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The Last Tribe Audiobook

The Last Tribe

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Publisher's Summary

Imagine being alone in the world, one of only a handful to survive a global pandemic. Not only do you struggle to find food, water, and shelter but you also deal with the sadness and losing everyone you know and everything you have.

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living that nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire. Knowing the impending New England winter could be the final nail in his coffin, Greg packs what little food he can find and sets off on his 100-mile walk north with the unwavering belief that his family is alive and will join him.

As the fast-moving and deadly disease strips away family and friends, Greg's father, John, is trapped in South Carolina. Roadblocks, a panic-stricken population, and winter make it impossible for him to get to his son. John and his three brothers appear to be immune, but they are scattered across a locked-down United States, forced to wait for the end of humanity before travelling to the mountains of New Hampshire.

Spring arrives, and the Dixons make their way north to find young Greg. They meet others along the way, slowly forming the last tribe of humanity from the few people still alive in the Northeast.

©2015 Brad Manuel (P)2016 Podium Publishing

What the Critics Say

  • Nominated: 2017 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator

What Members Say

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    mr 24/10/2016
    mr 24/10/2016
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    "Dullest most mundane 'post apocalypse' ever?"
    Would you try another book written by Brad Manuel or narrated by Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick is brilliant and the way that he narrates this brain numbing festival of banality is testament to his talent and skill. I will never knowingly listen to anything Brad Manuel writes again.


    What will your next listen be?

    A Larry Mc Murtry book i have lined up in my wishlist.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scene when she found the dog.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Tribe?

    i would have cut a lot of the scenes when it seems like there will be some actual jeopardy and then very little actually happened? I was so desperate for some drama i actually started making up my own back stories and sequels where something interesting happened. Again and again Scott Brick tried to inject some tension, but then the promises of tension turned into a banal description of cooking tinned goods, or shopping for things like pots and pans.The dramatic efforts in N Y C and Boston were just THROWN AWAY! Some of the everyday stuff is nice and fun, but there has to be some kind of counterpoint to that.. I don't need Ultraviolence or gut churning action (though this did kinda promise that by its genre) just some kind of conflict that is drawn out and complex.


    Any additional comments?

    Does Audible have any kind of editorial policy? Or can anyone just chuck a dull book up here? Please ! Listen to 'Earth Abides' by George R Stewart instead; 'The Last Tribe' is like that book, but with the brain and heart scooped out of it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Ferguson Wales, UK 07/10/2016
    Tom Ferguson Wales, UK 07/10/2016
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    "A bit too.. nice"

    I was intrigued all they way through but by the end, disappointed at the lack of conflict and it all seemed a bit too nice. There was plenty of points throughout this story where we could have seen twists or anything to inject some thrill. All in all a good story, could have been better.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    max 04/07/2016
    max 04/07/2016
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    "I need more"

    I did read the reviews and listens to the preview then passed it by (big mistake) came back to it as I couldn't find anything to listen to. This is blooming fantastic! It's beyond fantastic, this story could actually happen (have you seen the news lately!?)

    No spoilers get this. Best two days of Audio tension and drama I have had in a long time.

    Please can you write another book. I need to know if they do that thing and get some trouble makers

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    fay 25/10/2016
    fay 25/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Insipid Tripe."

    If you're a fan of sickly sweet, feel good stories, this one's for you!

    No baddies, no danger, no threat, no violence gore etc etc etc

    Just awful. There's not an ounce of malice and everything works out beautifully EVERY DAMN TIME for this All American survivors group.

    If grit is what you're after, avoid like the plague (the primary school, weak, dull plague featured in this book)

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    eamonncy 21/10/2016
    eamonncy 21/10/2016
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    "Bland"

    This started well but ultimately disappointed. It lacks any excitement or tension and becomes a kind of latter day Swiss Family Robinson with cheesy dialogue. The chances of the group of survivors having the skill set they have is astronomical. And chances of a husband and wife surviving? Overall I found it hard to take this seriously our to have much empathy with the characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    weasal Scotland 03/10/2016
    weasal Scotland 03/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Ok to listen to but I probably would have ditched it had I been reading it"

    As above, it was alright to listen to in the car to pass the time, but I don't think there would have been enough there for me to finish reading it. I ended up really wanting to know how it ended but the ending was a tad disappointing. Nothing really happened in the whole book to be honest! My main gripe is that it was all a bit twee. Everyone got on far too well with each other, were way too jovial for it being post apocalyptic, and it seemed a bit unrealistic how nothing particularly happened to any of the survivors. Bit of a rose tinted glasses version to the end of the world.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    glenn jackson 22/06/2016
    glenn jackson 22/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "utterly brilliant."

