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Kingdoms of Sorrow Audiobook

Kingdoms of Sorrow: Catalyst Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

In the first five minutes, over a million people died.

In the months since then things have only gotten worse. Much, much worse. Earth reels in the aftermath of a devastating solar flare; the effect of a savage solar storm that has resulted in a global disaster of unprecedented proportions. Most of the world is without electrical power or the means to restore it. In the blink of an eye, the life we lead today became history: the infrastructures of modern American life ceased to exist. Cities, nations and governments are no more. The economy has collapsed and lawlessness reigns. Billions have perished and survival has become a way of life in a world that seems intent on wiping out humankind; or at least its humanity. Those who remain seem to operate on opposite ends of the moral spectrum.

Whether it's a group of religious zealots delivering evil, a mysterious military faction with a secret agenda, the dispersal of the world's most terrible bio-weapon, or an approaching hurricane, there is much to threaten the survivors of Harris Springs and indeed the whole of mankind.

Scott Montgomery and his unlikely group of friends try to hold on to what remains of their community and help the countless shattered lives within it move on in the wake of the apocalypse. But what lies ahead appears to be even greater darkness.

©2017 J K Franks (P)2017 J K Franks

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    TinkerMel 08-11-17
    TinkerMel 08-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "exultant!"

    I really have enjoyed both book one and now this 2nd book of this series.
    I love the story line, and all ( most) the characters.
    The characters are engaging and well developed. The plot was fast paced. I found this series to be a nice break, and different from other books in this genre. I would recommend this book, but i would read the first book in the series and go from there.

    the narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life!
    as did the writer!


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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 07-23-17
    Kevin 07-23-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding! "

    I'm not sure if a second book in a series has ever been so well written. Franks has become one of my favorite dystopia authors.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cycletrash 09-16-17
    Cycletrash 09-16-17
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    "Why is Everyone Getting Sick Around Me?"
    If you could sum up Kingdoms of Sorrow in three words, what would they be?

    This is tough!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kingdoms of Sorrow?

    There were many.


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

    Great as alwaysl


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

    Sheep need not apply.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author or narrator." This review is for the audio copy of Kingdoms of Sorrow: Catalyst Book 2 by J K Franks and narrated by Steven Varnum.
    The saga continues. Again, it kept me engaged throughout the whole book. The story line is believable as stated previously. The story does a good job of build up for a particular part, jumps to another area to update you on that situation and then goes back and resolves the previous predicament. It does so such that I never got lost or irritated. I rather enjoy that style of storytelling because it keeps you on your toes and involved in the story. Steven did another excellent job of narration. He helps me see the story in my mind as he is acting it. Again, a very enjoyable end of the world read…! The only problem with this book is the end. Now I need the next one! That is not to say that you can’t stop with book 2. You can leave it here if you wanted to, but I for one want to hear the rest of the story…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 09-28-17
    Margaret 09-28-17
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    "Wonderful dystopian ! Now I need book 1&3."

    I have not read book one, that being said, I feel this book explains just enough that it is not necessary I do. But I want to! This book does leave you wanting book three since there are some story threads that are left hanging.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this semi-unique, realistic dystopian story. The interactions between characters are believable and they are developed enough that I felt involved in their stories. There is some intrigue due to some characters with undefined roles and organizations with unclear motives.
    There are no zombies and no long chapters describing how the characters are searching for food.

    As I've already said, I can't wait to listen to another book by this author (it's waiting in my library right now).
    I would love to listen to another book by this narrator. The narrator did a great job voicing each character and portrayed them in all their craziness and sensibility. Thankfully, he also has realistic female voices.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    audra dryer 09-25-17
    audra dryer 09-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Second book in series"

    I did enjoy this second book in the series. Characters developed well, story expanded, and a promise of more books to come. I personally like the premise of the disease that is heading towards the characters making them very much zombie like. I was given this for free for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SunsetSam 09-05-17
    SunsetSam 09-05-17
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    "A bit of a let down from book one"
    What did you like best about Kingdoms of Sorrow? What did you like least?

    The accuracy of the event Be it a solar Flare High altitude Nuke the result is an EMP. The book I believe is based on what we do know about EMPs and is accurate on what will work and what will not.
    The writing style is excellent.My problem was with his description of the the Vague "Religious Zealots " It was clear in my mind the author was referring to Christians by the customs and beliefs. This I found inaccurate as the evidence is that Christians are the most caring religious group with the Red Cross, Salvation Army and charities. Look who provided meals and shelter during Katrina and now Harvey. The second issue was the false narrative that was stated that more wars are created over religion than anything else. Not true. Search out Democide


    If you’ve listened to books by J. K. Franks before, how does this one compare?

