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One of my Favourites

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-2020

Read this story on the kindle and (under the current circumstances) thought it a worthwhile listen while gardening in isolation. Loved it just as much. It isn't all doom and gloom. A little prepping which is fun and less of the far fetched. The characters are worth investing in. Was a little weird going from the kindle and the voices in my head to the narrator but a couple of chapters and all was well. Only let down is that the rest in the series weren't recorded. Lots more weeds to pull and more isolation ahead me thinks!

Worthwhile Listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-2020

Storyline kept me interested but the narrator was a bit hard to listen to. Thought maybe it was the initial character but then they were all the same. He has great intonation but it sounds like every character has OD'd on caffeine. The pacing maybe suited one or two given the circumstances but I probably would have pulled out the plugs if it wasn't for the storyline. The characters were worth investing in and I guess by the end you were used to it. I know CA and KP cant read everything but for me personally I wouldn't have persevered if the story and the characters weren't as engaging.

First time I thought Uh Oh.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-2020

A little slow in the first 40mins setting it up and I thought I would put it down and then bang. Game on. If I ended up in the apocalypse tomorrow and suddenly had to get it together this would be my go to. Enough honest prep for the regular folk that dont have hordes of beans and rice under the house. Enough reality so that the characters were real. Real people died. Real people survived. Surprised but one of my favourite in the genre. Loved the narrator of the first book but you get used to the second one soon enough (I just listened back to back while doing the garden). Narrator did a great job of the voices in this one and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Worth the read right to the end.

First Podcast...Success!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-2019

First time listening to a podcast but it was free and with what I've been spending on Audible lately thought it would kill some hours on the drive. First episode, first 5 mins and thought well I've tried it back to my next book. End of episode 1 and I was intrigued. So told myself just on the city part of my drive. By episode 5 I was sure he deserved it. By episode 6 I thought he was guilty. By episode 9 I was thinking the police got it wrong. Like a great page turned I couldn't switch it off and this is testament to the wonderful narration, very clever storytelling and I really loved the production elements throughout. It was like listening to a great soundtrack. Maybe this is what all podcasts are like - I look forward to finding out. A great murder mystery with lots of twists and turns to keep you hooked. Well done!

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Great Writing

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 25-07-2019

Characters feel real, gritty and are thoughtfully developed as the story builds. The narration is really well done. First time I have plugged in and gone beginning to end. Pockets of fact which are always interesting. Great new storyline in the genre and well worth the listen. Excited for the next installment.

Solid but not outstanding.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-2019

I found this one a bit simple, the premise is new yes, but then it becomes same old, same old. Yes, rip roaring zombies but they've probably been done a little more originally with stronger writing. Felt like we had to cram in some bad language, cram in some lewdness just to tick the boxes. Characters were simplistic. Take it or leave it for me, probably wont be following the series forward for now. Felt a little like maybe this is the first book for the author?? Not sure, just a little amateurish amongst what is out there in the genre. Narration didnt bring anything much to the table but didnt detract either.

New & fun Storyline

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-2019

Not much to say really, a great story, well developed characters, thoughtful descriptions & lots of fascinating facts. Clearly well researched. Narration is terrific and I've already downloaded the sequel. Dreading getting to Book 3 and the drop off in the reviews. But for now am on a terrific ride and itching to go to Yellowstone. Enjoy the genre and this is an original take on it so makes for something new and fun to listen to.

Crazy Ride

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-2019

Almost didn't download after reading a review that described it as exhausting. Yep, it is, but that makes it a rollercoaster of fun. Probably dont read this type of book for a slow end to the world. It's not sophisticated but on a long drive I like something keeps me engaged and awake. You find yourself rooting for the characters and keeping pace with them probably wish you had a little more cardio time under your belt. Thoroughly enjoyed it. There's something a little annoying about the narrator at first. Cant put my finger on it but not so much to put me off. Just have fun with it, good apocalyptic fun :) Looking forward to Book 5 this Friday.

Couldn't turn it off!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 14-07-2019

Another amazing story from JB. Always been a fan of his novels and saw this coming out and couldn't wait to download. Didn't disappoint!!! Each character has their own voice (& I dont mean the narrator) and they are nicely rounded out by the end. The story is nice pace for the end of the world with storylines that feel honest but still exciting. But as for the narration... have come to appreciate this is an art in itself and Rupert Degas is Van Gogh. The characters come to life and his ability to give them their own sound and grapple with some of those accents is mind bending. Perfect match with the author and narrator. Cruel that I cant download #2 today. Back to work both of you!! lol

Always Delivers

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-2019

Massive John Birmingham fan and this is another cracker! Crazy imagination and what a hopeless hero. Books are always so different. First time I have not read the JB book. Terrific narration- couldn’t have done better myself :) Off to download the sequel. Not a story I would normally pick but trusted the author and he doesn’t disappoint. A roller coaster of fun.