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Dead Moon

Written by: Peter Clines
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (209 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Audible number-one best seller Peter Clines returns with a thrilling tale of the creature above - and the deadly threat below. 

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. 

The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. 

But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. 

An enemy that is already dead. 

Now Cali and her compatriots must fight to survive. Because if they don’t, everyone on the Moon may be joining the dead. 

And maybe everyone on Earth, too....

©2019 Peter Clines (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

What the critics say

"Narrator Ray Porter actually catches a break with this gruesome science-fiction audiobook. Much of this thriller's cast is composed of thousands of silent zombies, so Porter doesn't have to differentiate much among them.... But he still shines while bringing to life multinational characters, ably employing distinctive accents and timbres. He really ramps up the tension as a dwindling handful of survivors struggles to save humankind from a chilling threat." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Pretty good once you get past...

Pretty decent book once you drop the notion that it has anything to do with 14 or Fold. Started off slow but once the action got going the book was hard to stop listening to.

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Sucked me straight in

Fantastic idea for the future. Would like to go to the moon so this works for me as a last resort.

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  • P
  • 2019-05-30

Huh

I have binged this series and this last book is weak. The biggest saving grace was the performance of Ray Porter. The story felt rushed and the characters were one dimensional. With a jump into the future this book misses the mark with the previous ones in more ways than one.

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"What's going on out there..."

I seldom write reviews, and thoroughly enjoyed The Fold and 14 but this installment in the Threshold series is an absolute exercise in frustration taken to a whole new extreme. I am two thirds through and will be abandoning this book for a while. Maybe the repetition and predictable outcomes will fade enough so that I can pick it up again. I may or may not return it. As other more detailed reviews have pointed out, the characters are cardboard or ... cannon fodder if you want to be generous.

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Zombies... But make it lunar

It was a basic "zombies! Can't be. OMG it is. *fights zombies* solves the zombie problem." I loved 14 and thought I would enjoy this one too but nope. If you like zombies and basic zombie plots, you may like this.

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you can skip this one

I really enjoyed the rest of the books in this series, but this one was a definite dud for me. it doesn't add anything to the world the author has built and I found the characters were a touch flat. You can skip this one and not miss anything in the series as a whole.

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Fun and engaging

I'll start by saying I love Ray Porter, and his narration was beyond reproach. Despite the fact that all his female characters tend to sound the same, the guy still makes every audiobook a pleasure to listen to. I'm also a big fan of Peter Clines and the Threshold Universe; however, I could find no connection between the others of this series (14, The Fold, and Terminus), all of which I have read, and this storyline. With that said, I found the book entertaining and engaging and I enjoyed it. The story is a simple tale, and although I think many of us might be a bit done with the whole zombie thing, Clines did a good job with the characters and narrative. The added sci-fi element of space travel and being on the moon provided a nice twist to the usual zombie story. Overall I liked the book and would recommend it, but IMO, 14 and The Fold were far better. While not Clines' best story, I would not pass it up either.

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You think it is going to be a Zombie book

And it is, except they are on the moon. The moon is literally a graveyard. Earth ships its dead to the moon for burial. There is a space elevator which I assume makes this a cost effective option. "Caretakers" are responsible for burying the "clients". The burial of the dead and tourism seem to make up the moons economy. An asteroid lands that reanimates the dead. The rest is pretty predictable. At least these zombies don't eat brains. Not as good as the previous two books.

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zombie

it's just a zombie story that takes place on the moon. Waisted my money. Not my thing.

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cloverfield paradox

the threshold series is like Cloverfield. First two movies were pretty different but good, then a 3rd comes in and the 10 seconds at the end attaches it to the series.. oh is a pretty bland movie. plot was pretty light and based on a weird premise.

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  • J. Zabel
  • 2019-03-21

Just not as good and doesn't fit

Just wasn't that good and it doesn't make sense with the rest of the universe he built. Just seems slapped together and someone that just wanted to write a zombie book set on the moon for fun. The concept wasn't that interesting and got old very fast. Felt like it had a lot of plot holes someone tried to fix after the fact and just didn't do a great job of it.

