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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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    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 09-28-14
    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2011

    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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    "Needs to be more engaging"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 09-30-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "A man who is more mystery than anything else"

    The audiobook intro, you know the part that says “…presents Adrian’s Undead…” made me fear that I was in for a home made tinny hollow sounding narration. Thank God that changed as soon as the real book started.

    Dark Recollections is the diary of an everyman named Adrian. A man who is more mystery than anything else and more is revealed throughout the story little by little adding to his interesting character. Told in the journal style that I expected and was happy to hear that it worked very well. This is something, in my mind, that would be difficult to pull off. The author has to remember that it isn’t straight action and what not as many people would leave certain thing like that out of their diary and Philbrook remembered that.

    Adrian is alone through most of the story, except for his pal Mr. Journal. Reconstructing the tasks and events that take place for him to build a secure hideout. The day to day work of clearing infected and gathering supplies.

    There were a few side stories that veered away from Adrian’s point of view and they were welcomed by me. They added more depth the outbreak epidemic.

    While it was slow paced, there are so many different direction the story could go. I want to listen to more and more of Adrian’s adventures and cannot wait for book 2 to come my way.

    I wasn’t sure, right away, if I was going to like James Foster’s performance or not. Mostly because of the opening few words that I mentioned above. But the more I listen the more I was mesmerized.

    Foster sounds like a regular guy, not a news caster or movie preview guy, not polished. Just real and raw storytelling. Good characterizations, great ability to emphasize humor and terror. I will be looking for more from him.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Terre Haute, IN, United States 09-27-14
    Amazon Customer Terre Haute, IN, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm an avid reader/listener, a disabled Navy veteran, an MBA student at University of Phoenix, and a wife & mother of 4 children.

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    "Great!"

    This turned out to be a great story! The narrator, James Foster is very good and has a way of breathing life into the characters. The story itself is very interesting and well written. My only complaint is that the book didn't seem long enough...I could have listened to Adrian's diary entries for a few more hours at least! Thank Goodness there is a Volume 2...which I will be starting as soon as I finish writing this review! Nice work Mr. Philbrook & Mr. Foster!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Concord, NH, United States 09-24-14
    Dave Concord, NH, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2011
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Carmichael, CA, United States 09-18-14
    Andrea Carmichael, CA, United States 09-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "In My Top 5 Favorite Zombie books!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Recollections the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the humor the most. The journal format is great because there is a lot that we can assume happens and if we need to know anything it will come up in Adrian's future journal entries. This does not create holes in the story line. You get the present with back stories and it all makes sense.


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

    Zombie Fallout - because of the Journal format and Humor and Day By Day Armageddon - because of the Journal Format


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

    Adrian is my favorite.


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

    I felt it was serious but very funny at the same time. How does that make sense? lol


    Any additional comments?

    I cant wait for new characters! Adrian is so lonely!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Sieg Houston, Texas 09-06-14
    Christopher Sieg Houston, Texas 09-06-14 Member Since 2010
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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!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kellan 07-20-14
    Kellan 07-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Simply Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Recollections to be better than the print version?

    Well this completely depends on the person. I like audio books because I can listen while I work.


    What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

    Plays into the part perfectly. There are some narrators who cannot read the part of a zombie novel, but James Foster does his job stunningly.


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

    When listening to a Zombie novel, what most of us are looking is 50% story line, and 50% apocalypse violence. A character that is to emotional ruins a zombie story, and a story that has no plot is not a story at all. This book sated both of those thirsts. The novel also has a wit to it that will either make you cringe, or chuckle with its dark mirth.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Gideon Springtown, TX 07-02-14
    Steve Gideon Springtown, TX 07-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A fresh take on the 1st person perspective"
    Where does Dark Recollections rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dark Recollections is right at the top of my Audiobook collection.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Recollections?

    I enjoyed as the story broke off to deepen character stories. More specifically, I enjoyed the Phil section. The backstory from the perspective of the gun counter employee and how "that day" played out for him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene surrounding how the day unfolded at Moore's was rather compelling.


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

    As a father of a young boy, I was definately moved when the family ran into Adrian during one of his runs at the gas station. How the events played out really dove into what it may look like for a family trying to protect its own under such stressful conditions.


    Any additional comments?

    The author not only cares about his product, but is highly involved with his fans. He knows many of them by name and has created relationships with them. I, have never experienced that before and know that it will make me a fan for life. #RingFamily

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    billy ALTOONA, PA, United States 08-31-14
    billy ALTOONA, PA, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book, similar to DBDA series."

    I really liked this book, it was written in journal format which makes it feel more personal I guess. Either way I do enjoy listening to this style. My only complaint is it really isn't a complete boot, it just stops and then the story picks up in the second installment. That's not the end of the world because right now the second book is available so I just finished that as well and no suprise it just ended mid plot line as well, and the 3rd book is not currently available. My advice would be to wait until all 3 are available.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thia 08-16-14
    Thia 08-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great zombie apocalypse addition!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Recollections to be better than the print version?

    Yes, narrator was very solid.


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

    The other authors I like are Tufo, DJ Molles, and JL Bourne. If you like those I can't imagine you hating this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. Well written, good characters, and interesting twists and turns. It also deviates from the main character to tell side stories of other survivors' first days that are tangentially related to the main character. The basic story is regular guy with a little military experience (not Rambo but not a goofball either) writing a journal about the end of the world by zombie apocalypse. It isn't really journal style though because it uses the journal as a touchstone without making entries so abbreviated it's boring. The main character is lonely and writing to the journal as stress relief and addresses it as a character of it's own. It is mostly a first days story with a few side tales and flashbacks. This is the first of a series. Definitely in my top 10% for the zombie genre although I think non or new zombie fans would enjoy this one as well.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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