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Solitude Audiobook

Solitude: Dimension Space, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of the Sector 64 Series!

Earth's last man discovers that the last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. If you like action-packed novels, you'll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller.

Can humanity's last two unite?

Separated by the gulf of space, the last man and woman of the human race struggle against astronomical odds to survive and unite.

Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton is a highly intelligent, lazy man. After a last-ditch effort to reignite his failing military career ends horribly, Vaughn becomes the only human left on Earth.

Stranded alone on the International Space Station, Commander Angela Brown watches an odd wave of light sweep across the planet. Over the next weeks and then months, Angela struggles to contact someone on the surface, but as she fights to survive aboard a deteriorating space station, the commander glimpses the dark underpinnings of humanity's demise.

After months alone, Vaughn discovers there is another. Racing against time, he must cross a land ravaged by the consequences of humankind's sudden departure.

Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does?

©2017 Dean M. Cole (P)2017 Dean M. Cole

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    Amazon Customer 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "best I've read since The Martian"

    I'm a huge fan of sci-fi that isn't always about Aliens or at least takes a bit for them to show up. I loved the humanity of the characters. they had ups and downs and in betweens. the pacing of the story was wonderful and had me hugging my seat and breathing in relief at the proper moments. the way everything happened you almost hope that humanity isn't gone as there are no bodies to be seen. I can't wait to see where Dean m. Cole goes next with this story.

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 05-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    This sees two separate stories being told, one by a woman who is stuck on a space station and one by the last man on earth, when the apocalypse happened!

    Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton is testing a new invention and is disconnected from the planet with his friend, when they lose all communications with everyone. They have no clue what is happening and are stuck in the machine till they can manually open it, but air is running out quickly!! They eventually get out but Vaughn's friend is killed and he goes into a spiral of loneliness. During the lonely months, something niggles at Vaughn and he keeps thinking of the slogan "what can Brown do for you". He keeps thinking it's something important when suddenly he remembers something that the last person he talked to said. It clicks with him then and he remembers reading something about Commander Brown who is on the Space Station. He immediately tries to contact her to see if she is still alive.

    Then we have Commander Angela Brown who is on the International Space Station when she sees some sort of light moving across the globe. She is contacted by someone who tells her that anyone inside the ring of light seems to have disappeared. They can't contact anyone, and the ring of light is expanding. She is told to abandon the Space station with her co-workers and come back to earth in case it's an electronic failure, but things don't go her way and she is stranded up there by herself. Stuck in a space station that is slowly degrading and with dwindling supplies, Angela sends out a recording twice a day, every day. After months of nothing, she is resigned to her faith when she is contacted by someone named Vaughn. How will the last two people on earth reunite?

    So this book was brilliant!! I absolutely flew through this and didn't want it to end. My heart was in my mouth the whole way through because I couldn't see how things could work out!! This author has such an amazing imagination!! You are brought into the apocalypse pretty much straight away and your attention is solely focused on the two characters and their journeys. I loved this because you easily become invested in both their stories and find yourself echoing each of their sentiments. My heart broke for both!!

    Plot wise, it's intriguing and scary too. Scary because of the epicenter of the light, that place freaks me out because of what it can do!!! The authors descriptive writing just made the whole story pop. The science behind it was easy to understand and believe and just made the story real. His characters development was amazing, considering both of them are alone for most of the time. I was blown away by his writing and this story. I'm thinking there will be more in this series because of the ending, and I seriously can't wait!!! This is definitely one of the best I've read so far this year. Brilliant.

    R.C Bray and Julia Whelan are two of the best in the business. R.C Bray is just amazing and really knows how to perform any book he reads. He never fails to deliver and always makes a book so much more enjoyable. As for Julia Whelan, she is equally amazing. She is easy to listen to and has an impressive array of tones and cadences. Both of them brought this book alive and I couldn't think of a better pair to narrate it.

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. T. Carter 04-16-17
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    "What can 'Brown' do for you?! : - )"

    I wish this book was longer! The characters had some good banter, which is something I enjoy in a book. The story was interesting and different enough from some loosely similar books that it felt fresh enough.

    The narration by both narrators was superb. The male voice, R.C. Bray, is the best and does science fiction especially well. The female voice, Julie Whelan, is also one of my favorites. They were a great team.

