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The president is dead and the military divided, two powerful armies aligned to reignite a bloody civil war. Millions struggle and starve, waiting for the government to reform and initiate a recovery. Bishop and Terri have a simple plan - they want to retreat to an isolated strip of West Texas desert and prepare for the expansion of their family. It's not meant to be. The vacuum of leadership ignites an internal struggle that pulls the couple into the middle of a fast-paced, dangerous adventure as powerful, desperate men fight to control what's left of the United States. Book four of Joe Nobody's popular series, Holding Their Own, takes the listener on an adventure through a world trying to recover and rebuild after a complete collapse of society. The post-apocalyptic landscape is dangerous, unpredictable and often requires creative solutions just to survive. Join Bishop, Terri, and their friends as The Ascent begins.

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Narration is supposed par

The narrators deliver was just awkward. Story is great though if you can get by the person reading it.

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bullit-proof Bishop is at it again!

I enjoyed this next installment of the series. I appreciate how the author seems to lay out the complexities of our nation trying to recover from such a traumatic event in a very realistic manner. He also makes me think about urban survival as well as trying to stay away from heavily populated areas. The plot is well developed and I liked the cliff hanger end. They only negative is the recording itself. There tended to be lengthy gaps at the end of chapters as the book went on, so much so that several times I looked to see if the book was playing.

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narrator was a little princess.

Men who are supposed to be tough and gruff are portrayed as panty waste weenies by the narrator

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Transgender Narrator?

Would you listen to Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent again? Why?

I truly enjoy the storyline and I'm hooked on the series, but please, use same narrator as book 2, for Every book. Narrator of book 4 makes everyone sound like either a New York City resident (terrible accent imitation too) or a man wearing briefs that are 5 sizes to tight. I barely made it through book 4.

What did you like best about this story?

Bishop and Terri's plight to stay together and keep Terry safe no matter what.

Would you be willing to try another one of Brandon McKernan’s performances?

Not in this lifetime, NO WAY!!!!!

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

I enjoyed books 1-3 ( book 2 narrator was my favorite)

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the reader

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book was good.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The reader was SO awful. Don't they have to audition for the job? Had to stop and buy paperback to finish this one! Hire Bronson Pinchot.

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Reader is a FAIRY! Read it, don't listen to this.

Would you try another book from Joe Nobody and/or Brandon McKernan?

The story is great. The reader is HORRIBLE! Bishop sounds like a happy toddler ALL of the time. Even in the middle of a gun fight! He has a sing song tone that sounds like he's skipping through the park with ice cream. And balloons. On a rainbow. With his pet unicorn. Every character has the same annoying sing song voice. UGH! I couldn't even finish & ended up returning it for the Kindle version. I wish Frank Collison would have read all of them. He's the best by far!

What didn’t you like about Brandon McKernan’s performance?

EVERYTHING! Horrible.

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Good book with a bad reader

The reader has no grasp on sentence structure or inflection. This one is probably best read not listened to.

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The narrator will make you want to punch someone..

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book....yes... the audible version....NO WAY! The narrator is beyond HORRIBLE! There are no adjectives bad enough to describe how horrible he is.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brandon McKernan?

ANYONE....this man needs to find another profession, or just do children's books...he has no business doing books for adults.

Did Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent inspire you to do anything?

Get through it so I would NEVER have to listen to the narrator again.

Any additional comments?

A HORRIBLE narrator takes so much away from the story...and this narrator made an otherwise good story almost impossible to listen to. But, Joe Nobody seems to look for the worst narrators possible. So far out of four books, only one was worth listening to. I thought Dave Wright was bad.....he is...very....but this guy was 100 times worse. READ the book...it's a pretty good story...but don't listen to it, it will frustrate and anger anyone with ears.

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Getting better.

Joe Nobody continues to struggle with dialogue, but the story continues to improve. This is the best of the series so far.

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One of the best surviving the collapse franchises.

What did you love best about Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent?

The unity of Bishop and Terri as they make the best of hard times in a country turned upside down. Bishop has strong beliefs about justice and is a character of high moral fiber.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent?

There isn't JUST one. Too many to choose from.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounds like he is reading Cinderella to five year old children. He robs the excitement and tension from this story. Bishop is an operator in a violent world, but this narrator has effectively removed all masculinity from the hero of this series.

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

This book created sadness that it was over.