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Surviving the Fall Box Set

The Complete Surviving the Fall Series, Books 1-12
Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
Series: Surviving the Fall Series , Book 1-12
Length: 29 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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The critically acclaimed Surviving the Fall series, now in one complete edition!

Surviving the Fall is an epic survival/thriller post-apocalyptic series that asks the "what if" question that lurks in the back of everyone's mind.

When a devastating attack cripples and destroys every Internet-connected device in the country, Rick Waters is stranded a thousand miles from his wife, Dianne, and their children. To get back home, he'll have to draw on every survival instinct he has as he's pulled into a web of lies and conspiracy that threaten not just his survival but that of the entire world.

Surviving the Fall is a thrilling post-apocalyptic episodic series that focuses on Rick and Dianne Waters and how they each deal with the apocalypse. Stranded across the country away from his family, Rick must travel from California to Virginia to reunite with his wife and children, all while struggling to comprehend and deal with the horrors along the way.

At home with her three children when she experiences the beginning of the end in a dramatic and deadly fashion, Dianne Waters has experience as a prepper and survivalist, but not even years of training and preparation have readied her for the darkness that comes with the end of the world. Now she must draw upon those skills to protect her loved ones and fight back against those who come against her and her family.

This complete edition of Surviving the Fall features all 12 books in the series, each one full of action, suspense, and drama, as Rick and Dianne struggle to survive the end of days.

©2017, 2018 Mike Kraus (P)2019 Mike Kraus

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Don't know where the author is taking the story

the story is overthink by the author and keep on coming with abstract idea of survival....

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Enjoyable bu predictable...

I chose this as my first audible book because I had a long drive in front of me and I wanted a long book to go with it... Ultimately it was a good choice and I enjoyed the book. The story was engaging and the characters interesting enough.
The things I didn't enjoy about the book were:
1. Having to swallow so much American Apple Pie.
2. Chris Abernathy's characterisation of Rick. Made him sound like a mashup of Chuck Norris and Jason Statham.
3. The usual Russo-American grappling match...There are other countries in the world that might like to take advantage of an apocalypse.
4. Insertion of Author's Notes in between each book. Gave too much away and did not really enhance to the telling of the story.
Aside from that...the adventures were interesting and well paced. If you like apocalypse stories and want something for the long haul then I highly recommend it.

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Well Worth a Listen

I listened to all the books in the series and really loved the tales Chris wrote

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  • Sandie J 36
  • 04-07-2019

Did not like this book-set...

Way too much swearing. Even the grandmother was using strong words. Story content was good.

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  • jayne stevens
  • 24-06-2019

Never Worked So Hard To Try To Like A Book

From now on, I look to see who is narrator before I get a title. Chris Abernathy makes me crazy. I couldn't tell if the story was any good for trying so hard to NOT become irritated with the narration. Monotone mostly, but when he did put a little life in his voice it was in the weirdest places. I really tried to finish this, but realized I was wasting my life and just had to stop.

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  • Coty B.
  • 27-03-2019

bad set up.

the story is missing a lot of elements like segways and poor character background, however the narrator is great as always. a lot of character development needs to be expanded. overall the book series seems rushed.

