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The Purge of Babylon Series Box Set: Books 1-3

Narrated by: Adam Danoff
Length: 41 hrs and 42 mins
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Contains the first three books in the Purge of Babylon series, including The Purge of Babylon: A Novel Survival, The Gates of Byzantium, and The Stones of Angkor.

Stay out of the dark. Load up on silver bullets. And whatever you do, stay alive.

Creatures that once lived in the shadows, hidden from humankind, have risen, spreading like a plague across the globe over the course of a single night. Their numbers growing exponentially through infection, these seemingly unkillable creatures have swallowed up whole cities and collapsed unprepared governments. Survivors call it The Purge. Against all odds, a disparate group of survivors has emerged from that blood-soaked night that devastated the planet and reduced humanity to an endangered species. But surviving The Purge was one thing - staying alive is another matter entirely....

©2015 Sam Sisavath (P)2015 Sam Sisavath

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  • Brett
  • 19-04-2017

started iffy but then couldn't put it down.

the main two definitely made me more interested. it got better as the book went on

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2017

Great Book!

I almost passed on this book because of bad reviews. They're wrong it's great entertainment. Give this series a chance, its an exciting story.

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  • Nick
  • 03-08-2017

excellent

the narrator is excellent, the characters have personality and the story flows very well. Two thumbs up!

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  • julia smith
  • 13-04-2017

Loved it!

This was just perfect apocalyptic set of books for me. The story is very interesting and very well written. Loved it!

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  • Jayme
  • 14-12-2015

Cringeworthy, but had some potential

So many issues with this book :( Way too much reliance on dialogue, and the dialogue was cliché and irritating. There was no character development, no realistic reactions to death, and too much time was spent on "he/she is my boyfriend/girlfriend, I have to go after them". Everything that happened in the book was extremely predictable, mostly because of the lack of character development and every character either bring distinctly 'good' or 'bad'.

The only reason I finished reading the book (which was a total struggle) was that I had interest in the ultimate plan of the 'ghouls' and kept hoping that a bit more about their motives/history would come out. despite this, I won't be reading the sequel to this book if it's written, as waiting through the rest of the novel for something interesting to happen was very very painful.

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  • Frances Manly
  • 06-08-2018

Well done twist on the usual zombie type books

This book gets better after the first hour, so give it some time. Also, the narrator talks really fast, so I reduced the speed to 90%, then it is perfect. Love the character development and the vast number of personalities in this book. And lots of running, fighting, evading, etc. Who can say no to 41 hours of entertainment for 1 credit!

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  • Jacob
  • 10-11-2015

Characters as flat as pita bread.

Man, if I have to hear the phrase "Dead, not stupid" again I'll shoot myself. There were SO MANY repeated phrases in this book, I felt like I was being brainwashed.

The characters in the book are just...not there. I can't feel anything for them at all. Some come, some die, and I found myself forgetting the names and not caring in the slightest.

The premise was cool, but without any real back story to the main character except one guy is straight laced while the other one is the joker, I really don't know why I should care if they get killed.

I didn't care for the narrator either. All the bad guys had exaggerated southern accents and the women all seemed too weepy, except the cocky ones who all seemed too cocky.

And then there were the moments after some terrible thing happened, and the characters were all joking around. There was no reflection or emotion from the characters; just an internal monologue like "She knew she would never forget it." But then, on to the next one liner.

All in all, just didn't do it for me. Give it a try if you like.

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  • Terrence Vanausdall
  • 18-05-2017

A good storyline

What did you like best about The Purge of Babylon Series Box Set: Books 1-3? What did you like least?

This is an interesting story with good character development but is also annoyingly discordant. It is fairly obvious that the author has no first hand experience with firearms and quite often has operation, effect, range, and accuracy wildly wrong. At times it almost reads as inaccurate anti-gun propaganda.

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  • Forrest
  • 02-11-2015

Awesome

better then a typical zombie story!...I enjoyed the relationship between the main characters!....I could read this story to no end...wished it kept going....what happened to them?

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  • Old Man Parker
  • 07-03-2019

“Barbie & G.I. Joe vs the Zombie Apocalypse

The PURGE

Apocalypse:
My favorite apocalypse story of all time is the 1980's film “Damnation Alley”.
Featuring Jan Michael Vincent. I pictured him as the tough guy male hero in this book.
It helped... a little.

The PURGE
Good book.
Interesting take on the “Zombie Apocalypse” tale.
Writing wasn’t bad.
Some good new ideas.
Good strange monsters.
Good settings and places to battle the ghoul army.
Good action sequences with good structures, but bad POV's for each. (Drove me to distraction!)

The PURGE
Also Known As “Barbie doll & G.I. Joe vs The Ghoul Army”

MEN = G.I. Joe dolls
Good - The two lead male characters are the dynamic duo. The BUDDY action picture. Fighting and killing their way through everything. Not a heavy morbid thought in their thick skulls. No deep dramatic emotional depression as they see their world die, slaughter untold numbers of bad guys, as well as see their loved ones killed by monsters.

Women = Barbie dolls
BAD - the author writes women as "problems" for the men.
Remember the movie “As Good As it Gets?” Jack Nickleson is a writer. When asked how he writes such realistic female characters he says: “I think of a man. Then, I take away all reason and accountability.”
That’s exactly how the women in THE PURGE are portrayed.
1.) Women know nothing about guns and hardly ever hit what they shoot at.
2.) Women think about their emotions while they are fighting and running away from ghouls.
3.) Women blurt out emotional things like “I Love you!” during battle.
4.) Women drop their guns at critical moments.
5.) Women also drop important items, like walkie-talkie radios, and don’t remember where.
6.) Women get so scared they freeze, standing still, doing nothing, when they should be running away.

