Chaos: A New World

Book 1
Narrated by: Mark Gagliardi
Series: A New World, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence? Humankind was once at the top of the food chain. But that has now changed.

©2011 John O'Brien (P)2014 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC
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Gripping story! Relatable characters!

One of the best apocalyptic reads out there. John O'Brien paints a vivid image and characters you love and root for.

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That went very fast!

Very good book and narration. Great story. I can't wait for the second book. Getting it right now.

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A New World-A New Series to Love

A new twist to the zombie apocalypse. I fell in love right away. I'm hooked and waiting for more. The Characters are interesting and are keeping me interested!

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Wow I'm so hooked

The more I listen to it I can't put it down I'll just say ten more minutes and then epilogue nooo

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Excellent start to a great series

After listening to a A Shrouded World by John O'Brien and Mark Tufo I started reading John O'Brian's. A New World Series Chaos is the first book, a great start to the series. It's an exciting ride of fast paced action that scared the crap out of me! Jack is the one person I want to be with in an apocalypse. The "zombies" have a fabulous twist, I have not heard before. This book is well worth the credit!

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  • GG
  • 04-22-17

Enjoyed it!

My first John O'Brien book. I really enjoyed the storyline. Had a bit of a time with getting used to the narrator's voice. Seemed a little reserved at first but finally fell into sync with the character. Definitely worth continuing in with the series.

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  • MB
  • 11-06-16

Narrator is not so bad

I've listened to a lot! over 500 audiobooks with many different narrators. Mark G is not great but he's much better than many. I almost didnt start this series because of all the negative input regarding Mark G. Glad I got past that as the story was great.

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great book

i loved how very technical this book is in association with flying. the creatures/night runners remind me kind of the creatures in " i am legend" but will finish the series. good job john and mark.

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this is the kind of serise that gets you hooked.

this is the kind of series that when you finish a new book you come back just for the experience. theres not one book in this series that i have not enjoyed.

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THIS IS MAKING MY BRAIN HURT

Well, numb at least
Reaching down with my right hand, I grasped the tab on the zipper pocket of my Bass Pro duffle bag. I dragged the zipper to my right, opening the pocket. Reaching into the pocket (side remark), I pulled out the Zip Lock Container with the four tabs. (semi-funny side remark to myself) Putting the container in my lap with both hands I undid the four tabs. My mp3 SanDisk player was laying on top of the black co-axel cable with the brass fittings. Taking the player out, I hit the blue button with my right thumb, (side remark). etc...

If you were enthralled with that rendition, than you will love this book. I bought this book, thinking it was about Zombies, even though Audible has not included it among their 15 books in the Zombie section which you have to sneak your way into since, you can't get their through browsing Science Fiction/Fantasy. In the first four hours, I heard two Zombies shuffling around. One was upstairs and another outside a house. I never got to actually see a Zombie. I did get to see some of the carnage, but not the actual taking place of such disasters. After four hours I started skipping through the book and evidently skipped over a horde of Zombies, which I don't think ever reappeared.

I did like the main character. He seems to be a good father and it is cool to have that evident in a Zombie book, if you can call this a zombie book. Most of the story takes place in the United States with this father and his kids. Some of the story takes place in Kuwait, where the mother is stationed with the army.

Sammy Davis Jr. once said, the when he gave a concert, he had to sing Candy Man fairly early, since it was his only hit. It is the same when you write a Zombie book. If you write a book about Zombies, you need to have some zombies fairly early, it is why the reader bought the book. If you want to write a book about a father and his kids, great, but don't call it Chaos, A New World and don't have a macho gravely narrator.

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  • Wayne Pickrell
  • 01-12-20

Brilliant.

Fantastic book, can't wait to listen to the others. Great Zombie fiction, well worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-13-18

Honest review

Absolutely brilliant, loved every moment and was left wanting more, brings listener/readers into the story and many times left on edge of smiling at the hints of humour will be reading and listening to the rest in series, when its finished will be followings jack in his adventure and meet up with Mike Talbot, excited for that as two characters I’ve grown fond of working together.

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  • alexander
  • 04-03-15

A book for juniors

A bit lovey dovey and seemingly writen with teens in mind.
will still get thr sequel when I am in that frame of mind.

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  • Mark
  • 03-08-15

Brilliant !!!

What did you like most about Chaos: A New World?

Its well told story and gripping atmosphere

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Lynne as she don't take any nonsense and is a good partner for Jack

Which character – as performed by Mark Gagliardi – was your favourite?

Jack is a Favourite of mine and also Lynne

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Day of the Night Runners ???

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brilliant to listen to and cant wait to see what happens next , super super story

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  • David Hepworth
  • 05-30-15

Really, really, awful.

Would you try another book written by John O'Brien or narrated by Mark Gagliardi?

Bad story, worse vocalisation. Only managed first 15 minutes and had to turn it off.

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

Anger that I had wasted a credit on it.

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  • Gavin
  • 01-15-15

Excellent

Really good listening can't wait to get the rest, I quite liked the night runners
Well worth getting this book

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  • Trevor
  • 12-09-14

Ok took a long time to get going

If you could sum up A New World: Chaos in three words, what would they be?

not too bad

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I had shrouded world and enjoyed it but expected to because of Mark Tufo so i got this one and although for me it took a long time to get going it really got much better 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through and from there it was engrossing and very enjoyable.

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  • David
  • 05-19-20

Nice little book to listen to

Not a bad listen, not personally fan of the narrator at all. He sounds like a pack a day smoker and is hard to listen to for long periods of time
But otherwise it’s a fun listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-19

bad

this book has terrible writing and terrible voice acting. would not recommend to anyone with a brain

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  • Gabriel Musiello
  • 09-03-18

it was ok, not a bad book

After getting used to the narrator, it wasn't a bad book to listen too, to my to invest time to listen to next one

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  • Tony
  • 05-07-17

Incredible Read!

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O.k. now I’m hooked. I thought book one was amazing, now I can’t stop reading/listening. This book is highly recommended!

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  • stacey
  • 01-28-15

a different approach

I love that John O'Brian chose a different approach to the zombie genre. great stuff.