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Into the Outside

Narrated by: Carlo Libertini
Series: Into the Outside, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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When the mutants' survival is threatened, will Isabella risk it all for the man she hardly knows, or stay underground protected?

Fifty years ago, the Earth died. The Earth is now a fertile but dangerous jungle world. Wildlife has prospered, although often in oddly altered forms. Survivors live in underground shelters waiting generations for the environment to become safe enough to emerge. Above ground, the radiation and poison has mutated the few humans that are left, but they do their best to survive for the 20 to 22 years they might live before the toxic planet or disease kills them.

Sixteen-year-old Isabella has grown up believing mutants are sub-human, stupid, and would eat every shelter person if they had the chance, until she spies a wandering mutant tribe through the glass bottom swimming pool that is her shelter's only light source. Isabella is fascinated by them, but it's their 17-year-old leader, Malcolm, who truly captivates her - ebony skin, straw-colored hair, rippling muscles, four fingers on one hand and six on the other. Night after night, she sneaks out of her shelter to watch the tribe, dressed in her grandfather's chemical/radiation suit. When Malcolm discovers her, they are wary of each other at first, but eventually become friends, and then lovers. Isabella finally leaves the safety of her shelter to follow Malcolm into the perilous Outside.

Isabella knows the government plans to exterminate the mutants once it is safe for the shelter-folk to come Outside, and she expects radiation and disease, but no one in the tribe is prepared for cannibals!

Isabella's family mourns for their lost child, knowing she will die Outside, but Grandfather refuses to search for her. Luke defies him and leaves the shelter to track down Isabella and warn her of the threat she knows nothing about. But he is no more prepared for the dangers Outside than she is. Hunted and finally captured by the military, Luke must escape their grasp, find Isabella, and save her life.

©2015 Lynda Engler and Henry Dixon (P)2016 Lynda Engler and Henry Dixon

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Not for me.

I was so looking forward to listening to this!! The reviews are all mostly positive so I dived in eagerly, but oh my word, the narrator was awful. Maybe it was this fact that had me disliking the book too, I don't know for sure!!

The world is separated into two different factions as such, the below ground dwellers who are waiting till the world is habitable again, and the mutations, people who live on the surface but have some form of mutation. Isabella is a below ground dweller and has never been outside in her 16 years. Her grandfather tells her that the mutants are dangerous, not really human and would kill and eat you if they had the chance. But Isabella is curious and when she sees some mutants swimming in a pool above their shelter (don't ask me why they have a see through pool above them anyway) she needs to investigate. Night after night she puts on her grandfathers safety suit until she is caught by one of the mutants, Malcolm. She soon learns that he isn't like her grandfather said and she decides to leave with Malcolm and his tribe and step into the outside!

Sounds good, right?? It kind of was, but also wasn't. Isabella was annoying at times and I couldn't connect with her. She literally falls in love with the first guy she has every seen, (that wasn't related to her) and is completely focused on him. I really wish she would have experienced some of the outside first and then met Malcolm and fallen in love. I think it would have made it more real, instead she wants to marry a boy she only just met and knows next to nothing about. Plus she has no problem leaving her family behind, she didn't realy hesitate!! It felt too unreal.

The overall plot was slow. Not much happens for ages, only Isabella fawning over Malcolm, and I felt like giving up then, but I kept listening because I had to give it a fair chance. And while I finished it, I really don't think I'll keep on with the series. I didn't connect with the characters or care what happens to them unfortunately.

Now onto Carlo Libertini. I rarely give a one star to any narrator because they put a lot of effort into their work, but this narrator read the whole book as if he was reading it to a young child, He read it in a happy, uplifting tone the whole way through and it really, really grated on my nerves and I had to speed up the narration to make it any bit bearable. He made the story extra hard to get into or like.

I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Excellent post apocalyptic book!

Into the Outside was a great post apocalyptic book about a family living in an underground shelter after a nuclear war had destroyed most of humanity. The people who did manage to survive outside of a shelter mutated. The mutants mature much faster and have shorter life spans due to all the toxins left from the war. Isabella is part of a shelter family. She sees a family of mutants on their land and gets curious enough to sneak out and meet them. After realizing that they aren't much different from her, she decides to leave her sheltered life and venture out into the world. Not only have people mutated, but the animals have as well. Some of the people mutated into something much worse, eaters! Excellent performance by Carlo Libertini. Looking forward to book 2!

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Ready For Book II

Take a deep breath and be glad that this book is a work of fiction. Be advised that this story might make you, but it will also make your eyes leak. I blame the poisons.

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Great Story

I loved the story. I hesitated listening to this because it is a bunch of teens in an apaclyptic world and I usually prefer adult stories. In this case it is explained why they are teens. Great narrator too. Looking forard to the next book. Worth the listen.

