Survival in Man’s Second Dark Age
Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning...
The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures that threaten to destroy the townships. Among the townsfolk, political and the religious, dissension is spreading.
Through it all, a mother must protect her son...
©2014 Bobby Adair & T.W. Piperbrook (P)2014 Bobby Adair & T.W. Piperbrook
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"Since this was a collaboration, I worried"
I couldn’t wait to get started on The Last Survivors when I found out who the authors were. T.W. Piperbrook and Bobby Adair couldn’t write a bad book if they tried and together, I thought they would be unstoppable. Post-apocalyptic stories are by far my favorite and when you throw zombies into the mix, well, let’s just say I was kind of excited.
I went into this book with absolutely no knowledge of what it was about, other than the book description. 300 years after the end of the world, the few people left on Earth are struggling to survive. People are being turned into monsters and nobody is happy. As I listened to the book, I expected to hear a little more about the spores but I was disappointed. It took awhile for the action to build and I felt the story lacked some much-needed character development. However, Adair and Piperbrook left the ending wide open for the next book in the series and although I wasn’t as blown away by this story as I hoped to be, it has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to the next part.
Since this was a collaboration, I worried that each author’s part would be easy to pick out and I’m happy to say I was wrong. It was hard to determine which author wrote which part and it flowed seamlessly.
The audio quality of The Last Survivors was excellent. The narrator, Sean Runette, speaks clearly and adds the right amount of tension to every scene. I’m sorry to say I had never heard of this narrator before being given the opportunity to review this book, but he impressed me so much, I will definitely be seeking out more of his work.
Overall, The Last Survivors didn’t go where I expected it to go. It was a little slow in spots but was good enough to leave me curious about the next part of the story. If post-apocalyptic stories are your thing, I urge you to give The Last Survivors a try.
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"Unique – enteraining – easy listening"
Ok I confess, I am pretty tight when it comes to money. So when it comes to making a purchase on a title I tend to choose one’s which have at least been reviewed. However, every once in a while I look for one which isn’t reviewed. I tell myself because it is because ‘I like to live on the edge’. I know I am a sad man… But the truth is I am looking for something different… but not too different from my usual listening habits. I usually listen to zombie stories or historical military and political people.
This title was perfect. I was thinking it was going to be zombie’s but it is not! Truly it was a pleasant surprise!
I won’t retell or summarize the story – that is what the publisher’s summary is for. So I will restrain myself to talk about the narration and how I felt about the book:
Sean Runnette is an excellent narrator and is very easy to listen to. The speed of the narration is good. I played this one at 1.25x speed and it was just right.
The story built tension and managed to build it to just the right amount before it was released. Not once did I find myself stressed by it. But rather the tension did what it is supposed to do – make me what to know more.
The story ebbed and flowed, slowly building the characters and revealing more of the plot. The title is the work of two authors and honestly I couldn’t pick any difference between the two!
The only draw back is a simple one. I can't wait for the second book! I listened to this one pretty much in one day and was disappointed to see that this was a new release and so the second one on the series might be a little way off.
If you are looking for something a bit different to the usual end of the world zombie style books that I often review, and you want something that is entertaining and easy to listen to in a boring commute. Then this one might be just what you are looking for!
"HOUSE OF BARREN WOMEN"
WOMEN LIE AND MEN DO NOT
Let's get something straight, the rating is not low because of the treatment of women. These were the only two quotes that stuck out to me. The best part of the book is the universe these two have created. It is a bit different, I even like the infected. It is based on a real disease that inflicts insects in, I believe South America. I saw a special on one of the nature channels once and they showed these ants go crazy, become physically deformed and then what looks like a painful death. I found the book very slow. Very little happens, the whole books is a set-up for the series. They spend a lot of time telling us things, little time doing anything. As another reviewer mentions the infected are just background. This had more of a feel of The Handmaid's Tale, than a Zombie book. The whole book takes place over three days. We are told women strip in front of the whole town and are felt up in front of the whole town and we are told that it is humiliating. We don't actually live through it as a woman.
