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Tribe of Daughters

Narrated by: Nikki Zakocs
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Honorable mention in the 2018 SPR Book Awards.

In this village, women are not the weaker sex. Nearly a century after a plague ravaged civilization, a secluded matriarchal society thrives in the mountains. In this village, there are no brothers, fathers, or sons. In this village, men exist only to serve the women. Boys have no mothers. In this village, men do as they are told, and defiance is severely punished.

This is the only life Wilderness has ever known, but when Jameson is brought in from the outside to be her husband, everything she thought she knew about strength and love is tested. As they struggle to find their place in the village, they suddenly find themselves face-to-face with outsiders who threaten to destroy everything they love, and it doesn’t take long to realize that they will have to work together, men and women alike, if they want to survive.  

Tribe of Daughters has been hailed as unique, emotionally moving, amazing, and fascinating by reviewers, who call author Kate L. Mary a master of world-building. 

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

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Great story

For a while I wondered if I wanted to listen to this story was afraid it was no good how wrong I was.
The story is very well written and reminder that we need equal rights. Not just for the gender but all people. When The scales are not right something will go wrong even if it works for a while in the end it will end badly.
In this story it's the men who have no rights and looking at it from the other point is hard too. you have sympathy with them also the women characters ok in the story because you know how sick the society they live in is.
The characters are well created and the society also something that could happen in the future but we hope not.
The narrator is good some sound problem but short and like in beginning of new chapter. nothing really that should bother anyone.
I can recommend this book.

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Brilliantly written

Tribe of Daughters is a powerfully written, dark dystopian tale depicting tribal corruption and the absence of equality at its worst. The cultural elements have certain similarities to the Matriarchy Society in the bronze age and the Greek Amazonian. Regrettably, in this tribe, the men are enslaved, exploited, and punished, even by death.

This book is fascinating, it's dark, harrowing, and utterly captivating. Kate L. Mary is fast becoming one of my favorite post-apocalyptic authors. The writing is flawless, especially the poignant parts. The characters are three-dimensional, complex with the capacity for growth. Overall, this was an emotional listen, thought-provoking, and not for the faint-of-heart.

Nikki Zakocs did a great job with the narration, she was precise and clear. I enjoyed how she manipulated her voice for the different characters. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Dark and powerful...

Tribe of Daughters by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Nikki Zakocs is a powerful story not for the faint of heart. Highly recommend if you are new to Kate’s books or looking for a darker dystopian story.

What’s it about? Jameson is on a business trip when he is abducted by a group of women. They are unlike any women he has met before- they live in the forest, have no contact with outsiders, hunt their own food, build their own shelters, the men’s only purpose is to serve the women and provide variations into their offspring (the background is given not too far in as to why things are the way they are). If the men fail to do as asked or fail to follow the rules, they are beaten or killed depending on the crime. As Jameson acclimates to a new way of life, he is picked by the tribal leaders daughter Wilderness, to be hers. They grow fond of each other resulting in challenges to long held traditions and when the group is threatened, the men and women must come together or face death. Yes, there is a lot more but keeping spoilers to a minimum.

Some parts were difficult to listen to, while some were heartwarming, and some heartbreaking. There are lessons to be learned if you chose to take that route, otherwise just sit back and appreciate the story as it is well-written and absorbing. The story changes viewpoints between Jameson and Wilderness and you will have no problem knowing whose turn it is. I finished this story five days ago and I’m still thinking about it and trying to figure out how to review it in a way that will give it justice. With that being said, I highly recommend and you should definitely give this book a listen. This would also be a good choice for a book club as many discussions can be had.

The narrator, Nikki Zakocs, was good overall. It took me a couple chapters to adjust to Jameson’s voice, but when I did, it was fine in the long run (could just be me and my preference). 4 ½ stars for narration.

“She is everything I am destined to be but so much stronger than I am in every way and I have no idea how I will ever be able to walk in her footsteps without falling.”~ Wilderness thinking about her mother.

A couple of the thoughts I had while listening: power corrupts regardless of gender, if women did the things men do (relax folks, I’m not saying all men or all women), and how our actions and choices set events in motion and how they shape our society.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is not a story for the faint of heart. It contains violence, death, drugging of males for sex, sex trafficking, hunting animals for food, whippings, a dog fight, kidnapping, rape, casting aside children due to gender, and similar elements.

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Matriarchy in a Post-Apocalyptic World

This novel by Kate L Mary delves into an isolated matriarchal society 70 years after a virus has killed most of the population of America. A small group of women have fled into the wilderness to escape abuse. The women then resort to kidnapping men for the purpose of producing offspring, of which only the females are valued. The story follows Jameson, a captured man, and Wilderness, a female of the village, who has chosen Jameson as her husband. Along the way, topics of equality, abuse and power are woven into a love story.

