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Mordacious

The City Series, Book 1
Series: The City Series, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,614 ratings)

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From the universe of the Until the End of the World series. (Note: The City Series can be heard before or after the Until the End of the World series)

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in.

Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier and likelier, and finding his sister may be his only prospect for survival - if he can make it home.

Sylvie doesn't need more than food, water, and shelter. Eric wants only to find his sister. But sometimes what we think we need isn't what we need at all, and what we find is more than we expected.

©2016 Sarah Lyons Fleming (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • LD
  • 09-25-16

Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse

I was excited to find Sarah Lyons Fleming had released another book in the Until the End realm. I loved the first series and have listened to it multiple times. I must admit I love this book more than any of the three in the original trilogy and novella.

I love how real these characters were, how SLF made them loveable even with their flaws. Sylvie's and Grace's friendship is enviable. The humor between them and Sylvie and Eric is perfect. I never thought a post apocalyptic book could make me laugh out loud so many times, as well as feel fear or sadness.

This book has joined my top 5 books of all times. SLF has a real gift for words. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Wendy
  • Lawrenceville, GA, United States
  • 09-16-16

Feel Good Zombie Stories!

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Loved it! If you are new to this author, stop! Check out her trilogy + novella, Until The End of The World. Mordacious is a spin off of that series. It is not essential that you read Until the End of the World first to enjoy this book, but I recommend you do.

Do you like zombie / survival stories – but hate to get bogged down with endless tragedy and after tragedy? I love apocalyptic novels, but I am often turned off by plots that take the reader down a dark hole (evil humans, society at its worst, characters spending the entire book trying to find a way out of a hopeless and ugly scenarios). While Fleming’s novels include all these elements, her books center on the dynamics of the survival group. The plot is centered on her characters, their struggles, and growth – that happen to be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Fleming wrote the first “Feel Good” Zombie story I have ever read – and it was such a breath of fresh air! That is, when my heart wasn’t racing from fearing for my beloved characters well being and safety.

Narration: I am a narrator snob. I have loved Luke Daniels since “The Druid” series… he does a fine job here. I am new to Therese and thought she was a little better fit for the character she’s playing. The story is told from two points of view, so that is why we get a male and female narrator. When the two characters are together, the narrators get to play off each other, the narration really shines. I saw one negative review of the narration and I honestly don’t know what they are talking about. The narration is great.

Can't wait for the next installment!

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I can't even begin to explain how happy I was to find out this was Eric's journey. I wondered many times what happened to him while listening to The End of the World series. In the beginning I wasn't sure how I was going to like these characters. Sylvia has mommy issues and she can be very self-deprecating. But she quickly grew on me. I really enjoyed the City aspect of this book, knowing how they would manage in NYC was really different from the other part of this world. Eric was a great characters from the beginning, I love how he just coasts along making his was into NYC. He is a great hero. I also love how such different groups of people find a way to help each other in this book. The details of the city travel is awesome, I felt like I was in the ruins of New York with these characters when they were trying to make their way from place to place.

The narration is great. Therese Plummer is always awesome and so is Luke Daniels but hearing them in duet style was perfect!!!!

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Harlequin Zombies?

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I really enjoyed her first series with Cassie and friends, and while I liked finding out what happened to her brother there was way too little zombie action and way too much romantic angst. This seemed like a book written for a harlequin romance series with a bit of zombies thrown in. The main female character was just too stereotypical 'nobody can ever love me'. Perhaps having Terese Plummer queen of romantic narration didn't help with that feeling. I will continue the series because I want to find out if they ever meet up with Cassie.

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This book was so satisfying!

What made the experience of listening to Mordacious the most enjoyable?

I previously read it before I listened to the audiobook. I think I enjoyed reading it better, but I still loved listening to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sylvie and Eric were probably tied. They are both so funny and witty and i obviously love what's happening between them. Sylvie isn't afraid to stand up for herself and her friends. She doesn't realize the impact that she has on people. She thinks she isn't worth anyone's friendship, but she doesn't realize that anyone she meets loves her. Eric gets her. Knows when to push her and when to back off. He gives her time to adjust to him and he respects her personality traits.

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

Sarah has a way with words. She could write the dictionary and I would still listen to it all in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read the prequel series to this, you are missing out. It's called "Until the End of the World" and it has three books. They are so phenomenal. I have re listened and re read probably a dozen times. Do yourself a favor ;) This series is setting up to be the same. I love her writing. And her plot twists.

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I have listened....

I have listened this series Starting with Cassie's Journey & all she went through!! I was excited to find this book about her brother Eric & his Journey! I can't wait for the next book to come out!! Even though this series has new narrators they did an amazing job! In a way I'm glad Sarah Lyons Fleming switched narrators for this series! DON'T GET ME WRONG THE OTHER NARRATOR WAS JUST AS AMAZING but I like her voices for Cassie, Nelly, Penny, Anna & Peter as well as all the other Characters for that series! So it's good to have new narrators for Eric & his group!

