Start the first season of the groundbreaking postapocalyptic serial: Yesterday's Gone: Season One (episodes 1-6).
WARNING: This is a postapocalyptic horror audiobook where bad people do evil things, and as such, this series features disturbing scenes and foul language. While it is all within the context of the story, some listeners may find this content offensive.
Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, searching for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger through every terror-filled breath.
A bullied teen is thrilled to find the world gone missing, until the knock on his door. A fugitive survives a fiery plane crash. Will he be redeemed, or return to the killing he's best at? An eight-year-old boy sets out on a journey to find his missing family, only to find something that will change him forever. These survivors aren't truly alone.... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting...
Strangers unite. Sides are chosen. Can humanity survive what it never saw coming?
©2013 Sean Platt, David Wright (P)2013 Podium Publishing
This is the first FICTION audio book I've ever listened to. Before I picked this up, I was skeptical about whether or not I'd be able to get into a fiction audio book while working, but grabbed it on a whim and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to stay engaged with this story while simultaneously swearing at photoshop for six to twelve hour stretches.
As far as format goes, it's a lot like the A Song of Ice and Fire series in that it switches points of view a lot, and most of the narrators are either unreliable or ignorant, which isn't a bad thing and lends a lot to the atmosphere--I don't want every little detail about the big scaries up front, and this format was fantastic for keeping the mystery going. As far as actual content, I'd compare it to some of Steven King's older stuff? I'm not really sure, because I haven't read King since the 90s, maybe early 2ks and my memory of anything I was reading or enjoying at that time is shoddy at best, making me an unreliable reviewer, haha.
Do I seriously have to choose? I think some of the most satisfying parts of the book were when various groups started to meet up and merge. The first part introduced all of these characters and made me like (or even more thrillingly HATE them), and while that was great, when the different threads of story start to come together it hits all the right buttons on my 'things a book needs for me to enjoy the christ out of it' panel.
Misery porn at its finest!
I finished this book and went looking for the next part, only to find that it does not yet exist in audio format. I draw comics for a living and need background noise with no visuals to distract me, and this book was perfect. I MUST have the next part, gentlemen. MUST. HAVE. IT.
GIVE ME MORE!
I can't place a favorite character whatsoever, the ensemble cast of narrators brought EACH characters perspectives to life so amazingly. Usually multiple narrators/full-cast audiobooks are very hit or miss, but they def outdid themselves with the talent in this group! BRAVO!
I ONLY really listen to audiobooks, very rarely do I read e-books. The experience of a great narrator/reader totally makes a great book EVEN better. This audiobook further emphasized that point home for me!
Although the book and series is very graphic in nature, and not for everyone, the language and graphic nature itself isn't USED for shock value like many other books & tv-shows these days. Those parts actually drew me into the story even further, adding an extra level of believeability...
I was so excited to find out Season ONE of this series was coming on audiobook, as I had heard & read so many great reviews at Amazon and from friends about this series. Being an audiobook fan, I finally can experience this great story. Platt & Wright are one hell of a writing team, and this Kindle "serial" series proves just that.
My biggest hope is they continue to release the other seasons in audiobook VERY SOON (currently up-to season FOUR now)...so Podium Publishing take note! There is a BIG group of audiobook fans like myself that often miss out on great books like this just from being overlooked by publishers! Please don't make that mistake :)
BOTTOM LINE: If you love tv-shows like Lost or Walking Dead, books like Stephen King's "The Stand", or simply a damn good entertaining story you cannot get enough of....then check out this audiobook! The talent found in this ensemble narration team alone is worth the credit!
I would change 1 of the narrators and I would ask that the same story be written by a more mature person.
It felt like I was reading a story written by teenagers, there were multiple instances where I felt that the person writing the story hadn't had the experiences they were writing about, and I'm clearly not talking about the whole zombie thing, I mean things like smoking marijuana or even simply understanding how certain people might feel in certain situations. There's one narrator that does the voice of a child, and you would think he'd never spoken to a kid before, way too naive and ridiculously innocent, the way he narrates is obnoxious and it's unfortunately a major role, If not for the language and subject matter it could easily have been written for teens. Actually, I've read books written for teens that were written so much better.
