Sanctuary : The New World Series (Hopf)

  • by G. Michael Hopf
  • Narrated by Keith Szarabajka
  • Series: The New World Series (Hopf)
  • 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Surviving the attack proved to be more than they could have imagined….
Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren't really prepared at all.
While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation. Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor and Pablo are all on different paths, but they are all in search of a home away from chaos. They are all in search of a sanctuary.

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Good 3rd book. Do NOT change narrators mid-series

What did you love best about Sanctuary?

I enjoyed this series, and eagerly sped through all the books. But this audiobook takes a great story and throws the listener a huge curve ball with a narrator change. I am not going to speak to the talents of the narrators, but rather to the HUGE MISTAKE of changing narrators mid-series. That is just plain dumb. I don't know what led to that decision, whether it was deadline, availability, or some decision-makers personal preference.But let me just say loud and clear: DON'T DO THAT TO YOUR AUDIENCE. Having the voices of the narrator change is jarring, but also the tremendously altered voices of various characters changed is completely off-putting and unacceptable.BTW I know I said I wasn't going to speak to the talents of the narrators but I have to make one exception: The voice used by Keith Szarabjka for Barone on this book is horrible. Horrible.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Sanctuary?

Now as to the story, it was actually pretty good. Memorable moments? Hmm. That's tough. It's a fairly steadily progressing story with some real bursts of action...yet as an avid listener I don't think I was ever surprised by what was happening, as by the time something happened (most..not all.. of the time), I already saw it coming. But that's okay.


Would you be willing to try another one of Keith Szarabjka’s performances?

Perhaps. As I said, I'm most offended by the change of narrators on the third book in a series. That's terrible. I'd probably listen to and enjoy other performances by Keith Szarabjka if the story was good.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. But still enjoyed. Did all three books in as many weeks.


Any additional comments?

Overall I found the book great. A few scenarios in this series were over the top (Rahab storyline) but overall pretty good. I found the use of profanity slightly excessive, but appropriate in some places. I thought there were a few too many characters that became "unhinged" and this story device seemed a bit forced at times. (Lexi, Barone at the end, Brandon). Slightly 2 dimensional on those supporting characters.

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- careyd

Worst narrator EVER!

Would you listen to Sanctuary again? Why?

No. This narrator has completely ruined the story. I was so looking forward to book 3 and was disappointed to see that Joseph Morton had been replaced by this clown. I have fast-forwarded over quite a few parts, esp. those where Pablo and his minion Pasqual, a.k.a. Speedy Gonzalez, are speaking. Szarabjka's accents are utterly ridiculous and so overly-dramatic that he lends a comical feel to the story. He does 12-year-old Brandon's voice with a ridiculous southern accent and he sounds like an adult who smokes a pack a day. Half of Connor's staff are now from Boston, apparently, and their accents are so annoying they are difficult to listen to and take seriously. Pablo's accent is so overly done it's just stupid. We get that he's from Mexico...


What was one of the most memorable moments of Sanctuary?

The narrator's horrible impressions when voicing the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Particularly horrible was Winston Churchill. I literally LOL'd. Why is that even necessary?


How could the performance have been better?

Someone should tell Szarabjka that people from Southern California do NOT have southern accents. Neither do native Idahoans, so unless everyone in Eagle, Idaho (Mac, Scott, Truman, his entire group, etc.) came from Texas or Alabama he's way off. He does about 1/3 of the characters with southern accents, 1/3 with Boston accents, and the other 1/3 with a regular west coast accent, sometimes with tinges of southern and Boston thrown in for good measure.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh. The narrator is that bad.


Any additional comments?

I will not buy book 4 if this narrator is used. Joseph Morton should re-do this book and be hired for book 4.

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- Amy R.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio