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Ferocious

Narrated by: Scott Thomas
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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From the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Haunted Forest Tour and Wolf Hunt comes another action-packed over-the-top creature feature!
 

Rusty Moss has raised his niece Mia since she was a baby. Now that she's almost 18, he's worried that the life he's given her - living off the grid in a cabin deep in the woods - is holding her back from her full potential. But that angst gets pushed aside when the undead forest animals arrive.
 

At first it's just a squirrel - shockingly violent and almost impossible to kill. Followed by a grizzly bear, also aggressive and resilient, even when point-blank shotgun blasts to the face are involved.
 

Now the cabin is surrounded by all manner of zombie creatures. Rusty and Mia have no way to call for help. The truck that could take them to safety is three miles away, stuck in the mud.
 

But Rusty and Mia have their courage. They have their wits. And, most importantly, they have an ax and a fully fueled chainsaw... 

©2019 Jeff Strand (P)2019 Jeff Strand

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Terrifying, but funny in parts too

There are several reason I enjoyed this book. First is the horror and suspense of the situation that faces Rusty and Mia. But I also like Strand’s black humour throughout. Sarcasm and the way it was very well narrated made this to me a case of black humour and terrifying horror. I like it too because it’s set in one setting so to speak. The scene never changes from Mia and Rusty and their fight for survival. So we don’t have lots of other characters to get familiar with as we do in some books. I enjoy that about Strand’s books. He only uses the minamum and necessary amount of background before the horror starts. He seems to enjoy "stranding" people in forrests though against evil. The haunted forrest tour is a classic example of this. (Excuse the bad play on words!) Great book and excellently narrated to boot.

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Always Fun

If you've read a lot of Jeff Strand, you pretty much know what your getting here.
So Is it any good?
Hell, yeah! It's great fun.
His books always have a breezy flow about them, they don't require a lot of concentration.
Fun horror at its finest.
Recommended.

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Comedy-Horror

My first foray in to Strand's mind, and I enjoyed it. Rather ludicrous concept (zombie animals - I laughed so much) but sometimes I need something rather ludicrous. Nice and gory with comedy mixed in with the horror aspect. Reminded me a bit of Evil Dead which is no bad thing. Narrration was good. Overall, an enjoyable piece of comedy-horror.

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

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 10-07-19

Fast, furry and hilarious!!!

I think this is going to be on my best of 2019 list!! This was hilariously brilliant and I devoured it.

The story centers around Rusty, who lives miles from anybody because he hates to interact with people. He loves his solitary life, until the day a lawyer turns up with devastating news and his baby niece in tow. Now Rusty finds himself a parent to a little girl called Mia. Fast forward a few years and Mia is all grown up. At the cabin, things turn weird when a squirrel attacks and they have a really hard time killing it. They decide to take it to town to the vet to see what was up. No-one believes the fact that the squirrel was hard to kill and kept going even after it had a hole through it's chest. On the way home the car gets stuck so they are forced to walk the 3 miles home. Late at night Rusty hears a noise and what he sees is the start of a fight for their life.

While it starts out slowly, things soon pick up and it's pretty much non stop till the very end. Gory, gruesome yet filled with laughs and chuckles, this book was awesome. I've read some of this authors horror comedy before (Wolf Hunt) and loved it, but this one was even funnier and bloodier. The duo have to fight their was through a wood filled with undead animals and while it's filled with the horror you expect, it's also got some incredibly funny banter between the two which had me laughing out loud.

Fast paced and ferocious, this book is a must read. If you are a fan of this author then you will love it, if you've never read this author before, you will still love it. It's such a fun, darkly delicious book and is firmly on my favourites list.

It shows that the narrator, Scott Thomas, had fun reading this. He absolutely nailed the performance and really brought the book alive. His tones and inflections were perfectly placed and it made listening to this effortless.

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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  • Shelly
  • 23-07-19

Short and entertaining story

This was a fun, quick listen. From beginning to end there were no boring moments. Sometimes short stories end still leaving questions. Everything was wrapped up neatly with a satisfying ending. Narrator did a great job.

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  • David
  • 07-07-19

Evil Dead...Forest Animals

I received this audiobook free at my request and am leaving this review voluntarily.

What a crazy fun ride! Plenty of action, humor, and horror, great characters, writing, and narration, Ferocious is a creepy wild romp that will draw you in and hook you from the start. This needs to be made into a film starring Bruce Campbell. I’d be first in line for a ticket.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 10-07-19

Great zombie story!

This was a great story. I’m always up for zombies but I think this was the first time I’ve read/listened to a story in which animals were involved. In a way, I think I might like the idea of zombie animals better than zombie humans because you never know (as was the case in the story) what kind of animal was going to show up next. It could be something small or large, whereas humans are typically more about the same size when compared to animals.

The narrator added to the overall story, in my opinion. So, I’d definitely listen to him again.

The best part of this story was the interactions between uncle and niece. The humor and sarcasm are totally on par with me and I loved it.

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  • audra dryer
  • 09-07-19

Ferocious

Ferocious is a new zombie like story with forest animals attacking people. I really enjoyed it! Good story told well. I loved the banter between the uncle & niece. The narrator is very good! I really enjoyed his voice. He did a great job bringing these characters to life. I received this for free for an honest review.

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  • DB
  • 09-07-19

Zombie Squirells!

I really like this book quit a bit. If you are a the PETA type, you may want to skip this one. My only criticisms might be that there are a few too many one liners for the situation that our subjects find themselves in (some pretty funny though) and the circumstances of their relationship in the first place.

I received this audio book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Kristine Prais
  • 08-07-19

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

This is a story of a girl, her uncle, and dead/alive forest animals. Will they survive or be eaten? I really love the way that Strand mixes horror and comedy. This is a fun and fast paced story that isn't weighed down with too much detail. I LOVED the woodpecker scene! Before I knew it, the book had ended and I had a smile on my face. The narrator, Scott Thomas, has a pleasant voice and did a wonderful job. The only complaint I have is that I don't know how long I will have to wait for another Jeff Strand fix!

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  • Jason Begly
  • 03-07-19

Ferocious

I loved this book. It was written well, the narration was great, the humor was dry and prevalent, the story was original, and the characters didn't come through the ordeal unscathed. I loved the character interactions, the wit and humor they bantered back and forth when faced the ridiculous odds against them. Every dry comment was translated so well by Scott Thomas, I found myself laughing out loud a few times. When I read up on this book, I thought that the the idea of zombie animals was just a draw in and then it would turn into a regular zombie book. Not the case here which was great. I really enjoyed how the characters struggled with the moral dilemma of killing animals, and as the book goes on, they constantly attempt to verify whether the creature coming at them is undead or not before getting into it. Fun, weird, and awesome.

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

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  • Jennifer Stover
  • 02-07-19

Hoards of zombie animals and plenty of fun

It was definitely a different take on the whole zombie story line. It was gory, scary and funny. I actually really enjoyed it. There was only one part that made me really cringe but not in bad way . Let’s just say it had to do with an eye lol. Anything to do with eyeballs and fingernails make me cringe like nails on chalkboard. But the story takes off fast and is non stop action right to the end. If you like camp horror you will definitely enjoy this.

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  • kyle wray
  • 01-07-19

Another great story!

So I had planned on receiving this book for free in return for an unbiased review, alas the code did not work. Well! Didn't stop me from buying it, and why not? The Jeff Strand and Scott Thomas Duo is back and I'm going to let one credit stand in my way? Hell No! This book did NOT disappoint. I don't know if it was Jeff Strand's writing or Scott Thomas's narration but as dark (definitely in the horror genre) as this book is, I couldn't stop laughing! A heart warming story about an Uncle and his Niece. Just what will someone go through to protect the person they love? I've enjoyed all Jeff and Scott have had to offer on audible but I honestly believe they do their best work together. This book may be a bit short (about 5 1/2 hours) but it was a wonderful listen start to finish. You really won't regret buying this book. If you enjoy this book, check out some of the Author and Narrator's other work, you'll be glad you did.

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