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Set in the UK in a near future, a pulmonary disease wipes out most of the population, leaving just a few untouched. Some people start gathering with the plan of starting a new society in which everyone should be a valuable member.
I love post-apocalyptic stories, so I was looking forward to listening to this one; and also, it is narrated by R.C. Bray! The premises were good, and the events are the ones expected in almost every post-apocalyptic book. One of the problems was just that one: the lack of originality. There is nothing that we haven't seen before in other books, movies, or TV shows. This could have perfectly been part of The Walking Dead. There are no zombies, which counts as a favorable point for me, but there was nothing else that made these books stand out.
I found that there were too many characters in the story. I have read other books with lots of characters, but this one has a never-ending cast. They are all archetypes with absolutely no character development, which prevented me from connecting to them.
The story dragged... a lot. There were some events happening here and there but most of the time the main things that happened were: new people arriving, organizing people, looking for supplies, repeat.
I really wanted to like these series, especially after reading the rave reviews it received, and seeing that there are six books published; but for the life of me, I just didn't get the point.
R.C. Bray is a great narrator, one my favorites, but I don't understand the decision of having an American narrator for a book set in the UK, especially since at some points he needs to imitate certain accents from the UK. Sadly there was not enough consistency among them, and the fact that the main narration was done in an American accent (but with British terms), completely broke the rhythm of the story, distracting me from the important things. I also have to say that, although Bray performed really well in books like The Martian, his narration of 'After it Happened' seemed quite monotone, and the only aspects I can really mention as excellent were the characters' interpretations and the audio production.
Audiobook was purchased for review by the ABR.
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful
The story is right up to my alley and the narrator makes it even better. R.C Bray brings into life a whole cavalcade of post apocalyptic refugees with intriguing stories to be told.
If you like:
- Post apocalyptic survival journals
- Military operations and weaponry
- Light romance encounters
...then this is worthy of checking out!
23 of 26 people found this review helpful
Loved it can’t wait till next in series. Please Don’t keep us waiting audible. Would make a great uk tv series
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed these two books. The characters are great and it's nice to read a survival story that doesn't include zombies. Unfortunately, the usually good RC Bray was a poor choice for narrator. He reads well but as an American is pretty much completely incapable of reading in an English accent. His Scottish is ropey too and I'm pretty sure he's never even heard a Welsh accent because his attempts at one are laughable. Such a shame because it's easy to forget this is a British story with the constant American accent. And when Bray attempts one of the British accents it is jarring and pulls me out of the story. Ruins the enjoyment somewhat. BUT having said all that, it's still worth listening to for the characters and story. I've bought the next two books on the strength on these two.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Excellent writing, similar in style to the Arisen series. RC Bray amazing narration as always.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Definitely! fantastic story, great characters, like end of days stories? then this is one of the best if not the best I have read so far and I have read a lot of them. Great value for money as the story has so much depth and duration brilliantly narrated. I want book 5-6 but it's not available yet. Next communication will be to Audible fast track it please!!
What other book might you compare After It Happened to, and why?
The Borrowed World Series, One Second After Series, What's Left of my World Series, these books are also realistic end of days books. This current book is in good company of those listed could even be my favourite, well toss up with the Borrowed World Series. This book adds so much dimension and characters can't recommend it enough. Brilliantly narrated.
What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?
I first heard R.C.Bray in the Mountain Man Series end of days with Zombies (Walking Dead) back drop which was a great series, I loved R.C.Bray's narration in that book (Awesome) now to this series. the first 20 minutes or so When I heard an American narration of a English character took me a while to get used to but after that Bray captured the characters so well that this distraction ceased in fact his narration matched the story brilliantly.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No not so much have had other books touch me more emotionally, but hard pressed to find so much depth and characters variety, so overall enjoyment of how does this author think up such a great story.
Any additional comments?
If you enjoy end of days, apocalyptic, realistic book then can't recommend it enough, got to the end of the book 4 to find out it is available but is yet to appear on Audible. Audible please fast track it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful