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  • Mountain Man, Book 2
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain since the demise of civilization, Gus knows that his next visit to undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Zombie addict? come get your fix.

  • By Karen on 13-08-14

Lost It's Way

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

After loving both the short story and Book 1 I couldn't wait to get into this one. Book 1 ended with Scott leaving to find a pyscopath that killed his friends while Gus defended his house on the hill from a group of bandits and barely making it out alive.

This book, however, has no direction, the events are incredibly unrealistic in comparison to that of the first book, and worst of all it's insanely repetitive.

None of the over-the-top events had any impact on me and I found myself feeling disappointed and losing concentration throughout.

What could Keith C. Blackmore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not repeated himself so much. Yes he's an alcoholic and he's drinking constantly, yes the pistol is in his boot, his knife in the other, his bat and shotgun in a sheath on his back, he's wearing a fireman's jacket with a bike helmet, stop saying "he racked the slide", I get it. And why does he seem to find everything he needs (even a snow mobile)?!

I liked his slight dissent into madness but I didn't like that he had many conversations with a Captain Morgans bottle.

I also hated the whole zombie rats thing. Like I've said previously, the book moves from the more realistic events of the first book to almost comical. I found myself shaking my head a lot while listening.

With a big focus on authenticity in the first book this one just seemed really comical.

END SPOILERS

Not only did I hate the whole rats situation but I also hated how Gus single handedly blows up the city in an attempt to get rid of the rats. Then they find their way to his safehouse in ridiculous numbers and he ends up having to blow up his house too. He sets himself alight in an attempt to take himself with the house but he stumbles outside off the cliff. And survives!

I actually thought he was going to die, and was happy to see him go. He's become very self pitying for no real reason and doesn't have any motives that make for an interesting character.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It's sad to say that there wasn't anything that stood out to me. It felt monotonous a lot of the time and the character was just doing the same thing over and over again. Monotony may be something to deal with in real life but it doesn't make for an interesting read/listen.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to finish the book so that I could move onto the third which focuses on the people of Hallifax and follows Scott on his hunt for Tanner. Already listening to the third and I can safely say it's a definite improvement.

Could you skip this one? Nothing of real significance happens until the end and you could read a synopsis somewhere and move straight to the third. But personally I don't think you should.

  • Mountain Man

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live amongst the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smashing!

  • By Richard Miles on 01-05-15

Couldn't Stop Listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Mountain Man to be better than the print version?

The audio version has the benefit of RC Bray himself. The book is read very well and the voice acting is superb.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mountain Man?

The ending was quite satisfying. I thought it was maybe a little over the top for how realistic and gritty the rest of the book was but it was definitely entertaining.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

There are a handful of characters in this book but Gus is a very well fleshed out character in comparison to the rest. It's clear from the get go he's dealing with an alcohol addiction and although he tries to come across tough he breaks sometimes. RC Bray has voiced him how I would have pictured, if not better.

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

There wasn't wasn't any part that moved me. If you're looking for some deep psychological analysis of the characters you aren't going to get much of that. The story focuses on how Gus has been surviving, his daily routine and how he deals with zombies and other survivors.

Any additional comments?

Like anything zombie related, the story consists of the usual zombie apocalypse material. Looting and gathering supplies, learning how to survive and how to fight, who to trust and not to trust. It's almost a necessity before a story can venture into a deeper more meaningful narrative.It's also very descriptive, right down to the decay of the zombies, to how many much ammo he is carrying/using and the areas ventured through etc. etc.Overall, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,565

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice... until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before. A short story of approximately 9500 words. The first story of the "Mountain Man" series. Contains language and graphic violence. If you enjoy this, check out the rest of the series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely freebie!

  • By NC on 08-04-14

A Great Taster!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-15

What made the experience of listening to The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story the most enjoyable?

Not only is the book well written with all the gory details and characterisation a good zombie books needs but it is brilliantly voiced by RC Bray. His bassy, husky voice is a comfortable listen and he really brings the characters to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story?

Without any spoilers I can say that the book is interesting from the get go, but I was on the edge of my seat when Gus finds himself in the inevitable life or death situation.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

When reading I tend to come up with voices in my head that I feel better fits the characters but RC Bray does a better job at giving characters the right voice. In later books this is more evident.

Any additional comments?

After listening to this book I immediately bought the first in the series. The things people have to do to survive, the social interactions, the mysteries and horrors. It had everything I was looking for in a zombie book.