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Wild Wastes

Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: Wild Wastes, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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Summary

Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm.

Legend has it that an experiment failed. Catastrophically so. And when it failed, the center of the United States, from the Sierra Nevada to the Mississippi river, became "The Waste", where everything changed.

In The Waste, every fantasy creature, fairytale demon, or mythological monster exists. From orcs, to neriads, ogres, trolls, wraiths, elves, harpies, and even beastmen. They all exist, and all despise humankind.

In the ruins of the west and east coasts, new governments have arisen. With new jobs.

Vince is a Ranger, a profession whose sole job duty is surviving in the waste, and taking missions from the Ranger Guild. Be it courier services, escorts, or simply exploring tombs and cities.

Taking up an escort mission, Vince encounters a situation that will shape his life forever onward.

As well as the lives of everyone in North America.

Warning: This novel contains adult themes and moral ambiguities. The main character is written as a real person in an apocalypse, and will not make choices that line up with society and cultural norms.

©2017 Randi Darren (P)2017 Randi Darren

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Good read but very similar to his other books

If you could sum up Wild Wastes in three words, what would they be?

Adult fantasy pulp

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If I didn't know that Randi Darren is a pseudonym of William D Arand I'd be thinking one of them had plagiarised the others book. I previously listened to "Super Sales on Super Heroes" which I really enjoyed, and searching out his other books thought I'd give this a try. The story lines of these two books are basically identical but placed in different settings i.e. (spoilers) a guy with some sort of power to 'read' and adapt other people starts buying up slaves to create an initial harem of powerful characters and then expands by buying up loads more to create his own army/commune.I felt it was a little lazy to essentially use the same storyline, but it's set in a more Tolkienesque fantasy world and with a very large smattering of adult content. However, taken for itself I found the book enjoyable and an easy listen, but it's more of a pulp read than anything deeper, but I doubt it was aimed as anything more than that. If I could only choose one I'd pick Super Sales, as I prefer it's dark humour but this has it's place for those that like a more fantasy style story and adult content, which at times is quite explicit, which didn't bother me but others may find difficult if not keen on that sort of content. Other than that, the narration is very good and pretty enjoyable.

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simply brilliant

fantastic story, in depth characters, great narration. all in all a must read. couldn't recommend it enough

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an r rated harem fantasy story

one of those stories with the poor protagonist getting a lot of wives, then money and then land with people to rule over. I really enjoyed it.

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Definitely one for Headphones or private listening

Aside for there being more Smut than I expected it was an interesting listen. Though i feel it could have possibly been better in its own world rather than earth with a twist. That being said it was still a good book.

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Wow, Really?...WOW!

ummm ok.

beautiful orc woman, beautiful ant woman..yep ANT WOMAN!?!?!
beautiful Nymphs. Beautiful every girl, all getting fucked in here.

If your looking for filth where every character is a porn based sex-mainiac who is skilled at deepthroats? Then this is the book for you. It does have an enjoyable, easy listen FEEL to it, minus the sex scenes.
it's not the kinda of book that I would usually go for. But for an erotic fantasy story it's not too bad.

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Overall the story and audio are good.

Overall the story and performance where good, I could have done with out the adult xxx parts. They did nothing to Realy enhance the overall story. It is not as good as super sale on super heroes. But if you enjoy the fantasy side rather than the more modern setting you will enjoy.
Again the adult/+18 parts are very graphic. Over all I would recommend but could have left out the other parts for me.

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Amazing

Loved how the narrator brought the characters to life. Can't wait to start book two!

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 26-09-18

Fantasy Venture, Mythical Creatures; and One Stud

This is a good fantasy adventure story that has continuously evolved through the first three books.
There is plenty of action and surprises as the series develops and we follow the progression of Vince, who begins this adventure as a lone ranger in the “Wild Wastes.”
He’s not alone for long, however, and apparently doesn’t turn away any manner of female companionship, whether she has horns, tusks, or even insect legs; Vince is going to spread his seed and we hear every slurping, gurgling, explicitly wild detail; and let me tell you, he’s one busy stud.
Other than the graphic nature of these books, there is a good and interesting story line and I will continue to listen to the next book
As for the narrator; I thought Andrea Parsneau’s performance was outstanding.

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  • Cat-Ferret family
  • 20-10-18

A story where the sex actually plays a part.

There's a lot of graphic sex here, but most of it actually supports the story. An interesting premise that is mostly paid off.

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  • Christopher
  • 20-09-18

Not what I expected

When I started listening to this book I expected the adult themes in the story. What I didn't expect was those themes to be used as filler.
Story could have been much better without them, or worked into the story better to further the plot.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-08-17

good read

good storyline and kept me interested. unique blend of wild west, guns, swords, and magic

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  • Chris Vernon
  • 22-08-17

Finally a believable and smart main character.

It did take me a bit to get into the story. After so many poorly written or concieved plots points from other authors, it is a true marvel to have a Hero who is not stupid or being saved by a author's ham handed attempts at conflict resolution.
I believe I would have made many of the same decisions as he did. I found the author's world and concepts a novel idea and approach to making the conflicts and plot devices believable and engrossing.

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  • KC
  • 26-03-19

Exactly what I was looking for.

Post-Apocalypse, fantasy, modern age, romance, sex, battle; it's all here. This is the kind of novel I have been wanting for quite a while. It doesn't shy away from any topic or description.

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  • Fox
  • 09-04-18

wow.

I'm not sure how I really feel about this as a whole. The story is unique (at least to me) and It got pretty intense right off the bat. I can't say I loved it but i was definitely interested throughout the whole book finding myself jumping and exclaiming WHAT! and NO WAY! a lot and laughing to myself shaking my head. Other times I was scoffing saying "B.S." never happen.
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The narrator did an awesome job, I've never heard of her before this but I will be looking up more books read by her. Characters voices were clearly different and fit each character.

What I don't really like is that i didn't feel like the author spent enough time describing the characters or the landscape. there was enough there to come up with a dissent idea but I felt like the picture was always left unfinished which bugged me a little. It was also really fast paced. I think this storyline would be amazing if it was written in a much larger scale. I'm not sure how to explain it so im going to leave it at that.

I am going to get the next one and I will most likely listen to this again in the future.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-09-17

Very graphic but extremely entertaining

great narration, well written, definitely NSFW. I found the book slow to get started but once it was going it was a good blend of sex, violence, and sword and sorcery fantasy.

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  • jared
  • 09-03-18

A True Guilty Pleasure

Listening to this was distracting while at work, which is when I usually hear books, but I loved the story. The harem aspect is admittedly the least favorite part since even harem anime was not my preference. but the world is amazing and the narrator works well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-17

matter of personal preference

there's some really fun action and I loved the building of power components both individually with the main character and with the society. the story is very heavily interlaced with sexual domination and the aura of polygamy.

I'm fine with graphic descriptions... it's all in your head after all. but I'm just not into the hardcore humiliation and domination theme.

it's a matter of preference.

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