Beyond the Inferno

  • by S Butler
  • Narrated by Erin Rieman
  • 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The world is dark, silent except for the crackling of flames that consume the remains of what was once Chicago.

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Not Another Typical Zombie Story...No It Isn't!

I was provided this free review copy of audio-book by the author or narrator. This review is for the audio copy of Beyond the Inferno by S. Bulter and narrated by Erin Rieman.
This was an end of the world zombie-fied story that was refreshing unique. It took a different slant on the storyline as to how it ended up that way. What was cool is that it did so in little steps and pieces. You don’t know the full story until near the end of the story. I enjoyed it very much because of that. Kudos to S. Bulter.
Erin did a great job in narrating the book. Great voices, good pace and tone which helped make the characters come alive in my mind.
And the best part; this is a standalone story told all in one book. No cliff hangers, no what the hecks, just a good old fashioned book you can read and be satisfied with the ending. With that said, I sure hope another book is written by S. Bulter and narrated by Erin Rieman so that my imagination can be quelled and my curiosity satisfied!
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- Cycletrash

A zombieless zombie book

The end of the world has come. The zombies invaded cities, with their contagious bite and lack of care. The only way to end this was bombarding most of the bigger cities, even though some innocent had to perish with them. Strangely, nobody remembers how it happened, since they just woke up to a flaming world of dying zombies. There is nevertheless a girl who remembers this terrible event, but has forgotten her previous life. She will need answers, and her new friends will join her in her quest.

This is a zombieless zombie book. There is plenty of talk about them and the horrors surrounding them but as they have died with the bombarding, none of them appear in this book. I am not generally fond of zombie novels, so I appreciated this, but for those who love to read about slow zombies dragging their feet and eating brains, they may be disappointed by this book.

This book is about a quest, not only about the origin of the zombies (which it is too), but a quest to Rose's heart. Do the memories make a person? If there is memory loss, and the person in question starts to make new ones, is this still the same person? This questions are asked again and again throughout the book. It is an interesting topic, but maybe not the one that one expects from an apocalypse book. Rose is twenty-three but most of the time she behaved like a teen, which makes this book appropriate for YA. There is also a lot about romance, and a love triangle that she can't figure it out. It was just too much for me, but I understand that this may appeal to many YA readers.

Although this is not a long book (just under five hours) it seemed to stall for the most part. Shannon focused too much on this personal quest and romance, while dropping important details about the zombi invasion here and there. There is a resolution towards the end, but the execution was far from credible and it felt quite rushed.

Erin Rieman's narration was absolutely wonderful. Checking her Audible page I am amazed at the fact that this seems to be her first book. Rieman has a very sweet voice but she knows how to use it well. She gave different voices to all the characters and her male voices were quite good. Her character's interpretations were really emotive, and the audio production was spot on. I am looking forward to future books narrated by Rieman.

I received this book in audio format from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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- Lomeraniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-30-2017
  • Publisher: Shannon Butler