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Executed

Extracted, Book 2
Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
Series: Extracted, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,227 ratings)

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Summary

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader.

But they've got one anyway.

With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world.

The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run - fighting for survival in a world they're supposed to save.

Meanwhile, Miri has motives of her own. And when the existence of a second device is discovered, the team's mission and their lives are in mortal danger....

©2017 R. R. Haywood (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Unputdownable - an absolute must listen

If you could sum up Executed in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling, absorbing rollercoaster, with an ending that does not disappoint - even better than the first in the series. Most audiobooks have periods in which I lose concentration / drift for a bit before the action resumes - not this book, I was hooked from start to finish - and I defy anyone to guess the ending.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved them all - rarely for a book there are 4 equally strong, appealing lead characters but if I had to choose I have a huge girl crush on Saffi - a great mix of stroppiness and vulnerability, with raw honesty thrown in.

Which character – as performed by Carl Prekopp – was your favourite?

Carl's narration is superb and does this excellent story justice. They are all believable, But Ben Ryder is particularly appelaing as voiced by the narrator. But then I also loved Harry, Emily, Ben and Miri.. Even Roland was flawed but convincing.

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

Absolutely yes! I resented the time spent away from it then was so sorry to finish it quickly. Prepare to put your life on hold for a while - if you start you will not want to stop.

Any additional comments?

This series would make a great introduction to audiobooks for those new to the genre. The narrator has perfect comic timing, great vocal pace and extraordinarily clear characterisation.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant and unputdownable

Wow - this book was amazing, I couldn't stop listening. A huge leap from Book 1. A super-tight plot, excellent character development and wonderful humour which had me laughing out loud. I listened to it in 2 days and hated that it was coming to an end. And what an ending, didn't see it coming at all. I can't wait for Book 3, I hope there's more than 3.

Highly recommended.

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Amazing story

The series second book is better than the first and takes you down a road unexpected. Honestly one of the best books i have ever listened to. Author is amazing, voice actor is amazing, story is amazing. 10/10 must read

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Fast, Fun and Fantastic!

This is a great series so far. It's witty banter and cool characters make up the spine of this very clever and fast paced time travel series.
The action is non stop but the wonderful relationships and dialogue between the protagonists is what makes these books so very special for me. The narration from Carl Prekopp deserves a mention as this could have ruined the whole book if it wasn't done just right......and it was done absolutely perfectly.

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  • Andy
  • Sheffield
  • 29-07-17

Fantastic

Brilliant listened to both Extracted and Executed over 2 days couldn't stop listening at every opportunity

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Whow what a book

I thought the first book was good but this takes it to the next level- brilliant 👍

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Executed

Once again RR Haywood has written a blinder of a story, his ability to write about the human condition never ceases to amaze me, book 3 needed like yesterday please x x x

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Executed to Perfection!

Bravo RR Haywood! I wasn't really taken with the start of his Zombie series, The Undead, but here he has produced a tightly wrapped present for his readers. Not worried about making a more lucrative trilogy he has finished off the story that promised so much in Extracted in just one further volume. A very neat one-two.

Time travel always opens up plot holes and if you're hoping for the book that somehow avoids them this isn't really it. What it does do extremely successfully is bring together some very clever plotlines in what for the genre is a very consistent and cleverly imagintive way.

The narration is also key to the enjoyment and Carl Prekopp brings Haywood's odd assortment of heroes together and reflects their chemistry with real aplomb. A lot of rationale for enjoying this book is the chemistry between the characters and Prekopp gives those reactions life.

So, an excellent two book series and I think a lot of us will be following this author to see what he comes up with next. And maybe I need to swallow my pride and give The Undead another try!

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A bit silly

I had real issues with the first one of this series. This one started off better but trailed off and I stopped caring by the end.
Safe to say this series isn't for people who want intelligent sci-fi. I doubt I'll get the third in the series as this just left me feeling bored.
All this in spite of an absolutely excellent narrator

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Amazing!

Anyone who gives this less than 5 stars is crazy!
Hurry up and write book 3 please...

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  • Irene Nelson
  • 19-09-17

Incomplete

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

I love the narrator and he kept me going with the second book in hope that there will be some development to the story but alas... two books back to back feel like the longest foreplay ever. Where is the beef?

