The Hole

  • by Aaron Ross Powell
  • Narrated by Mark Boyett
  • 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The world, as Elliot Bishop and Evajean Rhodes know it, is gone. Destroyed. In just two weeks, a horrific plague raged across the planet - driving its victims insane before killing them.The two survivors set out on an unimaginable journey, driven by a cryptic message from Evajean's husband: If anything terrible happens, you must get to Salt Lake City. But the pair soon discover they are not alone, and that the plague has done more than kill.
The countryside between Virginia and Utah now crawls with victims who have been driven mad - violent lunatics fueled with definite yet unknown purpose. To survive, Elliot and Evajean must fight for their lives - against the crazies, against sinister forces who would stop their quest, against long-ago hidden menaces - and uncover the deeply guarded secret of those driven mad and the plague that spawned them. It's the secret of a destructive force unleashed on the world by one of America's most powerful religious sects.

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Audible Editor Reviews

A horrible plague has decimated the entire world and killed millions of people, and Elliot Bishop and Evajean Rhodes are called to leave their Virginia home to travel to Salt Lake City. On the way, they realize the full extent of the plague's damage, fight zombies and monsters, and come to understand the religious implications behind the plague. Mark Boyett enhances Aaron Ross Powell's post-apocalyptic tale with a remarkable and insinuating performance. The alluring and evocative huskiness to Boyett's voice creates a sustained atmosphere of creepy intrigue throughout The Hole, making for a compelling and provocative listen.

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What the Critics Say

"Seamlessly combines apocalyptic horror, religious elements, and grotesque monsters into one undeniably original read." (Eloise J. Knapp, author of The Undead Situation)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fascinating reinterpretation of religious history

First, just a word of warning: this story might not be appreciated by those who believe religious history is 100% factual, especially Mormons, but also other Christians. It will probably best mesh with the point of view of those who are no-longer-religious former Mormons. But it should still be an enjoyable adventure/suspense story for most everyone. I personally found the story quite interesting, although a bit disjointed in places. It could have used some smoothing out in some places and some expansion in others, but overall, the story was very interesting -- a nice twist on the recent flood of zombie novels. Some of the parts, such as the caves under Nahom or the well in the tunnel in the basement, were astonishingly nerve-wracking to listen to, and reminded me of the Mines of Moria scene in the the first Lord of the Rings film (which I found a great deal more thrilling than the same scene in the book).

Kudos to Mr. Powell for a job well done. I'll be eagerly awaiting his future books!
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- David

Confusing, Hard to Follow, and Lame Zombies

What would have made The Hole better?

SPOILER........I did not mind the inclusion of the twisted Mormon influence in the story, this was in fact the only interesting twist in the book. I did not mind the mythological storyline of how the people became possessed (NOT ZOMBIES). What I hated about the story was the character's dialog, the lack of character building, and the LAME and UNREALISTIC decisions they made during their journey. The ending was abrupt and made zero sense. Not enough action. Confusing story.


Would you ever listen to anything by Aaron Ross Powell again?

Depends on the topic


What character would you cut from The Hole?

The two main characters


Any additional comments?

Should have saved my credit!

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- Amanda H.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios