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The Loudest Silence: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel

Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 1
Narrated by: Heather Firth
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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From the author of the Amazon best-selling Broken World series comes an exciting new zombie apocalypse series....

When Regan was a young girl living in the small town of Altus, OK, Kellan was just her brother’s best friend. Then the virus came, turning the world’s population into zombies, and he became so much more. They were only kids, but he saved her. Watched over her. Kept her alive. And he’s been doing the same thing every day since. 

After living the apocalypse for nine years, Regan thought they’d experienced every kind of loss and terror imaginable. But when a new group starts wreaking havoc in the Oklahoma wastelands where they live, Regan and Kellan are faced with a new set of horrors.

When they cross paths with a teenage girl, offering to help seems like the right thing to do. But Regan and Kellan soon discover that lending aid to the girl very well could lead to their undoing. 

©2018 Kate L. Mary (P)2019 Kate L. Mary

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just wow ...wonderfully written and compelling

This is the second book I have read by the author Kate L Mary. I have read/listened to Collision in the past, but this is completely different in terms of style and genre but nonetheless just as brilliant in a different way.
This book certainly provides a great starting base to a new and exciting series.
This is a completely different genre to what I usually enjoy reading etc but after enjoying 'collision' so much I felt compelled to give this a go . I am so glad that I did. What I love about this book is that it is not just your average run of the mill zombie apocalalyptic storyline that has been overdone a million and one times . Kate L Mary really works hard on her descriptions and you actually feel a part of the story whether its describing the surroundings or building the relationship between the two main characters. I adore how the romantic relationship grows and feel that it does at a great pace. The narrators voice is very pleasant and easy on your ears. I cannot emphasise enough how much I enjoyed this novel. I was given this book by the author /narrator in return for an unbiased review

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familiar feel of a broken world in here

i was kindly given this book my kate in exchange for this review
gerat to see back to one of the better narrators though i still have her placed at number 3 in kates readers,i was struggling to engage with this book till i got to the bunker and bikini part had feel of axe,angus etc from broken world ( of which we need more of the series here on audible,hint hint)
it enticed me more into this book and seems to be great start to this series,i would like to see more zombie action at the start but thats just me.

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Fabulous story!

This series is definitely a must read/listen. The author has a wonderful way of spinning a amazing storyline. The plot is very believable with a lot of twists and turns. (If this happened in real life I don’t think most of us will survive.) This book is so great that it leaves me wanting more. I hope this series will continue! I would love to listen to what happen in the next book.
I narrator does an excellent job with the characters, which makes them come alive. The way he narrator’s make the emotions feel as though you are experiencing them yourself. I have listen to numerous amounts of narrators and have my favorites of course and Heather Firth is definitely on the top of my list.

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  • Sharon
  • Bournemouth/Poole
  • 19-09-19

Great Zom-Poc ... a must listen!

A varied array of characters to get your teeth into and go on a rollercoaster journey with... Yet another great offering from Kate. L. Mary, she doesn't dissapoint. The narration is on point, just enough when needed and not overly dramatic. 5☆'s all round loved it!!!

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  • bluepits73
  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 19-07-19

Romance that Survives Zombies

If you've read/listened to this author's Twisted series, then you'll find that you recognize the world that this book is set in. Do yourself a favor and start with the bonus short story at the end of the audio, it starts about an hour or from the end of the book and then restart from the beginning, if you like to listen to things in order. I like that we got to see a different perspective from people who didn't live in the post apocalyptic cities, this is from the perspective of people who have survived on their own as a smaller group and who didn't depend on the government. Also, love the romance that is written, it is a friends to lovers and it is great. The entire story is well written and I found that I liked how the group formed a bond. Loved the story!

The narrator gave a wonderful performance that was a perfect fit for the characters and this post apocalyptic story. She also narrated the Twisted series and it was cool to see that she got to narrate this non related spin off. She is able to give our female main character a voice that provides depth to the character's personality through her tone. Great job!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Amazing!

