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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
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Wistful Apocalypse With Echoes of Station Eleven
🧡 This is much more emotional than most apocalyptic/pandemic novels. It focuses almost entirely on heavily pregnant Natalie and her best friend Rams, a doctor. I’d argue that this is a love story; a heart-rending tale of friendship. And it works. I got some serious chills as the besties did whatever it took to try and deliver Natalie’s baby safely.
💚 The tone shifts around from quirky and comical - especially Natalie’s sections - to the wistful voice of the all-knowing narrator. The narrator especially has a poetic turn of phrase reminiscent of the writing in Station Eleven, another intriguingly unorthodox apocalypse audiobook.
SQUAWKING THE TALK
🎧 Erin Bennett delivers a hauntingly beautiful performance. She totally hits all the quirky notes, while managing to tug the heartstrings when needs be. The production is simple yet flawless.
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I'm not crying. You're crying.
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In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold.
To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down, and the government's emergency protocols are faltering. Dr. Ramola 'Rams' Sherman, a soft-spoken paediatrician in her mid-30s, receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie's husband has been killed - viciously attacked by an infected neighbour - and in a failed attempt to save him, Natalie, too, was bitten. Natalie's only chance of survival is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible to receive a rabies vaccine. The clock is ticking for her and for her unborn child.
Natalie's fight for life becomes a desperate odyssey as she and Rams make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares - terrifying, strange and sometimes deadly challenges that push them to the brink.
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