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For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors. He saves his cat Otis, but shoots his mom. Pretty successful, all things considered.

Dark Recollections is the first part of Adrian's own story of how he survived after "That Day". Told through his eyes as he talks to his laptop, affectionately named 'Mr. Journal", and through short stories that entwine with his tales that bring forth dark visions of a world being eaten alive by an unimaginable evil. Adrian's Undead Diary is an eight-part epic about a solitary, guilt-stricken man who didn't think he deserved to live, but realized very soon that he survived and suffered for a reason. Dark Recollections is the first book in the AUD series. It covers Adrian's journal entries from September 21st 2010, to December 1st, 2010. Intermingled with his personal diary entries, book one also contains the short stories "Phil's Story", "McGreevy's Report", and "Soccer Mom".

©2010 Chris Philbrook (P)2014 Chris Philbrook

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  • dailey
  • Council Bluffs, IOWA, US
  • 11-05-15

Very Different

What made the experience of listening to Dark Recollections the most enjoyable?

How detailed the author was about the zombie apocalyptic world. From going to the grocery store to saving the college kids. It was different than other books I had listened to. It was mostly a reading of Adrian Ring's diary of life after the zombie's started to pop up all over town. How he helped save different people and save himself. I thought it was great he even was planning on what to do if survivors started showing up. I thought the description of how crazy people had gone when the world went crazy was right about what I would expect to happen. I would listen to this book again. I'm planning on listening to book 2 now. I had looked and noticed that the author has written about 8 in his series so far.

What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

Great voice for the main character. He was a perfect fit. I could really imagine a big tough guy taking care of business and trying to get by in the crazy zombie world.

Any additional comments?

I was provided this audio book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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good, solid zombie story. won't disappoint

this book was very entertaining and held my attention from start to finish. I recommend this to any zombie book fan

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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northern exposure meets zombieland

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northern exposure meets zombieland? let me start with the northern exposure part. northern exposure was one of my favorite shows b/c it was odd and quirky with a great cast of characters, one of which was john corbett. he played a philosophical ex-convict who was a disc jockey and between songs, he'd comment on all kinds of things. his comments were funny and at times very insightful. anyway, adrian reminds me of john corbett's character on northern exposure. the narrator's voice also reminds me of john corbett's voice- easy and smooth to listen to.

i don't know if you've ever seen zombieland, but it is a pretty good zombie comedy. jessie eisenberg plays a geeky guy named columbus. he's survived by making rules, such as cardio (you have to be faster than the slowest person), double tap (always make sure you shot a zombie in the head), beware of bathrooms, etc... adrian also reminded me of columbus because like columbus, he started to come up with rules as he survived certain situations.

as the story opens, adrian begins journaling because he's lonely. he starts his journal, who he calls mr. journal, in september. as he opens up, we learn that the zombie outbreak started like 3 months earlier in june. adrian is a resdence advisor at a small but elite private school. basically, he works the night shift in a dorm watching over the students.

the story swings between time frames. adrian will describe what he has been presently doing and how he got to where he is. the present entries describe his activities scavenging and securing the campus. his other entries recount the initial outbreak and the choices he made.

there are a couple of extended vignettes that are told from the perspective of people that encountered adrian during the initial outbreak. one is phil, a gun store clerk, and the other is soccer mom, a mom who encountered adrian at a grocery story. both are really good stories.

the story is kind of slow, but that's ok. this is not an action-packed run and gun shot 'em type story. the zombies are shamblers with kind of a twist- they don't moan, which if you think about it has some scary implications, but you can listen about them when you download the book!

overall, this is a funny yet at times emotionally gripping story. i'd classify the humor as dry humor, and at times, guy humor.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Gloucester, VA, United States
  • 08-21-15

Zombie Fallout meets The Syand

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

Yes, yes, yes. Zombie fans, paranormal fans, horror fans, there is so much to this series for everyone. As I write this review I have just completed all available to the 8th book. I was so involved in story I didn't want to stop listening. Absolutely no question how to spend my credits until I had them all. (This is written for all of them)

Who was your favorite character and why?

