• Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,584 ratings)

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By: R. R. Haywood
Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
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Publisher's Summary

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader.

But they've got one anyway.

With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world.

The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run - fighting for survival in a world they're supposed to save.

Meanwhile, Miri has motives of her own. And when the existence of a second device is discovered, the team's mission and their lives are in mortal danger....

©2017 R. R. Haywood (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Incomplete

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love the narrator and he kept me going with the second book in hope that there will be some development to the story but alas... two books back to back feel like the longest foreplay ever. Where is the beef?

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Extracted and Executed

The series is SciFi-Fantasy. A time machine reveals that the end of the world will occur in 2111. Three heroic individuals are ‘extracted’ from their current lives/times to prevent the apocalypse. An interesting and promising premise. However, the main thrust, i.e., saving the world, is simply a vehicle for the author to move characters through time and have incredibly mundane conversations. The main characters argue about how to say 2111. Twenty one eleven? Two thousand one eleven? Really? Oh … wait … the world is ending! A WWII soldier becomes a Harry Potter fan - really? The characters banter for several paragraphs and through much stupid dialogue about if or not a character should ‘wank’, masturbate, to release tension. Really?? Oh … wait … the world is ending. A great deal of time spent on the psyche due to confinement … really?? Hello! The world is ending! The author should have spent much more time developing the fundamental plot instead of dwelling on character behaviors and interaction that adds nothing to the story.

Audiobooks listened to, Extracted and Executed, are about 12 hours of listening each, narrated by Carl Prekopp, stories written by R. R. Haywood. No particular issues with narration, Prekopp can only do so much with the material. You’ll have no issues with the reading.

Vulgar language might offend. No sex scenes, some violent scenes.

However, after struggling to the meat of the story through two books, the motivation to continue just isn’t there. Must be some merit to this series based on some stellar reviews. Beats me - not my cup ‘o tea.

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If I could give it a higher rating, I would

Simply brilliant. The author's deep understanding of human nature and mastery of dialogue = a riveting tale. Book 1 was great and I doubted the second book could be better. I was wrong. It's rare for an author to craft a story where the reader feels like they're right there, alongside the characters. I felt like I knew all the characters and cared what happened to them. I also felt like I understood them. The narrator was perfect. Too often a story is ruined by poor delivery. Carl Prekopp goes on my top 5 narrator list. Such a rare pleasure.

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too much profanity

Great story, lots of fun, it's hard to get the meaningful words through the swearing.

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WOW! WOW! WOW!

This was an awesome second book in the series. It flows so smoothly and effectively without being to drawn out or rushing too much. Just Brilliant!

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I was waiting for a point

I got 1/2 of the way through waiting for something to happen. All I experienced was mundane chit chat amongst the characters.

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Utter garbage

That was some of the worst drivel I've ever experienced.
It's great if you're a 12 year old boy with no real sence of how the world works, what the word "motivation" means, or have any idea about plot continuity.

It's great if you have the attention span of a flea.

It's great if you think a "strong female character" means someone who's physically tough but still has to use her sexuality in book #1 to advance the story but then loses all semblance of intelligence in book #2.

I think the author watched a few too many episodes of "Ball Fondlers" (from the Rick and Morty universe) and then decided to write a sci-fi novel off of that. And to call this sci-fi just because there happens to be a magical blue glowy time machine is overly generous on my part.

Unless all you care about is guns and 'splosions, extract any thought of buying this book out of your head and execute it with extreme prejudice.

So in conclusion...
I didn't like it.

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The Extracted team continue onwards!

What did you love best about Executed?

The performance by RRH is amazing. His consistency and ownership of the various ongoing characters is the true highlight of this series. His voicing of Mother, and indeed all the female characters, is truly impressive.

What other book might you compare Executed to and why?

This is a very much a natural progression of the first book of the series.

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

The Extracted, and several other speculative fiction works. This one is simply outstanding!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The resolution is fascinating.

Any additional comments?

I simply hope the series continues. Not totally highest marks, as there is some repetition here, and it ran abit longer than it needed to IMHO. Aside from that, this is a brilliant offering. Highly recommended!

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Jump straight back into this time travel adventure

We follow our heroes as they learn, train, and adapt to the new state of things. This sequel is every bit of the adventure the first novel was. Well written dialog, full believable characters, banter, and action. You can't go wrong with this author or his stories. ❤

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Plot a little weak, but vivid & personal delivery

Intense action and memorable loveable characters, but somewhat weak plot. Then again, time travel plots are hard to weave. Regardless, I ate it up. The action and interpersonal moments were too good to stop.

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  • Londongirl
  • 06-12-17

Unputdownable - an absolute must listen

If you could sum up Executed in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling, absorbing rollercoaster, with an ending that does not disappoint - even better than the first in the series. Most audiobooks have periods in which I lose concentration / drift for a bit before the action resumes - not this book, I was hooked from start to finish - and I defy anyone to guess the ending.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved them all - rarely for a book there are 4 equally strong, appealing lead characters but if I had to choose I have a huge girl crush on Saffi - a great mix of stroppiness and vulnerability, with raw honesty thrown in.

Which character – as performed by Carl Prekopp – was your favourite?

Carl's narration is superb and does this excellent story justice. They are all believable, But Ben Ryder is particularly appelaing as voiced by the narrator. But then I also loved Harry, Emily, Ben and Miri.. Even Roland was flawed but convincing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely yes! I resented the time spent away from it then was so sorry to finish it quickly. Prepare to put your life on hold for a while - if you start you will not want to stop.

Any additional comments?

