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Twisted World: A Broken World Novel

Twisted, Book 1
Narrated by: Heather Firth
Series: Twisted Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Twenty years ago, a deadly virus swept the globe, ravaging the population. People died and came back as monsters, and through the tragedy that rocked the world, survivors were born. Megan James is the product of survivors. Her parents crossed hundreds of miles of dangerous countryside to reach Atlanta and the promise of a real future.

Now, two decades later, Meg is facing a crisis of her own. Her father has vanished and is presumed dead, and her mom is teetering on the edge of insanity, but all Meg really wants is to return to the safe world she always thought she was living in. Only Atlanta isn't everything her parents thought it would be. The slums have grown and corruption is rampant, and despite the promise of democracy, the new government has been slow to change. Through it all, the only consistency seems to be the zombies. Decayed and barely more than skeletons, there is no reason they should still be moving. But they are.

Facing the harsh world alone, Meg gets a job in the entertainment district of Atlanta where she meets convict fighter Donaghy. Angry at the world and his circumstances, all the fighter really wants is to be left alone. But when he gets swept up in Meg's problems, he finds it impossible to turn his back on her.

When a mysterious note resurrects old rumors about what the CDC is really doing, Meg can’t help wondering if her father might have met the same fate that her uncle did 20 years earlier. With the help of Donaghy, she will search for the truth among the darkness that has settled over Atlanta, where they'll soon discover that the mutated virus has brought forth creatures nobody could have imagined, and the evil intentions of the men in charge are much more sinister than anyone ever thought possible, making the future look harsher than ever before.

©2016 Kate L. Mary (P)2018 Kate L. Mary

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Life is a struggle.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it is an interesting but depressing story of one of our civilizations possible futures.

What other book might you compare Twisted World: A Broken World Novel to and why?

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Which scene was your favorite?

Did not have a favorite but this updated version of this series 20 years later continues the character driven experiences of desperate people having very difficult lives.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Dont fool with mother nature.

Any additional comments?

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

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A Jump Ahead

Twisted World is the first in a new series of books in the Broken World universe. I'd purchased the first three audiobooks in this series previously and had rated all 5 star, and I had the opportunity to get a free review copy of the new series premier, so I jumped at the chance.

The book starts 20 years after the first series, after the seventh book in the Broken World series. As I've only listened to the audiobooks, I've only heard the first three. The book is definitely a good entry point to the world, but if you have listened to just the audiobooks of the prior series, this book gives more than a bit of "spoilers", and doesn't sugar coat past events by either avoiding discussing them or speaking ambiguously. However, the further release of the original series is undetermined at this stage, so if you're like me and wanting to enjoy more audiobooks from and support this author, this book is recommended. One minor personal issue with the story was the amount of people being referred to primarily by generic kinship nouns (eg uncle, aunt), and in this book where we had both birth and adoptive parents, and multiple uncle's etc, when Meg would refer to an uncle, I'd be unsure which uncle was being referred to, and in many cases, who that uncle or aunt actually was ( eg is that the wife of the missing uncle so her adoptive father's sister in law, or her birth mother's sister, her adoptive mother's sister), etc. Only having listened to the first three audiobooks, in some cases I just wasn't familiar with the people.

In this 20 year future, it is more like The Walking Dead, where zombies aren't much of an issue, it is just bad, bad people... People have figured out how to deal with zombies by now, and in the city are just being used for fighting.

The story forms a comfortable, complete arc, and the main questions and goals of the story are covered, and it ends with answers, and new questions and issues to deal with in the sequels.

Narration was excellent, with good character differentiation, and a worthy first novel for the narrator.

Recommend, with the caveats as above!

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Great Book

Not much I can say other than "wow". The author did an amazing job telling a dystopian/ zombie story that is different from what we have come to recognize in this genre. ladies, this book also has an amazing love story! Not to mushy or trashy but just right! This book has something for pretty much everyone. I can't wait to start the sequel and see what happens next. The usual good guys aren't so good and the "bad" guys .... well different. The narrator did a great job making the characters real and thus making it very easy to emers yourself into their lives. She really made the characters interesting and gave them emotion when they talked. Great book to add to your library!

