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After The Ending

By: Lindsey Fairleigh,Lindsey Pogue
Narrated by: Natalie Duke
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Publisher's summary

The best-selling first audiobook in the emotionally charged post-apocalyptic romance series, The Ending Series.

The virus spread. Billions died. The ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, they thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family ...they're all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them - with the rest of the world - but I didn't. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I'd ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O'Connor, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived the ending.

The virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We've all had to start over. I've been stripped of my home, my dreams ...all that is me. I'm someone else now-broken and changed. Other survivors' memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won't let them consume me. I can't. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived the ending.

We've been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing - we'll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we're strong ...we're survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.

This audiobook contains some adult content and language.

The Ending Series:

Book 1: After The Ending

Book 2: Into The Fire

Book 3: Out Of The Ashes (coming in 2014)

©2013 Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue (P)2014 Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue

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Like watching the Orange County Housewifes.

Would you try another book from Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue and/or Natalie Duke?

I admire that these young women wrote a book, it is really hard to write a book, so I give them a pat on the back for that...but it wasn't an enjoyable book. It was like a soap opera. The male characters were all sleazy and the girls were superficial. You never connect to any of the characters. It is a long book and I actually listened to about 7 hours hoping it would go somewhere, but it didn't, and I decided I really don't care about the characters or the plot.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm listening to Angle Fall right now. It wasn't my first choice but it was offered at a good price and so far I am enjoying very much.

Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Duke’s performances?

No, I didn't like the voices she gave her characters, they were whiny or sleazy.

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

My reaction was seriously like watching The Bachelor or the Housewives. Terrible shows but you are hooked sort of like a train wreck.

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Everyone whines and girls are bitches

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who thinks the Real Housewives are adults. (Spoiler: they aren't)

What was most disappointing about Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue ’s story?

All the women were awful to each other. The two main girls had about 3 redeeming characteristics between them, but I gave up at the point that one of them asserted that another women "had to be bad because she was so ugly". Seriously?! And this person is supposed to be 24?! Oh F Off.

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

So many. I lost count.

Any additional comments?

One of the main characters spends a third of her time whining about her dead boyfriend, a third mooning over her high school crush, and the other third whining about how bad she feels about mooning over her crush right after 'the love of her life' dies. Oh, and any time not spent in one of those three obnoxious thought patterns is spent thinking about how awful all the other women she encounters are.

The other protagonist is slightly less obnoxious...but not by much. And she also spends a ridiculous amount of time worried about who she'll bang now that civilization has ended.

I had such high hopes for this book as I LOVE apocalyptic fiction and was really interested in seeing how the powers played out. But I just couldn't handle these bitchy women long enough to finish. I think I got just barely half way through, but I had to stop it and try again a number of times.

Not worth the credit.

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Capital D-R-A-M-A

Well, well, well before I begin I know that for a fact that everyone loves a little drama. This book caught me by surprise, in more ways than one. There was a lot to like and I, for one love a good cross country apocalyptic roadtrip. Throw in some love, a dash of the supernatural, some humour and a big chunk of drama and you got me hooked. I really liked the dual point of views and how they rotated back and forth. I have to admit that I did find myself liking one point of view a little better than the other but I will keep that to myself as to not sway anyone's opinion. The author does a good job of building and making the main characters realistic. I know many will disagree with that but for me I found that the ages and mannerisms of the girls were on par with the real world. Even down to the occupations. The male characters were a little less realistic than I would have liked but were on par with other post apocalyptic characters I have encountered. A colony... there is always a colony so that is all I will say about that lol. I really thought after reading the reviews of the narration that I would not enjoy it, but on the contrary I thought she did a really admirable job. It is not only about the character's voices. There are quite a few other qualities and attributes that I look for in a narrator such as pacing, tone and sound level among others. I think there had to be some difficult and "descriptive" scenes to narrate in this story (cough cough) and I thought they were done quite well. Now, this is not to say the book is perfect, sure there are some things it could do without and it takes some disbelief from reality but what story doesn't. Go read some non-fiction if that is what you are looking for. There were a few spots that I thought the scenes would or should end but other than that a job well done. I have the second installment already cued up. I am looking forward to seeing how the sophomore story plays out and where it takes the series.

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No! Just No!!

like previous reviewer said, I would kill myself too if I was stuck with these two!! Wimpy, whiney, and pathetic. I know the author said that the girls were over 25...how about you take that down a decade. I haven't been on here to give a review in a while, but I hate wasting my credits.......this was a waste.
I listened to about 6 hours...smh

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If I had to live in a world with these 2 girls after the apocalypse I would off myself.

