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Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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  • The King of Clayfield: Clayfield, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Shane Gregory
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help. But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns....

    Mike Naka says: "surprisingly good"
    "Will be one of your favorites"
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    This book started hovering around the 3 stars mark for a while, but shifted to 4 stars as the both the story and protagonist developed and then at the end it went suddenly BING! and hit the 5 stars bell. The narrator must be the best male narrator I've listened to.

    If you are like me and demand that authors take the zombie apocalypse seriously and try to make such a tale as realistic as possible, waste no time and spend your credit here. There is no over the top nonsense here.

    The author makes the tale believable by coming up with creative solutions to some of the discrepancies in a zombie apocalypse. With so much splatter in other books, why don't the characters get infected? Often they happen to be immune, but at least here they use handkerchiefs to cover their faces. They have a fix for fighting off the infection if things get bad. The zombies aren't mindless but are like animals. They form packs, therefore some areas are very empty allowing them to get supplies. Head shots don't always work. They do get back up, but not right away. Most things have explanations for but some questions tantalizingly remain to be discovered. The word zombie doesn't even come up until the end, they are just called people. Yeah, pretty slow on the uptake but it all makes sense.

    The protagonist is so unassuming he doesn't even have a name. I didn't even realize this and had to Google the answer to write this review because I thought I had just missed it. A museum director of a sleepy town, he is such a wuss and would be zombie brunch if it weren't for Jen who is such an awesome character. All characters have depth and feel real and the protagonist goes through a transformation as the story develops. Something suddenly at the end had me screaming in my head and made it hit the 5 star bell but I'm not going to give it away.

    Hurry up and download this story. And the next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nostrum: The Scourge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Roberto Calas
    • Narrated By Nico Evers-Swindell
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    The journey north ended with The Scourge. The journey for a cure has just begun…Sir Edward Dallingridge survived his journey through the anarchy that is now England, leaving in his wake the bodies of mad lords, foul invaders, friends, and the risen dead. There was nothing on earth that could keep him from the woman he loves. Nothing but the horror that has already consumed her. His journey is over, but his mission is far from complete. As a knight of the realm, he has defended England from every enemy it has. But how does one drive away a plague sent from hell?

    Marilyn Morrison says: "Not all chickens are clever!"
    "Better!"
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    This book is similar to the last as in that it is a series of meeting one group of peoples after the next, in keeping with zombie story telling tradition. Well written story, unpredictable, a deeper story line, questions remaining as to whats going on. Looking forward to book 3.

    Tristan is even better this time around but Morgan isn't around to balance him, so they pick up a nun along the way. Tristan is a great character to like because of his humor and heroism. Edward is sick with an infection (maybe zombiesm, maybe not, I won't tell) all the time but inexplicably manages to have full strength to push forward and kill everything with barely a rest. I can't spell the nuns name, but its definitely a good thing that there was a strong female role in that was lacking in the previous book.

    The end, unfortunately, I found frustratingly disappointing and I don't feel the story line built up in a way that could believably explain this result; after all that they were put through...

    There are also these terribly annoying historical notes, which in the last book was left to the end so the you can choose to just stop listening, although you thought you had more story left, but didn't. Now they are sprinkled between chapters and they are almost as annoying as TV advertisements, except he didn't raise the volume, phew! I'm left fumbling in the night to skip these chapters. I'm totally disinterested in the research for this story. I mean every author needs to research about their story, but it doesn't mean the reader wants to listen to a documentary.

    The narration was impeccable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In Midnight, the third installment in the smash hit Adrian's Undead Diary series, the threats to Adrian and his new friends are greater than ever before. Local survivors holed up in an empty factory led by the chief of police are now crossing paths with Adrian and the Williams clan. Meanwhile Sean, the bloodthirsty tyrant from Westfield, seethes for vengeance after Adrian fends off attack after attack to take ALPA and everything he's worked so hard for.

    Tilo says: "Unexpected revelation"
    "Unexpected revelation"
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    The main storyline is alot more dynamic now with new characters and new groups and as usual Philbrook is careful not to over do with too much of a good thing, keeping the short stories short, but powerful.

    As before, one of the stories introduces a big new twist to the underlying zombie apocalypse plot line but we're kept in suspense as the book returns back to Adrian Ring's more conventional storyline. The twist was a shocker and I'm not sure if I am too keen on this part of the stories development but so far Philbrook has been an expert in crafting a believable story. The dreams, the zombies behaving a little weird, where will this lead?

    The definitive aspects of book 3 are the interactions, negotiations and violence between the survivor groups and we get some resolution for what happened at the end of book two, concluding nicely.

    The only part I didn't like was the classic "stupid kid who messes everything up" part, rather than using a more complicated method to bring a bit of sudden and unexpected development in the story. I found the story unpredictable as it was already.

    I think that there are 8 books in this series, and I'm not even half way through yet, great! How are they going to get out of what happened at the end of this book? Can't wait!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alone No More: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Adrian's piecemeal life on campus since "That Day" has been a struggle. Retrieving supplies from local neighborhoods filled with the walking dead has been dangerous for him, but he's stayed alive by being a little smarter than the other survivors, and a lot faster than the roaming, hungry zombies that have overtaken his home town, and the world.