My mind wondered often and I never really felt much empathy for any of the characters and there were no WOW moments. I will not continue the series.
"Fresh look at a post apocalyptic world"
I really enjoyed this book. It had good pacing and the narration was excellent. it is shorter than other books I am used to but the story continues over for other books. it ends on a cliffhanger, but at the moment, Amazon has a great deal to buy the rest of the kindle books in a bundle with audio narrations for a great price.
It sort of reminds me of The Passage By David Croning, but mercifully, it stay in one time period and with far less characters to keep track of.
"Adair, Piperbrook, & Runnette - great combination!"
Sean Runnette does a great job with ALL the characters, but I liked Beck's young apprentice best. Smart, determined to get his point across, and having the facts to back up what he needs to say.
I would have liked to, but at this length, that wasn't possible. It seemed to be longer than the stated 7+ hours, but a good story, definitely worth the time.
Bobby Adair and T.W. Piperbrook are excellent writers in their own right, but add in Sean Runnette bringing life to their characters, and you have a winning combination.
I was not aware, however - and a little disappointed, that this was not a standalone.
Reads like a cross between (The Road, World War Z, and The Book of Eli). It keeps you on the edge of your seat, guessing, and engaged!
Interesting post-apocalyptic world. The author hooked me early. I can't wait to continue the series.
loved the story can't wait to listen to the next book. I was intrigued by the cliff hanger
"Scary Apocalyptic view"
the story of wild depict detailed enough that you can visually seeing the crumbles of our civilization the person who narrates the story is perfect defining this story was well-rounded well worth listening too.
"Hate the treatment of women & love the narrator"
Sean Runnette saved this audiobook! I kept picturing this as a Mike Talbot story, far far into the future. His voice is the only thing that kept me listening. The "zombies" were very rarely seen and were referred to as "demons." The treatment of women was deplorable. This is one of those "middle age" stories where the town folk give a few big headed men too much power at the town's expense. There are actual heads put on stakes when a woman dares to disobey. The men pick who they want to marry and the women, or shall I say girls, have no choice. If a woman is caught alone by a soldier, she can expect to get raped. If a woman can't reproduce, she's considered "barren" and is forced to "satisfy" the single men of the village. All mens' "seed" is good and it's the woman's fault if she can't get pregnant. YUCK! So yah, having to listen to THAT is not a pleasant experience in a woman's point of view. But there were some really great characters and story lines. When Ella & her son William were running and hiding in the wild, that was the best part. Anytime there was any story within in the village, it's time to fast forward. Long, boring, and down right disrespectful to my gender. The very last sentence.......*sigh* it's got me wondering about the next book. If not for the narrator, there's no way that I could have finished this book. I wouldn't have been able to get through the first half of this book, onto the much better second half. But that last sentence, it's the cliff hanger. I think I'll have to go ahead and get the second book, just to see how this particular story line with Ella goes. The men in the book though, I really don't care and would prefer that someone just kill them all off. Bray though, he's pretty great and the only decent man in the book.
So I will give this book 3 stars for the awesome narrator and Ella, William & Bray's story.
"desperate for the next book"
great book couldn't stop listening, just can't wait for the next installment. no bad points but I guess you need to enjoy the genre to get the most out of the story, but even if this genre doesn't appeal give it a go you may be pleasantly surprised
The story is an interesting twist on post apocalyptic storytelling but lacks that gripping punch and is little more than a robin hood tale
"cant wait for the next one"
A different book to what I'm used to. I got into the world the writers set. The characters are easy to get to know. I'll be looking into their other work
DIFFERENT APPROACH TO 'APOCALYPSE'
ALWAYS ENJOY SEANS READINGS
IN THE END YES IT WAS
FIRST BOOK A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO GET STUCK INTO AT THE BEGINING BUT CERTAINLY WORTH IT. I LIKED THE WAY THE CHAPTERS WORKED, KEPT YOU INVOLVED WITH THE CHARACTERS. WILL THE STORY CONTINUE?
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