Listen free for 30 days

The Purge of Babylon Series Box Set: Books 1-3

Narrated by: Adam Danoff
Series: Purge of Babylon, Book 1-3
Length: 41 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Contains the first three books in the Purge of Babylon series, including The Purge of Babylon: A Novel Survival, The Gates of Byzantium, and The Stones of Angkor.

Stay out of the dark. Load up on silver bullets. And whatever you do, stay alive.

Creatures that once lived in the shadows, hidden from humankind, have risen, spreading like a plague across the globe over the course of a single night. Their numbers growing exponentially through infection, these seemingly unkillable creatures have swallowed up whole cities and collapsed unprepared governments. Survivors call it The Purge. Against all odds, a disparate group of survivors has emerged from that blood-soaked night that devastated the planet and reduced humanity to an endangered species. But surviving The Purge was one thing - staying alive is another matter entirely....

©2015 Sam Sisavath (P)2015 Sam Sisavath
What members say
Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    61
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    56
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    53
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Difficult


I had a difficult time stopping the book. I could not stop listening!
I find the narrator has a good range of voices and puts a lot of effort in to showing how the characters emotions, through his voice.
I have bought the next two books in the series. And I’m loving every minute.
It’s such good value for money 3 books, over 41 hrs, for one credit. Give it a try I’m glad I did.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

A bit tedious

Nothing wrong with the narrator. Story started good. I tried to finish it, I really did. But it just wore me down. The immature jokes were fun, enjoyed them. The monster thingys were a different direction and pretty good too! What annoyed me a bit was the way everyone went around banging each other? Ok, end of the world hedonism, but settle down. Few other things I think - it's weird, there was no one single thing that killed this for me and I can see how people would like it. I did too. But after a while it started to drag. Then it was a chore. Then it got deleted from device to make way for new stuff. I don't like feeling like I have to finish a book just to get it out of the way (and in this case I didn't). A shame.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Seriously???

Got to chapter 4 then had to turn it off.
Honestly comes across as someone in their very early twenties trying to chance their arm as a writer.
Ridiculously unbelievable characters and dialogue. Poor narration too.
If you want a really good zombie book try Mountain Man or the Zombie Fallout series. This is poor,very very poor.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent story and narrator performance!

Excellent story and narrator performance!
Into details!
Am completely swallowed by story and reading performance!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wow, Best Series of books i have listened to

9 Books down and i was not left disappointed at anytime, great characters especially danny, just bought the 3 Road to Babylon books and can't wait to get started.

Adam Danoff is one of the best narrators i have heard.

Would fully recommend, best credits you will use.




1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent

A first class read. Entertaining and almost impossible to put down.I recommend it and hope others enjoy it too.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant!!!

Fantastic, listened to these 3 books and bought the other 6 audio books straight off!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Box set good story good value

Good series that keeps your interest. My only gripe and it's only a story- But Getting shot at the end of civilization would be a traumatic and life ending event. Not for these guys who are up and running the next day. Better that a hero constantly getting missed by the baddies I suppose.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-17

Great Book!

I almost passed on this book because of bad reviews. They're wrong it's great entertainment. Give this series a chance, its an exciting story.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nick
  • Nick
  • 03-08-17

excellent

the narrator is excellent, the characters have personality and the story flows very well. Two thumbs up!

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for julia smith
  • julia smith
  • 13-04-17

Loved it!

This was just perfect apocalyptic set of books for me. The story is very interesting and very well written. Loved it!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brett
  • Brett
  • 19-04-17

started iffy but then couldn't put it down.

the main two definitely made me more interested. it got better as the book went on

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Frances Manly
  • Frances Manly
  • 06-08-18

Well done twist on the usual zombie type books

This book gets better after the first hour, so give it some time. Also, the narrator talks really fast, so I reduced the speed to 90%, then it is perfect. Love the character development and the vast number of personalities in this book. And lots of running, fighting, evading, etc. Who can say no to 41 hours of entertainment for 1 credit!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jayme
  • Jayme
  • 14-12-15

Cringeworthy, but had some potential

So many issues with this book :( Way too much reliance on dialogue, and the dialogue was cliché and irritating. There was no character development, no realistic reactions to death, and too much time was spent on "he/she is my boyfriend/girlfriend, I have to go after them". Everything that happened in the book was extremely predictable, mostly because of the lack of character development and every character either bring distinctly 'good' or 'bad'.

The only reason I finished reading the book (which was a total struggle) was that I had interest in the ultimate plan of the 'ghouls' and kept hoping that a bit more about their motives/history would come out. despite this, I won't be reading the sequel to this book if it's written, as waiting through the rest of the novel for something interesting to happen was very very painful.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for heather
  • heather
  • 20-03-20

Not good

This is a perfect example of a good narrator making an ok book better, sadly the narrator was not so there you go...

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mickey P.
  • Mickey P.
  • 23-04-19

Horrible job on a story with great possibilities

Narration was below average at best. Writer knows little to nothing about firearms or vehicles but pretends like they do. The constant inaccuracies were painful. And the characters had very little difference in personality.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Old ManParker
  • Old ManParker
  • 07-03-19

“Barbie & G.I. Joe vs the Zombie Apocalypse

The PURGE

Apocalypse:
My favorite apocalypse story of all time is the 1980's film “Damnation Alley”.
Featuring Jan Michael Vincent. I pictured him as the tough guy male hero in this book.
It helped... a little.

The PURGE
Good book.
Interesting take on the “Zombie Apocalypse” tale.
Writing wasn’t bad.
Some good new ideas.
Good strange monsters.
Good settings and places to battle the ghoul army.
Good action sequences with good structures, but bad POV's for each. (Drove me to distraction!)

