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Surviving the Evacuation: Outback Outbreak

Narrated by: Patrick Zeller
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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The outbreak changed everything, but there are some bonds even the undead can’t break. 

It’s been six years since Pete Guinn last saw his sister, Corrie. He always hoped to see her again, but feared she was dead. When an elusive billionaire reveals Corrie is living under an assumed name in the Australian outback, Pete unquestioningly jumps at the chance of a reunion. But you can’t win the lottery without buying a ticket, and billionaires don’t do favors for free. Corrie is in hiding from her old employer, and from the Rosewood Cartel. Now that they’ve both found her, only a miracle can save the two siblings, and what happens in Manhattan can’t be described as miraculous.

What begins as a viral outbreak soon turns into an impossible horror. People are infected and die, only to rise up and continue transmitting the infection. Even as the army is mobilized, the virus spreads beyond the borders of the United States. Nowhere is safe from the living dead.

As Australia is quarantined, the mining town of Broken Hill becomes a transit hub for the relief effort. Tourists are evacuated while civilians are conscripted, Pete and Corrie among them

Together with a bush pilot, a flying doctor, and an outback cop, the struggle to maintain civilization begins. Supplies run low. Looting is rampant. Laws are forgotten, especially by the cartel who haven’t abandoned their search for Corrie and their quest for revenge.

Set in Broken Hill and beyond as the Australian quarantine begins.

As this audiobook returns to the beginning of the outbreak, it can be considered a good entry point for listeners new to the series.

©2019 Frank Tayell (P)2019 Frank Tayell

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Probably a better read than listen

Narrator: I have listened to all of the 'Surviving the Evacuation' series that started initially in London and really looked forward to this one as it's set in my own country. I was actually expecting the narrator to be Australian as I thought that most of the characters would be Aussies. Not so on both counts. Patrick Zeller's Aussie accent would probably make non-Australians very happy and, for much of the dialogue, he did do a good job. But there were many cringe-worthy pronunciations that put me on edge. A simple one - Mom instead of Mum - had me exclaiming out loud! It took determination to get past the first 5 minutes and actually allow myself to get into the story because I almost decided to stop listening. Also the narrator pronounced a major character's name differently to that established by Tim Bruce in the series set originally in England.

Story: I found the speed with which the characters decided that it was the end of life as we know it on the planet to be way to fast. I think a couple of days into the outbreak at least would be more likely than hours into day 1. And there were WAAAY to many sentences that ended with 'He/She said'. I don't think this would be quite as jarring if you were reading it yourself but with the narration it was annoying. Really annoying. Also, while I do use the phrase 'no worries' and so do most people I know - we don't say it quite as often as these folk do. Mind you there are definite differences between regional areas in Aus so others may disagree.

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Overall: While I enjoyed the story itself I don't think it was as good as most of the England-based series. I think the characters figured things out too fast. And I don't think Frank Tayell sold Broken Hill as a good place for a base of operations. I liked the characters we've been introduced to and I do want to hear more about their adventures. I would be interested to hear if other Australians found the Aussie accents as hard to listen to as me. I do think the book is worth reading if you are already enjoying the series. Not sure that this would be a good introduction to the established world, though.

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  • 05-07-2019

Enjoyed the story

I enjoyed the story but the only thing I remembered was one of the character's husband was Scott. The Australian pilot. I'm not really sure how this will tie in. I truly love all of Frank Tayell's books but this one was confusing. I think I would have enjoyed more of a story of how Scott left Australia and about his family. The Lisa Kempton connection was a little hard to follow.

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  • Wade Lancaster
  • 16-11-2019

Always Check Your Boots For Spiders

Another Tayell zombie sequel that takes place in Australia. It’s actually very interesting. I didn’t notice anything new, but it has enough suspense and it has interesting characters that kept me interested. Additionally, I really liked the narrator. Patrick did a good job varying the voices and he’s soft spoken which really worked well with the material.

The premise is that there is a conspiracy that brought about the zombie apocalypse.

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  • Thomas
  • 13-10-2019

Unsure

Firstly I have to appligise for the lower review score, but all the other audio books in this series and his other series I have loved and binged listened to so many times, but this one feels like it's a step back, I can see where he's coming from as he has done simular throughout the series, but I just feel this one hasn't hit the mark in my opinion, I hope the next one that comes out is more engaging, but please this is just my feelings on this one, the rest of the books and other series are fantastic,