Red Hill: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone means fighting for tomorrow is an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can't remember what it's like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda's biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.
When reports of a widespread, deadly "outbreak" begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can't outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy - an enemy who no longer remembers what it's like to be human.
Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you'd die for becomes the one who could destroy you?
Red Hill grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times best-selling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 38 minutes|
|Narrator||Emma Galvin, January LaVoy, Zachary Webber|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 01, 2013|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #118,778 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#773 in Science Fiction Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,671 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,033 in Paranormal Fantasy
Top reviews from the United States
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From a reader's perspective:
Holy moly, what can I say? This isn't your typical squishing of zombie heads kind of novel. Rather than focusing on the terror that would consume the planet if zombies rose, this one looked at the human element and the fallout of a disaster of this magnitude. When the whole world goes to crap, what are people thinking? What would they do for survival? Red Hill delves deeply into what makes people tick during a crisis, and shows how they can rise up and be more than they ever thought they could. Some of the horrible things that happen during times of upset are brought to light, and the evil that lives inside some people is waved under your nose like a smelly rag. I found myself punching the air a number of times, and wondering how in the hell Ms. McGuire could describe two people in the story I could relate with so strongly (Scarlet and Nathan). I was kept sitting on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, and sobbing like a little girl. One of the things I love about Jamie McGuire's writing is her ability to not go on tangents with description; there's just enough so I can paint the scene and the characters in my own head.
From an editor's perspective:
One or two misused words (peak rather than peek), but everything else was brilliant.
+1 Star for giving me awesome zombie action
+1 Star for those well-rounded characters I felt for
+1 Star for great pacing and perfect word painting
+1 Star for making me cry and showing truth
+1 Star for the level of most excellent editing found in this book
Overall, 5 out of 5 stars! I'd give it ten if I could. Recommended to anyone who loves a nail-biter that will leave you with a book hangover because you were sad it came to an end.
If you're a huge wuss like me, Red Hill is going to be perfect. It's got the right balance, and doesn't focus too much on the scary. The story focuses way more on the characters and what they're going through, rather than action scenes fighting zombies.
Reading Jamie's work is like slipping into the most comfortable, warm, fluffy bed. It's flawless, and so easy. The words flow naturally and she paints the story for you so you don't even feel like you're reading. I hesitated and put reading this novel off because I was scared it would be intense. Once I started, I couldn't stop and I was kicking myself for waiting to read it.
If you love stories, and exploring a new world, this is the book for you.
I loved it!
One of the things I really absolutely loved about the book was the sense of humor, I laughed more than I cried I thought it was super witty. I also found myself questioning my own ability to survive an apocalypse, would I be able to do some of the things these characters did? I would often stop during certain moments and hug my children because I just absolutely freaking had to. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and is not afraid to have a broken heart. So now, Not only do I want to buy a gun, and make sure I always have a good amount of canned goods, I have to freak out about the creepers of the world that scare me now more than anything I would rather my children get eaten by Teds than end up with Kevins.
There was 1 thing I hated and 1 I loved!
1. Miranda-She for some reason rubbed me the wrong way since the beginning <<kinda glad about her outcome>>
2. Stanley Leonard Cooper II- Sigh <<the cause of my tears ever time>>
TAKE A CHANCE WITH THIS BOOK IT IS DEFINITELY WORTH YOUR TIME! #TeamSkeeter
Top reviews from other countries
Red Hill is written in first person, but we're not just limited to getting the thoughts about the apocalypse from one point of view. We're treated to the views of Scarlet, Nathan and Miranda, the three main characters.
Scarlet is a mother of two daughters, Halle and Jenna. Working at the hospital and taking care of her children pretty much takes up most of her time. With no man in her life, she's an independent woman, getting things done and taking no rubbish from nobody. As the story progresses, we get to see how much of a strong woman she really is. Actually, I'm just gonna throw it out there and say she's a kick-ass zombie killer in this book, and there's nothing better than a female taking the lead role. She's feisty, fearless, and when her children are involved, she laughs in the face of danger. She takes control of situations that a normal person would probably lose their wits in. She will do anything for her girls, and that reflects through her actions within the story. I loved Scarlet. How she takes on board the fact that a zombie apocalypse is
taking place is how I want to be if a zombie apocalypse was to happen.
