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Solitude Audiobook

Solitude: Dimension Space, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of the Sector 64 Series!

Earth's last man discovers that the last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. If you like action-packed novels, you'll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller.

Can humanity's last two unite?

Separated by the gulf of space, the last man and woman of the human race struggle against astronomical odds to survive and unite.

Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton is a highly intelligent, lazy man. After a last-ditch effort to reignite his failing military career ends horribly, Vaughn becomes the only human left on Earth.

Stranded alone on the International Space Station, Commander Angela Brown watches an odd wave of light sweep across the planet. Over the next weeks and then months, Angela struggles to contact someone on the surface, but as she fights to survive aboard a deteriorating space station, the commander glimpses the dark underpinnings of humanity's demise.

After months alone, Vaughn discovers there is another. Racing against time, he must cross a land ravaged by the consequences of humankind's sudden departure.

Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does?

©2017 Dean M. Cole (P)2017 Dean M. Cole

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    Craig 07/08/2017
    Craig 07/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Missed Opportunity"

    I normally don't like female narrators. It's not a sexist thing it's just I prefer listening to a deeper male voice over a long period of time. Julia does a great job with this performance and I have no issue with listening to her at all. (only put this in for anyone of similar taste)

    My gripe is with the decision to alter chapters between the two based on who was the lead character at the time. That's fine, seems logical, BUT, why oh why did they make the choice to have the male and female narrators perform both male and female voices during those chapters. It was a horrible choice and a missed opportunity.

    You have them both already recording, why not get them to do the lines and splice them into each others chapters. Yes it would've been more editing but FFS.

    Okay rant over. Buy this book it will be a fun series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 21/05/2017
    Matt 21/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Put down the Funyuns and buy this book!"

    Stop reading this review right now.

    You're still reading??? Why?!? This is time that you could be putting into listening to this awesome piece of apocalyptic sci fi!

    Ok if you are still persisting with reading this review I may as well give you more info. This story ramps up the action from the very beginning and doesn't let up until the very end. I love the accessibility of the science elements that are introduced, making most of the premise of the main 'quest' quite believable. It is also really refreshing to have a genuine post-apocalyptic setting that DOESN'T involve undead or some form of viral problem. A nice, fresh idea for humanity's sudden demise.

    Finally, if the smoking hot combo of RC Bray and Julie Wheelan aren't possibly the best narrating duo in the biz (as evidenced by the brilliant performances in this recording!) then I'll eat a mouse.

    Still reading? Stop. Buy. You're welcome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Buy something else"

    Decent performance, but disappointing writing. It feels like a b grade romantic fiction author tried scifi for the first time. And there is plagiarism level copying of characters and ideas from other SF works.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 06/09/2017
    Richard 06/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting premise"

    This book kept me listening, but only just. I believe the second book will be much more exciting. It's a really interesting premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Brian
    Niagara Falls, NY
    16/06/17
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    "What. A. Story."

    I honestly didn't even see the comparison to The Martian and I Am Legend (I try to not read the synopsis of a book that I'm pretty sure I'm going to love) -- but that is a great combination of exactly what this story was.  I hate copying exactly what is written in the description on Amazon, but when it's right, it's right.

    Dean M. Cole can write! Every time I thought "okay, this is it, he's got it!" or "she's got it!" he continued to throw everything at the two main characters.  It got to the point where I was pretty sure that both of them were going to give up numerous times.

    A story about what could potentially be the last two people in the world and one of them is stuck on the International Space Station is already a story that I would read in a heartbeat.  Then you throw in that R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan are going to dual narrate it? Okay, now I'm salivating. Oh, and it's funny and heartbreaking at the same time like The Martian? Jesus, okay, I bought the book, let's go!

    We're almost at the half-way point of the year and I believe that I may have found my audiobook of the year already.  Ironically it follows a similar type story as last years -- but this one has even fewer people in it.

    There was a part of the book where I was a little worried around R.C. Bray narrating it -- not because of him or his narration at all (he's seriously one of the best in the world and is the sole reason you're reading this blog today).  It was because there was a character named Mark.  And I couldn't get "Whatney" out of my head every time he would say his name.  I was seriously concerned, but my concern didn't last as long as I'd expected.  There was even a line that made me pause the audiobook:  "...duck tape... Oh right, you're Mark Whatney and this is The Martian".

    I honestly don't even have to go into Bray and Whelan's narration of this because it was spot on and perfect.  One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.  Definitely up there with The Martian as Bray's best performance.

