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Tourists of the Apocalypse Audiobook

Tourists of the Apocalypse

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Award Winner in the 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Contest and the 2016 Shelf Media Best Indie Contest

Dylan Townsend stands on the beach watching commercial jets fall out of the sky like oak leaves twirling in the wind. A wing shears off the one closest to the shore just before it splashes down in the sea. Why was she telling him this outlandish story? What sort of tourist agency would offer people a front row seat to the end of the world? More importantly, why would anyone book such a vacation if there wasn't any way home afterward?

"Why would anyone buy a ticket on the Titanic if they knew it was doomed?"

"Relax Dylan," she assures him. "If you know it's going to sink, you could bring a raft."

As she paces in the sand watching the sky, he realizes that however wild her story may be, he loves her. Maybe Izzy is a time travel tour guide after all. In truth, he is more likely to be harmed by her boyfriend than the imminent apocalypse. What's he going to do about that sticky situation?

"Come on," she orders, pulling on his arm. "We need to see a man about a raft."

Disclaimer: This novel contains no profanity, some violence, an office princess in bondage, cowboy coffee, classic cars, love triangles, domestic violence, birthday cake, Lion Country Safari mishaps, beach volleyball, road rage, a prosthetic shotgun, text messages on gum wrappers, and the strong belief that people are a product of their experiences and not just genetically predisposed to mayhem.

Any resemblance to actual historical events or persons alive or dead is purely coincidental.

©2016 C. F. Waller (P)2017 C. F. Waller

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    Norma Miles 31/01/2017
    Norma Miles 31/01/2017
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    ""Don't ask questions you don't want the answers.""
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    The author takes time to precede the opening chapters of his book to give his audience background information about E.M.P.s, and how just three strategically exploded nuclear devices could put out all of the lights in the U.S.A. He even commends to the reader a Government report about the dangers which was published on the same day as the one which investigated the happenings of 9/11 (and so was overlooked by the press).

    And then the story begins...

    From the very beginning the listener is drawn into a strange determination of a single female employee of some unknown facility, nuclear based, to blow up the building. All is set in motion but then she waits ... It will be a long time before we meet her again.

    The scene changes as we are introduced to a teenaged boy, the main protagonist, named Dylan : and it is his life we follow as he is befriended by newly arrived neighbours with mysterious backgrounds, falls in love and survives the apocalypse. And discovers his neighbour's secrets.
    It is a book of several parts, very unusual, mostly quite thrilling and not at all the usual story of total social breakdown found in most other post apocalyptic stories (although, inevitably, there are some such harrowing scenes). Plus, running through most of the book is the simple mystery - what does the person named as the Failsafe actually do?

    The character building in Tourists of the Apocalypse is good, excellent in some cases - I especially enjoyed the development of Dicky, one of Dylan's near neighbours who had suffered brain damage as a youth. Yet somehow the people never really seemed to come fully to life, despite the best efforts of the marvellous J.Scott Bennett, whose narration was superb and each voicing individual and distinctive. An air of unreality seemed to hang over the central part of the story, as if the little group of individuals was somehow not part of the aftermath of the devestation. After the intriguing, exciting first hours, I found my attention wavering during this central section, only to be vigorously revived again in the latter part of the book. And the ending was superb.

    So nearly a five star - for the originality, the different approaches, a sense of mystery, the absolutely thrilling chases towards the ending of the book, and even for the portrayal of Dylan and Dicky - yet for me it did not gel as seamlessly as a truly five star book should.
    That said, it is an exceptionally good listen and my thanks go out to the rights holder who gifted me my copy, via Audiobook Boom. I would certainly recommend it to all post apocalyptic fans.

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  • Cyn
    10/08/17
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    "Thrilling, chilling and excting GREAT listen"
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    I really liked this audio at first it is a little confusing but the author ties it all in at the end. What a great story about dooms day. The author goes into how the world changes, how long it takes people to turn against each other when they find they have lost everything. The author take today’s world and shifts it back to the 1800 before electricity, before cars. You have a cell phone, a car, heat, air, you have all the things we have today but with one flip of a switch you lose it all. What would you do if you couldn’t get home, maybe you are on a trip but now you find cars, trains, and planes no longer run? This book is about a small town in Texas and the families there taking you through the hardships of today going through the years as one small 13 year old grows up. A kind man comes to town buys up houses throws money around as he helps this family. They talk about strange things, seem to be doing strange things. What could all this be about?

