

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RC Bray as Hispanic Woman - Just Wow!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 05-03-18

Great story with an excellent R.C. Bray narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I wasn't sure about this one at first. The presentation of the story "interview-style" and from different character perspectives promised to be annoying and I completely expected to wind up returning the book.

Before I knew it though, I'd finished the entire thing. I typically listen to Audible books on my work commute but found myself listening in the parking lot instead of coming inside, listening in my driveway, driving extra loops around the block, listening on my lunch break - it turned out to be an engaging and entertaining novel. Of course it did not hurt a bit that R.C. Bray was the narrator, I have chosen books in the past solely based on his name being on the listing.

Commune hit the day-to-day rebuilding of life and community piece of P-A fiction that I enjoy so much, and although I could have used a bit more of these details it was pretty well balanced. There were some "huh?" moments in the book, things that simply made little or no sense, but I've become kind of picky in this area so YMMV. Still a solid 4-star listen in any case and Book 2 was quickly added to my library.

  • The Loyal Nine

  • The Boston Brahmin Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

With social unrest sweeping the country, Europe on the brink of war, and the US economy under siege by foreign nations, a new threat emerges. The nation is caught in the crosshairs of a power struggle between wealthy oligarchs and the political leaders who claim to have the country's best interests at heart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of time

  • By Charlene on 02-17-17

Not well executed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Would you ever listen to anything by Bobby Akart again?

This is the first book I've listened to or read by Bobby Akart though I've seen his name many times. Because he writes so much in the EOTWAWKI genre I'll possibly try another to see if it's Akart I don't like or if it's just "The Royal Nine"; I've had a couple of his other books in my Audible Wish List for a while just based on their descriptions so maybe I'll be surprised, who knows.

Would you be willing to try another one of Joseph Morton’s performances?

I'd rather not, he was tough to listen to. His reading style turns everything into a run-on sentence with pauses in the wrong spots, as if the end of the line equated to a comma or period. Then it was back to what I call "ramble reading". He didn't differentiate between speakers in much of the dialog, though there was such an over-use of "...said Sarge..." and "...Sarge said..." (replace Sarge with whoever was speaking) that I still knew who was speaking to who for the most part.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Loyal Nine?

I wouldn't have necessarily cut specific scenes (well, maybe a couple) but this book could have lost 25% of the content and maybe have been a much better listen; I would definitely clean up much of the unnecessarily placed Wiki-speak.

Any additional comments?

One of the things I disliked most about this book was Akart's tendency to explain everything like a school report and using completely unrealistic dialogue to define terms to readers. For example, one hacker speaking to another might say "...start the DDoS (or Distributed Denial of Service) attack...". Who talks like this in real life? Nobody! Especially two hackers who know darn well what DDoS means! Maybe it would have worked better as descriptive text vs dialogue, I don't know.

But rest assured, we get to hear all of the specific, technological details of the hacking as though he needs to prove that he did some research and is using accurate terminology even though it doesn't flow with the story or progress the plot whatsoever. This happened repeatedly and was completely frustrating, especially coupled with the narration style. Hey, at least it was accurate!

I can't speak to the overall story because, well, I couldn't finish the book. Like another reviewer, I made it about 3 hours and had to hang it up.

  • Erebus

  • By: Steven Bird
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

After lying in wait for millions of years, deep within the Earth beneath Mount Erebus on the frozen continent of Antarctica, an unforeseen threat emerges, leaving a scientific research team to face the horrors that await them at the bottom of the world, alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Thriller

  • By willee on 10-22-17

Some quirks but a fun listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

If you’ve listened to books by Steven Bird before, how does this one compare?

I have never listened to anything by Steven Bird before but I would definitely consider picking up another of his books to try out. Although Erebus had a number of shortcomings there was nothing that completely killed it for me and overall the story was fun.

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

Kevin Pierce is an excellent narrator, I have chosen books in the past simply because he was on the bill. Although Erebus wasn't his best (I've never really liked Kevin's accents and there were a couple in Erebus that just didn't cut it for me) it was still a solid job and an enjoyable listen.

Could you see Erebus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

The movie has been done a number of times already. It would likely be a fun watch, I couldn't picture this being a series however and I have zero input on cast.

Any additional comments?

In summary, a fun listen though pretty "flat" - no depth or chemistry. I don't think I would pick up the next book in this series if one were ever written, but I would try out something else by Steven Bird. The books are pretty short so I might wait for an Omnibus version of his "The New Homefront" or "Society Lost" series; 6 hours is a tough pill when burning Audible credits! Will definitely keep my eyes open on future releases.

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

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  • Fight like a Man: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

  • The SHTF Series, Book 1
  • By: L. L. Akers
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773

As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything...anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan. While he sat back and watched the US rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out that he and his family would be ready and safe. What he wasn't prepared for was his family not being home if it ever happened. Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. Graysie Rowan, a freshman at university, just wants to go home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Performance

  • By Chris on 11-09-17

Excellent Performance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-17

It's been a while since I've listened to a decent EOTWAWKI book so when the surprise opportunity to review "Fight Like a Man" came up I was excited to dive into another post-apocalyptic novel featuring an epic reading by Kevin Pierce. I was not disappointed one bit by his narration, it was excellent as usual. This is the kind of story I believe Kevin does best and, honestly, it was the only reason I was able to complete the book.

