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The First Days Audiobook

The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

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.
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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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    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
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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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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    Trevor Bakersfield, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Trevor Bakersfield, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A relationship/love story in a zombie setting"
    Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rhiannon Frater again?

    Maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was fine but occasional male voices/accents seemed to trip her up.


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

    It is still enjoyable to listen to because of the setting. The first book had more of the survival type story, this book, the second is 70% relationship/love, 30% zombie.


    Any additional comments?

    Far too many times the author mentioned people's hair in detail which I found distracting. The author also spent a large amount of time on clothing and emotions/memories, which felt like it was slowing the progress of the characters and the story on the whole. Too many things were repeated.

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    Dana Kinder, LA, United States 06-22-12
    Dana Kinder, LA, United States 06-22-12
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    "WOW!"

    If you are looking for a book to keep you on the edge of your seat, then you have found it! I was hooked from the time that I listened to the first 5 minutes! The First Days is a story about 2 strong women that are faced with horrible odds but instead of giving up they fight for their lives and the lives of the people they love. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a spine tingling action packed ride! You will not be disappointed!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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