I requested a review copy of this audiobook and am giving a voluntary review. I'm pleased to say that I liked the book very much. Kate L Mary has written a wonderful story while tackling the subject of gender inequality. Narrator, Nikki Zakocs, has given a superb performance, bringing each character to life. The book held my attention throughout. Highly recommended.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 11-12-19

A study in contradictions!

An absolutely fantastic novel; one that will make you think and your head spin! The more I get of this author, the more I love her work. In its simplicity, this is a novel of gender role reversal. There is nothing simple about this story though. It is a story of fear, guilt, and overreaction, but it is also a story of love, understanding, and family. Many parts of the story put a lump in my throat and made me consider the rights and wrongs of this world. As I’ve said before, Kate L. Mary’s writing goes straight to the heart. She is a wonderful, talented author who I hope will keep writing for a long time. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Bette
  • @AudiobookObsession
  • 11-04-19

Terrific Story & Narration🎧Fascinating & Heartfelt

Kate L. Mary is a talented and amazing author, she has a great ability to tell stories that are fascinating and mind-blowing. The original storylines are interesting & imaginative, I was hooked in right from the start. The author’s descriptive writing brings you along side the characters, you have a glimpse of what they are thinking, feeling and seeing. Great character development and world building, the world dynamics are like no other. Set in the future, post apocalyptic the survivors are starting to rebuild their lives. Jameson is with several men heading to work on fixing rundown railways, the group of men are attacked, some killed some abducted and brought back to a settlement in the mountains. The abductors are all woman, they they have isolated themselves from the world, built their settlement from the ground up, divided into the two villages, one for the woman who rule, the other for the males who have their purpose. I adored Wilderness, her strength, willingness to listen and her determination to stand by what she believed in. Jameson, my next favorite, he had a good head on his shoulders and was great with Wilderness. This book just wowed me, it is so well plotted, there is never a dull moment with plenty of drama, angst, some twists and a great build up to trust and love. Thank you Kate L. Mary for another fantastic story and for bringing me into a world so different than the one I know. It was great to visit this bizarre world, learn all about it, the reasons why they created such a life for themselves, how generations follow and fall right in until finally realizing the error of their ways.

I listened to the Audible edition, Nikki Zakocs is a terrific narrator and voice artist. She brings the characters to life, gives each their own voice and personality, as well as heart and attitude. She sets the perfect tone for the story and does a great job projecting the emotions of the characters into her performance. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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Great Adventure Fantasy

Story opens well with a surprising plot change that grows to maturity in a very smooth way. Intimate situations were handled tastefully. Narration was very well preformed. Vocal pressure was used in a professional manner.
I recommend this audiobook for ages 16 and older due to some adult situations and violence
I was given this audiobook for free and I freely give it my rating and opinion.

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  • Jayde
  • Nampa, ID
  • 11-06-19

Thought provoking reversal on male dominance

This was a well written story of a society that develops in seclusion after a major cataclysm has greatly changed how people survive in the future. The cataclysm is only history for this story and provides the background for what happened to create this Tribe of Daughters.
This story occurs 70 years after this village develops. Its rules and structures are well established and understood by all the daughters. We learn of these events and rules from an outsider who is brought into this village.

Very well written and well read. Interesting transposition of dominance in society. A thoughtful exposition from the under side.

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

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A lot to reflect on

Ok, this book is totally different, but it excited me in the way that a Handmaid’s Tale did. It challenged the reader to reflect on gender equality, as well as equality in general in a really cool dystopian way. The plot was very unique and I felt the story was very powerful. I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Conflicted listener.

This book really has me conflicted. It's definitely outside of my normal genre but I found myself really getting into it.

Normally when I finish a book a know exactly how a feel about it but this one has me stumped. This is your basic amazon tribe story placed in a dystopian future. I really liked the characters, the setting and the backstory but had a hard time believing the women of the village who survived for so long would make SO MANY bad decisions near the end of the book.

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

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  • worf19
  • 11-05-19

Unusual & Enjoyable Post Apocalyptic Adventure

Here is another classic by the excellent Kate L. Mary which is set 70 years after a plaque wipes almost everyone out. The new world id dominated by women who control the men.
I really enjoyed this unusual story and it managed to keep me engaged through to the last page and I was also very impressed by the wonderful narration by Nikki Zakocs.
I highly recommend this book.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest and objective review