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As the Ash Fell Audiobook

As the Ash Fell

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Publisher's Summary

Life in the frozen wastelands of Texas is anything but easy, but for Clay Whitaker there is always more at stake than mere survival.

It's been seven years since the ash billowed into the atmosphere, triggering some of the harshest winters in recorded history. Populations are thinning. Food is scarce. Despair overwhelming. With no way to sustain order, societies collapsed, leaving people to fend for themselves.

Clay and his sister Megan have taken a handful of orphaned children into their home - a home soaring 16 stories into the sky. With roughly six short months a year to gather enough food and supplies to last the long, brutal winter, Clay must spend most of his time away from his family to scavenge, hunt, and barter.

When Clay rescues a young woman named Kelsey from a group of Screamers, his life is catapulted into a new direction, forcing him to make decisions he never thought he would have to make.

Now, with winter rolling in earlier than ever, Clay's divided attention is putting him, and his family, at risk.

©2015 AJ Powers (P)2017 AJ Powers

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 08-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining."

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this seeing as I had never heard of it before, but what I got was an enthralling read. Now, it's not an action packed book by any stretch of the imagination, it focuses more on the struggle of surviving, but this is what makes it so enthralling.

    Clay, his sister and some orphan children they came across have been surviving, barely, in the frozen wasteland that is Texas. Since the super volcanoes erupted, the ash covers the sky so life is extremely hard. It's up to Clay to go provide for the family with hunting, foraging and scavenging, though he only has a few months every year to do it in, before winter really sets in and it becomes impossible to leave their house. When Clay meets Kelsey Lambert and she introduces him to where she lives, Clay's life is changed forever!!

    The best thing about the book, in my opinion anyway, was Clay, his sister and their little family. Clay is such a strong, resourceful and genuinely nice character. He opens his home and his heart to anyone in need and is quick to help. Though he is tough when he needs to be. He goes off for days at a time to find the things to help his family and always looks out for them. I loved his character!!!

    In all, this isn't very fast paced, but it has so much character depth and development that the pacing doesn't matter. Enough happens to keep the heart pumping but it's more a rooting for the family type of book. I absolutely devoured this and can not wait for more from these characters and this world!!

    Aaron Cleveland was pretty good considering he hasn't narrated that many books. He had a pretty good range of tones and voices for the different characters and had good inflections, I just found his kids voices a little much. I still enjoyed the performance though.

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    MANI 08-03-17
    MANI 08-03-17
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    Clay love those kids unconditionally. I'm glad he found his woman and they got an HEA.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marla 07-29-17
    Marla 07-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Apocalyptic Book I have read in a while."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would recommend this book to a friend. Especially if they are into this genre.


    What other book might you compare As the Ash Fell to and why?

    The Survivor series. Although not as technical it falls along the same lines.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when Charlie has to kill someone and how hard he takes it. It shows that it is not easy for most of us to kill someone and that humanity is still alive.


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

    In Spite of the Ashes


    Any additional comments?

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Novel Freak 07-26-17
    Novel Freak 07-26-17
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    "Hard to stop inbetween ! It's OUTSTANDING"

    I really enjoyed this book! It's a great blend of adventure with post-apocalyptic survival.I think the author is a good writer but is obviously a gun enthusiast and a prepper It's a simple love story ! Characters are simple and pure of heart. Situations are realistic. Story-line is also quite impressive .Waiting For the next one from the Author !! It's a must buy !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Iluv2knit Greater Atlanta Metro 07-26-17
    Iluv2knit Greater Atlanta Metro 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"
    Where does As the Ash Fell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the best books that I've listened to in this particular genre - with or without zombies. I am intrigued by the apocalypse genre in general.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Dusty, she was a very memorable character. Tough and capable and yet likable and vulnerable too.


    Have you listened to any of Aaron Cleveland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first Aaron Cleveland narrated book that I've listened to. It was very good, you can definitely tell that each character had their own voice and it made for a great listen.


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

    The eulogy for Charlie was very poignant overall. Doesn't every parent hope for their son to grow up to love, protect and serve others?


    Any additional comments?

    Great story overall. If you like guns, prepping, Christian values, and apocalyptic story lines - this book is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nando U 11-15-17
    Nando U 11-15-17
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    Couldn’t make it through. Tried on 3 occasions but the story just moves too slow and spends too much time on issues unrelated to the story.

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    Deedra 10-30-17
    Deedra 10-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "As the ash fell"

    This is a well written story.The ash fell about seven years ago and civilization is trying to survive.Some people just want to get along and be left alone.Others make trouble.The characters in this are relatable.There were some gaps in the story that would have been beter filled in.Clay is our hero.Aaron Cleveland did a fine job narrating.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michelle 10-26-17
    michelle 10-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Story was awesome...but I was not impressed by the narrator!!!"

    I really loved the story line but I am so used to listening to female narrator‘s that this one sounded strange ...

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    Tish 10-06-17
    Tish 10-06-17
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    "Very good"

    The storyline and the reading are very good. For his first book he did awesome. I would recommend this book to others

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    Neal 08-30-17
    Neal 08-30-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Saccharine "survival" story."

    Average post-apocalyptic tale with some adventerous highlights, particularly when the protagonist is on the road truly surviving. Otherwise, dull and predictable with conservative 1950's style character "development" and relationships. The narrator does a good enough job with adult male voices but female and children's voices are laughably bad and almost unlistenable. Buy "Gray" by Lou Cadle for good writing, great storytelling, and excellent narration. Skip this one until you've exhausted every other "survival" book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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