This series would make a great introduction to audiobooks for those new to the genre. The narrator has perfect comic timing, great vocal pace and extraordinarily clear characterisation.

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  • Simon
  • 02-04-18

Executed to Perfection!

Bravo RR Haywood! I wasn't really taken with the start of his Zombie series, The Undead, but here he has produced a tightly wrapped present for his readers. Not worried about making a more lucrative trilogy he has finished off the story that promised so much in Extracted in just one further volume. A very neat one-two.

Time travel always opens up plot holes and if you're hoping for the book that somehow avoids them this isn't really it. What it does do extremely successfully is bring together some very clever plotlines in what for the genre is a very consistent and cleverly imagintive way.

The narration is also key to the enjoyment and Carl Prekopp brings Haywood's odd assortment of heroes together and reflects their chemistry with real aplomb. A lot of rationale for enjoying this book is the chemistry between the characters and Prekopp gives those reactions life.

So, an excellent two book series and I think a lot of us will be following this author to see what he comes up with next. And maybe I need to swallow my pride and give The Undead another try!

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  • Jon Baxendale
  • 06-21-17

Time wasting and disappointing

After a good first book, this sequel draws out trivia to the point of tedium. The writing is confused, lacks direction and the excellent original plot has vanished, leaving a confused and irritating mess.

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  • lynsey Patina
  • 06-15-17

Fast, Fun and Fantastic!

This is a great series so far. It's witty banter and cool characters make up the spine of this very clever and fast paced time travel series.
The action is non stop but the wonderful relationships and dialogue between the protagonists is what makes these books so very special for me. The narration from Carl Prekopp deserves a mention as this could have ruined the whole book if it wasn't done just right......and it was done absolutely perfectly.

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  • daniel
  • 06-13-17

Amazing story

The series second book is better than the first and takes you down a road unexpected. Honestly one of the best books i have ever listened to. Author is amazing, voice actor is amazing, story is amazing. 10/10 must read

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  • Jenny
  • 06-11-17

Brilliant and unputdownable

Wow - this book was amazing, I couldn't stop listening. A huge leap from Book 1. A super-tight plot, excellent character development and wonderful humour which had me laughing out loud. I listened to it in 2 days and hated that it was coming to an end. And what an ending, didn't see it coming at all. I can't wait for Book 3, I hope there's more than 3.

Highly recommended.

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  • W6 Jock
  • 08-09-17

More drawn out than the Ring Cycle

Why tell a story in a 4 hour audiobook when you can say it in a series of 12 hour ones? (£?)
You can listen to the first couple hours of this one, skip to the end, and listen to the last couple hours and Not. Miss. A. Second. Of plot...
BUT - RR's writing is superb. That is clear. He is a master of description and natural humour; black and comedic. The action scenes are vivid and pinpoint sharp and move at a breathless pace that really you want more, like a blockbuster FX sequence. But in the chasm between .... there is not a lack of pace, there's a vacuum. (Very slow character development of little consequence is a favourite device, like one of those episodes of a show where they blew the budget on last weeks big ending .)

Characters are suited to the style and plot, and you connect with them as the author intended be it antihero or villan. There's no issue there.

Narrator saves this one flat out. His reading of the first action sequence in book 1 got me hooked and I have been holding on since; I'll no doubt get the follow on but I just hope it flows better and has a steadier rhythm than book 2.

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  • Steven Ryan
  • 06-14-17

Amazing!

Anyone who gives this less than 5 stars is crazy!
Hurry up and write book 3 please...

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  • Clive Norman
  • 06-09-17

Whow what a book

I thought the first book was good but this takes it to the next level- brilliant 👍

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  • William
  • 10-03-18

A bit silly

I had real issues with the first one of this series. This one started off better but trailed off and I stopped caring by the end.
Safe to say this series isn't for people who want intelligent sci-fi. I doubt I'll get the third in the series as this just left me feeling bored.
All this in spite of an absolutely excellent narrator

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  • Joe Carter
  • 09-17-18

Get it it’s awesome

Fantastic listen. Would definitely recommend. The story just gets more and and more intense.

Excellent narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-22

Time Travel Extraordinary 2

The second book in this 'Excellent' 5 Platinum Star series. If you are into a well written, thought provoking, mirthsome, action packed storyline, then this is the series for you!!

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  • Diane
  • 09-11-22

Love this author

Another brilliant book by this author, I've read these and the zombie apocalypse ones and the development of the characters is brilliantly done. Storyline is unexpected and full of action and humour. Recommended to anyone who just loves a bloody good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-22

great book

tion pack witgreat book ach great hummour and lifes problems of human needs for satisfaction

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-22

Great Banter

really enjoying this series. lots of excitement, action, and laughs. as well as mind and time bending plot!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-22

Absolute Brilliance

This Book #2 in the Series is full on Fast action from the opening chapter. I read/Listens to this production in two Bites. Haywood pulls you into the story and you feel almost like you can’t let the team down by putting the book down. I’m now on to Book 3 resting assured that it will be as Epic as the first two books. Highly Recommend

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  • Matt
  • 11-17-18

Great book!

Keeps you on the edge of your seat! Great character building and smart use of time. Very enjoyable

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  • K. Norris
  • 07-26-18

It draws you right in and you're there with them.

Amazing like all of RR Haywoods work. Read or listen its impossible to put down.

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  • Ian Burney
  • 04-17-18

Excellently entertaining characters and chemistry

Great character development and chemistry. Such fun wrapped up in an interesting adventure through time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-18

Really enjoyed the story

A lot less repetition than the last book (thanks goodness). Wish there were some more side stories to flesh out the story a bit.