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Wizard of the Wasteland Audiobook

Wizard of the Wasteland: A Post-Apocalyptic Adventure

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Publisher's Summary

Finding hope in a hopeless world....

Abel survived the apocalypse, but drugs nearly killed him. He scratches out a living scavenging for anything of value until he witnesses something incredible...the Wizard of the Wasteland.

When Abel joins the travelling showman, passing off pre-apocalypse technology as objects of magic and intrigue, they come upon a horrifying sight: a group of children enslaved by the brutal drug gang The Family.

As he and the wizard take on the challenge of freeing the slaves, Abel must resist the temptations of a world without hope. To keep the kids from reliving his miserable existence, he'll have to risk everything. Even having the wizard on his side may not be enough....

Wizard of the Wasteland is a post-apocalyptic action adventure novel for fans of Fallout, The Stand, Alas, Babylon, and The Road. If you like unforgettable characters, gripping action, and new takes on dystopian survival tales, then you'll love the first book in Jon Cronshaw's thrilling new series.

©2017 Jon Cronshaw (P)2017 No World Press

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    Norma Miles 16/09/2017
    Norma Miles 16/09/2017
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    "You got a plan?"
    Any additional comments?

    Set in a post apocalyptic time when society's remnants have settled into a new rhythm of life, the old magic of technology is mostly forgotten and the Wizard trades on this, making a living revealing to the new generations the magic of forgotten arts, like electricity. A young man, Abel, and his faithful dog, Pip, leave the security of the Trinity community to join with the Wizard and, hopefully, travel in company with him.This is the story of their travels.

    This is not the often frequently told post apocalyptic tale of vicious fighting for survival in a world disintegrating. Time has moved on. Not too many had survived. But it is not a tale of sweetness and light, either. There are small enclaves of habitation but also 'loners', too, and the rules are what anyone can make them. So this is not a journey of peaceful transition. But it is one of pain, tentative friendship, fear - and discovery.

    Told in the present tense with short, snappy sentences, there is a feeling of meticulous concentration to all that is happening and, from very early in the text there is a growing sense of tension. And the steady narration of Ian Coleman matches the pace and the hard emotions felt by Abel perfectly. His voicings of the various other protagonists is similarly appropriate and distinct. The whole is both disturbing, bleak but also hopeful. People are different and this story reflects this.

    I received a complementary copy of The Wizard of the Wasteland, at my request, from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. I found this to be a story which really insinuated it's way under my skin, the main characters in particular becoming very real to me, and I both feared for them and rejoiced in their small achievements. Strangely, a sense of calm seemed to flow from the pages and there was, for me, a sadness when the book ended.
    A different type of story and one I certainly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Southworth 17/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Has good potential but inconsistent pacing"
    Would you try another book written by Jon Cronshaw or narrated by Ian Coleman?

    Probably not. There were some positives to the story but I wasn't engaged enough to want to continue with the series. I definitely didn't like Ian Coleman's performance and felt it let the story down.


    Would you recommend Wizard of the Wasteland to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would suggest that readers with an interest in the dystopian genre give it a try and see what they think: it has good world-building and a well-written protagonist. But I'm not so sure about a general audience. The story suffers from inconsistent pacing: outside from the main plot of Abel trying to save some children from slavers, we get a lot of scenes - or even entire chapters - of him going about day-to-day business like finding supplies, cooking food, or playing with his dog. A lot of the time, these scenes don't add anything, and occasionally are repeats of things we've already seen. I often felt bored listening to these.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ian Coleman’s performances?

    The narrator's performance did not help the story. His character voices are okay, but everything outside of dialogue is spoken in the same dull monotone, even tense scenes where the characters' lives are in danger. In one scene, Abel briefly believes that he has lost his dog and is deeply hurt by it, but I could only tell from the words; I got no sense of emotion from the narrator's performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wizard of the Wasteland?

    I would have cut a lot of the scenes of Abel doing things like cooking beans or playing with his dog. Some of the chapters where he finds supplies could have been summarised.


    Any additional comments?

    The story's biggest strength is the character of Abel. Jon Cronshaw does a very good job of gradually revealing the kind of person he is over the course of the story, and doing so purely through what he says and does rather than going into his head and describing his thoughts or memories.

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  • Lomeraniel
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    21/10/17
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    "Great premises but poor execution"

    In an post-apocalyptic world where technology is seen as magic, Alfonso, the great Wizard of the Wasteland travels from town to town to share a piece of his magic. At one of the towns he visits, he meets Abel, which decides to join the Wizard, and together they will try to save some enslaved children.

    I usually enjoy post-apocalyptic stories, and this one had great premises, but I found the execution quite poor. It felt disjointed and confusing at times. The characters were one-dimensional, and it is still a mystery to me why Abel decided to join the Wizard.

    I am usually very curious about what happened to trigger the change in the world, but in this case I just didn’t care. I also found strange that some people seemed to remember technology and others didn’t, and that very few people knew how to read. Reading and writing is something that has been among us from very distant times, and it is not something especially tied to civilization or electricity. It is just very difficult for me to believe that this situation could happen one day.

    Even with these setbacks, my main problem with the book were the characters. They were mere drafts, with no depth. I also found the dialogs forced and awkward at times.

    Ian Coleman’s narration did not help. He delivered a narration without technical issues, and distinctive voices for the characters, but the general tone of the narration was monotone, and I had to force myself to pay attention, which I found difficult. The dialogs were just okay, and I would recommend Coleman to work on his interpretation skills.