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It's like the book is split into two parts.

At first, "Mordacious" starts off as the average zombie scenario. In fact, deja vu might occur with all of the familiarity. The character personalities, survival situations, tools they use, settings, and internal struggles can be found in other similar material. Halfway through the book, however, things start to shift gears into something that involves a lot more emotional drama. It's pretty much a different audiobook after that point as the entire tone and pacing of the story changes. Zombies randomly fade into the background as relationships happen, couples ogle, emotions are repeatedly developed and discussed, and psychologically is extensively explored.

Therese Plummer and Luke Daniels were an outstanding team to voice this audiobook. Both have terrific range and get the emotions across for every written scene perfectly. This alone makes the audiobook worth it, despite the story itself being a touch predictable in areas.

The story is set mostly in New York and split between the first person perspectives of two characters; Sylvie and Eric. Sylvie being the main character for most of the story. An interesting character with mild social anxieties, Sylvie is as interesting as she is uptight because she is constantly worried about what others are thinking of her while attempting to deal with stresses that come with a zombie apocalypse. Eric is survivor searching for his family and has a bit of a fatalistic sense of humor.

This book is recommended to listeners who enjoy romance with a toe dipped in survival horror. If you are expecting more traditional zombie thrills, then the first half of the book is for you. If you are expecting a book that has romance and dramatic discussion, then the second half of the book is for you.

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  • MDY
  • Arizona
  • 05-04-17

Love this series, can't wait until Book 2

I like Zombie books, but I'm kind of picky. It gets monotonous when there's blood, gore and eating of human flesh, 24-7-365. So when I found a free book download on Audible, So long Lollipops.....I found nirvana. I plowed through the "Until the End of the World" series and was saddened when I discovered that series was finished. That's when I got desperate and plugged in Sarah Lyons Fleming's name into Audible and found Mordacious....Yahoo! I hit the mother lode! Now, I'm finished with that one and I'll have to wait until the next of "The City Series" comes out:-( Can you tell that I'm in love with this series. Oh well, I'll have to placate myself with some other meaningless books until the next comes out.

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  • DeeDee
  • gilbert, AZ, United States
  • 12-05-16

Love this. More please!

This was a long one but I liked it so much I barely noticed and now I can't wait for more. Hats off the narrators for pulling off so many different voices. Luke Daniels is one of the best. The story was great, the characters were interesting and there's so much potential for the series. Seriously great listen.

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LOVE HER

Overall Assessment:
FINALLY! I have been waiting for this book since Sarah Lyons Fleming announced it after releasing the last book in her last series Until the End of the World. The City Series will be on the same timeline as UTEOTW. Of course, it did not disappoint! I have been waiting to hear what happened to Maria (Penny and Ana’s mom from UTEOTW) and Eric (Cassie’s brother). I am so glad we finally get some answers! I’m so excited to see what she will do with Sylvie, Eric, and co.!

What I liked:
– Luke Daniels perfectly captured Eric's witty and snarky personality. His parts were laugh-out-loud funny at times.
– Therese Plummer did a great job as well, I felt Sylvie's pain and uncertainty through her narration.
– Sarah’s character development and world building are flawless, as always.
– The main characters are complex and I can’t help rooting for Sylvie and Eric!
– Supporting characters are not washed out by the main characters and hold their own depth.
– I love that I am able to match the timeline and characters up from the other series to this one. It’s a little heartbreaking though knowing that Eric is alive and well, but Cassie thinks he’s dead :(

What I didn’t:
– uh, nothing.

Would I recommend this book to family and/or friends?
Yes!!! Seriously, read it. Like, now. And then go read the Until the End of the World Series!

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  • Carina Regan
  • 11-22-16

Pure Zombie Joy!

I love Sarah Lyons Flemings's other books she wrote about the Zombie Apocalypse and I was so thrilled when I found out that she wrote about Eric's and Maria's journey. (You don't have to read the other books before, to understand the story.) Fleming brings the characters alive and there's never a dull moment. Its funny, full of action and very addictive! I can't wait for the next books in this new series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-18

totally hook , epic read/listening

amazing books this series and the one before both so epic and bring out all the emotions in you. brilliant performances too really well done makes you enjoy the book so much more .

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  • Fuzzywuzzy
  • 04-01-18

Brilliant performance

I was so happy to get the brothers perspective, I can't wait to see what happens. These stories are so compelling and the audio performances are perfection.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-18

For those of us who enjoy a zombie story

Would you listen to Mordacious again? Why?

Oh without a doubt a real discovery and a story you can't put down.

What did you like best about this story?

one hell of a heroine

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

you got to care about every character in the story

Any additional comments?

recommend recommend recommend!!

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  • Mystified71
  • 04-27-17

Brilliant

This is a must read. So we'll written, I always wondered what happened to Maria, now I know and can't wait for the next book in this new series.

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  • adrienne w.
  • 03-25-17

More please!

