Narrator: Victoria Smart
Published by Self Published on 2013
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
Genres: Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
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An epidemic has killed off most humans, turning the rest into beasts with sharp nails, keen senses and an insatiable hunger. Now, years later, a solitary survivor hides in a trailer above a dead city. This is life with the door and windows taped shut, where survival comes down to two, simple rules: stay quiet, and protect the air.
One day, a visitor comes up the mountain. It's a meeting that leads to a fateful decision, and a sacrifice that will change everything.
Collected here for the first time, The Mountain and The City is a post-apocalyptic serial that has kept its faithful listeners on the edge of their seats time and time again.
©2012 Brian Martinez (P)2013 Brian Martinez
[infobox style=’error’ static=’1′]This is the first review by Travis, new to the team here at AudiobookReviewer.[/infobox]
I was really excited when I read the synopsis. I was hoping for an post apocalyptic setting caused by a mutant plague. What could be more interesting than that, if play out intelligently? When I think post apocalyptic, I think of tales of survival. Characters struggling to survive in a hostile world.
What I got was sadly disappointing. This felt more like a race against time, with all the build up and sharp let downs. The story is told from the point of view of girl who was abandoned at the age of five, so she talks like she is five. Who’s name we don’t even discover until the end, survived the apocalypse in a trailer with plastic sheeting, duct tape and a Haz-Mat suit. All of the scences took a lot of time to explain, time that could have been spent elsewhere. Did I mention there are mutants? The girl ends up befriending a child mutant and they embark on a series of hair brain adventures. The dialogue between the two is slow and painful, remember five years old. They first go into the city and narrowly escape capture by going into a cave where the girl ends up taking her mask off and becoming infected. This is where I was lost, the plague infects everybody changing them into blood thirsty mutants but this girl somehow delay’s the effects long enough to tackle all these missions. After escaping that they venture to a military base to re supply when they almost get caught and end up killing one a survivor. By this point the two characters are referring to each other as mother and child. They eventually find a brother to join with him to take back control of the base. For the end the girl and the brother walk off into the sunset for a few days before the girl realizes she loves the mutant child and returns to her.
The explanation of the mutant plague is vague and general, until the final chapter, I wanted so much more. It would have been nice to hear some substance as to what has been happening since the end of the world. All the while there are vague flashbacks to the beginning of the plague. It seems to me when they compiled the series into one book they could have done a better job organizing the layout. In the very last chapter you learn about the girl, her family and the beginning of the plague. The very last chapter seemed as though it should have been the first. It was a decent explanation of the start of the plague the fall of mankind, and good character relations.
The narration of the book was unimpressive. Not sure if the author or producer chose the reading style but it is slow, dull and painful. It would have been good to hear some emotion but everything seemed flat and monotone.