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Steve Hobart is just a regular guy. Late one night, his world is tipped on its side as the dead began to walk. He slowly gathers a group of other survivors and, together, they brave the horrors of a Dead world. Every choice seems to yield as many consequences as it does rewards. He struggles with decisions made as well as opportunities lost as he finds himself in the unlikely role of leader. With a group that includes an Army doctor, a five-year-old Hispanic girl, a convicted murderer, and a teen girl who seems far better equipped to deal with the situation...Steve does his best to stay alive and one step ahead of the grasping hands of the walking dead....

This is a compilation of the first three books in the Dead series: Dead: The Ugly Beginning, Dead: Revelations, and Dead: Fortunes and Failures. Each special edition also contains close to 10,000 words of additional material requested by you...the listeners! This special edition allows you to sink into a Dead world with your favorite people and not be "distracted" by those long absences as other stories intrude and get in the way.

©2012 TW Brown (P)2014 TW Brown

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Excellent!

If you could sum up DEAD in three words, what would they be?

Summing this story up in three words is difficult. I'd have to choose:
Engrossing. The story pulls you in and refuses to let you go.
Detailed. The author gives you just enough information to know what is going on and allows your imagination to fill in the blanks. A perfect combination.
Suspenseful. You can't help but find yourself caring about these characters and worrying about what may or may not happen each step of the way.

What other book might you compare DEAD to and why?

There are a lot of zombie books out there, some good, some not so good, some excellent. I'd have to rank DEAD with some of the top zombie fiction out there. It's gritty, realistic, suspenseful and leaves you wanting more. Authors like Tufo, O'Brien, Chesser and Talluto come to mind. Series writers who bring you believable characters put into unbelievable circumstances, yet somehow...leaves the reader feeling it is more than possible.

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

His personality. He brings the characters to life in a way that is difficult to explain. It's one thing to read the characters and get an idea what YOU think they should sound like. What the dialogue would go like. It's another to hear another person's take on the same story. Andrew did an EXCELLENT job bringing DEAD to life. He is a fantastic storyteller.

Who was the most memorable character of DEAD and why?

Of course, I have to say Steve. The story begins and revolves around him. But at the same time, the other characters bring so much to the story that it's difficult to not include them. Still, with the story being told from his perspective, I would definitely have to go with my gut and first instinct.

Any additional comments?

This definitely leaves me wanting to hear more from the series. Andy McFerrin did such a wonderful job with this one that I can't wait to hear what he's done with the others.

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A great addition to a great series!

So let’s get the premise out of the way first. The dead have risen! In a world full of hacked up Zombie series TW Brown manages to make the stories he writes entertaining, and worthy of your precious time. He definitely has a twisted dark pit somewhere in his brain, and that comes out in the series. Some people may find some of the graphic scenarios he portrays disturbing at times. In reality though I think he explores a side of humanity that other authors are seem reticent to talk about. So if you pick up the series consider yourself warned.

I will try to avoid spoilers and not discuss details. The Perspectives series is drawn from the accounts of the various groups and characters in the Dead series. The books have a tendency to jump around from character to character, and some people may find themselves wondering if they missed something. Mr. Brown has repackaged this into a much more managed format. The Perspectives Vol 1 follows a single story arc, in this case the story of Steve Hobart. Steve is one of my favorite characters in the book. I often found myself wishing a segment would end so I could get back to his story. Now I don’t have to. As a bonus there is some new content so if you listened to the first three books this is a must have. Now I can hardly wait to get on with Vol 2 and hear Kevin’s story.

The Narrator.

Having listened to the other books in the Dead series I find I am really impressed with Andrew McFerrin’s performance. As a narrator he does an excellent job of creating consistent characters and conveying their emotions. I do find Talia’s voice a little grating on the nerves but you get used to it after a while.

So what’s wrong with it?

If I had to have a criticism for my review it would be the annoying sound effects that have been added to the audio version. I find them a distraction, but this is a personal preference. Despite that with an excellent performance and a good solid story to be told this is definitely a good use of your hard earned Audible credits.

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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE....

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE All these books!! TWO Brown. is an AWESOME AUTHOR! I HAVE LISTENED TO A BUNCH & everyone of then are just as amazing as the next!!! Andrew is great at bringing it all to life!!!

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Great books also the author is pretty cool an a great writer can't wait till the next one comes out.