    What an amazing story. 22 hours done in 3 days, I just could not stop listening. I felt like I was there with the survivors. Scott Brick just reaffirms that he's the best in the business.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph K. 22/10/2016
    Joseph K. 22/10/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "'Fisher price ' dystopian fiction"

    not quite gritty enough for my liking. Not much originality here but fairly engaging characters to a point

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    s ogden 22/07/2016
    s ogden 22/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book.."

    Narrator was great as always. Book left me wanting a second one! Hope we see one in the future.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer UK 15/10/2016
    Amazon Customer UK 15/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Had promise, must be needs work."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    No real twists, turns or shocking moments all very bland.


    What could Brad Manuel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A couple of times during the story you felt like here comes the world of pain aka walking dead or other end of civilisation genre books, TV. But no this story just wouldn't go down that road, everything works out fine. Brad has some potential if you can bring yourself to kill off a few characters, introduce difficult scenarios but hey, you' ve written a better book then I ever could. I like cooking too, but tone that down a little.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    It was fine


    Any additional comments?

    no bad guys in this book, those that are meant to be are not developed along in the story. Nothing happens, well yes the world as we know has ended, lots of people die initially but it was a bit watered down. No real tests, or scenarios from competing groups, shock moments etc. Just very disappointed after so many excellent reviews, have these people read or seen any other books of a similar genre probably not!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Mary B. Coates
    04/07/17
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    "no conflict"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a well read story, an interesting premise with great potential but there was no conflict. The author spent too many chapters and too many pages but there was no conflict. There was a hint here and there but nothing ever came of it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Manuel again?

    hard to say. The story line had potential and was not a terrible story, but it was flat, like drinking a glass of milk when you really wanted soda.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He did a nice job reading the story, he has a good voice for reading and used inflections well.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    not as it was written. If they spiced it up a bit, gave me a reason to root for the characters, then maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    This read more like someone's fantasy of what they would do in a similar situation, rather than a story in which there should have been a conflict to over come. It is hard to care about the characters when everything always goes right for them, and it is not very realistic. The premise was that a super flu kills off most of the world, that was a conflict, as the characters needed to survive and over come their loss of loved ones, but the author spent very little time on that aspect of the story. This reads like a first novel, and it may be , but one is left to wonder how such a lengthy book with no real meat was published in the first place.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kimma
    23/06/17
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    "ehhh "

    I purchased this book on recommendation by the narrator saying that this was the best book that he had ever narrated and I had just finished listening to another one of his books which was pretty good. Pish posh this book is mediocre. It is long which I guess I can appreciate because I pay for something to listen to while working but, the story is unrealistic drible in many parts both pertaining to the characters, situations, and dialouge. The characters are one dimensional probably because there are too many of them. This book is not bad but also not good. I have read much much better in this category. It did pass the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Nampa, ID
    15/08/17
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    "A new favorite."

    I was amazed by this story. The end of the world as we know it does not have to be about all the death and destruction that everyone loves to write about. This is a story about real people living real lives through a real worldwide tragedy. They come together and help each other. There are those who do not want to get along… and they don’t… but for the rest of us normal people surviving is about family. In tragedy we lose loved ones in our lives. But through those losses we often find new friends and new family or grow closer to those we already hold dear.

    Since this is a story of real life there is some language used. Because this is a story of family it is used sparingly and dealt with appropriately when it is used.

    I have heard Scott Brick before and really enjoy his reading. As usual he does an excellent job on this novel. I think he does an excellent job with certain accents and that is evident in this novel as well.

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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephan B. Collins
    26/07/17
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    "And the bourgeoisie shall inherit the earth."

    As did some other reviewers I enjoyed the first several hours of this nearly 23 hour travail. Like some television soap opera writers Manuel spins a remarkably good yarn wherein nothing actually happens. He is able to keep the reader interested with the promise of some sort of conflict on the horizon. I'm not even referring to the trite hordes of zombies or feral survivors bent on rapine and murder. I'm referring to any conflict at all.

    When there are numbers of humans living together in a group there's always going to be some sort of conflict. How that is resolved is generally the point of TEOTWAWKI literature (and most other literature as well). Except in Mr. Manuel's post-Rapture (the nickname for the disease that leaves only one in a million survivors) world. All canine and feline species have died so there are few significant predators left. So many people died so quickly that immediate food and shelter is readily available. Manuel sets up several interesting potential interpersonal crises, and the characters talk about them at length, however he chooses to 'resolve' the conflict by having the problem character run away.

