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Affliction

The Alt Apocalypse, Book 4
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Series: The Alt Apocalypse, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

A relentless disease. No cure. And no way to stop it.

The Alt Apocalypse is the newest ground-breaking series from Tom Abrahams.

It explores survival under the most extreme circumstances, but with a twist (and no cliffhangers). This series, which can be heard in any order, features the same core characters in each complete story. But every book dunks them into a new, alternate apocalypse: a nuclear holocaust, an earthquake, a flood, a wildfire, a hurricane, a plague, and even zombies. 

Different heroes will emerge in each novel. Different characters will survive and perish. Your favorite character dies in one book? He or she will be back in the next. In the end you'll unwind the loose thread that connects every character and every stand-alone story. 

In Affliction, Abrahams tells the story of a mysterious team of researchers, four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians as they each battle to survive in southern California after an outbreak of a new, deadly disease with no known cure. 

Can they find a way to stop it? Can they survive in an afflicted world?

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  • A. Whalen
  • 14-12-18

keeps getting better

I initially disliked the premise of the Alt Apocalypse but with each new entry, it gets better and better. looking forward to Polar.

As always, Kevin Pierce does a fantastic job narrating.

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  • Margaret
  • 10-11-19

More! More!

This is the eighth book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. I had this in my queue and I don’t know how I passed over it! This series is one that I must look forward to… I can’t believe it. So after an unfortunate length of time, I just finished listening to this and it was another awesome one! I so love, love the way he is writing the books in this series. The concept of having the same characters in different scenarios was intriguing to me. In each successive book there were hints the characters were remembering each other or previous apocalyptic scenarios. In this book it becomes part of the story thread and we gain insight into why some remember and why we are dealing with the same characters.

This is the eleventh book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Kevin Pierce ) and I would listen to anything he narrates. He especially suits the apocalyptic genre. His voice acting is great. His female character voices are realistic and he gives personality to each character. His tone provides the “impending doom” feeling without over-expression.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • ddd
  • 13-06-19

I love this series

this series of books has represented a unique approach to the apocalyptic literature that I have been enjoying for a number of years now. I find it absolutely fascinating that repeated apocalyptic events include some of the same characters. In this last book, there has been a unique sci-fi approach connecting the other books, and other iterations, as they are called. initially I didn't like it , because I want pure apocalyptic literature without a science fiction take. But, I actually find that it adds some depth and interest to the types of stories that I've been repeatedly reading by different authors for the last 6 years. I can't wait for the next one

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  • Patrick S.
  • 09-05-19

2nd best in the series so far

So far this is my second favorite of the series (the first still is number one book in my book). This is an interesting version and the characters have a lot more to grow in the story as it's not as quick as a flood or fire. The choices made do seem like what the characters would do since this is the fourth time interacting with them. We also learn more about the revelation from the last book and hope the next two unpack that more (seems like it will). This apocalypse feels very more apocalyptic and it never seems over the top. There is good tension and it only breaks to another character at the right time. It doesn't always end on a cliffhanger so that you want to skip the next character to see what will happen then go back. There is one interaction with three characters and maybe a bear that seems really out of left field and doesn't seem to do much. I was questioning why it was included and what it added. Yet still, I'm excited for the next one and will continue to read until the end...of the world. Final Grade - A-

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  • Marcus
  • 08-03-19

A good marriage of current and overall plot

One of the things that bugged me about earlier books was that it not only felt isolated (i.e. no in-story linkage to previous entries), but that each tale felt rather lackluster. In the fire one, the rains come and it's all over. Things never really seemed to "go" anywhere.

In this, and the previous book, Tom Abrahams is starting to interweave the stories and provide an overall plot. I don't know if this was the intention from the beginning or if his editors/fans/or internal voice told him to switch it up, but I'm grateful (and since this story no longer opens with saying you can read them in any order, I tend to think it was a late course-change).

