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The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

Written by: Keith C. Blackmore
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Mountain Man
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before. A short story of approximately 9,500 words. The first story of the "Mountain Man" series. Contains language and graphic violence. If you enjoy this, check out the rest of the series.

©2012 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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boring and nothing but gruesome violent details

boring and nothing but gruesome violent details. not worth the time. was hoping it will get better.. but no!

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Boring

The story line is a bit boring and the sound makes me asleep.
it's really difficult to understand what all things are happening in a single fraction of time but how the narration of the story is good all credit to the author

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Worth a listen

The story is inspiring but a little more effort could have impressed the listeners a bit more.

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Highly enjoyable

A short read but highly enjoyable quite thrilling
Kept me engaged till the end very good

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one of the best horror (zombie) audio book ever

I really don't k ow why people gave it 3 or something like that but to be honest it's a really well thaught horror and jump thaught realities in the "undead" genre.
As a writer and artist myself I can really appreciate it

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test

Book is good to listen . The voice is so clarity . Must buy title

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not good story

Story reader is not good, too much abusive language used in the book. listening so many is not good idea.

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  • Siva H.
  • 02-12-19

Meh

I do agree with a previous reviewer that this story seems to be geared toward men, which is fine. More importantly, the writing is mediocre. I get bored with statements like, "he scratched his balls, then turned to the right" as if scratching balls has anything to do with his decision to turn a corner (maybe this is female ignorance -- perhaps balls help a great deal with directions, who knows?!) OR "he used his ass to open the door, then scratched his balls one last time before raising his gun." ... Ok...?? Story itself is ok, I think the situation w/ Alice was fun/entertaining but overall just meh with the whole thing.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 25-04-15

40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

If my headline bothers you, stop now, you will hate this book. Augustus Berry is not the most cultured of men. He is fat, balding and loves to drink himself to a stupor. He has no military experience (how unique is that for a Zombie book.), he survives, because he has watched enough horror movies to know the correct way to behave in an apocalypse.

This is gory, scary and smelly. Yea, you will smell things you don't want to smell. It is not just bloody and gory, it is very scary. Watch out for the Stephen King's "Misery" scene, but mostly watch out for the babies!!

At the time I am writing, this is free. Get this in your library before someone changes their mind. This is the best short story I have listened to, Paid for, or otherwise in a long time.

R.C. Bray is one of those narrators that is the tipping point for a book, when you are trying to decide if you should purchase.

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  • Radar
  • 18-01-19

Not for me

I just couldn't like this one. While the narrator does a good job with the story, the story itself just didn't suit my tastes. It is well thought out, and very unlike most of the zombie drivel that is put out anymore. However, the parts that try to frighten merely end up being a squishy mess. The more suspenseful parts work well, but the horror turns out to be just the opposite.

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  • Tracy P.
  • 30-06-18

The Hospital- What a Fun Short Story!

Thanks for my first taste of the Mountain Man and Gus's fight against “Gimps” and psycho humans alike! This story was crazy scary, funny, and a great new spin on fighting Zombies!

Also, enjoyed the preview of the Mountain Man Series! I’ll be back for more!

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  • Daidry Watson
  • 25-07-19

The Hospital

Dislike the profanity. Not a fan of this genre of novel. Please do not recommend me any more of these

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  • Brandon Lee Austin
  • 22-03-19

Ugh.

All the good reviews on this mislead me. If you like terrible horror gore movies this might be for you. I couldnt make it all the way through. Not because im squeamish or because im offended easily. I just think that kind of stuff should have a purpose other than provocation.

You know the moment when the director shows the monster and suddenly it just isnt scary anymore? When you start rolling your eyes because the director ruined the movie by letting the cat out of the bag and the monster is no longer scary? This book got there pretty quick.

Beware. Some spoilers ahead. But honestly im probably saving your time. The books might be better than this short story, but i wont be picking them up. This one wasnt for me. Night of the living dead this aint.

Do you like gore? A main character that somehow gets caught not by a clever trap... but simply by being overpowered by someone grabbing his balls even while at the same time going on and on about how careful and not stupid he is being? How about insane people that are absolutely bat guano raving bonkers, but are somehow still coherent enough to set up ambushes and overpower someone who is armed, physically stronger, and literally looking around for an ambush?

Honestly this started off really strong, there was a solid buildup of anxiety and tension at the start. RC Bray is as always fantastic and the voices were great.