I love listening to this kind of novel and I really, really wanted to like it. Right from the beginning I was concerned simply because of the the name of the book but I went for it anyhow because...well...it was free and hey, Kevin Pierce is the narrator! It started off fine and after a while I even began to think that my initial reactions to the title were unfounded; it wasn't half bad!

But somewhere along the way it got lost. Character and personality development from early on seemed to be ditched leaving the various protagonists responding and acting in ways that made no sense after what the listener had been setup to expect. Many actions became completely frustrating and unbelievable while the characters got dumber and dumber before my very eyes.

I was willing to put up with these inconsistencies just to get my "prepper fix" presented by the great Mr Pierce but there were two things that finally killed it for me.

First, and it's probably just nitpicking, I don't like it when an author ends a chapter by telling the reader what's about to happen. For example, lines like "They thought their troubles were over, but soon they would realize just how wrong they were" drive me nuts. They remind me of Dukes of Hazard episodes, circa 1980, when leading into a commercial break leaving the General Lee suspended in mid-air after rocketing off yet another uncannily placed jump over a washed out Hazard County bridge while Waylon Jennings says "you know, them Duke Boys might've got themselves in a heap o trouble this time..."! I prefer that an author let the reader discover what's going to happen on their own, otherwise why keep reading (or listening of course).

Second, the political ranting. Akers went on, and on about Trump and Clinton and Sanders, his thoughts about the election, etc. It was annoying and made absolutely no addition to the progression of the story. I could care less about the authors political views to begin with so having to sit through his "schpeal" multiple times almost made me give up altogether. Even with an epilogue to claim that these views were those of the characters in an attempt to give them depth and credibility (my words, not his) made absolutely no sense.

So unfortunately I could only give the story itself 2 stars. I really appreciated the listen but it just didn't cut it.

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

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Catalyst Downward Cycle

  • By: J K Franks
  • Narrated by: Steven Varnum
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

The super solar storm wasn’t supposed to hit Earth - the odds were against it. And yet it did, and everything changed. The storm causes a global blackout. Society begins to come apart as the planes begin falling from the sky and all traces of normal vanish. Scott Montgomery watches helplessly as pandemonium consumes the world around him. But the loss of electrical power is just the first of the problems facing the survivors in the chaos that follows.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On to book two

  • By TinkerMel on 08-10-17

Great idea, decently executed, some faults

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Would you try another book from J K Franks and/or Steven Varnum?
Yes, I probably would although I wouldn't necessarily seek out one purposefully like I might with other authors and narrators. Considering Catalyst seems to be a first release for both I expect that future endeavors will begin to feel more polished, so I'll keep my eyes on them.

Did Steven Varnum do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
The narrator does a great job overall, although I could only give 3 stars.

For the most part his characterizations were excellent (reminded me a little of Jeff Gurner who did the Daemon series among other works), and this is coming from someone who usually has a tough time listening to "voices". However this is also part of why I dropped Performance to 3 stars. He has GOT to change his female voice! Some narrators are really good at simply "softening" their female character voices vs trying to change the actual pitch - this is a must for Mr Varnum in my opinion. The saving grace here is that there are very few female characters in this book.

There were a number of mis-pronounced words, not complicated words either. Not enough to distract from the listen but enough to warrant a mention. There were also oddly placed pauses in many sentences, almost as though he was using the end of a line as a period rather than continuing the flow to the next line to complete the sentence. Again, not completely distracting but a little awkward. Some better editing may have picked these up and perhaps cleaned them up a bit and surely this will get better with narration experience.

I expect to see much more from Steven in the future, hopefully he will be narrating the next book in the series - but only if he addreses the above criticisms :)

Was Catalyst Downward Cycle worth the listening time?
Yes, overall I did enjoy Catalyst. The story had somewhat of a "One Second After" feel although I could have used more time spent on the rebuilding of the community; it kind of fast-forwards through a lot of this.

In fact, there is quite a lot of "glossing over" in the book. In some areas we get excellent story-telling and wonderful detail while other areas simply skipped over details or left loose ends.

There were also areas where I felt unsure that the author did all of his homework as well as some obvious editing misses but, unlike some other books in this genre, I never once felt like turning it off or that I couldn't finish.

But still, minus some irritants, this was a fun book. The story had some unique elements while still following a very familiar formula. The primary protagonist was well-written and likable and I found myself caring about what happens next. Although the writing in general only gets 3 stars from me, I will likely seek out the next book in the series with my fingers crossed, hoping that some of the negative nuances are cleaned up.

Any additional comments?
This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Surrender the Sun

  • By: A R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

In the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself. Maeve Tildon and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Since her husband died in the war, she's barely kept her head above water, and when the first freeze strikes in the fall, she's completely unprepared for what lies ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!

