Regular price: £16.99

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
OR
In Basket

Summary

Kenstibec was genetically engineered to build a new world, but the apocalypse forced a career change. These days he drives a taxi instead.

A fast-paced, droll and disturbing novel, Barricade is a savage road trip across the dystopian landscape of post-apocalypse Britain; narrated by the cold-blooded yet magnetic antihero, Kenstibec. Kenstibec is a member of the "Ficial" race, a breed of merciless super-humans. Their war on humanity has left Britain a wasteland, where Ficials hide in barricaded cities, besieged by tribes of human survivors.

Originally optimised for construction, Kenstibec earns his keep as a taxi driver, running any Ficial who will pay from one surrounded city to another. The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who's touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that's just the start of his troubles.

On his journey he encounters 10-foot killer rats, a mutant king with a TV fixation, a drug-crazed army, and even the creator of the Ficial race. He also finds time to uncover a terrible plot to destroy his species for good - and humanity, too.

©2014 Jon Wallace (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    19
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • GhostMuppet
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • 30-11-14

A kinda post-apocalyptic drive across the UK

I decided to get this based on the overview of the book. It made me think a little of Mad Max across the UK, with a hint of the Transporter and 28 days later.
However, it didn't really get out of the north of England, and the driving part was fairly small.

But that does not take away from the enjoyment of the book. There are basically 2 stories running - the first is before the 'event' - which follows our main lead and describes the Artificial Beings and why they were there and the events that lead up to the current situation. The second is basically the main story - which is our main lead taking a passenger to London.

As stated before, they stop off fairly quickly to pick up a guide - who wants something to help with his condition and they have to break into a secure compound. Its a bit of a stretch, but if you go with it it is enjoyable. Shame we missed some possible cool Mad Max moments.

The narrator was good. Its a shame that one of the characters has a condition which means it hard for his to talk - as the narrator made this character fairly hard to understand in some instances. This is a minor grip only.

This is a quick read. So, jump on board the taxi and listen to it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Another outstanding Rupert Degas performance

an excellent story brought alive by a most excellent reader , Rupert Degas is a true master and supreme auditory artist , the characters come to life so vividly .

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • SusieT
  • Nantwich, Cheshire, GB
  • 01-12-15

A different perspective on AI

Would you listen to Barricade again? Why?

This is a post apocalyptic adventure from the point of view of the major threat to humanity, an engineered race of artificial beings - 'ficials' that have to barricade themselves into city conurbations to survive attacks from the humans that regard them as a threat. And rightly so. The goal of the 'ficials' is to cull humans as a waste of resources. it's hard to envisage how a characterisation can be built up from such a dearth of material but actually the character of the 'ficial' at the centre of this story does develop. He is capable of creative thought and moral judgement by the end.

What did you like best about this story?

The author manipulates the reader into almost preferring this race of human cullers to the real humans.

What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It's a good production. He voices it well and when nasty things happen to the characters you can sense it in the voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What would YOU rather be: ficial or real.

Any additional comments?

I hope the next Kenstibec novel is 'audiblised' soon.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very Good

Any additional comments?

The story has pace and motion, and gives you vivid glimpses of the pain and decay of life after an apocalypse.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Just reading
  • 09-06-17

A good story with solid characters

The inner monologue of the main character along with his tired, wry sense of the absurd and humorous in an utterly horrible post-apocalyptic Britain really breathes new life into a well-mined genre. Almost, but not quite on par with Careys The girl with all the gifts. Recommended.