By

Read By

Lauren Fortgang

Length

24 hrs and 27 mins

Audiobook Review

Gray: Part I

Genre(s)

Lou Cadle

Overall
Performance

Dark, gloomy but compelling.

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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This is a dark and - quite literally- gloomy tale and it took a chapter to get into it, but I did.

I think it was the unusual scenario of having a character so isolated when disaster struck that threw me off. I also found Coral's dispassionate, logical mind a bit harsh to begin with. But the story, the world building (or destroying) is so well done, I wanted to keep reading and I really enjoyed it. So much so, I went on to listen to the whole series, which together was over 24 hours long.

PS. Coral is a pre-med, hiking, camping superhero who gives me major post-apocalypse inferiority anxiety

SQUAWKING THE TALK

Lauren Fortgang is excellent as Coral. Her voice is light and subtle, perfect for a long listen, but still expressive.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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A little bit The Road, a little bit Wool.
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ABOUT

Gray: Part I

THE BLURB

A dense black cloud boiled up in the southeastern sky. It rose high and fast, like a time-lapse movie of the birth of a thunderhead. But it was no rain cloud. Wholly black, it reached up and up until it loomed over her, blocking out the sun. Somehow, she knew, it was Death coming for her.

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her.

So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.