Junkyard Cats

Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the best-selling Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series comes a tough new heroine who is far more than she seems.

After the Final War, after the appearance of the Bug aliens and their enforced peace, Shining Smith is still alive, still doing business from the old scrapyard bequeathed to her by her father. But Shining is now something more than human. And the scrapyard is no longer just a scrapyard, but a place full of secrets that she has guarded for years.

This life she has built, while empty, is predictable and safe. Until the only friend left from her previous life shows up, dead, in the back of a scrapped Tesla warplane. Clutched in her cold fingers is a note to Shining - warning her of a coming attack.

With dread, Shining realizes: Someone knows who she is. Someone knows what she is guarding. Will she be able to protect the scrapyard? Will she even survive? Or will Shining have to destroy everything she loves to keep her secrets out of the wrong hands? 

©2020 Faith Hunter (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from Junkyard Cats

"I was swarmed and survived and had the scars to prove it"
"I protected my own."
"Or rather, he didn’t sound happy about our visitor."

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"I could not stop listening. I'm delighted by this very different world, its characters, the inclusion of AIs that have personalities, the astounding armament for the battles, the plot lines, and especially the Junkyard Cats, who are amazing beings."

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About the Creator

Faith Hunter is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of two series: the Jane Yellowrock series and the Soulwood series (both available on Audible), and the Rogue Mage series novels (also available on Audible). In addition, she has edited two anthologies set in the RM world, and coauthored the Rogue Mage RPG. She is the coauthor and author of 16 thrillers under pen names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. She sold her first book in 1989, and hasn’t stopped writing since. Altogether she has 40+ books and dozens of short stories in print and is juggling multiple projects. Faith collects orchids and animal skulls, loves thunder storms, and writes. She likes to cook soup, bake bread, garden, and kayak Class III whitewater rivers. She makes jewelry and drinks a lot of tea. Some days she’s a lady. Some days she ain't.

About the Performer

Khristine Hvam is an award-winning audiobook narrator, producer, and director. Some of her works include TV/radio commercials, video games, animated series, and most notably, more than 300 audiobook titles. Khristine has been honored with four Audio Publishers Association Audie Awards. AudioFile Magazine has awarded her seven of its Earphones Awards, as well as Best Voices of the Year 2015 and 2017. She currently lives in NJ with her husband and two children.

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Would be a great story, if most of it wasn't missi

Imagine following Harry Potter with no explanation of why anyone cares about him. Imagine following Frodo through Mordor with no background on why he needs to take the ring anywhere. Imagine dropping into Hunger Games with Katnis without any of the history of what led to this dystopia. This experiment in imagination will prepare you for the constant confusion that plagues this story.

I really wanted to like the story. The world could be quite interesting, and would be even better if I had any idea what was happened, what the acronyms stand for, and why I should care about anything I am hearing. I know there are aliens, I know there are motorcycles, I know there are cats, I know there are bugs. Beyond that, I just did my best to follow the ramblings and ignore everything that I could not follow, which is most of the story.

Hopefully the writer will eventually add the rest of the story that seems to be missing from this book. Even a glossery or appendix covering minor background of the characters would help.

At least it was free.

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I can listen to just about anything, but this is truly awful. Too slow. Too complicated, nonsense jargon. Too cliche.

Awful.

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Stunningly Imaginative, Surprising, & Intriguing

I could not stop listening, even though I had other things to do. As always, Khristine Hvam provided just the right voices for the characters in this audio book.

I've been a fan of Faith Hunter's various books for a number of years.

I'm delighted by this very different world, its characters, the inclusion of AIs that have personalities, the astounding armament for the battles, the plot lines, and especially the Junkyard Cats, who are amazing beings.

Another outstanding success, Faith! Thank you.

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Great world building, Action. Terrific heroine

Junkyard Cats is a post-apocalyptic tale of survival. Shining Smith is doing all right in her piece of the wild. She runs her junkyard and isn’t bothering anyone. But now folks want something hidden in the junkyard. Something even Shining didn’t realize was there. But she isn’t about to let anyone expose her or take her home.
This is an exciting tale with a strong independent heroine, a cyborgish sidekick, some AI snark and of course junkyard cats. I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed tale and look forward to future adventures with Shining Smith and friends.

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A treat

I really enjoyed this book! That is saying a lot for the monthly offerings in “audible originals”, they’re usually pretty bad. Please, stick with it as the first can be a little dry and narration “nasally”. It gets much better! There is a lot of action,dialog(great dif voices), some nice humor and the cats are STARS. Not a huge sci-fi fan but when I find really good books in the genre I do enjoy. The tech stuff is pretty interesting. I liked all the characters, the writing was well done. Am def going to look into her other books, hoping this will be a serial. Again, give this a chance,you shouldn’t be disappointed, especially with those Junkyard Cats!

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A Challenge

Interesting story well performed, but I had difficulty visualizing the scenes and characters. Plus, the story was hard to follow - what was going on and why. The author finally provides some background about 4 hrs into the 5 hr read, which is too late. I kept feeling that I had missed an earlier book, but this is the first one of a new series. OK as a free listen from Audible but I will not buy future stories in this series.

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Absolutely loved this new world!!!

This book is fantastic and I listened to it in one setting. I love that Shining is literally just realizing her potential. Having lived alone for years without having to test her limits Shining comes up against a lethal enemy intent on stealing her secrets.

