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Well Fed

Mountain Man, Book 4
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Mountain Man, Book 4
Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
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War pigs. Road savages. And the crumbling asphalt of the open highway.

After nearly four years, the zombie epidemic has almost burnt itself out. Gus' new life on a communal farm is peaceful. The daily routine of policing the fields is rarely disrupted by straying undead. His drinking binges are over. Long days have thrown time over the memories of Annapolis. But this will all change.

When Gus is asked to search for a group of missing scavengers, he reluctantly agrees. What he finds is a new predator unleashed upon the land, one determined to harvest every last mortal life.... And feed it to a ravenous machine.

©2014 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Don't listen while you're eating!!

this book answers the questions created in previous 3 books. Highly recommended but quite gory in some parts so best listened to on an empty stomach lol

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Wonderfully written story

For one who doesn't even like horror or zombie fic, this reader hungrily read my way through the Mountain Man series books 1-4, after getting a taste of the free; The Hospital (read by RC Bray).

I was completely hooked, and simply *had* to know what happened next. I'm very sad this is the last we'll hear of Gus, but what a great adventure he took us on! 😃

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great conclusion to a good series

no trouble finishing this one at all. i listened to it far more often than i normally would. a good ending to the series. shame there won't be more!

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Fantastic

What a great series, well written and action packed. This story felt like a true account of what would happen if there was an apocalypse.

This series kept me up many late nights as I did not want to end the story. Bray is an awesome narrator!

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Captivating story

Easy to list to and follow next listening session. Shame it ended. Liked the narrators voice.

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Mountain Man 4 Just Brilliant!!

Our Favorite Hero Gus! What a brilliant Author! You Must read all the series, It will keep you up at night, in total suspense! Move over and make way King and Koonts!! a New Horror writer is passing you by!!

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A good story continued.

A good part 4 of the series.
It kept true to the Origin characters and introduced some surprising new ones.
Once again RC BRAY was fantastic as the narrator.

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Great story, amazing narration!

RC Bray brings any story to life, though I'm pleased to say this series is (so far) standing strong when it comes to holding interest.

Paced fast enough that there are no dead spots, yet slow enough that angles are covered and you don't feel the book is just a race to the finish line.

Really enjoying this series, and can't wait to listen to more!

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Could not put it down

A great book and great narrative . i could not find any fault . Loved this 1 even more . Great series . Onto No 5

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Leaves the walking dead for.....

If you are into the zombie apocalypse stories this series is a must.
Well Fed is probably my favourite book of the series so far.
R.C. Bray puts on a Stella performance as usual. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • BLee
  • 13-03-2015

Didn't think it could get any better!!

Not even finished reading Well Fed and I am ready to rave about it. Gus is back and kicking butt as usual (yeah!) but the other characters from zombies, bad guys, and women that kick butt...Let me just say the author out did himself. I didn't know things could get any worse at the end of the world but they can! From humor, horror, and tears, everything I look for in a story Keith Blackmore gave it and more. The narrator handles every character's voice very well whether male or female (how does he do that?) This series is at the top of my list with The Remaining, and the Joe Ledger series. I went though a lot of bad reads before I finally discovered this one. Let me just say it was more than worth it.

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  • M. Bowles
  • 04-03-2015

absolute MASTERPIECE of audio excellence! !

This story is an excellent, believable and extremely well written and narrated finish to the Mountain Man Series. I was dissapointed with the rats in an earlier story line, no dissapointment in book four, NONE at all. Very creative and believable cast of characters, each easily identified via OUTSTANDING narration.

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  • Frankie
  • 28-02-2015

Best book of series

Excellent way to finish a series. Rc Bray does a terrific job narrating this very well written book. This is much more than just a zombie book. There's like 3 stories that all blend together throughout the story and Keith Blackmore wrote it all flawlessly. I didn't hear a dull minute. BRAVO!!!

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  • Brandie B
  • 14-03-2015

Best f*** series of books ever

What a great conclusion. Keith is a brilliant writer and makes you love and hate and cry all the way.

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  • Tilo
  • 12-03-2015

Stupendous

I don't recall the last time I gave 5 stars for everything and if I could give more for this book, I would. 16 hours of incredible, can't-put-down, gripping and brutal story telling.

There was nothing predictable in this book. Many times I thought of a plot event that would be a very satisfying sense of justice and revenge, but nope, not too many things work out for Gus. You thought he took a beating in the other stories? This book is just gruesome.

I was a bit worried in the beginning because the zombies and rats were dying out and being hunted in a zombie filled house wasn't really what I was interested in reading about. But that was just the warm up.

This book is more about human raiders than zombies, which I usually don't like, but the story is just incredible, as is the narration, absolutely perfect.

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  • Carol
  • 04-03-2015

Best of the Series!

