Odium II

The Dead Saga
Narrated by: Jennifer Reilly
Series: The Dead Saga, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fortune favors...the dead!

Some secrets are too horrific to ever be forgiven, and some people should never be trusted. 

Tortured, starved, and on the run, Nina thinks she's faced the worst that mankind has to offer, but she's wrong. She may have survived this long, but she hasn't come out of it unscathed, and there's worse to come. 

Nina's trusty Doc Martens are showing signs of the zombie apocalypse, and she isn't faring much better. With her snarky attitude guaranteed to get her in trouble, Nina needs to forgive the past, to live once more in the present, and learn that sometimes she needs to place her trust in other people. 

Because when people are faced with the end of times, they'll do anything to survive. 

©2014 Claire C Riley (P)2015 Claire C Riley

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Attitude and Doc Martins will get you pretty far..

Odium 2 picks right up pretty close to where Odium 1 left off. You miss most of the torture that Nina went through, but you do get some snippets of it. And it is bad. Really bad. Any normal person would be curled up in a ball sucking their thumb if they had to go through what she did. Still she goes on. And keeps her snarky attitude. Nina is one of my favorite hot headed, stubborn, eye rolling heroines. Even if I do occasionally want to stop and shake the heck out of her. It makes her that much more realistic.

Book two proves to be much darker than the first one. You meet some great characters along the way, and watch them all get into trouble trying to find someplace safe.
Jennifer Reilly is the voice of Nina. She reads her perfectly. When I read Odium Origins part 2 I read it with her voice in my mind.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment of Odium, and what trouble Nina will manage to get into. Thanks to the holy crap revelation at the end, I will be stalking Claire until it is released.

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Great Sequel to First Book

What made the experience of listening to Odium II the most enjoyable?

I love the narration, very pleasant and easy to listen to, good pace, nice voice and a variety of "voices" to keep it fresh, some were really fun to listen to as well. I am a big fan of Odium so I've been waiting for the sequel!

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

It was good, fun read. Very fast paced, action packed. I enjoyed it very much. A couple of unique and weird concepts I haven't seen before in zombie plots. Curious to see where this goes.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely recommend to start with the first Odium book which was really good. The first book has a little more character development and gives you a real sense of who Nina, Mikey and Emily are. The second book was good as a sequel, as it moves very, very fast.

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MOST annoying character EVER

This pretty much sums it up.............
Nina won't tell Mikey something that happened on a scavenging run, He gets angry because she doesn't trust him enough to tell him what is bothering her...........Nina gets mad at him & slaps him for not "just trusting her". oh good grief! She is the whiniest, bitchiest, most selfish heroine I've ran across yet. If she was a bada$$ I could see the author justifying it. But she's not.

It would be a pretty good story if there was another lead character. Picks up where last book left off. They escape the bad guys and search for a safe place to call home all the while fighting zombies.

Their little dwindling group finds a great compound that isn't a dictatorship but Nina discovers a horrible secret of one of the inhabitants.

I have to put my nano down & give myself a break from her. OMG just cannot take it. Narrator does a good job. She's not the problem. The author has mistaken strength, perseverance and determination with annoyance, selfishness and stubbornness!

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And it keeps getting better

Book 2 is just as good as book 1. I love Nina but missing Emily a bit in this book.
I wish Nina wasn't so hard headed at times.
I do love all of the throw backs to other authors (TW Browns Dead series & I should probably know who this Elizabeth person is but I don't.)
All in all this has been an excellent series so far.
I'm curious to see where the pregnancy issues end up.... I was a bit frustrated when Hillary & Decan came on the scene but it all plays out well. (No spoilers this time)
Good job on the zombie apocalypse mall scene. Wondering if the return to that location will be as 'easy' for lack of a better term.


Already started book 3 and kinda upset that here is a narrator change but that doesn't mean the new narrator is doing a bad job just hate it when there is a change in a series.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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Great Listen! Narration was perfect!

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

It makes me want to listen to the full series. I really enjoyed the narrator and the pace of the story.

