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A young New York couple, unable to have children and whose marriage seems to be sputtering, is advised to leave their tense urban lives and take a vacation in a more bucolic environment. Out west, they are suddenly confronted by violent rednecks and chased deep into the surrounding wilderness. Braving floods, avalanches, wild animals, and human predators, they come face-to-face with death. This test of endurance and their passion to survive gives them new insights into themselves and their future together. This gripping, fast-moving, and suspenseful story will hold the listener's interest until the last second.

©1980 Warren Adler (P)2017 Warren Adler

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Scared the Absolute Crap Out of Me!

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I have never listened to/read the first 20 minutes of a book and been so easily able to see myself and my loved one in the situation set up for the protagonists. So often it's easy to think "well, that was stupid! You should have done X" or "what will happen in the rest of this book is easily avoided if you just stop doing Y." But not Natural Enemies. From the very top I was completely riveted almost to the point of obsession because I couldn't think of a better way to react that would avoid the danger that Birdie and George encounter. The premise of this book is scarier for me than any horror story I've read in a good, long time. What happens to Birdie and George could easily happen to me or you. It is *terrifying* and totally awesome!! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good scare, a thrill, or an adventure story. Will Tulin does a lovely job of narration. 10/10

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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LOVE THIS BOOK FROM THE FIRST SENTENCE!

Hooked from start to finish. I enjoyed this book so much I think I made my husband sick from going on and on about it. I let him know that we need to brush up on our knowledge of plants for eating and medicine because you never know what can happen. He thinks I'm crazy! While I was listening to the audio I felt like I was on the edge of my seat (like watching a good movie). Through the whole book I kept saying they need to make it, they need to get saved, I just know she's pregnant. I'm usually good at guessing the ending but never seen this one coming. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good page turner. The narrator was perfect for this story. I listened to his voice and watched it in my mind play out. I love, love, love this book!

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A roller coaster ride

At its heart, Natural Enemies is a book about a man and a woman enduring hardships and discovering themselves, their strengths, their weaknesses. Since the entire book centers around two people - George and Birdie - it's a pretty linear story line. There is some back story about George and Birdie, but it's few and far between, and sometimes blatantly inserted to prolong the reader from learning the outcome of a conflict.

One strange thing is George and Birdie's speech patterns. At first I thought the main characters were an older couple, but as the story went on I realized they were much younger. Perhaps then the story takes place in a earlier time period? Towards the end of the story a reference of time frame was mentioned - it seems this was maybe late seventies, early 80's? Still, no young couple talked to each other that way then! A little more digging reveals Mr. Adler is 89 as of the time of this review. This might explain it! Outdated pet names aside, the age of the author presents a style of writing that is almost unseen today. Words, phrases, and descriptions are eloquent, thought out. Mr. Adler demonstrates throughout the book that he is a master at the written word.

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With regards to the plot of the story, I can say with certainty that there is no way in HELL so many bad things would happen to a couple lost in the wilderness. It's as if in the background, behind the curtains, there was a line of disasters and dangers waiting their turn to make their appearance in the story, just waiting for a cue from the director to enter stage left. It just wasn't realistic. At all.
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But these nitpicks aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this ride. I was genuinely concerned for the safety, both mental and physical of George and Birdie. There were plenty of thrills and spills and nail-biting scenes. I would recommend this book.

This audio book was gifted to me by the publisher in exchange for a unbiased review.

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natural enemies

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found that the book moved a little slowly...I started to loose interest...I pushed myself to continue...I'm glad I did but many wouldn't.

What three words best describe Will Tulin’s performance?

Will Tulin's performance was good.

Any additional comments?

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I found the book to be a little unbelievable and a little slow at times, however since I have never read a Warren Adler book before I would definitely like to try another book.
Happy reading! :)

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Love the Suspense

Would you consider the audio edition of Natural Enemies to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know, as I haven't read the print version. However, I did love listening to the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think that I had a favorite character, though I do love the couple themselves. They just ... I dunno, kept me interested in the story. After all, if there are issues between two ppl, and then they are thrown into a fight for survival... would they be wiling and able to work together to live... and possibly patch things up?

Would be able to do such a thing?

What does Will Tulin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The experience of being able to get more of a feel for who and what the characters are like... especially in the eyes of someone else.

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

No, but I still wanted to read the book as quickly as I could.

Any additional comments?

No, outside of I loved being able to listen to the book for free. Thank you audible!

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Kept me glued and drawn in....

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

Loved the story and the characters. A well written masterpiece again by Warren Adler.

What about Will Tulin’s performance did you like?

Strong, Powerful narration

Any additional comments?

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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Action packed from beginning to end

Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Warren Adler. The writing and narration for this book were top-notch. Although I loved the story I felt ambivalent towards the characters. If you like anything that has to do with the survivalist genre you will probably enjoy this book. I was voluntarily provided a review copy by the author publisher or narrator

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Riveting Tale

An intense tale of survival starring a couple whose relationship is on the rocks... The perils are many. I had expected the story to go a different direction (more horror/thriller) after Chapter 1. It's more of wilderness survival thriller, like an adventure type of story.

Their attitudes towards the wonders of technology felt dated, but were appropriate for 1979 when this story was originally published. Once I knew that then their awe made more sense.

Narrator had distinct tones for them. The writing itself head hops quite a bit. One paragraph from George's POV and then the next from Birdie's, for instance, but still in third person. Even with the head hopping, the prose & narrator were clear as to whose POV we were in. Emotions were well-conveyed.

I liked Birdie more than George. I think that has to do with her gung ho attitude. George becomes less milquetoast as things progress. There's definite character development as the story goes on.

Some twists and turns. This couple gets wrecked! It's not an easy survival story by any means. If you like Naked & Afraid, then you'll like this.

I was voluntarily provided a copy for review.

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Has potential to be a good thriller

This is a survival story with 30% adventure, 10% thriller and 70% human drama. I enjoyed the adventure and survival. Most of the conflict is human drama.

The character’s internal battle with their own and each other’s weaknesses, interrupted all tension and watered down the thrilling situation the characters find themselves in. For me the self evaluating, got tedious and drawn out.

Is was well written and the narration was good. But not as thrilling as it could have been.

"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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Great story, not so great characters

I usually enjoy Warren Adler. I did love the story but the characters seemed a tad unrealistic. Not to mention somewhat unlikable. But the story was nice and suspenseful so it was worth a listen.

I enjoyed the narrator. Great performance.


I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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