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Mad World

Broken World, Book 3
Series: Broken World, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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Vivian and Hadley find themselves in a situation that is even more threatening than the dead walking the earth. Kidnapped by armed men and taken deep into Las Vegas, they're cut off from anyone who cares about them and thrust into a world so sick and twisted that it can only be described as madness. With little hope of being found, Vivian and Hadley must team up with one of the very men who abducted them if they have any hope of escaping their new nightmare.

Watching Vivian get thrown into the back of a van almost tears Axl apart, and he's determined to find her no matter what it takes. With the tension growing between him and Angus, Axl finds himself wondering if the price will be his relationship with his brother. Putting both old and new wounds aside, Axl and Angus must infiltrate the group holding Vivian and Hadley and make their escape through a zombie-ridden Vegas.

©2015 Kate L. Mary (P)2015 Tantor

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"[F]ull of gritty, non-stop action and intense emotion." ( Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

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Loved this

I thoroughly enjoyed this series but am left wanting more. I liked the characters, they were normal likeable people (though some not so much) making do, with their flaws & all. I want to know what happens next. Surely this can’t be the end for the group. Please?

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  • Rebecca
  • 16-07-19

Just WOW!!!

I am really not a zombie post apoc reader, but was instantly captivated by the work of Kate Mary and the narration. I loved the story line and the way they just come alive in my mind. Great series and can't wait for the next one...

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  • Tilo
  • 13-05-15

Big story

This book manages to achieve multiple climaxes...

The one main story was really enough, but it kept going and when you think that that must be the end, it goes on for one more climax and an exciting conclusion. I was a tiny bit unsatisfied with one resolution in the end, but this was deliberate by the author but I'm unsure why. It kinda gnaws at me. I was so on edge for much of this book.

The strangest thing was when I was worried about a plot development and thought they would miss it, but no, they anticipated it too! They even had an emergency plan "in case", yet crap still happens anyways.

My past gripes were answered and it turns out the author was just keeping me in suspense during the previous two books. I also figure Angus was/is just a bit crazy so he gets a free card to act a strange. In this book it does turn out he isn't as simple as everyone thought he was.

Both narrators are very good and I think it's great that there are two. You'd think that they would narrate at the same with each doing the appropriate gender voice, but I guess they must have tested that and maybe it sounds funny. Like other books with two narrators, each takes over the whole chapter when it's either Axl or Vivian. Luckily it doesn't happen too often that Patrik Lawlor has to do female voices, particularly when you know there is a good female narrator available who could have just spoken the female lines. He was a bit over excited at the start, but I guess so was Axl.

I'm really glad there is more coming in this series, I hope it never ends.

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  • M. Childers
  • 22-11-19

Pretty good Zombie series.

This is the 3rd book in this series, and not a standalone. I'm enjoying this series more than I thought I would, with each entry improving the world building. Listening to the audio, the dual narration took a little getting used to after the 1st 2 books with single narration. I didn't like Axel's voice at 1st, but after a while I realized the narrator captured his personality well.
I like all 3 main characters in this story, Vivian has a few annoying moments, a few TSTL moments, But mostly manages to hold her own. Axel is a character that you really grow to like. And Angus, O Angus, he is such a jerk but my favorite character. I live in terror that something will happen to his character, I hope he makes it to the end of the series.
Gory stinky zombies, nothing new there but an enjoyable series it's been really nicely fast paced

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  • Greg Fultz of GEFNET
  • 13-10-19

Book 3 Done!

(Carbon Copy of my review in the first book in the series)

Broken world and the rest of the books in the series (which I finished as well) is a great series I enjoyed the characters and the storyline and it never got boring. it was both realistic and feasible in terms of what an end of world zombie invasion might be like. I'll tell you what IF and when it does happen I'll refer back to what Axel and Vivian did to survive! I ain't joking lol

Props to the author for a well done enjoyable series!

Updated Review For Book 3:

Book 3 continues to amaze and continues the story where it left off from book one it just gets better from here. my original review that I posted on book one and copied above still applies.

Off to Book 4!

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  • Carole Wooten
  • 02-07-19

More please :)

This was such a good book! Once I started listening to this book, I did not want to put it down. At this point, I am going to have to admit that I have become slightly obsessed with this series. That is a good thing. A very good thing. I am completely invested in this group of characters and really want to see them flourish despite the horrendous world that they must live in. I really had a wonderful time with this book.

One thing that was a little different about this book as compared to the previous two is the fact that we get to see not only Vivian's perspective but Axl's as well. I do have to say that it did take me a minute to adjust to another point of view and a second narrator but I found that I really ended up appreciating that second point of view.

This is not a feel-good story. Don't get me wrong, there are some moments when things actually work out for the characters but overall this was not a pleasant tale. This story is set in a world where the dead walk the streets but the real enemies are often other survivors. This story illustrates some of the evil that humans can do to others but it also shows the strength of people put in the worst situation. I love the fact that despite the fact this group of characters always have each other's backs and try to do the right thing.

I do love the characters in this book. It was great to see the progress in the relationships between the characters. There were a few character losses that broke my heart just a little. I have a lot of respect for this group that never gives up even when things seem to be at their worst. There are a lot of really terrible things that happen in this installment so these characters are definitely tested in this installment.

I thought that Hillary Huber and Patrick Lawlor did a great job with the narration of this book. I was a little surprised by the addition of the male narrator but I think he did a great job of representing Axl. The two narrators did a great job with all of the characters voices and I thought that they added a lot of excitement to the story.

I would recommend this series to others. This is the third book in the Broken World series which is a series that really does need to be read in order. I found this story to be both heartbreaking and hopeful and can't wait to find out what happens to this group of characters next!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.

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  • Tina Kelso
  • 25-07-18

As always I love Kate's books

Loved this book. I'm ready for the next one. Hopefully we can get it on audio soon

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-18

Only 3 books in a 7 book series

I am getting pretty disappointed with Audible. We only get 3 books in a 7 book series. Then they bring on the book that is a continuance of the series with a huge blank space in between. If you can't have all the books then why bother with the first 3. I might as well buy the books elsewhere and just read them. Which is probably what I will start doing with any series of books. This isn't the first time this happened. What is sad is I enjoyed. This series, and only found out the other books were available by accident and when I was trying to figure out if Twisted World was part of this series. What a rip. I've spent a lot of money here. I am always trying to figure out if a book in a series comes out. Never any notification.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-17

Terrific story and narration

Narrators were terrific. They made the book really come alive. I can't wait to start book #4

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  • Prilla
  • 12-02-17

Very good series

What made the experience of listening to Mad World the most enjoyable?

Very good series, she tells the story step by step so you don't feel like your missing anything! However I did not care for the narrators voice that did Axl in this one! He's suppose to be a guy in his 20's but sounds like a man that's probably in his 40's. Nothing youthful in his voice. I definitely preferred the lady who did all the narrating in the 1st two! Even with that said, still worth buying it!

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Currently on the 4th book and super sad that there is no audible for this one or the last 3! Probably wouldn't have bought the audible versions for any of them and just read the books! I like to listen to a book while I do laundry, clean the house, cook dinner, drive etc. and that was a bummer that I can't finish the series that way!

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  • AmazingAmazon
  • 12-08-16

not my favorite of the series...but entertaining

so much of the story focuses on Vivian's time at a casino. it felt like an entire book about one day. also, it was nice to have a male narrator, but the narrator chosen changed the vibe of the book quite a bit. i didn't love the book but still interested in what comes next.