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  • Jon
  • 2019-03-17

Doesn't make a lot of sense, really annoying..

Was so excited for this book, but it's really hard to get past the constant overly complex made up scenerios. It's space travel and they don't have coms? Or space suit repairs? Really?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-21

Plot 100% driven by Pure Idiot Ball

I loved 14. I loved the Fold. I absolutely hated this one. My problem is that the entire story is entirely driven completely by pure undiluted idiocy of massive and unbelievable levels. Almost every single character behaves in the most ridiculously over the top lobotomized way possible (esp the 'Mayor')- and it's entirely what drives the plot and story. I could believe a character or two could be this dumb or just react poorly to the stress of the situation, but pretty much everyone on the moon seems to have been hit by a cosmic ray of mental enfeeblement. It strained my credulity to the breaking point and beyond. Just left me frustrated and angry.

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  • Nathan Michaels
  • 2019-03-21

This has nothing to do with Fold and 14

This has to be among the worst books that I've ever finished. That is not to say it is a terrible novel, but it is clearly unfinished, rushed with nigh a character that you care about. I've read the other THREE books in the series (I have no idea how Paradox Unbound is not included in this) , and outside of the author, you can barely see any resemblance. The other three books deal with parelell universes and strange scientific occurrences, Those books were brimming with science. This book is not a science fiction novel. It is a horror novel, a zombie novel with hints of Ctuhulu. Despite the strong opening that introduces to us a mysterious outsider, this interesting premise is soon abandoned for your run of the mill zombie movie tropes. The moon offers a dull and uninteresting backdrop and there isn't enough else going on in the book to distract from the absurd premise of burying bodies on the moon. The book prods on. The solution that "saves" the day literally is brought up about 3/4 of the way into hte book but the ending drags on so much that by the time you reach the end you are begging for all of the generic protagonists to be killed. Instead, the only people who are killed are those who are very stupid and very much no longer a plot device. Most characters make asinine decisions during the book that no one would make in such a crisis. For instance, an important item is carelessly left lying about. In another scene the 'greedy (que cartoonish handclasp) bad guy is completely unphased by the all out zombie attack and just wants to make some extra money. In another scene, the career-minded politician refuses to warn anyone because she doesn't want to lose her job.

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  • Veronica
  • 2019-03-02

Why did you do this? Just why?

I had this pre-ordered and was excited the new Threshold series book was coming. LOVED the first two and eagerly started this as soon as it hit my library. Sad to report I couldn’t be more disappointed. I’m not even sure that’s the word. I’m shocked at how bad this is. Remember those fun and well thought out sci-fi plots with great characters you really got attached to? Remember how there was some attention paid to science? Forget all that. That’s old news. You know what the people want these days? Space. Zombies. I wish it were a joke. It’s almost as if they tried to have AI write this and it decided to just copy paste from every possible cliche zombie book with one dimensional characters. Don’t worry. This is different because......they’re on the moon! The entire premise makes zero sense and there’s no attemp to explain any of it. At all. And there is no one or anything to care about in this stupid story. The characters aren’t developed and the “main” characters actions I could predict enough so that I was skipping through chapters just trying to find something interesting. Hours and hours of just, running from zombies, or not believing there’s zombies and then running from zombies. The only characters that made sense are the ones who kept saying “This is madness”. Yes it is. I can’t review this without mentioning the female lead. It truly makes me question how this book happened. *Spoiler - I guess. Seems silly to call it a spoiler since there’s whole threads on reddit about this female trope. Picture this: Mysterious and attractive 25 year old who has secrets. Her intro starts with her jumpsuit being too darn tight in the hips and chest and repeatedly has to “adjust the crotch” much to the delight of males around her. How do we know? Because it’s mentioned often. What’s she hiding? Running from her secret past as a drug dealer? No. Victim of abuse? No. Death of someone close to her? No. Witness Protection? Nope. She’s a failed ballerina. That’s right. And she just has to turn down those modeling gigs because darn it she’s more than her beautiful and flexible body!! Which is also mentioned multiple times. This. Is. Real. This is a thing written, edited and packaged for fans of the Threshold series* My god why have you done this to your fans? Why did you put this into the world? I tried to listen to the end and can’t do it. It’s that bad. I have less than 90 minutes and can’t. I have over 500 books in my Audible library and I can only think of a handful of times I couldn’t make myself finish. I’m sad to say this is one. Bring back this series please. This cannot count. We can all pretend this never happened.

