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Xom-B

Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (589 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A rising talent, Robinson is well known in the community of action/adventure fans and has received amazing quotes in the past from big-name authors like James Rollins, Steve Berry, and Scott Sigler. Xom-B is a riveting zombie novel with a great hook that is also an amazing plot twist, and is poised to bring him to the next level.

Freeman is a genius with an uncommon mixture of memory, intelligence, and creativity. He lives in a worldwide utopia, but it was not always so. There was a time known as the Grind - when Freeman's people lived as slaves to another race referred to simply as "Master". They were property. But a civil rights movement emerged. Change seemed near, but the Masters refused to bend. Instead, they declared war.

And lost.

Now, the freed world is threatened by a virus, spread through bites, sweeping through the population. Those infected change - they are propelled to violence, driven to disperse the virus. Uniquely suited to respond to this new threat, Freeman searches for a cure, but instead finds the source - the Masters, intent on reclaiming the world. Freeman must fight for his life, for his friends and for the truth, which is far more complex and dangerous than he ever imagined.

©2014 Jeremy Robinson (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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MUCH better than expected!

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?


i have listened to r.c. bray a few times now, and he is becoming one of my favorite narrators. he gives each character their own unique voice. he is easy to listen to, and his narration draws you into the story.

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robots and zombies!?! WTF...i thought! it's not normally a combination i'd consider even though i like them individually. BUT before you make a funny face and utter a derogatory remark, let me stop you there. this is a good zombie story, AND it is a great robot story.

great blend of characters. i found all of the characters interesting, unique, well drawn out, and needed. each character is an important building block of the world the author creates.

xom-b has all of the hallmarks of a good story, but i can't say too much b/c i don't want too spoil your listening experience.

i can usually predict how a story will unfold so i get excited when i'm surprised by a really good twist. there are breadcrumbs interspersed throughout the story, and what they finally lead to, i can honestly say i didn't see it coming.

overall, a good addition to your zombie library. if you're a fan of the zombie genre, this is a no-brainer- get it! but if you're not really into zombies, but you are into sci-fi, definitely give it a try b/c it's a good sci-fi book with a unique twist, and that twist be zombies! it's more AND better than you think!

NOTE: the story is a little slow in the beginning, but please give it a chance. it is well worth it!

NOTE 2: please nobody give away the twist of the story. you'll definitely earn my ire! thanks in advance!

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  • jim
  • enoree, SC, United States
  • 11-03-16

RC Bray could read a washing machine repair manual

the story was great but the ending needed a sequel. great book. I wish I had ran up on it sooner

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Even R.C. Bray can't save this one

DNF at almost 50%. I just can't finish it. I can't. It is sooooo boring. It sounded so promising and had so many great reviews that I got the kindle version (on sale) and the discounted accompanying audiobook. The absolutely only positive thing I can say about the book is that the reader of the audio (R.C. Bray) is very good, but even he cannot save this book and make me care even one little bit about what happens to anyone in it. It's a little confusing figuring out who/what everyone is, but where that could have been compelling and intriguing it's just stupid and boring. Almost the whole first half of the book is like one giant chase scene trying to get away from mob after mob of zombies all while the main character, Freeman, a newly "born" (created?) robot?/android?/human?, waxes poetic about the reason for his existence and ponders how he suddenly knows how things work and how he can suddenly "do" all sorts of things. Once he finally meets up with the mysterious council, he ends up being sent on a journey to discover the source of some ground rumblings (which he thinks are zombies living underground). Really? A "new" man on a journey? I'm guessing if I had continued there would have been a lot more contemplation about his existence during this journey of "self-discovery". Somehow what *could* have been very deep and thoughtful and at the same time exciting and mysterious just turns out to be a giant snooze-fest. The sample on Audible (the prologue of the book) was misleadingly interesting. Sadly, it's all just downhill from there.

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its NOT

it's not a book about zombies, it's not a book about robots, its about humanity. its not didactic, its not cliché, its original and provacative. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

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Zombies + Robots + Dystopia + Sci-Fi = Fun

At first glance the cover looks pretty tame. What could go on with robots, err, I mean androids? Then I looked closer and noticed the subtle bite wounds around the flesh of arm. What could this mean? Robot zombies? That could be entertaining.

Xom-B takes place in the future, a time were people have developed androids to do their bidding. People could get "upgraded" to look prettier, be smarter, see better, etc. All the while their android slave grind away at the thing that make the society what it is. I almost wish that more was told about the grind and how life came to be like this. More was revealed latter, but I can get impatient. All of a sudden people start dieing, everywhere, even in the middle of conversations.

Now I don't want to delve into the plot and characters too much as most of it would spoil your listening experience. I will say this. Robots and zombies mixed in with a truly satisfying science fiction dystopian society make for a great audiobook. I was fully encapsulated within the story and would fight going to sleep to hear just a bit more.

Even though it is slow starting it becomes full of interesting and complex characters that would evolve from seeming weaklings to self confident heroes. Anti-heroes that start off seeming not so bad transform into almost super villains. And enough plot twists and turns that kept me guessing, except for the ones I figured out.

Are you looking for a zombie story that doesn't have the main focus on the zombies? Maybe you want a great science fiction tale that doesn't focus solely on the technologies of the time. You could just be looking for another great dystopian adventure. Guess what, you get all of that with Xom-B. Yes much of it is so familiar that you would swear to reading it elsewhere, but I assure you that you haven't heard it put together like this. I have couple other Robinson audiobooks in my queue and will continue to look for them in the future.

