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Faulted

Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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A meteor storm barreling towards earth ignites a chain reaction of devastating events that will bring the world to its knees.

For the first time since his divorce, CJ will be able to take his son on a vacation. Along with his father, they make it a guys’ trip to the west coast. Little do they know their trip that is intended to be a lifetime of memories would include facing insurmountable odds. 

The lack of warning leaves everyone in the dark about what has occurred and vulnerable to all that unfolds. It doesn’t stop with the meteors. The disastrous events come one after another, a domino effect of annihilation. 

It isn’t just one place, it is everywhere. There’s nowhere to run. There’s nowhere to hide. Safety is a broken word. It doesn’t exist. 

Like billions of others across the world, CJ and his family are thrust into a life full of catastrophic events. 

Far from home, caught up in a whirlwind of a distraction, CJ soon discovers it’s not a matter of going anywhere…it’s a matter of staying alive until the events run their course - if that’s even possible.

©2018 Jacqueline Druga (P)2018 Jacqueline Druga

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 19-01-2019

The Planet is Deeply Impacted

Jacqueline Druga’s name is synonymous with post-apocalyptic stories. The best part is that they do not always include zombies. This one doesn’t include and zombies and is just an end of the world style story with natural disasters. Out of all the Druga stories I have listened to, I think this was the weakest one yet. I was full on excited at the start and that slowly faded as the story went on. It isn’t a bad story, but she has written many better ones. I enjoyed listening to it, but kept waiting for her unique spin to show and never really found it.

The entire story is pretty much a road trip to survival. Everyone is looking to get to safety and encounter more and more disasters along the way. Families are separated and new families are made. It follows the some what typical plot of a post-apocalyptic group of people looking for salvation. I still enjoyed the story even though I think it was a bit bland and didn’t really connect with me either with the plot or characters.

I didn’t really care for any of the characters. This contains quite an unlikely group of characters, although I felt that this was more about the story itself and not as much about the characters. Hearing their story of survival was more what was being told versus who each one was. You get some background on them, but nothing that really got me close enough to care about them. As depressing as the story is, I never felt for the characters and was more depressed with the state of the situation versus their specific situation.

I really enjoyed Wherlen’s voice. His cadence and tone were perfect and I enjoyed his change in pitch for characters. The emotion you can feel behind the words is quite powerful. He maintains the tension and really pushes the story forward. I wouldn't have felt tension in the story without him. His performance will keep you listening.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 14-01-2019

Good read.

Meteors hit Earth and with no time to warn anyone, people have no chance to prepare. A series of natural disaster follow the hits, including tsunamis, earthquakes and Yellowstone erupts. Chaos follows and this book concentrates on focusing on a group of survivours.

This book was enjoyable, which is weird since it's a post apocalyptic book, but it's the only word I think that fits. I enjoyed the concept of it and the characters, and enjoyed the overall story, but I felt it lacked something to really make it amazing.

The characters are all well developed and you can't help but root for them. I really liked CJ and his dad, but Mindy was my favourite. She was fun to read. The plot moved at a quick pace and was some what believable.. the bit I found hard to get my head around was the fact that Russia seemed to be the only place not crippled by the meteors, I just thought this was odd, other than that bit, the rest was good. The idea of humanity having to face so many different natural disasters together was awesome!!

In all, a good read. Not my favourite by this author, but good none the less.

Andrew B. Wehrlen read this well. He is clear and is able to bring the atmosphere to life and I enjoyed his performance.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • S A
  • 15-02-2019

Uneven Writing

This didn't feel up to the author's usual work. The characters are uneven and feel roughly sketched. In fact the whole book feels like a rough draft for a series without the details. There is nothing really new here. At least there are no zombies.
Andrew B. Wehrlen narrates well and does a solid job on this uneven book.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Deborah Mak
  • 17-03-2019

Rushed

This author tends to do dooms day tales that are rushed, 4 to 6 hours, and heavy on the gloom. The story seems to start well but then it’s just rushing to end. You tend to hang on till the end because you invested the time already and in the hopes it gets to the surviving long term part instead of characters just living for the world to end. Last of her books I purchase.

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  • wildbird
  • 17-03-2019

Druga doesn't disappoint

love her books, this book had moments when I cried and moments when I laughed. very enjoyable.

