We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season

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Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (957 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This exciting audio drama is based on an immensely popular podcast that has received hundreds of positive reviews and has had over four million downloads - and counting.

For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

The first season features 12 chapters packing performances and sound effects that rival movies and prove that modern audio drama is undead and well. Join our survivors as they band together, struggle to fortify a safe haven known as the Tower, and discover that zombies are far from the worst thing in a post apocalyptic Los Angeles, where the rules of human decency no longer apply.

Little food. Little water. Little hope. Who is lucky enough to say "We're Alive"?

©2011 Modern Myth Productions, LLC (P)2011 Modern Myth Productions, LLC

Critic Reviews

We’re Alive is a modern rendition of an old-school medium. Maintaining a style that is both retro and contemporary, the radio drama will give horror fans the campy, kitschy style they like, but it also provides a variety of characters and development to keep general audiences engaged…Despite not being able to see the action, the excitement and intensity is still sustained through score and sound design. In some ways, the lack of visuals to accompany the audio creates more suspense. The narrator controls how much the audience knows, slowly teasing out information. Accompanying the drama are sparse moments of comedic relief…Expressing a keen awareness of the zombie subgenre, many of the jokes come from familiar scenarios and tropes of zombie stories.” (Examiner.com)

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my weekly addiction

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quick summary: michael cross spent 3 tours in iraq. now, he's back in california taking classes. just as his quiz starts there's an explosion, and he goes up to see what's going on, against his professor's assertions that everything will be fine. as more and more students gather around the t.v. to see some kind of riots breaking out, michael decides to head to his base. there he runs into angel, his commander, and saul. angel won't let them open the armory until the base commander arrives and gives them the ok. but as the $h!t really starts to hit the fan, they bust in. however, the alarm attracts the infected. once they realize nobody's coming to investigate the alarm, they decide to wait out the alarm's timer and leave in a hummer. as they flee through the city, they rescue riley and pegs from the roof of a florist shop. they decide to try to rescue angel's girlfriend, who lives in a nearby apartment building. once there, they discover it almost totally abandoned, and they recognize it has good defensive qualities by the way the floor plan is laid out. so starts their story of survival.

there's a large cast of characters, but it's not hard to keep track of who's who b/c each character has his/her own dedicated voice actor. the voice acting is exceptional. there are lots of sound effects, and they are also done exceptionally well- they help to immerse you into the story.

this story has it all: the various complications surrounding surviving with a bunch of people you don't know, a great cast of antagonists (prisoners who've escaped), drama, interesting infected, gore, and lots of action.

while not a pure zombie story, i totally enjoyed listening to this series. the spectacular voice acting and the engrossing and evolving plot keeps bringing me back, week after week. what do i mean by that? this series is a free weekly podcast. each podcast is b/ween 15 and 30 minutes. the 1st 2 minutes are ads and a pickup from the last episode. i didn't want to deal with that so i downloaded the 1st 2 seasons on audible. i am now catching up with season 3, which just ended. season 3 is only available via free downloadable podcasts.

if you're into zombie / end of the world stories and are looking for something new, definitely give this a try. i warn you! it's addicting!

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BEST BOOK EVER

I had to start this three times before I started to get into it. "dramatizations" are not my thing. Man oh man am I glad I did. Download you will not be disappointed.

The whole series is about a group of survivor. New take on zombies but enough of the slow, rambling watch out for the hordes that it still draws you in. I love the fact that there's bad guys but it's not a constant run chase hide catch run chase hide catch. Bad guys are sometimes in the forefront sometimes just on everyone's mind. This is pretty much the most believable (if there can be one) zombie apocalypse novel I've ever "read". Added touch? Our power lines went out in a storm while I was driving home from grocery. I literally pulled over & just listened for 10 mins. WOW.

Group soldiers, Michael, Saul and their sergeant? Angel (college boy given his post without earning it you get the feeling) . They are called in to base get there & the whole world turned upside down. The pickup friends along the way , eventually going to angel's girlfriends apartment building that is easily defended. They settle in. Soon other survivors come. WAY too much happens to give specifics but you will NOT be disappointed. I listened to the whole series One installment after the other. Just finished Season 4, main characters die, I laughed, I cry but EVERYTHING intertwines beautifully. Anything from this "author" I will purchase without even reading a review. THAT good. Now what the heck am I going to listen to grrrrrr

NEXT CLICK SHOULD BE TO BUY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fantastic-unique audio drama-excellent story

If you could sum up We’re Alive in three words, what would they be?