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A Post-Apocolyptic Love Story

Years after the war has laid waste to the whole of the United States, a young woman lives with her extended family in a very sophisticated but none the less restrictive underground "bomb shelter" When a small tribe of mutant survivors literally passes over top of her hide away, the girl becomes fascinated by the outsiders and determines to meet them.
As might be expected of a young girl of "a certain age" who's never had an opportunity to fraternize with men outside her own family, she becomes fascinated by the small tribe's leader and ... well, things take their normal course and she slips off into the wilderness with her newfound family.
This story is the first of the series, so you'll have to stay with it to find out how both extended family groups and many of those they encounter fare in this hard, new world. If love your books tied off with a bow and a heartfelt "THE END", this probably isn't one for you, but I was aware off what I was taking on, and this one's well enough written that I don't find coming back to these characters for another go-round any kind of detraction. They are a fascinating combination of resolute toughness and naive vulnerability and as they battle mutant monstrosities, deal with the perils of life in the wild, lose tribe members and meet other survivors along the way, I found myself, again and again, sticking around for "just one more chapter".
This writing team has, with a seemingly effortless style, found that happy medium between dry "real science" fiction and frivolous "it works that way because I said so" pseudo-science.
All in all, this one was well worth the time and I look forward to the next stage of the adventure.

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Human Race, Near Extinction, What Happens After?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Into the Outside by Lynda Engler, Henry Dixon and narrated by Carlo Libertini. This is book 1 of 3 (so far) and, so far so good. It has a good premise, consistent story line, lots of different characters to learn about. It keeps me interested and isn’t boring. This means I listened to it on x1 speed and didn’t have to jack the speed up to x1.5 or x2 to get through it. I am on book 2 now and will leave a review for that. Carlo did a very good job telling the story. Book 2 has a different narrator so we will have to see how that goes.

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Interesting

I really enjoyed the story. Though it got off to a slow start things started to pick up after the first ‘encounter’ from then on I was totally engrossed in the new world.

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Into the Outside

This is a very different type of dystopian book as there is some fighting but not the amount you have seen in other books at least not yet, this is only book 1. Isabella has grown up in a shelter knowing only what her grands have taught her, until the day comes when some mutants start living right above them literally. When Isabella sneaks out to learn more about these visitors she also learns maybe what she has grown up believing has been wrong, maybe her grands are not right and have lied to her all these years and the mutants are not there to steal everything they have, that they just want a safe place to raise their families too. Next thing Isabella knows she is in love with the mutant leader Malcolm and is walking away from her family and leaving with Malcolm and the mutants, and to certain death.

This is such a exciting book filled with suspense and action galore. The audio narrated by Carlo Libertini was top notch and made this truly a joy to listen too. It made you feel as though you were there and a part of the adventure either with Isabella and Malcolm or with Luke the brother that refuses to give up.

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Review - Into the Outside

TITLE: Into the Outside
BY: Lynda Engler, Henry Dixon
NARRATED BY: Carlo Libertini
DISCLAIMER: This book was given to me free in return for my honest review.

BRIEF SUMMARY
Isabella has lived her whole life in an underground shelter safe from the world which is still toxic from radiation 50 years after the earth died. After finding out that mutants, like Malcolm, are nothing like the stories she’s been told she wants to stop the government’s plan to exterminate them.

Luke, Isabella’s brother, finds out a dangerous secret and sets out against his family wishes to save her.

ABOUT THE NARRATOR
As a lot of audio-book fans know, a good narrator is essential for making a book come to life. You learn over time the types of narrations you like but something to remember is that not everyone will like the same things. For me, Carlos Labertini just didn’t match the characters he was reading. I had a rough time trying to get into the story AND pay attention. His words were clear and easy to understand which was a pro. However, there were a lot of pregnant pauses and it honestly felt like I was reading to my niece and nephew a 2 and 4-year-old. The entire time it felt like he kept the same upbeat tone, even if the situation called for a different tone. Again, what one person doesn’t like someone else might.

THE BOOK
The book itself was okay but in my mind nothing spectacular. The love story was way too fast and often felt forced. I really wished Isabella discovered herself and explored the outside world before meeting him. It would have been nice if she was able to face hardship and battle though it instead of him protecting her the whole time. It made it almost impossible to relate to her character in any way. Honestly, I liked Luke’s part in the story more. He was leaving the shelter for a purpose and was struggling though the journey. Then when he came to a point in the story where he was given a choice of luxury or hardship you could really tell that it was his experiences that helped formed his decision.

I will be reading the next two books into the series to see where Isabella and Luke’s journey takes them.

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A good (and slightly terrifying) story!

Well written and performed story with good character development. The setting is terrifyingly believable, as well as the story line. If you like your dystopian adventures to have action, adventure, and wholesome values vs gratuitous violence and graphic romance, then this is the story for you. I look forward to reading the next Into the Outside book and finding out what happens next!

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  • Helen
  • 06-08-19

good book


a good story line and not bad narrater a bit slow for me but maybe ok for you

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 01-17-19

An Interesting Series Scene Setter.

We're in the not too distant future, humanity has destroyed itself and just a few enclaves remain. We follow two small groups, one had foreseen the disaster coming and built a self contained underground nuclear bunker another live on the contaminated surface. The central characters are children having to be adults in this new world and how they cope when members of the two groups meet and overcome their fear and mistrust of each other. An interesting listen, very well narrated, and sets the characters, back story and scenes well for the series.

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  • Layla
  • 03-20-18

OK

Any additional comments?

I found this slow going. It took a while before anything interesting started to happen. I also found it odd that the outsiders had kids at a very young age (like 10 years old), I found that hard to believe.
The consept is OK and could have been more interesting if something more interesting happened. The next book might be more better.