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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,765 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alden Bell Narrator: Tai Sammon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulted remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bell (a pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, author of Hummingbirds) has created an exquisitely bleak tale and an unforgettable heroine whose eye for beauty and aching need for redemption somehow bring wonder into a world full of violence and decay.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Alden Bell has managed something improbable and striking: a disconcertingly beautiful tale of zombie apocalypse. The Reapers Are the Angels is soaked in all the blood that any horror fan could desire, the effluvia rendered in a high Southern Gothic style as redolent of rotting magnolia as anything written by William Faulkner or Cormac McCarthy.”

    Charlie Huston, author of Sleepless

  • “Alden Bell provides an astonishing twist on the southern gothic: like Flannery O'Connor with zombies.”

    Michael Gruber, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “As I listened to the first chapter, I was struck by the unexpected beauty of the writing and themes that many people wouldn’t attempt, especially in a zombie book…Tai Sammons narrates this book with restrained clarity. She has the ability to seamlessly shift into accents from upper class to hardscrabble Southerner while taking on the characters so that the listener tends to forget that there is just one person reading. She does this without altering her voice much either which is a rare skill and one that enhanced the book greatly. In fact, after I found out that the print version does not have quotation marks used for dialogue, I realized that in listening to Sammons’ narration I was enjoying this book in probably the best format for easy understanding…The Reapers Are the Angels looks at the pursuit of beauty, the pursuit of God, the flight from inner demons, and the fact that none of us can ever see the whole truth at any time. We are too small and truth is woven too large…The Reapers Are the Angels is a book about being human with all the questions and struggles that humans have had throughout time. Highest recommendation.”


  • “A knockout, with a heroine you can’t help but root for. Alden Bell will snatch your attention and keep it until long after you close this book.”

    Tom Franklin, author of Hell at the Breech

  • Winner of the 2011 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sonia | 2/14/2014

    " I really quite enjoyed this read. It's definitely not very typical of the fiction out there now and it also had an atypical ending, which I always love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Izabela | 1/30/2014

    " Beautifully written, compelling, and something one rarely finds in zombie books - philosophical. This book is lovely and gruesome; Temple is a compelling character, as is Moses Todd. I spent half the book trying to figure out if I hated Moses or loved him and the end made it even harder to choose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dmitri Farkov | 1/29/2014

    " Great writing, very unique for the genre. A bit disappointed by the ending, seemed inconclusive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Loops | 1/15/2014

    " Never read a 'zombie' novel before!! But Wow!! this had me gripped I must of read it within a few days. "

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