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Midway is a tie-in novella that compliments The Harvesting, Book I in The Harvesting Series.

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the beginning of the end.

Carnie. Ride jockey. Roustabout. White trash. Tilt girl. Gypsy. Cricket has been called a lot of things, but she never thought survivor of the zombie apocalypse would be one of them. One day she's barking on the midway, and the next day, the world is eating itself alive.

Cricket, along with Vella, a tarot reader, and Puck, Cricket's mangy mutt, find themselves running for their lives, but where can you hide when mankind has fallen? Cricket will need help if she hopes to survive.

Luckily for her, we were never really alone, and apparently, magical forces want to keep this tilt girl alive.

©2014 Clockpunk Press (P)2015 Clockpunk Press

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Who said the carnie life is boring?

Would you listen to Midway: The Harvesting Series, Book 1.5 again? Why?

If I were to begin listening to the Harvesting Series, I would definitely give this another listen to refresh myself of the events. It's short enough that it won't take a whole lot of your time, and it's good enough to be entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Midway: The Harvesting Series, Book 1.5?

Actually, the most memorable moments were done by the narrator. Kristin James was able to breathe very distinct life into each character and it was quite a joy to the ears.

What about Kristin James’s performance did you like?

Um....the better question would be, what didn't I like? Which would be nothing, which means from top to bottom the performance was a memorable one and one that is going to steer me to grabbing The Harvesting.

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

Puck. That's all I'll say

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 05-02-15

Highly Entertaining!!!

Would you listen to Midway: The Harvesting Series, Book 1.5 again? Why?

Yes...it was well narrated and a super fun listen...I love the southern drawl and the story very much!!!

What other book might you compare Midway: The Harvesting Series, Book 1.5 to and why?

This has kind of a Tufo-esque quality to it...like the ZFO series...I can not wait to listen to book 1 and then 2!!!!!<br/>

What about Kristin James’s performance did you like?

She is great...lots of personality and flair...I would definitely listen to her again!!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did...couldnt put it down!!!

Any additional comments?

I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review...and honestly, I loved it!!! Its about a carnie girl named Cricket who finds herself right in the middle of a zombacolypse! She has a friend who is a fortune teller and a dog...and meets some interesting characters along the way....great dialogue and character development.....2 thumbs up...made me want to listen to book 1...matter of fact I may just buy it now, and I cant wait for book 2!!! :)<br/>

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Intriguing world!

I adored this first book in this series and was excited to read this one. And boy, did I adore this too!!

This focuses on Cricket, a carny who loves her life. She sees that attendance is down at the carnival due to this flu that is going around. Her fellow carnies decide to move on to the next town, but the morning of the move, those who were feeling sick are more than that now! Cricket, along with Vella and her dog Puck are the sole survivours of their carnival and are now on the run! Where is there to hide? Where is there a safe haven?

Cricket was awesome! Sweet, kind: especially to her dog, loyal, but she is also strong willed, confident and kick ass! She has no clue what is about to come but she does her best to keep herself, her dog and her friend alive. She was a character that was easy to like and I was rooting for her throughout.

This was a quick, intense and addicting read. Once I started, I couldn't stop, nor did I want to! The world the author has created is phenomenal. It has a bit of everything, with things unfolding slowly and surprisingly throughout the story. The characters were all well written and developed, the plot was imaginative and inventive and overall, the book was stupendous!!

Kristin James really knows how to tell and amazing story. Her voices and cadences were varied and unique and she really brought the story to life.

*I received a free copy of this but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way influenced nor affected my thoughts.*

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Heroes come from everywhere

This novella focuses more on relationships and emerging powers than how the zombies started. Gives a wider view of the new world this series is setting up with hidden help along the way. "This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast."

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Just as good as book one!

Midway is the first novella in the Harvesting series and comes directly after the first book, but focuses on a new character named Cricket. A carnie, owner of a Tilt-a-whirl, and now a new citizen of a world quickly going to hell.

The story picks up right before the beginning of the end and we get a chance to see some of the mayhem as everything starts going downhill. I really like getting to see the cause of the apocalypse close up, which is something we didn’t really get in The Harvesting, so I was happy to see it here and I think I’m actually grateful I got to see it through Cricket’s eyes. She has a very unique flair about her that makes her a joy to read about (or in this case hear about) right from the opening line, and it was interesting to see how someone with so much pep and enthusiasm would handle something so dire. But for all her cheer she has steel in her spine, and Cricket makes for one hell of a main character.

The story moves fairly quickly, the audiobook doesn’t even hit 3 hours, but it feels like complete lead up to the second full novel. None of the character development feels rushed and we still get the wonderful enveloping world building we were treated to in The Harvesting.

I initially had no idea this was the same narrator as the first book, as I sort of glance at the info briefly before letting myself be swept away. Kirsten James managed to completely cloak her voice in a southern accent, and as someone who has grown use to picking up on voice actors even through accents I am impressed. This girl has talent!

I am so stoked to start book two! I need to know how Cricket meets up with Layla’s group and just how Circket will handle finding out that zombies are not their only problems. This is becoming a series I NEED others to read so they understand how awesome it is.

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Mediocre

Would you try another book from Melanie Karsak and/or Kristin James?

Yes, I liked the Harvesting

What was most disappointing about Melanie Karsak’s story?