This story caught my attention from the first second, and managed to keep it! Listened to it over 2 days, but it would have been 1 day if it wasn't for that pesky need to sleep. The focus is not on zombies, although there are some. The love story feels believable but not too overwhelming.

The narrator did an amazing job, and her slight Canadian accent truly made this an enjoyable listen. I can't wait to listen to the second book in the series!

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  • Annie The Audible Addict!!!
  • 31-05-19

THIS WAS NOT MY FAVE,BUT STILL GOOD!

I love Kate's writing and all things apocalypse...but this one felt way too long...and I didn't care for the romance between these 2...I liked that they lived underground...the place sounded amazing...and I liked how they all were a little family. I see the ties also0 to the other zombie apoc books in Kate's library and I loved that! Overall it was a nice listen, and the narration was on point! I still recommend everything Kate writes...she has a gift with the word!!! :)

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  • Michelle Hermann
  • 27-05-19

A love story during the zombie apocalypse.

The struggle to survive zombies, drought, apocalypse and love is real. I enjoyed listening to this with my daughter. Narrator could have picked up her pace at times, but she has a great voice and varied the characters well. I'm interested in hearing more from this series.

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  • Tina Kelso
  • 18-11-19

Another great book by Kate!!!

I absolutely loved this book. I love all of Kate's books but this one has got to be my favorite so far. But I am biased, I grew up in Altus, Ok, and I knew all the places that were mentioned. The narration is awesome as well. I am a Kate fan for life!!!

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  • deanna
  • 06-11-19

interesting

Excellent story, the audible voices were fantastic. I enjoyed this story very much. I would recommend this story.

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  • Tess
  • 05-11-19

doomsday preppers and zombie. what more could you

i usually don't like zombie books, but this story is pretty good. cant wait to hear more

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  • Maly C
  • 18-10-19

Great First in Series

Great book worth the money and time. Will be purchasing the second one! Narration was great as well. She did a fantastic job.

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  • Shanda Driggers
  • 01-09-19

Meh!

Couldn't finish the book. Listen for maybe 18 minutes. Kept stopping and starting the book. Just too boring to continue. After the first chapter it was just meh! Definitely not my cup of tea.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 17-08-19

A great listen to.

Let me start by saying that this narrator made me think of Emma Wilder from the Holly Danger series. I think she did a really good job with the variety of voices, especially Jaspers. I had three issues though. 1. Every few lines/sentences she would add inflection to the last word. Why? I’m not sure. 2. There were random pauses in the sentence, specifically after the introductory phrase. For example: “When I climbed out… the heat from the sun…” 3. For whatever reason, when she would say the word “figures” she would pronounce it as “figgers” and with “tightening,” it was like she had to pronounce all the consonants.

I liked this story. I wish there would have been more zombie interaction though.

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How many times was “nine years” mentioned? As in nine years had passed since the zombie outbreak. I felt too many times. Speaking of the outbreak, I was left with a few questions. Why was more not told about the outbreak? How it started? Did it affect the whole world? Why did Regan’s parents and brother not change into zombies after they died? Given this was a zombie story…why did it seem as though the zombies were left on the sideline a good majority of the story? Almost like an afterthought.

How would the cars/gas be good to go/working still?

There was a part when Callen and Regan are driving passed their old houses and Regan thinks of how that had been the only real home she’d ever had. Yet, either before that scene or after (I can’t remember), she thought the exact thing about the bunker.

Where are the newspapers coming from? The fact there was a government around after nine years and they/someone were making newspapers just seemed strange to me. Maybe it’s because this is the first post-apocalyptic story that had this? I’m not sure. I’d like a map of how the US is now laid out.

There were a couple of times in which someone would talk about the gang who went around looking for the immune people and say how they weren’t killing anyone. If they’re releasing zombies to bite people, then technically they are killing people. I just thought that was a questionable thing for anyone to have said.