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  • Brian
  • 07-03-2019

Hits and Misses

Faulted was a book I had high hopes for. I’ve really enjoyed Druga’s work and I knew that she was going to do a good job with an apocalyptic scenario like the one mentioned in Faulted which was described as “A meteor storm barreling towards earth ignites a chain reaction of devastating events that will bring the world to its knees.”

So, digging into the story – I was left hanging a bit. My biggest complaint was that in the audiobook (to no fault of ABW) it was nearly impossible to figure out who was the main characters in a scene. Druga seemed to just jump from one person to another. I think in a print or ebook this isn’t an issue. There are differentiators that let the reader know that they are in a new chapter or a new person, but in audio – this can be forgotten or left on the side, which makes for a really confusing book. A lot of times when it would switch from one character to another I would spend the first few moments trying to figure out who we were on instead of enjoying the next scene.

Putting that aside, the actual apocalyptic events in Faulted were pretty awesome. Definitely, some of the best written I’ve seen in a while. Druga was able to show the peril and the helplessness that these characters would have felt. The waters rising from tsunami’s were pretty scary and the idea that they were going as high as they were was explained in a way that made sense and added to the helplessness that the reader felt.

There could have been more science or “backing” story telling us how we missed it and what damage it would be doing in upcoming chapters. Druga featured a back story a little into Faulted that left a lot desired in my opinion. It was quickly said “oh yeah, we missed it, and it’s going to kill a lot of people” and it just kind of moved on.

Overall, Faulted was one of those stories that I really wanted to be good and it was average to above average at best. Things were hard but they weren’t impossible and a lot of times there was a time jump from “things are hard” to “everything is better now”. It did remind me a lot of a combination of The Day After Tomorrow and Deep Impact.

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  • Backlash
  • 27-02-2019

A great cast of Castaways

When an earthquake and a Tsunami hit one man has to keep his dad, his son and a past her prime teen singing sensation alive in the aftermath. I loved the characters and the way they were portrayed.

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  • Nellygirlak
  • 16-02-2019

I love this author

I have never been disappointed with this author. Jacqueline has mastered it and the narrator is great!

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  • Tiffany
  • 14-02-2019

Faulted

Overall, a decent story. I enjoyed the parts with Mindy more than others. I liked her quirky nature. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job. I received this audio book for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Layla
  • 13-02-2019

post apocalyptic

Post apocalyptic story. I liked it more than I expected and it can be read/listened to as a stand alone. It is more about human survival and what we humans do in a disaster.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 30-12-2018

The human race is faulted but resilient.

At last, an exciting apocalyptic book which does not rely on zombies or gunslinging murderous crazies for the thrills. And such thrills.
As C.J., with his father (the oldest stoner in the state) and six years old son, Carlton, try to leave the hotel to fly back to D.C. and Carlton's mother after their first bonding holiday since his divorce some years before, they are delayed by the security team of a famous singer. Fearing that they will miss their flight, C.J.accepts the offered lift with the singer's entourage. It's whilst they are stuck in non-moving traffic that the first BOOM occurs, and then the earthquake. Something, a meteor?, was briefly seen in the sky. And so begins an incredible and terrible journey.Sent

The progress, or otherwise, of certain individuals is followed, as ever increasing areas of the U.S. are deemed unsafe and evacuation areas are declared. But without communications, personal or even governmental, it is difficult to know exactly what is happening and still less what to do. Throughout the world only Russia was, apperently, reasonably unharmed. And the reluctant U.S. President finds himself caught in a situation in which he could do little but watch and wait.

This book of apocalyptic proportions is truly terrifying as it could so convincingly happen. But it is an hopeful one, too, depending on people's fortitude, courage and the kindness of strangers when all else seems hopeless and destroyed. Not heros, just ordinary people doing what they can. The main characters develop with the story line and the reader is drawn into the book mainly by empathy with C.J.himself as he desperately tries to reconnect with his missing son.

The narration by Andrew B.Wehrlein is superb, perfectly paced, the text read with understanding and emotion but without histrionics, thank goodness. His character voices are individually defined and appropriate, further aiding their emergence from the pages as real, living people for whom we care. An excellent performance, the narrator's style well suited to the book.

My deep thanks to the rights holder, from whom I received a freely gifted complimentary copy of Faulted, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It was a powerful and engrossing (if scary) story of the ending of life as we know it. I can recommend it wholeheartedly to any reader other than a total gun freak who wants everyone shooting at anything that moves even if it is the last thing left alive. Sorry, none of that in this book. Instead, it's people trying as best they can to stay alive. I will be looking out for more books by this author.

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