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  • oregano
  • 2019-02-22

No, just no

It's a bad zombie story. I hate to do it as I love Mr, Clines previous works, but this ain't the one to start with if you've never read him. I like zombie stories. I've read many, and can say this one is bad with some authority. Don't do it.

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  • Rocco
  • 2019-03-04

How can you call it Threshold series?

If you enjoyed 14 and the Fold (which I loved) and expected anything similar, then you will be disappointed. This has nothing to do with other two. This is basically zombie/alien outbreak on the moon in future. No reverence to Kavach, characters form other books etc. To the very end I was expecting some connection or plot twist that would put it with 14 and the fold in Threshold series. I like Peter Clines' writing style and Ray Porter is one of my favourite narrators. It simply was not on par with other books. First half was extremely linear and it was hard to keep focused. I also had feeling that Ray Porter forces himself to read throug it due to some loyality to the author. Even if I wouldn't have such high hopes for this book I couldn't give it more stars for the story.

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  • Kitty
  • 2019-02-19

Not my favourite

I really wanted to love this, but I found it extremely slow to get going and without the two most important things I expect from a Peter Clines novel - awesome characters/character interactions, and twists. I felt that the characterization was too little and much too late. I didn't have any reason at all to care about any of the characters until about 2/3 of the way into the book. By then, I would have already returned it, if it wasn't a Threshold book, to be honest. The first 2/3 of the book is a very linear, standard story without surprises of any kind. It just wasn't very interesting, especially without strong characterization to carry the story along. There weren't any of the cool mysteries like the green roaches or blacklight fixture of "14", to pique my interest and make me wonder what was around the corner. Don't get me wrong - there are some really cool scenes, and the Big Bad when it finally appears, really delivers! I feel like this book would have worked WAY better as a novella that omitted most of the first part of the story. I just didn't feel the moon zombies really added anything. Which is too bad because I thought the concept of moon zombies was pretty exciting :P Still looking forward to the next book... just hoping it will be a little more like 14 and The Fold as far as pacing/characterization!

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  • Intillectrician
  • 2019-02-18

I'm clearly not the the only one disappointed...

I loved 14, I've listened to it a handful of times. I loved The Fold, it did an excellent job of building that lurking fear of the unknown. I slogged through the "Ex" zombie books hoping to find some of the same intensity, but the zombie genre is so saturated that only the most well written and unique stories manage to hold their own. I always assumed Clines wrote the "Ex" books because he could fire them out at a rapid pace and earn a steady paycheck. I figured he wrote them while he was brainstorming the good stuff like 14 and The Fold. I listened to the first 9 hours of Dead Moon in a state suspended disbelief: "It can't just be zombies on the moon". It is. It's zombies on the moon. Sure, there's a tiny bit of the same Space-Whale-Alpha-Predator story in the very end, but it's not worth getting there. Silver Lining: Ray Porter remains an incredible narrator. Thank you Ray, for breathing life in to this husk of a story.

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  • britishbob
  • 2019-02-27

Dead Book

So glad to pop in here to see if it was me or not and find out it's not! I generally love Peter Clines but even Ray Porter seems to read this book meh. I've got about 2 1/4 hours left and I'm not sure if I'll finish. I don't usually read reviews while I'm actually reading the book but as I said I wondered whether it was me struggling or whether anyone else was too. It doesn't really give me any satisfaction to know I wasn't the only one mugged

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