Nathan is an adorable guy, I have to say it. He works damn hard, and he's married to the most miserable woman in the world. I felt so sorry for him. His confidence is at rock bottom and he's in a loveless marriage. When we meet him, he hears the radio in his car inform it's listeners, "This is a red alert from the emergency broadcast system. Canton County sheriff's department reports a highly contagious virus arriving in our state has been confirmed. If at all possible, stay indoors..." He races to Zoe's school to pick her up. McGuire really enforces the image of disarray and panic when Nathan enters his daughter's school. She tells us of "frantic mothers" and "frightened parents". Once Nathan has his daughter safely in the car with him, he takes them both home, and that's when he finds the note from Aubrey, basically saying that she can't be a mother and that she's left. From that moment on, Nathan does what he has to do to keep him and his daughter safe. But that's a lot easier said than done.
We're first introduced to Miranda as she's driving towards her father's ranch, along with her younger sister Ashley, Ashley's boyfriend Cooper, and Miranda's boyfriend Bryce. The panic is just reaching where they are at this point; people are running past her car, banging into her wing mirrors and bumping into the side of it. After news of the outbreak reached them, their classes were cancelled and they decided their dad's ranch was the safest place for them to go. As a person is taken down beside their car and eaten by someone else, the four of them know that this isn't a game. This is real, and suddenly, their only aim is to try and stay alive.
I think McGuire thought of everything whilst writing Red Hill. She even included zombie children, which a lot of people don't write about when writing about this type of genre. I think it just makes it even more real. She really creates an atmosphere of disaster and panic. Crying, screaming, anxiety, it's all in there. I got that lost in this story, I became creeped out and panicked about there being zombies in my back garden. Everything seems so real and detailed, she's really put a lot of thought into this novel, and it shows. It's gripping, exciting, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read this in a day, that's how good it is. It's action packed, full of emotion and disaster. I genuinely can't do it justice with my words.
I know for a fact that I'm giving Red Hill a worthy rating of 10/10.
It really is THAT good.
If you're a zombie-lover, then this is for you. If you like tense, dramatic, emotional scenes, then this book is for you. If you love action-packed novels with a kick-ass woman as the main character, then this book is for you.
Given my lack of experience in this genre I have nothing to compare this to, I don't know if it's following a stereotypical pattern, I don't know if it's been told a thousand times before, I do know that I loved it and would definitely check out other similar books.
The novel is set as the outbreak starts, on the Friday morning there is word that they've managed to reanimate the dead on the other side of the world, by tea time the pandemic is worldwide and we follow three people as they try to get to safety. Nate, who is trying to escape with his daughter to safety; Scarlet who is trying to get to her daughters who are spending the weekend with their father and Miranda who is trying to get to her father's ranch with her sister and their boyfriends.
I found this to be surprisingly emotional, I know that should the zombie apocalypse actually happen I would undoubtedly be emotional when trying to protect or get to my family but I didn't expect this to be so well portrayed within the novel. It's something that really doesn't come across in a tv show or a movie, you don't get the same internal dialogue and description of feelings that you get in a book. I suppose that this is a prime example of why books are better than movies.
I was completely wrong, this woman is a genius. She's taken a fairly standard genre and completely given it her own spin, it's not boring, it's not constantly full of taking peoples heads off - in other words it's amazing, just as good as everything else she's written. So if you like zombie novels, but are looking for something a little bit different the. This is definitely the book for you. Well written, filled with emotion and heart racing.
To be honest, I was surprised by the book and disappointed in parts. Jamie has written some of my favourite books especially Beautiful Disaster which I was constantly recommending. This though had me puzzled.
It made giant leaps without explaining from a pandemic to reanimated corpses in a couple of paragraphs. Did she see this or just assume? There was stilted prose in between brilliantly written passages.
Then suddenly the book kicked in and then back out again.
Scarlet seemed to be the main character but others took centre stage too. They were reasonably interesting but all seemed incohesive and to be honest I couldn't invest in them overly.
I deliberately didn't read other reviews because I wanted to make up my own mind. I found I've actually slipped chapters, so for me, it's well-written but has something missing.