• EMP Catastrophe: The Complete Series

  • By: Grace Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Matthew E. Berry
  • Length: 24 hrs and 42 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The lights are out for good....

The Riley family is preparing to start a new life as owners of the River Rock Hotel in Galena, IL, when the lights go out and the world plunges into chaos. Matthew Riley wants to believe that people will come together to overcome the challenge, but as panic sets in after the massive EMP event, he has to face the harsh truth that the only people he can trust are his family.

His ailing father, David, has the skills the Riley family needs to survive in the dark new world, but with no medication for his heart condition on hand, his health is failing. Matthew’s wife, Kathleen, doesn’t share his optimism, but she will do what it takes to keep the family together and defend the hotel from the violent survivors who want to take it for their own.

As resources grow scarcer, family is the only bond that can be counted on. But those bonds are strained and frayed as the tensions of the new world begin to pull them apart. In a broken civilization, the only way to survive is strength in numbers. How can one family and their allies survive when the world has turned upside down?

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Snowflakes in the apocalypse

Matthew and Kathleen are a couple of idiots …. If a lion were chasing them - they would probably stop to try and reason with it. I think my eye balls are permanently stuck in the back of my head after all the sympathetic dribble these folks spewed. Too bad David and Jade were not in charge. They would have taken care of business.
Jade was a badass they kept trying to convert.

2/3rds through. Hope I can finish this silly sap.

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Matthew and Kathleen are entitled, ignorant idiot

UPDATE 2:
MATTHEW CONTINUES TO BE THE STUPIDEST PERSON THAT COULD EVER EXIST ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Why in a million years anyone would ever write a character like him continues to blow my mind. I can't even listen to half of the parts of the book that he's engaged in because he's literally so dumb and flies from the seat of his pants all the time without thinking creating massive issues both in relationships and in people getting injured because he's impossible to deal with and things that he knows everything. why would anybody write a character like Matthew? I've had to skip through multiple parts just to prevent myself and my blood pressure from going up because he's so stupid...

REVIEW 1: I can't believe how stupid the author made these people. they are so entitled and ignorant and I would have shot them myself if I had to be in their group. so freaking stupid it's hard to listen to...

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So frustrating

This is a story about a family of idiots who constantly make bad decisions. Maybe the author was trying to write this in the perspective of people not knowing how to survive but even if that’s the case it’s frustrating. The lack of gun knowledge from the author was the nail on the head to stop listening for me. Clips, a Glock with external safety, and multiple repetitive shots from a double barrel shotgun. You will learn zero prepping and survival techniques from this series unless you take found the opposite of almost everything into consideration.

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if you don't have a shred of common sense...

I can't get through this book. I thought it was going to be a slow character development type story. not so much. Dad's sick and possibly dying but hero is going to make a point to steal healthy food. A drunken nut job is holding mother & child hostage but hero says, "if you come back my aim will be better and I'll shoot you" I just can't with this...

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Uniquely Interesting

To be candid, I had to quit listening to this at about chapter four or five of the first book. I got very frustrated with the dialog exchanges, which seemed…unpolished, or contrived. The conversations were grating to my previous expectations. I did return later and I finished the series. I’m glad I did finish, as I ultimately enjoyed the story. What I find incredulous is how such a stupid character could be written, especially as the main focus of the story. Matt lives his entire existence, going from one assumption to another. He jumps to conclusions at every possible opportunity…what an idiot!! Maybe there really are people in the world as stupid as Matt Riley, but, they wouldn’t really last very long. I just shut down that part of my brain, for a while.
That being said, I liked the rest of the characters, even if some of the dialogue was a bit silly. Overall, the story was well worth listening to. The narration helped to add to the story, and for the most part was well done.

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Learn about weapons

Overall, the story line is interesting. However, the author knows little about pistols or at least she knows little about Glocks. Glocks do have a safety but the safety is the trigger.

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EMP

Great post apocalyptic story. I gave this series a four out of five because I felt there was a few holes in the story line. First was the fact that it was a supposedly EMP attack or natural unsure which the author didn't take the time to detail which. That being said in the first book after the EMP and everything quot working characters were still able to turn on their cell phones (hmmm?). Also very little contact with others, which left the question was this everywhere or just in Illinois? The why was also not answered. Story has great bones but lacked alot of the details that I felt would have made for a solid story.

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Characters will make you ughh

Narration was great. Story, the characters unbelievably dumb. Subcharacters should've been the leaders instead.

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EMP Catastrophe

Overall, this is a pretty solid disaster survival series, though it does nothing groundbreaking. I enjoyed the books, and I appreciated the growth that was shown in many of the character arcs. That being said, I was very irritated at the central character because he showed no appreciable growth throughout all three books and continued to make similar poor decisions over and over and over. The author did manage to gather most of the loose ends and provided a satisfying conclusion to the series.
I received a free Audible copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Painful

I had to force myself to finish this series. This was like listening to Charlie Brown having a bad week..ugh. Honestly, who says that, especially in an apocalyptic story.
Definitely NOT worth the 1 credit.

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  • caroline wright
  • 05-28-22

Interesting take on the genre

Okay yes like some of the other reviewers I did want to shake Matthew and I struggled a bit with some of the story lines but overall this was a refreshing take on this genre and there were some very interesting characters. I would have liked to have known more about the why but that didn't fit within the story parameters so get it.
The narrator suited the story.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review

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  • Octavia
  • 06-02-22

Realistic Characters with Gripping Storylines

It is a luxury to have box sets especially when you can get the audible narration for the set. I very much enjoyed this series and was glad not to have to wait for the next episode to come out!

The family that was the main focus of the series, were all strong and full of ideas and opinions that didn’t always coincide with that of other members of the family. This led to arguments as different family members had different priorities. The arguments were so realistic that they made me feel slightly uncomfortable! Despite these arguments, the family held together because of their love for one another.

It was good to read of an apocalyptic event where there were signs of people from the local area working together in a proactive way, putting their own skills and knowledge at the disposal of others. There were obvious dangers from people in the community who had always been takers rather than givers who were freer to pursue their selfish ends once law and order had broken down.

The audible narration was very good. Matthew E Berry read clearly and at a steady pace. A highly recommended box set.