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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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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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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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Excellent

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

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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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32 hours of listening drudgery!

In one word, this story was a SLOG! Had it been edited to a quarter of its length I think it could've been a far more captivating story. It just seemed to wander endlessly and aimlessly, with superfluous characters, side stories and dull dialogue. The pace was truly glacial. The ending sooooo predictable and uninteresting. I really wanted to like the story, but in the end just was not able to. Wanderers does not relate to The Stand in any meaningful way, despite the cover quote, sadly.
32 hours of my life I'll never get back...

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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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Brilliant

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

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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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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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Overlong

It’s overlong but still a well told tales of a collapse of civilisation and an attempt to recover something from the ashes. Looking forward to the sequel.

Pity Robert Vaughn wasn’t around to do the voice of the AI.

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