The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy
Narrator: Holter Graham
Length: 13 hrs 31 min
Date Read: May 2015
Genre: Horror, Post-Apocolyptic
In Benjamin Percy's new thriller, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary-the remains of St. Louis-a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders.
Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon.
Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Audio
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: DNF
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: After 7 hrs and 55 min I just was not invested enough in The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy to finish. That made me sad 🙁
Overall Thoughts: Here is the thing (or thang as we say in Texas): I think The Dead Lands will work for a ton of people but for some reason I just could not get into the story. I stopped/started the audiobook 3 times. After awhile you just have to call that the story is not a good fit for you. The world was interesting. It was unique, twisted, and visually I think it would be stunning in a bleak kind of way. The twist of the characters based loosely on Lewis/Clarke was clever. However, the characters just didn’t grab me and make me want to journey with them. In these types of books, I need that! So this just didn’t work for me.
Narrated by Holter Graham/Running Time 13 hrs 31 min
Holter is one of my favorite narrators and he did a darn good job! I do believe he is the reason that I kept coming back to try and finish the story. In the end though even his narration could not carry me all the way through to the end.
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