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Odd Billy Todd

By: N.C. Reed
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
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A post-apocalyptic fiction by N.C. Reed.

Billy Todd has always been different. Most people called him odd, and those were the nice people. Though he was born with a learning disability, Billy's parents never allowed him to consider himself disabled. Raised to be self-sufficient, Billy might not be as smart as some, but he was a lot smarter than people realized.

When the entire world is devastated by a plague that kills over 95 percent of the population, Billy is not helpless. Believing he may be the only survivor in his town, he manages to place himself in a good position to survive alone in a new world.

©2015 N.C. Reed (P)2019 Creative Texts Publishers, LLC

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Amazing - Can't Stop Listening!

Probably one of the best post-apocalyptic stories that I've ever heard/read/seen! I still have 9 hours left and only stopped to quickly write this review, we'll more of a straight up praise really. Great premise, character development, action, emotion, humor, morality, an eye-opening reality check into what it takes to survive in a "after" time where old rules don't apply anymore. It's an awesome combo with N.C. Reed/Christopher Lane, together - they put this one over the bleachers, right up there with Tufo/Runnette, Correia/Wyman and Mayberry/Porter. This has got to (hopefully) continue as a series! All right, enough - I've got to get back to it!

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Loved it!

Love love love Odd Billy Todd! Idk how he manages it but he always has a wonderful set of characters! It’s Not even about how the story flows great, there’s not a boring page or how the story keeps glued to it. It’s the wonderful characters! I love them all! People you’d like to know in real life just like the Sanders! Anxiously waiting for whatever he releases next!

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Great read

This is a tale about a well raised young man, with an old soul, surviving after an illness killed most people. He and those who come into his life survive off the land and scavenging things to improve their living, while fighting the evil people that always come out of hiding once civilization falls. Simple people surviving an extraordinary time. Well written. Billy Todd is some kinda man. Not your average apocalyptic tale.

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  • bebe
  • from SC
  • 08-16-19

Odd Billy Todd is fantastic

This is a long book, yet not long enough. I hated for it to end. I was totally immersed in the world of Odd Billy Todd. He was odd, but wonderful. His parents knew he had learning disabilities, but they trained him throughout their lives with him for Billy to be self sufficient. He thought things through carefully, always looked under the hood, made a careful plan, and stuck to it. He kept a notebook and wrote things down as soon as he thought of them so that he would not forget - he was extremely careful and his parents had trained him for anything that could arise, including the end of the world. There are no zombies. A horrible plague has killed almost everyone in the world. The people that are left must be resourceful but some choose to just take from others. Billy has collected some people in the valley where his family had a farm. They form relationships, work hard and fight to survive through hardships. The world building of the farm in the valley is fascinating and the people seem as real as the ones in my own neighborhood. I enjoyed listening to how they adapted to the new order of things and produced food and some comforts.

Even though there are no zombies, there are bad guys, and a train. The action scenes involving the bad guys are quite tense. However, the book does not leave your nerves shot from listening to one harrowing event after another. There is just enough tension to keep it moving along. There are also some dogs that are great characters - particularly Rommel, who is Billy's dog. I highly recommend this book and cannot imagine anyone being disappointed. The narrator is excellent. I enjoyed listening to his pleasant voice and his various accents. Good choice as reader.

The book ties everything up in the end and there does not need to be a sequel, but I hope there will be one. I would love to continue to live in the Billy Todd universe and find out what happens to my favorite characters.

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Amazing book!!

I love post apocalypse books and this ranks top 5 for me. Excellent narration, great set of characters. Well worth the money. This is one I will definitely listen to again!!

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loved it, great book to listen to on a long trip

loved it, great book to listen to on a long trip.I know I will be listening to it again.Thanks

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Great Book!

I was not sure at first but I am so glad I gave the book a chance.

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exceptional

couldn't stop listening, hope he has another very soon soon. exceptional narration. very fresh approach.

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Finally something worth a listen

Good Story with not an idiot protagonist. Well considered and well put together. Oh, and it didn't drive me crazy with moralizing morons wondering if everybody else's right to pillage and plunder and rape was more important than the protagonist's right to protect and serve. How refreshing. Best listen for a long while.

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One heck of a story

This is about the best of its kind, not to much profanity or unnecessary gore and violence. Just a good story about good people making a go of it in a bad situation. Highly recommended

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  • VJ
  • 07-29-19

A Beautifully Written Heartwarming Story.

I am so very happy to have discovered this novel. I enjoy most post apocalyptic stories - many follow a similar format and routine, but this one is refreshingly different. Without giving anything away, it demonstrates that humanity could when in the face of adversity, be decent and survive without modern amenities.
I hope N. C. Reed will continue the story or write more like this.
As an audio book it is first class and deserves to be priced accordingly - excellent narration!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-19

Thoughtful and unput-downable........

I found this book beautifully written with such clarity of characters and depth of detail. I love Christopher Lanes accents and his American drawl. It’s almost as if I could visually see Billy Todd and the other people throughout the story, they were so well described. The story flows well with twists and turns, keeping me ‘on the edge of my seat’, overwhelmed, but also with laughter at occasional funny family and relationship scenarios.

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  • Monica Jackson-O'Neill
  • 08-09-19

Fantastic

A highly enjoyable listen indeed, and I fully recommend it. The narrator is perfect, and will look out for more of his readings. Superb!

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  • scobie
  • 07-16-19

odd Billy Todd

I enjoyed this book from start to finish and really hope there is another one

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  • I F Jentle
  • 07-21-19

White survivalists NRA supporters will love it!

If you are a white, male, American, survivalist supporter of the N.R.A, then this book is aimed at you.. The story is weak and improbable. That said, the characters, survivors of a global plague, are authentic Tennesseans. The audio -book is saved by it's narrator, the excellent Christopher Lane whose performance makes up for the shortcomings of plot and credibility.

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  • Jane Davis
  • 07-18-19

A refreshing change for my preferred genre

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You know you have a good one when you keep checking how many hours you have left to listen, dreading the completion.
I really enjoyed the layers of Billy Todd’s personality and resourcefulness of the community. Good job Mr. Reed. Also going to investigate other books read by Christopher Lane
Also appreciated the ability of an author to give us a great story with low swearing and blasphemy content.
Could we have book 2 please.