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Cockblock

By: C.V. Hunt
Narrated by: Ramona Master
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

After the daily grind at their jobs, all Sonya and Callie want is to enjoy a quiet night out together at a new restaurant. But making it to their reservation is proving to be a challenge. 

A few men on the street near their destination verbally assault them. The situation quickly escalates into a nightmare. Once within the safety of the restaurant, the two women discover it’s not just the men outside who’ve lost their minds; men everywhere have gone insane. And they believe they’ve found the origin of the mayhem. 

A radio in the kitchen is playing a hate-filled message against women, and it’s being delivered by the president. There’s only one way to stop the men from attacking women, and logic tells them they need to terminate the chaos at its source.

©2018 C.V. Hunt (P)2018 C.V. Hunt

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Not my usual listen

this is book very graphic both sexually and in horror, it was interesting, and funny and scary

I would have liked to find out who was behind the broadcast and what they hoped to achieve, maybe there'll be a follow up

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  • Simone
  • 05-09-19

Brilliant

'Cockblock' is exactly what we need in today's political atmosphere in the USA. A lot of the reviews claim that this is "too on the nose," but I posit that it was written so that Trump's base could begin to maybe understand the message..? Haha ok, sorry, I had to. And I do think that was part of the point. It's like - literally what else has to happen for the message to get across? It may feel on the nose to some, but as a human woman who lived over 10 years in NYC and has traveled the world, this doesn't seem all that heightened to me. Not any more than your average socially conscious horror story, anyway. Ramona Master delivers a good narrative performance.

If you're a man and you're sensitive to... well... yeah, if you're sensitive, I'd avoid this one. You won't like it. That said, if this kind of content makes you angry then this book was probably meant for you in the first place. So maybe read it anyway?

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

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  • Tyler
  • 19-09-18

ok then

unsure how to feel about this book. while the premise is interesting. it's just to much after a while.



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  • michaelslxxii
  • 03-07-19

Difficult but important

As a straight, white and male American raised in a religious household, I found this book difficult to listen to and difficult to review.

As the father of a little girl, women’s safety and feminist objectives are important to me. As the father of a gay teen, LGBTQ equality is important to me. As a liberal in a conservative state and country, democratic law and social consciousness is important to me.

Due to all of the above, listening to and understanding Cockblock was important to me. I recommend this story (but it’s not for the squeamish or those easily offended).

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  • Lucas Milliron, Author
  • 22-03-19

not for the faint of heart.

I went into this book not knowing anything about it, and God damn! this book is intense! plenty of violence and gore. not a story for everyone, as the content is both controversial and doesn't hold anything back.

the narrator was PERFECT for this book! she did a great job capturing the characters voiced and personality. I'll be checking out not of Hunt's work!

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  • J.B. Taylor
  • 06-02-19

My thoughts...

Let's go over the synopsis:

A couple, seeking a romantic night out, instead find themselves in the midst of a one-of-a-kind zombie crisis. This isn't a Walking Dead remake or an unoriginal story of boring ass zombies. No. Men everywhere have turned into come-on quoting rapists hell bent on inflicting terrible harm. 

My review of the story:

This is a story with a message. Cockblock is an allegory of the harsh realities that come with being a woman. It's an unflinching look at how things have only gotten worse and continue to get worse in the Age of Trump. 

It's an indictment of the male ego. Of chauvinism and sexism. But not in the vain of 'all men are evil' at least not as far as I was concerned and I'm a man. The message seemed on point and accurate. Women deal with a lot of crap and this is putting what they deal with on the daily on blast. It's a mature observation of what is wrong, one of the many things wrong, with the world.  

The writing is smooth and blunt, with nothing whatsoever in tone and wordage being held back. I appreciated that. If you're going to deliver any sort of commentary on current events, then do so with a sledgehammer. And C.V. Hunt has one hell of a sledgehammer at her disposal. 

This is a story whose message is more important than the story and raises the story up because of that. 

