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Publisher's Summary

A bonding adventure goes horribly wrong in this gripping story of trust, survival, and motherly instincts. Karla and her stepdaughter Olivia are alone on a remote family camping trip when news of a mysterious outbreak in nearby San Francisco begins to trickle in.

With little information to go on, the two women must identify the biggest threat to their safety: the supposedly deadly virus, the stranger who stumbles into their campsite, or each other.

Playwright Marisela Treviño Orta was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible-commissioned playwright, she received funding and creative support to develop Nightfall, which was directed by Elena Araoz.

Portions of this audiobook contain mature language and themes. Listener discretion is advised. 

©2020 Marisela Treviño Orta (P)2020 AO Media LLC

About the Creator

Marisela Treviño Orta is a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and a core writer at The Playwrights' Center. She has been awarded the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, the 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama, the 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award, and is a 2019 Kendeda Finalist. Her plays have been produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Company, American Conservatory Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, Halcyon Theatre, Shotgun Players, Su Teatro, and Brava Theater.

About the Performer

Cynthia Bastidas’s stage credits include the PlayOn! Shakespeare Festival (Classic Stage Company), Original Sound (Cherry Lane Theatre), #nowall (Eugene O'Neill Theater Center), The Mecca Tales (Sheen Theatre/Crossroads Theater), She She She (New Ohio Theatre), Informed Consent (Gulfshore Playhouse), Just Like Us (Denver Center Theatre), The Why Me Pen (Public Theater), Kita y Fernanda (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Co), Lost/Not Found (Up Theater), The World’s Fair Play Festival (Queens Theatre), The Golden Drum Year (Radical Evolution), Jackson Heights Trilogy (Theatre 167), Zero (Public Theater), and Anna in the Tropics (Lehman Stages). Television credits include Ramy S2 E6 and Homeland S6 E6. She has an MFA from Theater-Brooklyn College, and training from HB Studio, Labyrinth Master Class, and Andrew Wade-Royal Shakespeare Company.

About the Performer

MaYaa Boateng was recently featured in Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fairview. A standout both onstage and on-camera, Boateng’s work has been met with acclaimed distinction. In The New York Times, she is highlighted in Alex Hawgood’s Up Next artist spotlight series. Additional theater credits include Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, Or the Reeducation of Undine (Signature Theatre) and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (The Public, Delacorte). She finds purpose in delving into a range of characters and exploring dangerous beautiful depths of humanity. On-screen, she has recurred both on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and Showtime’s City on a Hill. Most recently, Boateng starred in the much-talked-about season finale episode of HBO's High Maintenance. She holds an MFA from NYU Graduate Acting.

About the Performer

Jeremy Jordan recently starred on Broadway opposite Kerry Washington in the provocative new play American Son, and then reprised his role in the Netflix film adaptation. Next up is his lead role as seminal record producer and Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart in the feature Spinning Gold and starring as Seymour in the New York production of the iconic Little Shop of Horrors. Other films include The Last 5 Years opposite Anna Kendrick, Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, and Newsies. His TV work includes as a series regular on The CW’s Supergirl, NBC’s Smash, and Disney Channel’s Tangled, and guest starring on The Flash, Elementary, and Law & Order: SVU. Other Broadway shows include his Tony-nominated starring role in Newsies, playing Clyde in Bonnie & Clyde (Theatre World Award), starring as Tony in West Side Story, and playing leads in Rock of Ages and Waitress.

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Misophonia sufferers beware

Very scene has eating or drinking sounds. I appreciate a good audio drama but the amount of eating and drinking sounds ruined the story for me. I tried to skip past it but that’s where they put the exposition. When will producers realize there are other ways to bring the listener into the story?

I gave up. The constant whining of the teenage character didn’t help the situation any. The story might be excellent after scene three. But I won’t find out.

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Scene 3 ruined it

Despite the annoying teenager it was OK. But when the guy showed up and spent the entire time crunching on chips while talking, "crunch crunch crunch gulp", I gave up. Who thinks that stupid noise could possibly add to the story?? Total fail. It's one think to read "constant crunching", it's another to have to listen to it. Send the director back to Directing 101.

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Oh my god!

This is the worst story I have ever heard. The story went south when the guy popped in. I was enjoying it until he came along. This dude literally I did not like at all. He sounded like a Narcissist. Literally, that's how they talk. I was enjoying the book at first but when it got towards the end I was disappointed. Not what I expected!

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Step parents can relate!

This was a great listen while preparing dinner. I’m a big sci-fi fan, anything zombie apocalypse gets my attention. What a surprise that this book contains one of my favorite plots! The acting was great and I highly recommend this book. It explores the complexities of blended families and how emotionally challenging bridging the gap can be.

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DEAR GOD THE CHEWING

If you’re one of those people that hate to listen to people chew when they eat, I highly advise you to stay away. This is just another “virus makes people zombies” story. Not very interesting.

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This story was messed up

This was just dark and dumb. The ending is obvious, unwanted and unsatisfying. The background stories don't make any sense.

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Great story and performance!

Was engaged for the entire story! I also love that this whole story took place in the context of a camping trip.

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Zombie Enthusiast

The narration was fantastic. Performances were great.

The story was an interesting take on the zombie scene.

Some of the dialogue in the beginning is kind of cringe. Seems unnatural and not the way in which two individuals would speak to one another.

Other than that the story kept me in until the end. Not terrific, but not terrible.

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Loved the way it was told

Made you feel you was there in the middle of it all. Fun to listen to.

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The acting was pretty good, if not a little cringe in a few places, but the writing was excellent! And the payoff at the end was well worth it!

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  • moira s.
  • 03-30-22

brilliant

l really enjoyed this audio book. l would like to hear from the author.

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  • Doherty
  • 09-13-21

brilliant

left me wishing there was more to this story with more cast members . could been a full series

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  • Nan
  • 08-16-22

Horrible

Who thought this one up !! Just what we need following a pandemic !! Words fail me

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  • dee
  • 07-31-22

Really good!

I liked this a lot - it was well-performed and realistic. I would like more of this kind of drama from Audible and would be interested in a follow up to this particular story.

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  • Sam
  • 06-08-22

Great

I love an audible drama and this is great, it makes you feel fully immersed as if you are right there with the characters in the story. keeps you hooked and interested in what is going to happen next. I do wish it was longer and I hope that there are more stories from this author soon.

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  • cragol
  • 05-26-22

Could have been fleshed out more..

The story had some nice touches to add to an already drenched genre. I did particularly enjoy the performances and found the build up believable. Could have done with more to the story and perhaps more sound effects to add tension and movement.

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  • Rainbow Cool Stuff
  • 05-09-22

Blimey …

Not one for bedtime reading haha

Pretty good - well written and realistic characters. Short and not so sweet

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  • Denise field
  • 04-30-22

nightfall

I absolutely loved this little novella brilliantly narrated (even the best of books can be ruined by awful voice actors)

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  • Wilson
  • 03-03-22

A great zom-poc origin story

I really enjoyed this. I'm a zombie addict so I'm probably biased, but this was a well done introduction to the apocalypse. Some slightly hammy acting and clunky dialogue but this improved as it went along.

Having exhausted all the decent zombie stories now I was delighted to find this. I'd be more delighted if they continued the story. The cast format for this kind of story is great when done well, rather than the hugely disappointing "We're Alive" which is like all the worst soap opera/sound productions rolled into one.

Finally an Audible Original that gets it mostly right.

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  • Somebodyelse
  • 12-29-21

4/5 as loose ends or is a sequel on it way?

Brilliant audio drama, loved the actors/ actresses. Great story line but is there going to be a sequel?! The ending left so many questions hanging and I need to know what happens next!
Would highly recommend this if you like audio dramas and a bit of fantastical escapism.