I don't think so.
Depends on who produces and directs it.
I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone with a decent amount of common sense or maturity.
It has lots of twists and turns, keeps you listening for hours.
This is a master piece.
Yesterday's Gone S1 is a fairly solid entry into the apocalypse genre . I would rank this book in the top 3rd of my collection.
There are some gaps that are left unexplained, perhaps to be delivered in season 2. Overall though as the story progresses the many narrators pull a well spoken story into a cohesive and strong collection.
Ray Chase as Borico Wolf. I instantly was entranced by Ray's amazing voice, and I am now mostly interested in a crazed sociopaths story line.
When darkness comes, can you choose the right allies?
Give this story a chance. Once the book wrapped up I went for season 2 on audible and felt pangs of anguish that S02 was not readily available to me! Keep up the work Platt & Wright!
Wow. Just Wow.
The entire book is memorable.
The voices, the power behind the words, the expression. I listened to a free sample of this book and was hooked.
Why was I left behind?
I am looking forward to more. Lots more. This type of book normally isn't my genre, but it reached out and dragged me in involuntarily as if I were one of those left behind. I had no choice except to buy the season, I wouldn't rest until I continued listening.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
Yes, I at first found the different storylines a little hard to follow but got into it. I will listen again as the season is worth the second listen.
Enjoyable, I like the format and recommend to my fellow audible fans on the genre
I love Audible! As a child I listened to and collected Disney books on 45's. Audible is my adult version of that wonderful experience!
Intriguing,edge-of-your-seat thrill ride!
I truly enjoyed the whole storyline! However, for me the moment that most stuck in my mind was when two of the characters reach Times Square and are astounded by the enormity of their new reality.
There are several narrators and their performances are carried out really well. I especially like the way that Buricio's character is read. He is made to be, clearly, one creepy psycho!
I wanted to listen to the whole book, but I knew that I was going to have to wait for the nest installment so I tried to take it slow.
If the second season is as good as the first, then I hope the third season will be available soon!
Great story! Narration was hard to listen you. But a couple of the narrators are fantastic!!!! I will continue to the next session just to see if they get better
I really enjoy audio books that are productions and different people voice the characters. some narrator are good enough to do this solo, but many can't and it distracts from the story when character start sounding the same
"Interesting and engaging"
I enjoyed this. Telling the story from serveral perspectives keeps it fresh and interesting and the narration is done very well.
The story is interesting and engaging, there are quite a few layers to the mystery and I'm certainly interested to see what happens. It is not overally complicated though and I found it easy enough to follow whilst commuting.
The only thing I would say is that if you don't like swearing , this is not for you. One of the characters uses a lot of colourful language and imagery. Don't say you weren't warned !
intriguing, exciting, cheesy.
The concept. I'm a big fan of survival and si-fi titles and this was almost a combination of both.
yesterday's gone, the nightmares aren't.
Apart from some really cheesy lines from some cheesy characters this book really sucked me in and left me wanting more. I'll be listening to season two.
Weird, scary and interesting. I really want to find out what's going on. Guess I'll just have to read the rest. Did I mention, it's quite scary?? I really shouldn't have been listening to it in the dark!
I haven't yet read the print version, but might have to grab a copy now. I want my husband to read this wonderful story.
I was hooked from the first moment when Brent picked up Stanley Train. The ending left me shocked and needing to read more, my jaw literally hit the floor. I don't want to say too much about the excellent middle bits because of Spoilers.
Each of the narrators was perfect for the character they were reading. I particularly loved Luca and Borricio.
If I had a long journey then this would be great. I did have to walk slowly as I went about my daily business so I could find out what happened next. It could be distracting to have to rewind when talking with real people.
Wonderful book, and luckily for me I finished it on the day season 2 came out. :)
Really rather riveting
Most of Boricio's storyline
No but I thought the use of different narrators for the different POVs was a great touch. Great Boricio casting! Very Morgan Freemanesque
Brent Foster, the post Times Square scene. Heart wrenching.