    I am anxiously waiting the next installment in this series. ~JTC~

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 04-14-17
    Jamie 04-14-17 Member Since 2014

    I work in visual effects and we tend to work long hours. It is such a pleasure to listen to audiobooks while working!

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    "Solitude"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solitude to be better than the print version?

    I use the audio versions because of vision issues. I do love the feel of a book in my hand, but with the right reader stories really come to life. With this book I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Solitude?

    "What the hell is in your hair?"


    What does R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They give a voice and personality to characters that I may not have thought of.


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

    Will to survive tested daily!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Curt Funk 04-08-17
    Curt Funk 04-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story and Superb Performances"

    Spoiler: Finally, a post-apocalypse book that did not involve zombie plaques or having to fight off hoards of gangs trying to take your stuff. Humanity is wiped out by a strange light phenomenon that circles the globe "removing" all life as it goes. A sole man is left on earth while a sole woman is stuck on the ISS. How will they ever get together?

    Sure, for the man this end-of-the-world story is kind of perfectly set up. No Zombies, no other people to fight, helicopter pilot, privileged to be involved in NASA research, has all the "toys" at your disposal - easy right? But all that gets old quickly and the man is faced with his inner demons and his lack of personal drive; to the point where he decides to end it all.

    For the women, pretty hopeless from the get-go. Stuck in the ISS after an evacuation of the space station goes wrong - she gets to listen to static and watch the end of the world from her high perch. Running out of food and facing a damaged ISS she tries to survive - never giving up.

    Of course, the two connect, albeit 2 months after the holocaust but Cole does a great job making it believable and telling this story for each of their perspectives. I will never see "What can Brown do for you?" in the same way ever again.

    But what really puts this story over the top are the performances of R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan. Both are masters at their craft and bring the characters to life. I did not want the book to end. Ready for book 2.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 04-05-17
    Jeff 04-05-17

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    "Well done"

    I thought that this story was going to be something very different... and I'm pleased to have been proven correct.

    You made this story frighteningly believable... and R.C. And Julia rocked it (as usual).

    Looking forward to Switzerland.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-03-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-03-17 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Cole has quite the imagination"

    I had the pleasure of reviewing Dean Cole’s Duology of Sector 64. This made me extra super excited to have the chance to listen to Cole’s newest, Solitude. I have seen ads running in different places that calls this a cross between The Martian and I Am Legend. I know, right?! This got my interest doubly piqued. But, I don’t think I would have compared this to I Am Legend. Because, well, there were no zombie vampire-like creatures.

    Let me say this, Cole has quite the imagination! Basically, there are two separate stories going on untile they merge closer to the end. There is a mission on the space station when the apocalypse happens. Most of the crew was killed, one was spared or more like stranded. On Earth, two guys are in a zero-G room when it happened. They were spared because they were not technically on the planet. With a nice surprise that I didn’t see coming at the end. Very curious as to where Cole is going to take this story. Ok I have said enough here.

    Cole wastes very little time for anything to happen. We are introduced to the characters and them BOOM! The apocalypse happens. And we are left with the two protagonists dealing with the fallout. Emotionally, mentally and physically.

    Cole was able to make the events of his apocalypse so vivid, so intriguing, with multi-faceted characters and circumstances. I devoured this audiobook so fast, I almost listened to it again, just because I didn’t want it to end. I will be first in line for the rest of this series.

    What can I really say about RC Bray and Julia Whelan that you do not already know? Both are at the top of their game. The chapters and sections were read alternately. I found that Whelan’s portions were noticeably louder than Bray’s, the first switch made me jump out of my skin. That’s the only negative. Cole was smart and/or lucky to get two of the best voices in the business for this project. I really hope that they both stay on board for the rest of the series.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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

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    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 05-12-17
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 05-12-17 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Amazing. Can't wait for more."

    This is a story about the possible end of the world. I say possible because we don't really know what happened to all of Earth's people and animals, but they're not here. Vaughn and Julia are though, and it will take luck, skill, more luck and a bit of the suspension of your disbelief to see these two reunite.

    Though the story revolved around these two individuals struggling to survive in isolation as things deteroriate around them and eventually struggling to unite, there was a lot of world building as well. Woven through the story were little hints as to the cause of "The Disappearance" and perhaps what was to happen next.

