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Cockblock

By: C.V. Hunt
Narrated by: Ramona Master
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

After the daily grind at their jobs, all Sonya and Callie want is to enjoy a quiet night out together at a new restaurant. But making it to their reservation is proving to be a challenge. 

A few men on the street near their destination verbally assault them. The situation quickly escalates into a nightmare. Once within the safety of the restaurant, the two women discover it’s not just the men outside who’ve lost their minds; men everywhere have gone insane. And they believe they’ve found the origin of the mayhem. 

A radio in the kitchen is playing a hate-filled message against women, and it’s being delivered by the president. There’s only one way to stop the men from attacking women, and logic tells them they need to terminate the chaos at its source.

©2018 C.V. Hunt (P)2018 C.V. Hunt

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ok then

unsure how to feel about this book. while the premise is interesting. it's just to much after a while.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My thoughts...

Let's go over the synopsis:

A couple, seeking a romantic night out, instead find themselves in the midst of a one-of-a-kind zombie crisis. This isn't a Walking Dead remake or an unoriginal story of boring ass zombies. No. Men everywhere have turned into come-on quoting rapists hell bent on inflicting terrible harm. 

My review of the story:

This is a story with a message. Cockblock is an allegory of the harsh realities that come with being a woman. It's an unflinching look at how things have only gotten worse and continue to get worse in the Age of Trump. 

It's an indictment of the male ego. Of chauvinism and sexism. But not in the vain of 'all men are evil' at least not as far as I was concerned and I'm a man. The message seemed on point and accurate. Women deal with a lot of crap and this is putting what they deal with on the daily on blast. It's a mature observation of what is wrong, one of the many things wrong, with the world.  

The writing is smooth and blunt, with nothing whatsoever in tone and wordage being held back. I appreciated that. If you're going to deliver any sort of commentary on current events, then do so with a sledgehammer. And C.V. Hunt has one hell of a sledgehammer at her disposal. 

This is a story whose message is more important than the story and raises the story up because of that. 

My review of the narrator:

Ramona Master reads Cockblock. Her pacing is good. She does fail to give each character their own voice, with exception to the gay-bashing nun and an Irish woman on the radio. Still, despite the lack of independent voices she did a really good job. Though admittedly, it can sometimes be hard to ruin a solidly written story. 

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Overall a solid story

The story was good, ending wrapped up rather quickly & a bit easily. Some gratuitous sex. A rather unlikely way to kill what are dubbed ‘sex zombies’ (that sounds funny, I know).
No explanation as to why men have turned in to sex zombies. Also no explanation as to why the woman in the restaurant did what she did to herself.
Crazy nuns and a president who seems a lot like Trump in many ways.
All in all it was a good read.
Narration was great.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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Worst date night ever

What starts out as a planned date night for young couple Sonya and Callie turns into a nightmarish fight for survival from zombie-like men. The spin on the genre is a unique one I haven't seen (a signal that turns all the men in the world into mindless creatures who only want to violate any women they come across) and leads to some as you can imagine horrific scenes. It also creates a different type of tension than just a shambling monster coming to eat someone's brains.

I definitely think C.V. Hunt made an engrossing novella and made me care for quite a few characters in such a short book. You root for Sonya and Callie and hope they can weather the storm and come out together in the end. They are thrown into the deep end right from the start, and like many zombie stories some of the worst atrocities are carried out by the uninfected "humans". There are quite a few very effective set pieces that had the tension, horror or intensity amped up. I was surprised by how much was crammed into such a short little story.

There were some things that I didn't particularly love, like the overly pessimistic view of today's political landscape that is tightly intertwined with the story. Especially the final set piece is maybe even some sort of wish fulfillment for some people and didn't need to be spelled out so much that it was actual people in our world that are the ire of many a person in our world. I guess this isn't really a fault I had with the book particularly, but some of the reviews I read where people are saying it isn't a far cry from today. If this book came out say ten years ago you wouldn't have the same divisive undertones that it does today. I sure hope people don't have the almost nihilistic view that Sonya adopts toward the end of the book, and that we can all have some optimism since we aren't in a Zombie apocalypse yet ;).

The narration by Ramona Master was quite good, and very effective throughout. She makes the relationship of Sonya and Callie come to life, and their horror and fear for one another come through from start to end. She also does very well with the supporting cast and gives life to some of the crazy catcalls/obscenities that the infected accost everyone with. Good pacing and inflection make me look forward to hearing her again in the future.

All in all a very effective infected survival story not for the squeamish that may be divisive for some of its political messaging, but engrossing no matter where you land on that spectrum.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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  • TU
  • 10-17-18

Wasn't for me

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was violent and graphic and a little much. I wasn't sure what to think of it. It kind of painted a really horrible picture of men in general and, for me, came across as a Trump bashing man-hater. I'm not really a supporter, but I'm tired of all the hateful rhetoric. I'm really just politacally fatigued and that has probably colored my feelings about this book. Basically, I'd compare this book to the Purge with mind control... I like horror. Blood and guts don't really phase me. I DO have trouble with rape in books. It often seems to be just for shock value. In this book's case, I'd say that is the case. I didn't get "the message" other reviewers have spoken of... But hey, that's just me. I suggest forming your own opinion.

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  • 10-07-18

Book is a little on the nose with it's message

two woman caught up in a world where all the men seem to have gone insane. I feel like the author is trying to display a message regarding our own society today. it's a little on the nose and it takes a little away from the book. but solid interesting premise.

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Good, but difficult to listen to at times

Ok. The book is well written, but be warned, it's very graphic and does not pull any punches. I had to stop listening in several places and pick it back up when I'd recovered. Also, the language is VERY adult, so be sure there's no little ones around to hear "C U Next Tuesday" being thrown out there with a fair amount of frequency.

I was given this book free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Engrossing--but not for the squeamish

"Cockblock" (2018) by C.V. Hunt is an engrossing horror novel about American males throughout the country suddenly turning into violent predators, consumed with one goal: raping to death any woman they encounter on the spot. The story is told from the perspective of Sonya, a young lesbian who joins other women to fight for survival. Not for the squeamish. The absence of an explanation about the phenomenon’s origin is a glaring omission. Ramona Master’s narration is well done. Strongly recommended. Audiobook given free in exchange for honest review.

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Different

Totally different horror story that I enjoyed. It is about the president delivering a brainwashing message to men to rape and torture women and survivors must destroy the president. Ending leaves you wondering if new book is coming to find out what happened after, please. Enjoyed the characters. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Brutal, violent, funny, bloody and excellent!

All Sonya and Callie want is to have a nice date night dinner, a few drinks and maybe a little sweet, sweet lovemaking back at the house to top off the evening.

Sounds like a plan.

That is until a presidential radio broadcast is infecting all the men like a virus and turning them into violent, inappropriate cat calling, rapey pigs bent on violating any and every woman they see.

Damnit.

This is going to put a huge damper on the evening.

Yummy hot nun raspberry pie, running with man wood, dripping Presidential neck jizz, cricket bat ball smash and a world re-population basement bdsm party.

I listened to this one on audio. I can imagine it was a ton of fun to narrate. It is violent, rapey, funny, brutal and has plenty of political currents running through its veins. Maybe fun isn’t the word.

This was very well done and extremely violent, which I dug about it. If you have delicate sensibilities, I would probably stay away from this one.

“I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review."

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  • 10-16-18

Not my usual listen

this is book very graphic both sexually and in horror, it was interesting, and funny and scary

I would have liked to find out who was behind the broadcast and what they hoped to achieve, maybe there'll be a follow up

I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest review