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Extinct

Narrated by: Kyle Tait
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Channel Two predicted a blanket of snow for Thanksgiving weekend - unusual, but not alarming for the little Maine island. What comes is a blinding blizzard, and a mass disappearance of nearly every person Robby Pierce knows. He and his family flee, trying to escape the snow and the invisible forces stealing people right from the street. 

Miles away, Brad Jenkins battles the same storm. Alone, he attempts to survive as snow envelops his house. When the storm breaks, Brad makes his way south to where the snow ends and the world lies empty.

Join Brad, Robby, and the other survivors as they fight to find the truth about the apocalypse and discover how to live in their new world.

©2013, 2017 Ike Hamill (P)2018 Ike Hamill
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Imagine

Extinct - One of Ike Hamills best works, in fact as good as Stephen King's .
Is it a horror, a thriller or a bit post apoc - it works in all those categories.
Brilliant piece of writing. I read the book a couple of years back, and just finished listening to the audiobook and have started re-listening again it's so good.
Narration is just how I imagined and paints wonderful pictures of fear & confusion.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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Great book!

I really enjoyed this book. My only criticism would be that at times it just gets a little bit too weird. But it still kept me engrossed from start to finish.

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Intriguing but...

Started off great, keeps good pace and doesn’t get boring, good character development (for main cast) but seemed to conclude fast! A theory is suggested and it’s right here’s a fix, done! End! Far too short, ending was rushed and spoiled what could have been a fantastic book. 3 stars is generous in my opinion, but the first 3/4’s of the book was really entertaining so I feel it’s a fair rating. Maybe it was left for a sequel, if so it’s not obvious and still doesn’t account for the exactly guesses theory.

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was expecting good things

i couldn't finish this book,found the readers pauses every few words really annoying,so have no clue how it ends got few chapters in,i expect this word be better off for me anyways read and not listened to
this book was given to me by audiobook boom in exchange for this review

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Different. Really enjoyed..

Different take on the end of the world. Really enjoyed it. Worth a listen. Good characters

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An excellent apocalyptic story fresh & different

This is excellent. I love the two different story threads. We have a young genius or at least someone with a perfect memory facing the ultimate storm and disappearances of everyone. Contrasting this a man living remotely but comfortably in a cabin in the woods with an intelligent and ever growing vine. I love the contrast of the two story arcs with a both excellent. You wonder when they will meet up although both are engaging in their own rights. I really like both of these characters and all of the characters throughout. I like the way we go when the two characters stories do come together and I was hooked throughout.

The pace of the book is brilliant. Spooky and isolating at times and intense in moments. Some really great moments as well in what is a really good story. I really enjoyed the narration which gives a great sense of the characters as well as keeping the pace enjoyable and perfect for the story.

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

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Animals don't know sh*t about zippers.

Extinct is a very refreshingly different take on the coming of the end of life as we know it and the first half had this reader absolutely rivitted to the two seperate story lines - that of Robby, a young teenager living with his parents on an island off of Maine, and the other, set several months earlier, of Brad, who discovers some unpleasant stinging vines at the edge of the garden of his remote cabin in the forest. With alternating chapters about each of the protagonists, the situations become increasingly bizarre and terrifying, the tensions rise dramatically and it all seems mysterious and strange.
Eventually, the storylines converge and Bobby and Brad join forces.
And at this point, the wondering mysteries seem to deteriorate into the more conventional horror of apocalyptic tales - still different, perhaps, but without the weird drama of earlier - and loses some of the magnetic pull. The ending felt less than fully thought out, too.

But then, of course, it wasn't really the ending. With more books to come after, there is still time to explain all of the questions still left unresolved: about the plants and the holes and men from the government, the strange markings on a cellar wall, the constant falling snow, the darkness things and the constant theories from the rather overly pushy teenage boy.
Throughout it all, the narration of Kyle Tait remains consistently good, his slightly gruff voice slow paced, echoing the text, emphasizing the atmosphere and giving good individual voice to each of the protagonists.

My thanks to the rights holder of Extinct who, at my request freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. It started so well, eery and fascinating, drawing me into it's terrifyingly unusual story. But it wasn't sustained and so much was unanswered, replaced with simple apocalyptic horror, or else simply strangely ignored. Perhaps a later continuation will resolve these anomalies but I would have preferred less left abandoned in this volume.
Will I continue to follow Robby and Brad into book two? Not sure.

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Great listen!

I read/listen to alot of apocalyptic horror and was surprised to find a new and original storyline in this book. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series being released on audiobook.

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  • KarmaKarma
  • 16-08-18

One of my favorite authors

I love how Mr. Hamill writes and this book is no exception. The plot develops slowly, sucking you in until food and sleep don't matter-- you have to find out what happens! This is one of those audiobooks that you will listen to again, to catch the subtle clues that end up meaning so much. Highly recommend!

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  • Drew
  • 14-08-18

Great book.