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  • Reena
  • 11-06-17

If I could give it a higher rating, I would

Simply brilliant. The author's deep understanding of human nature and mastery of dialogue = a riveting tale. Book 1 was great and I doubted the second book could be better. I was wrong. It's rare for an author to craft a story where the reader feels like they're right there, alongside the characters. I felt like I knew all the characters and cared what happened to them. I also felt like I understood them. The narrator was perfect. Too often a story is ruined by poor delivery. Carl Prekopp goes on my top 5 narrator list. Such a rare pleasure.

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  • BookReader
  • 11-09-17

Extracted and Executed

The series is SciFi-Fantasy. A time machine reveals that the end of the world will occur in 2111. Three heroic individuals are ‘extracted’ from their current lives/times to prevent the apocalypse. An interesting and promising premise. However, the main thrust, i.e., saving the world, is simply a vehicle for the author to move characters through time and have incredibly mundane conversations. The main characters argue about how to say 2111. Twenty one eleven? Two thousand one eleven? Really? Oh … wait … the world is ending! A WWII soldier becomes a Harry Potter fan - really? The characters banter for several paragraphs and through much stupid dialogue about if or not a character should ‘wank’, masturbate, to release tension. Really?? Oh … wait … the world is ending. A great deal of time spent on the psyche due to confinement … really?? Hello! The world is ending! The author should have spent much more time developing the fundamental plot instead of dwelling on character behaviors and interaction that adds nothing to the story.

Audiobooks listened to, Extracted and Executed, are about 12 hours of listening each, narrated by Carl Prekopp, stories written by R. R. Haywood. No particular issues with narration, Prekopp can only do so much with the material. You’ll have no issues with the reading.

Vulgar language might offend. No sex scenes, some violent scenes.

However, after struggling to the meat of the story through two books, the motivation to continue just isn’t there. Must be some merit to this series based on some stellar reviews. Beats me - not my cup ‘o tea.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric Weber
  • 13-08-17

Kinda boring, but awesome ending.

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

Not entirely. This book was better than the first one, but except for periodic fist and firefights, it seemed slow. The story was mostly character driven, and that, I must say, was very well done. However, I bought the book as a time travel book, and that aspect of it was neither innovative or primary.

If you’ve listened to books by R. R. Haywood before, how does this one compare?

I really thought I was onto a hot one with the first book, especially given the reviews. However, the second half of that book really took a nose dive, being primarily about Ben's depression about his time displacement.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very ending, without doubt, and it redeems the whole project--even to the extent that I would likely listen to a third book if one should come out.

Do you think Executed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It won't kill me if one doesn't. While I loved the ending, it took a lot of perseverance to get there, and would be satisfied if it really was . . . The End.

Any additional comments?

Given all the fantastic comments, I thought I should add a dissenting voice, for the books certainly did not seem to me as good as many of the books I've listened too, and I've listened to over 150 Audible books. I'd give these two a six out of ten. But dang, that was a really good ending!!

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  • Jared G
  • 04-11-17

Plot a little weak, but vivid & personal delivery

Intense action and memorable loveable characters, but somewhat weak plot. Then again, time travel plots are hard to weave. Regardless, I ate it up. The action and interpersonal moments were too good to stop.

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  • William
  • 02-11-17

Book 1 compelled me to read to the end

this book had too much childish back and forth banter which annoyed me. but I am glad I finished. the end of book 1 left to great of a hole for me not to know if the world survives or not. Haha.

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  • Deborah Boyd
  • 09-06-17

WOW! WOW! WOW!

This was an awesome second book in the series. It flows so smoothly and effectively without being to drawn out or rushing too much. Just Brilliant!

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  • bigwig
  • 09-04-19

outstanding listen!

excellent follow-up to book 1 action packed, no dead spots like book 1 and thoroughly enjoyable. this will keep you entertained for hours!

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  • Kevin & Randall
  • 13-03-19

I was waiting for a point

I got 1/2 of the way through waiting for something to happen. All I experienced was mundane chit chat amongst the characters.

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  • Empacker
  • 12-10-18

Pretty good but a little slow at times

Overall pretty good but a little slow and repetitive at times. the narrator does a good job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful