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The First Days Audiobook

The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Rhiannon Frater's As the World Dies trilogy is an Internet sensation. The first two books, The First Days and Fighting to Survive, have won the Dead Letter Award for Best Novel from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner. And AmericanHorrorBlog calls Rhiannon Frater "a writer to watch".

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground. They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.

Fast-paced and exciting, filled with characters who grab your heart, The First Days: As the World Dies is the beginning of a frightening trilogy.

©2008, 2011 Rhiannon Frater (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the few zombie novels fueled by the power of feminine protagonists in an apocalyptic world gone wrong." (Harrisburg Book Examiner)

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    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 11-14-11
    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 11-14-11 Member Since 2004

    I'm a cheerleader for authors, narrators and audiobooks I love! All things Romance, Horror and Sci Fi

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    "Amazing"

    What a fantastic story, it held my attention from the beginning. Such complex characters, and totally believable. I'm downloading the next installment right now! What are you waiting for?

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen B 05-12-14
    Gretchen B 05-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Redundant much?"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Rhiannon Frater again?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    There should be a drinking game for every time the words 'fingers,' 'truck,' or 'lesbian,' appear in this book. The vocabulary leaves much to be desired.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany GONZALES, LA, United States 02-25-14
    Tiffany GONZALES, LA, United States 02-25-14
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    "cliché"

    This book quickly devolves into a typical romance novel fairly quickly. I don't understand the point in making Katie bisexual if all she's going to do is fall for a guy (a rather dull one at that) anyway. This book was just awful. The author needs to expand her vocabulary. "loco loco loco"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Rodeo, CA, United States 01-19-14
    Adam Rodeo, CA, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "My life is to short to finish this audiobook."

    This audio-book started off so strong, the first few hours were great zombie fiction. A bit formulaic but a story well told and well narrated. Then it crashes into a badly written harlequin romance. We're talking about two women, both widowed and 72 hours into the zombie apocalypse who start competing for the favor of a guy. The level of "shark jumping here" is epic. I can envision the author with the novel 1/2 way done showing it to a friend and saying:

    "What do you think?"

    "Needs Romance...."

    "But I don't know how to write romance, and it would make no sense in context..."

    "JUST DO IT!"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 05-19-13
    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 05-19-13

    "evil wins when good men do nothing "quote

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    "couldnt stand it!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Prehaps a little less feelings while zombies are banging at the doors, a little less annoying
    thought processes.whining


    Has The First Days turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No love the zombie gene but not this book


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it simple with the relatioships, basic boy meets girl.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ozark, Arkansas 07-13-12
    Jennifer Ozark, Arkansas 07-13-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a graphic designer by trade and a Film student by choice! I am always looking for a good story!

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    "I fell in love with the end of the world!"
    Where does The First Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best series of books that I have gotten from Audible so far! I find myself listening to the story over and over again!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Days?

    There are so many memorable moments in this series! I found myself on the edge of my seat over and over again! My favorite moment in this book comes with the intro of Nerit- the aging female Israeli sniper. I so want to have her cool factor!


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Cassandra’s characterizations are all top notch! However Katie, Jenny and Nerit are her best


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

    This book had me on the edge of my seat and I could not stop listening to it. I would find myself tensing then relaxing again only to hold my breath a moment later!


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest reading (As the world dies: Untold stories book 1) before moving on to book 2. Rhiannon is an excellent writer that has rich character development! Her books are about the people in a situation, instead of A situation with people thrown in. I have become an avid fan of hers and this is where it all started!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 06-14-12
    Dan 06-14-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "Can't wait for the Movie!"
    If you could sum up The First Days in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, Real, smooth


    What other book might you compare The First Days to and why?

    I think many zombie Genre Books compare to each other so maybe here I will say where I feel it Differs. Where many Zombie books deal with zombies,Death,chewing,tearing,ripping etc.. this story will also tell you stories inside of stories which will smoothly lead you into stories which all get tied up into a Zombie Tearing and chewing Story.. YA FEeL Me!


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Believe it or not Jenny! Probably first Female Character I've been down with! Most end up being the bimbo sexpots who after they are sexed out nobody minds they get eaten (by zombies). Well not here, No Sir!! This young lady is Bad Ass, Kick Ass, Fiercly Loyal & protective of her friends/Family.. And I picture her being very Hott! I actually imagine her looking very much like the author of the book!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tag Line..?. I don't get it... If I'm guessing at your meaning correctly I'd have to say
    "Trow Em Ova Dat Dere Wall, Make it Known Ya Best Nots Mess wit Texas"


    Any additional comments?

    The Little Fingers at the very start of the book.. Uuggghh unless your not human it tugs at you! Hard for any parent to imagine!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AJ Oakdale, MN, United States 11-17-11
    AJ Oakdale, MN, United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Addition to the Zombie Genre"

    I am a big fan of the booming Zombie genre and this was a good story. As the genre grows it seems there is a risk of doing the same thing over and over. This story seems to take a uniquely strong look at the emotion involved in witnessing the people you care about being transformed into the living dead. I am looking forward to what Frater has to offer in future installments.

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    Anandasubramanian 02-20-12 Member Since 2009

    Love excellent narrators like Ray Porter. Love the Joe Ledger series.

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    "*The * Worst * Narration: EVER"

    Some novels are narrated by people who are gifted natural story tellers.

    Like the ones for James herriot. Others are the worst kind: like the wheezing one for Stalingrad by Antony Beevor. The Books on Tape version of the same book was brilliantly narrated by another person.

    Am going to ask Audible to refund he credit and take back this audio book.

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    lfelch Pennsylvania, USA 08-29-16
    lfelch Pennsylvania, USA 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great characters, with real emotions & situations"
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    Much more depth and a more interesting story than most apocalyptic/zombie stories. Real emotions. Real characters. A stand out in the genre!

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