Life for Riley ends when her young children die in her arms…victims of a global viral outbreak that claims the lives of everyone she’s ever known. Left to fend for herself with only a dog as her companion, she sets out on a journey to find others, leaving notes everywhere she goes…hoping that one day someone will come looking for her. When Riley meets the handsome yet mysterious Connor on the streets of Downtown San Diego, they form a bond unlike either has experienced before. When the things that go bump in the night turn out to be more than nightmares, the trio sets off for the mountains in search of an isolated resort where they can hunker down, away from the ominous shadows of the dead city streets. The peace and tranquility of the woods isn’t enough to keep the darkness away for long though and soon Riley and Connor are forced to accept that the World and the few people left alive in it will never be the same. The shadows of their past may haunt them forever…threatening to destroy what little dreams they have left of a future unless they fight to stay in the light and never lose their hope.
©2012 Trish Marie Dawson (P)2014 Trish Marie Dawson
YES! This story starts out catching your interest and maintains it throughout. There were even times where relating to the characters touched so close to home I had to stop and remind myself that it was just a story.
Conner. He's the kind hearted man that has both a loving side but the strong and protective nature to be a leading man.
She did a good job, but sounded a bit green in the beginning. By half way into the story she seemed to really come into her own with the reading and brought out the story that much more.
As a parent, when Riley explained how she was holding on to her little ones as they died, that weighed a bit too hard on the heart. It only goes to show how descriptive she can be.
This story is definitely worth the listen.
Retired evidently sounds better than disabled.. It's a knee thing. Bone on bone, baby. Not a good candidate for surgery (health issues)..
Not a fair question, as most of the books I find are great books. I tend to return the bowzers (not up to my par) books. I will return for a re-listen again.
I was happy when she and the dog were gotten out of the water.
She did well on the voices, which makes it more interesting than someone who just reads the book. Voice changes make the book come alive.
I didn't laugh or cry, although there were great highs and lows in the book. The opening was when you realize she has just had the children and paramour bodies burned, then to find her mother dead as well.
I would recommend this book for more mature readers/listeners due to the deaths and the virus that has taken out most of the world population. Not a good read for younger readers.
Absolutely!! Loved listening to this book, I had read it but listening added so much , it reminded me even more why I enjoyed this book!'
I loved Riley! She has to overcome so much heart break and tragedy. She's a strong heroine but also sensitive and resilient!
Erin helped me put more of a personality and face to the character , she added a whole new view to the main character.
Surving the apocalypse and finding love
Trish Dawson did such an amazing job with this series!! The world building and character development was so spot on, she brings her characters emotions and the journey they endure to the forefront with exemplary writing and story telling. It was a believable story of love and survival. I loved listening to their story and the things they had to face, how they made it through them and the development of Riley and Connor's love story. Can't wait to listen to book 2!
Yes. It was a great book and I love the characters. It took me a little while to get into it, but it was more because it was my first audiobook and I was easily distracted. So I found myself having to rewind a lot at the beginning.
It isn't my normal type of book that I read so I don't really have anything to compare it to. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE stepping out of my comfort zone and reading new types of books and this was a GREAT one to do it with!
I didn't really know what to expect since this was my first audiobook and I had a hard time just listening to it let alone different characters. It took me most of the book to really accept her so I don't really have a favorite, I would of been fine with her just reading the book without the voices.
Angry, sad, happy. All sorts of reactions. Was an emotional rollercoaster for me because I get really attached to characters in books I read.
I thought it was an excellent book and highly recommend it! I did find it harder to find time to listen to a book rather than reading it. Has nothing to do with the book at all, I can just tune things out a lot better if I have the book in front of me reading. Listening to it, I was able to do other things, therefore making it harder to concentrate and focus on just the book.
I'm a sucker for a somewhat happy ending. I'm not really into the whole zombie-type stuff, but when I realized they were more ghosts than actual living zombie-like beings, I was able to get back into the storyline. I liked that the characters in the story didn't give up. They picked up the pieces and kept going, trying to make the best of a horrible situation. I like a book that makes me think about it after reading it, not just reading the last lines of "The End" and having it be done. It makes you think: what would I do if there was an epidemic of some kind, where would we go, who would we turn to.
