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Dark Recollections: Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1 | [Chris Philbrook]

Dark Recollections: Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1

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.
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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. He saves his cat Otis, but shoots his mom. Pretty successful, all things considered.

Dark Recollections is the first part of Adrian's own story of how he survived after "That Day". Told through his eyes as he talks to his laptop, affectionately named 'Mr. Journal", and through short stories that entwine with his tales that bring forth dark visions of a world being eaten alive by an unimaginable evil. Adrian's Undead Diary is an eight-part epic about a solitary, guilt-stricken man who didn't think he deserved to live, but realized very soon that he survived and suffered for a reason. Dark Recollections is the first book in the AUD series. It covers Adrian's journal entries from September 21st 2010, to December 1st, 2010. Intermingled with his personal diary entries, book one also contains the short stories "Phil's Story", "McGreevy's Report", and "Soccer Mom".

©2010 Chris Philbrook (P)2014 Chris Philbrook

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    Mike Naka 10-04-14
    Mike Naka 10-04-14 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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    "northern exposure meets zombieland"
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    northern exposure meets zombieland? let me start with the northern exposure part. northern exposure was one of my favorite shows b/c it was odd and quirky with a great cast of characters, one of which was john corbett. he played a philosophical ex-convict who was a disc jockey and between songs, he'd comment on all kinds of things. his comments were funny and at times very insightful. anyway, adrian reminds me of john corbett's character on northern exposure. the narrator's voice also reminds me of john corbett's voice- easy and smooth to listen to.

    i don't know if you've ever seen zombieland, but it is a pretty good zombie comedy. jessie eisenberg plays a geeky guy named columbus. he's survived by making rules, such as cardio (you have to be faster than the slowest person), double tap (always make sure you shot a zombie in the head), beware of bathrooms, etc... adrian also reminded me of columbus because like columbus, he started to come up with rules as he survived certain situations.

    as the story opens, adrian begins journaling because he's lonely. he starts his journal, who he calls mr. journal, in september. as he opens up, we learn that the zombie outbreak started like 3 months earlier in june. adrian is a resdence advisor at a small but elite private school. basically, he works the night shift in a dorm watching over the students.

    the story swings between time frames. adrian will describe what he has been presently doing and how he got to where he is. the present entries describe his activities scavenging and securing the campus. his other entries recount the initial outbreak and the choices he made.

    there are a couple of extended vignettes that are told from the perspective of people that encountered adrian during the initial outbreak. one is phil, a gun store clerk, and the other is soccer mom, a mom who encountered adrian at a grocery story. both are really good stories.

    the story is kind of slow, but that's ok. this is not an action-packed run and gun shot 'em type story. the zombies are shamblers with kind of a twist- they don't moan, which if you think about it has some scary implications, but you can listen about them when you download the book!

    overall, this is a funny yet at times emotionally gripping story. i'd classify the humor as dry humor, and at times, guy humor.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 10-22-14
    Jamie 10-22-14
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    "Simply amazing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a zombie fan at all, then you definitely need to check out Adrian's Undead Diary. Dark Recollections is the first book in the series and James Foster has done a WONDERFUL job at bringing Adrian to life for his listeners.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    *AA meeting style:* Hi my name is Jamie and I have a crush on Adrian. Thank you.


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

    Hearing Adrian talk about his daily adventures gives the reader the chance to sit back and imagine themselves in his shoes, fighting the undead alongside him, helping to find and secure a place to live after the world falls apart.


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

    This book (series) has made me laugh out loud, shed more than a few tears, get so mad I threw something, and so scared that I was afraid to hear what came next. Chris Philbrook has a way of getting into the mind of his readers, drawing them in and weaving through their grey matter until they are completely immersed in the world he has created.


    Any additional comments?

    I am normally not a big audio book person, I prefer to read the words myself. However, James was able to catch my attention and keep me hooked throughout the story, which is quite a feat. Kudos to him, and to Chris for such a wonderful storyline!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Edmonton, AB 12-18-14
    Mark Edmonton, AB 12-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Well paced, great narration, enjoyable Zombieness"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Recollections to be better than the print version?

    I would. Although, I only listen to audiobooks so I might be a bit biased in this regard. I can't even imagine hearing Adrian voiced by anyone other than James Foster. His voice makes this series so enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adrian is a fantastic character. I'm not going to spoil anything in this review, but as the series progresses there are a number of other fantastic characters. However, since this is a review of the first book I'll focus on Adrian. I think the thing I like about Adrian is the fact that while yes, he DOES have a military background, it is not used as a writing crutch. The dude literally knows nothing about survival that the average person wouldn't be able to figure out. He's in good shape and can shoot a rifle. That's about the extent of his military skills really coming into play. He's a pretty normal guy and I find myself relating to him and enjoying his little tangents and stories.


