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Hell Divers Audiobook

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Read By: R. C. Bray Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: Hell Divers Series Release Date: July 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781504710374

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Longest Chapter Length:

31:46 minutes

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16:47 minutes

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21:50 minutes

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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling series

They dive so humanity survives …

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers—men and women who risk their lives by skydiving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there’s something down there far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past—something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.

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“What a great read! I received Hell Divers right before tropical storm Isais hit Long Island. I had just started the book when our power went out, leaving me in the dusk. I had only the flashlight in my phone, which was almost out of power. To give you an idea of how impossible this book is to put down, I went to my car, turned on the ignition, and sat in my idling auto reading while my phone charged. After that, I went back upstairs and revisited my days as a kid, reading books with a flashlight in bed when I should have been sleeping. I had to find out what happened in this thrilling story. Buy this book. Read it. Enjoy!”

— Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award–winning author of The Vanished Seas 


  • “The action writing is very good. It’s always clear what’s going on, even though the weapons, the enemies, and the settings are all unfamiliar…[and] Smith manages to keep it fresh and alive…R. C. Bray’s narration…is the kind of low-key performance that suits intense action perfectly…Bray hits exactly the right tone for a gripping adventure story.”

    — Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Relentless action and danger in a gritty postapocalyptic world where survival depends on a few brave men and women. Hell Divers is one hell of a page-turner!”

    — Bob Mayer, New York Times bestselling author of the Area 51 series
  • “An action-packed page-turner. All humanity’s hope for survival rests on the shoulders of a handful of daring men and women. The odds are stacked against them, but they have no choice but to try. You won’t be able to put this book down until the last searing page. And then you’ll want the next book.”

    — Mike Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author of the Kris Longknife series
  • “Hell Divers is action-packed, gritty, and wholly original. A rare combination of a high premise, solid storytelling, and heart.”

    — Daniel Arenson, USA Today bestselling author
  • “An exciting new take on the end of the world and a thrilling race to survive…Sure to delight fans of survival and postapocalyptic thrillers.”

    — A. G. Riddle, bestselling author of The Atlantis Gene
  • “Literally skydiving into the apocalypse, Hell Divers delivers more of Smith’s trademark breakneck action and suspense. Amazing settings, great characters, the end of the world shouldn’t be this much fun!”

    — Matthew Mather, bestselling author of CyberStorm
  • “I love it! The whole book was awesome and I have a huge book hangover right now!…It was creative and intense and there was never a dull moment. I got so wrapped up in the story I felt like I was immersed in this whole other world for a little while…If you like post-apocalyptic stories, you should definitely give this one a try!”

    — Hooked on Books
  • “Hell Divers is an engaging story that holds one’s attention from start to finish and will certainly satisfy the readers’ need for adventure in a postapocalyptic scenario. The kind of book that can keep you awake till the small hours.”

    — Space and Sorcery
  • “Hugh Howey meets Michael Crichton in Nicholas Smith’s latest postapocalyptic thriller…Once again, Nicholas Smith dominates the postapocalyptic genre with this riveting, nail-biting adventure that will grip you from the first chapter.”

    — E. E. Giorgi, bestselling author of Gene Cards
  • “X marks the spot in Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s Hell Divers, a cross between Waterworld and Snowpiercer…but with monsters and airships. It’s a terrific blend of high-concept and wild action, all tied together with tough-as-nails characters that you care for as they face impossible odds. A must for fans of smart postapocalyptic storytelling.”

    — Sam Sisavath, bestselling author of the Purge of Babylon series
  • “I have to confess: Hell Divers is my favorite series Smith has written thus far…Hell Divers is written well, and the whole book flows at a nice pace…If you’re any kind of fan of science fiction or postapocalyptic fiction, then this is a book you have to check out. Smith once again raises the bar for himself, and I’m eager to see what he does next.”

    — Shattered Ravings
  • “Hell Divers is an adrenaline rush with plenty of bullets, life-threatening situations, and exceptional world building to make a story that is easily immersive. Plus, the Sirens are seriously creepy.”

    — Silk & Serif
  • “This book for me is a solid six stars as Nicholas Sansbury Smith delivers yet again. Hell Divers unbelievably takes it another notch above his excellent Extinction Cycle series…The author has crafted yet another engrossing apocalyptic world in which we are plunged…If Hell Divers is anything to go by then this trilogy is destined to become a classic.”

    — The Lazy Book Reviewer
  • “The intensity level of this book is off the charts!…The world was so solid, I swear I could see it when I closed my eyes at night…Together with the characters and the plot, Sansbury Smith has created a full-bodied sci-fi novel, and by far, one of the most entertaining reads of the year for me.”

    — Contagious Reads
  • “Hell Divers is an entertaining read. Smith writes a taut, action-imbued plot…Hell Divers is a fun, high-action, military sci-fi thriller.”

    — Fantasy Literature
  • “Original, riveting, and exceptionally well written from first page to last, Hell Divers showcases author Nicholas Sansbury Smith as an impressively skilled storyteller and a master of the science fiction genre…Enthusiastically recommended.”

    — Midwest Book Review
  • “An action packed post-apocalyptic novel with a unique/interesting concept.”

    — Fantasy Muse
  • “Rich in detail…Smith is a rare and unique storyteller; one that can grow a story into a very skillful piece of writing…R.C. Bray…plays his voice as if it were a musical instrument…He embraces the book and allows the book and its characters to shine. If you enjoy action and well-written stories of the apocalypse, then don’t miss out on this one. It is riveting!”

    — AudioBook Reviewer
  • “Hell Divers offers genre fans everything they could ask for, from fresh takes on the post-apocalypse to social commentary reminiscent of Snowpiercer, and plenty of action.”

    — Shelf Awareness


  • A #1 Audible Pick of 10 Five-Star Fave Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books Listeners Are Raving about This Month
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An Audible Editors Top Pick of the Best Audiobooks
  • An Audible.com Bestseller
  • Gold Winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Award for Science Fiction
  • Winner of the 2020 Audio Book Reviewer's Awards for Best Sci-Fi, Best Team, and Best Series
  • Winner of 2K Award for 2021 from the International Society for Literary Artists

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — DocTuck, 12/26/2021

About Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers series, the Orbs series, the Trackers series, the Extinction Cycle series, the Sons of War series, and the new E-Day series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation before switching careers to focus on storytelling. When he isn’t writing or daydreaming about the apocalypse, he enjoys running, biking, spending time with his family, and traveling the world. He is an Ironman triathlete and lives in Iowa with his wife, daughter, and their dogs. 

About R. C. Bray

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an accomplished producer and voice-over artist, and his voice can be heard in countless TV and radio commercials.