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

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Great Book

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This was a very good book!! I haven't listened to the first book, but I will be doing so now. The story is fast paced and full of action. The narrator did a great job.

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What!! Odium III is not Audible?

I absolutely love this series! I am so disappointed that the 3rd book is not Audible and that I will actually have to READ it. 😞. Audible please get on that. I am saving a credit just for this book! I never have time to read, so I listen while driving to work and back.

Sincerely,

Grumpy Listener😤

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Little less good than the first

You'll know who I mean when you listen to the book, but there is this character who did a real bad thing. But I'm thinking; so what? Look at what Mikey did. Nina is so judgemental. I couldn't really buy what a big deal that was and the series of events that followed as a consequence. Same goes for what happens between Mikey and Nina; really? After what they've been through, who cares about that.

I also understand some people who don't like Nina, her attitude keeps getting her into trouble. When will her character develop? It seems to be, but it's really really slow...she is more aware of it, and this conflict keeps the character interesting.

So yeah, story could have been better, but it does leave an anticipation for the next book.

Jennifer Reilly is just a wonderful narrator, her voice spoils me when I have to listen to others.

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Listen to Odium before reading this review

We pick up where we left Nina in the first book…..although not exactly where we left them which was a good thing…..after reading the blurb I was a bit hesitant to start this one as I did not know if I could handle hearing what Nina went through with the Forgotten….. it was nice that we started out a bit further in and then kind of flashed back….it was not so hard to hear after that (still brutal but…easier to deal with at least for me). The first new couple we meet are Deacon & Hillary, who don’t meet up with Nina and crew but I thought it was headed there…..when I finally figured out who they were…it was a Holy Crap! moment. There was also the OCD/Cleaning obsessed kids and then at their final destination the people at the army base/bunker. I’m not going go into detail here cause I’m not sure I can do it without giving spoilers, you are just going to have to read or listen yourself, trust me it’s good.

My biggest compliant about this book is that the author seemed to way over use “I roll my eyes” for Nina….I stopped counting after the 34th mention…..I know it’s a small thing to nitpick but it was used so much it stood out. My only other complaint and I’m sure I’m not alone is Hello Cliffhanger…..I mean really, first we have to come to terms with the whole Nina and Mikey thing…..then you give us that ending….ARRRRGGGGHHHH. I have decided I am waiting for the series to be complete and then I can listen to them all back to back……which will kinda suck to have to wait but I think in the end I will be a much happier reader/listener (I have no patience….I want to know what happens and I usually want to know now….)

The narration…..again Jennifer Reilly did a fabulous job with all the characters and she really does Nina’s character well, I also really enjoyed her voice for Nova. She made distinguishing all the characters very easy as they all their own unique voice or way of speaking and I’m looking forward to seeing what else she narrates.

So, if you are reading this review and you have not read Odium…STOP, go get the first book and get pulled into this crazy messed up zombie apocalypse and enjoy the ride.

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People will do anything...

Odium II picks up right where Odium left us. Nina, Mikey, and Em are in trouble. Not only do they have to battle the zombies but their fate is in the hands of the Forgotten. As Nina tries to maintain the physical strength she needs to overcome her adversaries, her emotional walls continue to break down as her love for Em and Mikey continues to flourish. Even with Mikey’s dark past, which is now haunting them, her passion and desire for Mikey to be by her side is a constant reminder that there is hope even in this dark and destitute world. Told in mostly Nina’s POV, Odium II is a perfect addition to this outstanding series. Nina is by far my favorite heroine of all time. She is sharp, sarcastic, and a real fighter. I simply adore the dynamics between her and Mikey. Mikey and Nina could not be more different, and yet, they are a fantastic match. Nina’s love for her surrogate daughter/little sister Em is natural and as their relationship continues to grow it only makes the love I feel for these characters even more intense. In addition to the unique relationships, the Odium Series offers non-stop action, humorous dialogue, and a creative plot. With the introduction of new characters, there is a revolving door of circumstances and emotions all centered around the same theme….don’t die! Overall, I highly recommend Odium II to anyone who enjoys an action-packed apocalyptic world where no one is safe, and anything can happen! The characters are complex, and the multi-layered plot will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire read! This series is addictive! I simply cannot get enough of Nina and this whole crew of characters. Be forewarned, you will want to have Odium III downloaded and ready to read! Although I fear no character is truly safe, I have high hopes that Nina and Mikey will prevail!