Not really about carnie life, Just another zombie tale.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Didn't like fake southern accent.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

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Amazing job Kristin James

Amazing job Kristin James!! The voice she does for Cricket is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! SHE BRINGS THE STORY "MIDWAY" TO LIFE!! Great Job Melanie Karsak!! You both rock!! THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY WORTH LISTENING TO!!

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  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 06-30-15

The sickness is spreading, fast!

Would you listen to Midway: The Harvesting Series, Book 1.5 again? Why?

Yes! There are small hints of the world hidden in this novella that will come in handy knowing and remembering in the future. And to listen closer when Puck, Cricket's dog, is mentioned. I think there is something... special about him.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Midway: The Harvesting Series, Book 1.5?

When there is mention of darker things in the world, things that the living do. Then! When something terrible along those lines happens. <br/><br/>Yes, I'm being vague, because I want you to read/listen and experience it for the first time without being colored by the thought. You'll know what it is when you come to it.

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

I listened to Kristin in the first book of the series, The Harvesting. <br/><br/>First thing that stuck out to me in listening to this audiobook, Kristin has a completely different voice! She is amazing at voices. In Midway, Kristin has a sweet southern accent that fits Cricket's personality. She seems kind and innocent. Kristin once again masters an abundance of emotions in her voice. The emotion and the rush or relaxing feeling of the words spoken. When things jump and the character is scared, the words are faster yet clear and bring my heart to a faster pace. I hang on her words wanting to know what happens.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did tear up at the end. I can't tell you as the shock factor and emotions you will feel will be tainted by knowing. You have to feel the story as you go and get into the characters present.

Any additional comments?

Melanie is wonderful about setting the stage in the first chapter with this being a novella. We meet Cricket and many other carnie folks. We also learn that things are not well in the world. There is news that many are sick, places are shut down, and that the sick are turning on other patients resulting in being gunned down.<br/><br/>I love that Cricket has a dog, which I'm curious about him. Hmm... (and worry for him through the book.) Puck growls every time he sees the sick, warning her. Cricket and Puck go on the move with Vella. They learn what stops the sick when they attack. Then we come to others that are held up. They bring a glimpse of a dark side that other people are doing to other living people in the world. Then a moment that makes me wonder if the risen dead are thinking...<br/><br/>Oh the things we learn here. Brings a new question and worry to the world of the walking dead. Oh the dark things that people do to others in this dreadful time. We see something happen that's shocking. I'm curious to see more of this world in the next book! Things get deeper and deeper in the world.<br/><br/>Do you have to read the first book before this? No. This story is of a different group of people. Though the novella and the first book will cross paths in the second book. So read this novella and the first book in the order you'd like, but remember they both come together for the second full length novel.

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  • Gypsycat
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 05-04-15

Buffy-esque zombie tale of carney heroine & gypsy

I have not read The Harvesting, so I was reading Midway as a stand-alone novella. I loved Cricket and her carnival world, her junkyard dog, and the Tilt-A-Whirl she inherited from her dad. Vella, the Romanian tarot-card reader and psychic was a fun sidekick. The zombie portion of the story is pretty standard/generic, but Cricket and Vella are smart, sassy, and resourceful enough to make the story interesting. The secondary characters (especially Mamma and her creepy "babies") were likewise specific and interesting. There's lots of action and tension, and I appreciated the little details like Cricket losing a boot that made it all seem plausible. The story itself is very well written: smooth, funny, well-paced, and with enough scary zombies but not too much gore. It reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but zombies instead.

The narration by Kristin James was superb, handling Cricket's Southern drawl as well as a few other accents, male voices, and emotion just right.

I'm eager to read more about Cricket!

NOTE: I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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  • JulieM
  • Louisiana, United States
  • 05-03-15

Carnivals and zombies. Great mashup!

If you want an atmospheric creep factor, you won’t get much better than a carnival in the fall. This is the foundation of great short stories, such as Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

We begin with Cricket, a tilt girl in a carnival who has her own ride (the pinnacle of carnie life), but the carnival is dead. It seems there is a massive flu outbreak that has shut down some of the west coast cities. Cricket, her loyal dog Puck, and the fortune teller Vella make a break for it, and end up getting caught in the middle of a zombie epidemic.

The story moves quickly, but we still get a good sense of who Cricket is. We meet some survivors along the way, and also lose a few characters in the process. The final showdown is also on a fairground far away from where the story begins.

One of the storytelling tricks the author employs is the use of Tarot imagery since Vella is a fortune teller/tarot reader. It works very well here without being heavy handed. The idea of Cricket and Puck being the embodiment of the Fool card is quite clever.

As for the audio performance, I was not confident when the narrator started out with an ultra girly voice, but in the story everything is good. She does well with the different characters. The only time I found the narration the least bit annoying was when the character of Ariel is shouting in distress after they have gone to her ex-boyfriend’s house looking for him and supplies.

This novella is part of a series, but it completely stands alone. I didn’t know there were others until I looked up other works by this author. It is really quite an engrossing tale, though, and now I am hooked to know what happens next with Cricket and Vella.

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • NormaCenva
  • 08-30-16

can we have more books in the series, please?

A great intermediary while waiting for the book 2 in audio format. Gives the story a bit of a different twist. Unexpected surroundings to be honest, but it was fun, well... as much as a story like this can be "fun" thou, - you know what I mean, right? I just really enjoy how this story-universe is developed, and characters are really interesting and relatable too.