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The First Days Audiobook
The First Days
Written by: 
Rhiannon Frater
Narrated by: 
Cassandra Campbell
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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    John Woodinville, WA, USA 01-07-15
    John Woodinville, WA, USA 01-07-15
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    "I hate to do this..."
    What disappointed you about The First Days?

    Everything...Voice the Narrator is portraying, Attitude, Presentation,

    The fact that the Characters, and the entire world perception of the events around her gives an heir of Competence terrifies me. The amount of things that run through my mind that COULD happen in many of these instances seem to not enter into this reality....Its kind of like when you know enough to recognize that life is a balance of factors such as Hesitation, Variation, and Unpredictability that Murphy's Law truly shines in ways you never thought possible, and this is by no means a Closed system because Murphy is an Itch..

    The descriptive writing of some aspects was spot on, but it doesn't have that practicality of a more fluid Sandbox of possibility I expect in Zombie Fiction.

    So I'm not so much criticizing Frater's writing outright,

    I've written about 30 pages of a Pseudo Zombie Fiction about a year ago, and its unlikely I'll ever finish it but I had fun and it was something Original, but I just don't have the energy to bring it to fruition, and there in I must give high praise to Rhiannon Frater.

    So seeing that Frater has continued on to write as many books as she has is a testament to her resolve... but I just don't enjoy being around this set of Characters because Socially they are the kind of people that frankly make me want to claw my eyes out, and I'm sure the feeling would be mutual.

    They just annoy me. *_*


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

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cassandra Campbell?

    I think the Narrator did her duty.


    What character would you cut from The First Days?

    Just about everyone of them because they annoyed the heck out of me. To give an example one character that didn't annoy me was Allison Hewitt, but seeing as Rhiannon Frater didn't write about Allison Hewitt sadly she need not apply. *_*


    Any additional comments?

    Seattle.... *_*

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 12-12-14
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Is this a zombie story or a sexual preference story?"

    The book started off interestingly enough. Continued rather well. And then when Katie and Jenny hooked up with other survivors it kind of went downhill. Suddenly these two women, who incidentally weren't really playing with a full deck emotionally, considering the circumstances they just endured, walk in like they're taking over. Should you decide to read the story, you will understand the reference to the sexual preference. One is heterosexual and the other appears to be bisexual, but everybody thinks she's a lesbian. She would prefer everyone to continue to think that for reasons you will discover. By the time I got to the end I felt like I had just listened to a chick flick.

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    Candise Baltimore, MD, United States 04-18-14
    Candise Baltimore, MD, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing lead women , and story"
    Where does The First Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A top 5 , really great series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It doesn't hold back, gives the point of view even if it hurts ur heart.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Yes she is really good , all the characters are different.


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

    Sometimes even when you live you feel like your dying.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 01-15-14
    Shannon 01-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Refreshing take on the zombie genre"
    Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

    Absolutely, and I plan on it. I loved that they didn't shy away from the fact there would be child zombies, lots of them. Most books/movies gloss over that fact. It makes for a more terrifying realistic view.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katie for sure, I related to her more. She was such a strong character, even in her vulnerable moments, she was never ashamed of she she was, and she loved unconditionally.


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

    This was the first time I have heard one of her narrations, but I def will again.


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

    The first chapter was heartbreaking and real and hooked me from the get go. I was completely invested and so glad I picked up this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a chance on this series, you wont be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kent 12-15-13
    Kent 12-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kind of a different approach"
    If you could sum up The First Days in three words, what would they be?

    Tough human emotions


    Would you recommend The First Days to your friends? Why or why not?

    yeah, it's a good look at a different side of human nature.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I believe that it did


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

    The intensity of the children's demise and how it affected the mother in the first portion of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that this book is a tough read (or listen) for a guy because it does focus a lot on the emotional state of the two women. With that said, it's tough to capture the human focus and this book seems to do it well. It's certainly not what I expect when I read a zombie novel, but I can't fault the author for writing from her imagination's point of view.
    I believe that most guys will want to see more zombie fighting, survival skills and action, however, it's also a good idea to see what simmers below the surface if you are forced to survive together without running all over the country.

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    George United States 12-09-13
    George United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not like the walking dead."

    The book begins when the zombies first take over. It's great to listen to, how people deal with the impossible of the dead rising. Some live some die. I like the the "thinking" humans actually improve their situation, instead of being in a constant state of running.

    Good book, from a female's point of view.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    russell Tampa, FL, United States 08-11-13
    russell Tampa, FL, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good on the verge of great"
    Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

    Probably would. It sets a pretty good pace in the opening.


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

    The description of the main character's family turning into Zombies and her infant son's fingers clawing at the door crack.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Great narration and worked well since the main characters are female


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

    no


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    Francoise 05-25-13
    Francoise 05-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "My first zombie book"
    What made the experience of listening to The First Days the most enjoyable?

    Good story which manages to keep up the zombie killing pace without overdoing it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thelma and Louise meets Linda Hamilton with lots of zombies


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tinker Bell of Death!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in this genre that got me past the first chapter.

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    ronda DALLAS, TX, United States 05-06-13
    ronda DALLAS, TX, United States 05-06-13
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    "love zombiie books"
    Where does The First Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I meet the author and she very nice told her i would buy book happy i did


    What did you like best about this story?

    Will let you know


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    Dustin ramona, CA, USA 09-05-12
    Dustin ramona, CA, USA 09-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "zzzzZZZzzzZZZZz"
    Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    cassandra did a good job at reading a bad story book wasnt for me


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

    no


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    shes very good at useing differnt tones for each person


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    meh not really


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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