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The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

Written by: Keith C. Blackmore
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)
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"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before. A short story of approximately 9,500 words. The first story of the "Mountain Man" series. Contains language and graphic violence. If you enjoy this, check out the rest of the series.

©2012 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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rating 3.5

I enjoyed this audiobook due to its similarities to a podcast I frequently listen to. I may listen to the others in the series at a later date.

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Gus is an apocolyptic epitome!

as a Zombie Enthusiast I cannot give this series enough stars. The Hospital roped me in and held me hostage for an entire series! Stellar narration by RC Bray.
Consider me a fan for life. Hooked!

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Amazing story

My favorite narrator, great story leaves me wanting more. The narrator adds character to the story.

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Great listen

For a hour long story, it kept you on the hook and interested in the storyline from start to finish. Definitely going to get the other Mountain Man books in the series.

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Another great entry into Gus' Saga

Funny enough, I only found out about the Hospital after I finished the Well Fed. So for me, instead of starting the journey , it was a finally answered question. What happened to make Gus hate hospitals and who Alice was.

It was a good entry, giving us a glimpse into the 2 year span since the fall happened.

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story not my interest

thanks for free trial to see if I liked this genre. author did a great job with detail and imagination.

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Creepy and Suspenseful

As a FREE book sample I figured this was worth a shot. It's quite good. Zombies are awesome. It's a common enough genre that it takes some effort to come up with a new twist though, and this doesn't appear to do that.
Gus, the main character, seems like a pretty common guy...fat, alcoholic. He is in real danger throughout, unlike a lot of seemingly superhuman protagonists or antiheroes in these tales.

Keith C Blackmore's writing is good, not fantastic, and he seems a bit preoccupied with shit. Besides his scatological focus, he recognizes that the whole zombie thing is a bit silly. Zombie babies? Gnawing on you with little toothless maws...sweet.

Gus does what I often do. Imagine it were real. Gus thinks about movies he's seen and thinks about what he would do if he were in that situation. As Blackmore puts it, learning how to NOT do as the idiots in those stories do...making mistakes and dying. To me, that lends a real sense of realism to what, honestly, is a pretty silly situation.

Bray does a good job reading, if going a little overboard. But nobody really "speaks" in this. Gus is ALONE. I wonder how R.C. Bray will handle dialogue.
A lot of zombie stories, I expect a policeman to break in and stop the fun, like a Monty Python sketch. This one still has that feel...:Stop that! Stop that! Too silly!!", but I find myself not wanting Graham Chapman to burst in.
I will invest in reading this series , I figure. Based on this sample, it should be fun


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Nice book to read , It really worth time. the book The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story has probably more ratings

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pretty gruesome but that's what makes a story

well written, you can picture everything he is saying which adds a layer of creepyness haha, I enjoyed it but had to shut if off for a while but always wondered was was going to happen so I had to continue listening

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2015-04-25

40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

If my headline bothers you, stop now, you will hate this book. Augustus Berry is not the most cultured of men. He is fat, balding and loves to drink himself to a stupor. He has no military experience (how unique is that for a Zombie book.), he survives, because he has watched enough horror movies to know the correct way to behave in an apocalypse.

This is gory, scary and smelly. Yea, you will smell things you don't want to smell. It is not just bloody and gory, it is very scary. Watch out for the Stephen King's "Misery" scene, but mostly watch out for the babies!!

At the time I am writing, this is free. Get this in your library before someone changes their mind. This is the best short story I have listened to, Paid for, or otherwise in a long time.

R.C. Bray is one of those narrators that is the tipping point for a book, when you are trying to decide if you should purchase.

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  • Tracy P.
  • 2018-06-30

The Hospital- What a Fun Short Story!

Thanks for my first taste of the Mountain Man and Gus's fight against “Gimps” and psycho humans alike! This story was crazy scary, funny, and a great new spin on fighting Zombies!

Also, enjoyed the preview of the Mountain Man Series! I’ll be back for more!

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  • Radar
  • McDonald, Pa
  • 2019-01-18

Not for me

I just couldn't like this one. While the narrator does a good job with the story, the story itself just didn't suit my tastes. It is well thought out, and very unlike most of the zombie drivel that is put out anymore. However, the parts that try to frighten merely end up being a squishy mess. The more suspenseful parts work well, but the horror turns out to be just the opposite.

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  • Kenneth Grantham
  • 2018-10-28

Enjoyable zombie story

Normal down trodden guy surviving the apocalypse with booze and humor thrown in to spice things up.

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  • Jeannie Babcock
  • Bangor, MI
  • 2016-01-17

Terrible!

Written like a bad comic book. This was just awful. Good thing it was free because you get what you pay for. Ouch!

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  • Edwin A. Blanton
  • 2018-04-06

Hilarious. The Audiobook equivalent of "The Room"

Had Tommy Wiseu been born in Alabama, and decided to write short horror stories instead of making films, then something like this is what he would write. Its endearingly bad in that special way where a work accidentally reveals info about its creator. Its a mary sue novel, but instead of being written by some angsty tween ,its written by someone who day drinks during work and I love it

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  • Slim
  • Lexington, Virginia
  • 2015-09-26

Good book

Pretty good short story. Great for a quick read. This story was well written and kind of creepy I would recommend.

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  • The Zombie Specialist
  • Secret Fortress
  • 2014-06-11

Your worse fears about hospitals and then some!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it is a nice short and sharp story. With excellent narration and it will leave the listener wanting more!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

I like how the main character does a roving commentary of his plans and habits

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Another one of Bray's excellent works. I buy books now sorely because of his narration

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Attack of the blood sucking babies

Any additional comments?

Just download it! And you may as well download the followup book. I just wish the author would write the next one!

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 2014-05-14

Not Sure About This Series?

I got this after listening to the Mountain Man and I get why the reviews for The Hospital are on the average side. In the Hospital you get a taste of who Gus is but just a taste. Do yourself a favor and get The Mountain Man. You'll get to know Gus better and enjoy Mr. Blackmore's fine story telling skills. I really liked that story and I am looking forward to more of the Mountain Man.

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  • B. Martinez
  • Suckky California. :( Moving when I retire.
  • 2019-12-10

Unless you're fond of foul language, skip this.

I don't get the need for so much foul language or the need to describe ones anal orifice. I was not offended at the first swear word, no I'm not a prude. But I don't care to spend time with a writer who thinks every other sentence needs its own four letter insert. And frankly, I don't need to listen to someone describe a toileting experience either.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-21

Its a great story

This is a great short story.. The narrator is very professional and I recommend to other people to listen to this story.

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  • starlyte
  • 2019-06-08

Zombies here, zombies there...

OK, baby zombies, slightly different, but not enough for me. The guy who can torture but not kill? Entertaining though, enough for me to look for another by the same author.

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  • Michael
  • 2016-07-11

A good free book

This is a great free listen that provides a good example of the Audible listening experience!