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The Remaining Audiobook

The Remaining

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Amazon Customer 01-05-16
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    "EXCELLENT BOOK"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely i would and have, it's a great book and now that i'm further on in the series it just keeps getting better. It has me on the edge of my seat, it's so well written that i feel like i'm right there with the characters and start freaking out for them when they're in danger etc it's great.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    i think the performance is fantastic, good voicing to the characters and the emotion of each pulls you into the story and makes you connect with them it's really really great.


    Any additional comments?

    give it a listen you won't regret it. I don't even like "zombie" type movies or tv shows but this this book i tried based on other reviews and it knocked by socks off. I finished this one 2 weeks ago and am already on book 4 because i couldn't stop listening!

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    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 12-31-15
    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 12-31-15 Member Since 2016

    Wandah Panda

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    "I enjoyed this book"

    This book was off with a bang. It grew a bit predictable later but that brought with it a sense of familiarity. It took my mind off of life and that is enough for me to think of this fondly.

    The narrator did a pretty good job. He did not annoy me and these days that is a major plus

    WaAr

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    CR Frisco, TX 12-27-15
    CR Frisco, TX 12-27-15 Member Since 2002

    I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.

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    "4+Stars.Thumbs up so far (books 1-4). Binge read."

    I consumed the first 4 in the series pretty quickly and have set the series aside for a while. I'll be back for more. Narration and story are very good. I recommend the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chippie 12-16-15
    Chippie 12-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So so"

    Too much like a particular show on TV and not as good a story. The performance was done well but the main character Lee is not that likable.

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    Amazon Customer 12-16-15
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    "Same ol' ..."
    Any additional comments?

    Although enjoyable, unfortunately just a re-hashing of all the other ZA themes ... and what's with the over concentration of searching for water at every opportunity? They're not in the desert and I'm sure there are still streams to be found. Made me crazy.

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    Shawn Franklin, WI, United States 12-08-15
    Shawn Franklin, WI, United States 12-08-15 Member Since 2013

    Big fan of listening to books of all shapes and sizes. Primarily: sci fi, fantasy, nonfiction in human services, buddhism, and classics.

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    "Not a Solid Soldier"
    What would have made The Remaining better?

    The main character's choices lacked any semblance of skill that would be indicated by the position he was assigned to. This results in a series of plot points that continued to reveal his ineptness and only the writer through still more unbelievable plot points can save him.


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    SoggyInSeattle 11-28-15
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    "Tension you can taste..."

    The first book is just the beginning of a larger tale, and I'm hooked.
    Narration is top notch.
    A very plausible story brings it home, how delicate civil society exists.
    This is a survivalist must read.

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    horsestuff 11-19-15
    horsestuff 11-19-15
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    "Overall couldn't put it down"

    This book was a little too gory for me but my no 1 criteria in rating a book is "couldn't put it down" - in that sense this book was great. The reader made the women sound like ditzes - maybe they are supposed to be ditzes but if they develop into more than that in future installments it won't work for me. This book ends rather abruptly - nothing substantial happens in the first book which is kinda sad. The last 30+ minutes of this book is advertisement for next book. Sigh.

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    Christopher GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 11-19-15
    Christopher GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An average zombie book"

    This was neither a bad or a great book! it simply was very much a very average zombie book. it felt like someone checked off boxes on a spreadsheet in order to make it. fortunately for the book the main character is marginally interesting. if I catch the second book one sale I will probably buy it. but until that point I probably would not spend a credit to get it.

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    Mama Monkey 11-12-15
    Mama Monkey 11-12-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Perfect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story and the narrator was absolutely amazing. Loved every piece of it, had me buying the next book way before finishing this one.


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was full of emotion in each character, loved, loved loved it


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  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
    London, UK.
    9/30/13
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    "Books 1-4 are some of the best work in the genre!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am giving this review for books 1 - 4 as I listened to them back-to-back. I would HIGHLY recommend all 4 books written so far - I am so glad that 4 had been written before I found them as this has enabled me to immerse myself in this world for the past few weeks without a break. Incredibly well written, the fear is palpable and you will find your heart beating and adrenaline pumping as you read. I love the characters I am meant to love, hate the characters I am meant to hate. The books seem realistic, you are already in a world where a major situation has happen and you are not expected to suspend your disbelief any further, they flow, everything asked is answered. Exciting, engrossing, scary, nail-biting, interesting - the smells, the decay, the evil characters, the military hardware...


    What other book might you compare The Remaining to, and why?

    Comparable to Robert McCammon's - Swan Song, V. M. Zito's - The Return Man, David Brin's - The Postman (ignore the film, read the book), Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga's - Walking Dead books, think J. L. Bourne, Craig DiLouie, Z. A. Recht - all for the world's which they create, the believable characters and situations, the horror...


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Well paced, calm, no silly voices, no hysterical action sequences, no unwarranted tempo changes - the voice and the character match.


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

    Without question.


    Any additional comments?

    Download 1-4, listen, love... then wait for number 5 - it's in the pipeline...

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Putney, United Kingdom
    4/23/14
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    "I think I could do better"
    Would you try another book written by D. J. Molles or narrated by Christian Rummel?

    Definitely not the author. This is poor. Earth Abides, Swan Song, Lucifer's Hammer are all examples that this guy needs to learn from.

    The narrator was ok, nothing special.


    What was most disappointing about D. J. Molles’s story?