I really wanted to like this. I even held on through most of the book hoping it would turn around because the beginning was pretty dang solid. I laughed a couple times at his internal dialogue and the early tension was great. I just wish the monster reveal hadnt been of the type that ruined things for me.

If youre into buckets of blood for the sake of it, give this a go. It has tons of good reviews. Otherwise, save yourself the hour and a half.

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  • Kenneth Grantham
  • 28-10-18

Enjoyable zombie story

Normal down trodden guy surviving the apocalypse with booze and humor thrown in to spice things up.

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  • Barbara Blanks aka StFlossie
  • 10-12-19

Good thing it's short

Maybe not short enough. One ugly zombie. Several vampire babies. One nasty vicious woman. No problem with those. But Gus really should have gone into shock at some point and died. I won't give away anything, but ....yawn...

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  • Maria Belkadi
  • 26-11-19

no thanks

You did a good build up, until you got to the toilet paper. Although amusing, it just went downhill from there.

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  • Mark C. Gebhardt
  • 18-11-19

Don't recommend

Really stupid, pointless story. Couldn't finish it. Would not recommend to others. Not worth the price - even though it's free.

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  • NC
  • 08-04-14

Lovely freebie!

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This is a great freebie, with also a free chapter to his book topped on the end... a little gory, but a very gripping short story. Hoped to see more from this chappie, but only 1 other listed :( I shall; be getting that next book shortly!

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  • Salter
  • 05-06-18

Gruesome.....but enjoyable..

I wasn't sure whether I was going to enjoy this particular genre, however I was pleasantly surprised at this one. The story is rather gruesome, though one wonders whether the narrative would have quite the same effect without being so graphic. On the whole I enjoyed this. The general premise is that Gus Berry is in need of supplies, and the hospital has what he wants. In his way, however, are various zombie creatures within the hospital and around, intent on feeding on his flesh.
I've put more of the 'Mountain Man' on my wish list. Recommended.

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  • UsefulThings
  • 12-02-15

Dark zombie short story

This is quite a dark, gory zombie tale.

Darker than the Walking Dead, In my opinion. Some of the aspects of the story seem to be in there just for shock value. Not really my taste, I won't bother with any more in the series.

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  • Cuckoosuzie
  • 26-05-14

Very discriptive

What made the experience of listening to The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story the most enjoyable?

I thought it was very descriptive, and held my interest even though I wasn't sure what to expect next. It is not a book I should have listened to driving home on my own on a dark wet night. But saying that I then sat up in bed listening to the end because I needed to know what happened.

What other book might you compare The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story to, and why?

Can honestly say it was as scarey as Dean Coombes Watchers. They are not my normal read.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me hold my breathe in suspense. Makes your heart beat fast. Not good when driving

Any additional comments?

I needed to Finnish the book but won't be listening to it again, that is just me just not in my comfort zone.

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  • NormaCenva
  • 30-08-16

babies... BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This was so f****** scary. It gave me the extended TWD episodes (you remember that one of the special short's with the nurse, right?), kinda vibe, but it was original in a completely different way. The sense of urgency and terror was very well written and enjoyable to read, it was both relatable and terrifying, and the characters were well fleshed out too. I was very lucky that this story was a free one, because I immediately bought the whole series, it looks like it will be quite a read, so will keep you posted!
If you want to try and see if this style of writing and exposition is your cup of tea, give it a go! You will not regret it.

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  • John
  • 29-03-15

Easy reading

If you just want something to while the hours away then this will do you fine.... It lacks the elegance of others in its genre but the basics are there and it's very easy to get into the main character..

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  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
  • 07-05-14

Excellent - have already download Mountain Man!

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A very gripping intro to the series introducing the main character and environment. I have already bought Mountain Man before my credits rolled over as I couldn't wait to get stuck in.

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  • Michael
  • 21-01-17

Brilliant Marketing Strategy

If you could sum up The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story in three words, what would they be?

It made buying the Mountain Man Saga "a must".

What other book might you compare The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story to, and why?

