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Books 1-3 and the prequel novella of the Breakers series. In the Breakers series, humanity faces not one apocalypse but two: first a lethal pandemic then a war against those who made the virus.

©2012 Edward W. Robertson (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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So glad I downloaded this one.

Where does The Breakers Omnibus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series took me completely by surprise. It ranks right near the top of the list of audiobooks I've had the pleasure of listening to.

What other book might you compare The Breakers Omnibus to and why?

The obvious series to compare it to is the Cycle of Arawn, given the same author, however I would put it with the Wool Omnibus, The Mistborn Series and oddly enough Adrians Undead Diary. I have to admit I really enjoyed this book.

What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

At first I was really having to work to not focus on the breathy and oddly nonrhythmic way he was performing the prelude (Book 0) but I got in the groove and the story really sucked me in. I was really happy I stuck around, In Books 1, 2 and 3 he doesn't use the same manner of speaking as book 0 and is a wonderful performer. His various characters are really well done, great variety and all very appropriate to how I envisioned the characters. I was completely engaged by both his performance and the story.

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

It was definitely a book I couldn't "put down". Its such a monster of an Omnibus I kept fearing the end of the individual volume was the end of the entire tale and was thankful at the start of each new volume. When I realized I was on volume 3 (the fourth if you count 0) I was relieved to see there are more in the series as stand alone books.

Any additional comments?

I was really feeling stuck in a rut and struggling to find new audio books to listen to. This was a book I only gave a shot because I realized it was by the same author as the Cycle of Arawn and figured I could always return it. I am so glad I gave it a shot. The evolution of the story and the characters is awesome, the way they all split apart, both geographically and chronologically, and tie back together is oddly rewarding, visiting familiar events from various perspectives and via differing roads. As the story progresses there really is an evolution, through the disease and its causes and the aftermath. I have been voraciously listening to audiobooks since first subscribing to Audible in 2004 and I listen to books constantly, both from here and elsewhere, to help with my ADHD and wandering mind. That's meant I have periods of really feeling like there isn't anything I feel like listening to (While I'm waiting for the next Sanderson novel, the years of waiting for each Game of Thrones novel or the next book in one of the many series). This one was one that I am very glad I stumbled upon.

38 of 40 people found this review helpful

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I'm glad I didn't listen to the naysayers!

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After reading several negative reviews about Ray Chase's narration style, I almost skipped on this one. I know what it's like to have an audiobook experience ruined by a grating narration style, so I went in fully prepared to take advantage of Audible's awesome return policy. Ten minutes in, and I was hooked. The narrator's style, while different, was purposeful, and worked very well for a book with so many characters and such a sweeping story arc. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook (which was actually comprised of three different stories and a prequel). Very well written, great character development, and a story line that caught me completely off guard on more than one occasion! There might have been a chapter or two that a more aggressive editor would have red flagged (where the story seemed to bog down a bit), but to be fair, at least 40 of the more than 42 hours was an absolutely engaging read/listen.

38 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • L. Tatum
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 08-20-15

Apocalypse epic for readers who dislike the genre

Where does The Breakers Omnibus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 5%, which says a lot given the authors I love.

What did you like best about this story?

Compelling, varied protagonists (who often have very dark sides but retain their humanity, a difficult line to walk) and some plot lines with twists I didn't see coming. Not a spoiler (I hope) but like the best of Joss Whedon's works, no main character is safe or immortal. But that make this series much more authentic, especially given the whole apocalypse theme.

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

Hard to pick just one, but the outcome of the slow evolution of dependent college girl Tristan turned Sarah Conner, and her unrelenting quest to find her little brother.

Any additional comments?

Edward Robertson is one of my favorite new authors in fantasy and science fiction. He's up there with Joe Abercrombie (First Law Trilogy), Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Chronicles), Scott Lynch, Peter F. Hamilton (various space operas), Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire), Matthew Stover (Caine novels), and even George R.R. Martin. So be ready for DARK. He's a fantastic author--engaging story lines, wonderful character development, great dialogue that avoids the cliches so often found in fantasy and science fiction, and near perfect grammar. (Okay, so I'm a geek, but too many works are dreck due to terrible grammar). First I listened almost without break to his epic fantasy the "Cycle of Arawn" and it was so good, I decided to give "Breakers" a try, though I generally dislike the apocalyptic genre. I was hooked after 15 minutes. I bought the Breakers Omnibus, Books 1-3, and now plan to buy Books 4 & 5 individually. It was like reading King's "The Stand" all those years ago, but without the mystical detour. Robertson puts new twists on the catastrophic plague and alien invasion tropes that I haven't experienced since Grant's original, surprisingly moving zombie "Newsflesh Trilogy" (another genre I usually avoid like the, um, plague). Given the two amazing omnibus deals Audible is running (for now!) go for it. If you're more of a fantasy fan, then get "Arawn." If sci-fi/ horror is more your thing, then "Breakers." But like me, be ready to download another 50 or 60 hours of fiction no matter which you pick first.