    Mr. Bennett’s narration is outstanding as he brings to life the story with strong emotions, confusion, power, control, anger, loss, heartache. You can hear all these in his voice as he builds each character giving us their strengths and weakness. His female and male voices are wonderful you always know who is talking and just what they are feeling. There are no background noises, no volume changes just a very clean clear audio that really pulls you in. If any breaks were taken you cannot tell. What really makes this an outstanding audio is how the narrator really brings it to life, you have no trouble getting lost in his pleasant voice which makes it very easy to picture the scenes in your mind. He really gives character to the characters as he puts his self in their place. Dickie is so sweet and kind with a mental issue after an accident but he is very strong and determined. Mr. Bennett gives the full impact through his voice as your heart goes out to him and later cheer him on. Each character goes through a trying time, the narrator has no trouble showing you exactly what they are feeling. It is a great narration that really pulls you in leaving you laughing and sad at other times.

    The author as well as the narrator has put a lot of time and thought into this book/audio. We may set and think about what the future will be like when the end is near. I can promise most of us have not really come close to what the book brings to the table. Who will you save, who will you walk away from and why? How will you keep your home and family safe? How will you get home to your family and what will you have to go through before you get there? What about food, water and so much more. I was very surprised at the detail that was given this story sometimes ia shocking but very believable. But at the same time the author gives you humor that makes you smile or downright laugh which is very well balanced with the sadness, horror, and fear. It is an exciting read with thrills and adventure but can be downright chilling. He gives you very detailed scenes that you picture in your mind as he takes you to a place that we all fear and hope we never see. The characters are very vivid and real as they deal with day to day issues, their fear, needs and issues of the unknown. I really enjoyed getting to know each one and all that they bring to this story. What you are given is a story about time travel as a group comes back to the past, how they change things and the power they have. It is a compelling read that pulls you in from the first page to the last. It was a story I could not put down. I had to know what these people were going through and what would happen next. The ending is wonderful and could be setup for a series. There are places you think oh no this isn’t the way I wanted it to go, but the author twists it around to make it a better ending giving hope for the future. There is romance but it isn’t over bearing it blends well with the story. I totally enjoyed it and this book as one of my favorite reads/listens of the year. If you like time travel, adventure along with a few chills, fears and thrills you do not want to miss this exciting story with a twists that holds your attention leaving you spellbound


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gary H
    20/12/17
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    "I like it!!!"

    I took several days to decide whether or not to buy this book and I'm glad I bought it. I love the SHTF books a lot but am kind of getting tired of the cookie-cutter stories. This book is refreshing as it obviously isn't trying to be an almanac of survival facts but more of a sci-fi apocalypse type of story. I loved how the book got more exciting as I listened - I highly recommend listening to this one.

    Think of this book as a combination time traveler/apocalypse story with an interesting people angle thrown-in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • TinkerMel
    So Cal
    13/02/17
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    "Time travel and the apocalypse? interesting.."

    This is a great story! lots of twists and turns, and a great ending!
    While listening to the story at first, I kept wondering what it was about. it took a bit to get into the apocalypse. But its a very fast paced great book while getting to it.
    I was unaware it had anything to do about time travel, and was surprised when the topic came up.
    This is my first book ever about time travel, and I was worried that once it was mentioned, I would get lost about the explanation of it. But Thankfully, I wasn't. and its really not about "time jumping". It actually turned in to a great way to explain a lot of things.

    This was a great story, and did move quickly. I would of given this 5 stars, but I really could not stand Izzy. though I did try to like her, but I could not understand, or care for her. things are falling part all over the US, and she just didn't have a care in the world. Even though she knew it was going to happen. I would think that with everything going on, the apocalypse, she would not be so carefree.


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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombie Specialist
    Secret Fortress
    10/05/17
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    "time travel with a twist"

    The blurb was enough to spark my interest. It was quirky enough for me to buy instantly. The style of the blurb reminded me a lot of the style used in ‘Z-Burbia’. To my surprise the disclaimer was very accurate. I felt for certain that it was a joke, but stuff me! It was not… it was spot on. This is one of the stories in which I did not even notice the lack of profanity.

    I had never heard of the narrator nor the author before… which is always a bit of a punt for people like me… by that I mean people who don’t have two coins to rub together! I soon found I had no need to worry. Both the story and the narration was great. The narration was a little slow, so I sped it up to 1.25x speed, but the story was so good that I sped the narration up to 1.5x speed. I will still able to understand the narration and not notice the increased speed after a few moments. I certainly would not hesitate in purchasing any title with these two names in them.

    The story was unique enough to a genre that has stood the test of time… haha you see what I did there? ‘Time’ it is a ‘time travel’ story. I know I am lame, but who cares. The important thing is I make ‘me’ smile.

