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Wanderers

A Novel
Written by: Chuck Wendig
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman, Xe Sands
Length: 32 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes “a magnum opus...a story about survival that’s not just about you and me, but all of us, together” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). 

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead. 

For as the sleepwalking phenomenon awakens terror and violence in America, the real danger may not be the epidemic but the fear of it. With society collapsing all around them - and an ultraviolent militia threatening to exterminate them - the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart - or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

Praise for Wanderers:

“This career-defining epic deserves its inevitable comparisons to Stephen King’s The Stand.” (Publishers Weekly

“A suspenseful, twisty, satisfying, surprising, thought-provoking epic.” (Harlan Coben, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Run Away)

“Brilliant, incisive, inventive, true, and as painful as the punch that pops out a blackened tooth, Wanderers is as much a warning as it is a paean to hope and redemption. With this book, Chuck Wendig proves he's the next Stephen King. Trust me: You're not ready for this book.” (Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma)

©2019 Chuck Wendig (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

Wanderers is amazing - huge, current, both broad and intensely personal, blending the contemplative apocalypse of Station Eleven with the compulsive readability of the best thrillers.” (Django Wexler, author of the Shadow Campaigns series)

“Chuck Wendig’s latest, Wanderers, is a magnum opus of both storytelling and prose, epic in scope, yet told with an intimacy that hooked me from the first page. It reminded me of a technological version of Stephen King’s The Stand - but dare I say, this is even better: a postapocalyptic horror story that bares the best and worst of humanity in all its rawest forms. Don’t miss this tour de force. It left me awed.” (James Rollins, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Crucible)

“With Wanderers, Chuck Wendig levels up - and when you consider the high level he was already writing at, that's saying something.” (John Scalzi, New York Times best-selling author of The Consuming Fire

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  • Stephanie J
  • 2019-07-03

Rare thing

I’m 11 chapters in and I can’t stop listening to this book. It’s thoroughly engaging. The science is fascinating. I really want to know why the sleepwalking is happening. I’m enjoying the heck out of this book.

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  • Ronald Citlau
  • 2019-07-12

A worthy read

Apocalyptic novels are written to explore morality, existence and meaning. At their best, they teach philosophy, religion and ethics while being deeply entertained. The Wanderers”, is the high water mark of the genre. It considers AI, racism, global warming, love, life and death and without being preachy reveals the tenuous position our world is in.

Beyond all that, it was great to listen to. The pace might be too slow for some. But for those who love to be immersed into a story, you won’t do better than this.

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  • T Heskett
  • 2019-07-14

WOW

WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW! No words. Review requires seven unique words...…..

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  • BygoneSamurai
  • 2019-07-12

Excellent

This is an epic story that should not be taken lightly, prepare yourself to enter the depths of this labyrinthine novel. Story is told in fantastic detail, narrated perfection, and fills your minds eye with vivid details.

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  • William Gardner
  • 2019-07-09

Maybe if Philip K Dick had written The Stand....

Wow. Intense. A couple intensely dark chapters (e.g. Chapter 50). The story also has a certain level of predictability, seemingly of intentional design, which allows Wendig to throw some PKD-ish twists into the plot that you just don’t see coming. There are s few similarities to Stephen King’s “The Stand”, but end result is more like what might have been if King, Phillip K. Dick, and Wm Gibson had collaborated for one incredible kick-ass story.

The performances by Hoffman and Sands were very good as well. Sands in particular, does an exceptional job bringing through the character in the female protagonist’s voice.

Definitely recommend.

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  • Steve Denver
  • 2019-07-15

Good narrative along the lines of the stand

I enjoyed this book very much and I would recommend it to you. if you liked the stand and swan song then you might like this one.

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  • alibaba
  • 2019-07-15

Outstanding

Hard to put down. kept my interest despite need to work. Both author and narrators are excel!ent.

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  • Team Cross 2011
  • 2019-07-13

i cant! omg Xe Sands is amazing!

she is able to add that extra something when reading! I cant, I just cant! i am only 2 hours in and so in love with her! so happy I got this title! I love looooooonnnnngggg books and the story is going so frickin well! total Stephen King vibes. I love love love lovebit!

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  • Dan
  • 2019-07-08

What a great ride! Summer blockbuster that will leave a mark and the stain will not come out with club soda.

It's like Michael Chrichton and Stephen King had a baby, locked him in a basement in Western Pennsylvania, and made him write a book. Lots of twisty, wretched turns. Chuck Wendig never disappoints!

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  • Doombbd
  • 2019-07-05

Too slow

First book that I ever returned to Audible. 7 hours in and I finally gave up. I was looking forward to this book for months, ever since Scott Sigler tweeted about it. It starts off interesting but then bogs down. Really bogs down. This book is DULL. At least most of the first 7 hours. I’ve read reviews that say the story gets going after the first half. An audiobook that takes 16 hours to get going is not one that I want to listen to... The comparisons to The Stand are ridiculous. I don’t recall having to read through half of The Stand before it got entertaining. This book was unfortunately a big disappointment.

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