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
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.
*AA meeting style:* Hi my name is Jamie and I have a crush on Adrian. Thank you.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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
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.
Yes. The reader knock it out of the ballpark.
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!
I haven't except for his reading of this series so far. But I wouldn't hesitate to buy any audible book he narrates.
Every single chapter - I am hooked.
Buy anything from this author. He never disappoints!
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.
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"!
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Let start by saying if you are Reading this then you are probably a zombie book reader. Therefore you may have read some zombie books. Zombie Johndra is tossed up with some military some good old folk and a mix of others. This book tends to be A refreshing change from all that. The diary style is a nice break from the general story style that most use. You will like this style I promise it's a very good story. I can't wait to start the next in the series!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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I've heard great things about this series, and plan on continuing to follow it.
The main character, Adrian, is your basic bad ass that doesn't really care for others. I can't say that I like the character yet, given his lack of compassion from the onset of the zombie apocalypse. That doesn't mean his story is bad, though. Adrian is who he is. Now, one issue I did have with his "character" was how he dealt with death. I know the author was playing on the fact that he was a combat veteran from Iraq, and because of this was somewhat immune to effects of watching people die or killing people himself, but I didn't think it was portrayed as most people would be. Of course, if that is how Adrian is, he was probably numb to that kind of stuff before he went to war. This is just coming from my own military and combat experience.
The first installment is a little disappointing as far as story goes. I can feel there is one growing, but as far as book 1, most of it is rinse and repeat of clearing buildings and houses and gathering supplies. There was no grand fight or epic scene that grabbed me. The ending was abrupt. There was no climax or cliff hanger. I would like to have seen one or the other.
I am a big fan of the diary format when it comes to zombie stories. However, I got lost a little in this one. The time jumps can be a little confusing, going back and forth. I think some of that is because it is an audio book and I'm not keeping track of the dates as much as if I was reading it. I also have to say jumping to third person in a diary formatted book is something I'm not a fan of, but the author does it well. Usually, it distracts from the main story/character too much, but since each side 3rd person story had to do with an event Adrian had went through, it fit pretty well.
All and all, I had to give the story 3 stars because, unfortunately, there wasn't much of one. Unless, of course, you consider his day to day survival the story, in which case I could have given it 4 stars. But even in my zombie books, I like to see a little more plot than just getting by day to day.
That being said, the survival part of the story was good and the description of the initial outbreak both from Adrian's and other's point of view was really good. I just wish there was a event towards the end.
After reading reviews for book 2, I will definitely follow this series for now. Hopefully more of a story plays out in the next installment, but either way, the "story" of surviving the apocalypse is great!
"Massively exceeded my expectations"
I expected a fairly shallow story about an action hero surviving a zombie apocalypse but that falls so far short of what this series delivers. Firstly the lead character is one of the most likeable characters that have ever found their way onto a page - you will love that guy.
The only book I can think of that comes close is The Stand by Steven King. Change "Captain Trips" to "The Undead" and you get the idea.
He's a new narrator to me but I find myself not wanting to listen to anything else he's done - I want to keep him as the voice of Adrian. Don't get me wrong - he is EXCELLENT in his narration but I just feel like I'd be being unfaithful now if I listened to him voice another character.
That is a difficult question Mr Journal. It would probably have the F word in it.
It's something special, this isn't a book about zombies - this is a book about humans. I gave this five stars in all three categories - I don't do that often.
"fun and entertaining"
I loved the cheeky banter in the writing, I can see myself really loving this guy
"Good, but also a little hollow."
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.
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.
Don't think so, but I listen to a lot of books. Certainly he is a good narrator though.
Needs one? It has a few so this is kind of pointless as a question.
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.
"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
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