    Have you listened to any of James Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I have. However, I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed his reading in this series. The only criticism I have (and it's very minor) is that sometimes his voice changes from chapter to chapter. Almost as if you can tell where a new recording session started off and it takes him a minute or two to get completely back into character. At one point I was actually panicking thinking that the narrator had been switched mid book, but after a minute or two it became obvious that he just needed to find his "voice" again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say that I was overly "moved". It's not that kind of story. However, I like Adrian's attitude when dealing with other survivors early on.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a huge zombie fan. I've enjoyed many other series including Plague of the Dead, Day by Day Armageddon, The Remaining, Mountain Man, James Cook's Series with our friend Gus, The Rot and Ruin Series and many more. What sets this series apart from the others is the pace. I like the detail that goes into the entries (and the short stories following characters Adrian comes across). I love how the Zombies remain a focus even later in the series. In many of the series I've mentioned, the story often grows too large too fast, and the the day-to-day survival aspects get missed out in favour of more large scale social and economic challenges. I like the detailed accounts of the more mundane aspects of Adrian's survival, and I think the balance of detail and momentum is very well done. I would recommend this series to any zombie fan looking for an enjoyable read.

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    Adrienne 10-08-14
    Adrienne 10-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hesitate No Longer!"

    If you're looking for a good zombie series to start, you've found it! Just click "Add to cart".

    I have to thank Audible for adding this book and starting me on this series and author. I got so hooked that I ended up reading the books they didn't have on Audible yet, and I'll end up getting the audios as they come out.

    Adrian's character is developed so thoroughly in these books, he becomes like a close friend. He's flawed, strong, foolish, smart, and can laugh at himself. And who can say no to a guy who loves his cat? The first person POV gives the story an intimate feeling, but I also love the "shorts" where we get to see Adrian through other people's eyes, since their view of him is so much different from his own.

    Following his accomplishments in planning/securing the campus and surroundings is really satisfying. I'm interested to see how this series wraps up. It's really tough to put any of these books down, because I HAVE to know what happens next!

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    Amazon Customer 12-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Book One AUD - You will be hooked!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Recollections to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The reader knock it out of the ballpark.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole premise, but most of all the characters especially Adrian. I read this book first and loved it so much I bought the audible. Yes it's worth reading TWICE!


    Have you listened to any of James Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't except for his reading of this series so far. But I wouldn't hesitate to buy any audible book he narrates.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every single chapter - I am hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy anything from this author. He never disappoints!

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    Jim 11-23-14
    Jim 11-23-14
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    "Very fun series!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Recollections the most enjoyable?

    I found the story "In General" very pleasent with some of the mix humor, gore,and actions of the people in the story. I found myself invested in the characters and had a good feel of the real emotional reactions to the events in their lives.
    The main character ( Adrian ) is a typical dude of guys and having exmilitary,ex club bouncer , and a big size intimitdating guy with fighting skills. With all that I described the most important thing about ( Adrian ) is that he turns out to be a down to earth nice guy ,as you learn to know him over the time you listen about his thoughts as he goes day to day in his journal entries. The books only faults is that it goes side track with other non important characters lives and gives a account of how they dealt with the moment the SHTF as the zombies arrose. This made me want to skip forward on the story track to my main guy (Adrian) journal accounts as I knew this is the meat and potatoes of the story.
    You will not be dissapointed to drop a credit on this one as this Zombie storyline is fun and has a good flow with the narrator.


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    damien cost 10-08-14
    damien cost 10-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Worth the time for the series"
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    This is a strong series. The story, narrator production value everything is solid. No over the top action. No macho BS. Just solid character and great narration across the series. The only down sound so far is that Adrien is a cat person. We all know that cats are the gate keepers of hell. Other than that good series, strong story telling and he can,t write female characters with out turning them into charactures. "Go team Vagina"!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 09-24-14
    Dave 09-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Zombie buffs take on the Zpocalypse"
    Would you listen to Dark Recollections again? Why?

    I absolutely would and will. The pace is strong, it keeps moving, but isn't rushed. The story develops well and the character is great. He isn't what I would call traditionally "likable" but he is ABSOLUTELY the guy you'd want to be with during the zpocalypse.


    What other book might you compare Dark Recollections to and why?

    It reminds me of The Walking Dead comic more than other fiction I've read. The book does a good job of keeping you mindful of zombies, but it is focused on the human struggle. What is different is that there is one character (so far) and you get really into his head.


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

    I've said this in other reviews...the less I notice the narrator, the better. However, in a very positive way I did notice James expression of the characters sarcasm and confidence. I appreciated how he really got into the character.


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

    I would have. I listen during my commute though and burned through it quite quickly, finding a few extra errands to run during the week.


    Any additional comments?

