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The Loudest Silence: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel

Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 1
Narrated by: Heather Firth
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the Amazon best-selling Broken World series comes an exciting new zombie apocalypse series....

When Regan was a young girl living in the small town of Altus, OK, Kellan was just her brother’s best friend. Then the virus came, turning the world’s population into zombies, and he became so much more. They were only kids, but he saved her. Watched over her. Kept her alive. And he’s been doing the same thing every day since. 

After living the apocalypse for nine years, Regan thought they’d experienced every kind of loss and terror imaginable. But when a new group starts wreaking havoc in the Oklahoma wastelands where they live, Regan and Kellan are faced with a new set of horrors.

When they cross paths with a teenage girl, offering to help seems like the right thing to do. But Regan and Kellan soon discover that lending aid to the girl very well could lead to their undoing. 

©2018 Kate L. Mary (P)2019 Kate L. Mary

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A love story during the zombie apocalypse.

The struggle to survive zombies, drought, apocalypse and love is real. I enjoyed listening to this with my daughter. Narrator could have picked up her pace at times, but she has a great voice and varied the characters well. I'm interested in hearing more from this series.

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Very interesting Zombie apocolyptic read!!

This Zombie apocalyptic tale begins (and stays) in Oklahoma. I really enjoyed the story line and how the "family" met and came to be together. The two main characters fall in love somewhere along the way and it's a bit unbelievable that they make it past 21 without ever "acting" on said love and attraction. They find some like minded people who live in a high end dooms day underground facility and have things the rest of the world has long since ran out of. They get in some tight situations and manage to somehow come out of them in one piece. I would recommend this story for anyone who likes Zombie/romance genres.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Beautiful love story

You don't have to be into zombie apocalypse stories to enjoy this book. I rarely read these kinds of stories myself, but I got completely engrossed in this one. There is a beautiful love story amidst the chaos, and I was drawn into the lives of these characters. Kellan and Regan have grown up together and formed an unbreakable bond. They found a new family when everything fell apart, but they are closest to each other because of their shared memories. The depth of feeling they have for each other precedes their attraction, and it is strong and true. It seems inevitable, like it would have happened regardless of whether they were left alone in the apocalypse. I could imagine a different life for them in which they fell in love and got married in the normal world.

I am a huge fan of romance, but there is an exciting story here even for those who are not. The romance doesn't overshadow the rest of the plot. In fact, there isn't much time for it. These characters are often in danger, and there are many intense, suspenseful scenes. Bad people are as much of a threat as the zombies, and so is the harsh landscape. The author did a phenomenal job of showing all the threats they face, along with the risks they have to take just to survive.

The narrator had such a soothing voice that worked remarkably well with the intense story. It wasn't hyper or overwrought, and it drew me right into the thick of the action like she took me by the hand and showed me the scene unfolding before me. She was able to go from that pleasantly feminine cadence to a gruff older man and a sexy young man's voice. This is a narrator I will seek out again, and especially for the next book in this series. I'm hooked!

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  • Bette
  • @AudiobookObsession
  • 06-20-19

Fantastic Story & Narration🎧 Never a Dull Moment!

This is my first book by Kate L. Mary, I’ve seen the praise her books received and the great feedback but I was on the fence about the whole Zombie Apocalypse storylines. But curiosity got the better of me and I had to give it a try. And I am so glad I did, the story was not like I imagined, it was so much better and so much more. Kate L. Mary is a gifted author, she creates an imaginative world where zombies roam around aimlessly looking for fresh meat. Only a fraction of the living world has survived, resources and supplies are limited and the going is tough. The book starts off with heartache, Regan’s family has been killed, her bother is on his way out. He asks his best friend, Kellan, to look out for her before he passes. Fast forward nine years, they have been living in a bunker type compound with several others and getting by. They go to other settlements to trade for goods they need but mostly stay hidden and to themselves. All that changes when a young girl appears at their gate. Being burned before they reluctantly let her in. They soon find that she draws attention to them and brings them trouble. I liked how this story played out, the camaraderie between the group, how they’ve become each other’s family and look out for each other. I loved the chemistry between Kellan and Regan, as much as they fought it, it was a losing battle. There were some great twists in this story, more heartbreaks and plenty of drama and action. I am looking forward to what comes next for Regan and Kellan. Kate L. Mary thank you for this wonderful story, you hooked me in and I am now a fan.

I listened to the Audible edition, Heather Firth is a fantastic narrator and voice performer. She brings these characters to life, gives each their own voice and personality. She does a great job projecting the emotions of the characters and the drama of the story into her performance. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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Romance with a side of zombies

This book is more of a romance novel set in the world of a zombie apocalypse. I enjoyed the characters and the overall story and how the characters deal with having to make hard decisions.

The narration was good, each character had an unique voice, well paced and understandable.


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

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Love during an apocalypse!

