Awakening: A New World, Book 5 : The Awakening

  • by John O'Brien
  • Narrated by Mark Gagliardi
  • Series: The Awakening
  • 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Awareness grows... The gathering commences.... The world has changed. Jack Walker and the other survivors must adjust with it if they are to have a chance. They've managed to stay one step ahead so far but the gap is narrowing. The night runners are growing and adapting. The rules are changing. Winter is coming and the survivors must ready themselves for the long season. With Robert and Bri rescued from captivity, Jack focuses on the days ahead. His mind weighs on ensuring their supplies will see them through and clearing the night runners away from their sanctuary. There are changes in the air that threaten not only the safety of the small band of survivors, but perhaps the entire remnants of mankind. The deadliest threats Are those that build unseen...Book I - A New World:Chaos, Book II - A New World: Return, Book III - A New World: Sanctuary, Book IV - A New World: Taken, Book V - A New World: Awakening, Book VI - A New World: Dissension, Book VII - A New World: Takedown, Book VIII - A New World: Conspiracy Book IX - A New World: Reckoning


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This is the best book in the series so far

For me, there has been time in between Taken and Awakening. For Jack and the crew, very little time has passed.

Right form the get go O’Brien explores the area I wanted so much more if in the pervious books. I wanted more of the “thinking” zombie-like night runners. I wanted to know more about the strange connection that Jack now has to these creatures. While nothing was truly explained, much was revealed about both areas. Such as the night runners do not necessarily need to eat flesh to survive. And they are getting smarter and smarter. I have a feeling that there will be mush more revealed about Jack’s connection as well. Then there is the issue of the unexpected discovery of a mystery survivor right at the end.

O’Brien was able to make his characters so much more. By exploring their backstories, revealing what makes hen who they are. Sure, sometimes this approach can be a tad drab and uninteresting. This. Is. Not. So. The depth of the characters that he is able to create, simply make the book so much more. Also it helps get me vested in their survival.

Because of all of the character development, the action that I became accustomed to was there but mostly near the end of this story. It was worth the wait! Jack and the crew decide to invade a secure facility. You will want to know how they did it, all I will say is that it involves an airplane, as so much of these stories do. Vicious action sequences and very descriptive gore.

I always love it when a crazy cultish group is found in these types of books. Ever reminding me that humans are quite capable of going completely loony tunes within a short period of time. And with that they tend to become so much easier to manipulate.

If I wasn’t hooked yet, I would be after listening to Awakening. I feel utterly invested in the survival of all of the individuals in the group. Needing to know more about how they survive and rebuild a semblance of society.

I may have said this before but. This is the best book in the series so far. Leaves me wanting to get into the next book as soon as possible.

Mark Gagliardi continues, through this series, to grow and polish his narration skills. He has been able to accomplish something that I would think many narrators strive for. To make the story their’s. He has made this a reality. I could imagine no one else making the night runners and Jack and his crew come alive. His characterizations are getting better and better. Pacing changes are spot on. Very hard to find a flaw.

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

if they liked the Zombie genre...yep!!! :)

What other book might you compare Awakening: A New World, Book 5 to and why?

Its more of a military based zombfic...I am going to kind of compare it to Day by Day Armageddon...another really interesting zombfic...its kinda of in journal form though like Adrian's diary..Anyway this is Jack's story...and I like how he tells it!!

Have you listened to any of Mark Gagliardi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This series...but i like him very much!

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

The rescue's of his soldiers families!!! Jack is a true hero!

Any additional comments?

This series gets better and better each this one Jack and the crew go on more of a search and rescue kind of mission looking for survivors....and start to learn that the Night Runners are becoming smarter, and some may even be recovering! Jack also admits he can sense and communicate with the Night Runners..and they discover more and more that humanity is fading fast..and people are becoming ore and more of a threat! On to book 6!!

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- anne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2014
  • Publisher: John O'Brien