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

You bet but you have to start from the beginning.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way the undead progressed in this series. I also liked the addition of the " undead plague" that follows the zombies.

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

R.C. Bray one of my favorites. He is so good.

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

Loved Ollie, his thoughts on his situation and how he handled himself.

Any additional comments?

I will miss Gus. I wish there were more. Well Done!

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  • AnthonyK
  • 10-03-2015

A great finish to a wonderful series.

Once again I was kept entertained throughout the entirety of the book, as I was with the first 3.5 in the series.

I couldn't wait to finish but I didn't want it to end... Home again, home again jiggity jig.


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  • snehring
  • 09-03-2015

Never have I loved Zombies so much

What did you love best about Well Fed?

I have to say I don't like Zombie novels. I only read the mountain man books because I happened to download The Hospital for free out of boredom waiting for my next credit to kick in on Audible. WOW.....after that I had to read\listen to mountain man book one, I was addicted! How can such a simple concept keep me so entertained. I felt I was with Gus during his adventures, and I was terrified! When the next two books were released to audible I nearly jumped for joy. When the fourth book was released I felt like it was Christmas and I was four years old getting that one gift I truly wanted. Thank you Brad for becoming one of my absolute favorites and surprising me by making me fall in love with Zombies. Love every book of the mountain man series, just can't get enough. Wish you would write 100 of them! I love GUS!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gus of course, he is so simple yet heroic. Gus reminds me of an every day Joe that somehow becomes a hero of sorts.

What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Great distinct voice of all the different characters, great reading. just love this guy, he is the voice of GUS!

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

YES!

Any additional comments?

Love them, keep them coming please!

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  • The Zombie Specialist
  • 15-03-2015

He's Back!

I can thank Keith Blackmore’s “The Hospital” his first book in this series, for really get me hooked on the zombie genre. And hooked I have become! Dam you Mr Blackmore! But as what happens over time, your taste changes, or at the very least you sample a larger variety on offer and you discover that there is so much more on offer. This addiction has cost me hundreds of dollars. However, the first two in this series have always held a special place in my memory. I found the main character Gus to be so endearing.

Out of the legion of other zombie stories I have listened to since those early days. I have always liked a story in which the main character reminded me of Gus. The dry sense of humour, the matter of fact way in which he deals with situations.

I like it when the author does not try to make the zombie story as serious one. I like it when it is a bit tongue in cheek. Gus fits this role extremely well.

I was not a big fan of the last one in the series ‘Hellifax’ probably largely because Gus was largely absent from it.

I am so pleased to report Gus is back! But, there is something about him which is different! He and the Captian don’t talk much anymore (well to begin with). However the thing which took me most by surprise is at times Gus no longer is the drunken superman that I had pictured him to be from the earlier titles in the series. He is now a much more worn out old bloke who wet’s himself when he is scared by other alpha males. He has lost his mojo!

There is so much to tell about this story, but I won’t because it will spoil the surprise of it all. But what I will say is that this one has really gone up a level!

There seems to be a level of maturity about it. The way in which the characters and storyline comes together over the previous book is huge improvement. This one was so good I wished the story wouldn’t come to a close. New developments in this one took me by complete surprise. Even though Gus may have lost his mojo, he is still the same old Gus!

The narration of Bray was once again excellent. He really is an excellent narrator for this type of story. The speed was a little slow and was best sped up a tad. So the story itself was shortened a little bit as a result. Might be important if you are watching your credit to hour value like me.

I don’t think anyone would purchase this title in the series without listening to the earlier books. So there is not much point in me saying ‘buy this one’. But if you are reading this review and you think you would like to give this series a go. My advice would be grab the free short story ‘The Hospital’ to test the waters. If like me you didn’t like the previous one in the series and you were a little wary about purchasing this one. Well don’t stress, this one is good, very good.

TWO THUMBS UP FROM THE FAST FAT MAN!

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  • David
  • 06-03-2015

Good real good.

Must be good if looking forward to the next.
Just good fiction. Makes for some good listening. At 3-4 hundred titles, this series holds up.

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  • Daniel
  • 30-05-2015

Best in the series

What did you like most about Well Fed?

I love the mountain man books and this book in my opinion the best of the lot.

What other book might you compare Well Fed to, and why?

If you liked the others in the series you'll love this.

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The usual high quality narration. Bray is Gus.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh yes. Brays performance and quality writing let to some smiles.

Any additional comments?

If your thinking about getting any of the books in this series stop thinking and start at the beginning. You'll be hooked.

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  • Ron
  • 17-10-2015

yet another a++ story, made even better by mr bray

this series is simply fantastic. I've listened to all 4.5 books back to back. i simply love r c bray's narraration. i truly hope another book gets added.

