• Chaos: A New World

  • Book 1
  • By: John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Mark Gagliardi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (968 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence? Humankind was once at the top of the food chain. But that has now changed.

©2011 John O'Brien (P)2014 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC

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THIS IS MAKING MY BRAIN HURT

Well, numb at least
Reaching down with my right hand, I grasped the tab on the zipper pocket of my Bass Pro duffle bag. I dragged the zipper to my right, opening the pocket. Reaching into the pocket (side remark), I pulled out the Zip Lock Container with the four tabs. (semi-funny side remark to myself) Putting the container in my lap with both hands I undid the four tabs. My mp3 SanDisk player was laying on top of the black co-axel cable with the brass fittings. Taking the player out, I hit the blue button with my right thumb, (side remark). etc...

If you were enthralled with that rendition, than you will love this book. I bought this book, thinking it was about Zombies, even though Audible has not included it among their 15 books in the Zombie section which you have to sneak your way into since, you can't get their through browsing Science Fiction/Fantasy. In the first four hours, I heard two Zombies shuffling around. One was upstairs and another outside a house. I never got to actually see a Zombie. I did get to see some of the carnage, but not the actual taking place of such disasters. After four hours I started skipping through the book and evidently skipped over a horde of Zombies, which I don't think ever reappeared.

I did like the main character. He seems to be a good father and it is cool to have that evident in a Zombie book, if you can call this a zombie book. Most of the story takes place in the United States with this father and his kids. Some of the story takes place in Kuwait, where the mother is stationed with the army.

Sammy Davis Jr. once said, the when he gave a concert, he had to sing Candy Man fairly early, since it was his only hit. It is the same when you write a Zombie book. If you write a book about Zombies, you need to have some zombies fairly early, it is why the reader bought the book. If you want to write a book about a father and his kids, great, but don't call it Chaos, A New World and don't have a macho gravely narrator.

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Good story, terribad narration

I decided to try this book after listening to A shrouded world. I love Mark Tufo and enjoyed the collaboration. Let me start by saying that the story is good, it has potential to be a good audiobook. Unfortunately, the narration ruined it for me. The narrator emphasized every other word, it sounded like a professional wrestler was reading.

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My lowest rating ever

I think this book would have received much better rating if it weren't for the narrator – Oh My Giggles! He sounds like The “Macho Man” Randy Savage meets Hulk Hogan every time a character has an internal monologue. It drove me crazy! I’d rather receive a figure-four-leg-lock than listen to another one of these books – “OH YEAH!!!”.

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Infected zombie like, fast and vicious

This has been one my to listen to pile for way too long. What kept me from listening? The poor reviews of the narration kept me away. There is little that can ruin an audiobook experience faster than a narrator that either tries too hard or not hard enough. There is a delicate balance that some are never able to find.

In Chaos John O’Brien follows the fairly standard zombie apocalypse format. The is a world wide pandemic virus outbreak that is, at first, very similar to the flu. Then people start dying all over the place. To be replaced by zombie-like creatures that are sensitive to sunlight, are fast (runners) and have a horrifying scream and growls.

The protagonist is an ex-air force pilot that finds himself in the midst of the end of the world. He is on a mission to rescue his wife from Kuwait. He gathers up his three kids and off they go in a stolen airplane. Along the way they meet other survivors and encounter the vicious and violent creatures of the night, or infected zombie like beings. I really like that he was not a master survivalist or really special in any way other that his drive to see a mission through.

For me the most impressive part of this story are the infected creatures. Screaming to call others to their location. Running after their victims before they know what hit them. Then there is the crashing into planes and buildings as they try to get inside. So freaking creepy and tense.

While this was not my favorite story in this genre. It was very entertaining enough for me to want to listen to more. With characters that are deeper than most and action that made me look behind me a few times.

I have a feeling, also judging from the other reviews, that you are either going to love or hate the performance by Mark Gagliardi. At first I thought I was going to be in the latter group. As at first Gagliardi’s voice comes as quite a shock to the system, first thing I thought of after hearing him was this guy. Good news is that he does lighten up a little the further into the audiobook we get. So do I love or hate his style? The jury is still out on that one. I do know that he was above average in terms of a solid performance and average as far as characterizations. Does he make me want to listen to the next one, not on his own. I know that is is beating around the bush a bit, but I took a chance, you should too.

