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Faulted

Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Summary

A meteor storm barreling towards earth ignites a chain reaction of devastating events that will bring the world to its knees.

For the first time since his divorce, CJ will be able to take his son on a vacation. Along with his father, they make it a guys’ trip to the west coast. Little do they know their trip that is intended to be a lifetime of memories would include facing insurmountable odds. 

The lack of warning leaves everyone in the dark about what has occurred and vulnerable to all that unfolds. It doesn’t stop with the meteors. The disastrous events come one after another, a domino effect of annihilation. 

It isn’t just one place, it is everywhere. There’s nowhere to run. There’s nowhere to hide. Safety is a broken word. It doesn’t exist. 

Like billions of others across the world, CJ and his family are thrust into a life full of catastrophic events. 

Far from home, caught up in a whirlwind of a distraction, CJ soon discovers it’s not a matter of going anywhere…it’s a matter of staying alive until the events run their course - if that’s even possible.

©2018 Jacqueline Druga (P)2018 Jacqueline Druga

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The human race is faulted but resilient.

At last, an exciting apocalyptic book which does not rely on zombies or gunslinging murderous crazies for the thrills. And such thrills.
As C.J., with his father (the oldest stoner in the state) and six years old son, Carlton, try to leave the hotel to fly back to D.C. and Carlton's mother after their first bonding holiday since his divorce some years before, they are delayed by the security team of a famous singer. Fearing that they will miss their flight, C.J.accepts the offered lift with the singer's entourage. It's whilst they are stuck in non-moving traffic that the first BOOM occurs, and then the earthquake. Something, a meteor?, was briefly seen in the sky. And so begins an incredible and terrible journey.Sent

The progress, or otherwise, of certain individuals is followed, as ever increasing areas of the U.S. are deemed unsafe and evacuation areas are declared. But without communications, personal or even governmental, it is difficult to know exactly what is happening and still less what to do. Throughout the world only Russia was, apperently, reasonably unharmed. And the reluctant U.S. President finds himself caught in a situation in which he could do little but watch and wait.

This book of apocalyptic proportions is truly terrifying as it could so convincingly happen. But it is an hopeful one, too, depending on people's fortitude, courage and the kindness of strangers when all else seems hopeless and destroyed. Not heros, just ordinary people doing what they can. The main characters develop with the story line and the reader is drawn into the book mainly by empathy with C.J.himself as he desperately tries to reconnect with his missing son.

The narration by Andrew B.Wehrlein is superb, perfectly paced, the text read with understanding and emotion but without histrionics, thank goodness. His character voices are individually defined and appropriate, further aiding their emergence from the pages as real, living people for whom we care. An excellent performance, the narrator's style well suited to the book.

My deep thanks to the rights holder, from whom I received a freely gifted complimentary copy of Faulted, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It was a powerful and engrossing (if scary) story of the ending of life as we know it. I can recommend it wholeheartedly to any reader other than a total gun freak who wants everyone shooting at anything that moves even if it is the last thing left alive. Sorry, none of that in this book. Instead, it's people trying as best they can to stay alive. I will be looking out for more books by this author.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 14-01-19

Good read.

Meteors hit Earth and with no time to warn anyone, people have no chance to prepare. A series of natural disaster follow the hits, including tsunamis, earthquakes and Yellowstone erupts. Chaos follows and this book concentrates on focusing on a group of survivours.

This book was enjoyable, which is weird since it's a post apocalyptic book, but it's the only word I think that fits. I enjoyed the concept of it and the characters, and enjoyed the overall story, but I felt it lacked something to really make it amazing.

The characters are all well developed and you can't help but root for them. I really liked CJ and his dad, but Mindy was my favourite. She was fun to read. The plot moved at a quick pace and was some what believable.. the bit I found hard to get my head around was the fact that Russia seemed to be the only place not crippled by the meteors, I just thought this was odd, other than that bit, the rest was good. The idea of humanity having to face so many different natural disasters together was awesome!!

In all, a good read. Not my favourite by this author, but good none the less.

Andrew B. Wehrlen read this well. He is clear and is able to bring the atmosphere to life and I enjoyed his performance.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 19-01-19

The Planet is Deeply Impacted

Jacqueline Druga’s name is synonymous with post-apocalyptic stories. The best part is that they do not always include zombies. This one doesn’t include and zombies and is just an end of the world style story with natural disasters. Out of all the Druga stories I have listened to, I think this was the weakest one yet. I was full on excited at the start and that slowly faded as the story went on. It isn’t a bad story, but she has written many better ones. I enjoyed listening to it, but kept waiting for her unique spin to show and never really found it.

The entire story is pretty much a road trip to survival. Everyone is looking to get to safety and encounter more and more disasters along the way. Families are separated and new families are made. It follows the some what typical plot of a post-apocalyptic group of people looking for salvation. I still enjoyed the story even though I think it was a bit bland and didn’t really connect with me either with the plot or characters.

I didn’t really care for any of the characters. This contains quite an unlikely group of characters, although I felt that this was more about the story itself and not as much about the characters. Hearing their story of survival was more what was being told versus who each one was. You get some background on them, but nothing that really got me close enough to care about them. As depressing as the story is, I never felt for the characters and was more depressed with the state of the situation versus their specific situation.

I really enjoyed Wherlen’s voice. His cadence and tone were perfect and I enjoyed his change in pitch for characters. The emotion you can feel behind the words is quite powerful. He maintains the tension and really pushes the story forward. I wouldn't have felt tension in the story without him. His performance will keep you listening.

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

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  • Nellygirlak
  • 16-02-19

I love this author

I have never been disappointed with this author. Jacqueline has mastered it and the narrator is great!

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  • S A
  • 15-02-19

Uneven Writing

This didn't feel up to the author's usual work. The characters are uneven and feel roughly sketched. In fact the whole book feels like a rough draft for a series without the details. There is nothing really new here. At least there are no zombies.
Andrew B. Wehrlen narrates well and does a solid job on this uneven book.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Tiffany
  • 14-02-19

Faulted

Overall, a decent story. I enjoyed the parts with Mindy more than others. I liked her quirky nature. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job. I received this audio book for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Layla
  • 13-02-19

post apocalyptic

Post apocalyptic story. I liked it more than I expected and it can be read/listened to as a stand alone. It is more about human survival and what we humans do in a disaster.

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  • Deedra
  • 05-02-19

Faulted

I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book.The horrors that they go through are beyond believable! Andrew B. Wehrlen is a fantastic narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-19

I liked it

Pretty good short type story. Second book i've listened to by the narrator and author combo and i preferred this one to the other book i listened to "Rectify". I believe both the author and narrator were better in this book and i will most likely listen to it again sometime (even though i'm swamped with books to listen to.)

I was given this book for free for an honest and fair review

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  • Kristoffer Hess
  • 20-01-19

A More Average Persons Survival Experience

One the things I like the most about book is how a majority of it focuses on the non-military or doomsday preppers, type of people that many people fall into. In many books the protagonists have a lot more cards in their favor when the world falls apart and while those books are exciting it was refreshing getting a more average set of characters. The combination of more average characters and natural disasters utilized to drive the narrative created a much more dramatic survival novel for me. The only criticism I have is in the last act so to speak the author leave out what could have a been almost an entire second novel in reaching the desired conclusion but overall I would say this was a enjoyable disaster novel.

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

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  • Brian
  • 19-01-19

Great Performance of a Short Disaster Novel

Survival is the name of the game when a father takes his son on a vacation and ends up having to dodge a catastrophic meteor shower and it's aftermath. It's high octane fun from the beginning.

The narration is fantastic and really fits the tone of the story.

I received the code for this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.