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Governments have collapsed, police and armies no longer exist and the people of the world have been left behind to fend for themselves in the midst of escalating violence and nuclear fallout.
One community of survivors find each other, come together, and try to rebuild, to start over. Confronting the threats from without and within, they do everything necessary to find the only thing left, the most scarce resource of all.
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By cosmitron on 06-21-18
A different take on end of the World scenario.
This is a well crafted story that is character driven,it does not take the easy road like most end of this world Novels.
The writer has created real people with issues the Listener can identify with and care about.
The Narrator makes the story come alive with a good performance.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Spooky Mike on 07-05-18
Character driven apocalyptic story
This was a fairly typical post-apocalyptic story but without zombies. Very character driven with a basic plot line. Easily could be a few episodes from TWD. There was decent character development but I didn’t care for many of the them and you can’t get attached to anyone. Sophie was probably the most relatable and developed character. I felt that Fiona was a more influential antagonist over the Rovers. She was really the only one I liked and that was because she was the weirdest and I couldn’t ever figure out what was driving her. She was a really odd character and provided most of the internal and external conflict the group had.
The plot on where to setup a base was interesting. Everybody kept trying to find a safe place and the place they end up was quite unique. Reminded quite a bit of the prison season in TWD. Wanted a little more action involving the Rovers. They were a Mad Max style biker gang that I think can provide some neat stories. Definitely a different style apocalyptic story where you don’t get a lot of blood and guts which is a nice deviation from the norm.
I really wasn’t a fan of the narrator. She made everything sound like a run on sentence. Needed a better cadence and I couldn’t handle Lot’s voice, he constantly sounded like a hoarse person trying to yell. I liked her narration voice, just didn't really like the character voices.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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By Norma Miles on 07-11-18
"We should have expected this."
Behind Our Walls has good potential, as is displayed by the excellent final thirty minutes or so of the book, the author's vision combining with skill of writing to create a vibrant picture of both external events and internal pressures. But it is a long way to this point, travelling with the main protagonist through a remarkably unbelievable few months. Leaving their urban home after the news of nuclear explosions in the East and Western states and reports of some rovers in their area for a safer place somewhere, pushy, self opinionated Sophie, younger, resentful sister Fiona and her husband-to-be, and their parents, pick up a lone hitch-hiker three days before the mother is shot dead by rovers. Without apparent further incident, they find a hut in which to hide throughout the winter months, huddling together for warmth and eating cold canned food foraged from supermarkets. They gratefully emerge well over six months after leaving home to walk on, looking for somewhere better to stay.
Without reprising the entire story, I found their failing to see almost anyone remarkable - I know parts of the U.S. are huge and empty, but surely there would be a great influx of outsiders also struggling to survive. All the more remarkable, then, that many months after the nuclear disaster, stores still have a fairly plentiful supply of goods of all descriptions including guns and ammunition, and, although now running low, there is still petrol to be found. From where? Surely the gas station pumps are not still working, given that the power isn't available. And they seem to acquired magic seeds when a garden not sown until early summer is in full production just a couple of months later. This reader would like some of those, please. And never a mention of possible nuclear fallout. Ever.
Lots of emotional outbursts, sibling rivalry, angst about the rights, or not, to defend themselves and others by force, the obligatory (brief) sex scene and gallons of tears. An excellent story idea badly delivered. The narration, on the other hand, was good. Rebecca Ortese has a pleasant voice, well articulated and with good intonation, easy on the ear. She read with understanding of the text, excitement in her delivery when the action demanded it and, although male voices are not her forte, each individual protagonist, and there are many, is given their own, mostly appropriate voicing. Her performance definitely enhanced the reading experience.
My thanks to the rights holder of Behind Our Doors who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. Even though the majority of the book was disappointing in it's lack of a sense of reality, the essential idea itself is a good one and, now that the baseline has been established, the following book could well be much better. But I, personally, do not think I will continue with this series.