Haven : The Breadwinner

  • by Stevie Kopas
  • Narrated by Scott Birney
  • Series: The Breadwinner
  • 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Having barely escaped the clutches of the undead, the survivors of The Breadwinner are headed into the unknown to continue their search for solace in the post-apocalyptic landscape. Once a paradise for the living, the city of Haven is now crawling with flesh hungry creatures; yet it could be their only hope. Veronica, Samson and the others take a chance on the promises of Gary, a solitary survivor. Is the light-hearted newcomer all that he seems or are there sinister motives hidden behind his hospitality?
Can Michelle and Lulu, two ordinary women faced with extraordinary horrors and obstacles, make it to safety? Or will they each become just another undead face in the hordes roaming the streets of Haven?
When tragedy strikes, worlds collide, and the survivors must band together against their common enemy. But remember, who you were does not determine what you will become in the face of a catastrophe. The dead may no longer be their greatest threat.
Welcome home. Haven is hell.


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Customer Reviews

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Left in two minds again...

Everything I said about the first in the series still stands


It is refreshing to return to the traditional zombie genre! No alien races... no good verse evil supernatural beings... no secret organisation behind the end of the world.

Just good old-fashioned character development in a zombie outbreak. Character development is what this series has in bucket loads.

Notice I used the term 'zombie outbreak'. This story continues in the same way as the first in not using the 'z' word. Not once has the term zombie been used. Why is that that? It feels weird to me.

Sadly my only real gripe with this series continues in the fact that the $ per listening hour is just not there. I mean the narration is slow and can easily be sped up to 1.5x speed. 1.25 is ok. This dramatically decreases your listening time. So once again today I found myself spending $13 on a story which didn't even see me though my working day. Heavy listeners on a budget may be put off by this.

I still think this book could have been rolled into the first one. That would have made it a 13 hour title. I know if that was the case I would be feeling a lot better about my purchasing decision on this one.

I know I mentioned that the narration was slow, but still very pleasing to the ear. The speed can always be increased so that in it self is not a drama.

So with the same gripes as the first in the series and with the same pluses I will give this the same fat man ratings:

Not two thumbs up, but one thumb up with a stupid grin on my face!
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- The Zombie Specialist

Even better than the first!

Any additional comments?

While I loved book 1 of this, I found this one to be so much better because we have more character development, which I loved.

This is told from 2 different groups, group one being the group we know and love from book 1 and group two being a new set of characters that have secured a shopping mall and are trying to survive any way they can.

At the end of Breadwinner, we left Veronica, Samson, Ben, Andrew, Clyde and Juliet on a boat and this one starts where the gang wake up one morning to see they are near a holiday village called The Emerald City. This used to be a place for the wealthy to go. When they come within view it's to get a glimpse of life on a balcony. They don't know what to make of it but decide to wait and see. Next thing they hear a ski jet coming and a man pulls up beside them. Enter the ever happy Gary. He tells them his tale and the gang decide to go to the towers since their supplies are low. It seems to be a safe enough haven for them for a while. They have to venture out though to see if there are any other survivors and get a bit of ammunition.

Meanwhile, we get to meet Michelle, Lulu and her cousin Zack, whom Michelle spent the night with. When she wakes up it's to chaos and the realisation that the Undead walk the earth. Michellee decides that in order to survive, they need to leave their apartment and find somewhere safe. They decide that the mall where they work could be the safest place and take the trek, not everyone makes it though!! When they reach the mall, they meet up with Katherine, Desmond and Francis, 2 doctors and mall security. Together they all get the mall into relative safety.

Now I'm not going to get into the plot anymore because I will inadvertently spoil something, but suffice it to say that there is death a plenty, so let's get down to my thoughts.

As I said already, this has so much more character development than book 1 did. We get to really see more of who the characters are and what they are like. Most of them are normal humans, intent on surviving, but needless to say, there is always the one!!! This character was malicious, self absorbed and an all round horrible person. This character causes so much heartache that I can only hope there is things in the future for this character!! (I don't want to spoil it by saying who ;)) It's been a while since I hated a character so much but he/she is so well written that it's hard not to. I'm presuming that it was the author's intention for the readers to hate him/her!!

The plot of this one is fast paced and intense. I found myself on the edge of my seat a lot more than book 1 and I was gripping the arm rest during certain scenes. We also have a lot of weepy scenes!! True to the authors style, she isn't afraid to kill off characters, and some of them broke my heart.

In all this was an amazing second book. With so much happening in the story, it was so hard to stop listening to it. I just had to see what happened next. There are plenty of twists and moments that will leave you gasping and this ends in the mother of all cliff hangers!! I was left reeling. Book 3 can't come quick enough.

Scott Birney did a great job though I found his female voices to become annoying over time. I think that since this is heavy on the female side of things that maybe a female narrator would of worked better. Now don't get me wrong, the narrator was really good at the other voices, just not the female ones. Also I thought he could of made the pacing a little faster in places, especially in the tense parts, just to add that little extra sense of urgency.

*I received this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2015
  • Publisher: Stevie Kopas