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The Scattered and the Dead Audiobook

The Scattered and the Dead: A Post-Apocalyptic Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

With 99.7% of the Earth's population dead and gone, the few who remain struggle to survive in an empty world. The scattered. The leftovers. These are their stories. Meet Mitch, a father infected with the zombie virus. He knows he has 24 hours until he turns. Maybe a little more if he's lucky. He's been a half-assed father. Checked out. Distracted. Can he find a path to redemption in his final hours? Can he make sure his kids are taken care of before time runs out?

Meet Travis, a 23 year old wimp who ran away as his parents were murdered by raiders. Now he surrounds himself with towers of scavenged booze and prescription pills. He only wants to numb the pain. Then he comes upon the men who killed his family. Now he has a choice.

Meet Erin, a 16 year old girl taking care of an eight year old orphan. Six months ago she was worried about prom. Now she worries about zombies and raiders and feeding a little girl.

Meet Teddy. Meet Baghead and Delfino. Meet Rex and Ray and Lorraine. Meet the utterly lost who look for meaning in humanity's fading glow.

©2016 Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus (P)2016 Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus

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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 03-28-17
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 03-28-17 Member Since 2014

    deedeeg

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    "Felt like something was missing"

    Seems like I just kept waiting for things to happen in this story and it never really did. The story jumps around from just before the outbreak to many years after offering different perspectives of various characters. It was a long listen and for me there was no payoff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-21-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-21-17 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "zombies are only one part of what drives this book"

    When I reviewed the Audible version of The Scattered and the Dead, Book 0.5, I totally got lost in a new universe. The Scattered and the Dead 0.5 follows only one person Decker. The Scattered and the Dead Book 1 is a much larger cast and time period. The easiest way to illustrate this is to list the character’s names and where their stories start in Book 1:

    Rex 68 days before
    Baghead 9 yrs, 126 days after
    Mitch 43 days before
    Travis 44 days after
    Erin 29 days after
    Teddy 69 days after
    Ray 3 days before
    Lorraine 3 days before

    As you can tell by the listing above, the book is not linear. It tells different people’s stories with very different starting points. For example, Baghead’s story begins over 9 years after the event while Mitch’s story begins 43 days before. This was the hardest part of the book for me, the chronology. My inability to keep the chronology straight was a very minor downside for me. The story was wonderful. There were characters like Erin and Mitch that I connected with. And then there were characters like Teddy that made me want to jump into the book and warn the other characters to avoid him at all costs. The ages of the characters vary also from children to middle age.

    The situations that characters exist in are not static. Some characters are perpetually moving, either for foraging or for unknown reasons. Some are hunkered down and just trying to survive for as long as they can. The undead are not the worst monsters in this book. I think the authors do a great job of painting the human monsters in vivid colors. In fact, I can readily visualize some of those human monsters living here in the United States, now, without the apocalypse to create them.

    As I said in my review of Book 0.5, the authors have created a post-apocalyptic universe that feels different than many of the other I have read (and I have read many). If you like the post-apocalyptic genre, this is a great series. Even if you are not a zombie fan, you will still like this series. The zombies are only one part of what drives this book.

    The Audible version of Book 0.5 was fabulous and so is Book 1 also with excellent production values. The clear strong voice of the narrator of Book 0.5, who happens to be one of the authors, also narrated Book 1 with the other author, L. T. Vargus. Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus did a fantastic job narrating the book. They both have pleasant voices to listen to. Perhaps having authored the book helped in their ability to narrate it so well. They did not seem to be reading it as much as telling it, as one survivor after another shared their story with the listener. It makes for a very intimate narration.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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

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    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    erobbins33 01-05-17
    erobbins33 01-05-17 Member Since 2017

    I love audiobooks!!!

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    "Outstanding!"