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What is that noise?!

The bizarre noise blaring between chapters is vey distracting. Sounds like a car engine or something. Enjoyed the story and the reader was fine, but that noise!

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the silent Dead

I loved it I wish it was A TV show Like the walking dead .Read more eat people less until we read again

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  • RMav1s
  • Omaha, NE United States
  • 05-07-15

Amazing!!

What a ride! I wasn't expecting the perspectives to have such a different flavor when not being intermixed with the geeks and vignettes storylines-- It's enough to make for a different listening experience, without losing the overall tone/pace of the DEAD series. Can't recommend it enough!

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  • Caroline
  • WINSLOW, AR, United States
  • 04-26-15

What does it take to make a Leader?

What did you love best about DEAD: Perspectives (Vol. 1)?

This is a very interesting take on the zombie genre. There are several different ways this book varies from the usual zombie take. I rather enjoyed that the zombie bite isn’t always going to mean becoming a zombie… at least not yet. There seems to be some people that have natural immunities that let them live even after being bitten. Once that person dies from whatever caused him/her to die THEN he/she becomes a walking corpse.

What was one of the most memorable moments of DEAD: Perspectives (Vol. 1)?

The most memorable scene, for me, would have to be when Pluck saves Steve's life. Pluck is Steve's dog...or was. He gave his life to save Steve from the very first zombie Steve encountered.

What about Andrew McFerrin’s performance did you like?

I get a kick out of the Narrator Andrew McFerrin’s voices and accents. Especially Mr. Randell Smith’s snooty tone, Thalia’s little voice, and Sgt. Paul Whimmer southern draw.

If you could rename DEAD: Perspectives (Vol. 1), what would you call it?

I wouldn't rename it. This title is perfect for it.

Any additional comments?

This story left me wondering about how I would react in a catalytic event. Would I be brave and try to save those I care for? Or would I be fearful and try to hide? Would I be one of the many people to die in the first few days, weeks, or months after whatever event caused such a crisis? I do not know, and that makes this story all the more terrifying.

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A great book (now with audio!)

What made the experience of listening to DEAD the most enjoyable?

Finally getting to hear the familiar characters in action. Andrew McFerrin did a great job with them all, particularly Steve.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steve, the narrator. He's the Everyman, thrown into the zombie apocalypse.

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

He puts just the right emotion into the characters' words.

Who was the most memorable character of DEAD and why?

Steve. Everything came in through his viewpoint.

Any additional comments?

A great book! Get it!

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What A Cast

This probably one of my new favorite books. There is a rather large cast of characters so many I can not even name them all, and each character is so well written it is as if they were real. The two little girls just about broke my heart a few times. The story is well written and has its ups and downs. Also finally pregnancy in the zombie world where not many people are probably thinking birth control. The person who does the reading does an excelent job with the voices for the large cast of characters and made it a lot of fun to listen to. I am not a fan of the sound in between the chapters/parts but I can easily over look that because this was a good story and I am glad I listened to it.

Much of this first book is a man who once the zombies hits saves a little girl and many people along the way. Some of these people are nice, and have base set ups, some are not so nice and will kill others. It revolves around him and his group trying to settle on a place to last out the winter and all the things that happen when there. It is not quit what I was expecting and I was happy about it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-05-14

I loved the book but this took it to another level

What did you like most about DEAD?

I loved reading the whole series and I'm currently reading book 10. The thing with the audible book was it took it to another level of suspense. I realised I must rush through chapters to see if my favourite character survives and I've missed parts. That's the difference with Dead Series, not everyone survives. Favourite characters do get eaten or killed when you least expect it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of DEAD?

All I can say is why Steve? I can't say any more or it would be a spoiler to have to listen to the story.

Which character – as performed by Andrew McFerrin – was your favourite?

Andrew definitely brought Steve to life for me and so far is my favourite narrator.

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

Due to work and family commitments I couldn't listen to all in one sitting, even if my nerves could have lasted that long.

Any additional comments?

Do not hesitate buy this now.....

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  • Mr. S. R. Wood
  • 09-16-14

Would be better then The Walking Dead if on TV

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

Hell yeah. And I have

What other book might you compare DEAD to, and why?

One of a kind. TW Brown is the man

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

No...

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

I tried to ... but had to listen in stages

Any additional comments?

This would of made a better series then the walking dead, its a great read.