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The Book of Koli

The Rampart Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Theo Solomon
Series: The Rampart Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Everything that lives hates us. 

When nature has turned against humanity, who will save us?

Koli is a boy who is afraid of trees. After the world broke down, all the plants were dying, so people made them stronger. Now everyone is afraid of them.

And it's not just the trees. The animals have turned against us, too. Not to mention the Shunned Men, the outcasts outside the village walls.

If Koli can wake the technology of the old world, he thinks he won't have to be afraid of anything again.   

He's wrong.

©2020 M. R. Carey (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Looking forward to the next instalment

Really gripping start then a bit of a lull before the story picked right up again ... echoes of some of my favourite ever books, e.g., The Book of Dave (Will Self), The Second Sleep (Robert Harris), The Talisman (King & Straub), The Chrysalids (John Wyndham) - no wonder I liked this book so much ...
Absolutely brilliant narrator (at 1.25 speed), hope he reads the next instalments and other audiobooks, this couldn't have been an easy book to narrate ...
Only a couple of things niggle: the source of the cloves and the dimensions of everything hand-held ... can't say more due to spoilers ...
Oh, and a big welcome to Miss Justineau Mark 2???

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Disappointingly average

I really loved another of MR Carey's books (Girl with all the gifts) so was excited to see he'd started a trilogy.

I was nervous reading the blurb that it would be just another post apocalyptic, YA cookie cutter sci fi story and unfortunately I was right. I won't delve into details but it hit a lot of the clichés .

It was perfectly listenable and I may pick up the sequel if I'm in need of something, well written with some parts that were better, however on the whole nothing spectacular. I asked myself if I was reading it would I have finished it, and probably not.

Finally - while most of the performance was excellent, the accent used for the Japanese character was horrendous (think Little Britain) and that really took me out of it.

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Gets better

Really slow start but hang on in there and keep listening because once it gets going you’re in for a fantastic story.
Can’t wait for the second book

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Excellent

Really enjoyed this story and Theo Solomon's narration was excellent. Looking forward to Book 2

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loved it can't wait for the next one.

loved it excellent world building an easy going book to spend a few hours with.

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Loved it!

I loved The Girl with all the Gifts and Boy on the Bridge so approached this with some trepidation. After a few chapters I was tuned into Theo Solomons narration and taken away to Koli's world. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for Part 2.

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good but slow going till chapter 30

the trilogy really has potential and I'm definitely going to listen to the the next books.
but I did almost gave up on more than once as the first half of the book was "slow slow slow"
but I'm definitely pleased I stuck with.

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Great start

it took a while to get going but I'm totally hooked now and looking forward to book 2. Theo Solomon's performance was also a delight.

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Storytelling of a unique kind

Excellent story of a particularly unique nature. Really enjoyed the unusual narration and I like the dystopian plot, something I haven't come across before. I can't wait to get my teeth into the next part of the trilogy!

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Great start to a new series

Very much enjoyed this fist book in a new series from M R Carey. A dystopian world, technology venerated as if it were magic, killer trees - what's not to like.