    The flow of the story was good, always leaving me with just the right amount of tension. Towards the end of the story I was thinking ‘ok there is not much length in terms of listening time. How is this going to end so quickly?’ The story certainly does end with a good solid conclusion. But, I think it is good enough for there to be a second one! I know I would jump on it. I would even pre order it!

    For this cheap fatman I am giving this one the fully treatment. Two fat thumbs held high in the air with a big fat smile and a long drawn out ‘heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey’.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    18/01/18
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    "could hardly stop listening!!"

    nicely written tale about time travel. you really start to fall for each character, good or bad. great ending as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Benson, AZ, United States
    25/10/17
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    "The Most Awesome Time Travel Story I've Ever Heard"

    I always tire of Time Travel stories that set up countless and rediculous Paradoxes, C.F.Waller has no such problem with that in this story.

    A Time Travel Love Story that made me wish there was a sequel, but that would be pointless. The caricatures are all well established, and most excellently formed from the first chapter to the last.

    You won't be disappointed in any way with this Love, Time Travel, Si/Fi, Mystery Audio Book. Dickey is my favorite, Dillion at times would drive me crazy, but does it right, in the end, couldn't have asked for a better ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    07/09/17
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    "twists that leave you stunned"

    What if you had the chance to change events that normally would be beyond your control?  Would you go back to the past and buy a raft along with your ticket to sail on the Titanic?  Or you could change the past by going to the future?  A mind-boggling set of questions that C.F. Waller explores.

    Dylan Townsend is a young teen living on a lonely cul-de-sac with his mom and her worthless brute of a boyfriend when he meets Graham; a weird guy who seems to have more money than sense.  Graham is always there to help Dylan both financially and with solid advice.

    Years later, Dylan escapes his cul-de-sac by going into the military but promising to return before July 4, 2015.   Needless to say, he doesn’t return and thus begins the beginning of his downward spiral into the apocalypse.  Eager to have Izzy, a girl from the cul-de-sac and be happy, Dylan makes choices that impact more lives than anyone has the right.  Not to mention, he discovers the fail-safe and the world Graham is a part of ….

    At first, I was a bit confused but Waller does tie everything together neatly at the end, you just have to be patient!  Well written with twists that leave you stunned.  You don’t think an author would go there but Waller does!  He is a gifted word-smith; he uses few words that speaks volumes.  Very entertaining with a smooth flow to the story.

    The best thing about this book?  Besides everything I mentioned here, Waller does not waste his time or the readers with highly descriptive acts of violence, sex, or depravity; he left a lot of this to the imagination of the reader – which to me was greatly appreciated!!!!!

    The narrator is solid as well.  There was never any question as to which character he was nor did he over act in his reading.  He injected just the perfect amount of tension, fear, and anger.  His voices were appropriate.   His performance was consistent throughout.  Excellent narrator!

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves apocalyptic books with a unique solid twist at the end that leaves you thinking hard about it for a long time.

    I did not encounter any difficulties with the audio production or quality of this book.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    15/08/17
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    "narrator is superb"

    this author's book was so well done with the narrator all the books I've read by the author are really good but this is the only one on Audible that the narrator does such a good job to do the story Justice

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Moon
    Beaverton OR
    25/02/17
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    "Coming of age in the end of the world"

    I really enjoyed listening to this. A good vs evil but being from the future does not make you a better less evil person, it just makes you more technologically advanced in your evil.

    Interesting to see Dylan grow up in the book starting as a 14 year old who suddenly has adulthood thrust upon him, and then to see the adult him come back to occupy the same place and time, in classic tales of time travel that should never happen.

    I love the twists and turns this book contains, you do not feel like you are reading a formulaic sci-fi book, there is something fresh and new to be found in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly Kenrick
    Edmonton, AB Canada
    24/02/17
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    "Road Warrior with a twist"

    Caution: May be spoilers

    I was sent this audiobook free for an honest review

    I have to admit this story confused me at first. The prologue didn't seem to connect with the story at all, but patience is rewarded. There is a slow start to the book and I was starting to wonder when the apocalypse was happening. Once it did, then things got really interesting.

    I have to say I found the main character, Dylan, to be a bit annoying ..... dense and self-absorbed. You would think being in the Army would have taught him to take orders rather than dither about, but, his personality wins out in the end.

    There are Road Warrior type scenes in the book and time travel. I have to admit with the ending I was wondering how Dylan's personal time line could have survived the plot twist; like most time traveling (re: Stephen King's 1963) there should be a re-set, so the plot line should have re-set ..... listen to it and figure it out for yourself. It's worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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