There were a few times in the book that brought me to tears. As a mom, the thought of losing even one of my kids is overwhelmingly petrifying. So that part of the story was hard to stomach.
I'm glad I finally got the audio version. When I tried to read the book and got to the sad parts, it was too easy to walk away. The audio version made it more bearable to keep listening. I'm glad I did. It was worth the time to finally finish the book, and now I'm going to read book 2.
Absolutely! Hearing the heartbreak in Rileys voice is just agonizing. Then hearing the rest of the cast come to life. Hearing the sturggles played out. Amazing
Hope is never lost. Its an amazing tale of Love and Hope
I cant pick just one. I can tell you when Riley leaves her house for the last time. Was the worst.
Balled like a baby!
I highly recommend anything and everything written by Trish Marie Dawson
I had previously read the print version and loved that. My experience with audiobooks has been poor so I wasn't holding out high hopes for this one. It took a bit to adjust to, my inner voice sounded a bit different than the narrator did, but after a couple of chapters, I was pulled into the audio version 100%. I really enjoyed it and might even give audiobooks in general another try.
I have not heard her before but I very much enjoyed this performance. Other narrators that I have heard in the past tend to drone on with little to no emotion in the reading, leaving me bored and disconnected. I did not have that experience here with Erin Spencer. I felt drawn into the story and really felt it was her story to tell. Well done.
There were scenes in this book that broke my heart. Being a mother I can not imagine what it would have been like for the main character to have to live through what she has. Every scene is well written. The reader feels every emotion that the characters feel. It was wonderful.
From page 1 I loved this book. Riley is a strong character that you can't help but like and relate to. I actually felt horrible for her. Even as she lay in bed ready to give up, I really couldn't blame her. Most people probably would have done the same. It's really only her sense of duty to her mother that pulls her up and gets her moving. She makes some choices that aren't perfect, but hey, she's despondent and in shock, few of us would be thinking any clearer. As Riley travels, she meets several other characters. Some of them are friendly, some have more sinister intentions. But they are all interesting and have purpose. Even the dog. The dog is very important, as they usually are. :-)This is the first book in a series but it stands alone well. There are some loose ends but those will just drag you back for Book #2 which I promise, is also a great read! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys post-catastrophe stories or stories of strong women with a heart.
The story was brilliant and well edited. The narrator really brought the characters to life.
How strong Riley was with everything she had to go through.
The voice of each character was very distinct and original. She did an amazing job of putting me on the scene with each of the characters. Well done!
Fight to stay in the light and never lose hope.
I am simply blown away by the originality of this story. Trish Marie Dawson is now one of my favorite authors. Awesome job! Well done! Grabbing book two now!
I had high hopes for this book, since I love post-apocalyptic fiction. But this was just mediocre at best. It was pretty dull for most of the book. Riley starts out as a likeable character, but as the book progresses she just keeps doing really dumb things that make you shake your head in frustration. It boggled my mind that there was so much sex and sexual attraction. It's the end of the world, and everyone is dead of a virus, and yet much of the book reads like two horny teenagers who haven't gotten laid in years. Riley kisses several guys, and in the end, you end up hating her for her stupid decisions. I'm sorry to be so harsh because the book was very well-written as far as style and dialog go, but the plot was just ho-hum. I bought the second book at the same time as the first based on recommendations, so I'll give it a listen just to see if things get any better. I wasn't fond of the whole ghost/zombie storyline, either. I would've liked to have more specifics about the virus and the events leading up to it, rather than bloody ghosts with outstretched arms. It just added to the juvenile tone of the novel. The narrator was a good one.
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Perhaps a 14-year-old girl.
The main character loses everything--including a husband--but within a short time is thinking how hot every guy is. Started out as apocalyptic story but quickly turned into tween soap opera. Who to sleep with? Does he like me? Etc. Stuff and nonsense.
The narrator does a fine job with the material given.
All of them. None were worth spending time with.
The characters have very few problems finding everything they need to survive after the end of the world (so to speak). A few more conflicts would have been necessary to make it at all believeable.
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