Affliction spends time following the lives of our usual characters as they deal with the devastation of a plague, and at the same time, starts to peel back the layers revealing what's been going on behind the scenes to create this world of endless apocalypses. We also begin to find out what links our characters together (and there's even a nod, and some humanization of the poor woman who seems to die at the beginning of every book).

This is an entry you'll definitely want to read/listen to after the others, but it's one of the better ones in term of overall plot and how interesting the "surviving" parts of the tale were.

As usual, great narration from Kevin Pierce.

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  • Derik Dean
  • 07-01-19

Most deadly yet!

This is another wonderful book from Tom Abrahams and Kevin Pierce did an incredible job as always! Affliction shows what can happen if a deadly, easily-spreading disease were to occur in SoCal. This installment of the Alt Apocalypse shines light on the deeper plot of the series as well, demonstrating that these books aren't just a maniacal way of killing the same people over and over again. I highly recommend this series!

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  • Wanpakumono
  • 06-01-19

My current Favorite Series

I like the concept of this series a lot: Same characters, new circumstances. Who will thrive?
Great narration adds to the enjoyment.

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  • Ryan Hooey
  • 04-01-19

Best one of the series

Wow, this one was so great. It had so much going for it. I have read the other 3 in the series and those were great but this one really pushed the series over the top for me. It brought all of the stories together in such a unique way, which I had just accepted things were the way they were and no explaination was required... but we got an awesome one. The characters we have grown to know were all there and I still had my favourites. I loved the chaos and worry that was instilled in this scenario. The tension was there all the way through. The performance was really good as always and you just know what Pierce is going to bring. His voices stayed consistent throughout the whole series and his voice brings something great to this series. I just can't wait to see what is in store for the next audiobook. This has become one of my most anticipated series so far this year. You know you are always in for a creative and wild ride with Abrhams.

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  • Don Wood
  • 20-12-18

love the book

if you started with book 4 you'd be wondering what they were talking about the deja vu.

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  • Brian
  • 20-12-18

Edge-Of-My-Seat Suspense

While chatting with another reviewer (and co-blogger) about Affliction we were both talking about how much we enjoyed this book. And honestly, I think it might be my favorite in the series. There is something about the tension that kept building and building (that never really goes away) that really made Affliction suspenseful.

Early into my boarding of the Alt Apocalypse hype train, I heard that Tom was going to write a book about some sort of plague/virus/etc. I was scared. I wasn’t scared because I didn’t think he could do it, I knew he could. I was scared that it wasn’t going to be as in depth or descriptive (read: sciencey) as I hoped it would be. I’m glad to report that I was dead wrong. A lot of authors will shy away from real science and give you the cookie cutter “there was a virus and it killed 99% of the population”, but he did not.

Abrahams kills it with Affliction. The spreading plague that he describes is so real it makes the book even scarier. He was able to take real things, throw them into a test tube, shake them up, and make something genuinely terrifying.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to talk about this next part without spoiling everything. But I will say if you have not read the other books in this series – it will be slightly spoiler-ish coming up here. The best part about Affliction other than all the things I’ve already stated above is the fact that Abrahams starts to connect the dots a little bit. You get that deja vu sense (along with the characters) combined with the gnawing sense that you have a feeling where he’s going. I absolutely love that he’s starting to tie the loose ends together and beginning to complete the full story arc but I can also tell that we have a couple more books to go.

The characters, who we’re all familiar with by now, 4 books in, are somehow more relatable and more real in Affliction. I don’t know how he did it, but he made it just so damn genuine that you actually feel for them. A few scenes I was really worried about some of them. And he even tied up some of the loose ends that I didn’t know were out there and talked about a specific character and how they every time without fail they die in some gruesome way.

In a momentum shift – Abrahams went from non-stop action in Torrent to an edge-of-your-seat suspense book and in my opinion, it was exactly what the series needed. It doesn’t shake up the whole series but it definitely sets things up for later.

I honestly scrutinized this book a lot trying to find something to complain about (I know Tom reads these and takes the bad and the good in stride). But there wasn’t anything in Affliction that I didn’t like. It was a pure suspenseful thrill ride from beginning to end. Easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2018.