The hero, Adrian, realizes that the world is turning upside down and that zombies are becoming a real threat. Adrian, in his efforts to prepare and find shelter neglects to attempt to retrieve his girlfriend, Cassie. That decision was not a conscious one but through a series of events he did not go to her. This weighs heavy on his heart and the guilt of that situation makes him protective and driven to find and help others.

He begins writing his thoughts, plans and interaction with others in a diary he calls, " Mr. Journal".

Which scene was your favorite?

Any with Otis the cat.

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

This is witty, raw and manly.

Any additional comments?

As my headline states this is Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout with wit, action, heart and bravery meets Stepehn King's The Stand with many different characters you'll care about each one and the battle for humanity' s survival between good and evil and the spirit of each human to prove his worth.

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Great story.

Realy like the way the story is told and i can't wait to start the next book.
Recommend for all zombie story lovers.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Zombie Book!

If this single-character storyline was this good, I can't wait until other survivors arrive and really start mixing things up!

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I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Okay, so this story has turned me into a zombie convert. I've always been on the fence about zombies until now. And I'm glad circumstances had it where I had somehow overlooked this book. I had three books with very similar covers and had thought I'd already listened to it. Now I know if I had, I'd never forget it. There is no downside to this but if there has to be one, it's that I'm now hooked and want to listen to the rest in the series. Nothing regarding zombies has ever felt real or believable until I listened to "Adrian's Undead Diary." It's like no other. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

The way in which this story is told is entirely believable. It's mostly told through journal entries and he's even titled it Mr. Journal. And he has a cat named Otis. I'm already looking into book two. His journal is written similar to a ship's logbook containing information about his routine, significant incidents, and day-to-day activities which makes it fully attention holding. This gives it that added extra that makes it more than just about zombies. It's also about him. And he's a pretty interesting and intense guy. He's also very likeable and someone you'd want to be stranded with if there was a zombacalypse.

That being said, this story is the bomb. If someone is reading this and hasn't listened to the book yet, I would highly recommend you do so immediately. You'll love it. I couldn't turn it off. Excellent audiobook.

James Foster is an amazing narrator. I love his style. He sounds like he's reading from his own journal. It was like he was sitting next to me telling the story. I'm so glad to see that he's reading the whole series. That makes me look forward to it even more. He's a natural adding a realistic touch that makes the story a remarkable listen.

AUDIOBOOK GIFTED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW..

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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'bap,''kapow,'and 'whap'

What I loved about this book is that it is amazingly simple to listen too. The action scenes gave me the same feeling as when I was a kid reading a batman comic. Of course the violence in the book does not make it suitable for kids. Consider it a mature audience comic :-)

I loved the narration; it seemed to suit the characters well. Due to the style in which the story is written, the narrator does not need to change voices for each character (it is Adrian’s diary after all). It takes a special kind of narrator in my view to pull off multiple voices in a story!

Just a comment regarding the speed of the narration: The speed was to slow for 1x, 1.25 is ok for most of the story without distracting the listener too much. But I listened to it at 1.5x speed for most of it, only slowly down a couple of times when the scene demanded it! To my surprise there were several scenes which need to be slowed down to give it emotional justice. Who would think a zombie book actually needing to be slowed down so I could properly experience the emotion of the story! The increase speed of the narration does mean the story is somewhat less in time than is advertised.

The author has given the main character ‘Adrian’ a great sense of humour. In fact the main character reminding me of the main character from ‘Mountain Man’ and ‘The Hospital’ two of my favourite zombie stories. See the links below for my reviews of those two;

http://www.audible.com/listener/Dean-Thomas/AO082F0ADPGB5/ref=a_listener__c1_2_1_rvwTtl?asin=B00IRI3JIW
http://www.audible.com/listener/Dean-Thomas/AO082F0ADPGB5/ref=a_listener__c1_2_10_rvwTtl_s?asin=B00IRIWNUM

I love zombie stories (I know I am a pretty shallow guy) and this one is up in my top 5!
BUT and there is always a ‘but’ and this is a pretty big ‘but’! My recommendation is don’t buy this story until book 2 is available on audible. It isn’t available to me… maybe because I am in Australia. Us ‘aussies’ often don’t get the same choice as the rest of the world! I was extremely ticked off with the ending, as it doesn’t bring any closure in any way shape or form. SO COME ON AUDIBLE! Where is the rest of the series?