I don’t think I was really a fan of Emma. The majority of the story she was all right, but when she found out Blake left, she turned into a douche, in my opinion. How could she be upset when she had moved on and there was no one there for him? Her bringing up the fact they had previously been together for seven years, as like a guilt trip, was what really did it for me. God forbid, he didn’t want to watch Emma and Cade all lovey-dovey while he was alone.

I was under the impression the gang wouldn’t have really raped Regan. Did anyone else feel that way? Like undressing her and threatening to do sexual stuff was the easiest way to upset Callen and they knew it. I don’t know. I wasn’t a fan of that scene. Maybe it was because I felt the narrator put a little too much emotion into Regan’s character. Or maybe it was because I felt Regan should have been a little tougher when it came to the guy touching her boob (in what sounded like a non-sexual way, as in it didn’t come across as though he were enjoying himself). Do I sound like a horrible person for thinking this? Maybe.

Even better was after they got back to the bunker. Given Regan was so traumatized about the experience with the gang, I found it very questionable that she would be so eager to suddenly have sex, all of a sudden. Yes, I know emotions can get crazy after an experience like that, and maybe she wanted to feel closer to Callen. I don’t know. But the fact there were no comments (inner thought/dialogue) about what had happened, no hesitancy about Callen touching her where a “bad man” touched her, only thinking about how she had wanted Callen for so long, no being violated thoughts, only acted normal, just had me questioning that scene.

Lastly, when was the last time they’d cleaned themselves? Sorry, but I always detest when characters are active, getting dirty, sweating and gross, but then go somewhere and make out (licking and kissing of yucky skin) or have sex… it’s gross.

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  • SSIMM
  • 13-08-19

Enjoyed Very Much

This story felt realistic (as far as this genre goes). I liked the relationship development between the main character, Regan, and her crush, Kellan. It had a nice pace.

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  • Tina Gundy
  • 08-08-19

An Oklahoma zompoc adventure- more please!

The Loudest Silence: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is an amazing zompoc adventure! I recommend if you enjoy stories with great world building/great characters, the zompoc genre, or looking for something new, give this one a try.

What’s it about? Regan and Kellan have been living underground with a small group of folks since the zombie apocalypse began. Regan, who’s been treated as the baby of the group, is now an adult and requests to learn how to survive on her own (killing zombies, going to trade with others, etc.). She has also realized she cares for Kellan. Harper, a lone teenage girl who happens to be immune to the virus, shows up at the group’s hidden bunker one day. They decide to let her in and the troubles begin...It does end in a cliffhanger, or semi-cliffhanger- it’s clear there is more books in the series. The way people were talking in reviews I was expecting way more romance, but I didn’t think there was any more than in previous books I’ve listened to of Kate’s (I felt there were more zombie elements than romance). Favorite quote from the book: “Life isn’t worth living if there’s no risk.”

The narrator, Heather Firth, did an excellent job. Her voices are distinct and her narrating is smooth and easy to listen to.

You also get a bonus called Thank You Daddy (Broken Stories Novelette). It is fantastic! It tells Emma and Blake’s story at the beginning of the apocalypse. I am hoping we get more of their story (hint hint Kate).

Overall I recommend, especially if you love stories with great world building, fun characters, or the zompoc genre. Kate has yet to disappoint me with her writing and she’s in my top three favorite authors of 2019. If you haven’t jumped on the Kate bandwagon, it’s time to do so.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings (for both The Loudest Silence and Thank You Daddy): drinking, death (zombies, people), kidnapping, occasional swearing, weapons (guns), shower between the two main characters followed by sex (not in graphic detail), some sex talk (being a virgin, learning about it, or like things- minimal), threat of/sexual assault (forced removal of clothing on a woman before it is stopped- indicated she would be raped but stops before rape occurs), execution of male with gun, hitting of male in head with bat, war talk (Iraq/Afghanistan- not in detail a mention of past service), death of parents.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!