This was my first book in this genre (even though I love The Walking Dead TV series). This book is superbly written and narrated and is very similar to the Mountain Man series.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

Crazy Alice. R.C. Bray is by far my favourite audio book "narrator" - when he performs a character I actually forget it's the same guy narrating and start to "buy into" the character as a real person. Bray's portrayal of crazy Alice was amazing. I really believed it was a woman and a crazy one at that. Just brilliant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

I don't know who's idea it was to give away for free this chapter/scene from the Mountain Man saga but it is a piece of marketing genius. This is not the type of book I would read or listen to but I thought I'd give it a try as it was free and R.C.Bray was narrating it (a brilliant narrator). Not only did this free sample force me into getting the first 3 books but it actually introduced me to this genre.

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  • Lilly Penhaligon
  • 22-02-16

A dark and gory zombie survivor tale

What did you like best about The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story? What did you like least?

I love zombie apocalypse/outbreak films so this was pretty much like every one of those types of films. It was dark, atmospheric and I felt on edge listening to the description of the hospital. The bit I liked the least was some of the gore; at least on film this is over and done fairly quickly and you can look away but some of the detailed descriptions were a bit overwhelming for me.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked that for ONCE, the central character actually has some brains and has made themselves a bite-proof outfit that particularly guards the neck and limbs. My god, after all the zombie films I've seen over the years, mountain man gets it right. It gets taken off him at one point but the fact is, he had it. I also liked that he's built his house in the tree tops in a totally remote area far away from the zombie infected city. This guy is serious about survival.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

I liked the narration, I thought it was well-suited to this type of novella.

Did The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to think about my zombie apocalypse survival plan.

Any additional comments?

This was a decent offering for free. It's just over an hour long and it gives you a very very generous look in to the next book in the series. It's very different to my normal reading fare but I enjoyed it.

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  • Christine Siobhan barber
  • 09-02-16

the hospital by kieth c. Blackmore. narrated by R.C. Bray

Its a story that takes you into a nowhere land of a post apocalyptic knightmare of one mans struggle against insurmountable odds. Maniac nurses, zombie babies and zombie's . I enjoyed evey minute of the journey in this mans company. I felt his fear and frustration of being the only sane person in this chaotic post apocalyptic world. I can't wait to read or listen to the rest of the story.

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  • Amanda Jayne
  • 21-09-14

Great

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story to be better than the print version?

Yes. I love that the story gets told so well

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Keeps up the momentum through the other stories

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The gore factor and the way he describes so was but so gross but great narration throughout the book. I was intrigued to know more of this story

Any additional comments?

I brought the 2nd one because I need to know what happens

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  • steve
  • 26-09-17

Over the top gore

It's a zombie book so I guess... what do you expect? Not truly brutal or shocking, just gore and cliche horror type character/monsters to the point where it's cheesy. It's a bit of a pity because it was OK before it went over the top.

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  • Kel's Opinion
  • 29-05-20

Vivid

I have had this short Audio clip for quite some time, so long in fact I can’t remember how long.
I listened to this while I cooked dinner and pottered around in the kitchen. I honestly could see the scenes as though watching a movie it was so vivid. That Alice was honestly so freaking creepy. I won’t give anything away but I have to say why the heck would anyone in a zombie apocalypse go into a hospital on their own? Especially after they didn’t stake it out for a while! This infuriated me but you know it takes all types. Anyway, great story and it doesn’t go as long as it says - the last 37 ish minutes is the start of another story which was great, I’m off to find it.
Enjoy this one 🙂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-19

starjazden

it was ok. story was very funny more then anything I have read by far

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  • Toni
  • 15-12-19

Not worth it

I admit - I downloaded it because it was free and wondered if the series would be interesting. First of all, very little happens. Secondly, the blood and guts seemed to be more for the sake of it rather than furthering any action or story line. And, i admit, zombies are not really my thing. [But I was prepared to have zombies if the rest of the book was okay.]

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-19

A little gruesome in parts

this was really well performed. in fact I actually grimaced in some parts. I hope you enjoy it to. hahaha

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  • Jess
  • 21-09-19

horror

prob not something I listen to,but different all the same, really liked the reader, he made u feel part of it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-19

loved it

it's funny in it's own way and if you listen to it at night you will be wondering what made that noise in the dark....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-19

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-19

Tries too hard to be gruff and manly, still good

Basic writing skills clearly demonstrated by the choice of stories / adventures the character goes through. Everything you would expect from a survival zombies book. I still enjoy it nonetheless. I guess the choice of performer is suited to the main character. I'd probably pick up the next in the series if there is any.