44 of 47 people found this review helpful

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Good Story

Good story. Great characters. Lots of interesting ideas and events. Could have done without the plethora of masturbation reference though.

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Good story, bad narrator.

It's an exciting story, but, as a narrator, Ray Chase sounds a bit too much like Ron Burgundy for my taste. R.C. Bray would have made this a fantastic listen. I highly recommend trying the sample before purchasing.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Annoying and poorly edited

First of all, I don't know who the narrator ticked off in a previous life but he was fine.
This omnibus needs to be re-edited to establish time line continuity.
The first book establishes the general story arc, and obviously introduces characters, then the second book restarts the timeline and introduces new characters into the storyline..very annoying as you already know the nuts and bolts, for the most part.
Then the third book gives you more characters and btw the conclusion includes almost no one from the first 20 hours of the book..annoying.
But if this was just one long book, with a continuous timeline it would be much better.
Don't even get me started on how we know virtually nothing about "our hero" and why said hero is so odd. I figure you could eliminate 4 hours worth of non essential characters to fill in some of these blanks.
Basically this is an ok, very simplistic story that was horribly edited as individual volumes and unworkable as an omnibus. Don't waste 40 hours like I did.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Come and get it

I tend to pay for short books (15 hours or less) out of pocket and reserve my credits for longer books. I have to make good choices for the longies as I don't want to have to make returns. I can tell an hour in whether or not I will enjoy a book. I was unsure about Breakers but given the excellent reviews I decided to take a chance.

I'm so glad I did. This was an engaging, fun and rather thought producing story that held up for the entire 40+ hours. That's a feat in and of itself. When a crazy, out of left field element was introduced I rolled my eyes. I though the story would start to downhill from there. The son of a gun (I assume I can't use the B word) writer actually made it work. It's a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi hybrid that manages to blend the two in a way that makes sense. As a fan of both of these genres I was not disappointed. The most memorable moment was that out of left field development.

The story is riddled with one-liners. While they made me laugh despite some tight situations, I think they were overused.

The narrator chose to use gruff voices for all, if not all of the male characters. This is a current trend used by many actors in t.v and movies. The one-liners are deadpanned. Given the many, many uses of one-liners I don't know that he could have done it any other way. The characters by and large are smart alecks (I assume I can't use the other, use of the A word) . Smart alecks don't pause or necessarily inflect one-liners differently than other sentences spoken. As a native New Yorker It is the way I have normally heard smart alecky statements expressed and there was nothing off-putting about it to me. That is the way smart alecks communicate. It is a use of language that is natural to the speaker and does not necessarily produce a change of inflection or tone when used. One liners sometimes cause a change in body language. I don’t know how he could have made that seen in his narration. He was reading the book as the author wrote it. I am satisfied with the choices he made.

I don’t like series more than 3 books long. The filler that goes on after that annoys the hell (I assume I can’t use the F word) out of me. The reviews for the rest of the next books seem to indicate that is not true of this series. If so, I will be sure to post another review.

I enjoyed it and will listen again.

27 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Solid Story but Narration Takes Away

The story is solid, not great but a good "read." It has twists and turns, a good plot, surprises to keep you interested.

The challenge for me is the narration. Chase reads the entire three books in a voice filled with overly dramatic tension. Every single word seems drawn out, emphasized, dramatic; exhausting to listen to. It steals from the passages that may benefit from dramatic influence, it just gets old fast.

If you can get past the overacting, this is an engaging story.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Lore
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 09-01-17

Two apocalypses for the price of one

This Omnibus edition is a great way to get into the Breakers series as getting the first 3 books of the series and the prequel novella all together makes it a good bargain. I will briefly address each book of this edition while avoiding any big spoilers.

The first novella, Outcome, covers the events that lead up to to the first of the two apocalyptic events that form the backbone of the Breakers series. This prequel provides some good context for the rest of the series as the main character has a perspective on the disease outbreak that is not present in the rest of the books. She sees it coming, but nobody else does, so this is the only time you will experience someone preparing for what is to come.

Book one of the series, Breakers, follows two different couples, one on each coast of the United States, as they struggle with the typical challenges of modern life. All of which become meaningless as the viral outbreak hits and the world is changed forever. This book details the impact of the deadly virus on each coast of the United States and then when apocalypse number two hits the story arc is firmly established. That's right, one civilization ending catastrophe is not enough for Robertson, so buckle your seat belts and enjoy the ride.

