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"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before. A short story of approximately 9,500 words. The first story of the "Mountain Man" series. Contains language and graphic violence. If you enjoy this, check out the rest of the series.

©2012 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

If my headline bothers you, stop now, you will hate this book. Augustus Berry is not the most cultured of men. He is fat, balding and loves to drink himself to a stupor. He has no military experience (how unique is that for a Zombie book.), he survives, because he has watched enough horror movies to know the correct way to behave in an apocalypse.

This is gory, scary and smelly. Yea, you will smell things you don't want to smell. It is not just bloody and gory, it is very scary. Watch out for the Stephen King's "Misery" scene, but mostly watch out for the babies!!

At the time I am writing, this is free. Get this in your library before someone changes their mind. This is the best short story I have listened to, Paid for, or otherwise in a long time.

R.C. Bray is one of those narrators that is the tipping point for a book, when you are trying to decide if you should purchase.

149 of 153 people found this review helpful

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Your worse fears about hospitals and then some!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it is a nice short and sharp story. With excellent narration and it will leave the listener wanting more!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

I like how the main character does a roving commentary of his plans and habits

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Another one of Bray's excellent works. I buy books now sorely because of his narration

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Attack of the blood sucking babies

Any additional comments?

Just download it! And you may as well download the followup book. I just wish the author would write the next one!

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Not Your Usual Last Action Hero

What other book might you compare The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story to and why?

I am sure "The Walking Dead" series came to most peoples mind.

Any additional comments?

I love it when I get a taste of a book especially just a sample of one like "The Hospital" makes me more inclined to spend my credits or buy it. The narrator R. C. Bray set the tone for the book he keep me mesmerized to the storyline. I like the fact that that the main character of the book is not no super hero but just an ordinary man without any training in weapons or combat just a "plain Joe" that everyone can relate so far. I will get the next in the series after enjoying this sample.

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Not Sure About This Series?

I got this after listening to the Mountain Man and I get why the reviews for The Hospital are on the average side. In the Hospital you get a taste of who Gus is but just a taste. Do yourself a favor and get The Mountain Man. You'll get to know Gus better and enjoy Mr. Blackmore's fine story telling skills. I really liked that story and I am looking forward to more of the Mountain Man.

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Good book

Pretty good short story. Great for a quick read. This story was well written and kind of creepy I would recommend.

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Too much time wasted on repeating the same thing

Not at all well-written and painfully repetitive. We get it, the author loves to talk about his balls. Move on.

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I Need More Mountain Man

My only complaint about The Hospital is that its too short. Blackmore introduces us to a world that has been ravaged by some sort of plague, thank you for not getting into it, the type of world that I have become accustomed to. The Mountain Man Augustus Berry, star of the series, reminds me of a character that I know of but cannot for the life of me remember who, there is a reason he is a survivor, let me leave it at that. This is a short account of one of his scavenging run where he decided to scour a hospital for supplies. Here he encounters a demented crazy woman and finds that there are many thing much more frightening that the undead. If you are like me and want another zombie series to listen to, please join me and check out the rest of the series in the very near future.

Audiobook purchased by me.

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16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Kind of Undersells Book 2

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd rewrite it to better suit the tone of book 2. As a standalone story it rates about an 'ok'. It's typical horror and seems to be written primarily for shock-value. Book 2 is almost the opposite of this.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Meeting Gus.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He's fast becoming my favourite narrator. Manages to avoid the 'tough guy with gravelly' voice cliche whilst still making everyone distinct. He also does female voices very well.

Did The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story inspire you to do anything?

I bought book 2.

Any additional comments?

I'm complaining about something that's free, but I just think book 1 might put some people off reading book 2 which would be a shame.

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Zombie surprise

Where does The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was good.I did not read the summary of the book before listening so I didn't expect a zombie book but it was well written and disturbing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

The narration of this books is awesome, disturbing and well done. Really enjoyed it.

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Post apocalyptic short story.

An entertaining post apocalyptic short story. The tale of a scavenging trip to a hospital that goes wrong. The mountain man encounters zombies and crazy woman and has to escape before he becomes dinner. The narrator did a good job Enjoyable, well written and narrated but nothing new.

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  • NC
  • 04-08-14

Lovely freebie!

Any additional comments?

This is a great freebie, with also a free chapter to his book topped on the end... a little gory, but a very gripping short story. Hoped to see more from this chappie, but only 1 other listed :( I shall; be getting that next book shortly!

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  • UsefulThings
  • 02-12-15

Dark zombie short story

This is quite a dark, gory zombie tale.

Darker than the Walking Dead, In my opinion. Some of the aspects of the story seem to be in there just for shock value. Not really my taste, I won't bother with any more in the series.

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  • John
  • 03-29-15

Easy reading

If you just want something to while the hours away then this will do you fine.... It lacks the elegance of others in its genre but the basics are there and it's very easy to get into the main character..

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  • Cuckoosuzie
  • 05-26-14

Very discriptive

What made the experience of listening to The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story the most enjoyable?

I thought it was very descriptive, and held my interest even though I wasn't sure what to expect next. It is not a book I should have listened to driving home on my own on a dark wet night. But saying that I then sat up in bed listening to the end because I needed to know what happened.

What other book might you compare The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story to, and why?