    Book one was great this one I found a bit flat. Id like to know more back story. I am sure book 3 will be great


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

    He seemed to fit the Characters . He did not try to over act in the narration and he speaks clearly and well; well done


    Did Kingdoms of Sorrow inspire you to do anything?

    After reading the 2 books and Harvey .... Get my house in order


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this book to review and these are my opinions alone. My hope is to give the reader an accurate look into the book through my eyes and/or ears

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kel J 09-03-17
    Kel J 09-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A great continuation of a great book"
    What did you love best about Kingdoms of Sorrow?

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. It's hard to pick just one part that I really liked. I enjoyed hearing about how the pandemic started, I liked hearing about how Scott and the rest of the town were going to deal with the Messengers that were coming to destroy them and I liked hearing about Scott and Skybox learning that they weren't that different and that they and their groups needed to work together to survive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kingdoms of Sorrow?

    Bobby finding and rescuing his wife. He was so broken, having to pretend to go along with the Messengers just to keep from being killed. Also, I felt horrible for what Michael did to the people that helped Bobby and saved his life. I wish they could've been saved. The fight between Scott's people and the Messengers was especially thrilling and I was sorry that the poor people forced into fighting died but I was really glad when Michael and the rest got their just desserts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were quite a few of them. When Scott ran into Gia on the oil rig, him and Skybox trying to make it to land, the fight between Harris Springs and the Messengers, getting the backstory on the pandemic that has yet to hit the USA.


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

    I really wanted to, it was hard to turn it off. The story is really compelling and there's a lot of action, lots of offshoots of the main story. None of it felt rushed and the action was great, just enough to get you involved but not over doing it either. Mr. Varnum does a great job again and you can tell he's feeling a bit more comfortable with the characters, his voice changes for each character is stronger in this one than in the first one.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like EotW books, you'll really like this one. It's a bit different than others in the genre and it's nice seeing something that could actually happen instead of zombies or some other event that's a bit more unrealistic. If something like this ever happens for real, I hope to do as well as Scott and his friends on surviving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Mixon League City, Texas 08-29-17
    Terry Mixon League City, Texas 08-29-17
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    "A great continuation of the story"

    This book picks up where the last one left off and starts exploring some of the elements hinted at in the first book. The original characters shine and more come in to play. It was a great book and I can't wait for the next one.

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    brewcitydep 08-26-17
    brewcitydep 08-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable continuation"

    I enjoyed the first book with its many colorful, different characters and their development as they wade through their circumstances. The author smoothly transitions between scenes and does so in appropriate intervals. Look forward to additional books in this series.

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    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 08-23-17
    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 08-23-17 Member Since 2004
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    "Crazies with Zombies on the Horizon"
    Would you listen to Kingdoms of Sorrow again? Why?

    Probably not. I usually only listen to books once and this one was interesting, but doesn't warrant a second listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is part two of an unknown length series. I can't see it going more than three books, but who knows. The book is narrated capably by Steven Varnum. He does a good job with different characters and scenes without going overboard on accents or voice changes.
    I found this book a little more difficult to follow and hard to get into than the first book. Perhaps because I had to catch up on the characters again. There is a lot of action and some jumping back and forth between times, locations and characters until they are brought together. Looks like we also have a coming plague of sort of zombies to make our EMP survivors more miserable.
    The characters are good and fairly well defined. The religious zealot theme has been done to death and does not work well here. The people are just too crazy and the motivation is weak. It is resolved in a messy way as is much of the action in the book.
    We'll see what book three brings.
    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Another great book in this series"

    We get to learn more about what is going on in the world bit by bit but not too much. Building on the foundations of the events and character development in the first book Kingdoms of Sorrow continues on with everything that made the first book great the writing and narration are still on form keeping me engaged in the events through the lens of the characters, This story has great characters with that you could believe are real people due to the depths and wonderful voices they each have.

    Now whether this book is a good at the first is very much a matter of personal taste. The story moves a bit away from the more down to earth dealing with the end of the world story from the first book upping the ante with larger battles, evil cults, the bioweapon etc. Now all this either means the book is more exciting and interesting or it is less believable and engaging depending on your personal taste. I liked it and I think this series of books would make a good TV show.

    I enjoyed listening to this book and can recommend it if you have listened to or read the first book. I can not wait to find out what happens next.


    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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