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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Kind of a different approach

If you could sum up The First Days in three words, what would they be?

Tough human emotions

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

yeah, it's a good look at a different side of human nature.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I believe that it did

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

The intensity of the children's demise and how it affected the mother in the first portion of the book.

Any additional comments?

I think that this book is a tough read (or listen) for a guy because it does focus a lot on the emotional state of the two women. With that said, it's tough to capture the human focus and this book seems to do it well. It's certainly not what I expect when I read a zombie novel, but I can't fault the author for writing from her imagination's point of view. <br/>I believe that most guys will want to see more zombie fighting, survival skills and action, however, it's also a good idea to see what simmers below the surface if you are forced to survive together without running all over the country.

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  • George
  • United States
  • 12-09-13

Not like the walking dead.

The book begins when the zombies first take over. It's great to listen to, how people deal with the impossible of the dead rising. Some live some die. I like the the "thinking" humans actually improve their situation, instead of being in a constant state of running.

Good book, from a female's point of view.

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  • russell
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 08-11-13

Good on the verge of great

Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

Probably would. It sets a pretty good pace in the opening.

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

The description of the main character's family turning into Zombies and her infant son's fingers clawing at the door crack.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

Great narration and worked well since the main characters are female

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

no

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My first zombie book

What made the experience of listening to The First Days the most enjoyable?

Good story which manages to keep up the zombie killing pace without overdoing it.

What did you like best about this story?

Thelma and Louise meets Linda Hamilton with lots of zombies

Which scene was your favorite?

Tinker Bell of Death!

Any additional comments?

This is the first book in this genre that got me past the first chapter.

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  • ronda
  • DALLAS, TX, United States
  • 05-06-13

love zombiie books

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

I meet the author and she very nice told her i would buy book happy i did<br/>

What did you like best about this story?

Will let you know

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  • Dustin
  • ramona, CA, USA
  • 09-05-12

zzzzZZZzzzZZZZz

Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

cassandra did a good job at reading a bad story book wasnt for me

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

no

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

shes very good at useing differnt tones for each person

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

meh not really

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  • Trevor
  • Bakersfield, CA, United States
  • 08-06-12

A relationship/love story in a zombie setting

Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

Maybe

Would you ever listen to anything by Rhiannon Frater again?

Maybe

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was fine but occasional male voices/accents seemed to trip her up.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It is still enjoyable to listen to because of the setting. The first book had more of the survival type story, this book, the second is 70% relationship/love, 30% zombie.

Any additional comments?

Far too many times the author mentioned people's hair in detail which I found distracting. The author also spent a large amount of time on clothing and emotions/memories, which felt like it was slowing the progress of the characters and the story on the whole. Too many things were repeated.

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  • Dana
  • Kinder, LA, United States
  • 06-22-12

WOW!

If you are looking for a book to keep you on the edge of your seat, then you have found it! I was hooked from the time that I listened to the first 5 minutes! The First Days is a story about 2 strong women that are faced with horrible odds but instead of giving up they fight for their lives and the lives of the people they love. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a spine tingling action packed ride! You will not be disappointed!!

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Unique concept...

...but I couldn't get past the Lesbian love story line.

The actual Zombie stuff seemed fairly mainline.

I quit listening after three hours. Not for me.

However, the reader is excellent and I will look for more books read by her.

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Lifetime of the Dead

Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

No thank you. Truth be told, I've only made it thru the first half and won't likely finish it. Like some other reviewers have said- not my demographic. A Lifetime network version of the zombie story. Geez I mean the author writes that the dog that the main characters pick up as expressing his mood by giving people doggy smiles. A little too cute for the end o the world. Silly descriptions of sexy rugged working men. It's really kinda comical. Almost like a story that's told so silly like that u wanna play it for people. The this is tastes so bad that u want everybody else to taste it phenomena.

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

No, prolly not. More cautious, yes.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The different characters were distinguishable, without being too over the top.

What character would you cut from The First Days?

Jenny is a flat, one dimensional character- a typical abused and damaged goods character who has been suddenly liberated (relieved of her children and husband). True Lifetime heroine.

Any additional comments?

The author makes sure that you know how everyone feels, at all times, in case you can't figure it out yourself. Very cut n dried and lazy,in my opinion.

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