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  • Claire
  • 12-08-2019

Diane, stop smiling at everyone all the time

Yes, we know you love your kids, but your face must hurt by now. Also, it makes a character super flat when they only have one reaction to someone else.
As the books got further and further into the story, I began to notice more and more repetition of words in the same sentence or paragraph. This is sloppy writing and is usually fixed in the second draft. This quick turnaround episodic type of writing had no second draft, just the first with all the spelling errors taken care of.
Everyone spoke the same, and not just because the narrator was not a five star narrator. The author was writing the movie he was watching inside his head and it was a B rated movie.
If the saying "show don't tell" was a book, this would be it, a 100 times over.
All the characters annoyed me. I found myself "rolling my eyes" all the time. I wanted to "interject myself into the conversation" with the author and tell him he wasn't writing real people, just strange cardboard props. "A high rate of speed", "descend upon them(upon?)", and so many more phrases that are repeated by all the characters, all of them, and also said in the narrative. Ugh.
Every bad guy was out of some nineties movie. Who were they before? Did they become a**holes with the freedom of the apocalypse, or where they always a**holes who were just waiting for the chance to rape, enslave, and murder? None of them were emotionally intelligent, they all had anger issues, they were all stupider than the "good guys".
The good guys also had great luck. Super, amazing good luck.
Jane, oh Jane. Did you have a purpose in this story? Were your helpful ideas really all that valuable to Rick the Wise Leader? Or were you just alive to show how normal people are so stupid? To ask Rick questions like you are an uncertain teenager? "Um guys, do you see what I see?" "What?" "Is it just me or is the sky blue?" Rick leans forward as he releases the gas a bit. "You're right Jane, it is blue. Good job on catching that." What would I do without this no-backstory Jane who has no skills, probably didn't have a job worth anything because it's not mentioned, can't contribute except to boost my ego and to be annoyingly youthful and ignorant. What would I do? Probably do everything the same if she wasn't present. Nothing would change if she had never been born. Nothing. Poor Jane.
Okay, so one last thing: how old is everyone? We know the kids ages and I assume Rick and Diane are in their thirties, but everyone else? Jane I assume is fourteen, the doctor scientist guy is either 45 or 65. 35 to 80 is my guess for Tina, Jason, and Sarah.
Oh wait, not the last thing. WHERE IS EVERYONE? WHERE DID THEY ALL GO? THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE USA AND YOU'VE BEEN CROSSING THE ENTIRE COULTRY SO IT'S NOT LIKE THEY ARE JUST CHILLING IS RED CROSS CAMPS CONVENIENTLY IN ALL THAT STATES YOU DIDN'T PASS THROUGH. WHERE ARE THEY?
I think that's the real story. Obviously, there's been an alien invasion where 327 million people are now slaves being probed. The aliens clearly didn't want to abduct the biggest a**holes so that's why they are left on earth. Looking at you Diane and Rick.

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  • chadjason
  • 24-01-2019

This could have been great, but it is not.

I wanted to like this post-apocalyptic series, but it is just not a finished work. I mean it proceeds like something that was written in haste and without any actual experience or research. I made it as far as Rick leaving the company of the Military, then I had to quit. I found that the story just made me mad because I wanted to rewrite nearly every single part of it. Not to mention the abysmal telling by Chris Abernathy, more on that at the end of this review.

The two main characters, Rick and his wife (don’t remember her name because the 3 kids just call her mom), conveniently have just enough experience and knowledge to get by on their own, but their common sense, something one desperately needs to survive in a post- apocalyptic world, is nearly completely missing. If you can listen to the part about going into town for the first time and find it even remotely believable, then you must not know any mom’s or not have kids of your own. It is stupid to put it bluntly.

The story plays out like a video game, the characters have to solve one problem at a time and conveniently find what they need. How Rick manages to traverse across several states and only run into a handful of people is laughable. Are we to believe that 99% of all people just stayed at home, walked single file to a shelter or died? Please.

The parts that really got to me was Rick’s interaction with the Military. There is no part of it that is believable. I was a lower enlisted that spent 90% of my time working at the Brigade and Corps level. I interacted with every rank from 1 Star General down. Officers and enlisted alike don’t act or talk the way they are written in this story. Not only is it infuriating, it is disrespectful.

The entirety of what I listened to, 7 hours and 41 minutes, leads me to believe that Mike Kraus got the itch to write this after watching a bunch of movies and doing a little research online. Good writers write what they know. Writing about topics outside your wheelhouse is risky at best and outright tragic in cases like this.

If I never hear the “name” kiddo again, it will be too soon. How am I to believe that a mom would have only 1 pet name for all of her children. Kiddo is a name you would hear coming from a long lost uncle or acquaintance. So irritating.

Chris Abernathy reads this story like he is getting paid by the minute. He…..is…..so…..frustratingly…..slow. I listened to this at 1.3 the normal speed just to keep from pulling my hair out. And the gravely voice he chose for Rick, the computer nerd, is confusing. Only hard living or screaming will give you a “gargling asphalt” voice.

I wish I could have those hours back.

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  • Lisa G.
  • 22-07-2019

Started off strong...

But half way thru I was having to force myself to finishing. The narrator would have been a lot better if he hadn’t given the main character such a weird voice...it was super annoying. The story was very predictable and had me rolling my eyes a lot. The author’s voice updates at the end of each book were so unnecessary ...it was like he was trying to either apologize for writing the book or trying really hard to convenience us to go on to the next. I ended up skipping most of the husbands story and just listening to the wife’s story...hers was so much more enjoyable.

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  • brian avila
  • 05-02-2019

This author should stick to writing children’s books.

