Survivors Series 01

Series: Survivors (Big Finish), Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
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It begins with just a few people falling ill. Another flu virus that spreads around the globe. And then the reports begin that people are dying....

When most of the world's population is wiped out, a handful of survivors are left to pick up the pieces. Cities become graveyards. Technology becomes largely obsolete. Mankind must start again....

1.1: 'Revelation' by Matt Fitton. When people begin to die of a new strain of a flu virus, newspaper journalists Helen Wiseman and Daniel Connor investigate. They uncover a terrifying story - but will anyone ever get to read it?

1.2: 'Exodus' by Jonathan Morris. Billions of people have died across the globe. Cities are rife with secondary diseases, and the survivors attempt to make their way out of London.

1.3: 'Judges' by Andrew Smith. After a storm wipes out much of their community's supplies, Greg and Jenny go in search of new provisions - much to Abby's disapproval.

1.4: 'Esther' by John Dorney. Greg, Jenny and their new friends are trapped. Will they ever make it out alive?

Note: Survivors contains adult material and is not suitable for younger listeners.

©2014 Big Finish Productions (P)2014 Big Finish Productions
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Wonderfully entertaining....

I have become a huge fan of full cast audio productions. So much that now when I look for my next listen, I try to find one with at least multiple narrators if not a full cast. The Survivors series was a great addition to my widening library. Although some of the situations were a bit far fetched, just listening to the production itself made it worthwhile. The voice acting was above par and the added music and sound effects brought it even more to life. I will definitely be continuing the series.

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DISAPPOINTING

If you've seen the television show, you'll be disappointed by listening to this audio drama.

Poor all around.

3\4 of this is an audio drama while the remaining 1\4 of this drama are production notes. An expensive book (audio drama) and it's not even a full length drama!

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  • W. Beckett
  • 12-12-16

A eye opener!

Would you listen to Survivors Series 01 again? Why?

As a kid I watched the 1st Series of Survivors on 70's TV. I only caught up with series 2/3 on DVD in 2016. But now I wish I never bothered. It's actually Big Finish who belatedly carry on Terry Nation's vision. I have series 1 to 5 on CD. But I re-bought Series 1 & 2 of these Big Finish audio's to put on my Kindle. Good writing and production deserve to be rewarded to continue. That's how good, telling and impact memorable this series is to listen too again!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The montage of characters are all great. All having a history to impact into later recordings. Stick with it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

You can't pick one scene when there's a great arc depicting all the Horrors and Honourable Highs of Human Nature.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Morals and Ethics should always Survive!

Any additional comments?

Terry Nation would have been Proud. Had this remained the tone of the TV series, he would never have left!

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  • Gooner14
  • 11-29-16

Jenny, Abby and Greg return

As a huge fan of the 70's TV series I was pleased to find this new audiobook series. It's great to hear from Jenny, Abby and Greg. A believable story that ties nicely into the original. As mentioned in at least one review I did have issues hearing certain parts of the audio whilst driving and had to turn the volume up.
Overall I'm more than happy with the story and performance

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  • Becca1405
  • 06-25-17

Brilliant cast, terrible sound engineering

An interesting concept & great cast, ruined by the worst sound engineering I've ever heard in an audiobook.

Not just some parts being too quiet (some of this was obviously a directorial choice to show people being further away or muffled) but voices clearly not being picked up properly when recorded so no matter how hard you turned it up the words weren't clearly audible.

It's almost like they used really old school microphones that would only record when the actor's mouth was directly in front of them so the sound kept dropping out.

Very disappointing as this was otherwise and interesting production.

Another issue was the choice to use original cast actors in the same roles. A nice idea but rather confusing when you realise a character who sounds like they're in their 50/60s is actually meant to be in their 20/30s.

Also worth bearing in mind is that the last 30 minutes or so of the book is interviews with the cast. They are interesting but it means the book is even shorter than it seems.

If you have an audible account & can get the book for £6 or so it's reasonable but please don't even consider paying the £40 (!!!) they want for it. I don't see ago they could justify that for a 4 hour book even if everything else were perfect!

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  • C21H30O5
  • 02-02-20

Excellent adaptation ruined by apalling sound.

I loved the original and the more modern TV series of Survivors and find the theme fascinating.
This version is an interesting modernisation of Terry Nation's idea, and having some of the original actors from the 70s adds credence.

However! How on earth did this recording get past quality control? It sounds as though the actors are sitting round an enormous table that only has one microphone which is down one end. Some voices are so loud that you have to run over to turn down the sound for fear of disturbing the neighbours, and the next voice sound so quiet and far away you have to run over to turn the sound up. Whispers are not spoken in a stage whisper, (to keep the sounds equal), but quite literally whispered, so you can't hear them. One misses chunks of the story because so much is too quiet to hear, whilst other parts are deafeningly loud.

If you are prepared to spend a LOT of money on this recording, then put aside the time to sit beside your player of choice, with one hand on the volume control, so that you can constantly adjust the sound depending on who is speaking. You will have very busy fingers.

Very disappointing.

I also bought series 2 and 3 and am dreading them being the same.

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  • P SIXSMITH
  • 10-02-16

excellent.

I remember well the original TV version. Gave up on the remake, but this is excellent Great cast and performance. Dark and a chilling reminder of how fragile our take on civilisation as we know it is.

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  • Kevin
  • 01-15-17

Gritty drama, quality drama..

Hard to listen to at times but worth sticking with! Shows how fragile our society is, when things start to happen that we can't control or do anything about! Hopefully we won't have anything like this to deal with ; but they say we are always one day away.....

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  • Andrew Evans
  • 05-27-20

A Great Audio Drama

Really enjoyed this audio drama. Reminded me of the TV series in the 70's and nice to see some of those actors back to lend their voices. I see 2 more seasons are available in Audible so I'm going to get those now, but I believe there are at least 9 seasons available ! Any chance of these all becoming available on Audible anytime soon ?

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  • Tennis elbow is torture
  • 09-03-19

Magnifico

Topical, thought-provoking premise; gripping, upredictable story, great characters and acting. Sound design 8/10, otherwise brilliant.

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  • spencear
  • 07-02-19

Terror from another angle

A welcome way into, Terry Nation's nightmare world through the folks at Big Finish. Fast, and haunting with a real feel of the first series of the TV show, A wonderful reintroduction to Survivors, lifting the lid on just a couple of the millions of stories that died in the plague. With a brilliant script and stellar work from the cast, a must listen for those who like a look behind the curtain of what if, or a glimpse into a possible future.

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  • simon m
  • 04-04-19

as a science fiction fan I have really enjoyed it

really good book,enjoyed the journey, the players were great,as a story of it's time it's still workable as of today's time.

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  • N J Puxty
  • 09-10-17

Well made but lacks good writing

I love radio plays. Has great sound effects and it's like a movie for your mind. This would be good for anyone who likes end of the world or survival books. The writing was poor. I didn't care for the characters and in fact I found them annoying and I tried hard not to turn it off. The story was dragged out and the script kept repeating over and over. I found when characters talked to them self it was unconvincing and forced and fake.