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Refuge, New Hampshire, is a small town. The kind found on postcards. Their biggest concern is the rowdy summertime revelers making their way up from Massachusetts and New York. And with most of the town's residents in neighboring Ashland, for the Fourth of July fireworks show, Refuge is quieter than usual. That is, until the Baptist church's bell starts ringing - on its own.

The bell chimes faster and faster, reaching a frenetic pace, as though rung by the Devil himself. But the bell is just the beginning. The air shimmers. The night-time sky fills with a burning red aurora. The moon, previously a crescent, is now full. And just hours after dusk, the sun returns to the sky, revealing an endless desert where there was once a mountainous pine forest.

Led by ex-Army Ranger turned surrealist painter, Griffin Butler, Sheriff Rebecca Rule and her deputy, Helena Frost, the residents of Refuge must weather an ever changing onslaught of otherworldly dangers while trying to uncover how and why the landscape beyond town shifts every time the church bell tolls.

As a sequence of horrific events threaten to destroy the town, the residents must band together, search for answers and find a way to defend their homes, or Refuge will be lost.

Refuge is a serialized novel, co-authored by #1 Amazon.com horror author, Jeremy Bishop, and five other authors, including Amazon.com best sellers Kane Gilmour and David McAfee, USA Today best seller, Robert Swartwood, and newcomer Daniel Boucher. The novel was released in five parts, every two weeks beginning in late 2013, but it is now available as one complete novel. So listen for the individual parts or the whole completed novel. Either way, you're in for a creepy ride.

©2014 Jeremy Robinson (P)2014 Jeremy Robinson

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engaging story

Very engaging story. It took me to that world. would recommend easily. look forward to more.

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  • Matthew
  • 28-07-2014

I am still not so sure about this one...

What did you like best about Refuge Omnibus Edition? What did you like least?

The books spins off in so many ( sometimes wild directions ) that is it hard to find one point either way. This is an at times violent, jarring book, with a number of direction changes, well developed characters and surreal circumstances.
I enjoyed it for the most part, but it certainly does sound/feel like it was written by many different authors.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not sure it could be the same book if it was altered. Maybe edited to be more linear, although I think the point is not to do that. It is also somewhat deriviative of some other " small town/altered realities" books I have listened to.
That said, it is sort of a "greatest hits' of that genre, and well done as such.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I recall, and he does a fine job here.

Could you see Refuge Omnibus Edition being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

SyFy with no names.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to give this offering a higher rating, but it spins abit too far out of control for my tastes. May just be mine. It sprawls, it's messy, but it is performed well, and on balance I recommend it.

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  • Kenna
  • 13-04-2014

Steven King But Better

Would you listen to Refuge Omnibus Edition again? Why?

oh yes, in a minute. The story was awesome.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

Griif, of sourse

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

ohhh yes

Any additional comments?

Great story, great characters ... I wanna know what happens next!!!

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  • rene
  • 23-05-2014

Good Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a pretty good story with lots of adventures and cool characters

What other book might you compare Refuge Omnibus Edition to and why?

I think Refuge stands on its own

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first book with him and he's a capable narrator

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last Battle with the Giant

Any additional comments?

A good story. No definite ending. hoping there's another to wrap it up, settle it.

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  • Readers Together
  • 10-04-2014

Brilliant

If you are anything like me, you are looking at this and thinking.....five parts and five different authors, this is not going to work. But like me, you would be very wrong. It worked wonderfully, the authors really complimented each other and the story flows pretty flawlessly. Jeremy Bishop has once again created great, memorable characters and brought together a group of talented authors to tell an interesting tale.
This series captures your attention and imagination, you cannot help but wonder what is happening to the town of Refuge. I couldn't stop listening, I refused to sleep until I had finished. What a wild ride!
The only negative thing I can say is that it ends, like all good things. But I really hope we will see more of Refuge in the future, fingers crossed.
Jeffrey Kafer puts on a top-notch performance, I think everyone should listen to it.

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  • Sysop
  • 16-07-2014

BONG!

Loved it! I can't wait for the next installment. It started off a little slow, but by the time I got to the 5th book it was racing along. Very good narration, easy to listen to and plenty of difference between the characters. Recommended listen.

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  • Carla J. Schultz
  • 22-04-2019

Fun for late-night listening...

Not intellectually stimulating but still fun to listen to. A mix of The Dome meets The Hunger Games meets The Lost World meets The Running Man. Predictable but none the less entertaining.

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  • VaDavid
  • 02-09-2020

Entertaining but...

This Omnibus edition includes Refuge books 1-5 and is well worth the listen. Although there were many co-authors, the story never seemed disjointed or inconsistent. My only issue was the ending. Ugh. I was expecting more, researched the internet and discovered that there were no more books. Sadness.

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  • Mike Leeling
  • 28-07-2020

Some clichés but overall well done

There were so many characters it is difficult to oftem figure out who is speaking and figuring out who they are. The story is interesting. The clichés got a little tiring at times but I enjoyed it enough to see if there is more. This is books 1 - 5 consisting of 'Season 1'

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  • RJ
  • 17-04-2020

Too many notes!

An interesting science fiction mystery literally surrounding a small New England town. It may be a satisfactory listen if you can tolerate the five parts with five different authors, which to me ultimately seemed five times too long. In the words of Amadeus nemisis; "there are too many notes".

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  • barbara
  • 15-09-2018

Can’t Believe how it ends

I really got into this one so much that I didn’t want it to end and at the end of it where they left it I can’t wait till more.

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  • anne edwards
  • 15-08-2016

Gripping

Keeps you wondering what will happen on their next shift and what they will encounter

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  • mr gb clarke
  • 28-07-2016

So very different !

Would you consider the audio edition of Refuge Omnibus Edition to be better than the print version?

Not read the printed version.

What did you like best about this story?

The new idea, a whole town disappears, the new worlds the differing characters from a normal town who have to radically change to meet each new environment.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first performance I've heard and I'm impressed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the character Sam realises he's been bitten and will soon change, he wants to protect his children.

Any additional comments?

This is an amazing story idea, that would make an excellent TV series. So many worlds to explore ! Compares with my other favourites, yesterday's gone and contamination.

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