Wanderers Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world's last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes an astonishing tapestry of humanity.
Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And, like Shana, there are other 'shepherds' who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.
For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them, the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unravelling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.
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|Listening Length||32 hours and 21 minutes|
|Narrator||Dominic Hoffman, Xe Sands|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||19 March 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 20,222 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
236 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
890 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Books)
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One of the main characters Shana is an annoying teen with attitude who , because of plot, is somehow important to things.
The copy and paste of the Crichtonesque science he bases his story on is painfully obvious. Some things defy all logic as well such as the ceaseless energy of the sleep walking flock.
Some characters are ridiculous in their actions and motivations, the dad, the pastor and the Big Bad militia-criminal- racist-rapist.
After many twists and turns we finally get the truth of what’s going on....you’ll have guessed it around page 100. One big “wait..what?” aspect of this truth is the question as to what the hell was the point of having the “sleep-walkers” walk across America...it made no sense at all.
All in all this is a mix of poor story, poor pacing and self righteous preaching...not for me.
Wanderers is what happened if the strategy for winning Plague Inc. got into the wrong hands - yes, that strategy that even gets Madagascar. Except it also has the ability to plunge its fist into your chest and yank out your still beating heart, because Chuck is as vicious with his cast as George R.R. Martin, except he's only got one book to do it in. This book has given me nightmares, got under my skin, infected my brain for days (ha ha ha), and I'm mad at Chuck (in the best way) for what happens to a few of the shepherds.
Now, why would a bunch of people downvote this book? Well, the main one is this; Chuck isn't quiet about social issues, and this book is a shocking reflection of that. Maybe you see similarities in Creel and Hunt to people in real life - I sure did. One of the villains of the book - there are a couple and I'd say this is a bit of a twist so I won't name them - is eerily similar to people I've known in real life, right down to the rhetoric they use about what they feel needs to be done to save their country from the Walkers. It's an extremely contemporary book - one that, I hope, one day I can being of its time.
It's a terrifying book. But it's also very, very good. And if you want to know how good, I have a disability that makes reading very hard, a sort of dyslexia cousin. I managed to consume the whole thing in maybe three days.
There's plenty to like about the tale, but it is heavy handed. The political commentary often usurps the narrative, characters and events too often exist to make a statement at the cost of believability and consistency. The book is at its best when it focusses on the fiction and lets the politics develop in the background, at its worst when it is the other way around.
I doubt many readers will find much to challenge their world view - those on the political left will find plenty of affirmation, those on the political right who inadvertently end up reading it will probably toss it in the bin within 100 pages. Those in the centre will probably still be in the centre when the last chapter closes. Those of us outside the USA will probably shake our heads and shrug our shoulders and wonder why the country seems so hell-bent on self-destruction, as we do most days anyway.
The final confrontation between 'good and evil' is predictable and short and the ending has to leave things open.
Rarely do I leave a book unfinished but I came close here. Perhaps shorn of its incredible weight of 800 pages there might be a good story here.