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As the dead prey on the living…

The end of the world has come not with a bang or a whimper, but with the guttural snarl of walking corpses hungry for human flesh. The "lucky" survivors flee an unstoppable virus spreading death and societal collapse across the globe.

The living prey on one another….

As the rules of civilization crumble, a lawyer, a pilot, and a nurse become comrades-in-arms in the fight against extinction. But not every enemy wears a rotting face, and anyone who doesn’t have your back just might have your head. Humankind’s twilight is at hand, and these are indeed...dark days.

©2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc. (P)2010 Manel Loureiro

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Long Live Lucullus!

I don't understand some of the harsh negative reviews of part 2, from readers of part 1. It felt to me like a fitting continuation of part 1, and nearly as enjoyable. I think the whole trilogy will probably fit better read as a whole. This is really just the middle portion of a book. So it doesn't feel complete in itself.

And I really hope the negative reviews don't stop them bothering releasing part 3 in English...

I do admit, it wasn't quite as good as part 1, and had issues I feel:
- The whole side story of Prit being accused of a crime was just silly, and poorly handled. I mean the author himself is a lawyer, the character a lawyer, but even though the real culprit was known, nothing was ever really mentioned or done about it. It was kind of used just as a poor contrivance for them getting involved in the military.
- The last chapter. I don't like how the last chapter was left though, and I am going to keep thinking about it until part 3 is released. Part 1 at least ended on a note of hope, not a cliffhanger. I really don't appreciate books ending on cliffhangers...

But, that aside, the rest of the story was great.

Long live Lucullus! And bring on part 3

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding Narration, Decent Story

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

The narrator excelled with the larger cast of multi-cultural characters and with his gift for suspense made a decent story very enjoyable.

Would you recommend Dark Days to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but probably only as an audiobook. Enjoy the first book, Apocalypse Z, and hope that the third book is better.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

The Ukrainian.

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

Totally engrossed to narrative performance.

Any additional comments?

Nick Podehl is on my list of narrators to seek out. I didn't know he performed Patrick Rothfuss's books.

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  • naelene
  • wanganui, New Zealand
  • 12-23-13

wow! love his books!

A vulnerability about this character, where his friend is more the strong silent type.The narrator brings all the book to life.he was excellent. I highly recommend no1 and 2 in this series. Although it follows the theme every zombie book has. It has a slightly different flavor. Full of action, adventure and has a good ending which to me is most important.

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All I could think is THERE BETTER BE A THIRD BOOK

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OK after that ending I had to write a review. Let's get the bad out of the way first. I'm going to assume you've read book one. What is wrong with this book? Again it's the 17 year old "woman" with the 30-something lawyer. Wishful thinking on the writer's behalf? I would have chosen someone in their mid to late 20's as almost believable VS a child. It's creepy. Don't justify, I get it, I don't like it. <br/><br/>Other than that my only problem was the ending but I see there's a third book so I forgive the author. <br/><br/>On an almost annoying note the lawyer was whiny like the last book but not horribly so AND the plot line with how Pritt got forced into the military to avoid a trial should have been fleshed out more in order to be believable, it's like the author had to downsize his book so he combined two scenes into one. At no point does the girl tell the lawyer what happened to her and what she feels happened to the nun? I see how that one thing was used to move the plot along but it could have been A better explained section of the book since so much of the book depends on it. <br/><br/>The author spends time comparing their situation to nazi Germany but never fleshed that out either. Both scenes seem pointless when not elaborated upon. OK these seem like negatives but only the first two points annoyed me. These other few things were almost annoying but they showed promise and I let my imagination fill in the gaps to fix what I felt was a bit off. <br/><br/>There was constant action which kept you on the edge of your seat but I think I would have enjoyed the book more if some of the book had been a little wordier, I would have been ok with a few slower sections if they explained more of what the author was thinking. For instance more about the Nazi comparison and the rivalry with the royalists. <br/><br/>The fact that It took barely any prodding to get an entire hospital to start firing on each other was sort of lame. So nothing surprising has ever happened in this ULTRA cautious community? Shoot first and don't ask questions ever? I mean after two days and they still don't have the story strait? <br/><br/>Ugh I sound critical. I really did like the book. I'm going to go listen to the third book. Nick Poehdel does an awesome job as the reader!! I highly recommend this trilogy!! The only thing that was a total turn off was the idea of the teenager with the old man. If you can stomach that then you will probably like these books!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • rene
  • Henrietta, Tx, United States
  • 05-23-14

Sometimes a Haven is a Prison

What did you love best about Dark Days?

I loved the interaction of the established characters with each other and the new characters and events

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Days?

The scene in the Basement!

Which scene was your favorite?

When they get to the Dock and see the wet suit

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sometimes a Haven is a Prison

Any additional comments?

I will continue to buy this series and check out other Loureiro books

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  • Richard
  • Arkansas City, Kansas
  • 04-13-14

Movie Worthy Series

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Or a nice television mini-series. Excellent writing, story, performance. I listened to most of this book in one setting. If it were reading it, I'd be calling it a page-turner. Really loved this second in the series. Luculus continues!!!

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  • Ahmed
  • Spring, tx, United States
  • 03-11-14

Falls off a bit

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Good time. The story picks up immediately where it left off and goes into a different writing approach. It was a good read not great.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Added more elements of sole survival which made the first book so intense.

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

Great work to bring realism to the listening experience.

Did Dark Days inspire you to do anything?

Survive the apocalypse with a Garfield. Stupid Cat!

Any additional comments?

Good book, but doesn't measure up to the first book. After reading the second I still have more vivid memories of the first one.

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Full of action with a cliffhanger

The next installment in the apocalypse Z series doesn’t disappoint. Starting off which a nice overview of book one to get you caught up to the current happenings, it picks right up where the story left off. This book does a good job with keeping the pace moving and keeping the action coming except for one small section about a quarter of the way in (I can’t tell you why but it makes sense this part is action less from a story perspective). The characters don’t have a whole lot of growth in this book compared to the first but they’re just as likable and engaging. With a bunch of twists and turns you’ll never see coming (OK I didn’t at least) it a fun ride with a cliffhanger to end it all.

Nick Podehl does a great job managing the different voices but all the accents as well. Wonderful narration!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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From a different perspective,

Would you listen to Dark Days again? Why?

and very well done. Narration was excellent and the story itself comes from a different viewpoint making it both interesting and addictive.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Bought the second book because this was so good.

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  • Shaina
  • TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States
  • 01-06-14

Decent follow up to the first book

What did you love best about Dark Days?

It is starting to get into the community aspect of the Disease and what people are still capable of. It was touched on before briefly in the first book, but not on this scale. Plus there was more on the world wide effect of the entire issue.

Would you be willing to try another book from Manel Loureiro? Why or why not?

I think I really would like to see what happened to our trio. I saw that he has a 3rd book set to come out soon and I might be inclined to get that.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

Prit - his conveys the Ukrainian's determination and spirit.

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

It was a book I had the opportunity to listen to all in one sitting - which is very rare for me. If I had my way I would do that for all the books I listen to/read.

Any additional comments?

I like the format change from the first book - this volume shows more than just the main character's out look and it's not written as a journal this time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 04-23-17

Good storyline

Good characters and interesting plot showing how we don't always need the undead to kill mankind, mankind is good at killing each other, for petty reasons.