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Extinction

Hell on Earth, Book 3
Narrated by: Brad Gilliam
Series: Hell on Earth, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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After dealing with his rival, Pusher, and escaping the clutches of treacherous Prime Minister, John Windsor, Vamps and his last remaining friend, Mass, set out with the mysterious Aymun. A man who came from the gate that imploded on Oxford Street. The demons have destroyed civilization, but Vamps isn't going to take that lying down.

©2017 Iain Wright (P)2017 Iain Wright

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  • 08-07-18

Unable to listen

This reader is terrible. The production is atrocious. In the first 12 minutes, there are three stopped then repeated lines. When the reader shouts, the microphone distorts. He has huge pauses in the middle of sentences. And his acting is pathetic. It is completely distracting, and I am unable to get through the first chapter. I will read this one myself rather than letting Brad Gilliam butcher the book. Shameful.

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Substandard Editing

Having read or listened to the first two books of the series, Extinction fell right in step with my expectations and I enjoyed it quite a bit. If this is to be the final installment (assuming a trilogy), then I think things were wrapped up pretty well.
However, this Audible version is an abomination. I think the story and narrator will suffer unnecessarily due to the horrendous job someone did (or didn’t do) editing the audio. It really is as if the raw audio recording was uploaded and published, sight unseen (so to speak). The narrator makes a good number of blunders, which I imagine is common for everyone, but I also imagine he expected those to be easily edited out, which they should have been. There’s really no excuse for such a bad editing job. It takes away from the flow of the story. if I was the author or narrator, I’d be livid.

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the narration was horrible in the 3rd installment.

The first 2 books were outstanding.... British accents doing British characters and a decent American accent where needed...... All that was thrown out of the window in book 3.... American narrator doing the British characters while using English lingo and phrases.... It drove me nuts......

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terrible quality

I read previous reviewed stating that fact and hoped for the best. I was incorrect in my assumption.

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Change the narrator

He's not good. Clearly he can't do an English accent, has strange pauses, and weird way of pronouncing words. His brother from England sounds like he's from Detroit. Since most of this book happens in Britain I think a British accent is a must. I know things happen and narrators need to be changed but his style is completely different from the narrator of the first two books. It's like in season 3 of my favorite tv show they changed all the characters. I'm in the 3 book of this series but I'm finding it hard to listen. All the 25 hours I spent learning and feeling for the characters ended and I need to learn them all over again.

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Narration hurts

If a story is going to be set in England with English characters then the narrator should be able to do English, Scottish, Wales accents. English colloquial dialog said in an American accent is just plain wrong and sounds stupid. Another annoying thing was the sound recording. There was background noise and long pauses. You could hear the narrator turning the pages. That was very distracting. The story would have been so much more effective and griping (like the first two books) with a better narrator.

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Impossible to listen to...

Iain Rob Wright is a fantastic author... but this sounds like an unedited mess. Within the first six minutes of the recording, the narrator has stopped mid sentence... then gone back and corrected himself. "Marcy felt the liga... Ahem. Marcy felt the ligature around her guts tighten."

It's like the narrator went in and did the recording, then the editor just said "Hmmm... I can do my job and edit out all of the mistakes, but, you know... that would require me to actually work, soooooo... screw it. Just release it as is"

I'm getting a refund for this recording but am hoping to buy a corrected one down the line.

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Narrator is awful

Audible should absolutely drop this book until a new narrator is engaged. This guy mispronounces words, has the articulation of a middle school drop out. (coo'int, shoo'int), can't distinguish characters/accents. If he is also the recorder/editor, the technical aspects are shoddy: Missed edits, jump cuts, weird gaps, plosives, extraneous noises, distortion. Refund is in order.

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The narrator put kindergarteners to sleep too

New narrator is HORRIBLE. First two books were narrated beautifully. This guy reads it like he's half-assing it to his kids before bed. He's pretty high on my list of narrators to completely avoid. Nothing like an awful narrator to destroy an otherwise enjoyable book.

as far as the story - it's a little less than the first two. I fell in love with the concept.

thanks for nothing Brad. Please don't narrate audiobooks until you learn how.

Mr. Wright, I AM SO SORRY!

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Awful narration

The first 2 books had a great narrator and quality. This one is AWFUL! Half the time I wonder if the narrator is eating or drinking you can hear his swallowing so well. I could stand it after a while because I wanted to hear the conclusion to the story, but I am very mad about the quality.

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  • Phantom
  • 04-05-18

Hell on earth

Oh dear. An excellent book by an excellent author ruined by an appalling performance. What went wrong? Suddenly we have an American reader reading a British story unable to pronounce names of places and things. “Slough” becomes “Slow” , “Petrol Station” becomes “Patrol Station” and so on. It is clear that no one listened to this book before its release as all the mistakes, repeats and I think, someone drinking coffee are left in to irritate the listener. When you have invested time and money listening to the first two books in this excellent cycle and look forward to this one and get this, disappointing is not the word, it might be regarded as Hell on earth in fact.

