The Final Day: The Full 24 Hours

Narrated by: S. W. Salzman
Series: The Final Hours, Book 1-4
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For Michael Roberts it was an ordinary day until the sirens began to blare. Then the evacuation order came through.

The first step outside, he knew his world would never be the same. The city was in ruins. The people were people no more... changed into ravenous walking evil.    

Michael's true terror was about to begin....

©2011 S.W. Salzman (P)2018 Shawn William Salzman

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Attention zombie fans

Excellent zombie tale of one man fighting the infection wile trying to keep his family safe
Fast-paced action and lots of highs and lows kept it interesting
I’ve been a fan of S. W. Salzman as a VO artist and now as an author highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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A refreshing perspective on the zombie apocalypse

A surprisingly fresh take on the ZomPoc genre!

This book was told first person, present tense, and follows a man through 24 hours after the zombie apocalypse starts. He's bitten early on, and is fighting the change throughout, and the internal struggle he goes through was a real treat to witness.

I usually don't care for zombie stories. There's just too many of them, and they all run together and are largely boring to me. But this one stood out with the cool perspective, the heart wrenching moments as our hero (?) is fighting back the urge building within him.

The change in the narrative when the change would start to try and overcome him was startling and chilling, a thrill to read. And the ending rips your guts out and slaps you with them.

If you're a zombie fan, this is certainly for you. If you're not, like me, you may find a gem in the genre. Take a peak, and bring some tissues. This one was really good.

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One man's descent into chaos

It's hard to review this audiobook without getting into spoiler territory. In the audiobook summary/description, the author gives us no hint about the main plot, but other reviewers here have mentioned it without providing a 'Spoiler Alert' warning. Sooo.... I suppose it's not really a secret anymore -- the main character has become infected with a zombie/rage virus and the story describes his subsequent 24 hours in first-person format. I've read/listened to quite a few zombie/virus stories over the years, but very few have been written from the first-person perspective of someone who has been infected. The story describes his battle against the progression of the virus and his efforts to ensure his family's safety.

The protagonist, his family, and another main character (a doctor) make multiple decisions that are questionable (primarily regarding the safety and well-being of children). I've never lived through a zombie apocalypse before, so maybe I'm just being an armchair quarterback. But if a parent is becoming potentially violent and uncontrollable, it seems to me that children should be removed from harm's way until the situation is resolved. That would be my only real quibble with the story itself, although I could understand if the detailed scenes describing violence towards children might be upsetting for some readers. Also, some readers/listeners might get confused by the reality/hallucination/fantasy transitions inside the mind of the protagonist, but I think it's appropriate given his condition. The length of the story was good, in my opinion, but I could also envision the author writing an expanded and fully developed version of the story that flushed out other aspects of the plot, such as the doctor's role/activities, the source of the virus, or the best friend's (and his wife's) story arc.

The narration was good. I'm glad to listen to an audiobook where I don't have to increase the playback speed substantially to find a comfortable listening pace. The author had a good narration voice for this story and these characters, but sometimes I got confused about whether some of the main character's dialogue was actual (spoken) versus internal (thought, or talking to oneself).

I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review.

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24 hours in a zombie apocalypse

This is the 24 hour story of a man infected with the zombie virus. The story is told from his point of view. He often talks to his conscious. First time I heard this type of zombie outbreak story. The author was also the narrator. I received this for free for an honest review.

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awesome

Always been a fan of S. W. narrations, now a fan of his writing. gripping, edge of seat and can't put down this story. The author's wit, grip on emotional strings and ability to truly tell a great story shins through in this one.
Would love to read listen to more in this world.

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loved it, just loved it!!!!!

Please excuse my french, but this story was just bad ass!!! loved every minute of it! oh my oh my!

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Wow, so different than any other zombie story

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author ( S.W. Salzman ) and the second book I’ve listened to that he has narrated. The book is broken into chapters in which each is one is an hour of the day. What a powerful book to see things through the eyes of a man as he changes into a zombie. This is not a happy into the sunset type of story. I’ve read a lot of zombie books and this is now in the top two with No Man’s Land by Jacqueline Druga. Both of these stepped out of the typical and provide a unique, excellent story.
The narration is pretty good. His character voices are subtly different. His kid and female voices are fairly natural. His style brings the urgency to this story, yet it was the same in the last of his I listened to.

There are no explicit sex scenes. There is violence and attacks on children. There is quite a bit of swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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Unique Zombie Book

Very unique one man show done in a 1st person narrative. He’s describing the beginning of the apocalypse and more. The narrator is really important in a 1st person narrative and Salzman does an incredible job. He brings you into his world at the moment. What a different way to tell a story.

Highly recommended.

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One man's curse...

The Final Day: The Full 24 Hours (Series: The Final Hours, Book 1-4) written and narrated by S. W. Salzman kept my interest overall and surprised me at the end. It’s a definite must listen for any zombie fan.

What’s it about? It’s about one man’s decent into madness while trying to survive the first twenty-four hours of the zompoc with his family. There’s some humor, pop-culture references, local mentions, and fast-paced action. Without giving spoilers, this is all I’ll say. I was prepared to give the story four stars, but the ending really put the book into a stands out from others in the genre category so 4 ½ stars- I’d like to see some things elaborated on. With that being said, if you begin this and some things are a bit muddled, stick with it as it will make sense later on. Salzman as a narrator is fanatic- if you haven’t checked out other narrations by him, you are missing out.

Overall, I recommend, especially if you enjoy zombies or looking for something new in the genre.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Due to spoilers only saying this is a zompoc book- it contains things like violence and death. And lots of swearing (but don’t fret, it’s the good kind).

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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another nice quick and different take on zombies

i like it when the writer comes up with a different angle. lot of Z books use same old same old. Told from a not-yet(maybe never) turned persons view. Blanking in and out of reality, getting his hopes up and then down over and over again. nice twists.
i got a free copy of this book.

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  • Nat 87
  • 11-08-19

An alternative twist on the zombie tale!

An enjoyable listen from a different point of view - the story provides an excellent twist which had me listening in just one session. Well narrated and great to have all the short stories in one continuous tale.

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  • Jon Spielman
  • 08-26-18

Excellent

Cool story, that was gripping, disturbing, and for sure grabs the reader. Narration was absolutely extremely well done. Leaving the listener with a truly enjoyable experience. Let me add, I LOVED the ending. Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen!!

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  • deafmick
  • 08-18-18

Wow

Wow i did not think it was going to end that way best audio book i had so for i give it 100% out of 100 when next one out

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  • Dee
  • 09-25-19

A different zombie tale

A good book with a fresh take on the zombie genre following a mans battle with the change over the course of 24 hours

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.