As the only life she knows is threatened can Shining save her junkyard full of secrets worth dying for? And can her cats help her? Amazing new dynamic and a fascinating team of new heroes evolve in a way even Shining wasn't expecting. I was riveted by this new tail and I already need more Shining and Junkyard Cats. This is a must have for Faith Hunter fans. I promise you will love this new short story from her!!!!

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short read and fun

proved to be way more interesting than I originally thought. builds out a world in a short amount of time and takes you along for the ride

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Highly Entertaining

This short story was highly entertaining and thought provoking. The performer was versitile, seamlessly moving between distinctive accents and even different genders. Great job.

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I hope this is a new series!!

Fast moving novelle - awesome heroine in a future setting. Scary premises for the setting, but interesting characters and plot development. I love the cats!

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  • Aleksandra Popovic
  • 01-14-20

New genre, same old mesmerizing storytelling

My only complaint is that is too short, but again, I knew this when I purchased the audiobook. Fantastic job both - Faith Hunter and Kristine Hvam. Looking forward toward new book in a hopefully long series!

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  • Tracy
  • 01-23-20

A New series - hopefully

Totally hooked ! Left me wanting to know what happens next .
Excellent narration by Khristine Hvam .
I would recommend listening to this .
Only criticism- too short !

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  • Berkshire Book Wench
  • 01-19-20

It's all about the cats!

I auto buy Faith Hunter and I am never disappointed. It gets even better when Khristine Hvam picks up the narration. I digress, Faith drops us into a dystopian junkyard belonging to Shining Smith. The apocalypse has already happened and the alien bugs settled the score, it left people to eke out an existence where they can. Shining is happy-ish and is way more than she seems, she lives alone apart from the junkyard cats and a war-bot she rescued.

But the world is now run by bikers, the biggest group the Hell's Angels have heard rumours that she is hiding something. Her only warning of the coming attack the note clutched in the dead fingers of her father's last friend. Then Jager arrives ........

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  • Helen Lamberton
  • 01-18-20

Junkyard Cats

Thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful addition to Faith Hunter's diverse worlds. Looking forward to hearing more of Shining Smith's story. If there is more I hope that they will be made into a paper edition as Miss Hunter is one of the few authors who's books I would happily buy in every format possible.

Khristine Hvam is a wonderful narrator with no obvious breaks or hesitations and her characterization is wonderful!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-14-20

Faith Hunter writes a good story...

... and the narrator tells it convincingly. If you like SF there's a good chance you will enjoy this. If you like the author's other work, don't be discouraged by the slightly different genre. But, no spoilers.

Faith Hunter, please write a sequel?

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  • Kelly
  • 01-13-20

What a tease!

I’ve read the variety of Faith Hunter’s books over the years and have most audiobooks now.

Junkyard Cats had an exciting premise and I couldn’t wait to know more. The world builds easily through this short story, though the mystery of Shining Smith remains.

A great narrator, as always. Even for a Brit like me, easy to listen to and helps develop the story.

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  • Dawnybros
  • 01-10-20

Original and entertaining

Faith Hunter fans will love the usual brilliant story from Faith and wonderful narration from Khristine.

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  • Claire
  • 01-09-20

Not my normal type...but I liked it!

As I've read and enjoyed all Faith's other books I thought I'd give it a go even though it was a different genre than I normally read. I've got to be honest I didn't understand some of the technical bits but I didn't need to, to enjoy the story. The narrator is fab and I love the cats and Jolene. Can't wait until the next book.

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  • Chrissy’s Book Shelf
  • 01-04-20

Excellent Dystopian Sci-Fi

I love Faith Hunter and I particularly enjoy listening to Khristine Hvam’s narration of her books. Buying this book was a no-brainer despite being a different genre from Ms Hunter’s usual works.

This work is set decades in the future, after several world wars and invasion of ‘bugs” from space. Shining Smith is a survivor of the wars, she lives in a junkyard left to her by her deceased father and is kept company by an office AI, called Gomez, a war-bot inhabited by a very damaged Matteo and dozens of cats.

This story starts with Shining discovering a dead body in the trunk of a car she bought on the black market, covered in bi-coloured ants, a dangerously genetically modified creation that seeks human flesh to consume. Shining survived a bi-coloured swarm attack as a child and still remembers the pain. Not many people survive swarm attacks.

In the footsteps of the dead body an OMW enforcer arrives. Shining and her father were part of the OMW and fought alongside the Government against the People’s Republic of China, but Shining was supposed to be dead and things were beginning to mount up, with no time to think.

This story is gripping, filled with drips of information about Shining, her life and the world in which she inhabits. It’s drip feed nature keeps you riveted throughout, and Shining is a complex and compelling character, that you root for from the start.

As this is an audible original, you can only get the book in audio format, so if you are a Faith Hunter fan, you have probably heard several of the accents and ‘voices’ used before in other books by Ms Hunter. However, this did little to detract from the great story.

I hope a future book in this series comes out soon, because I really enjoyed this one.

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  • L.D.
  • 01-04-20

Short, but hopefully more will come along

I mostly feel as if I read a short story of an existing series in an anthology. Yes you can read it on it's own, but you miss all the connections.

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  • Mrs Penelope Brundu
  • 01-17-20

Another hit for Faith Hunter

Loved this book. Storyline was so different. Main character interesting, another kick arse heroine. can’t wait till the next one comes out. Faith Hunter is now at the top of my favourite authors.

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  • peter
  • 01-07-20

great listen

at the top of faith hunter's work looking forward to a long series. many more please