    After reading, and loving, the ebook of this story, I was so excited for the audiobook! McBain narrated the 0.5 book, so I assumed he would be voicing this as well. I was pleasantly surprised to find out his co-author was duet narrating this one! It's so nice when an author also has a great voice. These two are awesome! I just hope they never give up writing to do voice-overs. If you like zombies, huge, epic sagas, and having your mind toyed with, you'll LOVE this series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 01-25-17
    Tony 01-25-17
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    "Not for me"

    Struggled to finish. Female story was lacking anything that would get a heart racing and her voice was INCREDIBLY MONOTONE. Wanted to see how Mitch saved his boys but even 80% into the book and Mitch on his way out I felt like it was just a dead end. No real precautions were being made. I am sorry as I know the author worked really hard to complete this book, it just wasnt for me. Others may LOVE it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 01-11-17 Member Since 2016

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

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    "Loved it!"

    This was the official book 1 to the series. Book 0.5 was good as well but this works well as a stand alone. This is a great compilation of a few different people's experiences in the apocalypse. I am so happy L. T. Vargus decided to join in the narration in this book. Tim McBain did a great job with book 0.5 but I think it is much better with the 2 of them. Not many authors can do a decent job of narrating their own books, but these 2 do a great job! Looking forward to book 2!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MsONeal 02-03-17
    MsONeal 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't believe the hype"

    I'm baffled that so many people found this novel appealing. I've read my fair share of zombie lit, so I can say with some authority that this book just doesn't rank.

    First, the timeline was annoyingly vague - 69 days after, 28 days before, 9 years after...after/before WHAT? The plague or the EMP? And of course, each character had a different timeline. It was confusing.

    Second, awful construction: overuse of similes, scatological references - (paraphrasing) "...like the sound of a plunger in the toilet...," and myriad unnecessary gross-outs regarding body processes (there was a detailed description of urination early in the book).

    Third (and worst of all), poor narration. I didn't realize until just now that the authors narrated the book. So I say respectfully that Mr. Bains didn't enunciate and Ms Vargas' voice lacked emotion. When you're listening with earphones (as many Audible customers do), it's grating.

    Glad to be done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Windus Santa Rosa, CA United States 01-26-17
    Shane Windus Santa Rosa, CA United States 01-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Story OK. Needs different narrators."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was OK. It seemed to me to be a little long winded, and the author uses terms while describing things that seem to come from a teenagers diary. I could tell the authors were very young... That's not a bad thing, it just sounded like they were trying too hard to describe everything using interesting adjectives. It became distracting to his listener. The real problem with this was the male narrator. I realize it's the author, and I'm sure he's a super guy and obviously a talented writer, but his narration.... he sounds like some surfer guy reading out loud at the beach.... His inflections seem incredibly forced and lackadaisical at the same time. The female narrator was fine, if a little stiff.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus ? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story was intriguing, if a bit long winded. I didn't feel like much happened in the first book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Tim needs to change the way he narrates. It's irritating.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca longmont, colorado, United States 01-26-17
    rebecca longmont, colorado, United States 01-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wordy"

    There is a lot of describing of mundane doings. The author has a depressing outlook on life, and should see a psychiatrist about his pyromaniac tenancies. Tim doesn't pronounce the T sound when it comes at the end of a word. It was distracting. I enjoyed the interaction of the two girls , and L.T.s voice sounds like Scarlet Johanson., so that was nice. The book leaves very little explained or I didn't pay attention enough to figure out who was who. I'm not going to listen to it again to figure it out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    neil 01-08-17
    neil 01-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not good."

    I hate I used a credit on this book. After reading reviews (like I always do) I got it. Hated the narrators first and foremost. Monotone and without inflection. The story was long and drawn out. With no real ending worth wild I may add. It felt like they went back to add description to scenes to extend the book. I WILL NOT BE GETTING THE NEXT BOOK! Don't bother with this one.

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    Kindle Customer Ely, MN 01-30-17
    Kindle Customer Ely, MN 01-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Insomniacs try this book"

    Disjointed monotone mess - jerkin off, jizzed...overwritten....1 minute sequence described in paragraphs... With monotone delivery insomniacs could be cured. Can not recommend.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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