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It was a fungus spore that finally did it, knocking humans off the top of the food chain, with a lot of help from a pharma company too busy thinking about oversized profits rather than subpar outcomes. Most folks died, if not from the fungus, then from the riots and starvation that came when the grocery store shelves emptied and the spigots ran dry. Plenty of other folks lived on with the fungus growing in their bones, rooting in their brains, and turning them three-quarters crazy.  

That’s when I moved underground and sealed the hatch shut on my backyard bunker. I was safe, with all the food, water, and entertainment I needed for five or six years. I had DVDs to watch, music to listen to, and books to read. Prepping had paid off for me.  

At least it seemed so at first. 

After a time, my radio stopped picking up signals from the world up top and for all I knew I was the last man alive on Earth. I’d planned for that possibility, yet never truly accepted things could turn out that way. The loneliness set in, gnawing at me and making me think crazy thoughts, including one that would change everything. Two years on, I opened the hatch and climbed out of my bunker.  

I had to see if anyone but me was left. 

©2015 Bobby Adair (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Great read!

I love everything Ray Porter reads to me, and I have enjoyed Bobby Adair books previously, so I immediately downloaded this book. I listen to books while I work, so the first time I listened to this book, I really didn’t “hear” it. Once I listened to the last 30 minutes of the author and editor talking about the story, I started laughing out loud at their banter and decided to restart the book and actually listen. This book is great! Such a fresh point of view of the apocalypse aftermath from an average guy who was lucky enough to survive the “toe fungus fu*kers” version of the end of the world. It really made me think about how our world is now. How we are connected to one another more than anytime in human history, yet we are isolated from one another at the same time, and how that itself can bring us to our end. And Ray Porter’s reading of this story is superb as usual!! He always gives me the emotion and tone of a story and I love listening to him!! Thanks for another well spent credit!

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  • Thomas
  • Plantation, Florida United States
  • 08-06-18

This is my first review

This book was recommended by a coworker.

Overall the book lived up to the hype that my coworker gave it. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline.

The performance by the narrator was awesome. He did an amazing job.

The story kept my interest and I couldn’t put it down. I was sorry it had to end. It was a fun ride. Maybe a sequel?

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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On Point for 2018!!!

Here's the thing, if you read the book and found it rough or too full of political POV's, then you are exactly what the book is about. It was never meant to be a sci fi thriller or zombie first person shooter novel. Instead, it offer a humorous and sarcastic view of the various issues leading to the downfall of our society. I am not sure our planet will see future societies.

As for Ray Porter, well, as they say in the baseball, this was a fastball right in his wheelhouse. A GRAND SLAM for Ray and his fans. You get the full gambit with Ray's narration. As a child of the 60's, I found myself saying a lot of the same things with the same sarcasm as Ray infused to this tale. Thank you again Ray Porter.

Great epilogue. I have to say, it was refreshing to hear the tag team explain things. Look forward to your next installment.

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  • Areana S
  • ST AUGUSTINE, FL, US
  • 08-02-18

Dusty is as amazing as his “parents”

Let me explain the parents bit: at the end of the book Bobby and his wife speak about the process of writing and choosing a narrator and the banter between them is fabulously funny, so you kinda get where Dusty was derived.
Anyway, this book is limited in character but filled to the brim with hilarious one-sided conversations and quite a bit of excitement. My favorite is when M makes such an obvious age mistake (why do all kids think anyone over 50 is close to ancient) and tries to hook him up with a crazy old lady. This book almost sounds like a social and political commentary yet it doesn’t choose a side but rather depicts how WE should get over the whole “picking a side” and move on with living.
But the book, first with Ray Porter it’s a given the reading will be excellent and with Bobby Adair you know it’s going to be a blast.
Areana
NJ

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 07-29-18

Beware the Shrooms!

We are introduced to Dusty, a man exiting his backyard bunker two years after a fungus pandemic has wiped out and/or infected nearly the entire population. The living infected has growths or large bumps on their head and body. The growths on their head resemble a mushroom cap cut in half placed on top of their head so that the immune survivors call them shrooms or shroomheads. Dusty is one of the few remaining immune. As we discover more about Dusty we find an opinionated man; a man critical of life and people before the apocalypse, contemptuous of the way we viewed and treated each other, and a man who now realizes just how good we had it. After two years Dusty also realizes that what he misses the most is companionship. He needs to find another living normal human being. What Dusty finds is totally unexpected, recognizing his needs versus wants. The story is excellent and Ray Porter brings it to life.

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Bunkers and Politics. The Author is right on!

But is he Red or Blue? As a life long Independent, I got a kick out of the Author’s comments on political sides. The book was fun and Ray Porter makes any book worth a listen!

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Being Cantankerous/old(ish) in a zombie world

Dusty is a cantankerous old(ish) man who has spent the past two years living in his underground bunker after the world was taken over by fungus headed zombies. He hasn’t seen another human being in that time so he’s started writing a diary, partly to chronicle how the world reached this point and partly because he’s lonely and bored.

He writes about the direct events that led up to the zombies but also about how the world was in general before that point. The book is inadvertently political, discussing classism (Dusty is working class and as such has the very best rants about capitalism) and how differing political views feel now the world has ended.

There’s not a lot of action in this book, being mostly the musings of a grumpy hermit rather than an adrenalin-fuelled rager zombie romp, but there’s enough to keep the story flowing and your interest piqued. Dusty has to leave his bunker or risk losing his mind to the loneliness, his diary entries chronicle what he finds and how he survives outside.

Dusty has a very dark sense of humour and conveys his emotions in a typical man-of-a-certain-age way (by pretending he doesn’t have any), this is brilliantly narrated by Ray Porter who manages to make the main character likable and quirky rather than depressing (I feel like that would have been far too easy to do, with all the complaining he does). His voice and pacing fits perfectly and held my attention right until the end.

There’s even a bonus half-hour author interview at the end of this audiobook, where Bobby Adair and his editor/wife discuss how this book came to be. I really enjoyed the format of the interview, the author is apparently very shy and became a lot chattier as the interview went on and their personalities bounced off each other – it was a fun way to learn more about the writing and editing process and made me want to read some more of the author’s work.

This is a thoughtful and entertaining zombie novella which was excellently narrated, I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog.
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A must listen .

Bobby Adair writes the perfect post apocalyptic story with a terrific as always Ray Porter performance.

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a rambling rag fest

in the midst of rambling ranting raving hate fest against the whole world is a zombieesk story. it's ok but I wish I passed. had a real good premise but if I'm going to listen to someone rant and rave against the world...i could listen to my father!

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  • Claudia
  • KALISPELL, MT, United States
  • 06-20-18

Not what I thought

Self loathing, political tirades/diatribes disguised as a Sci-Fi, post ap novel. Can't take anymore of the political stuff, I turn to fantasy/fiction to escape!!!!!! The only bright spot was the narrator.

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  • sfak107
  • 07-23-18

Long winded, too many explanations and boring.

There’s no action in this and the story witters on about his pre apocalypse life. On the upside the narrator is good.