    This was just an okay book, entertaining, but far from compelling.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Liechti
    10/10/17
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    "Interesting Idea for a post apocalyptic novel"

    I liked this more than I thought I would. The idea of tech being precieved as magic in the future. Though I will say the performance left something to be desired. There were odd pauses between characters that didn't make sense and sometimes the narrators flow would just stop. But over all it was a good book.

    Received this copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    27/09/17
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    "ok story but Audible reader was too monitone"

    "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

    I enjoyed the story but Ian Coleman the Narrator delivered the book in mostly a monotone style. This made it hard to listen to at times but I listen to the entire book for the storyline which I thought was good... Had Ian put a little life into his narration it would have been much more pleasurable...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/09/17
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    "Not my fave"

    Confusing and felt disjointed. Things didn't quite add up in the plot. Some people remember tech and others seemed to forget about it. The dialog was awkward. And the narration was not good. No emotion and dull.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Christian C.
    North Carolina, USA
    26/09/17
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    "A post-apocalyptic tale. Pretty good overall!"

    In this story, it becomes apparent early on that, long ago, something happened which all but destroyed modern society. All that remains of our technological innovations are dusty relics, rendered useless after the power went out generations ago, and the people can't recall what such objects even are, much less how they function. A man called The Wizard travels from camp to camp, cleverly turning his knowledge of scavenged gadgets into an advantage, as well as a meager profit. Another traveler accompanies The Wizard on the road to the next camp. But in this rough and changed world, no journey is without its perils. The deteriorated pavement they tred upon is a road for innocent travelers and criminals alike, who are inevitably bound to cross each other's paths.

    I most certainly enjoyed listening to Wizard of the Wasteland, but at the end I pondered if the author intentionally left out details regarding the cause of the world's downturn so that perhaps the reader could identify with the book's characters, who themselves seemed to have difficulty remembering those long-passed events. Narrator Ian Coleman provides a terrific performance and lends a fitting voice to the tone of the story. Overall, I found Wizard of the Wasteland to be pretty good!

    I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks for this opportunity!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    22/09/17
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    "Struggled to like and finish this one"

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

    I struggled with this one. The narration was really dry, which is odd, because Ian Coleman a good voice for it. He just needs to put more... personality into it. The other reason I struggled is that I felt there just wasn't enough information on what the apocalypse was, how long ago it happened, etc. It seemed like the "Wizard" wowed people with technology that a lot of the main characters remembered but no one else did? The Family, if technology was like magic to them, how are they able to produce drugs to sell and have plenty of guns and ammunition when the "Wizard" struggles to find ammo in the caliber of his gun? This may not bug other people but it just kept bothering me the whole time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vickie
    21/09/17
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    "Some might like this book but it was not for me"

    To me this book felt jumbled, disorganized, and went in way too many different directions. I have absolutely no desire to read the next book in the series. The narration was sometimes overdone but ultimately was good. I was voluntarily provided a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CRAIG T SCHWARTZ
    13/09/17
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    "Pretty good."
    Where does Wizard of the Wasteland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle


    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    11/09/17
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    "Alright, but not for me"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I want to apologize if what I'm about to say comes off as overly harsh because there are many aspects of this story that I did enjoy. The biggest thing that pulled me out of this story was the number of questions that came to my mind as I listened. As this is a series, it is safe to expect some loose threads, but most of my questions weren't of that nature. For the sake of time I'll only list three. 1) How long has it been since the apocalyptic event took place? The reason why I dwelt on that question was because the vast majority of people thought the wizard's magic was real, but a handful of the main characters knew right a way he was simply using technology from before the wasteland. One would think it would take a long time for almost the entire population to forget about things like binoculars, TVs, and electricity, but the main characters didn't strike me as old and they all seemed to remember. 2) Who are The Family and why are they so well armed? All I got from the information in the story is that they're bad, they're taking children, and they also sell drugs. I'm not asking the author to info dump on us, but if he could've given us some information about them through character dialogue, then it would've been really helpful. Also, Abel mentions he rarely finds bullets when he scavenges, and on the times he has found some they weren't the correct type for his gun. How then do all of The Family people we come across have guns and ammo? 3) Who was the 10 year old girl who gunned down The Family to save Abel? I'm sure we find out about her as the series continues, but it felt as though she was added to the story because the author wrote himself into a corner and he had to come up with a way to get Abel out of it alive. Not only does she appear out of nowhere, but she immediately leaves without saying a word after saves him. Again, these were just some of the questions that I had, and if the author were to address them within this story then it would've been a more enjoyable experience.


    Has Wizard of the Wasteland turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It certainly hasn't turned me off from this genre, and it hasn't even turned me off from this author. From what I can tell, this is one of his earlier works. Like every craft, you get better the longer and more consistently you do it. I'd be very interested to check out some of his more recent work to see how much he has grown.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene in the story is when Abel and Alfonso arrive to Town, and they perform his "magic" for the inbred hillbillies they come across.


    Could you see Wizard of the Wasteland being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I can see the concept being made into a TV series, but there a lot of things that would need to be expounded upon.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this audio book in return for my honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
    11/09/17
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    "Captivating"

    Wizard of the wasteland held me captivated. I became quickly invested in the characters. The Author did a wonderful job at world building and character development. The pace was pretty even and Ian Coleman did a good job as narrator bringing the story and characters to life. I am defintely interested in reading more of this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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