    If I have any critique of the book, it is that it ends oddly. The author answered my question (on Twitter..which was cool) that it is written as a blog and was meant to be read in one sitting. I understand the literary choice, it makes sense...still not sure I like it. :)
    I will absolutely be reading the whole series though, I'm invested in this character now.

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    Christopher Sieg Houston, Texas 09-06-14
    Christopher Sieg Houston, Texas 09-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Current FAVE among Zombie Series Novels!!!"
    Would you listen to Dark Recollections again? Why?

    Definitely!! It's AWESOME!!


    Which character – as performed by James Foster – was your favorite?

    Adrian Ring, NO DOUBT!!


    Any additional comments?

    This series is FANTASTIC, just wish it was all available for listening on audible RIGHT NOW... As of this review only the first 2 in the series are available, but I grabbed them quick, and can't wait for more to follow!!! Amazon has the novels in print/Kindle versions now - if ya just can't wait!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 04-28-15
    Teresa 04-28-15

    Vibrant Lifeforce / Sixth Dimension Audiobook Reviews

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    "I LOVE THIS BOOK!"

    Okay, so this story has turned me into a zombie convert. I've always been on the fence about zombies until now. And I'm glad circumstances had it where I had somehow overlooked this book. I had three books with very similar covers and had thought I'd already listened to it. Now I know if I had, I'd never forget it. There is no downside to this but if there has to be one, it's that I'm now hooked and want to listen to the rest in the series. Nothing regarding zombies has ever felt real or believable until I listened to "Adrian's Undead Diary." It's like no other. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

    The way in which this story is told is entirely believable. It's mostly told through journal entries and he's even titled it Mr. Journal. And he has a cat named Otis. I'm already looking into book two. His journal is written similar to a ship's logbook containing information about his routine, significant incidents, and day-to-day activities which makes it fully attention holding. This gives it that added extra that makes it more than just about zombies. It's also about him. And he's a pretty interesting and intense guy. He's also very likeable and someone you'd want to be stranded with if there was a zombacalypse.

    That being said, this story is the bomb. If someone is reading this and hasn't listened to the book yet, I would highly recommend you do so immediately. You'll love it. I couldn't turn it off. Excellent audiobook.

    James Foster is an amazing narrator. I love his style. He sounds like he's reading from his own journal. It was like he was sitting next to me telling the story. I'm so glad to see that he's reading the whole series. That makes me look forward to it even more. He's a natural adding a realistic touch that makes the story a remarkable listen.

    AUDIOBOOK GIFTED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "fun and entertaining"

    I loved the cheeky banter in the writing, I can see myself really loving this guy

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  • M. Paddon
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    "Good, but also a little hollow."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I'd get rid of the third-person interludes. Everything about this book says it is the journal of a man in a zombie apocalypse. So I found it a little grating having stories that vaguely connect to him, but that he has no knowledge of. Mark Tufo did the same in his zombie books - I'm guessing when he realised the limitations of a journal told story - but he did it after a book or two.

    In short I'm not a fan of it as it breaks me from who is telling the tale.


    If you’ve listened to books by Chris Philbrook before, how does this one compare?

    No, this was the first of his I've listen too, but if it is a first work of his then it is a promising start for sure.


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

    Don't think so, but I listen to a lot of books. Certainly he is a good narrator though.


    Do you think Dark Recollections needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Needs one? It has a few so this is kind of pointless as a question.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is pretty good. I liked it for the humour and some of the scenes were very good.

    What I marked it down for was this. The emotional and character connection wasn't there. This maybe due to lack of character interactions, but is also due to the book really not telling us much about the main character.

    Which leads on the things we do know about him, and that a lot of them make you not like him that much. He is also massively inconsistent in behaviour. He apparently adores his girlfriend, but at the start he doesn't go to where she is likely to be, and has no good reason for this. He goes straight to his mothers house right away to save her, and then when he finds her as a zombie he shoots her with less emotion than killing a cockroach.

    He randomly gives out food to a family that are hungry and saves people trapped by zombies, but then later - and right after declaring he is going to help more people and try and get more people at his location - sends a seventeen-year-old girl out unarmed into a world she has no idea what she will be facing. Might as well just shoot her in the face.

    Also, some of the scenes were written for drama but not that likely. The locked classroom of kids springs to mind. If you read it, ask yourself if you can see someone with military training get caught so flat-footed, given that he had to know exactly what would happen. Heck, it is more likely he strips the weapons off the guy when he first meets him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen Brown
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    "At last a true zombie story"

    I love this story Narrated is so funny the way he talks I could listen to him all night finally someone Who knows zombies don't make a noise they are slow endless in the pursuit this is not a gory zombie story but it is well written The way he goes into each person story. I have got all four stories I hope there is more to come

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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