    Character interactions are cheesy. You would not talk they way they do in a zombie apocalypse. Having a cheesy laugh and joke just wouldn't happen.
    The decision making it stupid as well.
    Turns the whole thing into an unbelievable mess. If you like this you will be so much more impressed by one of the aforementioned books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voices could've been more tapered, less sharp.


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

    It did start getting exciting towards the end and I wanted him to reach a big cache of weapons... need to wait until the second book for that. I don't think so! In fact I think I will be asking for a refund on this one. It's not exactly a book, just a quarter of a book.


    Any additional comments?

    The older apocalypse books are SO SO much better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa Elenes
    Lake Oswego, OR USA
    2/11/15
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    "Zombie Virus tale - Well written - Gulity Pleasure"

    While books (graphic novels) by Robert Kirkman & Max Brooks are the best in the Genre), The Remaining is Zombie Virus tale that is well written and engaging.
    The story is thorough in painting the details of a special forces warrior (and his craft) and how he might engage a post apocalyptic world and think through the many horror this new world presents.

    A guilty pleasure, but an enjoyable one for fans of the genre or horror fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon C.
    Planet Earth
    1/16/15
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    "A must read for any zombie/apocalypse enthusiast"

    I was recommended this book by a family member, the story, characters and events are all brilliantly written and everything that happenes is believable and tense. I even caught myself holding my breath at some points

    would recommend to everyone that loves this genre of books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • me
    5/11/14
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    "Promising start but!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't discourage them from reading it but I'd warn them of the inconsistencies in the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by D. J. Molles again?

    Possibly,if I get curious/bored I liked the idea of the story he had some nice ideas, just thought it was badly thought through and if he sorts out the inconsistencies in the plot in later series I may consider.


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

    I liked that the narrator wasn't too annoying, his female voices sucked.


    Did The Remaining inspire you to do anything?

    Not waste my credits on the next book in this series just yet,will wait till I'm really curious/bored


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a nice idea, spoilt by the inconsistencies in the writing, and the stupidity of the main character.
    At one point a character's eyes change from brown to blue, complaints of dehydration while standing in a stream washing!, Would we run out of food and basic supplies so quickly after only a month.
    Would we forget we can drink water from a stream?
    Surely bacterias can be controlled with anti'bs.
    Why just one man and a dog per state surely a small squad would of been more feasible.

    But hell super fast zombies, with prey drive and a modicum of intelligence that I liked.

    I think the high ratings for this book are more reflective on how hard it is to find a well written book in this genre, and yeah I guess it is one of the better ones.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • GadgetNut
    5/17/15
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    "Excellent enjoyable read with a consistent theme"
    What did you like most about The Remaining?

    The scenario is developed in a consistent and plausible manner. The characters are believable and human. The story moves a long at a good pace and keeps you intrigued. The balance of background detail to main story line is just right. The single mindedness of the "Special Forces" main character feels accurate.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The only small criticism I have is his range of voices, which is always a problem for a single narrator. I prefer the "Wheel of time" narration where they use a male and female narrator


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

    Yes it certainly was.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and will we read/listen to the rest of the series. It has some new twists to this type of story, so it doesn't seem like just another Zombie/Post Apocalypse series. I enjoy the narrator and don't think about his permanence much, which is the way it should be for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Llanyre, United Kingdom
    10/18/14
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    "Not Bad, have spare credits why not get it."
    Where does The Remaining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    These books are ok, if i was busy and had little time spare i would not get but had 2 weeks with time to fill travelling all over the place so got through all 4 books


    Any additional comments?

    It is a zombie twist book which is enjoyable, plots twists are a bit flat and disappointing really, for such a super solider he is a bit dim at times but it is humanity i suppose but really for such a job he has he is always lacking control..... but overall i enjoyed the book even if a bit weaker than other zombie books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniela
    Ashtead, United Kingdom
    4/25/14
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    "Awesome"

    Very clever story, great plot, plausible characters. Recommend the series and I look forward to the final instalment in 2015.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    2/15/15
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    "Cliffhanger alert"
    Would you try another book written by D. J. Molles or narrated by Christian Rummel?

    I will probably get the next book and read it. Wasn't happy with where/how it ended and would like to see what happens next. Found it very hard to settle into the narration - it was jerky, over dramatic and irritating.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have actually had an ending, so that it could be a stand alone novel and people could have a choice about reading the next book, rather than feeling that they paid for a whole book but only got half a book. Feel pressed into reading the next book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Was The Remaining worth the listening time?

    Because of the irritating narration, and the frustrating "ending" I'm actually not sure. I finished the book feeling irritated and cheated.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • pantsofdeath
    UK
    5/26/14
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    "Average. I wont be buying the others in the series"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is not a bad book, the plot was pretty good and there are way worse books in the genre however there were some writing quirks that were pretty annoying. In Audiobooks, far more than on the written page, repetition of words in quick succession is really obvious. In some sections of the book I found myself thinking "he has used the same word half a dozen times in just a couple of sentences. Buy a thesaurus or something!" There was also a rather laboured repetition of the state our protagonist finds himself in.


    Did Christian Rummel do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Hmmm - not really. Characterization was not a strong point in the book, most of the players seemed rather two dimensional.


    Was The Remaining worth the listening time?

    I listened to the whole book and was not bored. So yes, but I did not enjoy the book enough to buy the next few in the series, mainly because I never found myself caring what happened to any of the characters really.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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