    Mike Naka says: "good continuation"
    "Getting excited by this series"
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    Mr. Journal is cool n all, but the short stories add spice because they are written in 'real time' and not being explained after the fact like the journal entries. Well, not just that, I would actually say the short stories are more powerful than Adrian's all alone story. The old short stories just ended, but now things are falling into place as they fit into the main story line.

    By the way, the journal entries themselves aren't really 100% entries, but like if you can imagine a TV show where someone starts writing but then fades out and the show starts. Zombies are the still the dumb shuffling kind, not really dangerous for Adrian. Of all things, his animal lover side takes a hit. I'm an animal lover too, but bought this part of the story.

    The series is actually pretty slow to reveal its story, we are only starting to get to know Adrian. He starts getting comfortable writing and reveals more of himself as we revisit stuff in the past that he didn't want to get into back then. This explains why I thought the first book was a bit emotionally dry. Cassie is a recurring theme, I wonder how this angle will play out.

    Solid characters are starting to take their place and things start rocking at the end but....Ahhhh! I don't mind the slow pace at all and barely mind being left dying for book 3!

    I'm trying to recall if Jame's girl voice was any good, but I didn't even react to it while listening so I think it must be excellent. Keep up the good work Chris and James!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Recollections: Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors.

    Mike Naka says: "northern exposure meets zombieland"
    "Needs to be more engaging"
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    This guy, Adrian, holes up in a school and waits out the apocalypse and doesn't really care about anyone else, passing time with writing in his journal, whom he talks to as Mr. Journal.

    The writing is excellent and the narration is too, the only thing lacking is perhaps emotional attachment. I mean he writes his girl friend off as dead without even trying to find her, but I think that is more about trying to be "different" from the other zombie books.

    Having said that, I can totally identify with Adrian, he is like how I imagine I would be in an apocalypse, except Adrian is big and strong and ex military. But his toughness isn't over played, mostly he is just calm, collected and thoughtful. And he loves animals. I think a lot of people can identify with this 'realistically' written character.

    I'm already on the second book and its getting more interesting, hopefully more characters will make the story become more alive and Adrian can start writing about who is, we hardly know anything about him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination 4: Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By T.W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Dan and Quinn Lowery may have escaped the initial infection, but their journey is far from over. Their once-safe location has been compromised, overrun by the agents and the infected. Now, in order to survive, they must first escape.

    Tilo says: "So so"
    "So so"
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    Story is decent but I cant say anything really drew me in. Just went along kinda hum dee dum dum. So the story starts off at the junk yard again and, sure enough, they gotta split. I don't know why the "agents" are still around with their leader dead. Their entire existence seems so pointless. So Dan and Quinn figure a good destination would be his wife's sister, Meredith, at some isolated farm somewhere.

    The book tells two stories, about Dan and his daughter Quinn and Meredith. Meredith plays the "this can't be happening" type of role and drives around like Mr. Magoo with zombies everywhere and I can't fathom how zombies can kill anyone at all if they can't kill her.

    There are a few holes here and there, like the science of the zombies. How a bite doesn't seem to infect, their behavior seems sometimes smart in the old books, but otherwise dumb. How can their be survivors if the food is infected; what have they been eating?

    Now there is one "bad guy" who steals their car but this part feels disappointingly unresolved. Reason to buy the next book in the series it seems, this story is unfinished! I want to meet up with those characters again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scourge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Roberto Calas
    • Narrated By Nico Evers-Swindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    I have never seen plague bring a man back from the dead. Nor do I know of any sickness, in England or upon the continent, that gives its victims a taste for living flesh. So declares Sir Edward Dallingridge, a noble knight whose years defending England on the battlefield haven't prepared him to face an enemy as chilling - and relentless - as the living dead. But even as his countrymen flee in horror, Sir Edward rides straight into the unholy infestation. For his lady love lies trapped behind a hundred miles of fiendish terror, and nothing will keep him from her.

    Alison says: "Medieval zombies"
    "Something different, pretty good"
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    So Sir Edward and his two pals, Morgan and Tristan ride to the north in search of...you guessed it, Edwards wife! So the typical zombie story and elements are intact; we follow them as they encounter one weird and crazy group after the other until they get to his wife.

    The difference is the setting, its medieval England which is done really quite well. The zombiesm in this story is kinda ill defined, being treated more like what they know of from before, the plague. They don't seem to make huge hordes and chase humanity around forever, they can in fact get distracted and lose interest if you keep galloping away from them.

    But they're still zombies, need to chop at the head and all that. An advantage these knights have compared to modern stories is that they do in fact have amour! They eventually lose their chain mail, war horses and swords, but still...

    Religion is always part of a good zombie story, but here its even bigger since its the middle ages. Morgan I think was a monk and is deeply religious while Tristan seems atheist and plays the comedic side kick.