There are no Sigourney Weavers in this story.

Teenaged Boys = Red Shirts
Bad - Boys and young men are disposable monster fodder. They get killed mostly just to cause the women to have something to get overly emotional, if not traumatized, over.

Pre-teen & Teenaged Girls
They hardly ever get killed. Little girls can go hand to hand fighting with a ghoul right after they color in a coloring-book, and somehow get rescued just in time with out a scratch.

Meet:
Will - the stone cold killer with a wacky sense of humor that never stops, no matter how many of his friends die.
Luke - My favorite character. Young urban teenaged guy. Good student. Heart of gold. Resilient in the face of an apocalypse. Ready to fight. Monster fodder.
Ben: gimpy G.I. Joe
Dan: Funny man G.I. Joe .

BAD - Kate - Barbie doll. Not a single thought in her pretty empty head. Kate, the main female character is unfortunately written as being stupid, slow to get what’s going on, childish, jealous, self absorbed. She has all the mental capacity of a... that's right... a barbie doll.

BAD POV - During the big attack scenes when the GI Joes are doing their best expert fighting, we are seeing it all through the eyes of Barbie, who is too scared to breath. She just stands and screams, or thinks she’s screaming, she can’t tell. She thinks all kinds of wacky things like why she let her parents down. What is the meaning of life, what does it all matter, does Dan love me?… all in the heat of battle. sigh.
The most inept fighter in the history of “Zombie Apocalypse” stories, and we are treated to the biggest battles seen through her yammering, fear-filled mind. This gets real old real fast.

BAD - My favorite character is hardly developed, and is then shot, wounded badly. Lives through that terrible event. Then, just as he’s almost healed up, and fighting off the ghouls again, he’s killed in a huge attack.
He dies right in front of kate-Barbie doll, who is holding a GUN and who could actually even save him. BUT... is too scared to do anything useful except scream in fright.

Heavy Sigh number 2.

Why couldn’t this very annoying Kate-Barbie doll character get shot, and killed? It would have made the book so much more fun and interesting.

After my favorite character got killed I was so upset I lost a whole chapter of audio book ‘cause of the argument in my head on how stupid the audio-book was.
I missed the whole next action.

ONE OTHER PROBLEM:
The narrator makes a terrible mistake. He continues the funny dry banter tween the G.I. Joes in an overly goofy voice. If he read these black-humor lines in a dry dead-pan it would have given them weight. it would have given them the feel of the G I Joes using humor as a shield, a personal protection against the horror, and going insane.

Instead they come off as too fun loving, and funny, and as if they really don’t care who gets killed or not.

I listened all the way through the first book.
Many things made me unhappy.
But something could have been so cool.
I was hoping it'd get better... but sadly no.
Yet, it's still better written than a lot of the Zombie trash out there.

50 /50 you'll dig it.

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  • S. Smith
  • 13-01-2018

Difficult


I had a difficult time stopping the book. I could not stop listening!
I find the narrator has a good range of voices and puts a lot of effort in to showing how the characters emotions, through his voice.
I have bought the next two books in the series. And I’m loving every minute.
It’s such good value for money 3 books, over 41 hrs, for one credit. Give it a try I’m glad I did.

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  • Bert
  • 06-08-2018

A bit tedious

Nothing wrong with the narrator. Story started good. I tried to finish it, I really did. But it just wore me down. The immature jokes were fun, enjoyed them. The monster thingys were a different direction and pretty good too! What annoyed me a bit was the way everyone went around banging each other? Ok, end of the world hedonism, but settle down. Few other things I think - it's weird, there was no one single thing that killed this for me and I can see how people would like it. I did too. But after a while it started to drag. Then it was a chore. Then it got deleted from device to make way for new stuff. I don't like feeling like I have to finish a book just to get it out of the way (and in this case I didn't). A shame.

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  • David
  • 13-05-2018

Seriously???

Got to chapter 4 then had to turn it off.
Honestly comes across as someone in their very early twenties trying to chance their arm as a writer.
Ridiculously unbelievable characters and dialogue. Poor narration too.
If you want a really good zombie book try Mountain Man or the Zombie Fallout series. This is poor,very very poor.

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  • Iwan J.
  • 10-11-2017

Excellent story and narrator performance!

Excellent story and narrator performance!
Into details!
Am completely swallowed by story and reading performance!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-02-2019

excellent

A first class read. Entertaining and almost impossible to put down.I recommend it and hope others enjoy it too.

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  • C Mottershead
  • 02-11-2018

Wow, Best Series of books i have listened to

9 Books down and i was not left disappointed at anytime, great characters especially danny, just bought the 3 Road to Babylon books and can't wait to get started.

Adam Danoff is one of the best narrators i have heard.

Would fully recommend, best credits you will use.




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  • Wayne Pickrell
  • 26-05-2018

Brilliant!!!

Fantastic, listened to these 3 books and bought the other 6 audio books straight off!!!

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  • Jon
  • 08-04-2018

Box set good story good value

Good series that keeps your interest. My only gripe and it's only a story- But Getting shot at the end of civilization would be a traumatic and life ending event. Not for these guys who are up and running the next day. Better that a hero constantly getting missed by the baddies I suppose.

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