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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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    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Guns4all 06-04-12
    Guns4all 06-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Unique concept..."

    ...but I couldn't get past the Lesbian love story line.

    The actual Zombie stuff seemed fairly mainline.

    I quit listening after three hours. Not for me.

    However, the reader is excellent and I will look for more books read by her.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott C IL USA 05-11-12
    Scott C IL USA 05-11-12

    Whackamole66

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    "Lifetime of the Dead"
    Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    No thank you. Truth be told, I've only made it thru the first half and won't likely finish it. Like some other reviewers have said- not my demographic. A Lifetime network version of the zombie story. Geez I mean the author writes that the dog that the main characters pick up as expressing his mood by giving people doggy smiles. A little too cute for the end o the world. Silly descriptions of sexy rugged working men. It's really kinda comical. Almost like a story that's told so silly like that u wanna play it for people. The this is tastes so bad that u want everybody else to taste it phenomena.


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

    No, prolly not. More cautious, yes.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The different characters were distinguishable, without being too over the top.


    What character would you cut from The First Days?

    Jenny is a flat, one dimensional character- a typical abused and damaged goods character who has been suddenly liberated (relieved of her children and husband). True Lifetime heroine.


    Any additional comments?

    The author makes sure that you know how everyone feels, at all times, in case you can't figure it out yourself. Very cut n dried and lazy,in my opinion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Doylestown, PA, United States 03-12-12
    Glenn Doylestown, PA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ready for the sequel..."

    I enjoyed the storyline, the concept and how the individual characters came together, to co-exhist. I also enjoyed the different types of zombies (shamblers/sprinters) and the varied methods of dispatchment.

    This story is a different twist than the usual genre because it centers on a central female character....nice touch.

    The female narrator could deliver with more power and less (cutsie) fluff.

    The sequel is now in my updated list to listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    loriloo jacksonville NC 02-28-12
    loriloo jacksonville NC 02-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "One of My favorites!"
    Where does The First Days rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    top ten for sure!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i didn't have a favorite. Each character had good points and bad.


    What about Cassandra Campbell???s performance did you like?

    She seemed age appropriate and didn't have any annoying pronunciations.


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

    I actually read this in one sitting and listened to it in two or three.


    Any additional comments?

    This series keep me interested. I definitely could have used a little less of the love crap, but I was always on edge waiting for the next chapter!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Jacksonville, FL, United States 10-13-14
    Christopher Jacksonville, FL, United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Little Fingers!"
    Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

    Yes I would. I have the entire series and I fell in love with it. I got to know each Character so well I actually was very upset when something happened to them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The in-depth back story and how both the main Characters where so different yet complement each other.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Little Fingers says it all if you have listened to the story.


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

    I did react to this book but now how I thought I would have. I actually felt sorry for the Girls


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Charlotte, NC, US 07-30-14
    Nathan Charlotte, NC, US 07-30-14
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    "This is the 2nd book I have read from this author"
    Where does The First Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have enjoyed them both. This one centers around 2 female characters. Easy to follow and very captivating book. I would highly recommend along with the last bastion of the living.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the part when both of the girls where rescuing Jenny's son at the camp.


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

    Same as the book


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John 07-19-14
    John 07-19-14
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    "A new look at zombies."
    What did you love best about The First Days?

    Cassandra Campbell is a great narrator.


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

    Yes A new look at the zombie novel.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Very nice!!


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

    Yes I would.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was dry in some places, but worth the listen. P.S. I really would like if authors would stop killing people just for the body count in books.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Boynes Norfolk, VA 07-04-13
    M. Boynes Norfolk, VA 07-04-13 Member Since 2014

    Sci-Fi/Horror lover, going through a Zombie book phase due to my life long love for George Romero movies.

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    "Excellent story flow and character building."
    Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

    Yes, because I like how the story flows. But I will wait until I finish book 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and how they get through (or not) different situations. For instance, Rhiannon Frater surprise me by quickly taking out a character I thought that she probably was going to keep for a while. At first I was a little disappointed, but then I thought it added a twist that was very real. (I don't want to spoil it for anyone else by saying who, and how they were takin' out!).


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

    No. But I have to say she can work on her Texan accent :), especially for the male characters. But she did ok. :). I'm looking forward to start book 2 later today.


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

    Well, several moments.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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