The Cleansed

3 books in series
3 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

The Cleansed Publisher's Summary

Fifteen years after the fallout of a massive energy crisis, steadfast homesteaders in rural Maine slog through an off-grid life. This bucolic existence is turned upside down when John Prophet, a soldier still fighting an unwinnable war, arrives with word of a powerful military force setting up in the ashes of old New York. His message falls on deaf ears except for those of two youths, Maria and Luke, who buck their parents’ wishes and set off on a journey filled with grim survivalists, rugged characters, religious maniacs, and dangers of nature that have grown up in this strange land.

In what was once New York, life is a tenuous and desperate thing, and the arrival of a military force that offers safety at the expense of freedom is welcomed with open arms. Yet this regime is only the beginning of the troubles in this region. Out of the west, a man comes announcing a great holy war that is to come, and from within the ranks of the military regime comes a man who will stop at nothing to take control of their weapons to sacrifice to his dark God.

This lush "mind movie" features over 30 actors, was recorded on locations throughout southern Maine, and features an original score and the production talents of award-winning producer Fred Greenhalgh. Called "epic" by BBC Radio 4 Producer John Dryden, this audio theater production is sure to thrill.

Frederick Greenhalgh has been writing stories since childhood and working in radio drama since 2006. Trained as an indie filmmaker, he has brought a film-like approach to his radio stories. His passion is in telling genre stories with a slant and reenvisioning how the audio format can entertain and illuminate in the 21st century. Fred lives with his wife and daughter in rural Maine.

Additional narrators include Reggie Hodges, Cole Amorello, Andrew Sawyer, Susan Reilly, Daniel Noel, Dave Marshall, Burke Brimmer, Richard "Mac", James Herrera, Ian Carlsen, Gary Dixon, Pope Brock, PG Lorusso, Nat Angstrom, Nate Speckman, Johnny Speckman, Adam Araujo, William Dufris, Gary Hauger, and Janice Gardner.

©2012 FinalRune Productions (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Cleansed

    • A Postapocalyptic Adventure of Our Times, Season 1
    • By: Frederick Greenhalgh
    • Narrated by: Philip Hobby, Kate Gurney, Paul Drinan, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Fifteen years after the fallout of a massive energy crisis, steadfast homesteaders in rural Maine slog through an off-grid life. This bucolic existence is turned upside down when John Prophet, a soldier still fighting an unwinnable war, arrives with word of a powerful military force setting up in the ashes of old New York. His message falls on deaf ears except for those of two youths, Maria and Luke, who buck their parents’ wishes and set off on a journey filled with grim survivalists, rugged characters, religious maniacs, and dangers of nature that have grown up in this strange land.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Confusing and un-inventive

    • By Dax Mickelson on 03-31-13

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 2

    • The Cleansed, Season 2

    • A Postapocalyptic Adventure of Our Times
    • By: Frederick Greenhalgh
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Season two of this postapocalyptic saga opens with a motley band of heroes traveling down a treacherous river - but nature is only the beginning of the challenges they will face. In the shadows of the city of Corinth, a great evil uses fear and violence to control the minds of the masses. Meanwhile, a prophet says the coming of Jesus is nigh, but are there truly divine forces at work or merely the manipulation of man? More than 60 actors, location recordings, sound effects, and an original score make these five hours of audio adventure a true "mindmovie".

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 3

    • The Cleansed, Season 3

    • A Post-Apocalyptic Saga
    • By: Frederick Greenhalgh, Frederick Greenhalgh - director
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Saul and Paul are seemingly unstoppable as they each set in motion the other's destruction - and perhaps the world's as well. Our group of friends - many, many miles from their home in the Refuge - are forced to escape a deadly, war-ravaged city so they can discover secrets from the past. But having left home, there may be no home to return to. For a new enemy has appeared - one intent on conquering the Refuge.

    Regular price: $20.97