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  • Captain Haddock
  • 26-06-2016

More twists than a snake's a**e

Would you listen to Well Fed again? Why?

I already have, twice. It never seems to get old

What was one of the most memorable moments of Well Fed?

Oh come on, why would I spoil it for those who have not read it?

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Lets just say, there's a dead-head which isnt all it appears.

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

Gus' humanity. He's the perfect anti-hero

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  • Simon
  • 01-03-2017

Gustronomic Delight!

Hiking with the Mountain Man has been a real pleasure.  Gus is a genuine character, drank too much, had his faults, could be petty and childish but somehow retained his own brand of nobility throughout.  Well Fed turned out to be my favourite of the series, it has some excellent zombie horror set pieces including a bizarre millionaire's mansion where the swimming pool is literally to die in and the "playpen".  It also has possibly one of the best-written struggles against turning in the genre.  There are plenty of "good" bad guys with the growling but rather surprising Shovel taking the starring role and there is plenty of zombie vs human and human on human action of varying types.

The series does get criticised for being repetitive and there is a case to be made for that. There’s a lot of fight zombies, get drunk, wake up with a hangover, rinse, repeat in the first couple of books and in the second when a new undead terror emerges it almost seems like the groups of characters take turns to have the same battle against them. That said, the four books each have very distinctive characteristics. The first introduces the two main protagonists in Gus and Scott as well as the evil Tenner. The second sees Gus alone doing his “Castaway” thing trying to survive alone and it gets pretty claustrophobic at times in that addled mind of his. The third and longest follows Scott’s story on his mission of revenge. It’s much more a standard post-apocalyptic zombie story with one or two human and added undead horrors thrown in.  This concluding volume sees the zombies dying out but they aren't quite finished and there are a whole host of human nasties rising crawling out of the woodwork. They all do have one excellent similarity in having the zombie apocalypse maestro at the microphone in RC Bray bringing a sense of urgency and dread to our ears. 

I wouldn't recommend taking this one stand alone.  I'd suggest reading the freebie "The Hospital" first to get the tone and if you like it go to the omnibus edition of the first three books (saving two credits) before finally bringing it to an end with this one.  Note that when I talk about tone there is an air of being laid back about some of the characters but this is genuine horror. Make no mistake on that point. The Hospital actually does cross one particular line that possibly other authors would have stayed on this side of.  The book could still reasonably be taken alone but with most good series it will certainly work better with the back story. 

I enjoyed my time with Gus and the other characters, even feeling the poignancy of his relationship with a whisky bottle label! One of the very best zombie series.

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  • Michael
  • 30-01-2017

Every Bit As Good As The Others

Would you consider the audio edition of Well Fed to be better than the print version?

Anything read by RC Bray is better than the printed version; the narrator brings the characters to life and tells the story in ways that spark the imagination and pull it in different directions from that which the written word alone could do.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Well Fed?

The most disappointing moment of the book was the end. Though the series could easily be concluded at this point I'm not quite ready to let go of the Mountain Man's story just yet.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

R.C. Bray does an outstanding job as usual. I've listened to him narrate several different titles and he is by far my favourite narrator.

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

The entire book keeps up a high tempo pace and is difficult to put down.

Any additional comments?

The first 3 books of the Mountain Man saga are terrific and this one is no different. A combination of great story telling, fantastic writing and exceptional narration make this a very enjoyable book. If you have read/listened to the other Mountain Man books then you really need to get this one. If you have no experience with the Mountain Man and his escapades .... get some!

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  • Suze
  • 26-07-2016

Amazing my new best author and RC Bray OMG

I'm stuck between really wanting this to be a film coz it's just about perfect. And then I don't want it shorten or the language changed for movie production coz that would destroy a lot of the things that make this stand out.

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  • R
  • 29-11-2015

Raw awesomeness.

with out a doubt that was the best of the zombie book series iv read and great value for money. The constant twists and turns in Gus's survival kept me have to force myself to ration myself for fear of finishing it too soon, which I did anyway. lol
more please?

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  • VJ
  • 30-05-2015

Excellent Series!

Thoroughly enjoyed this series of books & am sorry they have come to an end. Excellent story line with lots of memorable characters, along with plenty of zombies of course!

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  • Chuck stuff
  • 22-07-2020

Three stories in one

You could take this story apart into three books. Each with its own badguys, dangers and triumph but putting into one feels too much.
How is Gus still going at the end I struggle to believe because there's no break for him, no resting, eating or sleeping.

I enjoyed this book and it fits great into the series but by the 10th hour I stopped being excited or driven to find out what happened as you knew he was going to make it.

it's too a point when someone just survives everything and it makes them boring.

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  • MellyVK
  • 21-07-2020

I am in love with the mountain man.

Book 4 and I am dreading this series ending.

I love this.

ahh.

listen to it.