This made for compelling listening, even if the pace slowed somewhat during the middle. The beginning felt a little overwhelming as all the characters and story arcs were being introduced, and I couldn't help feeling a little frustrated waiting to find out what happens next for certain characters, but knowing what kind of writing this was (I found this after hearing "Write, Publish, Repeat") I stuck with all the characters and eventually it all falls nicely into place.
"Farfetched nonsense but enjoyable"
The twists and turns in the story, the authors wanted to achieve cliffhangers with each season this they did.
Yeah would take a look if the story appealed,will be getting season 2 of this if/when available
All the narrators did a decent job special kudos to whoever voiced Boricio
Nah it takes a really good book to do that :D. This was decent listen where you don't have to think too much just sit, listen and enjoy
A decent listen,it has me curious as to what happens next, so more then happy to continue onto the next season. Besides that ending....they can't leave it like that! I need to know what happens.
"A great serial just got better"
This has to rank in the top 10 without a doubt, the multi casting is great & Boricio is just how I imagined him.
As post apocalyptic books go this is one of the best I have read and I hope seasons 2 to 4 follow soon
All the Boricio scenes are great, the portrayal is perfect although the most enjoyable scene has to be the ending
A fair amount of humour in a very bleak storyline (supplied mainly by Boricio & Charlie)
If you haven't read the ebook of Yesterday's Gone you should get this audio as I read the first series two years ago and I found listening to it was like a whole new experience
Couldn't stop listening to this book and can't wait to get season 2 ... You really get to know each character
"Best read that I stumbled upon!"
I couldn't say as I've not read the printed version, however I'd have to say yes anyway. Each character was played by a different narrator (or maybe a few narrators per character but they made them sound different) and this really adds to the story. If your reading a book on print you don't get that, as by audio it's like it's being acted out on front of you even though you can't see it.
Really hard one to answer but I think I'd have to chose Luka, his journey was really interesting to follow and he ended up being a main character. It was really interesting to start early on with the journey of such a young boy, so young and heavily reliant on his parents only they weren't there anymore. So I enjoyed following his journey as it's written from his perspective and the more you read the more interesting he became.
I think I answered this from my first question but I feel the narrators bring a lot to this story. Each chapter is someone else's story/journey and then you hear from then again in another chapter although you don't know when. They are quite a few characters in this book and this is where the narrators really enhance this audiobook. Each character has their own narrator (maybe a few narrators have more than one character but they always sound different) and I love this. It's like I'm watching it happen in front of me even though I'm not, a book can't really do that at least not in the same way as this audiobook with multiple narrators.
When a bad character that up till then had only been featured as bad did something good, when he helped a vulnerable teenager who was pregnant and alone. At first you weren't sure of his motives but then he decided to help the girl and became almost fatherly towards her. He did his best to protect her whether you agreed with what e did or not his intentions behind those actions were good.
I stumbled across this by accident, I came across the first episode of this season for free. I am so glad I did as otherwise I never would of found these books. I listened to the first episode and it wasn't long till I was hooked in, I had to hear more so I bought the audiobook that had all the episodes of season one in. I dived straight it and couldn't stop listening. This series was such a gem to find, I feel so lucky I did :).
It's one of the best audiobooks I've enjoyed in a while and I'll definitely be recommending it to friend's and family. Not only is it a great story line but I love how they've done it also, different chapters are different character(s) and you have several narrators so they all sound different. It's done so well and it's lovely to have an audiobook done in this format, it also makes it easy to pick up and come back to if you want. However I got hooked so I keep listening till I have to stop e.g sleep.
This is a very perplexing book to review as it has its good and not so good parts. Part of the problem is the fragmentation of the story, its almost like reading several books at once as the connecting threads between all the unfolding narratives are pretty tenuous as best. The writers also dont give much away keeping their readers in the dark for too long. They do the same with the suspense drawing out too thin resulting in a dimineshed payoff when the resolve ceventually comes. I am undecided wether to go for season 2 in fear of a larger dose of the same in the knowledge that there is a season 3 and 4. The performers to a man/woman do a pretty good job, with one, being excellent.
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