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The Fearing: Fire & Rain

The Fearing Series, Book One
Narrated by: Linda Jones
Series: The Fearing Series, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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John F.D. Taff's highly-anticipated epic supernatural thriller, The Fearing, begins with Book One: Fire & Rain where humanity faces a series of catastrophes spawned by a worldwide event that unleashes all of mankind's greatest fears. 

In the American high desert, vacationers returning from a road trip are thrust into a heart-stopping flight from death as they try to avoid a cataclysmic end. In rural Missouri, the lives of a group of high school students are destroyed after their small town is devastated and they're forced to confront the end of everything they've ever known. 

And on the Eastern Seaboard, there's someone else. An enigmatic man who thrives on despair and embraces all fear. A man with his own dark and sinister goals. Someone who wants to ensure humanity goes out with the biggest bang possible.

©2019 John F.D. Taff (P)2019 John F.D. Taff

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Excellent!!

I. NEED. THE. REST!!! This is my first book by this author, but it definitely won't be my last. This was everything I wanted in an apocalyptic horror book, and what impressed me more was that the story is only just starting.

The plot was compelling, unique and terrifying! This is being released as a serial and the author did an amazing job of setting the scene for what seems to be an amazing book. We meet quite a few different people but each is setting the scene to a much larger picture. We get an idea of what is happening but I was left with a heck of a lot of questions, and it just makes me more eager to pick up the next section.

The characters are fascinating. Adam is a mystery that I can't wait to unravel!! The others were intriguing and getting to know them through their fear was thrilling. Even though this is only something like 110 pages, I'm already invested in these characters and their story.

In all, this was an unputdownable, absorbing and riveting read. I can't wait till the full story is revealed because it's sure to be epic. Go buy this book ASAP.

Linda Jones read this well. She was easy to follow and had enough tones and voices to distinguish the characters.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fire and Rain is an Understatement

For some reason, I thought this was a collection of short stories, no clue why I thought that. Got three fairly short stories that I thought ended on a bit of a cliff hanger, solid nonetheless, and then they came back around and kept telling more of the each. They all take place at the same time, so it worked out quite well how it was told. Once I got accustomed to what was going on, I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed how the story was told. I would have been happy with them as short stories, and was even happier to know the stories continued and that there are even more books coming.

Post-apocalyptic stories are a dime a dozen, and most of them either contain zombies or barely explain what caused the apocalypse and tend to be a rehash of the same story. This one fortunately is starting at when doomsday comes, so you get to experience all the wonderful disasters that lead the characters into peril. The nice thing is that as the characters are experiencing the disasters without any knowledge as to what is occurring, the reader experiences it the same way. As they learn what is going on we learn as well. I only hope this continues with the next books so that we get the full picture of this apocalypse and its cause.

While the plot itself is quite interesting, I really enjoyed the characters. I like how each piece of the story focuses on different types of characters and they all exist in a different place but facing the same struggle. Instead of the typical roving band of people, you get different aspects of people dealing with their struggle and the different ways each of them deal with it. Kyle and Sarah’s story was by far my favorite. To me, it seemed the most realistic and I connected to those characters the most. Even though these are not short stories and they have a common thread, they play out like three different stories tied together and I can’t wait to see where the characters and the story goes.

Linda Jones did a great job narrating. I loved her different character voices and emotion she put in to each one. I loved how she portrayed Marsha on the scenic bus tour. Jones definitely portrayed the characters as I expected.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 08-03-19

What’s your fear

Brilliant idea for a horror novel
This had me hooked from chapter one and leaves you wanting more
Lindas smooth delivery was perfect for narrating
If you enjoy supernatural and apocalypse fiction I highly recommend picking this up
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Apocalypse with a Twist

'The Fearing: Fire & Rain' is the first book in The Fearing Series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My only qualm is that this book doesn't have an ending. Yeah, I know it's part of a series, but I appreciate a series that doesn't try and make me come back by not wrapping up the first book at all. That said, it's still worth a listen and Linda Jones does a fabulous job of bringing the characters to life.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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A collections of shorts based on fear

A well narrated collection of short stories based on fear. So why 4 out of 5 and not 5 stars? While the stories were well written they just weren’t on the same level as those of say Brian Lumley, so if I give Lumley a 5 I have to take this one a star below his. That being said and done the stories were very intriguing especially the ones involving the Daniel attack and such. In many of the stories it seems once the protagonists face their fear or own up to the simple fact that one must face their fears regardless of how they feel, the object of the fear loses its power over them. A well placed message. Do enjoy I know I did. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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Great start to a unique post apocalyptic series!