  • By Nadia on 06-02-17

Apocalyptic cold snap? Yes please!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-16

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Unfortunately I felt that there were some things that were wrapped up way too quickly and conveniently which caused the story to lose some of its plausibility. Although the overall ending was fine, and the expected resolve has been experienced, I kind of felt...I don't know exactly...I guess cheated is the right word.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

In my opinion, one of Kevin's greatest assets is his ability to read characters without actually characterizing them. There is no character better or worse than another based on his performance, they are all solid, easy to follow, and enjoyable to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Overall I enjoyed the book; it was fun, action filled, and it was nice to listen to something with a slightly different twist. However, I think it would have been more enjoyable if there was a stronger emphasis on the survivalist aspect of the "event". Instead it read a little more like an action movie. This isn't necessarily a terrible thing, but it was enough to make the listen somewhat agitating at times.

There were a few characters that didn't seem to have a reason to exist other than as convenient vessels or fodder to assist in passing from one scenario to another, timings that were way off to the point where i had to go back and re-listen to a couple of spots to make sure I didn't miss something like "...days went by before Bishop...", and activities that took place seemingly only to setup a scene rather than making sense to the situation and characters. Sometimes it was as if there were a bunch of "scene's" written first then "filler" was added between them after the fact to move us from one to the other. It's tough to discuss these without posting spoilers but they are the reasons I gave the story only 3 stars.

I will probably go ahead and pick up the next book if one is released. Although it wasn't my favorite it was still fun and my expectations will be adjusted accordingly.

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

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Push Back

  • The Disruption Series, Book 2
  • By: R.E. McDermott
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737

Earth reels in the aftermath of a savage solar storm, a global disaster of unprecedented proportion which leaves most of the world without electrical power or the means to restore it. Across the world, the responses of unprepared national governments are too little, too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant second book!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-14-16

Solid follow up!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series "Under a Tell-Tale Sky" and was very excited with the release of book two.

"Push Back" picked right up where book one left off and it wasn't long before I found myself immersed in a smooth continuation of the story. All of the elements I enjoyed with the first book were present and accounted for: an original story in a genre filled with stereotypes, a satisfying balance of big picture vs individual and group perspective, writing that pulled me back and forth between gripping action and emotion...all topped off with another 5-star Kevin Pierce narration. I was late for work more than once as I sat in the parking lot waiting for the end of a scene or chapter!

Some of the same issues I had with book one still exist but they are minor enough to merely make the story a 4 star rather than a 5 star. Representation of inner city gang culture, the way they speak, and the constant referral to them as "gang-bangers" by absolutely every non-gang character in the book got annoying. I've never referred to gang members as "gang-bangers" myself but apparently every other person in the country does. There were a couple, minor editing issues, something I can't help but pay attention to. Again, minor is the key word here and let's be honest, as far as finding flaws, this is definitely digging.

Much of the confusion I felt moving around in book one started resolving as the story progressed. There are some open ends I see getting neatly tied together in book three and I predict a very satisfying conclusion to the series. In McDermott's notes after the epilogue he will have you believe that he has very little knack for outlining the story and knowing where he's heading; this is not at all evident in the story so far.

I did receive this book from the author in return for an honest, unbiased review. I don't ever play favorites though, free book or not, as I don't appreciate reading dishonest reviews myself. This is not a problem with "Push Back", it was a pleasure to listen to and I'm grateful to the author for the gift. I look forward to the completion of Book 3 although it might be a while since McDermott will only go as far as predicting "sometime in 2017". It's going to be a long wait!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Locker Nine

  • A Novel of Societal Collapse
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

Grace Hardwick's dad is a science fiction writer who makes his living destroying the world. When Grace decides to go away for her first year of college her dad, Robert, can't help but think of all of the potential ways that society could collapse and strand his daughter hundreds of miles from home. Then, near the end of her freshman year, it happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, very real, and right now.

  • By Mark on 10-18-16

Solid story and great narration!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Locker Nine to be better than the print version?

I enjoy listening to Kevin Pierce so would not choose to read Locker Nine over listening to it.

What other book might you compare Locker Nine to and why?

If you are a fan of Franklin Horton's "Borrowed World" series then you will likely enjoy this one as well. It is a typical "prepper (in this case, prepper's daughter) stranded away from home when the SHTF" story so it's similar to many books in this genre yet it is better written than some of the others I have listened to recently.

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

Kevin is enjoyable to listen to when reading this genre. Sometimes he makes all the characters sound smarter, or at least more thoughtful, than they really are and his reading of foreign characters can be choppy, but he is consistently in my top ten narrator list - maybe even top 5. He doesn't use annoying character voices or attempt a higher pitch when reading female characters, major pet-peeve's of mine, yet I never have issues following or knowing who is talking. This is how it's done!

Any additional comments?

This was a good book, I listened to it pretty quickly. This genre is not ever going to generate literature masterpieces but that's not what I'm looking for here; I'm just looking to scratch an itch and Franklin Horton partnered with Kevin Pierce consistently get the job done. I will definitely pick up book 2 if this becomes a series, I suspect it will.

I hope to see more from Franklin Horton in the near future - and, of course, he should stick with Kevin Pierce for the narration.

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

4 of 6 people found this review helpful