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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
Series: Mountain Man, Book 0.5
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (242 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"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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Heck yah!

Great prequel to an awesome series. My only issue was it wasn't long enough. the narrator was superb. sets the tone very well. the author never takes his foot off the gas. highly recommended to anyone looking for a new post apocalyptic series.

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Lots of fun.

Pulled me in, and Augustus is just an amazing character, you can’t help but love him.

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RC Bray 8s brilliant!

The story is okay. I thought it was an entire book then realized it was a teaser!

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If I could give negative stars I would.

Don't waste your time. Terrible story. -3 stars at least. I would give negative stars I could.

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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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  • Siva H.
  • 2019-12-02

Meh

I do agree with a previous reviewer that this story seems to be geared toward men, which is fine. More importantly, the writing is mediocre. I get bored with statements like, "he scratched his balls, then turned to the right" as if scratching balls has anything to do with his decision to turn a corner (maybe this is female ignorance -- perhaps balls help a great deal with directions, who knows?!) OR "he used his ass to open the door, then scratched his balls one last time before raising his gun." ... Ok...?? Story itself is ok, I think the situation w/ Alice was fun/entertaining but overall just meh with the whole thing.

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  • Daidry Watson
  • 2019-07-25

The Hospital

Dislike the profanity. Not a fan of this genre of novel. Please do not recommend me any more of these

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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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  • Radar
  • 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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  • 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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  • Mark C. Gebhardt
  • 2019-11-18

Don't recommend

Really stupid, pointless story. Couldn't finish it. Would not recommend to others. Not worth the price - even though it's free.

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  • Brandon Lee Austin
  • 2019-03-22

Ugh.

All the good reviews on this mislead me. If you like terrible horror gore movies this might be for you. I couldnt make it all the way through. Not because im squeamish or because im offended easily. I just think that kind of stuff should have a purpose other than provocation. You know the moment when the director shows the monster and suddenly it just isnt scary anymore? When you start rolling your eyes because the director ruined the movie by letting the cat out of the bag and the monster is no longer scary? This book got there pretty quick. Beware. Some spoilers ahead. But honestly im probably saving your time. The books might be better than this short story, but i wont be picking them up. This one wasnt for me. Night of the living dead this aint. Do you like gore? A main character that somehow gets caught not by a clever trap... but simply by being overpowered by someone grabbing his balls even while at the same time going on and on about how careful and not stupid he is being? How about insane people that are absolutely bat guano raving bonkers, but are somehow still coherent enough to set up ambushes and overpower someone who is armed, physically stronger, and literally looking around for an ambush? Honestly this started off really strong, there was a solid buildup of anxiety and tension at the start. RC Bray is as always fantastic and the voices were great. I really wanted to like this. I even held on through most of the book hoping it would turn around because the beginning was pretty dang solid. I laughed a couple times at his internal dialogue and the early tension was great. I just wish the monster reveal hadnt been of the type that ruined things for me. If youre into buckets of blood for the sake of it, give this a go. It has tons of good reviews. Otherwise, save yourself the hour and a half.

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  • Jim
  • 2019-02-24

Disgusting!

This book/short story is garbage! Amazon and Audible should be ashamed for including it in their group of free books/stories! At least not without making clear what it's about. Some will no doubt disagree with me, and laugh at my tastes. But to my mind if you like this book, it says more sick things about you than it says positive things about the book. In short, it is a zombie book. Now I admit I never understood those who relish such stories. And have frankly never read one or seen a zombie movie before. But if this is typical of the genre, it is very sad. And you don't have to be old fashioned or a "prude" to feel that way. The scenes described are sadistic, gruesome, blasphemous, and appeal to only the most depraved parts of human nature. Accounts of hordes of black slimy babies, pouring from a maternity ward to devour another human being, while egged on by a scalpel wielding "mother" who flays her living victims in order to feed her children, is disgusting. And to make the hero, a self-loathing alcoholic is incomprehensible to me. If a young person or a child ever got ahold of this story, it seems to me it could cause psychological damage. I found myself grimacing, and wincing as I listened. I continued to the end because I wanted to be able to say that I saw no redeeming value in the book whatsoever.

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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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  • Barbara Blanks aka StFlossie
  • 2019-12-10

Good thing it's short

Maybe not short enough. One ugly zombie. Several vampire babies. One nasty vicious woman. No problem with those. But Gus really should have gone into shock at some point and died. I won't give away anything, but ....yawn...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-11

rets

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-08

good

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

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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!