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In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: Subvenire refectus. To rescue and rebuild.

The Remaining is the first book in the best-selling series, which tells a gritty tale of survival, perseverance and fighting to get back what has been lost.

©2012 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Bad plot turned out very good

I really had my doubts about this series and only the excellent reviews led me to listen to the first book.

The premise is that the government has this secret end of the world military group which individually bunkers down for a month and come out to rebuild society. They've never had to try to fulfill their mission, until now. I could almost buy that, but they only have one man for each state? And who bunkers down for a month with a dog? It just didn't seem plausible.

Right off the bat I pegged this was a macho military special forces bang bang splatter book with nothing else to offer, the worst kind of zombie story. And I think the protagonist thought it would be like that too. Well, things didn't turn out that way. Our hero isn't perfect and makes an almost fatal mistake right away. Nothing is easy. The story and the difficulties that he and his group had to over come is gripping and compelling. They are constantly on the run, hunted with no supplies and barely making it the few hours. The only easy day was yesterday.

And my pet peeve are stupid kids messing everything up, but the author read my mind in this case with Sam! Lee is just as angry at the kid as me, almost word for word, lol.

The narrator also changed. I thought it would be like listening to the voice of those movie trailers for 8 hrs through the book, every word and sentence had to be so darn dramatic and interesting when there was nothing going on. But he dropped the over acting later. Hes very good.

In some ways this story reminds me of Day by Day. I think this is a must read if you like zombie books. Get "The Remaining" now!

15 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Characters you can believe in

Would you consider the audio edition of The Remaining to be better than the print version?

Some apocalypse books spend (I feel) too much time dealing with the emotions of the survivors. D. J. Molles does that but with a careful hand. He stays well on the side of action/zombies/thriller but still gives us characters to root for and some to hate.

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

Christian Rummell does, I feel, a really excellent job. I've read other books he narrated and, actually, he's the reason I chose this series.

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

How the World Ends, Again. <br/><br/>Jerry's coup is definitely, I feel, another end of the world - an end of the world Lee and the survivors had created.

Any additional comments?

Very happy with the series and look forward to more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • MONTGOMERY, IL, United States
  • 10-14-13

Off to a Good Start

What made the experience of listening to The Remaining the most enjoyable?

The narrator does an excellent job setting up the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

A little slow at the outset, but give it some time. You don't want to miss this series.<br/>This is the typical start to a zombie apocalypse book.<br/>Spoiler alert---<br/>Even though they are technically not zombies. <br/><br/>The book is short and lays the foundation for the rest of the series. <br/>You will want to read this book because it sets ou good books to come.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

He is great!

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

No

Any additional comments?

Get ready for the rest of the series!

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  • Richard
  • DAVENPORT, FL, United States
  • 10-12-13

If you like post apocolypse you will like this one

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

I would say this book is right up there with others that I have read. I really liked the way the main character is introduced and his "mission". Nice twist on a often written about subject.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

Christian Rummels performance was first rate. I would listen to him again.

Any additional comments?

I have only read the first book in this series, but I am looking forward to the rest. I even got my wife hooked while taking a road trip.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Remaining was a riveting story

What made the experience of listening to The Remaining the most enjoyable?

The build-up of each scene, the realistic dialogue and twisting action from chapter to chapter makes this a "can't press pause" audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed each human situation, with the clash of morals and effect of survival instincts vs society's previous rules. A lot of the characters experienced conflict, including Lee himself.

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

No

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

Yes

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  • victoria
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 10-09-13

Nice concept. Great narration.

Great narration leads us through a well conceived, well paced story. Okay, so main protagonist isn't the smartest man in the bunker (even though he is), and the bad guys are too simple (come on, a character like Gerry need a bit more nuance), but I enjoyed the series...up until #4 (hours of internal monologue: I get it, Lee's hurt and Angela's not going to take it any more).

I'll get number 5, though.

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  • Peter
  • Prince George, BC, Canada
  • 01-02-14

Falls short of expectations.

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Not much forethought put into this book. For example. A perfectly usable, well stocked bunker is considered a total loss and abandoned because a few feet of burned 2x4's are stacked over the man-hole entrance. I've happily cleared worse than this simply for minimum wage. Yet peoples lives are on the line and no attempt is made to gain entrance to life saving supplies. <br/><br/>The actual writing and performance are not bad. The story lacks imagination and is very weak and very lazy.<br/><br/>The scenario has potential and the book starts off great. It falls completely flat after about an hour. It's missing so much of what I wanted to see in a survivalist book. ie: details and realistic solutions to problems.<br/><br/>It ends very abruptly in a "to be continued" manner. Persuading the listener to buy the next in the series.<br/>I will not be pursuing this series. Book 1 was enough.

15 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Leber
  • San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
  • 03-07-15

Great Idea, Terrible Execution

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This story starts out by telling informing you how bad ass the protagonist of this book is, how he was in the Special Forces and all the experience he has, and the first thing he does is make a string of the stupidest amateur mistakes anyone could possibly make. I could not make it past the first few chapters before I had to stop. First thing he does is disobey his standing order as soon as it looks like nobody is looking over his shoulder, next he gets stabbed because he forgets his most basic situational awareness, and then he gets his safe house burned down because he leaves it in the hands of an unsupervised traumatized child. He also writes like a delusional survivalist with a hard-on for all the latest useless gear. This author could not have served in the military, not if he thinks our special forces are this stupid, and I doubt he ever slept outside, aside from maybe some car camping :P

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not ready for prime time.

While I enjoy reading (or listening) to books based on the premise of an apocalyptic world, this author hasn't quite refined his craft sufficiently to hold my interest. Take out the gratuitous cursing and you have comic book material suitable for a teenager. The characters lack depth and it is hard to feel any sort of empathy for them. I found myself wishing it would just end so I could be done with it. I will not be following the further adventures of Captain Lee Harden in the follow-up books. With all due respect to Mr. Molles, this book has the feel of a product that was rushed to the market in order to take advantage of current trends.

If you are interested in this kind of story, try The Passage by Justin Cronin. Read by Scott Brick, the story will pull you in from the first page! Awesome author and reader!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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TEOTWAWKI- The end of the world as we know it.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Well done story arc, good characters. However, there are a lot of frustrating errors.. No proofreaders available? Even listening to the audio, there are grammatical mistakes. Was the author saving money? It shows.

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

The set up for the main character owning a dog was a waste. Less buildup, and add more chapters to Lee doing his mission.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

Capt. Lee and Jack.

Could you see The Remaining being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Why waste my time answering this? (for a book review) It's being filmed in Wimingotn, N.C.We are seeing proof of how huge the internet is, with a book going from digital media, and then to movie rights to be on the big screen.

Any additional comments?

It follows the standard zombie apocalypse genre. I have read or listened to a dozen books. I give the narrator a high rating, he's very good to listen to. The story is very sound and well done descriptively by the author. I am disappointed that the book was short in length (8 hrs), and would have liked it doubled for the price.I don't want to own a trilogy of books for $50 that could end up as a $3.95 bargain day buy in a year.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful