The Breadwinner : The Breadwinner

  • by Stevie Kopas
  • Narrated by Scott Birney
  • Series: The Breadwinner
  • 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The end of the world is not glamorous.
In a matter of days, the human race was reduced to nothing more than vicious, flesh-hungry creatures. Criminal defense attorney Samson struggles to keep his family safe and his sanity intact when the world comes apart at the seams. Veronica, the high school track star, races to get her brother out of their doomed city. Ben, a military veteran, is forced to come to grips with the end of the world as he fights the undead. Andrew, a police officer, struggles to maintain some sort of humanity in a world overrun by death and destruction.
There are no heroes here, just survivors, and they all have one thing in common: Who you once were can no longer determine who you will be in the face of catastrophe. The Breadwinner, book one in The Breadwinner Trilogy, thrusts you head first into postapocalyptic Northwest Florida and will leave you craving more.

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Left in two minds

Finally a 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. Or is it? The author seems very careful not to use the word zombie. Not once was the 'z' word used. I wonder why? I find that a little strange. The people doing all the chasing are called ‘eaters’. As a fat man I pictured a bunch of fat people shuffling along after the people in the story all going ‘num num get in me belly little people’.


Ok with that little strangeness aside. The only real gripe I had with this one was the length, just under 6 hours in total. The narration was good but had to be increased to 1.25x speed. So the listening time was shortened somewhat. I noticed the second in the series is about the same. This is a trend that is starting to annoy me in this genre. It is now far too easy to listen to one title in one day! At say $13 a title that soon adds up to a very expensive hobby over the course of the week! I know this is harsh on the author. But I’m really starting to bulk at any title, which is so short in length. Particular since the second one could have been combined with the first in the series.

Ok rant over with, normal service will return. The author does a brilliant job at developing the characters. The character flaws and strengths make the characters believable and cause you to want to know what happens next.

The narrator also is excellent in bringing those characters to life.

I liked this one enough to purchase the second before I finished the first. However, with my earlier rant about the ‘z’ word and the price I feel compelled to advise if you are on a budget and a heavy listener. Then wait until this is on special. If the money per hour is not really a factor, you can’t go to wrong with this one.

So rather that this fast fat man giving the 'Breadwinner' two thumbs up. I will give it one thumbs up with a stupid grin on my face!


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- The Zombie Specialist

An impressive debut.

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I loved this book.

We see the end of the world happen within a matter of days, with no warning nor explanation. This story is told from 2 main POVs, the first being Samson, an attorney and the second being Veronica, a teen. Both stories are heartbreaking and both people experience loss so complete that it takes them to hell and back. But both are tough resilient characters and easily likable.

Character wise, this book has a lot of well written and developed ones. We see a lot of secondary characters but the 2 I'm focusing on is Sampson and Veronica. Sampsons story absolutely broke my heart. He went from being a success with a horrible wife, to being the hunter/gatherer with an even horribler wife. His wife is and has always been a gold digger and even with the end of the world happening, she expects the best things from life. He stayed with her for their 2 kids and now he stays with her out of necessity. He knows that he needs to look after all 4 of them now. He was such a sweety and I felt so sorry for him!!

Veronica and her brother are at home with their dad. He goes out on a food run but comes back changed. He tells her that she needs to leave the city, take her brother and leave. She has no choice and so begins her journey. She was such a resourceful girl and easily relatable.

Plot wise, it was really fast paced and I flew through it. With the abundance of characters, it was sometimes hard to keep track but the story comes together in the end. I loved that the author didn't get hung up on how or why there were zombies, though I would like to know eventually. She got into the nitty gritty straight away and swept us up in the story. She described the Zombies perfectly and it wasn't overly gorey either. I also loved how we had 2 different types of Zombies, the slow ones, who have been turned for a while and the fresher fast ones! It really added something unique to the Zombie genre.
In all, an impressive debut! It was fast paced, emotional and engaging. From the first page, you will become engrossed with the characters and will want to keep up with their story. It's a well written and developed read, and I for one, can not wait for the next book!

I listen to the audio and really loved how the narrator grabbed you. He did an amazing job of bringing the story to life and portraying the harshness of life in a zombie apocalypse.

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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2015
  • Publisher: Stevie Kopas