    Overall, Solitude is easily one of the best books I've read in 2017 and will be in my memory for years to come.  I will gladly be recommending this to all of my friends and family -- especially those who loved The Martian (or enjoyed I Am Legend).  Dean M. Cole has shot himself up to the top of my 'to-read' list and I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

    I was given a free copy of this which has not affected my review at all.

    If you enjoyed my review, please vote for it! If you'd like to see more like this you can check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    13/04/17
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    "best I've read since The Martian"

    I'm a huge fan of sci-fi that isn't always about Aliens or at least takes a bit for them to show up. I loved the humanity of the characters. they had ups and downs and in betweens. the pacing of the story was wonderful and had me hugging my seat and breathing in relief at the proper moments. the way everything happened you almost hope that humanity isn't gone as there are no bodies to be seen. I can't wait to see where Dean m. Cole goes next with this story.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • J. T. Carter
    Michigan
    16/04/17
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    "What can 'Brown' do for you?! : - )"

    I wish this book was longer! The characters had some good banter, which is something I enjoy in a book. The story was interesting and different enough from some loosely similar books that it felt fresh enough.

    The narration by both narrators was superb. The male voice, R.C. Bray, is the best and does science fiction especially well. The female voice, Julie Whelan, is also one of my favorites. They were a great team.

    I am anxiously waiting the next installment in this series. ~JTC~

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Quella
    Boston, MA USA
    20/06/17
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    "Its about the journey"

    “Solitude” is the first book in the Dimension Space series, authored by Dean M. Cole and the Audible narration is performed by two narrators, R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan. If you blend The Martian, Castaway, and an apocalyptic disaster theme into a single book and you get something resembling “Solitude”. It is an emotional rollercoaster ride ultimately focused on survival with enough suspense thrown in to keep you on your toes. If you like detailed stories having space, high action, strong relationships, believable science, human survival, and even a touch of romance; this book is for you. I know it is only the first book in a series, however when I was finished, I simply wanted more. I believe this is a sign of a good book. Is it perfect? No book can claim that title, but it comes close when you place it beside many of the current independent publishers. If the author’s other books (Sector 64) are anything like this one, I will most certainly be listening to them as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone irrespective of their preferred genre, it is a solid and well-defined story that keeps giving.

    I had the pleasure of listening to the entire book while on a long road trip and I do not regret it. The only thing I was unhappy about was when it ended; it seemed too short. If you are the type of person who does not like waiting for the next book in a series to be released, you may want to hold off until a few more in the series have been released prior to picking up this one. I will say the book took me a little time to warm up to what was going on. However, once that was accomplished I could immerse myself fully and enjoyed the ride. If you find this to be the case, just give the book some time, you will not regret your decision. I think for me, the difficulty I needed to overcome was the book’s two narrators; one female and one male. At first it seemed to jar me in and out of the story as the narration switched from one to the other; often when a new chapter began. It quickly becomes more natural or expected just like with a Disney movie when you forget the characters are talking toy cars and just enjoy it for the story.

    Without going into too much detail as not to provide any spoilers, I enjoyed how the author took the reader between what was happening on the International Space Station (ISS) and the events happening here on earth without losing focus on the other’s issues. The author appears to have researched his subject matter quite well as there were many new terms and words that I looked up for clarification. He explains things well enough that one is not required to have a book on astrophysics present to understand the book, but if you do have one it may help you to appreciate it more. It was written at a high enough level for nearly anyone to enjoy, but had some deep technical and science nuances that just added the icing on top of the cake.

    The book can be rather complicated due to the many events happening simultaneously and at times the I struggled to keep up with all the action. This happened infrequently, but I think it speaks to ones need to listen and pay attention to the book; unlike some books letting you multitask while listening. This one you want to take it all in anyways, so I would recommend you allow yourself time to enjoy it. Another issue I had with the book was the male character. He often had what seemed like super human powers and could tackle nearly anything to accomplish his current goal; generate power, fly planes, helicopters, etc. Meanwhile, the female character appeared to be the brains of the operation. More the typical stereotype of brains vs. brawn, but again this was not something that overpowered the story itself. At times, the action sequences also appeared more rushed than I would have liked, but this is more a preference issue. I like to know the actions, events, and way a problem is solved instead of going from point ‘A’ to point ‘G’ without providing all the meat in between. Again, this is more a personal preference and it was my desire to at times to have a deeper story line than was given.

    For the younger reader or parent, this book does contain some vulgar language which is often used as a way to express stress or frustration by the characters. In some ways, this usage of language cheapened both of the main characters for me as I would have assumed each would have had a larger vocabulary to draw from then to resort to standard swear words. There are some discussions having sexual overtones, nothing graphic, that may be inappropriate for younger readers. A few points of intense action, but nothing over the top.

