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Divided

Silent Nation, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Ben Marcus was having a rough day. His grandmother died, his ex-fiancee was trying to take his daughter away, the snow was coming down, and he was on his way back from Ohio. 

Then something happened. 

As he stops at a rest stop in northwest Ohio, the power goes out. Not just the lights, but the cars, phones, and everything else that made up everyday life. He has to get home, and he has no idea how to do it. Stuck in the snow amid a cataclysmic event that no one can precisely explain, he sets out to help not only himself, but those trapped with him. He has to find a way to travel the 300+ miles home, and he needs to do it fast. His family at home is saddled with problems of their own, and they have no way of knowing what has happened to him. As the world slowly spirals out of control, Ben must try to make it home...or die trying. 

From the best-selling author of the Six Feet From Hell and Refuge from the Dead series comes a realistic take on TEOTWAWKI - the end of the world as we know it. No zombies this time, just pure survival.

©2019 Joseph Coley (P)2019 Joseph Coley

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Just finished it for the second time this month

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Story line is a lot more believable of something that would possibly happen if this happened in real life don’t want to ruin the story for anyone but most these types of books have the good guys dealing with near miss after near miss and walking away in the end with all the main characters with just bumps and bruises were as this books is a lot more down to reality he doesn’t sugar coat it and shows the happy with the sad and how people in the real word would probably deal with it well rounded and look forward to the next book also I normally have the few couple narrators I try to stick with being you can have the best story line and book but if you have a bad narrator can ruin the whole book this was not the case with this book believe I found another one to add to the list

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Only thing I would of like to see done different was I feel we’re the book left off was not the most ideal place didn’t leave me in suspense in the way were you just can’t wait for the next book almost felt like there should of been another chapter or two to build up the story line a little for the next book

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Good story line I will be looking forward to the next book to come out had wished the second book was out when I listened to the first if so there probably wouldn’t of been anything under the cons list

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More unfinished dystopian fiction

This is another unfinished post-apocalyptic story. I don't know why so many authors of dystopian fiction can't seem to write a complete story, but it frustrates me no end. At least this story is realistic, having no zombies or aliens from outer space. Most of the main characters are believable, although some of the antagonistic characters are too "bad" to be believed. They're not at all realistic.

Andrew B. Wehrlen's performance is pretty good. He makes an effort to give distinctive voices to the characters. His enunciation could stand to be a bit more precise, though. More than once I had to replay a phrase in order to understand the words being spoken.

As with all unfinished stories, this one is impossible for me to rate accurately. If I get a chance to hear the rest of the story, I will assign a more accurate rating then.

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

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Excellent Start

Excellent start to what I hope is a great series. Love that its different from most other stories in this genre.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A great start to the series

Divided : Silent Nation. .
Great start to a new series. If you are a post apoc fan, then this is one for you. .
Heroes who aren't super men or ex special forces.
The usual storyline Plenty of action and a good pace combined with excellent narration = a great entertainment experience. .
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review.

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  • RJ
  • 11-13-19

Best laid plans!

Our protagonist, Ben Marcus is leading a couple vehicles on their way home to Virginia after attending their grand-mothers funeral in Ohio. While taking a break at a rest stop, an EMP strikes due to a solar event. Ben and his brother Steve decide to hike back to grand-ma’s house where there is a somewhat restored 1967 Mustang. Just the thing they need to get the rest of the way home. The plan seems simple enough. Head back to Signet, pick up a battery along the way, get the Mustang, then back to the rest stop to get the others. Of course things never work out as planned. We follow Ben and Steve as they encounter one problem after another to reach their goal. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Interesting introduction to story

The narrator for this book was pretty good. Nothing outstanding about the performance but there was also nothing wrong which is more important. Could tell the difference in characters and he had good enunciation. His voice also fit the setting of the story well.

This is a blackout survival story where the main character has military experience but isn't a prepper. He has family to take care of and is on a mission to keep them safe. He has a very pragmatic attitude in response to his new situation and is able to adapt and do what needs to be done. I personally really appreciate characters like this who don't act irrationally even though they know the situation they are now in. Despite my rating of the story it was actually pretty good up until it ended. I was actually just getting ready for the story to actually get going. I do prefer longer books so that may account for some of it but most of what happened in the first book I already assumed would happen before it really got into the meat of the story. Based on the title I assumed there would be much more happening.

This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an impartial review.

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Great

Great book and can not wait to start the second one. The characters were amazing and the narrator did an amazing job. Sucked me right in from the start. Great listen!

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Decent Start

I totally enjoyed listening to this Post-Apocalyptic with no zombies and good narration. I really liked the characters of Ben and Ken but as with all series kind of abrupt ending and cannot wait for book 2 to find out if Ben gets to his daughter. There is a lot of action and shows how society changes their attitude when things go wrong, some are good some evil but make you think what you would do if EMP does happen. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-20-19

It's not just us that's going to be affected.

It starts with a death, long expected, of Benjamin's grandmother and her funeral, which reunites the family in snow bound Ohio and, for Ben, seven hours at least away from home. It was as the family members start their cold journeys home, an EMP stops everthing, including the cars. In a hosti!e environment, too col d to walk far, they have to find a way to survive.

This new first of series book essentially I introduces characters and sets the scene for future editions. Although enjoyable, there seemed to be little story yet presented and it was over before it had a chance to begin. It does concern me that everyone seems to have at least one gun wherever they might be and a readiness to use them at the slightest provocation. But perhaps that just because I'm a Brit.

A good introductory episode to the new series, excellently read by Andrew Wehrlen, who individually voices the characters as he reads the text, with understanding, at a good pace. So far, the storyline does not seem to be very different from other EMP books but it is fly days, with very little plot reveal beyond meeting the main protagonists who are trying to get home. My thanks to the rights holder of Divided, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. Worth giving it a try if post apocalyptic tales are your reading choice.

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  • Tim Dearing
  • 11-14-19

Great narration, didn't get in to the story though

I have read and enjoyed stories like this before but didn't really get into this one.

This first book seemed more like just the first couple of chapters, it was lacking a real story line (start, middle, end). It is obvious that this has been planned as a series of books from the outset and that may detract some quality from this book.

I have listened to the narrator before and thoroughly enjoy his work

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

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  • justin ford
  • 11-13-19

Has great potential.

The story is good, the narration is also good.
My only complaint would be the length.
It is a short book.
Though saying that, it is a good base for an ongoing series.
Time will tell, i just hope the books are longer in the future.
As sub 7 hours does not cut value for money.