• Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story

  • The World Burns Saga
  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (180 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story  By  cover art

Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story

By: Boyd Craven III
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $14.95

Buy for $14.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A raw and gritty standalone novel in The World Burns saga.

Life after an EMP puts the US in the dark ages is not an easy one. Life is dangerous and difficult enough without humans preying on each other. Don, an alcoholic, and a gamer girl called "Z" make an odd introduction together and find themselves thrust into a survival situation neither of them are prepared to endure.

A ghost from Don's past surfaces - one who's responsible for his pain and suffering. Can both Don and Z endure in a world that has gone crazy, when all they want to do is keep on living?

©2015 Boyd L. Craven III (P)2015 Boyd L. Craven III

What listeners say about Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    115
  • 4 Stars
    49
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    119
  • 4 Stars
    36
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    107
  • 4 Stars
    43
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

situations that are all too realistic

Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story is a stand-alone novella in The World Burns Saga by Boyd Craven III. It follows the intertwining stories of two deeply flawed and unprepared survivors who are faced with the aftermath of an EMP that has left the United States in the dark ages. What sets this novella apart from other PA works is that the characters and environments are actually believable. Don, an alcoholic with a hidden refuge, and Z, an avid gamer who has come across a working radio, are put into situations that are all too realistic in a PA world. The whole notion of having to forage and plunder in order to survive is evident but having the best resources on hand puts you at a higher risk to lose your life. But the book isn’t just about the need for survival and running away from motorcycle gangs. Craven has given these broken characters the ability to make a choice. The choice to survive together. But will they continue to move along, only trying to survive? Or will they end it all and be with the ones they love in the afterlife? Is there an afterlife to look forward to?

Kevin Pierce has a wonderful voice and that really should go without mention. The flow in which he reads is perfect for this type of novel and his voice gives the listener an emotional tie to the characters. The only knock I have against him is that there are various points in time where I forget which character the chapter is focused on because Pierce doesn’t show much variation in the voices of the characters. Yes, each chapter is named ‘Don’ or ‘Z’, but since the chapters generally focus on both characters, it can get a little confusing if you aren’t paying attention. Other than that, Pierce was flawless.

Audiobook provided for review by the author.

Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

[If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

An enjoyable listen.

I haven't read any of the A World Burns books before this and while I enjoyed this, I felt like something was missing! I think if there was maybe a little round up of how the EMP happened, it may have taken away the nagging feeling of the story being incomplete! I do think, if you have read and enjoyed the other books, then you may love this.

This is told from 2 very different peoples POV. Don, an alcoholic man, and Z, a woman just trying to survive the gangs. Each of these were well written! Don being so broken and dealing with his alcoholism, and Z, just trying not to be raped and dragged off by the bikers. When Don is beaten to within an inch of his life, Z is the one to find him and help him heal. I liked both characters and felt for each of them.

This isn't focused on the aftermath of the Apocalypse, this is more character focused. It brings us on both of these characters journeys and their struggle to survive. I'm actually really looking forward to the next one to see where they go from here.

In all, this is a dark, yet hopeful read. It has definitely peaked my interest and I look forward to more.

Kevin Pierce did an amazing job, as always. He seems to have a voice for post apocalyptic books!! He is easy to listen to and has a wide range of tones.

*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

EMP, Booze and Bikers Oh My

What made the experience of listening to Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story the most enjoyable?

A fast moving and realistic story line with believable characters.

What did you like best about this story?

It was zombie free. Zombies are OK, but there has been a real excess of apocalyptic books written about them recently. None of that here.

Any additional comments?

A very entertaining, well written and well narrated story. A good example for all apocalypse genre writers. Deeply flawed and scared characters who are struggling to survive make the plot line realistic and believable. There are not a lot of the usual unbelievable situations although the finale could be a bit of a stretch. The story moves along quickly, jumping back and forth between the two main characters individually and eventually as a team.
Luck not preparedness for a disaster plays a big role for both characters. The male character survives mostly by knowing where a refuge is and having access to it due to his job. The female has access to a radio and is given good advice and guidance by others that allows her to survive. While these characters are fortunate, it is clear that most people either died shortly after the EMP event as is usually predicted due to starvation. The minimal remainder survive by foraging or plundering. It is pretty clear that having self defense resources and being in a group ensures a better chance at survival than being a lone wolf.
This book actually deals with the mental impact of the disaster especially as it relates to the two main characters. The deep fear and loneliness resonate throughout the book and is only assuaged by contact with others. This is a refreshingly realistic view of survival. Not one often portrayed or examined deeply in the genre.
I look forward to listening to other books by this author.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

IN AN APOCALYPSE ITS SURVIVORS THAT ARE YOUR ENEMY

What did you love best about Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story?

I loved it all...the story was good, and the narration was good too!

What did you like best about this story?

The bond between Z and Don!

Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

Z and Don....

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Same as my title!

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

I like Kevin's narrations, and this was a good story..I like P/A books....this is a story of a friendship that developed by accident between Z and Don..after the world comes to a bitter halt..She saves him, and they become friends...and in return he saves her...they keep each other sane and make each others lives better...it was a good story!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Compelling & believable characters drive this book

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


This audiobook is a stand-alone story. It does take place in the world of Boyd Craven III's "The World Burns" saga, but it is the unnecessary to have any knowledge of those books to understand or enjoy "Rebel Radio".

An EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) has destroyed all electronic devices and the world has been sent back to a time before electricity. This is a fairly common storyline in the post-apocalyptic genre. There is some of the typical hunt for supplies and shelter going on in this audiobook, however there is much less of this than one would expect. This is a story first and foremost about people. Yes, the setting is post-apocalyptic, but that is really just the backdrop to the actual tale.

This book is written from two different points of view. Each chapter is either told from Don's perspective or from Z's perspective. Don is male and around 33 years of age and Z is a 23 year old female.

The narrator does an incredible job as the voice of Don; the depressed, alcoholic, but I found it both strange and disconcerting that the same voice also narrated the chapters that were written from Z's perspective. I would have preferred to hear two different narrators (one male & one female) so that it would always be clear whose perspective that chapter was being told from.

Boyd Craven III has created amazingly realistic and completely believable characters. It is those characters that drive the story.

Ben is a severely depressed, suicidal alcoholic and was this way even before the EMP. He decides each morning whether or not he is going to kill himself that day.

Z is a gamer girl who has spent most of her recent years living life through her computer screen. She now realizes that no matter how amazing she was at playing (and winning) post-apocalyptic video games, that those skills are completely useless in her new reality.

When the two misfits cross paths they each need to decide how to proceed with their own survival, and whether or not to team up and help each other, especially considering that their individual trust and faith in humanity is in short supply.

I was drawn in to the audiobook and listened to it in a single session. It's length of only 4 hours and 38 minutes made this easy to do.

I do not want to reveal any spoilers, but I will say that I recommend this audiobook very highly.

If not for the male/female issue, I would have rated this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. But, I have decided to deduct half a star because of that; resulting in a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very Engaging Post-Apocalyptic Drama

Would you listen to Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story again? Why?

Absolutely. The story was engaging with no flat spots. Boyd Craven is growing as a writer with each novel. The characters in the story are well-developed and realistic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Z. The portrait of a girl who was always an outsider when the world was normal, who has adapted to the post-collapse world while remaining an outsider, adds a different perspective to the story.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

Again, it would be Z. I found her view of the unfolding of the story to be very fresh. Kevin Pierce portrayed this in a manner that seemed very true to the intentions of the author.

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

While I did not have an extreme reaction, this story ran the reader through a range of emotions. There are poignant moments and scenes of extreme brutality, but all of it is delivered with grace. None of it seems gratuitous or heavy-handed.

Any additional comments?

I am extremely impressed at how this author grows with each book. His talent shines through and I'm excited to see where he will take us next.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good listen

This was short, but it was good. The story line was interesting and engaging. The only hitch for me was in having the female characters voice read by a male. The only thing unusual about that is that he makes no attempt to read the part in a feminine voice. Once you get past that minor observance, I enjoyed the book. I would be interested in a sequel, but the story was wrapped up nicely enough if that does not occur. I recommend it.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Narrated brilliantly. I really liked this book

Would you listen to Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story again? Why?

I thought this was a good stand-alone offshoot of the author's other "World..."books. The main characters are flawed, but manage to forge an unlikely relationship in the PA world. The story was slightly unpredictable which kept me listening. I’d come back again to review the characters and the plot so yes I’d definitely listen again.

What did you like best about this story?

For me, the characters come alive and have a believable connection to each other. The story's not predictable with good characterisation and a plot that moves along at a good pace.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked Don's terminator style man on rampage rescue at the end.

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

Yes. I listened to it in the car and it was great.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An Intense Thrill ride from start to finish!

Where does Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This type of book has become my favorite topic to read about. I enjoy learning some tricks and tips along with a great story arc. I think with all we are faced with today that people need to start preparing for the worse while hoping for the best.

What did you like best about this story?

For me I like stories with just two protagonists. These multi-person five different viewpoint stories with everyone retelling the events in their own perception are tedious. When switching between the male and female roles the reader is moved forward in the story and not just rehashing the events.

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

Keven Pierce is an excellent narrator. I've heard him a few times and his voice although he doesn't carry a lot of range (for instance in this one he has to voice both male and female but he doesn't try to modulate his voice for the girl). There is something subliminal though that makes you know which character he's voicing. If I had my 'druthers I'd like to have books like this read by two people. Like a radio play. Failing that though this guy does a bang up job!

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

This wasn't an emotional book for me. Although as I do drink I could definitely feel for the man struggling with his alcoholism. Putting myself in his place sure I'd have a bottle or two stashed here and there but I wouldn't be hauling around a liquor store! You can bet the stuff I would have would be top shelf (since I'd be stealing it!).

Any additional comments?

I sure can't wait for book 2! Oh yes and this book was provided free to me by Audiobook Blast in exchange for my review. It is true for quite a few of the books I rate and the full statement is in my profile if you care to look. Okay then!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

You'll want to tune in to this one...

I'll admit that I was not familiar with "The World Burns", but I didn't need to be in order to fully enjoy this story. If you enjoy post-apocalyptic dystopia, you'll like this.

"Rebel Radio" is told from the points of view of two people surviving in a world that has... well, ended, each chapter being their side of the story. The story is written in such a way that it is both drama and horror, tender and sweet at times, scary and visceral in others. Mr. Craven definitely has a way of getting you into the heads of his characters, their being so relatable that you almost know them, and a way of painting the world they live in in such a way that you can almost feel the dirt and grime, or the cold water, or the heat of the fire.

Mr. Pierce's reading was excellent. He effortlessly exudes exactly the right emotion or attitude, tone and intonation. There was no melodrama here, just a great read by a talented voice. This was a great, fun listening experience. I will be looking for more audiobooks read by Kevin Pierce.

2 people found this helpful