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Roads Less Traveled: The Plan | [C. Dulaney]

Roads Less Traveled: The Plan

Ask yourself this: If the dead rise tomorrow, are you ready? Do you have a plan? The dead rose, and the living quickly realized that Hollywood-style tactics were the quickest way to find yourself one of the walking dead. Kasey, a strong-willed loner from West Virginia, and Ben, a college student from Pennsylvania, have shared an unlikely friendship over the years. And their bond is stretched to its limits when society collapses under a tide of zombies. But Kasey has something she likes to call The Zombie Plan.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Elisabeth Rodgers delivers a thrilling performance of The Plan, the first book in C. Dulaney’s Roads Less Traveled series. When the zombie apocalypse hits without warning, the long-time friendship between Kasey and Ben is put to the test. Loner Kasey chooses to turn her home in the mountains into a stronghold, while Ben decides to leave for West Virginia with a group of friends. Too bad the undead have a pesky way of foiling even the best-laid plans.

Publisher's Summary

Ask yourself this: If the dead rise tomorrow, are you ready? Do you have a plan? The dead rose, and the living quickly realized that Hollywood-style tactics were the quickest way to find yourself one of the walking dead.

Kasey, a strong-willed loner from West Virginia, and Ben, a college student from Pennsylvania, have shared an unlikely friendship over the years. And their bond is stretched to its limits when society collapses under a tide of zombies. But Kasey has something she likes to call The Zombie Plan. While Ben sets out for West Virginia, taking with him a ragtag group of friends, Kasey prepares for their long-term stand against the deadheads at her home in the mountains.

But every plan has its weaknesses, and the youths are unaware that a freight train of tragedy is bearing down on them all. In the darkness that follows, Kasey's Plan slowly unravels: friends lost, family taken, their stronghold reduced to ashes.

©2011 C. Dulaney (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Dulaney didn't reinvent the wheel, but goddamn if she didn't send it spinning down interesting paths. I'm invested now... what's going to happen next?" (Thom Brannan, author of Lords of Night, co-author of Survivors)

"If you're addicted to zombie literature, this one's for you. C. Dulaney's Roads Less Traveled: The Plan is crafted with such beautiful and terrifying scenes, you'll think you are one of Kasey's friends, running from the dead and preparing to live in a dark new world. Her prose crackles off the pages and into the mind's eye. By the time you've finished reading, you'll be clamoring for more from this exciting new author!" (Clyde Wolfe, author of Down Darkened Paths)

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    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 12-20-11
    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 12-20-11 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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    "Perfect! Highly Recommended!"

    This was a great listen! It's on my top zombie books list along with the likes of Day by Day.

    The narration was just wonderful, one of the best I've heard. Real pleasure to listen to her read to me.

    Sensible characters handling situations in a sensible way which I could relate to. But I can't figure out why Keri is such a b*tch.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, Canada 02-02-14
    Barbara NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, Canada 02-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable Zombies"

    I enjoyed this Zombie story, not the best I ever heard. But it falls into the entertaining category and I will continue with the series.

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    Mike Naka VA 06-16-13
    Mike Naka VA 06-16-13 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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    "pretty good opening zombie apocylapse book"
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    this is the 1st zombie story that i've read or listened to where the main characters have a "zombie plan" in place when the zombie apocylapse happens. so when the dead start eating the living, they already know what to do.

    kc and ben have been friends for 6 years; however, they've actually never meet in person. they met on the internet and over time, hashed out a "zombie plan." as the story begins, ben is in college in western pennsylvania. from his dorm window, he witnesses zombies attacking and eating people in the parking lot. in west va, kc is at work and sees something strange- someone shuffling through the hall seemingly carrying someone on their back. upon closer inspection, she sees that one of them is biting and trying to eat the other. kc realizes this is what she and ben have been planning for- the walking dead.

    ben reaches kc by phone, and she instructs him that he needs to get to her house asap. ben tells her, he's waiting for his friend, jake, to get to his dorm room before heading her way. jake is a long-time friend of ben's and as such shares ben's and kc's belief of having a "zombie plan." the problem is jake is stuck in the chem lab with a few other students.

    the first part of the story revolves around ben's escape from the campus and his journey to kc's house. this part of the story is told from 2 sides- ben's side and kc's side. while ben, jake, and a few other students flee the campus and journey to west va, kc is alone, making preparations and scoping out what's going on in her area. ben and kc are the main characters, but there are other characters. ben's friend, jake, and the other college kids with them- zack, trisha, and michael. kc's best friend, mia, is stuck in her home, and she and kc have a heart-wrenching phone call. i liked the secondary characters, but i found jake annoying.

    this brings me to narration. maybe that's why i felt so annoyed with jake's character. he does a lot of yelling, yelling at other people. sorry ladies! i don't really like female narrators b/c they can't do men's voices well. yes, i've listened to bad men narrators whose female characters sounded like they have adam's apples, but i prefer men doing women over women doing men. maybe b/c most of the audiobooks i've listened to have been read by men. see...i'm not sexist! lol anyway, the narrator does do women well.

    the second part of the story revolves around the group eking out a living at kc's house. kc's a loner and isn't entirely comfortable around people. so having a bunch of college kids living under her roof is something she has to learn to deal with. the second half of the story is your typical zombie story- once you have a safe house, fortify it, the area around it, and venture into the closest city.

    a nice wrench is thrown into this part of the story, and i was kind of shocked by one of the repercussions.

    there is zombie action in both parts of the story. in the 2nd part of the story, the author effectively uses the power of a zombie hoard, which is an aspect of the genre i always look for.

    overall, the road less traveled is an ok opening zombie story. but i must tell you that i have just finished the 2nd book in this series, and it was excellent. i'm submitting a review of that one too. if you're a fan of zombie series, i would tell you to listen to the 1st book so that you can really enjoy the 2nd book. the 3rd book comes out later this month - 6/25/13. i'm going to listen to it as soon as it comes out. so if you're hesitant to start a new series, please come back later this month for my review of the 3rd book. i'm really looking forward to it! yes, the 2nd book was that much better!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Johannes Malmoe, Sweden 12-27-13
    Johannes Malmoe, Sweden 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Quality Zombie series!"
    Would you listen to Roads Less Traveled: The Plan again? Why?

    Yes!
    The first time I found it somewhat hard to really relate to the characters, probably because the 'personal information' on the characters is something that gradually is revealed in pieces over the whole trilogy. This made me want to relisten, with this knowledge, right after I finished book three.


    What other book might you compare Roads Less Traveled: The Plan to and why?

    I would say 'As the World Dies Trilogy' by Rhiannon
    Frater and the 'No Easy Hope Trilogy' by James Cook.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't have one. This is a great story from beginning to end.


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

    Pretty much.


    Any additional comments?

    You might not be hooked right away, but stay with it and you'll get not just one but three great books that you'll probably will listen to more than one time!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Manly, Australia 08-23-13
    Mary Manly, Australia 08-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Characters I liked. A fast paced believable, story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was enjoyable and interesting, Showed that the best laid plans...ect. I felt the characters were people I'd like to meet, and I cared what happened to them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roads Less Traveled: The Plan?

    (Spoiler alert) Jakes death hit me hard and I didn't see it coming.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    Casey. I can see her clearly in my mind,


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

    I both laughed and cried...that's the best kind of reaction I think.


    Any additional comments?

    I just hope the next one isn.t too far away. I want to know what happens next.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Windsor, CO, United States 06-16-13
    Sarah Windsor, CO, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great Listen"
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    I was worried when the story began with the main character having a "Zombie" Plan which she had been preparing for for years, which seemed ridiculous. Luckily it quickly redeemed itself by not focusing on that, and kicking off the nonstop action. This was the first book I had read that did not bother pondering the why or how of the infection, it just went head long into how the characters react and try to survive. It was a refreshing change and a really good listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia A. Cross Cortland, NY, US 03-01-13
    Patricia A. Cross Cortland, NY, US 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Character depth in question"

    I liked this book. I like zombie stories because they usually dig deep into the mind of characters and show me things I want to know.
    That being said, the main character in this book has lots of missing pieces I would like to know. How did she get to where she lives... what is her connection with the distant friends. Why would they discuss zombie survival. Where is her feelings on lost love ones before the book starts. What was her life like before the zombies.
    It's like you came in 15 minutes after the movie started. From that point on, it worked much better. I liked the interactions of all characters and the story plot.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Sloan Harrison, AR 11-14-12
    Renee Sloan Harrison, AR 11-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good but not original"
    Where does Roads Less Traveled: The Plan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good zombie book. Good story line. Nothing really different than many other zombie books I've listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roads Less Traveled: The Plan?

    When Casey saves the day and singlehandedly rescues her friends from zombie annihilation.


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

    No, first time. I liked her voice with it's southern Virginia twang.


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

    I didn't cry although there were a few sad moments. I laughed a few times.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy L. Soura up state ny 10-14-12
    Trudy L. Soura up state ny 10-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "very good"

    Very good zombie book.Lookinfg forward to the next one. Good zombie story for all ages.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lola B. Riverside, CA 07-17-13
    Lola B. Riverside, CA 07-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Intense!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roads Less Traveled: The Plan?

    The most memorable moments was in the beginning when Kasey is saving her group from a swarm of 'dead heads' while blasting Metallica from her car stereo. Hard core zombie but kicking! Haha!


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    I have to say Kasey was my favorite character as far as narration. She had just enough country accent without it being annoying. I like how she tried to keep the accent authentic without being over the top.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It wasn't predictable like I thought it would be. There were definitely some surprises thrown in there. I cared about what happened to these people. I was able to put myself in the situations and ask myself what I would do. I could visualize what was happening which made my palms sweat more than once. I would have liked to know some more back story of the characters. I haven't listend to book two yet so hopefully some of my questions will be answered as far as that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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