In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: Subvenire refectus. To rescue and rebuild.
The Remaining is the first book in the best-selling series, which tells a gritty tale of survival, perseverance and fighting to get back what has been lost.
©2012 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The narration is well done and thats the saving grace in this story. The concept is good, however the delivery often lacks punch and reads like an ad for a sporting goods/survivalist store.
The amount of realism in the world made this a compelling listen, however there were some parts that had me scratching my head (such as why soldiers like Lee weren't placed into cells, and why someone as trained as Lee didn't mention the pads for Tango)
I listened to this in my commute to and from work and when I was running, as such, I found it an enjoyable way to spend my commute/time on the treadmill. Over all though, I don't know if the story compelled me enough to want to continue the series.
42 from east Texas. Married with 2 beautiful children. Life is good.
I enjoyed the story. The ending of the first book is rather abrupt. The narrator seem to use his inflection at the wrong times, similar to William Shatner. Either that or he breaks up the sentence at an awkward spot. Once you get used to it the story is quite good. I enjoyed that the writer got right to the point without long drawn out explanations into the emotions.
Take every cliche in any zombie story you can think of and put them into one book. Now add a dog that dies (sorry for the spoiler, but I feel like it's not spoiling much) to win over your sympathy.
The one thing I liked about this telling of zombie apocalypse was the fact that the zombies aren't dead. They aren't walking dead (although they are called 'walkers' in one passage, which is totally stealing from 'The Walking Dead'), they are infected living humans, which makes killing them harder on the psyche. In this universe, killing an infected person means shutting the lights off for them, where in most other zombie epics the lights are out before the head bashing happens. This is a pretty cool idea, and is a good opportunity for Molles to play on the humanity of the situation. If he were more subtle in his description of it and if the characters were less cold in their reaction to it, it would have worked. It didn't.
Also, this book reads like a word problem you'd get in your middle school math class. That's good when it describes the science behind everything going on. It reminds me of 'The Martian' in that way. It differs from 'The Martian' in that there's no subtlety. When the drama starts, it's all tell, no show.
I'd recommend this book to fans of the zombie genre looking to find a variation on the apocalypse narrative. For all it's faults, 'The Remaining' is interesting. However, it's not interesting enough for me to use next month's Audible Membership token on the sequel.
I'd rank this one kind of in the middle.
I liked the idea of the bunker under the house. Most of the time the survivors are heading home or at some remote base, but the idea of waiting for all hell to break out and then it happens is pretty cool.
First time I've listened to his performance. He was really good. I'm going to have to listen to some of the other books in this series or new ones to get a better idea of his range.
No crying. I did laugh at a few spots. This story was very sad and depressing at times, but I didn't mist up.
Avid audiobook addict!
Interesting premise, but very poorly written. The author firmly rejects the concept of subtlety, having the characters engage in ridiculously unrealistic and overly detailed dialogue to drive home everything no matter how obvious. I recommend you skip this one.
Don't listen to those self entitled people that write reviews this series as having a lack of depth. This is a gun flying, American flag waving, road trip time passing series. anyone who expects anything more and writes negative reviews is just trying to stay relevant . It's easy to follow and entertaining.
I don't read, but I LOVE audio books!
This book is so exciting to read. I like how technical the main character is about explaining his decisions. One plot twist in this book made me upset, but I guess it pushed the story along well. The narrator is fantastic!The books very suddenly. I would recommend it to anyone.
I've finished the series and the novella so I'm posting this same review for each of the books. This series is awesome. Really entertaining.
Lee Harden is such a great protagonist. You want to shake some sense into him, you want to stand up and applaud him, you want him to stop being an idiot and then marvel at his genius. Mainly you want to grab a rifle and join his squad.
The story is suspenseful, intriguing and funny (at times). Is it believable.... it's a freaking zombie story, of course it's believable'ish. Great twists, some great wins, terrible losses and a lot of "what would I do".
The narrator is really good. I'm pretty critical of most narrators because you have to be pretty strong to fill my ears for 40, 50, 60 hours without annoying me. He was a perfect choice for the series.
Will there be more books? There have to be. There are too many bad guys to fight, too many bunkers to breach and not enough series out there of this quality. It can't end, we're all geared up and ready to fight. Keep typing DJ, keep typing.
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