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One of Best Zombie Stories I have ever listened to

Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Recollections to be better than the print version?

Have not read it, just listened to Audible version

What did you like best about this story?

Premise
Character development
Story line

Which scene was your favorite?

All

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Can not wait for next installment

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  • Siggy
  • Houston, Texas
  • 09-06-14

Current FAVE among Zombie Series Novels!!!

Would you listen to Dark Recollections again? Why?

Definitely!! It's AWESOME!!

Which character – as performed by James Foster – was your favorite?

Adrian Ring, NO DOUBT!!

Any additional comments?

This series is FANTASTIC, just wish it was all available for listening on audible RIGHT NOW... As of this review only the first 2 in the series are available, but I grabbed them quick, and can't wait for more to follow!!! Amazon has the novels in print/Kindle versions now - if ya just can't wait!!!

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  • Mordy
  • 10-04-15

this sets the standard for zombie books.

Never have a character and narrator been paired more perfectly together. I resisted this for a while because this genre has been mined pretty deep without anyone really hitting gold but this series changes that. With a likeable lead character in Adrian and his very human approach to the zombie apocalypse I powered through this series back to back and loved it.

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  • Heather
  • 05-20-15

fun and entertaining

I loved the cheeky banter in the writing, I can see myself really loving this guy

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  • M. Paddon
  • 04-13-15

Good, but also a little hollow.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I'd get rid of the third-person interludes. Everything about this book says it is the journal of a man in a zombie apocalypse. So I found it a little grating having stories that vaguely connect to him, but that he has no knowledge of. Mark Tufo did the same in his zombie books - I'm guessing when he realised the limitations of a journal told story - but he did it after a book or two.

In short I'm not a fan of it as it breaks me from who is telling the tale.

If you’ve listened to books by Chris Philbrook before, how does this one compare?

No, this was the first of his I've listen too, but if it is a first work of his then it is a promising start for sure.

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

Don't think so, but I listen to a lot of books. Certainly he is a good narrator though.

Do you think Dark Recollections needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Needs one? It has a few so this is kind of pointless as a question.

Any additional comments?

The book is pretty good. I liked it for the humour and some of the scenes were very good.

What I marked it down for was this. The emotional and character connection wasn't there. This maybe due to lack of character interactions, but is also due to the book really not telling us much about the main character.

Which leads on the things we do know about him, and that a lot of them make you not like him that much. He is also massively inconsistent in behaviour. He apparently adores his girlfriend, but at the start he doesn't go to where she is likely to be, and has no good reason for this. He goes straight to his mothers house right away to save her, and then when he finds her as a zombie he shoots her with less emotion than killing a cockroach.

He randomly gives out food to a family that are hungry and saves people trapped by zombies, but then later - and right after declaring he is going to help more people and try and get more people at his location - sends a seventeen-year-old girl out unarmed into a world she has no idea what she will be facing. Might as well just shoot her in the face.

Also, some of the scenes were written for drama but not that likely. The locked classroom of kids springs to mind. If you read it, ask yourself if you can see someone with military training get caught so flat-footed, given that he had to know exactly what would happen. Heck, it is more likely he strips the weapons off the guy when he first meets him.

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  • david
  • 07-06-16

A classic, unassuming LMOE zombie story

Not the most original but it doesn't let you down and I will certainly be buying book 2 which is more than I can say for the last few zombie genre books I've read. I recommend trying it if you're a zombie fan.

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  • Eileen Brown
  • 02-06-15

At last a true zombie story

I love this story Narrated is so funny the way he talks I could listen to him all night finally someone Who knows zombies don't make a noise they are slow endless in the pursuit this is not a gory zombie story but it is well written The way he goes into each person story. I have got all four stories I hope there is more to come

1 of 2 people found this review helpful