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  • sybil_ann79
  • 08-03-20

5 Stars full of suspense and gore.

Holy moly! Claire C. Riley has just took this series a whole new level. I’m in awe of her creative mind, okay slightly terrified (channeling my inner Nina). Nina, Mikey and Emily continue their journey on the run from the Forgotten and fighting off deaders and unexpected encounters. Heart wrenching, gut churning, suspenseful and uniquely hilarious (as hilarious as the zombie apocalypse can get). “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” 5 Stars full of suspense and gore.

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  • Jules
  • 07-23-20

gets better by the book

fantastic storyline that gets better and better. should you be into you're zombie apocalypse books,then get reading/listening to Odium you won't be disappointed.

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  • a.book.obsessed.brit
  • 05-14-20

A story about humanities fight for survival

Odium II carries on from where we left Nina, Mikey and Emily after they are captured by the Forgotten. Again this book captivated me, I love Claire's narrative when it comes to Nina. I find it refreshing that she isn't the perfect heroine, she doesn't try to be nice and she isn't afraid to let her b*tch show after all that's just who she is. Nina, Mikey and Emily make their escape from the Forgotten, we meet a host of new characters at the encampment they find themselves at. This is what I love most about this series as it was something outside of my norm; Claire's writing and the humanity she inserts behind her words to develop her characters is outstanding and you can't help but enjoy these books! New camp and new camp mates bring new challenges and a new dynamic between Mikey and Nina, she is finally realising she actually likes him by her side, they rely on each other and it's warming her cold black heart. New characters are a plenty some play a big role and some revelations that going forward change the path our leads are going to take. Rachel is totally cuckoo, deluded by her warped reasoning, Nova is someone I think Nina will come to love as that girl companion she has needed for so long. Michael well, he is a kick ass soldier but a bit of a douche. What happens when Nina goes out on a recon mission has huge consequences for her and Mikey and their moment on the swing set tugged on my heart strings big time! Throw in the cliffy involving Deacon and Hilary and you have me craving Book 3 ASAP. The story is complex, and you are truly invested in the characters old and new. I just love the psychology behind seeing how these characters try to survive in their post apocalyptic world. I listened to the audio book and the narrator Jennifer Riley nails Nina's sass, she gets the emotions across when needed, and the speed of the novel was well paced. Odium 2 has been a roller coaster of a journey and I am sure it's nowhere near stopping!

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  • lizzylou
  • 05-04-20

Another excellent book in the odium world

I was really looking forward to listening to book 2 in the odium series, I really enjoyed the books and I never realised how much I would also enjoy the audio version. This audible didn’t disappoint, I enjoyed every minute and was so sad when it ended. Roll on no 3

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  • erinaf
  • 03-14-20

A new refuge

Nina, Mikey and Emily are once again on the run after suffering under the Forgotten. Mikey is battling his own demons and is determined to keep Nina safe. While at the end of their tether, they come across a refuge of sorts. When Nina is selected to go scavenging, things take a turn for the worse, affecting her and Mikey's life for the worse. As with its predecessor, it's difficult to outline the story without revealing too many spoilers. Life continues to be a battle and just when things seem to be on the up, the author throws everything into a tailspin. Mikey continues to be delicious and Emily a bit naive but developing as a character. The only slightly negative thing I had with this book was that I found Nina pretty nasty and selfish at times, especially towards Mikey. I get she's been through a lot, but hello, get in line. The narration of this continued to be solid and if you liked Book One, you'll like this one, too. There's a few chapters where the point of view is given from two random characters. This makes sense towards the end and the plot takes another twist. I really enjoyed it and will definitely be continuing with the next book in the series.