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Summer of 68 Audiobook

Summer of 68

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When the world ended some people believed that it was the fault of a failed space probe, others - an act of vengeance from an angry God. No one knew the reasons why but across the globe, millions of the recently deceased rose from the dead, possessed with one singular goal: To eat the flesh of the living. Over the course of a few short hours the world was lost.

In the Northern California town of Red Bluff, a Sheriff struggles to grasp this strange and hellish turn of events that have ravaged his small town and maintain order as it all falls apart.

Two brothers struggle to make sense of this new world, traveling through the putrid remains of their beloved town - torn between survival and the love their mother. The world has ended and soon they will learn that all they need to survive is each other.

©2013 Kevin Millikin (P)2017 Kevin Millikin

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 09-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad, but not great either."

    This book is hard to review because while there are parts I liked, there were even more that I felt completely "Meh" about. I'm not too sure what to say because I felt like there was a lot left to be desired with the plot and it was, for the most part, completely forgettable. I have no idea how the Zombies came to be, I can't tell you who or how many characters there were and I couldn't care less what happened to them.... but I also kinda enjoyed it, which is weird!

    I liked the brothers the most and actually became invested in their story. I was rooting for them the whole way through and when it ended the way it ended, well lets just say that if it was a proper book, I would have flung it across the room!!! Those poor boys. They were the shining beacon in the book!!

    Anyway, overall, I'm still torn about how I truly felt about this. I suppose OK is all I can say. It brought nothing new to the table and was a little slow at times, but I'm still glad I listened to it.

    This is my first time listening to Rick Gregory and I have to say that he did good! He has a clear voice and read the essence of the story really well. He understood where inflection was important and brought the story alive. I think the only negative thing I can say is that he didn't differentiate the characters enough to clearly tell who was talking, but that is something that comes with experience!! Looking forward to listening to this narrator again.

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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff 09-12-17
    Geoff 09-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "The cover says it all"
    What made the experience of listening to Summer of 68 the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy this narrator's work, listen to most of his stuff. He does a good job--never makes it about him, just tells the story.


    What other book might you compare Summer of 68 to and why?

    Very much in the same vein as the popular zombie stuff of today


    What about Rick Gregory’s performance did you like?

    He's good to listen to, pleasant sounding narrator.


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

    The first scene was a great hook.


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    Ellyn 09-11-17
    Ellyn 09-11-17
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    "Gripping!"

    This book keeps on the edge of your seat the whole way through. Full of blood and gore, it could give some nightmares. Excellent!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 09-18-17
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 09-18-17 Member Since 2009
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    "A tribute to George Romero."

    According to the prologue the author is offering a tribute to George Romero. What does this mean? Perhaps we are presented with a tense drama of survivors who, oh so very closely escape the traditional slow moving, mentally diminished, infected undead. It could happen. I don’t think the tension of Romero’s movie will ever be repeated. We have been bombarded with hundreds, nay thousands of various zombie tales since Romero’s time. In this version we aren’t even concerned with the cause of the infection, it just is. The characters are not bad, somewhat likable during their short lifespan. After all, all but one of the characters dies, so it’s a rather dismal outlook we are left with. At least it certainly was for that last character! This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    willee 09-17-17
    willee 09-17-17
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    "OK Zombie Book"

    I thought it was a fair zombie book due to the characters; it has guts, gore and drama. My favorite characters were the brothers Jake and Russell but book left me wondering what happened to them. Recommend to anyone who loves zombies. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    audra dryer 09-14-17
    audra dryer 09-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Finished with me wanting more!"

    I really did enjoy this book. I love zombie books, so this was great for me. It started off great with the radio broadcast the sheriff was listening to that tied into Romero's movie. The action continued and didn't stop. Really hope this is a series! I would love to know how the town ended and the mom's story. The narration was pleasant and added to the enjoyment. I received this for free for an honest review. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS A SECOND BOOK!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 09-14-17
    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 09-14-17 Member Since 2004
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    "An Overwrought Apocalypse"
    Any additional comments?

    "Blood flailing from his throat" and "dribbling to the dirt like curdled milk" are two instances of the lurid prose and cliches that abound in this book. Odd phrasing and outright errors. For instance after being beat on the head by a zombie, "Ruth's face was indistinguishable from the kind old lady she once was", indistinguishable means no different. Hardly likely after being beat in the with a paperweight. The book's plot line seems to jump around and odd analogies and filler words don't help. This book seriously needs an editor and a rewrite.
    The narrator struggles a bit and has an uneven cadence and often ends in the middle of a sentence and has to regroup to finish it. It could be the writing that makes the narration flow challenging.
    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "It was ok"

    Nothing particularly unique, decent story. Jumps around quite a bit but was entertaining. Did notice some errors in narration and in the writing but nothing overly distracting. Wasn't thrilled with the end it felt undone, like it was missing something.

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

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    Zarah St. louis, Mo 10-09-17
    Zarah St. louis, Mo 10-09-17
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    "ok if you like zombie violence"

    With a few exceptions the writing here is smooth and pleasantly atmospheric. However, there is nothing new offered in this zombie yarn. It is nothing more than the struggle for survival of a few random people in the face of a mysterious zombie plague. No explanation is given, no certain ending provided, no real reason even for why the character we follow are the characters we follow. I won't go as far as to claim the book has no plot, but it does seem distinctly without purpose. Why are we following the sheriff and two young boys as they explore the landscape? Why not the baker or the barber? What is the goal?

    The book is heavy on the zombie gore. So, if that's the sort of thing you're interested in, this will be a hit. If you like a little more storyline with that gore, maybe not.

    For the most part Rick Gregory did a fine job with the narration. He had an odd habit of breaking sentences in unexpected places and pronounced a couple words in ways I hadn't expected. But mostly it was easy to listen to.

    Note: I won a copy of this audiobook for free. But I chose to listen to it and write a review.

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 10-07-17
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 10-07-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Chilling!"

    This story started with reports coming in to radio stations across the USA reporting the dead rising and eating the living. Of course, few believed it was possible. Since this is set in 1968, zombies and how to combat them wasn’t on too many people’s minds. In California, a small town is hit with this strange occurrence. I was really drawn into the tale at this point especially because I wanted to see how these two kids, Jake and Russell, fared.

    First we get a glimpse into their everyday lives. The kids’s dad is off in Vietnam and their mother is trying to take care of everything – all the parenting duties, working, and trying to be both mom and pop to the kids. She was a very realistic character, sneaking smokes when she could. The neighbor offers to take the kids off to the fishing hole. Lucky for them, this gets them out of town for the initial outbreak.

    Meanwhile, the town’s sheriff, Sheriff Baker, has been called out to deal with some lazy jerks terrorizing this farmer’s animals in the barn. She tried to scare them off with a few shots but when they started to kill her animals, she called in the police. Baker arrives there and expects drunk and belligerent drifters or farm hands. What he and his deputy find is far, far worse. Wow! It’s totally logical that animals locked in a barn wouldn’t fare well but still, that was tough. Baker was kinda boring at first but he really shined in this scene. This is where I started paying attention to him.

    Once the kids get caught up in the zombie apocalypse, they have some choices to make – head for town or head for home. I found this part of the story a bit wonky. I felt it was more logical for them to head home instead of to town and the older brother even weighs out this argument in his head… and then seems to go against his own logic.

    This story starts off pretty gender balanced but as things progress, the tale focuses only on the male characters. I would have liked a bit more from the ladies, especially as they are written quite well in the first half of the book. If the world is going down, I want to hear from everyone, not just the guys.

    For the entire story, I was hoping but not expecting all my favorite characters to get out alive. This is not a happy conquer all the dead kind of tale. I respect that. As the book blurb strongly hints, this is not a happy ending story. Still, the tale left me wanting a little more. Yet overall, it kept me entertained and I was invested in the main characters.

    I received a free copy of this book.

    The Narration: Rick Gregory did a decent job with this book. His kid voices for Jake and Russel start off great. He sounds like a kid and keeps the two voices distinct. However as the story progresses, they sound more and more like the adult characters and they aren’t always distinct. That said, the pacing is good and there were no technical issues I noticed. His female voices are believable and I especially loved his voice for the old grumpy neighbor that takes the kids to the fishing hole.

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