Return From Darkness - Audiobook Review

It had taken less than two weeks for mankind to knock out the vast majority of human life and to blot out the sun with nuclear fallout. Now, nearly 60 years later the world is still in the grips of perpetual nuclear winter.

Many children born since WWIII are either stillborn, die shortly after, or have major defects. Loreto is one of the fortunate.

Born in the underground deep inside the Emery Mine Loreto lives with his community of 3000 people. Aside from shelter from the elements above, the only thing the mine has to offer is a fresh spring providing plenty of drinking water. This means that scavenging for food and supplies is a necessity. In order to do that, it means going to the surface.

Now at an age to be provided a job Loreto is appointed to be a Topsider. His job - scavenge for what he can and take notes in regards to if the surface is becoming habitable. Living deep underground has its own health risks but going to the surface is considered a death sentence, but someone has to do it. For Loreto, this was an honor.

I am not going to go into any more detail on this Novella in an effort to not provide spoilers. What I will say is that I really enjoyed this story. This is not a story that I normally read so I can't say if it is unique as I really have nothing to compare it to in the world of books. It has its unique elements if I were to compare it to film.

I found the story frightening as I listened to it for it really wasn't far off the mark of what could actually be if we were to play our cards wrong. Not with the Ash Walkers, but... Well, maybe if there is nothing left there could be people that resemble them. need to read it to learn who they are.

I think Peter Servido did a fantastic job describing the doom and gloom of the new world Loreto was born into. The characters were well thought out and intriguing. It made me think of Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome. I loved the way the main character - Loreto - told the story. In fact, I would have liked him to continue telling me what happened all the way through rather than move into dialogue.

The narration: This was narrated by Grayson Pickar. I LOVED his voice. I thought it was spot on for this story. I loved the tone he set right from the moment he spoke his first word. In fact, I think that is why I wanted the book to continue with him simply telling me what happened. His voice and his tone are what drew me in making me want to hear it through. He could have simply explained the whole story to me without ever acting out a character and I would have loved it.

That said, I have a few issues with this audiobook. In a number of cases, Grayson's pronunciation was slurred, making some words difficult to understand what exactly he said. In a number of cases, he pronounced words incorrectly. In one instance, he repeated a sentence, and in another, he stumbled, paused, and started again. There were sentences that he cut off mid-word or the word entirely.

To sum it up it was poorly edited.

For the story: I give it a 4/5. It made me think, and I could visualize. It did what it should do. For anyone into post-war, post-apocalyptic books this is one to check out.

The Narration: I have no choice but to give it a 3/5.

This puts the book in its audiobook format at a 3.5/5 for me.

In closing this post, the opinions expressed above are just that - my opinion.

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