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The First Days Audiobook

The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Rhiannon Frater's As the World Dies trilogy is an Internet sensation. The first two books, The First Days and Fighting to Survive, have won the Dead Letter Award for Best Novel from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner. And AmericanHorrorBlog calls Rhiannon Frater "a writer to watch".

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground. They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.

Fast-paced and exciting, filled with characters who grab your heart, The First Days: As the World Dies is the beginning of a frightening trilogy.

©2008, 2011 Rhiannon Frater (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the few zombie novels fueled by the power of feminine protagonists in an apocalyptic world gone wrong." (Harrisburg Book Examiner)

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    elaine United States 12-14-11
    elaine United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co

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    "Just a fun read!"

    I enjoyed this book. I looked forward to my 30 minute commute with this book. You have to be into the zombie genre though. It's always fun to have smart tough girls at the front of the story. If it helps you to decide, I immediately downloaded the second book in the series when I was done with book one.
    I hope you enjoy

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    victoria Washington, DC, United States 11-29-11
    victoria Washington, DC, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Mills & Boon meets Romero?"

    Where to start! Who are these people? Two women modeled on Thelma and Louise...badly. One behaves like a jealous adolescent despite having just seen her children slaughtered and turned into zombies...The other is likable, but what the author was going for with the Lesbian-not-a-Lesbian, I can't imagine. I'm hoping the author is a smart cynical writer who decided to capitalize on two audiences: Mills & Boon meets Romero = Zomance!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Fremont, NE, United States 05-13-13
    Stephanie Fremont, NE, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2016

    I drive truck and have alot of time to spend listening to books. I like zombie, vampire, and fantasy books.

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    "Good chic book"
    Where does The First Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the road


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both girls they are a good balance.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was very good kept me entertained.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen. I love zombie book this is a little different.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 08-08-13
    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 08-08-13
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    "Action packed zombie novel..."

    This one is a tough book to rate for me. My average time to listen to an audio book is about a week, give or take. This book took me about a month! I found that I didn’t want to listen to it at times and almost forced myself to listen just to move on, hoping it will get better. I’m truly not sure if it’s the book itself that didn’t impress me or the audio book narrator. I want to say a little of both. I really didn’t care too much for this book until after the halfway point.
    Don’t get me wrong, this book has all the elements of a good zombie action book. Emotions were high as the world as they know it began falling apart. The undead zombies were everywhere. The survivors became refugees and unfortunately the survivors were few and far in between.

    The zombies were described in great detail. They were certainly exactly what I would expect zombies to be like, nothing unexpected. There was tons of action between killing zombies and running away from zombies. There was heroic saves of survivors and horrible deaths. Rhiannon Frater did not shy away from the gruesomeness of zombies, which I did enjoy! She described their moans and screams while trying to eat people. She also didn’t shy away from how the zombies died when killed. They were run over, they were shot, they were crushed, they were smashed to death, all in great GORY detail!!!

    The characters might be where I had the problems, like I said towards the end they grew on me and the book as a whole did. Jenni and Katie, the main characters, are the “Thelma and Louise” girls. Jenni was definitely a “Loca” like Juan describes her as. Katie is stronger but equally crazy. Jenni and Katie meet lots of others in the fort, their make shift sanctuary. Travis is one among them. I don’t really like him that much, not sure why. Maybe because he doesn’t want to shoot zombies, he tries to be TOO PC, or maybe because he has insta-love with Katie. I don’t know. I seem to like Juan, the Mexican American more. Juan is the only reader of the Zombie Survivors Guide, LOL and a great source of jokes amidst all the chaos. There are several other characters like I enjoyed like Nerit.

    I’m disappointed that right when I started to REALLY get into this book, it ENDED!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 05-21-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2017

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Where's the story and liable characters"

    I wasn’t really feeling this book. There is enough action, but the story is just sort of there, it doesn’t rise to a crescendo, or do anything to really draw you in. The telling just seems like a series of events rather than a good tale with twists and turns. The characters don’t do much evolving as they just seem to change on the stop of a dime, and I found them not that likable. I found the story rather plain and not that engaging.

    The performance was good not anything special but not bad, strickly middle of the road.

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    Marla Balla South Gulf Cove, Florida 04-30-12
    Marla Balla South Gulf Cove, Florida 04-30-12 Member Since 2010

    I grew up with books....not television.

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    "Female Bonding + Zombies"

    This was your standard survival against Zombies book. The "spin" was the relationship between the two female characters which would have been waaaay more interesting if things had gone where I thought they were going. (Trying not to give anything away here.) I'm debating on the second book - which may be promising as we are going to be introduced to raiders as well as the ongoing fight against zombies. Overall, it's a typical zombie book that I would score right in the middle. Worth a credit only if you've read everything else.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    valarie hollister, ca, United States 04-18-12
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2014

    Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.

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    "Good Zombie Thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook soley on the fact that it has two female heroines who kick *ss. I havent read anything quite like it. Much of the rest of the storyline is the same, but I definitely enjoyed it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Days?

    When the little boy's fingers were under the doorway trying to get at his mother.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I havent heard her before, but she was good this time.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kellie Baker Georgia, USA 03-03-15
    Kellie Baker Georgia, USA 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great realism in a zombie apocalypse book."

    very believable characters. back story without going overboard.strong characters that struggle with hard choices.went right into book 2

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abryan16 02-25-15
    Abryan16 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Eh"

    I would read i mean its not a bad book ,and i like the horror genre even though it barely falls into it. No book it flawless : so ya read it to make your own opinion.

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    John 01-07-15
    John 01-07-15
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    What disappointed you about The First Days?

    Everything...Voice the Narrator is portraying, Attitude, Presentation, <br/><br/>The fact that the Characters, and the entire world perception of the events around her gives an heir of Competence terrifies me. The amount of things that run through my mind that COULD happen in many of these instances seem to not enter into this reality....Its kind of like when you know enough to recognize that life is a balance of factors such as Hesitation, Variation, and Unpredictability that Murphy's Law truly shines in ways you never thought possible, and this is by no means a Closed system because Murphy is an Itch..<br/><br/>The descriptive writing of some aspects was spot on, but it doesn't have that practicality of a more fluid Sandbox of possibility I expect in Zombie Fiction.<br/><br/>So I'm not so much criticizing Frater's writing outright, <br/><br/>I've written about 30 pages of a Pseudo Zombie Fiction about a year ago, and its unlikely I'll ever finish it but I had fun and it was something Original, but I just don't have the energy to bring it to fruition, and there in I must give high praise to Rhiannon Frater.<br/><br/>So seeing that Frater has continued on to write as many books as she has is a testament to her resolve... but I just don't enjoy being around this set of Characters because Socially they are the kind of people that frankly make me want to claw my eyes out, and I'm sure the feeling would be mutual.<br/><br/>They just annoy me. *_*


    Has The First Days turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cassandra Campbell?

    I think the Narrator did her duty.


    What character would you cut from The First Days?

    Just about everyone of them because they annoyed the heck out of me. To give an example one character that didn't annoy me was Allison Hewitt, but seeing as Rhiannon Frater didn't write about Allison Hewitt sadly she need not apply. *_*


    Any additional comments?

    Seattle.... *_*

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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