My review of the narrator:

Ramona Master reads Cockblock. Her pacing is good. She does fail to give each character their own voice, with exception to the gay-bashing nun and an Irish woman on the radio. Still, despite the lack of independent voices she did a really good job. Though admittedly, it can sometimes be hard to ruin a solidly written story. 

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  • Shanna Tidwell
  • 05-12-18

Overall a solid story

The story was good, ending wrapped up rather quickly & a bit easily. Some gratuitous sex. A rather unlikely way to kill what are dubbed ‘sex zombies’ (that sounds funny, I know).
No explanation as to why men have turned in to sex zombies. Also no explanation as to why the woman in the restaurant did what she did to herself.
Crazy nuns and a president who seems a lot like Trump in many ways.
All in all it was a good read.
Narration was great.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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  • eris
  • 25-10-18

Worst date night ever

What starts out as a planned date night for young couple Sonya and Callie turns into a nightmarish fight for survival from zombie-like men. The spin on the genre is a unique one I haven't seen (a signal that turns all the men in the world into mindless creatures who only want to violate any women they come across) and leads to some as you can imagine horrific scenes. It also creates a different type of tension than just a shambling monster coming to eat someone's brains.

I definitely think C.V. Hunt made an engrossing novella and made me care for quite a few characters in such a short book. You root for Sonya and Callie and hope they can weather the storm and come out together in the end. They are thrown into the deep end right from the start, and like many zombie stories some of the worst atrocities are carried out by the uninfected "humans". There are quite a few very effective set pieces that had the tension, horror or intensity amped up. I was surprised by how much was crammed into such a short little story.

There were some things that I didn't particularly love, like the overly pessimistic view of today's political landscape that is tightly intertwined with the story. Especially the final set piece is maybe even some sort of wish fulfillment for some people and didn't need to be spelled out so much that it was actual people in our world that are the ire of many a person in our world. I guess this isn't really a fault I had with the book particularly, but some of the reviews I read where people are saying it isn't a far cry from today. If this book came out say ten years ago you wouldn't have the same divisive undertones that it does today. I sure hope people don't have the almost nihilistic view that Sonya adopts toward the end of the book, and that we can all have some optimism since we aren't in a Zombie apocalypse yet ;).

The narration by Ramona Master was quite good, and very effective throughout. She makes the relationship of Sonya and Callie come to life, and their horror and fear for one another come through from start to end. She also does very well with the supporting cast and gives life to some of the crazy catcalls/obscenities that the infected accost everyone with. Good pacing and inflection make me look forward to hearing her again in the future.

All in all a very effective infected survival story not for the squeamish that may be divisive for some of its political messaging, but engrossing no matter where you land on that spectrum.


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  • TU
  • 17-10-18

Wasn't for me

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This was violent and graphic and a little much. I wasn't sure what to think of it. It kind of painted a really horrible picture of men in general and, for me, came across as a Trump bashing man-hater. I'm not really a supporter, but I'm tired of all the hateful rhetoric. I'm really just politacally fatigued and that has probably colored my feelings about this book. Basically, I'd compare this book to the Purge with mind control... I like horror. Blood and guts don't really phase me. I DO have trouble with rape in books. It often seems to be just for shock value. In this book's case, I'd say that is the case. I didn't get "the message" other reviewers have spoken of... But hey, that's just me. I suggest forming your own opinion.

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  • KD
  • 07-10-18

Book is a little on the nose with it's message

two woman caught up in a world where all the men seem to have gone insane. I feel like the author is trying to display a message regarding our own society today. it's a little on the nose and it takes a little away from the book. but solid interesting premise.

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  • Jo B.
  • 27-09-18

Good, but difficult to listen to at times

Ok. The book is well written, but be warned, it's very graphic and does not pull any punches. I had to stop listening in several places and pick it back up when I'd recovered. Also, the language is VERY adult, so be sure there's no little ones around to hear "C U Next Tuesday" being thrown out there with a fair amount of frequency.

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