Great story and characters. Just as good as Until The End of The World trilogy. This is no sloppy sequel. Enjoy

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  • suzanne
  • 01-27-17

Wonderful moving and heartwarming

The whole series is excellent! Ive loved and hated and laughed and cried. Please keep these coming.

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  • Jo
  • 11-11-16

Amazing! Can't recommend highly enough!!

It's been so cool to see what happened to the other side of Cassie's family!
I was slightly worried that the city wouldn't live up to the excellence of the 'end of the world ' trilogy but I needn't have worried as this book was just as good! The characters are fantastic and I think she should never stop writing these stories! I could listen forever. The narrators are fantastic as well!

Please hurry with the next one, I'm starting to get withdrawal lol!

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  • Sharon
  • 10-11-16

So Excited

I wondered if I would love them as much as Cassie and her friends adventures and stuggles out of NY. Could it stand up to perfection that is Until the End of the World.... answer? Yes and then some. Eric, Cassie's brother is as loveable and ballsy as her and the gathering of characters are as well put together and weather you love them or hate them you can't deny Sarah Lyons Fleming a master at creating them. A fantastic firsts book of In the City Series again fast paced action packed filled with emotion and thought provoking situations that remind me that it's not the dead today I fear... it's the living!

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  • Anna
  • 04-25-19

A very good book with a few disappointing setbacks

First of all, I have to say I dearly love the Until the End of the World series, those books were so true it was easy to sympathize with the characters, almost impossible not to. They all had their faults, but that only made them real, believable and likable.
I don't know if I have to put a spoiler alert here. But in the case of this book however I tried my best to like Sylvie, but her infantile behavior and constant repetitive underlining "hey, I'm sooo not at all like normal people" and "I'm a crazy person, haven't you noticed?" seemed more like a show-off instead of real communication difficulties or feeling aloof due to emotional trauma. Especially annoying was that one moment she is absolutely at ease with everyone and the next moment we listen again to her inner dialogue proclaiming how not-like-all-normal-people she is, which was always a bit of an irritating setback to the story line.
The male lead character instead was too sweet and perfect to be true, goofy humor or not.
The recording quality also was a bit of a let down, especially with the dialogues when you could hear that the narrators were recorded separately and therefore their conversations did not sound natural, even though both narrators were good at presenting their parts.
All in all this a good book and the fans of the original series would definitely appreciate it, but not so good and heartfelt as the Until the End of the World series.

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  • Jenny Taylor
  • 10-13-16

bring on book 2

think I'm in love with Eric Forrest, lol why is it so hard to find good men outside fiction??

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  • Kiah
  • 01-12-17

Love this Author

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

I love this book right up to the end. Could do with more protaganists and drama but underneath I really dont want that....This book was all about one girl's fight with herself and anyone who has been through it will love it but also hate it when they recognise themselves. I need to read more to see where it goes, but definitely worth the tears I shed when I saw me in the main charachter....

What did you like best about this story?

The depth of the charchters

What does Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I probably would have heard the book in those voices in my mind... they were pretty spot on

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

I cried for 45 minutes when Grace told Sylvie she was alone and no one cared if she lived or died....I sobbed

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  • Kate Munks
  • 01-10-17

Addictive!

Loving everything Sarah Lyons Fleming writes. Cannot wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Luke Perger
  • 10-14-16

Loved this book.

Just as good as the end of the world and after series
Can't wait to see where this goes.

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  • Rani
  • 09-25-16

I loved this book!

I loved the characters and narration of this audio book. I can't wait for the next book. Hurry up please!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-19

soppy zombie luvvas

Fun enough, keeps you hooked, but basically a teen romance novel while sometimes braining zombies.

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  • Petra
  • 02-19-19

One of the better books in this genre

I really liked the characters in this book. They’re believable and it’s a great story of friendships.

Love that the female characters are strong women, even the weaker one, Grace, pulls herself together to get through things, as though there’s no choice but to toughen up, which seems realistic.

Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Linda
  • 02-08-19

Loved it

I can't believe I got so invested in a book about Zombies.... I loved this whole series, amazing characters and relationships, I laughed and cried and laughed and cried together. I listen while I'm driving and at one point I pulled up at the supermarket but couldnt go in because I was crying so much... had to compose myself first.

Thank you to Sarah the author for creating these charcters and the narrators did an amazing job bringing them to life.

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  • Jatin
  • 02-03-19

Might have been good but...

I picked this based on all of the good reviews so gave it a solid 15 chapters before I decided I couldn't go on. The narration was excruciatingly syrupy and reminded me of someone narrating a saucy midday drama on TV. Why the overacting?! No disrespect intended but my ears couldn't take it

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  • Amanda Marshall
  • 12-08-18

Awesome Series!

Love these books and am eagerly awaiting the third on audible. yes i have read it and it doesn't dissapoint. I was so stressed for the main characters I even skipped to the end to see who survived! No spoilers. This author gets better each time and I look forward to future works. This series will make you laugh out loud battle tears and rip your heart out but well worth every minute.