    The book ends on a teaser, but I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger as unlike other multipart survival stories, this volume solidly stands on its own. We wrap up the main conflicts and are left with the feeling of a new journey awaiting. It left me satisfied and still wanting more. Very well done.

    Naturally, the narration was on-point. RC Bray always does an amazing job, and this genre seems to fit him well (some scenes hearkened back to his reading of the Mountain Man omnibus). This was only my second experience with Julia, but she did a fine job as well.

    I was provided this audiobook free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review. I would have happily paid for this, and have a credit lined up for the sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 04-26-17 Member Since 2016

    I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!

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    "Great book and performance!"

    Great apocalyptic story! Very original idea! I loved it! Action packed right from the start. The last man alive on Earth has to find a way to reach the international space station to save Earth's last woman. Unfortunately Vaughn doesn't realize Commander Brown is in the ISS until 2 months after the rest of humanity has vanished. Each of them on the verge of losing hope and their sanity.

    I was almost disappointed toward the end. I'm wondering the whole time about what happened to all the people and animals. I thought this would go unanswered. It did, but the issue was addressed and I guess the answers are in book 2 when Vaughn and Angela head to CERN, where it all started, to get some answers.

    Great performance by R. C. Bray and Julia Whelan. Bray is one of my favorite narrators. Whelan is new to me, but I definitely enjoyed her performance! Looking forward to book 2!

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    Amazon Customer 04-07-17
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    "just buy the book..."

    Don't bother reading the cover flap just give Amazon and Audible your money. you must buy both.
    Dean Cole has woven a story with emotion anguish, love, laughter, and suspense. R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan brings this story to life like no others. They just owned this story.
    I haven't been this emotionally involved in a story since Andy Weirs" The Martian" or Ryk Browns "Frontiers Saga"

    Oh and Dean... write faster dammit, write faster.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Brent
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    "Going to be left hanging."

    An awesome book narrated by the very best.
    Shame Audible haven't made it clear this is book 1 of a series that's yet to be completed. It'll be a long wait to conclude this gripping story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
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    "Don't Leave Solitude Alone!"

    In Solitude Dean Cole delivers a fast-paced episode of apocalyptic fiction. Two characters left completely alone and isolated must cross the planet and even space itself to save each other. It's a genuine roller-coaster ride and the action just keeps coming as our rather accident-prone pair crash and bump their way across the planet and the space near it. At times I wasn't sure I'd give odds on either of them managing to navigate their way across an empty room while at others they achieved amazing things. Although at times there is plenty of scientific and technical detail in here expect your credulity to get a severe workout as things progress. There are definitely parallels with books like The Martian but I doubt anyone will want to make a case for this being built on solid scientific ground. The author does however do very well in terms of explaining why these two, and only these two survive.

    The narration, well RC Bray is of course a maestro and gives his usual masterful performance. Here though he shares the stage with Julia Whelan. It works brilliantly at first emphasising the separation between the characters and their very different situations. Maybe it's less effective later on but not wanting to do spoilers I won't say why. I'll settle for saying that both narrators do fine jobs with their parts.

    Although the book does complete the advertised part of the story there is clearly more to come and you won't get all the answers you might want about why things happened. There are lots of thrills and spills though and the tension continues right up until the ending which sets up the next book's opening intrigue.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Phaze58
    5/24/17
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    "Top notch"

    what a great story. Can't wait for book 2 . I hope I don't have long to wait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Patel
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    5/10/17
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    "Great story interested to listen to next book"

    Both readers were great and I liked the dialogue switching between the two although I thought they might talk together rather then mimicking each others voices. looking forward to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Craven Arms, United Kingdom
    4/30/17
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    "Frustratingly formulaic..."

    An intriguing idea of a plot spoiled by an amateurish approach. Somebody must once have told the author that drama is the winning formula for holding audience attention. And boy did he play that card. Any and every opportunity to create a dramatic moment is stuffed into this tale - no matter how unbelievable or superfluous to the plot. The result is a slow moving story written, it seems, with the aim of dragging things out for that sequel after money-making sequel. The only saving grace is the great narration, particularly R C Bray. Overall - this is one to miss.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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