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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Three different stories that will become one

“Haven” starts with our survivors on a boat floating down the river.
Waking up from a hangover Sampson sees that they are near a fabulous resort. The Emerald City. From the top of one of the buildings there is a flash of light and a figure is waving to them. Minutes later a man runs across the beach and starts a jet ski. He heads toward them and when close enough he calls out.

Gary, a business man from England, was stranded when the virus hit. His wife died after being bitten and so did all the others who were hiding in his building. He has been living in the Emerald City resort condo units ever since. Using a jet ski he goes out on the river to met them. He invites Sampson, Veronica, Andrew, Clyde, Juliette and Ben to join him on the 24th floor. He has plenty of supplies and safe rooms for everyone. They accept. Is Gary what he seems to be or does he have other plans for his new friends?

Lulu and Michelle worked at the Emerald Park shopping mall as hairdressers. After barely escaping their apartment and being chased by zombies, they make it to Emerald Park and their work place. Lulu is very high strung and can’t seen to keep it together. She knows the zombies are attracted to sound but she just can’t help screaming when scared. Michelle, on the other hand, is just the opposite. She is the strong one and will not hesitated to shoot to kill. The more she kills the more she likes it.

They were joined by the mall security guard, Francis. Lulu liked him but Michelle has never cared for him. They are also joined by Desmond and Catherine. Desmond and his wife Catherine are both Doctors who were trapped by their car until Michelle arrived. The five survivors secured the shop and the two adjoining ones. Searched for supplies and settled in.

Three different stories that will become one. The characters are all developing into someone else. None of them are what they were before the virus hit. Lulu is scared out of her mind most of the time. Michelle is the leader of her group but everything is not well. Gary has taken charge of his band, but he does listen to the others. When they merge in to one there will be conflicts and murder. Some will rise to hero status and others will sink to the black depths.

Scott Bernie is the reader for this series and he does a bang up job of it. I just love his Gary voice. He really nails the English accent. All his voices for this series are well done and he can really get into it. Well done Scott.

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Left in two minds again...

Everything I said about the first in the series still stands

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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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Book Details

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