The PURGE
Also Known As “Barbie doll & G.I. Joe vs The Ghoul Army”

MEN = G.I. Joe dolls
Good - The two lead male characters are the dynamic duo. The BUDDY action picture. Fighting and killing their way through everything. Not a heavy morbid thought in their thick skulls. No deep dramatic emotional depression as they see their world die, slaughter untold numbers of bad guys, as well as see their loved ones killed by monsters.

Women = Barbie dolls
BAD - the author writes women as "problems" for the men.
Remember the movie “As Good As it Gets?” Jack Nickleson is a writer. When asked how he writes such realistic female characters he says: “I think of a man. Then, I take away all reason and accountability.”
That’s exactly how the women in THE PURGE are portrayed.
1.) Women know nothing about guns and hardly ever hit what they shoot at.
2.) Women think about their emotions while they are fighting and running away from ghouls.
3.) Women blurt out emotional things like “I Love you!” during battle.
4.) Women drop their guns at critical moments.
5.) Women also drop important items, like walkie-talkie radios, and don’t remember where.
6.) Women get so scared they freeze, standing still, doing nothing, when they should be running away.

There are no Sigourney Weavers in this story.

Teenaged Boys = Red Shirts
Bad - Boys and young men are disposable monster fodder. They get killed mostly just to cause the women to have something to get overly emotional, if not traumatized, over.

Pre-teen & Teenaged Girls
They hardly ever get killed. Little girls can go hand to hand fighting with a ghoul right after they color in a coloring-book, and somehow get rescued just in time with out a scratch.

Meet:
Will - the stone cold killer with a wacky sense of humor that never stops, no matter how many of his friends die.
Luke - My favorite character. Young urban teenaged guy. Good student. Heart of gold. Resilient in the face of an apocalypse. Ready to fight. Monster fodder.
Ben: gimpy G.I. Joe
Dan: Funny man G.I. Joe .

BAD - Kate - Barbie doll. Not a single thought in her pretty empty head. Kate, the main female character is unfortunately written as being stupid, slow to get what’s going on, childish, jealous, self absorbed. She has all the mental capacity of a... that's right... a barbie doll.

BAD POV - During the big attack scenes when the GI Joes are doing their best expert fighting, we are seeing it all through the eyes of Barbie, who is too scared to breath. She just stands and screams, or thinks she’s screaming, she can’t tell. She thinks all kinds of wacky things like why she let her parents down. What is the meaning of life, what does it all matter, does Dan love me?… all in the heat of battle. sigh.
The most inept fighter in the history of “Zombie Apocalypse” stories, and we are treated to the biggest battles seen through her yammering, fear-filled mind. This gets real old real fast.

BAD - My favorite character is hardly developed, and is then shot, wounded badly. Lives through that terrible event. Then, just as he’s almost healed up, and fighting off the ghouls again, he’s killed in a huge attack.
He dies right in front of kate-Barbie doll, who is holding a GUN and who could actually even save him. BUT... is too scared to do anything useful except scream in fright.

Heavy Sigh number 2.

Why couldn’t this very annoying Kate-Barbie doll character get shot, and killed? It would have made the book so much more fun and interesting.

After my favorite character got killed I was so upset I lost a whole chapter of audio book ‘cause of the argument in my head on how stupid the audio-book was.
I missed the whole next action.

ONE OTHER PROBLEM:
The narrator makes a terrible mistake. He continues the funny dry banter tween the G.I. Joes in an overly goofy voice. If he read these black-humor lines in a dry dead-pan it would have given them weight. it would have given them the feel of the G I Joes using humor as a shield, a personal protection against the horror, and going insane.

Instead they come off as too fun loving, and funny, and as if they really don’t care who gets killed or not.

I listened all the way through the first book.
Many things made me unhappy.
But something could have been so cool.
I was hoping it'd get better... but sadly no.
Yet, it's still better written than a lot of the Zombie trash out there.

50 /50 you'll dig it.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kelvin
  • Kelvin
  • 12-12-18

Not enough here to keep me interested.

This started off as a 5 star series but quickly started dropping potential. The main protagonist is just such a wet blanket I could care less what happens to him. The rest of the people aren't much better but anyone other than Will would have been an improvement.

My biggest problem is that the monsters are supposed to be unfathomable but communication quirks and reaction to silver aside the most "dangerous" aspect of them makes no sense in context. They overwhelm defenses and I should end that with a question mark. These things are repeatedly referenced as being so light they weigh next to nothing, they are fairly brittle, they just dont die easily. How does that translate into bone jarringly powerful enough to slam doors and obstacles aside....they have NO MASS to do this with. No flamethrowers are tried, noone bothers to dress accordingly at night in heavy leathers that would essentially make them bite proof.

The group aspect also annoyed me as they seem to try to take on the responsibility of protecting everyone but never actually care about anyone other than their core group when it hits the fan. They tell everyone to get to rooms to hide even when every single person had to run by the darn Armory that THEY hid in...you know, that place with the actual weapons that might have helped; they have the idea of helping 500 people by somehow bringing them to a facility that couldn't possibly house them and with only a 3rd year medical student to look after them; they constantly talk about never leaving anyone behind and the second a guy got left behind Will didn't try to turn around in the slightest even though he was willing to fight a building full of people later to save a woman he couldn't know was even alive at that point.

The role of women in these books is kind of obvious even after he tries to turn the most annoying one into Xena Warrior Princess. Apparently only blondes and red heads survived and they all have green or blue eyes and are so beautiful the world couldn't bear for them to die like the majority of normal people. The author has an eye for action sequences although he has a bad problem acting like there's tons of time to think and speak during a shootout or that you can train a nobody up to Ranger qualifications in 3 months with no in-field experiences.

1 person found this helpful