    Lack of any major female character kept the story on track, if you find lovey dovey stuff distracting. I don't and would have preferred some deeper relational aspects in the story. Other than that, its a good read, and look! There is a book 2! Think I'll pick that up, although I think the story could have just ended the way it was. We know there is no cure...don't we?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 5: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Scott Aiello, Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Twenty years have passed since the zombie apocalypse devastated the world. A single man is on a quest for revenge in search of the people responsible for the outbreak of the zombie virus. His journey leads him to a discovery in the western United States that will irrevocably change his goal. Meanwhile, a new world is revealed that is under the strict control of the same people that were responsible for the plague. Two innocent prisoners of this regime must escape and learn the truth about the world they never knew existed.

    Thia says: "Up to this one I four starred. Downhill from here"
    "The start of another great story"
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    So now we figure whats up with that kid from the last book; similar to Regan, Ben has a mission to fulfill where he tracks down the initiators of the apocalypse and terminates them. Don't worry though, the old gang aren't too far off.

    Now this book starts its own storyline and introduces new elements and plots, just as mysterious as in the old books. I'm on book 6 and I still don't know whats going on :). The new plot line has to do with a lot of beautiful women seemingly bred or, I'm guessing now, even cloned from the past playboy models, and raised for some secret purpose.

    Now I don't like over the top, far fetched plots and these series of books are kinda that, but the author is an expert in weaving these intricate plots while still keeping the plausibility of it all. If it wasn't realistic, I'd have dumped this series a long time, but the story set up is pretty good, the best I've read in a zombie book actually.

    Best character: Harrison! Grumpy potty mouthed old man with humor befitting a freaking zombie apocalypse! Great narration work on him and all the other characters.

    This book has 3 narrators! Wow! They're not all talking at the same time, rather one narrator controls certain characters and their scenes always seem to comprise of just those characters and the same narrator. I think. I'm not sure, but it works it great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Corey Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    It all ends here. The characters of the Deadlocked series have been through nearly unbearable challenges, but they're about to face the hardest yet. Kim has been taken by the cruelest, most vile person in the series, and it's up to Billy and Levon to save her. All the while, Laura fights for her life in the grip of the military as they perform tests on her daughter, Annie, that are risking the little girl's life. The conspiracy behind the rise of the zombie plague will be revealed as Reagan uncovers the horrible secret that led to the murder of six and a half billion people.

    Tee Baby says: "Boring"
    "Great story, bad narration"
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    As the blurb points out, we will finally figure out whats going on and why everyone call themselves the "good guys". Great finish to this story line, as the next book takes off decades later which this book will set up, with the introduction of a new mysterious character.

    The narrator, on the other hand, was lousy. He didn't even try to do different voices. He would be very monotone except he has an annoying habit where at the end of each sentence the first part of the last word goes up a notch and trails out. You can hear it in the blurb, like "eagle" in "desert eagle". I'd give him one star but I have in fact heard worse, like the narration he has done in other books which out of curiosity I had to try the samples of. The story is still listenable though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A.R. Wise
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    The Deadlocked series continues as Billy heads into the city in search of his mother. During his quest, he will meet a strident military figure that will alter his journey and two brothers that will become his closest allies. However, his trip will endanger the family he has only just met, and he might not be able to save them. Billy's journey into the city will reveal many of the secrets of this penultimate novella.

    Amanda says: "HERO"
    "Wow, crazy awesome!"
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    Starting to feel a little expensive now, but I figure this series is worth it. The narrator is crazy good, excellent job.

    Now its Billy's turn to lead the storyline and like Laura, he is learning to be ruthless. The plot is getting really complex and confusing but that's the intention as we're trying to figure out the who's and the why's and the what's. On his way to find his mother, he has to kill people he doesn't want to kill, his enemy becomes his ally and another survivor enters the mix with his own opinions. This book just had so much packed into it. Top marks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By A.R. Wise
    • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    Part two of the series picks up immediately after the end of the first. David's wife, Laura, is forced to take over the protection of their family as the boat travels out into Hailey Bay, away from the zombies. However, the boat's pilot plans to dock back in the overrun city to rescue his own family, which will put Laura, Kim, and Annie in jeopardy. Laura is forced to overcome unimaginable horrors as the zombie apocalypse explodes around her, but it is the evil intent of humans that present her greatest challenge.

    Amanda says: "BRUTAL HUMANITY"
    "Getting even better"
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    After getting away by the skin of their teeth, Billy wants to go _back_ into the city to rescue his mom. I don't know why people always think in zombie books that everyone is dead, except just their particular loved one who has stayed put waiting to be rescued.

    But its all a rather believable story, there is a reason why there's not too many zombies about, and the conspiracy plot begins to thicken. Little by little things are revealed; the cops don't seem to be who they are, and whats this about a cure?

    This story is mostly about Laura, fighting for her life and kids, and boy does she take a beating here. Laura's character starts to develop now, no longer the naive civilized wife, she not only needs to be smart to survive, but also brutal. Its all rather exciting. And gross.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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