    If the above were the only problem I would rate it a three as it would be inane but curiously engaging. However it devolved into the absurd. I have to admit from the outset that I quit after listening to almost 90% of the book. So maybe it got really good in the last three hours. Somehow, however, I doubt it. I left the party when it appeared clear that the rest were going to actually take an airplane from Massachusetts to Hawaii on the advise of a 13 year old wunderkind. To make this foolishness worse, not one adult seriously questioned the wisdom of leaving the resources of an entire continent (not to mention its gene stock to minimize inbreeding) to fly some 5,000 miles because a child deems it somehow than staying somewhere on the Atlantic coast. The problem with "genius" characters is that they are only as intelligent and wise as the author who creates them.

    What was interesting and remarkable to me was Mr. Manuel's vision of a 'good world.' Apparently it's white and middle class. While purely Euro-American people currently comprise about 60-65% percent of the US population (less on the coasts where this story takes place), in Manuel's world it is more like 90%. There are only three, possibly four people of color in the group of survivors. There are no male African Americans whatsoever to make the nice white folks uncomfortable. The one African American woman is past child bearing years (and not very bright) so the race, at least on the Atlantic Coast, will die out.

    There are no working class adults either. Not one. All but one character of teen years or above either has a post-secondary degree or was on the way to obtaining one. There are no Costco workers, no clerks, no garbage collectors. The one working-class character who passes through the story ran his own construction company. However, being a junkie, he decides not to stay with the rest.

    In short, there are no challenges to the white middle-class assumptions of leadership and position that might arise from those who didn't have an opportunity to participate fully in the abundance and opportunity of the 'old' society. While creating a world without race and class consciousness would be a worthwhile theme to explore, that would take conflict and conciliation. Maybe even atonement. However Manuel avoids the challenge altogether by simply killing off the undesirables.

    But the book isn't all bad. The characters are all very pleasant and generous people, and some are actually interesting and funny. Also Scott Brick does his usual outstanding job narrating. Finally, this story, and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to it, helped me to understand how Donald Trump won the election of 2016. So thank you for that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    15/06/17
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    "No suspense or action whatsoever"
    Would you try another book from Brad Manuel and/or Scott Brick?

    I have listened to Scott Brick on other books and he has a good voice. This book was just so boring. No thrills, no danger, no suspense at all. Everything just went to perfectly.


    What could Brad Manuel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Throw in a few villains, dangerous situations, nail biting scenes, volatile relationships. Something...

    PS- brothers named Craig and Greg? Not a likely choice.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was hard to tell since all of the characters were even and similar. Not much personality required to get them across.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Tribe?

    Enough to make room for some meat in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole book I was waiting for something to happen and then it was over. Disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seth
    04/06/17
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    "This is not a prepper or survivalist novel."

    Don't expect anything like a Horton, Rawles, or A. American novel because this nothing like those books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dean gibson
    01/06/17
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    "boring"

    Nothing exciting happens after the plague kills almost everyone. Everything just works out. Needs an antagonist that actually causes problems..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen
    Portland, OR, United States
    25/05/17
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    "Boring"

    I kept waiting for suspense or action that never came. Characters were one dimensional. Drama was foreshadowed that never came. Disappointing, would not recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    24/05/17
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    "Long Boring Tedious"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like long drawn-out descriptions of cooking you may like this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that described fishing for a half hour........


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been a great story but the author could have used an editor. Every action was described in unnecessary detail.

    There was also a complete lack of conflict in the story.

    The characters seemed a bit to saccharine for my taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • teknician
    05/05/17
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    "Where's the imagination?"
    What disappointed you about The Last Tribe?

    Most books in this genre show authors' imagination -- think Earth Abides or The Stand -- to paint a picture of our world devoid of human activity. But that doesn't mean nothing is going on (see the awesome depictions of ecological changes in Earth Abides, the classic in the genre).
    I got as far in this book to the point where a survivor is riding his bike in Cincinnati, and all the author says is how quiet it is, and a comment about trash piling up. But it was the blandest, least imaginative depiction...it offered no thoughtful imagery or scenarios to stir one's imagination.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Manuel again?

    I don't think so.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The characterization was too complicated -- four brothers having a conference call in the first part of the book left me confused about who was who. We are provided with almost no background, personality or motive for the characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of amateurish attempts in the genre. The One Second After series is IMO the best of the new school, but most devolve into survivalist and gun-people fodder. To the credit of this author, there was no real violence....but there was little real color at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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