• The China Pandemic

  • Graham's Resolution, Book 1
  • By: A. R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Darriel Driml
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (454 ratings)

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The China Pandemic

By: A. R. Shaw
Narrated by: Darriel Driml
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Publisher's Summary

What the world dreads most has happened because of a mutated avian bird flu (H5N1) pandemic. It has ravaged the globe. Only 2% of the population has survived. A dying mother knows that her young child is among the few remaining immune to the virus. What will she do to ensure his survival before her own coming tragic death?

Meanwhile, Graham has buried his last remaining family member. Following his father's advice to make it to the family cabin, he meets with triumph and tragedy; learning new rules along the way. Just when he thinks he's finally got a handle on this new world, he's taken by surprise, as he learns he's not alone. A hidden yet vulnerable community of Preppers are nearby. Will he find the strength to escape these dangers and go on living? And more importantly, will he have the ability to protect those he's come to trust?

©2013 Annette Rachelle Shaw (P)2014 Annette Rachelle Shaw

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First-rate book

I really liked listening to this story. The characters are great, and I'm hooked on finding how it turns out for them. I recommend this book. Now for the obligatorily: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. And I'm damn glad A.R. Shaw let me have the Audio form of this book. Since I can't justify the expense of getting the audio format for all in the series, I'm off to Amazon to get the Kindle versions. :)

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If you like post apocalyptic novels, you'll like this one.

Not a great novel, but worth the read. The story was good with a few unusual twist. It got a little stupid right at the end, But it was still fun to read.

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Mixed bag of good and bad.

Once past the jerky beginning story finds its feet and moves at a decent pace.

Needs a better editor/sounding board.
15yo girls are written like they are 11yo waifs most of the time.
5yo boy written like he should be 12+

Protagonist is borderline too stupid/naive to survive in the environment portrayed *I'll chalk it up to luck and just roll with it.

It's not horrible, but the author could have used some constructive guidance in the early drafts.

Performance is adequate.

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Predictable, un-entertaining and returned.

Very basic story that makes no sense, AT ALL! Not even worth a free credit. I made it through five chapters waiting for a reason to not return the selection. The most interesting story line ended after a sick nother leaves her kid with the main character. When she died so did the story.

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To say the least,

I was shocked when the book ended. I was so into it, I didn't even realize it was about to end. I was listening to the audio version. Needless to say, my next read will be China Pandemic book two. I love survival stories, and this one is certainly not run of the mill. It has everything you could want; good guys, bad guys, hunting, fishing, romance, thankfully kept to a minimum, and realism.

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Good but a little short

A good 3.5 post apocalyptic store. Filled with fairly sold carictors even though the prepers a a bit to perfectly prepared. I did feel the story is about 2 hours to short I usually hesitate using credits on anything shorter 10 hours but I used one other next story in the series and it's even shorter

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I've tried... 3 times

I've tried to listen to this story, but the narrator's monotone voice and the unimaginative story really make it tough. honest, youd all have more fun a playing crash up derby with 8th grader while your hands are zip tied behind your back

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Good Listen

You will enjoy this book I liked the characters and the writing. I'm sure you'll enjoy the listen particularly if you're into this type of story line.

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A new perspective on apocalypse fiction

This book is refreshing. The characters are easy to care about as they navigate a world where less than 2% of the population survive. No zombies or mutants - just survival and there is more than enough survival without having to worry about mutants or zombies

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The China Pandemic

I found this audio book to be exciting and interesting. the characters were people that I could care about. I hope I can listen to more in this series soon.

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  • Wras
  • 06-20-14

Very very very disappointed with this book.

How this book made it to publication and then to audio book I will never know much less understand.
A five year old boy is given to a survivor of the pandemic and they go to hide for the winter in a cabin. That sentence takes eight chapters in the book. Two dogs get killed as the main action. The rest of the time is the dilemma of which bikes they will take, one is pink not a good colour for a boy even during a pandemic. That is the level of this literature (and I call it literature to be sarcastic).
Then you have the narrator; at first I thought he was terrible, then I realized that it was the sound of a man having his spirit crushed by a horrible task.
The editors and producers of this book should be ashamed to sell something so below standard,
This is my first one star in 12 years.

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  • NormaCenva
  • 08-30-16

Good beginning

It was advertised as a post-apocalyptic medical thriller. It was interesting to read about a purposeful community of preppers. I like the characters and yes, it was somewhat slow at times, but I liked the time that was devoted to story development. I am definitely reading the rest of the series!

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  • caroline wright
  • 07-04-22

Really enjoyable listen and great story

The characters were fully developed and it was good to listen to an uplifting 'pandemic' book. You could really picture it happening. Looking forward to listening to the next few books. This author is a favourite of mine for this genre.

I was given a free copy by the author but the review is entirely my own.

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  • mrs k p archibald
  • 01-25-21

Great story

Fast paced and gripping. I thoroughly enjoyed this on audible and loved all the main characters.

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  • Mrs. G.A.Wright
  • 05-13-20

Brilliant Book

I also had this in written form, differs slightly. Enjoyable though, well worth the read

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  • sarah MacHattie
  • 10-21-17

great read

great read with a great plot and very 3d characters that the writer let's us attach too. Didn't want to put the book down due to anticipations. Unlike most books and I listen to a lot on audio, 2 things let this down. one was the voice narrator who had a fairly flat tone throughout and seemed to lack intonation where you knew characters would have had it and it often ruined it a little for me. it ruined the characters at times and their effect. The writer who had been doing g so well let us down at times making reference to thoughts of characters which they would never have known. Graham would not have known what had happened before he arrived and the writer causes the reader to lose faith and say HEY HOW WOULD HE HAVE KNOWN THAT! this happened often and throughout. The ending was a real diapsapponyment as it jumped and skipped scenes that the reader wanted to access. as if the ending was suddenly rushed. this was a real let down at the end and out me off buying through next book but who knows.

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  • 07-04-21

Gripping & suspensful

I wasn't able to stop listening, it was gripping!
stayed awake all night to listen.

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  • Leonora
  • 09-30-20

Thrill ride

absolutely loved this book and can't wait to listen to all of them. now waiting for a credit!!!

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  • Carol Welsh
  • 09-29-20

Post pandemic survivors

Enjoyed this alot. Very human saga of ordinary people in extraordinay times. Want the next instalment for sure.

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  • Kel's Opinion
  • 07-28-20

A Surprise Find

I really enjoyed listening to this story. I enjoyed the characters - and was pleased for a change that these were shoot instantly people. As a semi prepper myself I could relate to the people and marvel at their preparations.
I like that the preppers looked out for Grams group and then when... well, you’ll have to listen to it yourself.

The virus, I did feel that it’s similar to the here and now but it seemed like it was fast acting.