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Gripping story! Relatable characters!

One of the best apocalyptic reads out there. John O'Brien paints a vivid image and characters you love and root for.

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Not bad!

Worth a listen if your into the whole z genre. If for no other reason, he co wrote a book with mark tufo and it's excellent. The co written book is a sideline to this and zombie fallout and it's great! Check out both!

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great book

i loved how very technical this book is in association with flying. the creatures/night runners remind me kind of the creatures in " i am legend" but will finish the series. good job john and mark.

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this is the kind of serise that gets you hooked.

this is the kind of series that when you finish a new book you come back just for the experience. theres not one book in this series that i have not enjoyed.

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You can't call it a Zombie book...

Have you listened to any of Mark Gagliardi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I listened to this book due to him co authoring with Mark Tufo.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed his military background, and opening setting at Ft Lewis area, which is where I was in the military. His book is paced well, and keeps you interested. I liked how he would incorporate news flashes while you were reading the book.

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loved it

loved it. what more needs to be said. great audible book and ready for this series.

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  • Mark
  • 03-08-15

Brilliant !!!

What did you like most about Chaos: A New World?

Its well told story and gripping atmosphere

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Lynne as she don't take any nonsense and is a good partner for Jack

Which character – as performed by Mark Gagliardi – was your favourite?

Jack is a Favourite of mine and also Lynne

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Day of the Night Runners ???

Any additional comments?

brilliant to listen to and cant wait to see what happens next , super super story

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  • reesgirl07
  • 08-16-22

Pretty good.

I enjoyed the story and narration although there was far too much detail about flying and not enough about the infected. I will return for the second story tho

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  • Wayne Pickrell
  • 01-12-20

Brilliant.

Fantastic book, can't wait to listen to the others. Great Zombie fiction, well worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-13-18

Honest review

Absolutely brilliant, loved every moment and was left wanting more, brings listener/readers into the story and many times left on edge of smiling at the hints of humour will be reading and listening to the rest in series, when its finished will be followings jack in his adventure and meet up with Mike Talbot, excited for that as two characters I’ve grown fond of working together.

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  • David Hepworth
  • 05-30-15

Really, really, awful.

Would you try another book written by John O'Brien or narrated by Mark Gagliardi?

Bad story, worse vocalisation. Only managed first 15 minutes and had to turn it off.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger that I had wasted a credit on it.

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  • alexander
  • 04-03-15

A book for juniors

A bit lovey dovey and seemingly writen with teens in mind.
will still get thr sequel when I am in that frame of mind.

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  • Gavin
  • 01-15-15

Excellent

Really good listening can't wait to get the rest, I quite liked the night runners
Well worth getting this book

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  • Titan
  • 12-09-14

Ok took a long time to get going

If you could sum up A New World: Chaos in three words, what would they be?

not too bad

Any additional comments?

I had shrouded world and enjoyed it but expected to because of Mark Tufo so i got this one and although for me it took a long time to get going it really got much better 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through and from there it was engrossing and very enjoyable.

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  • Kim Tate
  • 08-23-22

a strong zombie series

love the twist on the zombies. I really enjoy the main character. I have read the series and I enjoyed the narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-20

speed up narrator

I found this almost unbearable to listen to, until I sped up the narrator speed which completely changed the book. recommended doing the same if you can't stand this guy's narration, however he does characters surprisingly ok.

I went x1.15 - 1.20 speed increase.

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  • David
  • 05-19-20

Nice little book to listen to

Not a bad listen, not personally fan of the narrator at all. He sounds like a pack a day smoker and is hard to listen to for long periods of time
But otherwise it’s a fun listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-19

bad

this book has terrible writing and terrible voice acting. would not recommend to anyone with a brain

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  • Gabriel Musiello
  • 09-03-18

it was ok, not a bad book

After getting used to the narrator, it wasn't a bad book to listen too, to my to invest time to listen to next one

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  • Tony
  • 05-07-17

Incredible Read!

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O.k. now I’m hooked. I thought book one was amazing, now I can’t stop reading/listening. This book is highly recommended!

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  • stacey
  • 01-28-15

a different approach

I love that John O'Brian chose a different approach to the zombie genre. great stuff.

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