The Red King

  • by Nick Cole
  • Narrated by Guy Williams
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The end of the world is only the beginning as an odd band of survivors pull together to construct a modern-day castle amid the burning ruins of suburbia lost. As undead hordes and strange otherworldly monsters ravage what's left of civilization, things begin to go from worse to weird as each survivor's dark past unfolds, revealing that reality might be more than anyone ever thought, and that an ancient force from the outer dark has finally arrived to conquer. Stephen King's The Stand meets Lost in an epic confrontation between good and evil that spans history, time, and space.


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent voice quality to match fantastic story

This being my first Audible audiobook, I was excited to hear the story in a voice outside of my own. The voice quality was superb in tone and inflection, helping bring Cole's written word to life. The Red King is an imaginative tale and the audiobook version resonated. I loved listening so much that I did so twice. I used credit to get this Audible selection for free/discounted and it was worth it. Having the story read aloud allowed me to relax and let my mind engage with the imagery, character and plot development.
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- 3Rivers "Sabretooth MicroPress"

Good start to a series

If you could sum up The Red King in three words, what would they be?

Zombie apocalypse mystery. There's something strange behind the appearance of zombies, but this book only hints at it. Two of the point of view characters are deeply involved in it--one on the side of whoever is behind the infection and one who is trying to get to the bottom of it. At least, that's the idea I got. The rest of the point of view characters are simply trying to survive, to find safety and build a new life in the ruins of the old. But those hints of something human-controlled behind the horror adds an extra dimension to the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Holiday. Flawed and immature though he is in the beginning, he changes more during the story than any other. He represents all of us, the every-man caught up in events far beyond his understanding. His struggles both to survive and to overcome his weaknesses makes for a compelling story.

Have you listened to any of Guy Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to anything else Guy Williams has performed, but he does an excellent job with The Red King. I've been an Audible member since 2001, so have heard more than my share of narrators. Guy Williams handles everything extremely well. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with his performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but I don't want to include spoilers in this review. Let's just say it involved Holiday.

Any additional comments?

I'm not a particularly big fan of zombie novels but found The Red King an entertaining ride. I highly recommend it for fans of zombie novels and of post apocalyptic stories.

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- Henry Vogel "Storyteller"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2016
  • Publisher: Nick Cole