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  • TU
  • 04-19-18

Great new apocalypse series!

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

I am a HUGE fan of zombie apocalypse stories and so was quick to jump at the chance to listen to another one. I'm glad I did. The author does a great job of building the cause of the apocalypse into the story line. The characters were well developed and the book was narrated very well. Heather Firth did a great job of bringing the book to life. I will DEFINITELY seek out the rest of the books in this series once they are released.

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Great

Great story I liked the characters and action I recommend this audiobook and the narrator did a great job
Thank you for a great story when I can I want to listen to book 2
Terri

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This book has a little bit of everything

I really enjoyed this audiobook, it has everything you'd expect from a dystopian novel... famine, desperation, and even some zombies; yet also has violence, romance and deep rooted conspiracies that begin to show up everywhere. I was hooked until the very last cliff hanger, and I'll be continuing this series ASAP.

*This audiobook was provided to me at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Great Read

Twisted World: A Broken Worls Novel: Twisted Book One was a great read by Kate L. Mary. The world's population has been ravaged by a deadly virus that spread twenty years ago. Many people had died and came back as zombies. Megan is a product of two survivors that crossed the country to go to Atlanta for a real future twenty years ago. Meg's father has now vanished and they unfortunately presume that he is dead and her mom has began to lose it. Meg just wants to be safe but Atlanta isn't as safe as everyone believed. She gets a job at a club where she meets Donaghy, a convict fighter. Their path's crossed and now he can't turn his back on her. Meg is faced with the reality that her father may be alive and her father may be alive. Her and Donaghy search for the truth. I loved reading this book and can't wait to read more in this series.

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Wonderful

I really enjoyed this '20 years after' story set in a zombie wasteland. Some if the struggles, adaptations, and changes to society seem really interesting and the hidden darkness behind it leaves even more mysteries for the reader to look forward to in the future books.

My biggest hangup is the cliffhanger ending. While the book does wrap up some of the tails, enough are left wagging that it makes it almost hard to want to grab the next book for fear that the series will stop before the author reaches the end and you'll be left incomplete.

Over all enjoyable and well worth listening to, I plan to continue the series.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Interesting

I thought this book was interesting. It took me a bit to get into the story but once I did it intrigued me. The characters and story we well written and I am interested in finding out what’s to come in the next one. The narrator, Heather Firth did a great job with the characters voices.

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A chilling zombie tale...and a must listen!

Twisted World: A Broken World Novel (Twisted, Book #1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is a chilling zombie tale of humanity at its worst. I recommend this book if you enjoy darker stories or are a fan of zombie/post-apocalyptic books.

Twisted World is a dark book with bad people doing bad things while a small group of good people try to do better/survive. The world now contains settlements where the non-infected live, some sanctioned, some unsanctioned. Corruption runs deep. Meg meets Donaghy while he is fighting zombies in a cage for his freedom from prison. Family, old friendships, and new friendships come into play. It will keep you on the edge of your seat- I couldn’t stop listening. The viewpoints switch between Meg and Donaghy (not confusing and straight forward). Despite this being the first book I’ve listened to by the author, I had no problems knowing who was who/what was going on (my understanding that this is a spin off from a previous series). I anticipate the next books in the series will be exceptional.

Some may not be happy with the cliffhanger ending, but good news- the other books in the series are out, so quit your complaining.

The narrator, Heather Firth, did a great job with this one. Transitions were easy and voices great. Would definitely try another of hers.

I have not read/listened to Kate or Heather’s books before and I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to the rest of the series. Overall, I recommend, especially if you are a fan of zombies/post-apocalyptic books.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: religious fanatics, multiple rape scenarios (attempted rape multiple times, talk about a girl’s previous rape), some swearing, drinking, death (this has zombies in it, so use your imagination), knifes, guns, sex (not graphic), and experiments done on people. As I’ve stated before, this is a darker book meaning it contains darker themes. This is not for the faint of heart.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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  • Selina ryles
  • 06-22-19

Exciting and kept me at the edge of my seat

Fast becoming one of my favourite authors this is another powerful read. To be perfectly honest with the cover saying book one I hadn't realised that this is a follow up from a previous series of novels. So in a sense I have started back to front nethertheless it is still an enjoyable standalone novel. I would like to work backwards though and read / listen to the first set and then relisten to this to get a better insight. The book kept me on my toes and interested throughout and I'm eager to find out what happens next. I was given this novel by the author/narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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  • SairaM
  • 03-04-19

Can’t wait to see what happens next!

I was able to listen to this book in audio form. At first glance of the book cover it doesn’t really get my attention, but as I listened to this story, I found it very intriguing and I feel invested in finding out what’s to come in this series. Yes it ends in a cliffy.
The setting and the characters are interesting. the whole dystopian zombie theme was a little different for me but didn’t actually mind it. Meg, Donaghy, Jackson and the other characters in this story left me with a wanting to know what happens to them.
I always knew who the grey man was. Yay me. What happens next to Donaghy? Is Jackson really on the side he’s portrayed to be on or will there be a twist there? Ugh so many questions, can’t wait to listen to book 2.

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  • bluepits73
  • 02-20-19

Zombies!

This was my first time reading or listening to a story that featured Zombies, and I loved it! It has new adult romance components but they're really only a part of it. The whole book was intriguing and I really enjoyed the world building as well as these characters. Fascinating listen for sure!

I have listened to Heather Firth before and I have really enjoyed her performances; this performance was just as excellent as the others others. What impressed me the most was how different she made herself sound for these characters. I probably wouldn't have known it was her narrating if it didn't say her name in the narrated by line. To me it shows that she has a wide range of voices and we also see it in her voice differentiation for every character. She really captured the overall feel of the story in this performance.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 02-04-19

I'm Speechless

Meg has learned to live in a world forever altered by a virus that turned many people into horrible monsters. She has lost many people in life and now she may be losing her mother too. Her mother seems to be losing touch with reality more and more each day. Donaghy is a prisoner. He was arrested for defending his sister by almost killing the person who attacked her. He's accepted his fate as being forced to live his life fighting zombies for other's entertainment until he meets Meg. I have never really been a fan of the Zombie fanatics. I won't go as far as to say I hate it. I don't. It has just never been my thing. I don't see it as something that would really interest me. And yet here I am gushing over this book. Here I am looking to find a way to get the next book! It's amazing. I love it and can't wait to see where it goes from here. There's only one real big issue I had with this story. There was a smoker in the story. How do I know this? Because every time she was in the narration and that she was spoken it was brought up. A lot. In a very negative way. I get that smoking is bad. I get what smoking does to you. I quit smoking. But the very opinionated descriptions of the smoking got very redundant and annoying very quickly. This was over all a very good story. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Especially with my stance on Zombie movies and books. It had a very unique twist to it that I enjoyed a lot. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It's amazing!

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  • Books in the Skye
  • 01-24-19

A must read for zombie lovers!

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ZOMBIES! ZOMBIES! ZOMBIES! Oh my goodness did I LOVE this book. Zombie fights. Conspiracies. Twists. Action. Everything about this book had my attention. Right from the beginning I was absolutely absorbed in this altered Atlanta. This world was so believable that it truly made the book that much better. Kate was able to describe the desolate world after the virus killed and brought them back as zombies. The description of the world was exactly as I imagined it would be. There is the added benefit that it takes place in Atlanta, where the CDC (Center for Disease Control) is. Atlanta is practically the new capital of the United States so of course there is going to be political corruption. Meg is in the middle of the political scenario as her family members hold high positions in the city and her best friend, Jackson, is the Regulators son. However, Meg’s Father is missing and her Mother slowly losing her mind, they barely have any credits, so she is forced to find her way in the world. She is thrust into the entertainment world where most of the story takes place. The writing was so well done with a fantastic pace that just kept me wanting more. Kate provided so many twists and turns within this story that I devoured every part of it. And then with that ending, I need book two now!

The story followed Meg and Donaghy. I loved them both. Meg is honestly such a fantastic main character. She is so strong and does whatever she needs to in order to provide a better life for her and her mom while her father is missing. The one thing I like best about Meg is that she never gives in. She could marry Jackson at any point to make her life easier but she knows she doesn’t love him and doesn’t want to just conform. Meg is everything I would want to be if I were faced in a zombie apocalypse. Then there is Donaghy. He is your typical “bad guy” who really has a soft heart and the perfect match for Meg. I’m so glad we were given dual point of views and to get his perspective. He finds himself in Atlanta as apart of a release program from D.C., which has been turned into a huge city prison. In the release program he has to fight zombies nightly for entertainment. After saving Meg, they are instantly connected and immediately their life is intertwined.

Final Thoughts
Overall, Twisted World by Kate L. Mary is an amazing read. I am such a huge zombie fan and this book did not disappoint me in the least bit. It perfectly fit a world that I would imagine after an apocalypse and her descriptions are fantastic. Even when she would describe the zombies, I would cringe because I could easily imagine them right in front of me. The main characters were absolutely fantastic to follow. I love Meg and her strong willed character. Donaghy was the perfect match for her and their relationship was everything I wanted from the story. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy zombies, political conspiracies, twists, and action.

Audio Review
What an amazing audio this was! Heather Firth narrated the whole audio and did a fantastic job. Each character had their unique voice and I was never left wondering who was talking. I also really enjoyed that she changed her voice when reading through Donaghy’s point of view, really allowing us to get his perspective. There were many great parts of this novel and she just really enhanced them. I will definitely continue this series on audio and I am looking forward to the next book. I highly recommend this audio.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-08-18

Twisted World

I wanted to listen to "Twisted World" especially when I read the blurb, however, once I started listening, I lost interest. It was not because of the narration the narration was exceptional. The narrator actually moved me to stick with the story. And I tried, but I could not get it out of my head that the main character came across as a child instead of an adult and the story moved slowly. I kept wondering when the story would shift, but for me, it did not. Let me be clear I think that other readers and listeners that love this genre may appreciate "Twisted World," I'm not saying  it is a trouble story, but it was not for me. I would rate the story a 3, the narration a 5, and overall I would give it a 4.

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  • DMA
  • 10-16-18

Brilliant storytelling!

this is a brilliant story - I starts out slow but builds the characters and setting quickly! suberp use of the written word to quickly pull you into megs life and the he'll she lives in!!
storytelling at its best!
But I hate cliff hangers - especially in such absorbing story's! lol! can't wait to get the next one!!
great narration bring the characters and situations to full life!

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  • Kelly O'connor
  • 08-02-18

A great zombie read !

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I didn’t realise that this book was a spin off from a much longer series set 20 years before this story, although it didn’t take anything away from the story I wish I’d read those first but never mind I still enjoyed this book. It’s full of conspiracy, secrets and end of the world zombies and a slash of hot romance to boot: it had me gripped from the beginning.
I listened to the audio which was brilliantly narrator by Heather Firth her voice was perfect and really bought this book to life she didn’t just read the story she performed it pulling me into the story can’t wait to dive into Twisted Mind !

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 07-20-18

Struggling to keep up

This book is confusing me so much! Not sure if I’m concentrating enough. I’m finding the performance great, Heather has great tones to her voice that bring the characters alive. I’m hoping the next book will put everything into place for me.

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  • Sharon
  • 04-24-18

Never Skipped a Beat.

The seamless transition from the old to the new is just fantastic. It's been 20 years and I’m right back in the middle of the story and I already feel a strong connection with Megan the main character because of her similarities to Viv and Axl from Broken World. The story is strong, punchy and non stop action. Fast paced thought provoking story threads going on all coming together seamlessly! If you are like me and are a huge fan of Broken World... you will not be disappointed. Romance, suspence, action, and great narration. I have to mention the narrator, perfect, a joy to listen to with clear definition between the male and female characters and a great range of different voices! Heather Firth does an amazing job! Kate L Mary's really made a seamless transition with these next series of books 5☆ from me.