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Wild Wastes

Written by: Randi Darren
Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: Wild Wastes, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm.

Legend has it that an experiment failed. Catastrophically so. And when it failed, the center of the United States, from the Sierra Nevada to the Mississippi river, became "The Waste", where everything changed.

In The Waste, every fantasy creature, fairytale demon, or mythological monster exists. From orcs, to neriads, ogres, trolls, wraiths, elves, harpies, and even beastmen. They all exist, and all despise humankind.

In the ruins of the west and east coasts, new governments have arisen. With new jobs.

Vince is a Ranger, a profession whose sole job duty is surviving in the waste, and taking missions from the Ranger Guild. Be it courier services, escorts, or simply exploring tombs and cities.

Taking up an escort mission, Vince encounters a situation that will shape his life forever onward.

As well as the lives of everyone in North America.

Warning: This novel contains adult themes and moral ambiguities. The main character is written as a real person in an apocalypse, and will not make choices that line up with society and cultural norms.

©2017 Randi Darren (P)2017 Randi Darren

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Best Apocalypse ever!

The world ended when magic appeared... but that population gender gap sure makes for some nice down time... when you are not fighting for your life of coarse.

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Excellent story

I found the story very entertaining and engaging. I look forward to the next installment of this series, the story was belivable.

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Uh.... I guess... That makes a lot of sense...

Lots of sex.... If you removed the sex scenes, you'd have 4 hrs of content. His books tend to have quite repetitive sentence/slang structures. For example, a character explains something and often you'd get the generic replies, "well.... I guess that makes... a lot of sense, actually." lots and lots of halts between character speeches. So it gets a bit old after a while. I hope the author learns about this, as I've listen to his other books.

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 2018-09-26

Fantasy Venture, Mythical Creatures; and One Stud

This is a good fantasy adventure story that has continuously evolved through the first three books.
There is plenty of action and surprises as the series develops and we follow the progression of Vince, who begins this adventure as a lone ranger in the “Wild Wastes.”
He’s not alone for long, however, and apparently doesn’t turn away any manner of female companionship, whether she has horns, tusks, or even insect legs; Vince is going to spread his seed and we hear every slurping, gurgling, explicitly wild detail; and let me tell you, he’s one busy stud.
Other than the graphic nature of these books, there is a good and interesting story line and I will continue to listen to the next book
As for the narrator; I thought Andrea Parsneau’s performance was outstanding.

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  • Christopher
  • 2018-09-20

Not what I expected

When I started listening to this book I expected the adult themes in the story. What I didn't expect was those themes to be used as filler.
Story could have been much better without them, or worked into the story better to further the plot.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-08-14

good read

good storyline and kept me interested. unique blend of wild west, guns, swords, and magic

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  • Chris Vernon
  • 2017-08-22

Finally a believable and smart main character.

It did take me a bit to get into the story. After so many poorly written or concieved plots points from other authors, it is a true marvel to have a Hero who is not stupid or being saved by a author's ham handed attempts at conflict resolution.
I believe I would have made many of the same decisions as he did. I found the author's world and concepts a novel idea and approach to making the conflicts and plot devices believable and engrossing.

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  • Cat-Ferret family
  • 2018-10-20

A story where the sex actually plays a part.

There's a lot of graphic sex here, but most of it actually supports the story. An interesting premise that is mostly paid off.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-09

wow.

I'm not sure how I really feel about this as a whole. The story is unique (at least to me) and It got pretty intense right off the bat. I can't say I loved it but i was definitely interested throughout the whole book finding myself jumping and exclaiming WHAT! and NO WAY! a lot and laughing to myself shaking my head. Other times I was scoffing saying "B.S." never happen.
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The narrator did an awesome job, I've never heard of her before this but I will be looking up more books read by her. Characters voices were clearly different and fit each character.

What I don't really like is that i didn't feel like the author spent enough time describing the characters or the landscape. there was enough there to come up with a dissent idea but I felt like the picture was always left unfinished which bugged me a little. It was also really fast paced. I think this storyline would be amazing if it was written in a much larger scale. I'm not sure how to explain it so im going to leave it at that.

I am going to get the next one and I will most likely listen to this again in the future.

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  • KC
  • 2019-03-26

Exactly what I was looking for.

Post-Apocalypse, fantasy, modern age, romance, sex, battle; it's all here. This is the kind of novel I have been wanting for quite a while. It doesn't shy away from any topic or description.

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  • jared
  • 2018-03-09

A True Guilty Pleasure

Listening to this was distracting while at work, which is when I usually hear books, but I loved the story. The harem aspect is admittedly the least favorite part since even harem anime was not my preference. but the world is amazing and the narrator works well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-12

matter of personal preference

there's some really fun action and I loved the building of power components both individually with the main character and with the society. the story is very heavily interlaced with sexual domination and the aura of polygamy.

I'm fine with graphic descriptions... it's all in your head after all. but I'm just not into the hardcore humiliation and domination theme.

it's a matter of preference.

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  • Matthew Damuth
  • 2017-10-09

Could use a little less smut and a bit more plot..

Could use a little less smut and a bit more plot, but all in all an interesting story....reminiscent of John Ringo's character the Kildar.

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