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Extended Audio Sample Lockdown: Escape from Furnace, Book 1 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Alexander Gordon Smith
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,652 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander Gordon Smith Narrator: Alex Kalajzic Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN:
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Beneath heaven is hell. Beneath hell is Furnace. Furnace Penitentiary. The world's most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth's surface. One way in, no way out. Once you're here, you're here until you die, and for most of the inmates that doesn't take long - not with the sadistic guards and the bloodthirsty gangs. Convicted of a murder he didn't commit, sentenced to life without parole, 'new fish' Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Only in Furnace, death is the least of his worries.

Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and as dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison. Together with a bunch of inmates - some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers - Alex plans the prison break to end all prison breaks. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace's deeper, darker purpose, Alex's actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that's hidden from the eyes of the world.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/2/2014

    " Though this book will be ok for a young boy(or girl) who doesn't think critically, it just annoyed me. The concept of the prison, and the goings on in it, is good. But Alex, oh Alex, I 'd be surprised he could think his way out of a paper bag let alone a prison. He made stupid decisions followed by stupid actions, followed by stupid decisions. It's his pattern. I know he's supposed to be a young(14) boy, and his heart is in the right place(a magical transformation from the day before he entered prison), but still..... I just couldn't suspend my belief enough to buy him. The prison I could manage, him no way. So two stars for the prison and story. Zero stars for Alex. I won't be reading the sequels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/27/2014

    " What a great sci-fi young adult book! I highly recommend to my reluctant male readers in the classroom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delali | 1/24/2014

    " This author made me feel as if I were the person living through these events wishing that the bad things would pass by quickly but seem to slow down. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a suspense/adventure book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mcdanielm | 1/22/2014

    " Hated it! This will make for interesting discussion! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria Whipple | 1/22/2014

    " My favorite time to read is just before bed (in fact, it's usually the only time I get to read.) This is the first book that I can remember ever interfering with my sleep, though! The situations are so disturbing and graphic that they are sometimes hard to handle. Alex is a self-confessed thief, and he tells the reader just how that came to be. During one housebreak, Alex and his friend Toby are sabotaged by a mysterious crew who frame him for murder, tell him to run, then chase him down so that he is caught and arrested. He is tried, found guilty, and sentenced to serve in the prison called Furnace. On his way down (it's far underground) he meets other boys, also guilty of crimes they didn't commit. The rest of the book tells of the daily routines and horrors that occur in Furnace, a place that is truly hellish. And of course, Alex wants to escape that hell. But can he find a way? He thinks he can and he comes up with a plan. But will he be able to escape the solid rock walls that are guarded by the monstrous "blacksuits" and their mutant canines...not to mention the wheezers and the Satan-like warden. As I was finishing this book, I decided not to read the next--just because it was so disturbing--until it left me with a cliffhanger. Now I am cowering and cringing through book #2. Furnace is a well written book, with an unbelievable premise--that a place like Furnace would exist and be allowed to continue it's nefarious operations. But the author brings the place alive, and Alex is a fully developed and believable character. Secondary characters are also well developed. Read this if you like to read a book that gives you goosebumps, even during an early June heatwave! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 1/18/2014

    " A terrific roller coaster ride of terror and adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 7706henry | 1/17/2014

    " great book filled with excitement around any corner. I recommend this book to anyone who is not sqemish "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Sterling | 12/29/2013

    " 3.5. Dystopian, grim novel about a boy sent to The Furnace, a jail miles underground where they don't care if you kill each other down there. The question is, can he find a way out? Horrible situation that is fast-paced and exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natali.D (BookCupid) | 8/5/2013

    " Great read. But beware, do not read it at night because it will keep you up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhianna | 3/19/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read!! Although my favorite character... I don't want to give away the ending but I do want to scream! I recommend this book to everyone! It was amazing!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt Milowic | 2/11/2013

    " The book was okay, but not exactly my type of book. I read it driving back from Texas. It definitely beat watching the road pass by for 20 hours. I will probably read the next one just to see what happens next after the interesting ending of the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levi | 4/24/2012

    " I thought that this book was great. It did leave a cliffhanger at the end, and I am not a fan of those because I usually do not have access to those books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Hargrave | 3/22/2012

    " I could not put this book down and wished I didn't have to wait for the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/20/2011

    " warning: there is profanity. I don't think I would recommend this book just for that one reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianne | 6/6/2011

    " Alex seems like any other normal teenage boy. I was drawn into the story from the first page the things that go on in Furnace are horrific can't wait to read the second book Have to fine out what happens to Donovan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 6/6/2011

    " The idea of going to a place like Furnace is mind-blowing (in a scary way), but through this book, I thought i was there. The warden there must be Satin, and almost everyone else are his demons. They think Furnace is a worse fate then death and for some people there, it is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 6/6/2011

    " Well, I guess if you're a thirteen-year-old who loves gore and hyperbole, this is your thing. Me though? Not really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristofer | 6/5/2011

    " wasn't expecting much but I was very surprised, can't wait to start the second book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 geekgirl | 5/27/2011

    " I need all the following books RIGHT NOW!

    *stamps foot*

    longer review to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TikiPaws12 | 5/14/2011

    " I LOVED THIS BOOK! It totally left me at a cliffhanger so I can't wait for the next one but it is perfect for anyone who likes suspence or mystery. Both? Totally. :) "

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