Can honestly say it was as scarey as Dean Coombes Watchers. They are not my normal read.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance

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

It made me hold my breathe in suspense. Makes your heart beat fast. Not good when driving

Any additional comments?

I needed to Finnish the book but won't be listening to it again, that is just me just not in my comfort zone.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
  • 05-07-14

Excellent - have already download Mountain Man!

Any additional comments?

A very gripping intro to the series introducing the main character and environment. I have already bought Mountain Man before my credits rolled over as I couldn't wait to get stuck in.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 01-21-17

Brilliant Marketing Strategy

If you could sum up The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story in three words, what would they be?

It made buying the Mountain Man Saga "a must".

What other book might you compare The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story to, and why?

This was my first book in this genre (even though I love The Walking Dead TV series). This book is superbly written and narrated and is very similar to the Mountain Man series.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

Crazy Alice. R.C. Bray is by far my favourite audio book "narrator" - when he performs a character I actually forget it's the same guy narrating and start to "buy into" the character as a real person. Bray's portrayal of crazy Alice was amazing. I really believed it was a woman and a crazy one at that. Just brilliant.

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

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

I don't know who's idea it was to give away for free this chapter/scene from the Mountain Man saga but it is a piece of marketing genius. This is not the type of book I would read or listen to but I thought I'd give it a try as it was free and R.C.Bray was narrating it (a brilliant narrator). Not only did this free sample force me into getting the first 3 books but it actually introduced me to this genre.

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  • NormaCenva
  • 08-30-16

babies... BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This was so f****** scary. It gave me the extended TWD episodes (you remember that one of the special short's with the nurse, right?), kinda vibe, but it was original in a completely different way. The sense of urgency and terror was very well written and enjoyable to read, it was both relatable and terrifying, and the characters were well fleshed out too. I was very lucky that this story was a free one, because I immediately bought the whole series, it looks like it will be quite a read, so will keep you posted!
If you want to try and see if this style of writing and exposition is your cup of tea, give it a go! You will not regret it.

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  • Lilly Penhaligon
  • 02-22-16

A dark and gory zombie survivor tale

What did you like best about The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story? What did you like least?

I love zombie apocalypse/outbreak films so this was pretty much like every one of those types of films. It was dark, atmospheric and I felt on edge listening to the description of the hospital. The bit I liked the least was some of the gore; at least on film this is over and done fairly quickly and you can look away but some of the detailed descriptions were a bit overwhelming for me.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked that for ONCE, the central character actually has some brains and has made themselves a bite-proof outfit that particularly guards the neck and limbs. My god, after all the zombie films I've seen over the years, mountain man gets it right. It gets taken off him at one point but the fact is, he had it. I also liked that he's built his house in the tree tops in a totally remote area far away from the zombie infected city. This guy is serious about survival.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

I liked the narration, I thought it was well-suited to this type of novella.

Did The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to think about my zombie apocalypse survival plan.

Any additional comments?

This was a decent offering for free. It's just over an hour long and it gives you a very very generous look in to the next book in the series. It's very different to my normal reading fare but I enjoyed it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine Siobhan barber
  • 02-09-16

the hospital by kieth c. Blackmore. narrated by R.C. Bray

Its a story that takes you into a nowhere land of a post apocalyptic knightmare of one mans struggle against insurmountable odds. Maniac nurses, zombie babies and zombie's . I enjoyed evey minute of the journey in this mans company. I felt his fear and frustration of being the only sane person in this chaotic post apocalyptic world. I can't wait to read or listen to the rest of the story.

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  • Claire123
  • 01-10-16

The Hospital

Fairly entertaining and passed the time whilst driving. Made me interested to hear more by the author.

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  • Amanda Jayne
  • 09-21-14

Great

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story to be better than the print version?

Yes. I love that the story gets told so well

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Keeps up the momentum through the other stories

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

The gore factor and the way he describes so was but so gross but great narration throughout the book. I was intrigued to know more of this story

Any additional comments?

I brought the 2nd one because I need to know what happens

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  • steve
  • 09-26-17

Over the top gore

It's a zombie book so I guess... what do you expect? Not truly brutal or shocking, just gore and cliche horror type character/monsters to the point where it's cheesy. It's a bit of a pity because it was OK before it went over the top.

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  • 04-09-18

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-18

stereotypical b grade

I just felt like it was a really cheesy hack n slash type movie. Not very suspensful or anything. Not my taste.

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  • deziree impey
  • 02-23-18

captivating!

Captivating with right amount of scaryness. really enjoyable! well spoken & easy to listen to.

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  • Loretta G Winter
  • 12-08-17

Not My Genre

Disappointing. A book with Zombies in it. Glad it was a free introduction ( 1st chapter ) to the book. The advantage was that it was only one chapter which I don't think I would have finished listening to if I knew there was more to come. Sorry but I know it with appeal to others.
Well narrated with the makings of a novel in that chapter.

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  • Prash
  • 11-18-17

Must read for Zombie lovers

Loved the story and would definitely continue reading the entire series.

Once again zombie lovers try this one out!! You will not be disappointed.

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  • Kranthi Ram Nagelli
  • 11-17-17

Much valuable info and an inspirational story

This is great book which tells everyone about the Mountain Man and a very inspirational story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-17

first time listener

couldn't stop! first audio book and I really enjoyed it. Great reader and expression too!