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Ashes Audiobook

Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It could happen tomorrow....

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

©2011 Ilsa J. Bick (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"For fans of postapocalyptic and horror fiction, Bick has created a story of equal parts intrigue and gore…Katherine Kellgren narrates the tension-filled action at a lightning pace…The author’s frenetic characterization of Alex is tempered by Kellgren’s ability to draw the listener into each scene." (Audiofile)

2012 Audie Award Nominee, Female Solo Narration

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    James Rockland, MA., United States 09-25-12
    James Rockland, MA., United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not for the faint of heart."
    If you could sum up Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Brutal, intriguing, and exhausting. You don't realized that you ran a marathon until you take a breath, then you seen how long you been on this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense keeps me hooked. I find myself reacting physically to the action in the story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    She was fine. I forgot she was reading through most of it.


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

    I had a hard time not listening to this in one sitting.


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    Erin AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-03-12
    Erin AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hated the ending but enjoyed the journey."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ashes to be better than the print version?

    Katherine Kellgren seemed to be yelling at times, and it was a bit distracting. I had to keep turning the audio up and down because my ears got tired.


    What other book might you compare Ashes to and why?

    I enjoyed Gone by Michael Grant more than Ashes.


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

    This is the first time I have heard Katherine Kellgren read and at tmes she seemed very aggitated and that was distracting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is fast moving and hard to put down. Wish the ending lived up to the build up.


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    angelrbb Burleson, TX 08-23-12
    angelrbb Burleson, TX 08-23-12 Member Since 2015

    I'm a big fan of horror, sci-fi, dystopian, and post apocalyptic novels.

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    "One of the Best Narrators I've Ever Heard"
    What made the experience of listening to Ashes the most enjoyable?

    The story itself was pretty good although the idea of an EMP and zombies seems a bit like overkill. However, the narrator of this story really brought a sense of urgency and intensity to the scenes, which really made this a great listen.


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

    I haven't listened to any of her other performances, but I definitely plan to in the future.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SYLVIA 07-09-12
    SYLVIA 07-09-12
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    "A great story-appealing even if you don't like Z's"
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    I was surprised at how wonderful this book is. I sure hope that it is indeed just book one....eagerly awaiting the next in the series. Narration was good too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Toni Popp 06-21-12
    Toni Popp 06-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "got Xanax?!?"

    The Narrator needs to take a chill pill...I agree with wanting to add some drama but you don't need to SKREEEEEEEECH at people...UGH!! The only thing that got me through was when she softened her voice for other characters.
    That being said (by many people!) I really liked the story! She did a great job with the "ending"...as soon as it was over i ran to my pc to download the next book...I couldn't wait! I was SO bummed when i found out it wasn't out yet!! However...now that i've calmed down i know i will wait until other people listen to it first to find out if she stopped SKREECHING...if not i will read the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-01-12
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    "The Best Zombie Apocalypse Novel!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to strangers on the street! It is fast-paced, thrilling, and terryfing with the perfect spice of a love triangle that is totally believable, even though there are zombies and pheremon dog connections with the protagonist!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ashes?

    I love Chris! So, I would have to say the most memorable moment for me was at the very end, when Alex is riding the horse and trying to leave Rule and Chris is chasing her screaming for her to stop! She doesn't know what she is doing! Another memorable moment would be her fight with the three zombie-kids to save Tom while he is in-capacitated on the gas station floor.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She was great! Katherine did an excellent job, especially with her Tom and Chris voice! I was very impressed!!


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

    Definitely! I have already listened to it twice in a week!


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this audiobook to everyone! I am not a big zombie or apocalypse fan, and I'll admit I even scoffed at it when the book was recommended to me. However, after listening to the story, I am beset with excitement for the sequel!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Bloomington, Minnesota 05-28-12
    Bill Bloomington, Minnesota 05-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "REALLY Graphic"

    I liked the book initially but as I listened further it became increasingly graphic, dark and disturbing. There were several themes/topics that actually led to me to decide not to finish the book-they were descriptive violence, cannibalism and several other dark themes. I'm disappointed that the book is over the top with such gratuitous details.

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    April 04-25-12
    April 04-25-12 Member Since 2017
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    "THE ENDING MADE ME WANT TO STRANGLE SOMEONE!!!!!!"

    The first half of this book was so great I wanted it to never end, but about half way thru it kinda died out. Its still great, I listened to it more then once, but the ending sucked so bad. Its one of the worse cliff hangers I have ever come across, and really made me want to strangle someone. I will buy the second book when it comes out, because this one really leaves you unsatisfied. I would suggest waiting until the second book is out before reading this. Put it in your wishlist tho, because its worth a read!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Wakarusa, Kansas, United States 04-18-12
    Nathan Wakarusa, Kansas, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Excellent! Well Worth It!"
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    Wonderful book. It was a little slow getting into some things but for the most part I couldn't stop listening. Some moments had me so tense I couldn't stand it. Great new story and I can't wait for the next book. The ending had me scrambling to see if the next book was available.Great job Ilsa!

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    amanda c. 10-05-11
    amanda c. 10-05-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "cant wait for the next book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ashes the most enjoyable?

    loved this book! the voice was a little annoying at times but I was interested the whole time. I cant wait for the next 2 to come out!!!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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