The Mountain and The City

  • by Brian Martinez
  • Narrated by Victoria Smart
  • 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An epidemic has killed off most humans, turning the rest into beasts with sharp nails, keen senses and an insatiable hunger. Now, years later, a solitary survivor hides in a trailer above a dead city. This is life with the door and windows taped shut, where survival comes down to two, simple rules: stay quiet, and protect the air.
One day, a visitor comes up the mountain. It's a meeting that leads to a fateful decision, and a sacrifice that will change everything.
Collected here for the first time, The Mountain and The City is a post-apocalyptic serial that has kept its faithful listeners on the edge of their seats time and time again.


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Not what I was expecting

This felt more like a race against time, with all the build up and sharp let downs. The story is told from the point of view of girl who was abandoned at the age of five, so she talks like she is five. Who's name we don't even discover until the end, survived the apocalypse in a trailer with plastic sheeting, duct tape and a Haz-Mat suit. All of the scences took a lot of time to explain, time that could have been spent elsewhere. Did I mention there are mutants? The girl ends up befriending a child mutant and they embark on a series of hair brain adventures. The dialogue between the two is slow and painful, remember five years old. They first go into the city and narrowly escape capture by going into a cave where the girl ends up taking her mask off and becoming infected. This is where I was lost, the plague infects everybody changing them into blood thirsty mutants but this girl somehow delay’s the effects long enough to tackle all these missions. After escaping that they venture to a military base to re supply when they almost get caught and end up killing one a survivor. By this point the two characters are referring to each other as mother and child. They eventually find a brother to join with him to take back control of the base. For the end the girl and the brother walk off into the sunset for a few days before the girl realizes she loves the mutant child and returns to her.

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A Touching Single Book Post-Apocalypse Novel

The Mountain and the City is dreamy, poignant novel of a young lady in a post apocalypse world. she has lived in isolation for a number of years, since the collapse, but leaves her isolation for an unexpected reason, to readers and I expect the character.

The world itself described was unique. We aren't talking standard template slow zombies, fast zombies, etc, but a world of new ideas. It was a touching story of humanity. When being an uninfected human doesn't make you human, nor an infected inhuman.

I liked how the book wrapped up with part zero, which covered the collapse and the girl.

Both endings (the main story, and part zero) were on the sad side, I do admit.

On a technical note, I found the audio volume level a bit low. It was OK on headphones, but when using my phone speaker I was unable to listen to the book, as opposed to most other books I listen to. The narrator speed was a little slow as well, but the audiobook speed adjustments handle that.
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- Michael Oberhardt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-31-2013
  • Publisher: Brian Martinez