Unique audio drama

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael because he's the leader and full of flaws yet keeps giving it his all

Which character – as performed by Blackstone Audiobooks – was your favorite?

Sal because he's a bad a$$

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

The audio drama recording is unique - many different voices you recognize along with special effects/sounds. Plus, story line is great.

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A great story - one of the best zombie series. If you like DBD Armageddon, The Road, The Passage, The Strain...etc then you'll definitely like this audio story!

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Great story and performance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great listen for zombie lovers, however, don't waste your credit. You can download (31 chapters as of this review) for free from itunes.

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Great show so much fun.

What did you love best about We???re Alive?

The whole story and sound effects with the music makes it so much fun.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael I can identify with him.

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

Got me nervous in parts for what was to come next.

Any additional comments?

If you like old-school radio with a modern day punch you will love this download.

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I'm Hooked, great performance

Any additional comments?

You can download all the pod casts for free, they're currently on the 4th season.

This is Audio Theater, so the characters are sometimes over the top, and it is very different from a novel. It also took awhile to get used to all the sound effects.

Overall the story is not anything special or unique, but I enjoy the characters, voice actors, and enough of the plot to have spent the last week listening to all the episodes. I actually enjoyed how naive the writers made the characters, it's a nice injection of humor.

If you're on the fence about it, I suggest going to the website and listening to the first episode.

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SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND

WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO YOUR GUN?
The first thing and most important thing I want to say is that ,this is very entertaining. I did not think GraphicAudio could be out done, but these guys did it in spades. The difference changes the story from, A Movie In Your Mind, to This May be Too Real. Do not take me wrong I like GraphicAudio, I just want to make a comparison you might know. What is even better, this is a top notch well written story, whereas most of GraphicAudio is second rank writings, (James Axler, Alex Archer, etc...). The only problem I had was, that I listened while driving my six wheel delivery truck and the sound is so real that at times, I thought I had hit something or something it me, and it was just the radio. The actors are top notch professionals.

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HER AND I WAS CRYING.
The actual story itself, if written and read in book form, might not be better then what else is out there. It would not be worse, but if you have read a lot of Zombie stories, this does not bring anything new to the table. I will say, that they did do two things that I appreciated, that other apocalypse books seem to get wrong. It always amazes me in other books, when they act as if vehicles are hard to come by. The town I live in has less then 160,000 people and the amount of cars and trucks in this town are in the thousands. Not counting U-Haul, there are hundreds of box trucks, owned by food companies. There are several food warehouses. If you can drive an 18 wheeler, thousands of them are available. Even in small towns I deliver to, most have a used or new car dealership. Brand new cars and trucks. Also many other books of this type have the people traveling around the country or living in the country in small houses or one even has them in tents. Da, why wouldn't you take a high rise and fortify it, living in the upper parts of the building? The story is five star, just not much different then what else is out there.

PREPARE FOR THE WORSE, AND HOPE FOR THE BEST
As mentioned by others and probably the biggest draw back is the ending. This is not a book, it is a serial and this is season one. Like most TV shows today, it ends in a cliff hanger. If you read the reviews before buying, you know that, if you don't read reviews, then sorry.

IT'S NOT FUN OWNING A GUN AND HAVING NOTHING TO SHOOT AT.
This is a full cast production, no narrators. This is the best production of anything I have ever listened to. If this was a two star story, which it is not, the production would make it a six star listen. The actors, (not narrators), or excellent. I was never a fan of British accents, but there is one chick in here with a British accent, that is so sexy, I am now a fan.

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fantastic audio drama.

great series. been listening since it was released in podcast form. better in seemless audio.

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great storyline, excellent cast. a must listen.

loved this full cast book. was addicted quickly. I am ready for more. cliff hanger

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This is amazing

Let me preface this by saying this is a podcast and that you can find the entire thing for free online. If you like zombie fiction, this is the thing for you. It's more of a radio show, with different actors for each character, sound effects, music, etc. I thought I would find all of that annoying after being so used to one narrator audiobooks (where, let's face it, if there's music in an audiobook, it usually ruins the experience), but this was great. Like listening to your favorite show. You will become invested in, love, and hate different characters. There were moments where I actually screamed out loud. This is really well done. If you are like me and enjoy some of the more practical aspects of surviving during a zombie apocalypse, or if you are more interested in interpersonal relationships, there will be a lot for you to get into. There are something like 47 three part chapters available, so we're talking almost 50 hours of action. I feel like, i could start over and enjoy it just as much one more time. Highly recommended.

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  • SbS DEFTxSTAR
  • 01-04-16

The best zombie Podcast all in one place!

I used to follow the podcast from when chapter 4 part 2 was the latest episode. I found it very frustrating having to go in to menu to go to the next chapter chronologically or having to wait for the next 1 chapter to come out which was sometimes months between.

It's very much the biggest relief to have the whole season in one place.

These books are the best simply because its not a book, It as I like to call the "Audio to a Movie". The characters feel like real people relatable people. Sound Effects are great and add to all the emotions you feel for the characters.

A must Listen too especially if you are a zombie head.

Sgt D. N. Fenix

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  • Margaret McKelvie
  • 07-21-19

this book is not for me

repetitive story, more shootem up than story plot. Lots of action, if you like that sort of thing. The characters seem angry all the time, even with each other. it's more like a video game than an audio book, which for some people may be right up their street, but sadly not mine.

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  • Rick
  • 03-27-19

just plain awesome

great listen... simply burned the hours in the car away. Would highly recommend. hooked from the begining.

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  • philip jeffery
  • 02-26-19

The best audio drama I’ve ever heard !

Production is second to none. You can’t help but connect to the characters, even the nasty ones. Shot through with great wit and a firm understanding of the genre. The huge scale of the story lines and the pace which they unfold leaves you making excuses to get time alone to continue listening onto the next chapter., All four seasons make for an immensely absorbing listen. First came across this on Pod Cast and felt I owed it to the makers (and myself) to buy the audible edition. We’re Alive Lock Down is next 👌

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  • Jason Watt
  • 02-07-19

Best 'zombie' movie I ever pictured

This series is amazing. Nothing more to say. Every season gets better and better. Listen to it!

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  • Mark L.
  • 12-01-14

Fantastic book to listen to

Would you listen to We're Alive again? Why?

Yes, Definitely. What a fantastic way to narrate a book with a full cast rather than single reader ,Brilliant, really brought the book alive especially with music and sound effects thrown in. Great story, easy to listen to. I have 150 plus audio books now and love them all but this 3 book series (so far) is easily in my top ten favourites.

What other book might you compare We're Alive to, and why?

I guess it is a typical Zombie apocalypse style book of which I have several but I think for me its quite like the Walking Dead TV series of which Im quite a fan

Have you listened to any of Blackstone Audiobooks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes I have several but for me this is a good book that really comes alive with this style of narrating. Im sure I would have still enjoyed this book if read by a single narrator but Im really pleased it isn't.

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

Not really but I did find myself laughing out loud on occasion, Not something I think Ive done with other books.

Any additional comments?

Loved it, Will listen to it many times Im sure. More books of all styles read this way please.

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  • Sabrina
  • 09-26-20

My favourite all time show

I absolutely love We're alive, amazing quality, immersive story and likeable characters! Great quality voice acting and excellent use of foley. My favourite show of all time, including every other podcast I've listened to or TV show I've watched! Keeps me coming back again and again, think I must be on my 11th listen through now.

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  • Andrew
  • 07-17-20

Good series

I have listened to this series since the free podcast, I also imported to UK the CD version. So I am looking forward to having the complete series digitally too. The series gets better production quality as each series plays out, but I have to say that he original background volume was much louder in previous versions. it did originally feel like you was listening to a movie.

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  • Mark P.
  • 04-07-20

awesome isolation book

loved it every minute of it, there should be more books like this as they are amazing voice acting was great cant wait to listion to the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-20

Amazing

This was amazing. I listen to this to this when it was a podcast. It brings back amazing memories.

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  • Jaike
  • 04-16-18

Dismal

Holes in the story everywhere. Love zombie stories but not this one. Though I accept that it's hard to tell a story through dialog only.