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Among Monsters: A Red Hill Novella Audiobook

Among Monsters: A Red Hill Novella

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Publisher's Summary

Being 13 has pitfalls of its own, but growing up has never been this hard.

Jenna had promised her mother that if the worst happened during her dad's weekend, they would meet at Red Hill Ranch. When she finds seven words spray-painted on her dad's wall the morning after a deadly outbreak, she makes a promise to herself: to get to the ranch with her seven-year-old sister, Halle, and to get them both there alive.

For Jenna, seeing her mother again is worth everything. Determined to keep her promise, she is faced with experiences and decisions that force her to leave her childhood behind.

©2015 Jamie McGuire (P)2015 Jamie McGuire

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  • Nomi
    01/11/16
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    "Enjoyable ZA novella"

    I didn't realize this was a novella for a previous book. I'll have to go get Red Hill now. A wonderfully suspenseful book I loved the story and characters. Some people just can't pull off writing from the point of view of a 13 year old but this was very convincing.

    The narrator is pretty good. I really enjoyed her performance.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Engler
    Atlanta, GA USA
    03/12/16
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    "Kid-focused zombie story"

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.


    I didn't read the first story Red Hill. I've never read the author's mainstream romance novels, so I didn't have any expectations coming into 'Among Monsters'. I haven't read many zombie stories so I can't really compare, but the spread felt unnaturally fast. In the beginning, we hear about a viral outbreak in europe but nobody has any details. Within a day, america gets the first outbreak, then within another day, america is overrun with zombies. It seems the virus only spreads from being bitten, and they turn within a day after getting flu symptoms. You'd think that would slow the spread, especially if Europe was already exposed. I mean, if you can beat a zombie with a bat and not get infected from touching the blood-covered bat, then it's not gonna spread that quickly. But I digress.


    This is the first zombie story i've read which followed a 13 year old girl (with first person POV), which is what piqued my interest in the first place. The author tries hard to balance the character and make her seem mature and reasonable but still whiney and stubborn as a child. Throughout the story, Jenna constantly berates dad about needing to see mom, which doesn't end well for some people. The story was reasonably paced. The focus wasn't really about surviving, but rather how to get to mom. I enjoyed the story, and it was a nice length. I thought the narrator was great as the young hailey. I'm biased in favor of female narrators, so I never had a problem with her male voices, but they're not super deep. She uses a subtle difference to differentiate when Jenna is speaking versus just narrating since it's first person POV, mostly changing her inflection and tone as opposed to pitch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy
    23/11/16
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    "Good book"

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. I enjoyed the book. It's was well written and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eric
    21/11/16
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    "Interesting perspective"

    This book has a fresh perspective on a popular story. Although the book was a little unrealistic at times, it is entertaining and a good addition to the genre.



    "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tammi P.
    Michigan
    15/11/16
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    "not my thing"

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. I must say in all honesty that i only listened to this book for about an hour. once it became clear to me that this was a story about zombies, i stopped listening. Zombies just aren't my thing so i must have misunderstood the overview of the book. However, what I did hear was good. The narrator was really good. The story was good and interesting(until the zombies). If you like zombies then this book would be great for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    06/11/16
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    "Great YA sci-fi read"

    This book written from the girl's prospective is very well one of my favorite of late. Yeah, it's the zombie theme and I would have liked the transition process to take longer; but, it's a novella not a series. Though it could easily been stretched into at least a trilogy. Book was greatly enjoyed and completed in one listening session.
    This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Definitely recommend as an outside school read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Mahoney
    Golden Valley, AZ USA
    05/11/16
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    "Stunning Zombie Apocalypse Novella"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I most Definitely would recommend this to a friend. This was a real treat to listen to. I really enjoyed hearing this tale narrated from a younger girls perspective. He was the driving force to keep her father and sister going towards their ultimate goal of reaching their mother.


    What other book might you compare Among Monsters: A Red Hill Novella to and why?

    Apocalypse by Rashad Freeman. Similar theme of small groups having to leave the safety of their areas and move due to the dead and reduced resources.


    What does Patricia Santomasso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Santomasso does an amazing job giving each character life of their own. Jenna the perfect voice of a teenager. Halley the most annoying whine of a little kid. She was an amazing vocal performer.


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

    Yes it was I wanted to sit and hear the whole story at one time but had to stop my self to go about my day and finish the needed tasks.


    Any additional comments?

    "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amber
    Texas
    02/11/16
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    "Really Good Book"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a very good book. This book kept me interesting and I really wanted to know what would happen. The narrator did an amazing job with the book and really brought the characters to life.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erika
    31/10/16
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    "Enjoyable Zombie Story."

    Among Monsters is an apacolyptic story involving a family, 2 daughters and a father, trying to get to Red Hill where the girls think their mother is. The oldest daughter Jenna and her mother spent free time watching zombie flicks and have an elaborate plan for the apocolypse. The girls father picks them up from school at the beginning of when people are only starting to get sick, things progress quickly, cell phones go out and they have no way of contacting their mother or for her to contact them so they stick to the plan, meet at Red Hill.

    I really didn't like either girl nor the mother. The oldest Jenna is a brat and the youngest is whiney. I felt bad for the father but all that brought realism and character to them and they humbled over time. In the story they face several tough situations and meet several people who help them during their travels. The plot was pretty tight and focused and I felt the story wasn't too gory for young adults, in fact there wasn't much blood and guts for a zombie story.

    I enjoyed the narrator, Patricia Santomasso's performance and was ablt to see the story play out in my head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • justin
    29/10/16
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    "good story"

    pretty good story but the dialog was horrible and made it hats to listen to, ex:......dad said. ........I said. .......he said. ........I said. ........he said. ..........dad said. ............I said. ......etc. I had a couple other issues but don't want to give spoilers. I will do a full review on goodreads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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