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Excellent Science Fiction Action Adventure

If you could sum up Xom-B in three words, what would they be?

Zombies. Robots. Action.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Everything.

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I'm not primarily a science fiction reader but this had elements of the story that I really enjoyed. Jeremy Robinson's writing style drives the story forward and the book gives me wonderful flashbacks to a movie I've seen, without meaning to- and without any distinct, or direct intended imagery (there's nothing in here that tells the reader that he's seen the movie--it's just that feeling, and that imagery that in my head as the story slips forward). I can "see" the movie "9" in the environment that Freeman moves around in and that gives me happy thoughts all around.

I definitely recommend checking this book out. Even if you're not quite sure it's your genre or not, Jeremy Robinson has a way of casting a storytelling spell over you to where you start not to think in 'genres', but in just the story itself. Full of action, adventure, zombies, and adrenaline - I think that you'll enjoy this book as much as I did.

R.C Bray is an excellent narrator and it'll give you 11.5 hours of enjoyment.
Pop the audio on in your car on your way to work--it'll put a smile on your face before your feet hit that well known linoleum.

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THE WORLD IS NOT THE PLACE I BELIEVED IT TO BE

I AM GOING TO DIE, OF THAT I HAVE NO DOUBT.
Every other chapter the main character thinks he is going to die. This is original, but it is not presented well and it is not worth your credit. It may be considered YA, but that is not an excuse to write boring stuff. I held on for a long time, thinking it would get better, but it got worse. You want Zombies listen to Maberry's 'Patient Zero". You want YA Zombies listen to Maberry's Rot and Ruin series.

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Fantastic

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book - robots, zombies and great writing what more does a person need from a book? So much so, that as soon at it arrived and I was greeted with the choice of listening or sleep, I chose to listen and I definitely don't regret that decision.

As always, Jeremy Robinson has written excellent characters that you love or/ and hate in equal measure. I thought Xom-B was fantastic, it incorporates lots of thoughts on what it is to be human, with nasty enemies and a few surprises. I'm waiting for the announcement that it's going to be a movie because this is the sort of book that is crying out to be made. We as an audience need it.

R.C.Bray did such a wonderful job with this narration, he really brought the characters to life and sets the scene extremely well. I enjoy his work a lot.

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  • JK
  • 05-14-19

Thoroughly Enjoyable

This ain’t your Pappa’s zombie story. Every time o thought I understood what was going to happen the story changed direction and the plot thickened.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Also, a masterful performance once again by R.C. Bray. That guy could narrate the phone book and I’d listen.

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A non-zombie focused zombie book

Turns out this zombie book isn't really about zombies at all. Well... it *is* about zombies, just not the brainless hordes we are used to reading about. Very nice change of pace while still retaining the horror of a zombified world. There are minimal female characters (I would say there are none, but there are some cameos that we are told are female even though they are not really fleshed out characters). This lack of female means the story gets to skip the bog-standard post-apoc story line of "there's a woman, let's rape her"...

Narration is good. There is a bit of usual zombie gore but no detailed sex or swearing.

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  • S. Smith
  • 05-08-14

Love it

This is the first book that I have listened to twice in the same week. I have listened to books multiple times before but not right after finishing it. I love this book, It's not just a 'zombie' story it's more, and the twists are just in the right places. I have enjoyed all of Jeremy Robison's books they are always amazing. This one goes above and beyond. I can't decide who is my favourite, luscious or freeman. I do love the conversation between them. The voice actor is spot on with everyone's voices. Highly Recommend

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  • David
  • 11-18-16

thoroughly enjoyable

both the book and naration were great. It held my attention all the way through.

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  • Rachel
  • 02-09-19

A freshing take on a zombie apocalypse

Extremely enjoyed this book. Its a different take on the zombie apocalypse. Like normal, the narration was amazing! Only thing I didn't like was the main character's voice changed at the end. Now I totally get why his voice changed, but it sounded way too similar to another main character's voice. Other than that, Great story!

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  • Philip
  • 11-13-18

Excellent twist on Zombies

This is well worth it, the twist is a clever idea. This was a in one day listen.

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  • Raven
  • 10-26-18

An interesting take on zombies

For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it might have got 5 stars if I hadn't found myself zoning out during one of the many battle scenes. It is action packed. But there is also good character development and scene setting. I would certainly read/listen to any sequel to this story and would consider other books by the author. The narrator did a good job, but sometimes he sounded as if congested. Not off-putting, just distracting to me. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys zombies and scifi.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-18

awful. terrible plot, awful narration.

I stuck with it till the end in the hope it would all come good but I'm afraid, for me, this was a big bust.

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  • Royston
  • 05-07-18

What a compelling story.

Of all the ways and means of approaching , contemplating and creating a zombie story, this was not what I was expecting. The mould of the genre has been smashed to smithereens!!!

This book is fantastic and rewards the listener with some twists and turns that I had never imagined possible within a zombie story. Then you have the ethical questions..... I took a chance and it paid off in bucket loads. You my enjoy it as well 😊

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  • dave h
  • 02-20-18

WOW!!

I was surprises at how good this book was. I tried it due to the narrator RC Brat. However, if the author's other books are to this standard, or even half as good, I might have just found another favourite author!!

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  • Michael
  • 11-27-17

a new take

a slightly different angle on a standard zombie book, but that angle makes all the difference. as always R.C. Bray brings the book to life

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  • carl
  • 01-07-17

Nice twists overall good

I really enjoyed this book, the start is a bit meh, the middle is urrr, but the end I loved great book I marked it down to 3 because the beginning and middle for me let it down a bit.. But buy the book