As the Ash Fell

By: AJ Powers
Narrated by: Aaron Cleveland
Series: As the Ash Fell, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
4 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Life in the frozen wastelands of Texas is anything but easy, but for Clay Whitaker there is always more at stake than mere survival.

It's been seven years since the ash billowed into the atmosphere, triggering some of the harshest winters in recorded history. Populations are thinning. Food is scarce. Despair overwhelming. With no way to sustain order, societies collapsed, leaving people to fend for themselves.

Clay and his sister Megan have taken a handful of orphaned children into their home - a home soaring 16 stories into the sky. With roughly six short months a year to gather enough food and supplies to last the long, brutal winter, Clay must spend most of his time away from his family to scavenge, hunt, and barter.

When Clay rescues a young woman named Kelsey from a group of Screamers, his life is catapulted into a new direction, forcing him to make decisions he never thought he would have to make.

Now, with winter rolling in earlier than ever, Clay's divided attention is putting him, and his family, at risk.

©2015 AJ Powers (P)2017 AJ Powers

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Saccharine "survival" story.

Average post-apocalyptic tale with some adventerous highlights, particularly when the protagonist is on the road truly surviving. Otherwise, dull and predictable with conservative 1950's style character "development" and relationships. The narrator does a good enough job with adult male voices but female and children's voices are laughably bad and almost unlistenable. Buy "Gray" by Lou Cadle for good writing, great storytelling, and excellent narration. Skip this one until you've exhausted every other "survival" book.

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Couldn’t make it through. Tried on 3 occasions but the story just moves too slow and spends too much time on issues unrelated to the story.

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Fantastic!

I really enjoyed listening to this book the narration was fantastic and his voice really drew me into the story. Will definitely look for more by this narrator.

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Best Apocalyptic Book I have read in a while.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I would recommend this book to a friend. Especially if they are into this genre.

What other book might you compare As the Ash Fell to and why?

The Survivor series. Although not as technical it falls along the same lines.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when Charlie has to kill someone and how hard he takes it. It shows that it is not easy for most of us to kill someone and that humanity is still alive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

In Spite of the Ashes

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Hard to stop inbetween ! It's OUTSTANDING

I really enjoyed this book! It's a great blend of adventure with post-apocalyptic survival.I think the author is a good writer but is obviously a gun enthusiast and a prepper It's a simple love story ! Characters are simple and pure of heart. Situations are realistic. Story-line is also quite impressive .Waiting For the next one from the Author !! It's a must buy !

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Great story

Where does As the Ash Fell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the best books that I've listened to in this particular genre - with or without zombies. I am intrigued by the apocalypse genre in general.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Dusty, she was a very memorable character. Tough and capable and yet likable and vulnerable too.

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

This is the first Aaron Cleveland narrated book that I've listened to. It was very good, you can definitely tell that each character had their own voice and it made for a great listen.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The eulogy for Charlie was very poignant overall. Doesn't every parent hope for their son to grow up to love, protect and serve others?

Any additional comments?

Great story overall. If you like guns, prepping, Christian values, and apocalyptic story lines - this book is for you.

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Entertaining.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this seeing as I had never heard of it before, but what I got was an enthralling read. Now, it's not an action packed book by any stretch of the imagination, it focuses more on the struggle of surviving, but this is what makes it so enthralling.

Clay, his sister and some orphan children they came across have been surviving, barely, in the frozen wasteland that is Texas. Since the super volcanoes erupted, the ash covers the sky so life is extremely hard. It's up to Clay to go provide for the family with hunting, foraging and scavenging, though he only has a few months every year to do it in, before winter really sets in and it becomes impossible to leave their house. When Clay meets Kelsey Lambert and she introduces him to where she lives, Clay's life is changed forever!!

The best thing about the book, in my opinion anyway, was Clay, his sister and their little family. Clay is such a strong, resourceful and genuinely nice character. He opens his home and his heart to anyone in need and is quick to help. Though he is tough when he needs to be. He goes off for days at a time to find the things to help his family and always looks out for them. I loved his character!!!

In all, this isn't very fast paced, but it has so much character depth and development that the pacing doesn't matter. Enough happens to keep the heart pumping but it's more a rooting for the family type of book. I absolutely devoured this and can not wait for more from these characters and this world!!

Aaron Cleveland was pretty good considering he hasn't narrated that many books. He had a pretty good range of tones and voices for the different characters and had good inflections, I just found his kids voices a little much. I still enjoyed the performance though.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Survivors

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Clay love those kids unconditionally. I'm glad he found his woman and they got an HEA.

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Fantastic!

AJ nailed this genre perfectly! This story is packed full of adventure, excitement, and a grim realism that might make you want to get a little more enthusiastic about prepping. It also bypasses all the extra graphic scenes and is safe for the YA readers.

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An incredible story that is really hard to put dow

AJ Powers weaves a tale of life on the hard prairie after the world is destroyed by a volcanic eruption and constant earthquakes. In this book Clay has a family on the sixteenth floor of an old office building comprised of mainly children. This story is so incredible and shows the power of love and family that is woven through the very fabric of this tale. Clay is such a strong male character and he is one of the most well written characters since Orry Main and George Hazzard in John Jakes' North And South. I truly enjoyed the story and ended up buying the ebook because I had such a hard time turning it off in my car. The narrator does a great job telling the story and doing the different voices of the characters. I especially liked the voice he used for Charlie. I'm especially looking forward to book two to see what happens with these awesome characters. I am so sure it will not dissappoint because book one had so many twists and turns for this tiny family and for Clay himself that really made this world as true to life as possible.

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  • sarah MacHattie
  • 01-10-19

Great read, defo recommended

Though it was a good story I felt too much was missing and left us confused as a reader. you never hear about the ash that fell and throughout are distracted by the thought that may be you are reading book 2 instead if book 1. don't call it AS The Ash Fell when it is in fact about AFTER The Ash Fell though we never really hear anything about any ask that fell. After realising there is no prequel and it really dies just focus on an aftermath I'm too annoyed to read books 2. This book was ok but not what 8t was aftertis3d as so left my need unfulfilled. if I buy baked beans I don't want to open the tin to find peas.

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  • Petra
  • 12-13-19

Good story but not a massive fan of the narrator

Good characters in this story, though I did just finish listening to Sarah Fleming’s series so I found it hard to love these characters as much as the ones that Fleming writes.

I liked the narrator’s voice for the main character - Clayton but I loathed all the other voices he does. The women all sound like whinging children and Jake Watson’s accent is really aggravating.

I also like stories that explain more about how things happen, where as this author skips most of the details of the way the world has collapsed.