If you are going to write about something you should understand your subject matter. Stick to stories that don’t involve prepping, firearms, fighting,gangs, hiking..... just go write vampire romance.

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  • Rob Oswald
  • 14-06-2019

Gas just dumping from the fuel tank?

I have been a mechanic for many years and have never seen gas just get vented from the tank no such valve

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  • Warren McCrary
  • 12-05-2019

author has very little knowledge of subject

the author knows little of nothing about any of the locations or technology used in his book. The entire population of every city seems to have magically disappeared from every city the hero passes through, except the bad guys. it was difficult to make me continue due to the unlikelyhood or every step along the way.

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  • reader
  • 23-01-2019

HYPOCRITES

What is it with this genre? It's the same premise every time: the husband is stranded far away from his family when SHTF and he must get back to them - because after all, they prepped and so they're better than you. I got to chapter 18 before the wife out and out murdered a guy with her laser and strobe light rifle - because he stood next to her barn with a pea shooter (in his pocket) asking for food. She then rationalized it to herself and to her kid that she HAD to kill that guy, even though all he said was that he was hungry. He was doing exactly what her husband was doing five states away - going around trying to scrounge to stay alive. How ironic that if the husband would have encountered someone just like his own wife - he'd have been shot on sight. But "as Christians," they were blessed because they prepped - and darn it, they deserve to kill hungry people. The thought of sharing food with the hungry man never occurred to the wife - just putting five bullets in his chest. Even stupid novels like this matter because they reinforce the profound hypocrisy and fraudulent righteousness that religious people practice but don't seem to recognize.

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  • David
  • 05-08-2019

First End of world type story omnibus audio listen

This series of books was I think 29 hrs in total, but it shot by in a flash. Fantastic range of plots building well and lots of detail. Pace was great listened to it lots over 2 weeks. great as each chapter was short for a quick listen but moved the fate of Rick and his wife on further. Audio was read well and with different voices done well.

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  • chris cain
  • 17-07-2019

Good story but...

I’m gonna start with the negatives, I understand the concept of the “series” but for the omnibus (or binge listeners) authors notes and a recap irritated me probably more than it should have. For the complete series this should be edited out!
The world fell to sh*t far too soon for me, looters and gangs after two days? Really? Some people sleep two days and wouldn’t have noticed!!! Could have had a lot more build up and felt rushed at the beginning!
The story was good fun though I really enjoyed it and for a long ish book (complete) felt short and went fast so it wasn’t boring at all.
Refreshing concept for the post apocalyptic genre also. Overall worth a credit

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  • Helen Louise Catt
  • 25-04-2019

Same old re-hashed story you’ve read before

Such promise. Such disappointment. Good writing style very readable or listenable in my case. But the research is weak on technology and the characters are all either (a) good, pure, honest people that would pay in cash for groceries in the apocalypse or (b) insane, homicidal, motorbike maniacs that kill anyone they see. These authors need to read or get out in the world and experience how real people behave in a crisis. Do they all really believe that most of the US population will turn violent the same day the power goes out? That’s really not what happens. People are so much more complex than that. Sorry for the rant but so many books and the same skewed view on humanity...

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  • Scott
  • 19-01-2020

Make this a TV series

Loved it...such a cool story, well written and well narrated. Exited for more of your work.

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  • Iwan J.
  • 16-10-2019

Throughout story.

Loved the story the way its written! Narrator was absolutely amazing! Taking his job absolutely seriously by expressing characters feelings.

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  • A
  • 21-09-2019

Very long winded.

Shame the author inserted authors notes every couple of hours with a recap on the last two hours and a plot spoiler for the next 2 hours VERY ANNOYING

Story was good, I liked the ideas the author had just disappointing that the author over explaned things and pointed out the obvious as of he was writing the book for a child.

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  • Dave
  • 25-08-2019

Almost 30 hours of great adventures

I read these books when they were initially released and loved them. The audible version is just as enthralling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-2019

A must read

got it thinking it wouldn't be a good read but no o was wrong brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2019

Forgettable

Not terrible, but pretty contrived and predictable in my opinion. I feel there are much better pieces of work available in the genre. That said, one credit for circa 30 hours of listening can't be ignored.

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  • Becci Burrows-Watson
  • 09-06-2019

Outstanding plot

Really original story line . The detail around the main characters journey across that states could have been a little more detailed . Good detailed on the IT part of the story lines