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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2020 Chuck Wendig (P)2020 Penguin Random House LLC

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  • Elmamaria
  • 04-05-20

Wow, kept me up long past my bedtime!

I’m not sure I would say I loved the story, it’s a brilliant story very well narrated but the subject matter is so close to now or how the now could deteriorate that I had nightmares for days... still, I would totally recommend it if you fancy very well drawn characters and a believable pandemic story line and what happens when men with guns and super egos take control... If there is a book 2 coming I’ll be first in line

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-20

The Star Wars Aftermath Trilogy has brought me here

I saw this book because I loved Chuck Wndig’s work on the Star Wars Aftermath Trilogy and this has just became my new favourite audiobook the story was well told and narration was well done and got so emotional when it ended.

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  • VHarrison
  • 24-06-20

Excellent

Love a long dystopian novel and this one didn't disappoint. Highly recommend it if you do to.

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  • M. Davey
  • 17-05-20

Epic story. Full of twist and turns.

Enjoyed this story. I thought i had it sussed after the first third but then it went in a totally different direction. The wait for the UK audio version was well worth it.

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  • Ms. Ruth Messenger
  • 06-09-20

Took a long while to gain momentum but good when it did

I have such mixed feelings about this one, mostly about the narration. The pace of the narration was very different depending on whether you were listening to the lady or the man. I saw a review on here that said the female narrator was too quick? Well for me, the male narrator was incredibly slow. I had to adjust the speed of the book when he was on as I was bored. The story also takes a long time to get good, I would have given up if I wasn’t on a long car journey through the middle of this. That said, the end was satisfying. One more thing - neither narrator good at accents which was sad as the character of Pete Corley would have been fantastic in an Irish accent and Sadie lost a lot by not actually sounding British.

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  • rustyb
  • 08-08-20

Brilliant

Original, entertaining and yet not long enough. Also thought provoking and a terrific selection of characters.

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  • Eamon Ambrose
  • 07-05-20

Great story - didn't love narration.

Really liked the story, it's sprawling epic with lots of surprises and scarily prescient given recent events, but I wasn't crazy about the narration, especially some of the accents, and to be honest it felt a bit dull.

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  • Bob
  • 20-04-20

Reader too fast.

I returned this for a refund after a short time. The female reader was too fast for me to follow.

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  • Toni
  • 27-08-21

It was just all too much

I really enjoy post apocalyptic fiction so this book appeared to fit nicely, however I was really disappointed.
The idea was great but an hour in I started to struggle. Yes there was excellent character development however the more I knew about the characters the more I didn’t care and just wished that they would die, especially the females! I can only put this down to the female narrator whose style just grated on me. I found myself skipping parts that she read.

There was just too much back story, too much filler and not enough after the fact post apocalyptic survival. The book is probably about 20 hours too long, I mean I like my epic stories but so much of this book wasn’t relevant to my preferred genre, one can listen to the first couple of chapters then skip to say the last five and that’s all you needed to listen to.

I could not really put it in a genre, it’s a sort of thriller (but not) espionage (but not) there’s a bit of violence thrown in for effect but it added nothing.

It still gets three stars as the idea is there, so if you like in-depth but unnecessary character development and a drawling female narrator and a long and winding story then this book will be for you, if you like struggles with life after an event give this a miss and go and re listen to Swan Song.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-21

Great book, annoying narration

Really enjoyed the story to this one but unfortunately found myself not enjoying the two narrators. Xe Sands sounds constantly smug and talks far too quietly, barely even attempts to change her voice for different characters. Then there's Dominic Hoffman who... For some.. Insane....... reason always talks..... With huge.... gaps in each ...... sentence. Arrrgh!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-20

Breathtaking storyline

I usually don't read (listen) to books. I'd say I've probably finished a total of 20 books tops in my life as I usually grow tired of them quickly...
However, for Wanderers and specifically the magnificent voice acting from Xe and Dominic, I couldn't take my attention away and will look forward to their next reading.

Can't recommend enough. It's long, but not long enough!