I loved this book. I thought it would be a totally different story then it was. Loved the survivor story it developed into. Very happy that I went with my gut and got this book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Simone
  • 04-08-19

An Excellent Ride

'Extinct' is a story that stretches across genres for me. If you're a horror fan exclusively, this book may not be for you. But if you enjoy your horror with a sprinkling of drama, a dash of humor and a boatload of adventure then this will be a perfect fit. Listening to this one felt like getting on a new ride at Epcot that I couldn't figure out how to get off of. I couldn't put this book down because I couldn't guess at what was going to happen next. Where I did guess, I was wrong. And that was, of course, tremendously refreshing! Kyle Tait did an excellent job of voicing this long book. I would be interested in hearing more from Ike Hamill and Kyle Tait and I would happily recommend this book to sci-fi/horror lovers.

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

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  • Beerarchy
  • 09-08-18

A Better "Yesterday's Gone"

This book starts out pretty strange, and then it gets stranger. For a while I was ready to give up in it, thinking it was kinda directionless and just being odd for the sake of being odd. But then about half way through it starts to tie the story up and get some direction. After that the story really draws you in, and I was happy I stuck with it. It had a similar feel to Yesterday's Gone without but with only one narrator and two POV characters (which I though made it easier to follow). The story had a few plot holes and was shaky at times, but overall it was pretty good. The narration was perfect. I'd say of you enjoy strange sci-fi like Yesterday's Gone or Welcome to Night Vale, this one is for you.

I received this book for free in exchange for a fair review.

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  • T. Lamb
  • 22-07-18

Are they even human?

One of my creative writing professors in college said it best. “Don’t tell them (your readers). Show them.” He meant by using the method of fleshing out characters, building worlds and situations, and by never giving away your true story or plot ‘til the very end. This author did none of that. Within the first hour of the book, he had a character, a 13 year old boy, already talking about extinction and that was only after a few people disappeared (and that was done “off screen”). The so called “scary” parts were barely a blip in the radar. And the way the rest of the characters reacted when people snatched in unbelievable ways right in front of them was beyond nonexistent (these were friends and family who were just snatched and they were like “oh, well, let’s keep going”). I’m only a couple hours in and am struggling to keep going. I really wanted to like this book but there are far better ones like Koontz’s The Taking or Brant’s The Dark. Save your credit or buy those.

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  • pjsvoice
  • 07-11-19

Good performance, dragging plot

Kyle Tait does a great job with a huge cast of characters. I struggled with the plot though. it develops over a LONG time. Then as the payoff comes at the end it seemed to lack cohesion. Reminded me of the end of the TV show LOST where your last thought is "that's it?" I received this free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • erik luna
  • 06-08-19

Intellectual and riveting

The detail in this book is almost overwhelming. I thought I'd be lost in the beginning when so many different things were thrown at me but I was able, after paying close attention, to organize everything and the story eventually broke loose in epiphany. The characters are amazing and each one developed wonderfully. The story, as I said, took a minute for me to latch onto but once I did was an intellectual ride like few others.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Johannes Debler
  • 06-08-19

Too many plotholes and mediocre narration

The actual story has a lot of potential, but there were just too many plotholes that felt like the author was setting something up that then never paid off.
In the beginning we follow two characters, but since the narrator did not give anyone a distinctive voice and there were no real breaks between character switches I got lost as to whose story was currently being told.
The story was quite unique with a take on alien invasion I haven't seen before. It took a couple of hours to get to that point though and I was close to bailing on the book a couple of times until then. Unfortunately when the story actually got going there is just too much stuff that gets skipped. I am worried that some of that may get picked back up in the sequel, but I'm not going to get that just for the payoff (that may never come at all).
All in all the characters do not seem real or relatable.

***SPOILERS BEGIN***
- How did Robbie meet all the others, we follow his story and then all of a sudden there seems to be a timejump and he has met a lot of other people.
- What's the deal with the symbols in the basement? We get some info where he tells Brad about them, but then that storyline is never really picked back up again.
- What about the 'cannibal' that removed the genitals? Is it supposed to be Nate? But he is allowed to join the group too fast and nobody bothers to ask him about that.
- How die Brad find the group again that quickly and at just the right time after escaping his kidnappers?
- What is the connection between the kidnappers, Nate and Brin? And why does Brad never even ask Nate or Brin?
*** SPOILERS END***

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-19

Imaginative and Exciting

What an amazing story! Ike Hamill has created a unique, apocolypse-causing disaster . You will just have to read or listen to it.

Kyle Tait does a great job. Very easy to listen to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Raelyn Houston
  • 02-08-19

It Starts at the Begininng

This book was so good. The extinction starts just a few pages into the book and leaves you feeling on the edge of your seat from that point forward. It was weird, because parts of the book seemed kind of slow, but that was only because I couldn't wait to find out what was happening next. It was so hard to pause the book when I had to stop listening. I wanted to just listen to the whole thing in one straight sitting. The narrator was amazing. I can't stress enough just how good the narrator was. Every voice was spot on. Every emotion was clear. He even managed to get Robbie's flat, lack of emotion portrayed just right. Robbie himself was a special character that really highlighted how much the world needs these special kids. I loved how the adults only balked for a second or two about following a kid and then they realized that he was the right person to look up to. I also love how the author didn't make Robbie out to be all-knowing and always correct. Robbie wasn't a super hero in a kid's body. He was a real kid that sometimes made the wrong decisions, but he always owned up to it and then moved on.

I have already checked and found out that this book has four more in the series, however, the others aren't on audio book yet. I might just have to get the books on kindle because I can't wait to find out what's happening next in their strange new world. I received this audio book for free at my request from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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