Book two, Meltdown, starts off in the exact same place as book one, prior to the pending double apocalypse and once again focuses on two different sets of characters as they navigate the treacherous waters ahead. At first I was put off by the fact that this book restarted telling the tale from prior to the outbreak, but in the end it was indeed interesting to experience the re-telling of the story from the perspectives of the new characters.

Book three, Knifepoint, moves the story arc forward right from the start and it mixes old and new characters in doing so, which works out well. With the newest character being too young to remember much of life before society crumbled it offers an interesting mix of perspectives on the state of civilization and leaves things poised well for the rest of the series.

While this isn't the best apocalyptic series I have ever listened to, with Ray Chase narrating this Omnibus Edition it does provide a good introduction to the Breakers series. When you are done you will be able to make a well informed decision on whether or not you want to continue on. I certainly will.



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Book v Narrator

Enjoyed the storyline but the narrator, eh not so much. The male voices r quite 'wimpy' but his female voices were the worst. Whispering like a 40 year old smoker is not what women on earth sound like. He switches to his own deep voice when not doing a voice and it's much louder in volume so I had to change volume often. Too dramatic. Couldn't listen past 3 hours.

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  • duncan miller
  • 01-21-16

Hamming it up

I enjoyed the story, seeing a major world event from the perspective of different characters was very interesting but it was quite obvious from the outset that each thread would come together and interact later in the book.

My problem was with the narrator, he sounded like he was doing an impression of captain kirk in the style of Adam West, over the top hammy voice acting, his intonation made one charater (a quite likeable guy) sound like a slimy creep.
Luckily in the later books he seemed to tone it down and was bearable towards the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-13-15

Wasn't Sure I'd Like It, Glad I Got It

What did you like best about this story?

The concentration on the characters and the realism of them.

Any additional comments?

I like the format of each book which jumps back and forth between two main characters. Upon reading he book description on Audible I thought there might be a risk that the story would be boring (I'm thinking of something like The Passage which I had to return as it wasn't going anywhere after hours and hours of listening). But even at the start of each story, there is something interesting about the lives of each character.<br/><br/>I also like how the series completely managed to surprise me (I'm specifically thinking about the bit immediately following where the radio presenter tells people that they may want to sit down - I didn't see that coming at all), which is rare these days.

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  • Graham
  • 06-09-16

not really what I expected. post apocalypse story

first tip. play the book at 1.3x speed or more otherwise the narrator will drive you mad.
the prequel is a stand alone so far and pretty good.
if you fancy an alternative zombie like alien invasion this book will suit.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mairi
  • 06-01-17

Post Viral/Apocalyptic page or ear turner!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Breakers Omnibus to be better than the print version?

I have not tried reading the print version as I've found that a good narrator can make an audiobook every bit as good as my own internal character voices. I have seen a lot of poor reviews for the written version stating that it can be too 'wordy' or overly descriptive but I did not find that in this audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Breakers Omnibus?

There are so many story threads in this series that it would be hard for me to pick just one memorable moment. That said each character has a full and very rich story and I believe that when I listen to it a second or third time I'll find more nuggets to keep my interest. The most consistent memorable moment across the piece is once each of the main protagonists realises that their old safe life has gone and how they come to terms with that.

Which character – as performed by Ray Chase – was your favourite?

It started with the relationship obsessed Walt but then quickly became Ray and Mia but as the story progressed I felt the narrator did a good job of keeping each character realistic.

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

Pretty much as the style jumps from one storyline to another. I think that if you put it down for too long you'd have difficulty remembering the roots of each character/story.

Any additional comments?

There are lots of this type of novel flying around these days but what the author does here is to take plausible, ordinary people and follow them through their successful and sometimes not so clever actions and decisions set against this live or die harsh background.

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  • simon
  • 05-12-17

original well written end of the world.

This is a great listen. A good story, interesting well written about the end of the world.

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  • andy c
  • 04-22-17

great book

i was a little worried about getting this book, but I'm glad I did. Brilliant good story, with plenty of twists, much better than i was expecting.

