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The Last Survivors Audiobook

The Last Survivors: A Dystopian Society in a Post Apocalyptic World

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Publisher's Summary

Survival in Man’s Second Dark Age

Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning...

The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures that threaten to destroy the townships. Among the townsfolk, political and the religious, dissension is spreading.

Through it all, a mother must protect her son...

©2014 Bobby Adair & T.W. Piperbrook (P)2014 Bobby Adair & T.W. Piperbrook

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    Jim "The Impatient" 05-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "HOUSE OF BARREN WOMEN"

    WOMEN LIE AND MEN DO NOT
    Let's get something straight, the rating is not low because of the treatment of women. These were the only two quotes that stuck out to me. The best part of the book is the universe these two have created. It is a bit different, I even like the infected. It is based on a real disease that inflicts insects in, I believe South America. I saw a special on one of the nature channels once and they showed these ants go crazy, become physically deformed and then what looks like a painful death. I found the book very slow. Very little happens, the whole books is a set-up for the series. They spend a lot of time telling us things, little time doing anything. As another reviewer mentions the infected are just background. This had more of a feel of The Handmaid's Tale, than a Zombie book. The whole book takes place over three days. We are told women strip in front of the whole town and are felt up in front of the whole town and we are told that it is humiliating. We don't actually live through it as a woman.

    My mind wondered often and I never really felt much empathy for any of the characters and there were no WOW moments. I will not continue the series.

    28 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 11-28-14
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 11-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Unique – enteraining – easy listening"

    Ok I confess, I am pretty tight when it comes to money. So when it comes to making a purchase on a title I tend to choose one’s which have at least been reviewed. However, every once in a while I look for one which isn’t reviewed. I tell myself because it is because ‘I like to live on the edge’. I know I am a sad man… But the truth is I am looking for something different… but not too different from my usual listening habits. I usually listen to zombie stories or historical military and political people.

    This title was perfect. I was thinking it was going to be zombie’s but it is not! Truly it was a pleasant surprise!

    I won’t retell or summarize the story – that is what the publisher’s summary is for. So I will restrain myself to talk about the narration and how I felt about the book:

    Sean Runnette is an excellent narrator and is very easy to listen to. The speed of the narration is good. I played this one at 1.25x speed and it was just right.

    The story built tension and managed to build it to just the right amount before it was released. Not once did I find myself stressed by it. But rather the tension did what it is supposed to do – make me what to know more.

    The story ebbed and flowed, slowly building the characters and revealing more of the plot. The title is the work of two authors and honestly I couldn’t pick any difference between the two!

    The only draw back is a simple one. I can't wait for the second book! I listened to this one pretty much in one day and was disappointed to see that this was a new release and so the second one on the series might be a little way off.

    If you are looking for something a bit different to the usual end of the world zombie style books that I often review, and you want something that is entertaining and easy to listen to in a boring commute. Then this one might be just what you are looking for!

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-30-15
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Since this was a collaboration, I worried"

    I couldn’t wait to get started on The Last Survivors when I found out who the authors were. T.W. Piperbrook and Bobby Adair couldn’t write a bad book if they tried and together, I thought they would be unstoppable. Post-apocalyptic stories are by far my favorite and when you throw zombies into the mix, well, let’s just say I was kind of excited.

    I went into this book with absolutely no knowledge of what it was about, other than the book description. 300 years after the end of the world, the few people left on Earth are struggling to survive. People are being turned into monsters and nobody is happy. As I listened to the book, I expected to hear a little more about the spores but I was disappointed. It took awhile for the action to build and I felt the story lacked some much-needed character development. However, Adair and Piperbrook left the ending wide open for the next book in the series and although I wasn’t as blown away by this story as I hoped to be, it has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to the next part.

    Since this was a collaboration, I worried that each author’s part would be easy to pick out and I’m happy to say I was wrong. It was hard to determine which author wrote which part and it flowed seamlessly.

    The audio quality of The Last Survivors was excellent. The narrator, Sean Runette, speaks clearly and adds the right amount of tension to every scene. I’m sorry to say I had never heard of this narrator before being given the opportunity to review this book, but he impressed me so much, I will definitely be seeking out more of his work.

    Overall, The Last Survivors didn’t go where I expected it to go. It was a little slow in spots but was good enough to leave me curious about the next part of the story. If post-apocalyptic stories are your thing, I urge you to give The Last Survivors a try.