    The narration was professionally done and somewhat unique having both a male and female narrator for the different roles. The book is not dramatized, just leverages the two narrators for the parts in the book. Often one narrator reads an entire chapter based on where the events take place, but at times they would be communicating with one another so you have both in the same chapter. I will say that I preferred the female narrator’s voice over the male, if I had to choose to have the book narrated by only a single person. That is not to say the male voice was unpleasant, not at all. R.C. Bray has nearly two-hundred and fifty books narrated under his belt and a number of them I own and have enjoyed. The same can be said for Julia Whelan who has nearly two-hundred and forty books narrated. The recording was exceptional and I would expect nothing less from this pair. I did not notice any issues with volume or other audio artifacts while listening to this book. Narration was solid.

    In summary, if you are wondering if I would recommend this book to others, let me just say that I’m looking forward to the second in the series! There are many directions this story can go and different avenues the author can take. I also hope the same narrators are able to complete the series as this would just make the series that much better. If you have not already listened to this book, I recommend you do. With the success of “Sector 64” and now “Solitude”, this is an author to keep your eyes on!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    Lester Prairie, MN
    5/04/17
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    "Well done"

    I thought that this story was going to be something very different... and I'm pleased to have been proven correct.

    You made this story frighteningly believable... and R.C. And Julia rocked it (as usual).

    Looking forward to Switzerland.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
    26/04/17
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    "Great book and performance!"

    Great apocalyptic story! Very original idea! I loved it! Action packed right from the start. The last man alive on Earth has to find a way to reach the international space station to save Earth's last woman. Unfortunately Vaughn doesn't realize Commander Brown is in the ISS until 2 months after the rest of humanity has vanished. Each of them on the verge of losing hope and their sanity.

    I was almost disappointed toward the end. I'm wondering the whole time about what happened to all the people and animals. I thought this would go unanswered. It did, but the issue was addressed and I guess the answers are in book 2 when Vaughn and Angela head to CERN, where it all started, to get some answers.

    Great performance by R. C. Bray and Julia Whelan. Bray is one of my favorite narrators. Whelan is new to me, but I definitely enjoyed her performance! Looking forward to book 2!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    14/04/17
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    "Solitude"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solitude to be better than the print version?

    I use the audio versions because of vision issues. I do love the feel of a book in my hand, but with the right reader stories really come to life. With this book I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Solitude?

    "What the hell is in your hair?"


    What does R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They give a voice and personality to characters that I may not have thought of.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Will to survive tested daily!


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    3/04/17
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    "Cole has quite the imagination"

    I had the pleasure of reviewing Dean Cole’s Duology of Sector 64. This made me extra super excited to have the chance to listen to Cole’s newest, Solitude. I have seen ads running in different places that calls this a cross between The Martian and I Am Legend. I know, right?! This got my interest doubly piqued. But, I don’t think I would have compared this to I Am Legend. Because, well, there were no zombie vampire-like creatures.

    Let me say this, Cole has quite the imagination! Basically, there are two separate stories going on untile they merge closer to the end. There is a mission on the space station when the apocalypse happens. Most of the crew was killed, one was spared or more like stranded. On Earth, two guys are in a zero-G room when it happened. They were spared because they were not technically on the planet. With a nice surprise that I didn’t see coming at the end. Very curious as to where Cole is going to take this story. Ok I have said enough here.

    Cole wastes very little time for anything to happen. We are introduced to the characters and them BOOM! The apocalypse happens. And we are left with the two protagonists dealing with the fallout. Emotionally, mentally and physically.

    Cole was able to make the events of his apocalypse so vivid, so intriguing, with multi-faceted characters and circumstances. I devoured this audiobook so fast, I almost listened to it again, just because I didn’t want it to end. I will be first in line for the rest of this series.

    What can I really say about RC Bray and Julia Whelan that you do not already know? Both are at the top of their game. The chapters and sections were read alternately. I found that Whelan’s portions were noticeably louder than Bray’s, the first switch made me jump out of my skin. That’s the only negative. Cole was smart and/or lucky to get two of the best voices in the business for this project. I really hope that they both stay on board for the rest of the series.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/04/17
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    "just buy the book..."

    Don't bother reading the cover flap just give Amazon and Audible your money. you must buy both.
    Dean Cole has woven a story with emotion anguish, love, laughter, and suspense. R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan brings this story to life like no others. They just owned this story.
    I haven't been this emotionally involved in a story since Andy Weirs" The Martian" or Ryk Browns "Frontiers Saga"

    Oh and Dean... write faster dammit, write faster.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
    12/05/17
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    "Amazing. Can't wait for more."

    This is a story about the possible end of the world. I say possible because we don't really know what happened to all of Earth's people and animals, but they're not here. Vaughn and Julia are though, and it will take luck, skill, more luck and a bit of the suspension of your disbelief to see these two reunite.

    Though the story revolved around these two individuals struggling to survive in isolation as things deteroriate around them and eventually struggling to unite, there was a lot of world building as well. Woven through the story were little hints as to the cause of "The Disappearance" and perhaps what was to happen next.

    The book ends on a teaser, but I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger as unlike other multipart survival stories, this volume solidly stands on its own. We wrap up the main conflicts and are left with the feeling of a new journey awaiting. It left me satisfied and still wanting more. Very well done.

    Naturally, the narration was on-point. RC Bray always does an amazing job, and this genre seems to fit him well (some scenes hearkened back to his reading of the Mountain Man omnibus). This was only my second experience with Julia, but she did a fine job as well.

    I was provided this audiobook free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review. I would have happily paid for this, and have a credit lined up for the sequel.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Brent
    11/04/17
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    "Going to be left hanging."

    An awesome book narrated by the very best.
    Shame Audible haven't made it clear this is book 1 of a series that's yet to be completed. It'll be a long wait to conclude this gripping story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • K. Nakau
    UK
    30/08/17
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    "Gripping"

    A real page turner. Want to know more.. Can't wait to see the movie! Next book please

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • stewart
    21/06/17
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    "looking forward to the next in the series ."

    loved it . quality book very well read . felt like I was the characters involved . great stuff

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Patel
    UK
    10/05/17
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    "Great story interested to listen to next book"

    Both readers were great and I liked the dialogue switching between the two although I thought they might talk together rather then mimicking each others voices. looking forward to the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Between a Pair of Headphones
    4/04/17
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    "Don't Leave Solitude Alone!"

    In Solitude Dean Cole delivers a fast-paced episode of apocalyptic fiction. Two characters left completely alone and isolated must cross the planet and even space itself to save each other. It's a genuine roller-coaster ride and the action just keeps coming as our rather accident-prone pair crash and bump their way across the planet and the space near it. At times I wasn't sure I'd give odds on either of them managing to navigate their way across an empty room while at others they achieved amazing things. Although at times there is plenty of scientific and technical detail in here expect your credulity to get a severe workout as things progress. There are definitely parallels with books like The Martian but I doubt anyone will want to make a case for this being built on solid scientific ground. The author does however do very well in terms of explaining why these two, and only these two survive.

    The narration, well RC Bray is of course a maestro and gives his usual masterful performance. Here though he shares the stage with Julia Whelan. It works brilliantly at first emphasising the separation between the characters and their very different situations. Maybe it's less effective later on but not wanting to do spoilers I won't say why. I'll settle for saying that both narrators do fine jobs with their parts.

    Although the book does complete the advertised part of the story there is clearly more to come and you won't get all the answers you might want about why things happened. There are lots of thrills and spills though and the tension continues right up until the ending which sets up the next book's opening intrigue.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Phaze58
    24/05/17
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    "Top notch"

    what a great story. Can't wait for book 2 . I hope I don't have long to wait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angus B.
    10/07/17
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    "good listen"

    good story, look forward to the next installment.
    RC Bray is great ad always though the girls voice is a little tiresome after a while. should have given it all to Bray.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Craven Arms, United Kingdom
    30/04/17
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    "Frustratingly formulaic..."

    An intriguing idea of a plot spoiled by an amateurish approach. Somebody must once have told the author that drama is the winning formula for holding audience attention. And boy did he play that card. Any and every opportunity to create a dramatic moment is stuffed into this tale - no matter how unbelievable or superfluous to the plot. The result is a slow moving story written, it seems, with the aim of dragging things out for that sequel after money-making sequel. The only saving grace is the great narration, particularly R C Bray. Overall - this is one to miss.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    London
    13/09/17
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    "Good cliffhanger, painful vocabulary"

    Ended on a great cliffhanger, but I hope the next book tones down the pregnant pauses and snorting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    FARNHAM, United Kingdom
    14/08/17
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    "Not great "

    I really had to try hard to get to the end of this one. There is clearly more to the story than this novel tells, so let's just say that this is very much a part one.... of god knows how many??? In my eyes there is not enough story here to be worthy of one publication. Maybe when the rest is complete I'd change my opinion if they bundled them.

    To be fair the writing of the male part was ok, but the female part was at best totally cringe worthy.

    The science was also, well, unrewarding.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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