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  • John
  • 03-28-17

Good listen but for some petty annoyances

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Overall this is worth a listen, it's obviously a long book so great if you've got some long journeys coming up or if you just listen to audio-books a lot. The basic plot is good, there's some very good sections, however there are also some parts which are irritating to a greater or lesser degree.1. The prologue. Interesting as a standalone section, should really have tied it into the main story more though. But... the narration on this part was almost enough for me to delete the entire book. My god, the angst with which Every. Single. Line. was delivered was close to overwhelming! I've never heard so much over-emoting in any audio-book ever. I think he was trying to add an air of foreboding to the proceedings but it was just irritating. Happily though he tones it down a bit for the main sections and although it's still a bit overdone, compared to the prologue it's a breath of fresh air.2. A couple of the main characters. (Some possible spoilers) A couple of the main characters in separate sections essentially go through the same process of becoming death-wielding ninjas despite little to no training. Practicing martial arts on your own, with no real idea of what you're actually doing is unlikely to help when somebody much bigger and stronger punches you in the face.3. The way the story breaks down into separate books. Books 1,2 and 3 don't follow on sequentially, there's a lot of overlap where you know the major outcomes just not the journeys of those particular characters. It always seems like these story arcs should overlap to a greater degree but mostly it feels like the same story written 3 times from different points of view.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Which one? The "main" ending comes at the end of book one really, the rest is just tying up the loose ends and trotting the pony round the ring again.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Chase’s performances?

I'd risk a credit but I'd consider it a bit of a gamble based on his tendency to massively over-emote.

Could you see The Breakers Omnibus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Only if the timeline is made more linear and with the various story arcs overlapping more.

Any additional comments?

I can't stress enough how much better this would have been if it had been more linear and with more overlapping interactions. It just feels a bit disjointed in places.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-27-17

Good story

I enjoyed the first section, the book is not broken into sections which makes it hard to know where you are in the individual book.

The narrator has had a lot of stick but I quite enjoyed his voice my only concern was the lack of diversity in the characters speech which made knowing who was talking a little tricky at time.

Definitely worth a read/listen

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  • Icedrinker
  • 01-15-17

OK Story - excellent narrator

Drawn to this book because of the narrator - some good scenes but book premis a bit ropey!!!

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  • bob
  • 07-14-16

could be

Could be a good listen however the narrator just really hams it up . Takes forever to get the story going and then we're back to over explaining everything . Very disappointing

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  • Ben
  • 04-05-16

Good books but the narrato takes a little getting

When I first started listening to these books, the narrator really grated on me. However, a the books flowed on, I got used to his style and started enjoying his reading. This omnibus is a great lead into what is hopefully a great series. Very reminiscent of The Stand, by Stephen King.

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  • Aidan
  • 04-18-16

stand-esq

if you have read the stand by king then i think you will like this. the guys voice annoyed me at times but for the most part was a great listen

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  • nigel
  • 07-19-16

enjoyable

pretty decemt story, and great value for money. however parts were a tad predictable. really enjoy this narrator though. all in all i would recommend if your looking for an easy listen that will take a good chunk of time.

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  • Amanda
  • 07-31-17

Wasn't sure at first

To begin with I didn't really like the narrator's style, I found his rhythm a bit off putting but it didn't take long to get used to. He did a decent job of differentiating between characters too.
I like really long stories and this was a pretty easy listen. I will admit I didn't even read the synopsis before I started listening and at first thought it would be a similar story to The Stand, and it was, but with enough differences to keep it interesting. Some of the characters were not believable, and story lines of course far fetched, but if you want bang for your buck this is a not a bad book.

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  • Kylie
  • 12-16-16

Just Terrible

prequel - 1 star

book 1 - 1 start

book 2 - i gave up by chapter 2!

this series is like a terrible version of Falling Skyes. thank god you can return books

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  • Leisl
  • 01-14-17

A regretful Christmas holiday read.

Every character was a smart arse, unlikeable and rather two dimensional. Even the "heroes" were arseholes.

Character dialogue was often cringeworthy, inappropriate for the situation and implausible.

A real shame because the central story has potential. Needs a thorough rewrite to polish the story.

I really couldn't come to like the narrator's style. It complimented the book in that it was was often cringeworthy, inappropriate for the situation and implausible! He needs to vary his style and try different voices for the characters... no one talks the way he portrays many of the characters.

I got a bit into Book 3 before I returned it for a full credit.

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  • Petra
  • 03-16-17

Most annoying narrator ever

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was pretty good but the narrator wreaked it for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Breakers Omnibus?

An alien with no spoken language, speaking through a tablet computer, has the most ridiculous accent you can imagine.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Chase’s performances?

No way

Was The Breakers Omnibus worth the listening time?

I could have probably skipped the last 2 books and been not regretted it

Any additional comments?

Why do half the male characters sound like a gun-slinging Western Clint Eastwood and half the women sound like Michael Jackson. Only bearable accent was for a New Zealander, though he still sounded more Australian.

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  • Jason
  • 02-06-17

Highly recommended

This series had me enthralled from the very beginning!
Very hard to describe any particular favourite moments.
Excellent series! 5 stars

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  • David
  • 02-05-17

Entertaining blend of genres.

I found this entertaining, only missed out on five stars as didn't find it gripping

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  • Clancy
  • 09-13-16

Excellent

Really enjoyed this. Love Ray Chase's narration and the story(s) are compelling and fun. thanks