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  • METALKNOB69
  • 04-22-18

The narrator is crap and book3 was rushed out

good point story is good and I got my credit back.
its set in the UK and first 2 books are narrated by a Brit but then in all their wisdom for book 3 is narrated by an American why?
He's crap I have nothing against Americans some of the narrators like R.C Bray and Sean Runnette are great
The narrator sounds like he did it in his bedroom on an 8 track. I'm surprised you didn't hear his mum in the background telling him to be quiet as you can hear the papers rustling, echoes. I think he was eating as he Narrated it as well. hope they re release it with the original narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-18

What a let down.

Should have been narrated by Nigel Patterson.
Some of the worst English accents I have ever heard.
I hope that book 4 is narrated by Nigel Patterson.

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  • MR
  • 01-18-18

I love this series but whoever found the narrator.

the narrator is awful and means the book is cheapened to the point I couldn't finish it and got a refund. if they can't work if they are narrating a man or woman or realise the town slough in the UK is not pronounced slow then they shouldn't be able to narrate. please get the old narrator back....

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  • Cookie
  • 08-20-19

story excellent, wrong person reading it.

really struggled with this one. really enjoyed the first 2 hell on earth, so bought this one. what a shock! the narrators American accent spoilt it. for example Slough is Slough, not slow or any of the other ways he pronounces it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-19

Great story, bad narration

As with everyone else, I enjoyed the first 2 books. Great! Time for the third! .... wait a minute. It seems like this was recorded in a bathroom onto a dictaphone, with the hissing, mistakes, and don’t forget the full blown distortion when the narrator shouts! Yes they went to an American narrator which almost killed it for me, but maybe some research could have gone into the story he is telling... as so many restarts and mispronunciations!

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 02-28-19

Appalling narration

This is a decent story, purchased as I'd read the first two books in the series and rather enjoyed them, but marred by three tragedies :

1) This audio version has clearly never been edited, OR, worse yet, it's been 'checked' but whosoever 'checked' it failed to notice the massive problems, there are THREE stop start moments in the first eleven minutes, by which I mean, the narrator starts a sentance, stops a few seconds in due to errors and then restarts. There are also several moments of loud noise in the background. It does improve, with the fourth stop start being an hour and 45 minutes in, there are others though.

2) The narrator is just terrible. The other reviewers here have already stated that he's awful so I will confirm that and add that a man who cannot even pronounce the word WOMEN correctly definitely needs to go back to school. Every time the word women crops up he says woman! I found this hugely irritating, this was but one of his mispronunciations but I would say it was the worst, women exist in America and most people can manage to say the word, getting Slough wrong was annoying (and a bit confusing sometimes) but understandable in an American narrator.
His second sin is the abominable shouting, he raises his voice to ludicrous levels, seemingly unaware that some of us might actually be wearing earphones or maybe he assumes we'd like to go deaf?

3) Two major hiccups in this series, Dillon, ''despite being twenty-three he was no less innocent than a eight year old'' is referred to as a child throughout, this is not the way Downs Syndrome adults are treated, or not the way they should be treated anyway. Second hiccup is the 666 gates. It is mentioned in this book once, and at least once in book one, that there are a thousand gates over the world but how can there be if there are only 666 (using the digits for the effect here), it's an error in the dialogue that irritates immensely.

In summation, this is a pretty good third installment in the series, but has a few hiccups and in this instance, a terrible narrator.

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  • Amanda
  • 01-07-19

Great story

The storyline and character are very good totally enjoyable the first two books. This I am afraid let it all down. The change of narrator killed the vibe. Going from an English narrator to an America just lost it all, as most of the story is set in the UK, even to the point of the main area the narrator wasn’t anywhere near saying the place names write. For me the inflection was all wrong. The recording was awful. Hearing when the recording was stopped and the restarted. Some sentences were said twice!! Th sound quality fluctuated all the way through. It’s a real real shame as the story is very good. An the author has done so well just to be let down by the audible side of it. As a book it’s a good one.

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  • Kim Sawyer
  • 10-02-18

Fabulous book ruined by the narrator

I have read the other books in the series and really enjoyed them. The development of the characters and plot lines have been excellent. What a disappointment the reader of this book turned out to be. The change from English accent to American accent just ruined this book. The characters when we're English totally lost their identities due to this and the pronunciations of various words was truly awful. Ad enough Slow for Slough but tree-acle for treacle, really!!!! So many errors in pronunciation that at times I thought new characters had been introduced i.e. Instead of Vamps it sounded like Vance. So many errors and not enough time to mane them all. I was so pleased when I started the final book Defiance and realised it was a new English narrator. Suddenly all the characters were back again in full force.

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  • stuart court
  • 01-03-19

Awesome book

Like the rest of the series just amazing. Could not stop listening.
A few sound problems almost like the narrator did it all himself. But overall well read.

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