It was a solid story about a post zombie world. With the main characters Kellan and Regan starting as teenagers during the start of the apocalypse then now dealing with growing feelings between them. (Kellan being Regan’s brother’s best friend who he made the promise he would look after his sister for him)
This is the first book I have read from this author and I enjoyed it and will look into reading more of her books in the future. The narrator did an amazing job.

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Slow Burn Zombie Apocalypse

This is a solid zombie apocalypse story. It takes place almost a decade after the outbreak. It's a post apocalyptic twist on the brothers best friend trope. What do you do when everyone you know is dead except the boy across the street? You band together and survive.

This book does a great job setting up the post zombie world and gaining your interest in the characters. The only flaw I saw was how slow the romance side of this story was. The decade since the outbreak allowed the characters to grow and mature making this romance seem believable and natural, I just wanted more.

The story felt complete although it did end with a clear set up for the next book making me excited for the next one.

This narrator was new to me and did a good job but the performance didn't make me want to hunt down the rest of her book.

Overall it's a solid book with a good narration that I will be keeping my eye out for the next in the series.

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Great Book!

Loved the book! It was fast paced and interesting. Definitely what I imagine a post apocalyptic world would be like. zombies and all.

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Very entertaining!

This was very entertaining! I picked up this book because I was in the mood for some zombies and I had heard good things about Kate L. Mary's books. Once I started listening to this story, I didn't want to stop and ended up finishing the book in just a couple of days. I am glad that I decided to take a chance on this one because it ended up being a whole lot of fun.

This book did focus on romance a bit more than I expected. I also have to admit that I would have liked to see more zombies. These were not big issues for me and I really liked the story that the book did tell. This was one of those books that I found myself liking more and more and the story progressed and I have to admit that I was completely sold by the romance by the end of the book.

Regan and Kellan were just kids when the world fell apart. It has been nine years since they lost everyone but they have somehow made it along with a small group of people that share their shelter. They have always thought of each other as siblings. At least until recently when things started to change. Regan wants to be able to take care of herself and be a productive member of their community while Kellan wants to protect her and keep her safe.

I thought that this was a pretty exciting story. I liked the way that we learned a lot about the character through their actions and I enjoyed seeing what they were willing to fight for. There were some pretty intense situations where I worried about the welfare of the characters. I was completely invested in this story and thought that the author did a great job of creating characters that I cared about.

I enjoyed Heather Firth's narration of this book. I think that she did a really great job with all of the characters and the dialogue felt very natural. She had a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time. I think that the narration increased my enjoyment of this story because she was able to add a lot of emotion to some rather important scenes. I look forward to listening to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy some romance in an apocalypse story. My audiobook copy also had a short story at the end that focused on two of the other characters from Regan and Kellan's group which I also enjoyed. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Audiobook Boom.

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A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Love Story

This is a really good start of a new series in the Broken World and Twisted World universe. I liked how a character or two crossed over here and there. Likeable new characters as well. The novella at the end was amazing. The narrator is very good and does a good job. I like the start of this new series. Hope the author continues this story line. I received this for free for an honest review.

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  • Selina ryles
  • 06-12-19

just wow ...wonderfully written and compelling

This is the second book I have read by the author Kate L Mary. I have read/listened to Collision in the past, but this is completely different in terms of style and genre but nonetheless just as brilliant in a different way.
This book certainly provides a great starting base to a new and exciting series.
This is a completely different genre to what I usually enjoy reading etc but after enjoying 'collision' so much I felt compelled to give this a go . I am so glad that I did. What I love about this book is that it is not just your average run of the mill zombie apocalalyptic storyline that has been overdone a million and one times . Kate L Mary really works hard on her descriptions and you actually feel a part of the story whether its describing the surroundings or building the relationship between the two main characters. I adore how the romantic relationship grows and feel that it does at a great pace. The narrators voice is very pleasant and easy on your ears. I cannot emphasise enough how much I enjoyed this novel. I was given this book by the author /narrator in return for an unbiased review

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  • S. M. Wong
  • 06-06-19

familiar feel of a broken world in here

i was kindly given this book my kate in exchange for this review
gerat to see back to one of the better narrators though i still have her placed at number 3 in kates readers,i was struggling to engage with this book till i got to the bunker and bikini part had feel of axe,angus etc from broken world ( of which we need more of the series here on audible,hint hint)
it enticed me more into this book and seems to be great start to this series,i would like to see more zombie action at the start but thats just me.

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  • Annikki Hankvist
  • 05-31-19

Amazing!

This story caught my attention from the first second, and managed to keep it! Listened to it over 2 days, but it would have been 1 day if it wasn't for that pesky need to sleep. The focus is not on zombies, although there are some. The love story feels believable but not too overwhelming.

The narrator did an amazing job, and her slight Canadian accent truly made this an enjoyable listen. I can't wait to listen to the second book in the series!