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    25 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    ANGIE 03-26-16
    ANGIE 03-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hate the treatment of women & love the narrator"
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    Sean Runnette saved this audiobook! I kept picturing this as a Mike Talbot story, far far into the future. His voice is the only thing that kept me listening. The "zombies" were very rarely seen and were referred to as "demons." The treatment of women was deplorable. This is one of those "middle age" stories where the town folk give a few big headed men too much power at the town's expense. There are actual heads put on stakes when a woman dares to disobey. The men pick who they want to marry and the women, or shall I say girls, have no choice. If a woman is caught alone by a soldier, she can expect to get raped. If a woman can't reproduce, she's considered "barren" and is forced to "satisfy" the single men of the village. All mens' "seed" is good and it's the woman's fault if she can't get pregnant. YUCK! So yah, having to listen to THAT is not a pleasant experience in a woman's point of view. But there were some really great characters and story lines. When Ella & her son William were running and hiding in the wild, that was the best part. Anytime there was any story within in the village, it's time to fast forward. Long, boring, and down right disrespectful to my gender. The very last sentence.......*sigh* it's got me wondering about the next book. If not for the narrator, there's no way that I could have finished this book. I wouldn't have been able to get through the first half of this book, onto the much better second half. But that last sentence, it's the cliff hanger. I think I'll have to go ahead and get the second book, just to see how this particular story line with Ella goes. The men in the book though, I really don't care and would prefer that someone just kill them all off. Bray though, he's pretty great and the only decent man in the book.
    So I will give this book 3 stars for the awesome narrator and Ella, William & Bray's story.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    happyjo 10-11-17
    happyjo 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very different walking dead story"

    This story is set in the distant future where zombie like creatures still live and the people are ignorant of their history and ancestors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl 10-06-17
    Darryl 10-06-17
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    "I was unsure"

    Most all of the reviews were decently high, but there were definitely a lot of people complaining as well. I am just starting book two so I don't know what kind of set up this is going for, but this book is definitely based heavily on the idea of manipulation. Men dominating Women and Children, a religion built to control the masses and abuse of that power at the top. And other manipulations as well.

    I feel the negative remarks come from the books description and the book's contents. They are remarkably the same and different. They live in a world of disease and monsters, but the majority of the world you see is within the confines of the village and the manipulation of the people. I highly enjoy psychology, so I really didn't mind the absence of monsters for the most part. These two authors have put together a world that I feel would reflect a world in that type of scenario decently well.

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    Timothy 09-15-17
    Timothy 09-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I feel like this is the first part of one book."

    I love the narrator. I am unhappy with the authors spitting this book up. it feels like a cheap soap opera ending. Leaving me feeling unsatisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Food want more"

    I hate mimum word requirements, audible. but I liked the book and I don't blame the author for audible stupid requirements.

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    Jada Glanzman 06-20-17
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    "Good story. Well written"

    Main issue is the narrator's strange speech pattern at the end of most sentences and how many of his s-sounds come off as shh sounds. Kind of hard to listen to.

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    The Kindler 05-20-17
    The Kindler 05-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Cordycept Apocalypses"

    This first book was alright. Nothing surprising. As usual in most stories like this the people are worse than the monsters. I will try the second book but I may stop there. I just don't think there had been much development for the characters for me to care about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • C J Attwood
    6/1/15
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    "desperate for the next book"

    great book couldn't stop listening, just can't wait for the next installment. no bad points but I guess you need to enjoy the genre to get the most out of the story, but even if this genre doesn't appeal give it a go you may be pleasantly surprised

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BillyBlackBear
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    "Positively Medievil"

    The story is an interesting twist on post apocalyptic storytelling but lacks that gripping punch and is little more than a robin hood tale

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aberdare, United Kingdom
    2/20/15
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    "cant wait for the next one"

    A different book to what I'm used to. I got into the world the writers set. The characters are easy to get to know. I'll be looking into their other work

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • peardrop
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    "UNUSUAL"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES


    What did you like best about this story?

    DIFFERENT APPROACH TO 'APOCALYPSE'


    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    ALWAYS ENJOY SEANS READINGS


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

    IN THE END YES IT WAS


    Any additional comments?

    FIRST BOOK A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO GET STUCK INTO AT THE BEGINING BUT CERTAINLY WORTH IT. I LIKED THE WAY THE CHAPTERS WORKED, KEPT YOU INVOLVED WITH THE CHARACTERS. WILL THE STORY CONTINUE?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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