The Fearing: Fire & Rain is book one in The Fearing Series by John F.D. Taff. This is my first Taff listen and I really enjoyed it. Let's face it. When you hear post-apocalyptic, generally we think zombies or other morphed terrors of some sort. The Fearing isn't that. It was such a nice and unexpected change from the norm! There are a few unrelated (at this point, at least) story lines going on at once with this book and a variety of interesting characters and events are introduced throughout. This is a quick paced novella that really leaves the reader wanting to listen to the next book in the series. Fair warning, this isn't a standalone, so don't be expecting to have all of your answers at the end. You WILL want to move onto the next one to see what happens to the characters.

I thought that Linda Jones did a great job narrating this story. She was nice and easy to understand with a good cadence (mind you I listen typically at 1.5x) and used unique voices for each other characters, thus making it easy to know exactly who was speaking at any given moment. I think she was a good choice for this series and I'm looking forward to listening to more from her! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 08-16-19

Great Intro For Post Apocalypse

Epic Post Apocalyptic fiction follows a bit of a pattern. You're introduced to a couple people or groups of people, then things hit the fan, and you follow as they try to stay alive/ save the world/ live out their evil fantasies. This has that, but the group's are interesting and the presumptive "bad guy" is deeply off, so it's already got a leg up. Then there's the apocalypse itself, and how that goes. In this case the apocalyptic event is fairly normal, but the environment left behind is interesting. A couple things have occurred to make you wonder what the rules are but also show how high the stakes are. So following this introduction I can say the author and narrator are starting on the right foot to score an interesting and original take on the genre.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review. I'm definitely interested in seeing where this goes over its other installments and how things play out.

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A New Apocalyptic Flavor

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This is my third read from Taff and I am rapidly becoming a huge fan. Taff is a fantastic almost lyrical writer. His characterization is phenomenal and he makes you care about each of these characters. I am not a big fan of apocalyptic stories because it seems there is very little new under the sun until the Fearing that is. Who is Adam or better yet what is Adam? What seems to be going on with fear? I have so many questions after this first installment of this serial novel and I can't wait to have them answered. I'm in big time for the whole ride. The challenge is having to wait until all the books are released. This is going to be a fantastic journey. What makes this even better is the narrative talents of Linda Jones. What a great partnership that I hope will continue in future books. May the king of pain continue sharing his literary genius. Get this book now and enjoy the ride.

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Do yourself a favor and just buy the series!

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

Ugh! I'm hanging here!! I feel a bit like the fly lured into the spider web... in the best kind of way.... Whats next?! I was not ready for the end!! I'm hooked! I must get the next books!

Fresh ideas and very well written! I was intrigued with the concept from the start. I can not wait to continue this journey!

Narration is excellent! Great flow and emotion.

Five stars!!

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Wow...next book now please!

Fire & Rain is the first book in The Fearing series by John FD Taff, which I believe is going to be a 4 book saga. I listened to this one straight through in a single sitting and when it was over I instantly wanted to know what happened next. No spoilers, but I must say the book was engaging right from the start. The opening absolutely gripping. I loved the characters, so fleshed out, so believable...and so disturbing. The story, which follows 3 groups of characters, is absolutely mesmerizing, and I can tell when all is said and done this is going to be an epic tale, something in the vain of King's The Stand or McCammon's Swan Song. Linda Jones does a fantastic job with the narration and I hope she'll continue to be the voice of this series.

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