Do yourself a favor and don't subject yourself to this book. The two main characters might be the two stupidest, most boring, annoying girls on earth and unfortunately they are the survivors of the apocalypse. And the narrators. They spend the end of the world whining about boys and hair and mean girls. The best character in the whole book is the dog. It's painful. Don't do it.

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Bad soft porn

There just a bit of storyline in been all the chiseled abs, pulsing heartbeats, and breathlessness. Don't get me wrong, I love soft porn when it's well written...but that wasn't the case here. I tried to finish bc I hate to waste money, but finally decided my time was more valuable.

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Mindless Drivel

Would you try another book from Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue and/or Natalie Duke?

no

What do you think your next listen will be?

Exigency by Michael Seimsen

How did the narrator detract from the book?

One of the main character voices is basically whiny baby voice. At first it's not too bad but as the story progresses and gets more ridiculous and aimless and nonsensical, the character gets more and more irritating because everything she says is just so incredibly stupid or pathetic. team this with the baby voice and it makes for an irritating listen.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The start was ok.

Any additional comments?

This book starts out alright, I love an apocalyptic novel, its probably my favourite genre. As it progresses the story just goes off course, the characters are never developed and nobody ever has anything interesting to say.

The two main female characters are sex obsessed, and are constantly flirting with any male that notices them, but are also both quite weak and fearful. To me they fit the dumb blonde stereotype to a T. It's a real shame to see a book written by two women portray women as such weak characters, even if later on in the story they develop "super powers". Which I can only assume is to make them seem like strong women.

The male characters are just as bad. They're flat, boring, sometimes cruel, also sex obsessed and their idea of flirting is to offer sex and then pretend they're the good guys. I can't even count the number of times the narrator said "he touched my chin and lifted my face to his and told me it was alright" etc etc blah blah. who are these blokes who think its ok to keep grabbing a girls face to make her look at him? total pigs!

The last few things that seem totally unrealistic in this story are : The gas runs out all over the country really early. The internet stays on for weeks and weeks, longer than the phones do? And the electricity? The survivors hardly ever come across the dead, and they all kind of wander aimlessly about wondering to themselves who they might flirt with and then act all coy and disinterested in next.

I wouldn't normally bother writing a book such a bad review, but this book really sucked. Save your credits and download something else. I couldnt even make it to the end, it just p***ed me off to much.

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An Interesting Dystopian without the Zombies Story

In After the Ending Book 1, most of the worlds population dies due to a virus like so many other dystopian or zombie apocalypse books but thats where the similarities end. The virus does alter everyone who is left on the planet giving them special gifts or alternately making them insane. This is a refreshing story line following the lives of our two main protagonists, Zoe and Dani, the chapters alternate between their own POV's.

The story did draw me in but I have to say the characters maturity seems more like teenage girls then 26 year old women. That said, I liked the story and found as the book went on the story got much better and intriguing. I am now at the end of Book 2, "Into the Fire" that has been very good and takes place over one week. We learn alot about the colony in book 2. In Book 1, the characters are trying to reach each other from opposite sides of the U.S. coasts meeting in Colorado. It is their stories of what goes on the first months following the virus.

A minor peeve, the first half of the book they kept emailing each other while the internet was still up and I have to admit I didn't have to keep hearing the "TO Zoe," blah blah, "From Dani", blah blah. I think we all knew after the first couple of emails who they were to and this could have been simplified.

There is a love story for both Zoe and Dani which I did like hearing. It wasn't overly graphic with the sex and I like a little romance in a book like this when everything else is so awful.

The narrator, Natalie Duke was very good and I easily could distinguish between most of the voices. Zoe comes across as mature and more her age of 26 but Dani comes across very teenager like like a lot of the time. The funny thing is I don't know if thats because of the voice used for her in this series or if she is written that way......

Definitely worth the credit for an enjoyable, easy listen and a good story. Will be downloading Book 3 tonight!

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Very unique and enjoyable

Very unique and enjoyable. I had fun and could enjoy the narrator quite a bit. there were a few times I felt that the characters were written in to especially dumb, because they never seemed to learn.
overall was well word the listen.

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A survival book w/out environmental problems

The only dangerous things in this book are human and female. This was a deep winter trek across some of the worst terrain in the US without challenge. The entire book is girl centric drivel. It is a romp in a Disney world narrated by possibly the highest pitched voice I have ever heard.

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