• The Survivalist

  • Frontier Justice
  • By: Arthur T. Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jamie Buck
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (1,193 ratings)

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The Survivalist

By: Arthur T. Bradley
Narrated by: Jamie Buck
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Frontier Justice is the first book in the post-apocalypse Survivalist series by Dr. Arthur Bradley. (Series Order: Frontier Justice, Anarchy Rising, Judgment Day, Madness Rules, Battle Lines, and Finest Hour).

The Superpox-99 virus has wiped out nearly the entire human race. Governments have collapsed. Cities have become graveyards filled with unspeakable horror. People have resorted to scavenging from the dead, or taking from the living. The entire industrialized world has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, decaying bodies, and feral animals.

To stay alive, U.S. Deputy Marshal Mason Raines must forage for food, water, and gasoline while outgunning those who seek to take advantage of the apocalyptic anarchy. Together with his giant Irish wolfhound, Bowie, he aligns with survivors of the town of Boone in a life and death struggle against a gang of violent criminals. With each deadly encounter, Mason is force to accept his place as one of the nation's few remaining lawmen. In a world now populated by escaped convicts, paranoid mutants, and government hit squads, his only hope to save the townspeople is to enforce his own brand of frontier justice.

Halfway across the country, a killer is released from prison. With hopes set on a fresh start, he rescues a young girl desperate to get home. As they travel across the wasteland that once was the United States, they must call upon every bit of strength and courage to survive not only the horrors of the new world but also a violent government agenda.

©2013 Arthur Bradley (P)2014 Arthur Bradley

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Don't waste your time or $.

What disappointed you about The Survivalist?

This book was horrible. With this genre my expectations aren't very high so a well thought out book with average writing usually makes for an entertaining listen. This, on the other hand, read like it was written by a 1950's teenager who was undersexed and had watched one too many westerns. As far as the performance......Well, the script he was reading must not have had any punctuation.

Has The Survivalist turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely not.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He has never met a comma, period or question mark he cared for.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I found. Oh, wait, it finally ended. That was the book's best quality.

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Good Story Poor Performance

Dr Bradley wrote a pretty good story about a post apocalyptic America but I have to say Mr Buck needs a lot of work to become a competent reader. His pacing is terrible with no pauses at natural breaks in the flow of the story. Periods seem to have no meaning to him as he keeps speaking right into the next sentence with no pause. The dialog is treated the same way. He speaks like he's speed reading. The characters voices need work as well. Some of the men are overdone and some are indistinguishable from one another. The female voices are terrible. Mr Buck has a good voice but he needs some more training and honing possibly with books that are straight narration instead of character driven. I'm giving the story 4 stars but dropping the overall score to 3 stars because of Mr Bucks amateurish performance. I'll continue with the series but I hope Dr. Bradley will give serious consideration to finding a better reader for the next audio version in his series.

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Goofy with an annoying performance

Would you recommend The Survivalist to your friends? Why or why not?

No...much better audiobooks out there.

How could the performance have been better?

Use a different narrator

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The story has a good plot and could have been great with the right author and narrator. The guy speaking sounds like the book was narrated by a computer for the first half and the last half he tries harder but was still exceptionally awful in my opinion. The performer's inflection needs a lot of work I had to force myself to listen to it. The author made the characters say a lot of goofy stuff no one would say and a lot of things happen that are just to silly to believe. It's almost like the author read to many Dick Tracy stories or something and watched a lot of B movies. Others seem to like the book and its the reason I purchased it. I can only assume most haven't heard quality books. You can see from my library I've listened to a LOT of post apocalyptic books and this ranks near if not the bottom of my listening list. the first story was so bad I don't think I can risk trying another in the series. Very rare for me....

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I almost didn't do it, I'm glad I did!

What made the experience of listening to The Survivalist the most enjoyable?

Learning to not let solo opinions guide my decision to purchase a selection. The story is fantastic; the narration is not bad at all. I have listened to better, but this was not even close to the worst. I have returned several selections due to poor narration/production; this one will stay in my library!

GREAT story, great ideas and outstanding character development. Give it a chance, you will not be disappointed.

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First review

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This is my first review, so dont flame too hard.
Once you get past the fact that the narrator sounds like a 1940s dick tracy radiodrama, there ends up being a good story. The dog is one of my favorite characters. Well worth the listen.

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Great listen can't wait to get book 2...

First half a bit "dry"....but then, look out!! Great story!! It gives me hope that there could be real people like Mason. The dog is also a great character! Kept making excuses to drive somewhere so I could listen to the story more as I listen to my books whilst driving...Already downloaded book 2!!

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Do not recommend.

The story makes it obvious that it was written by a man with little or no understanding of women when you consider the actions of the main character with the miraculously single and attractive doctor he meets in literally the first town he goes to after a plague kills 99% of the population. The rest of the story is just about as probable.

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Cliche a real eye roller

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Idiots

Would you ever listen to anything by Arthur T. Bradley again?

No

How could the performance have been better?

If he actually had thought about what he was writing. Honestly the whole thing was so cliche and the father Paul character was a complete insult to Christians, portraying him as a coward and a moron.

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Don't Pass this one up!

I read some of the reviews on this book before I purchased it and almost decided to pass on it because of the bad reviews on the narrator. However, I am a survivalist in training and I am interested in all literature on the subject. I noticed the narrator was changed for the rest of the books in this series, so I decided to endure the first book for consistency sake. I am sure glad I did. The narrator has difficulty at the beginning of the book, but only with the narration, certainly not with the dialogue. He just needs to learn when to pause appropriately , and he does fine further into the book. Jamie Buck, however, is a master at portraying the dialogue between the characters. In this respect, he is SUPERB! I am sorry to see him not being the narrator for the rest of the series. The novel is well written and story is very interesting and holds your attention. I only wish the book was longer, and I think they get longer in the series. I will definitely be reading, I mean listening to, them all.

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Story tries too hard to be interesting

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If any effort would have been made to make the various characters more unique, that would have helped. The narrator spoke with very little timing or flow, choosing at times to sound robotic or ignore any semblance of emotion or empathy. The story itself quickly became predictable and I found no reason to really care about any of the characters. The premise for the story took all of a few minutes, with no effort made to make you care that most of the world was going to be destroyed. The main character was an amazingly good shooter, the hauntingly beautiful love interest is instantly smitten and all the rest of the characters quickly and predictably fit a stereotype and proceed to obediently play their roles.

Has The Survivalist turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I've listened to others in the genre already, including some that spanned multiple books, and managed to stay interested for the entire series.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was wooden, robotic and unable to distinguish between characters most of the time. Pacing was flat and void of flow or emphasis. Maybe I've been spoiled by the good narration for most Audible selections, but this was one of a few that I have abandoned due to poor narration.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

With some work the storyline itself could have been compelling. The premise was at least plausible.

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  • Moo Chapman
  • 02-11-17

Strongly recomended!!I

If you Love post-Apocalyptic Fiction this is your book!
Slow start, but once it gets going, you'll love it
President Glass is going to have you rolling your eyes, and if you are a woman you're going to want to strangle her at times.
You are going to cheer for Mason and his quick draw, and Bowie will win your heart.
Samantha's sass will have you smiling, Tanner's gruff reluctant paternal relationship with the will have you waiting on the edge of your seat to get to their next chapter.

Superpox-99 is a wonderfully constructed fictional virus, with just enough realism to make it frightening.