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We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season | [Kc Wayland]

We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season

For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.
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Publisher's Summary

This exciting audio drama is based on an immensely popular podcast that has received hundreds of positive reviews and has had over four million downloads - and counting.

For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

The first season features 12 chapters packing performances and sound effects that rival movies and prove that modern audio drama is undead and well. Join our survivors as they band together, struggle to fortify a safe haven known as the Tower, and discover that zombies are far from the worst thing in a post apocalyptic Los Angeles, where the rules of human decency no longer apply.

Little food. Little water. Little hope. Who is lucky enough to say "We're Alive"?

©2011 Modern Myth Productions, LLC (P)2011 Modern Myth Productions, LLC

What the Critics Say

We’re Alive is a modern rendition of an old-school medium. Maintaining a style that is both retro and contemporary, the radio drama will give horror fans the campy, kitschy style they like, but it also provides a variety of characters and development to keep general audiences engaged…Despite not being able to see the action, the excitement and intensity is still sustained through score and sound design. In some ways, the lack of visuals to accompany the audio creates more suspense. The narrator controls how much the audience knows, slowly teasing out information. Accompanying the drama are sparse moments of comedic relief…Expressing a keen awareness of the zombie subgenre, many of the jokes come from familiar scenarios and tropes of zombie stories.” (Examiner.com)

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    Mike Naka 01-24-13
    Mike Naka 01-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "my weekly addiction"
    Any additional comments?


    quick summary: michael cross spent 3 tours in iraq. now, he's back in california taking classes. just as his quiz starts there's an explosion, and he goes up to see what's going on, against his professor's assertions that everything will be fine. as more and more students gather around the t.v. to see some kind of riots breaking out, michael decides to head to his base. there he runs into angel, his commander, and saul. angel won't let them open the armory until the base commander arrives and gives them the ok. but as the $h!t really starts to hit the fan, they bust in. however, the alarm attracts the infected. once they realize nobody's coming to investigate the alarm, they decide to wait out the alarm's timer and leave in a hummer. as they flee through the city, they rescue riley and pegs from the roof of a florist shop. they decide to try to rescue angel's girlfriend, who lives in a nearby apartment building. once there, they discover it almost totally abandoned, and they recognize it has good defensive qualities by the way the floor plan is laid out. so starts their story of survival.

    there's a large cast of characters, but it's not hard to keep track of who's who b/c each character has his/her own dedicated voice actor. the voice acting is exceptional. there are lots of sound effects, and they are also done exceptionally well- they help to immerse you into the story.

    this story has it all: the various complications surrounding surviving with a bunch of people you don't know, a great cast of antagonists (prisoners who've escaped), drama, interesting infected, gore, and lots of action.

    while not a pure zombie story, i totally enjoyed listening to this series. the spectacular voice acting and the engrossing and evolving plot keeps bringing me back, week after week. what do i mean by that? this series is a free weekly podcast. each podcast is b/ween 15 and 30 minutes. the 1st 2 minutes are ads and a pickup from the last episode. i didn't want to deal with that so i downloaded the 1st 2 seasons on audible. i am now catching up with season 3, which just ended. season 3 is only available via free downloadable podcasts.

    if you're into zombie / end of the world stories and are looking for something new, definitely give this a try. i warn you! it's addicting!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-23-15
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "BEST BOOK EVER"

    I had to start this three times before I started to get into it. "dramatizations" are not my thing. Man oh man am I glad I did. Download you will not be disappointed.

    The whole series is about a group of survivor. New take on zombies but enough of the slow, rambling watch out for the hordes that it still draws you in. I love the fact that there's bad guys but it's not a constant run chase hide catch run chase hide catch. Bad guys are sometimes in the forefront sometimes just on everyone's mind. This is pretty much the most believable (if there can be one) zombie apocalypse novel I've ever "read". Added touch? Our power lines went out in a storm while I was driving home from grocery. I literally pulled over & just listened for 10 mins. WOW.

    Group soldiers, Michael, Saul and their sergeant? Angel (college boy given his post without earning it you get the feeling) . They are called in to base get there & the whole world turned upside down. The pickup friends along the way , eventually going to angel's girlfriends apartment building that is easily defended. They settle in. Soon other survivors come. WAY too much happens to give specifics but you will NOT be disappointed. I listened to the whole series One installment after the other. Just finished Season 4, main characters die, I laughed, I cry but EVERYTHING intertwines beautifully. Anything from this "author" I will purchase without even reading a review. THAT good. Now what the heck am I going to listen to grrrrrr

    NEXT CLICK SHOULD BE TO BUY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 02-01-12
    Michael 02-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great show so much fun."
    What did you love best about We???re Alive?

    The whole story and sound effects with the music makes it so much fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael I can identify with him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Got me nervous in parts for what was to come next.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like old-school radio with a modern day punch you will love this download.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott West Terre Haute, IN, United States 07-05-12
    Scott West Terre Haute, IN, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story and performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great listen for zombie lovers, however, don't waste your credit. You can download (31 chapters as of this review) for free from itunes.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 09-15-13
    Sarah 09-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm Hooked, great performance"
    Any additional comments?

    You can download all the pod casts for free, they're currently on the 4th season.

    This is Audio Theater, so the characters are sometimes over the top, and it is very different from a novel. It also took awhile to get used to all the sound effects.

    Overall the story is not anything special or unique, but I enjoy the characters, voice actors, and enough of the plot to have spent the last week listening to all the episodes. I actually enjoyed how naive the writers made the characters, it's a nice injection of humor.

    If you're on the fence about it, I suggest going to the website and listening to the first episode.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Park City, UT, United States 12-09-11
    Rob Park City, UT, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2011
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    "High talent and energy - Movie, please!"
    Would you listen to We’re Alive again? Why?

    No, because I'm waiting for the 3rd season.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance. Easy to suspend disbelief.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not narrated, dramatized.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for one sitting.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike AUBURN, Illinois, United States 09-25-11
    Mike AUBURN, Illinois, United States 09-25-11
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    "great performances, writing, editing"
    Would you listen to We’re Alive again? Why?

    I have listened to We're Alive more than once and I always find something new about the story or characters. Enhanced version is a must for any WA fan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy how it is not just a "zombie" story, but a story of how people get along and overcome in the end of the world scenario. Not all gore.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    All of the character's are great and get into the roles. You get to know them just from their voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think their own tag line works well: A story of survival.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-02-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND"

    WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO YOUR GUN?
    The first thing and most important thing I want to say is that ,this is very entertaining. I did not think GraphicAudio could be out done, but these guys did it in spades. The difference changes the story from, A Movie In Your Mind, to This May be Too Real. Do not take me wrong I like GraphicAudio, I just want to make a comparison you might know. What is even better, this is a top notch well written story, whereas most of GraphicAudio is second rank writings, (James Axler, Alex Archer, etc...). The only problem I had was, that I listened while driving my six wheel delivery truck and the sound is so real that at times, I thought I had hit something or something it me, and it was just the radio. The actors are top notch professionals.

    I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HER AND I WAS CRYING.
    The actual story itself, if written and read in book form, might not be better then what else is out there. It would not be worse, but if you have read a lot of Zombie stories, this does not bring anything new to the table. I will say, that they did do two things that I appreciated, that other apocalypse books seem to get wrong. It always amazes me in other books, when they act as if vehicles are hard to come by. The town I live in has less then 160,000 people and the amount of cars and trucks in this town are in the thousands. Not counting U-Haul, there are hundreds of box trucks, owned by food companies. There are several food warehouses. If you can drive an 18 wheeler, thousands of them are available. Even in small towns I deliver to, most have a used or new car dealership. Brand new cars and trucks. Also many other books of this type have the people traveling around the country or living in the country in small houses or one even has them in tents. Da, why wouldn't you take a high rise and fortify it, living in the upper parts of the building? The story is five star, just not much different then what else is out there.

    PREPARE FOR THE WORSE, AND HOPE FOR THE BEST
    As mentioned by others and probably the biggest draw back is the ending. This is not a book, it is a serial and this is season one. Like most TV shows today, it ends in a cliff hanger. If you read the reviews before buying, you know that, if you don't read reviews, then sorry.

    IT'S NOT FUN OWNING A GUN AND HAVING NOTHING TO SHOOT AT.
    This is a full cast production, no narrators. This is the best production of anything I have ever listened to. If this was a two star story, which it is not, the production would make it a six star listen. The actors, (not narrators), or excellent. I was never a fan of British accents, but there is one chick in here with a British accent, that is so sexy, I am now a fan.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eugene M. Gallagher Rd stratford, ct 06-12-14
    Eugene M. Gallagher Rd stratford, ct 06-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Singer songwriter and book adventure

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    "Someone needs to tell the truth about this"
    Would you try another book from Kc Wayland and/or Blackstone Audiobooks?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kc Wayland? Why or why not?

    This is more of a poorly written screen play the a book.


    What didn’t you like about Blackstone Audiobooks’s performance?

    Omg.... Acting sounded like a first table read. Events were unrealistic and writing was bad


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    The general story is good enough to hold your interest

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Putnam CT 09-23-13
    Mike Putnam CT 09-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.

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    "Part 1 and it was long and drawn out"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book reminded me of 2 things, old time radio and a made for tv movie that went to dvd. It consist of a full cast, which I like, but it did not have a narrator. There are breaks with music and it prolongs the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am going to take a break from listening to the full cast type, it was entertaining in some areas but in others it was annoying.


    What aspect of Blackstone Audiobooks’s performance would you have changed?

    Each chapter ends and then there is music signaling a new chapter, plus the say the title of the book each time. Also I did not realize that this was a series made for radio, like community theater, and formed into a book.


    Could you see We’re Alive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, and it sounds like it was a radio series to begin with.


    Any additional comments?

    There was to much music and scene ending drama music for a book. I found myself thinking that they seem to be trying to fill in or add on situations that really are dulling the book, then when in the final stage of the story it just ends, so I was not too happy with that.
    I like the full cast and different voices for each character, and this book was enjoyable in parts and dull in others, exciting and challenging, but over all it was mediocre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    12/1/14
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    "Fantastic book to listen to"
    Would you listen to We're Alive again? Why?

    Yes, Definitely. What a fantastic way to narrate a book with a full cast rather than single reader ,Brilliant, really brought the book alive especially with music and sound effects thrown in. Great story, easy to listen to. I have 150 plus audio books now and love them all but this 3 book series (so far) is easily in my top ten favourites.


    What other book might you compare We're Alive to, and why?

    I guess it is a typical Zombie apocalypse style book of which I have several but I think for me its quite like the Walking Dead TV series of which Im quite a fan


    Have you listened to any of Blackstone Audiobooks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have several but for me this is a good book that really comes alive with this style of narrating. Im sure I would have still enjoyed this book if read by a single narrator but Im really pleased it isn't.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really but I did find myself laughing out loud on occasion, Not something I think Ive done with other books.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it, Will listen to it many times Im sure. More books of all styles read this way please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • carol-anne mccrea
    7/20/15
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    "We're alive"

    Has a good story line and is fast and keeps the interest up. The characters are both believable and have their own personalities a good listen and would recommend . Now going to listen to the next part

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    1/13/15
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    "Amazing"

    That feeling when you find a Great book!

    I found this by chance. Listened to the sample and was hooked. I Just cant stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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