For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors. He saves his cat Otis, but shoots his mom. Pretty successful, all things considered.
Dark Recollections is the first part of Adrian's own story of how he survived after "That Day". Told through his eyes as he talks to his laptop, affectionately named 'Mr. Journal", and through short stories that entwine with his tales that bring forth dark visions of a world being eaten alive by an unimaginable evil. Adrian's Undead Diary is an eight-part epic about a solitary, guilt-stricken man who didn't think he deserved to live, but realized very soon that he survived and suffered for a reason. Dark Recollections is the first book in the AUD series. It covers Adrian's journal entries from September 21st 2010, to December 1st, 2010. Intermingled with his personal diary entries, book one also contains the short stories "Phil's Story", "McGreevy's Report", and "Soccer Mom".
©2010 Chris Philbrook (P)2014 Chris Philbrook
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If you are a zombie fan at all, then you definitely need to check out Adrian's Undead Diary. Dark Recollections is the first book in the series and James Foster has done a WONDERFUL job at bringing Adrian to life for his listeners.
*AA meeting style:* Hi my name is Jamie and I have a crush on Adrian. Thank you.
Hearing Adrian talk about his daily adventures gives the reader the chance to sit back and imagine themselves in his shoes, fighting the undead alongside him, helping to find and secure a place to live after the world falls apart.
This book (series) has made me laugh out loud, shed more than a few tears, get so mad I threw something, and so scared that I was afraid to hear what came next. Chris Philbrook has a way of getting into the mind of his readers, drawing them in and weaving through their grey matter until they are completely immersed in the world he has created.
I am normally not a big audio book person, I prefer to read the words myself. However, James was able to catch my attention and keep me hooked throughout the story, which is quite a feat. Kudos to him, and to Chris for such a wonderful storyline!!
"Well paced, great narration, enjoyable Zombieness"
I would. Although, I only listen to audiobooks so I might be a bit biased in this regard. I can't even imagine hearing Adrian voiced by anyone other than James Foster. His voice makes this series so enjoyable.
Adrian is a fantastic character. I'm not going to spoil anything in this review, but as the series progresses there are a number of other fantastic characters. However, since this is a review of the first book I'll focus on Adrian. I think the thing I like about Adrian is the fact that while yes, he DOES have a military background, it is not used as a writing crutch. The dude literally knows nothing about survival that the average person wouldn't be able to figure out. He's in good shape and can shoot a rifle. That's about the extent of his military skills really coming into play. He's a pretty normal guy and I find myself relating to him and enjoying his little tangents and stories.
I don't believe I have. However, I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed his reading in this series. The only criticism I have (and it's very minor) is that sometimes his voice changes from chapter to chapter. Almost as if you can tell where a new recording session started off and it takes him a minute or two to get completely back into character. At one point I was actually panicking thinking that the narrator had been switched mid book, but after a minute or two it became obvious that he just needed to find his "voice" again.
I wouldn't say that I was overly "moved". It's not that kind of story. However, I like Adrian's attitude when dealing with other survivors early on.
I'm a huge zombie fan. I've enjoyed many other series including Plague of the Dead, Day by Day Armageddon, The Remaining, Mountain Man, James Cook's Series with our friend Gus, The Rot and Ruin Series and many more. What sets this series apart from the others is the pace. I like the detail that goes into the entries (and the short stories following characters Adrian comes across). I love how the Zombies remain a focus even later in the series. In many of the series I've mentioned, the story often grows too large too fast, and the the day-to-day survival aspects get missed out in favour of more large scale social and economic challenges. I like the detailed accounts of the more mundane aspects of Adrian's survival, and I think the balance of detail and momentum is very well done. I would recommend this series to any zombie fan looking for an enjoyable read.
"northern exposure meets zombieland"
northern exposure meets zombieland? let me start with the northern exposure part. northern exposure was one of my favorite shows b/c it was odd and quirky with a great cast of characters, one of which was john corbett. he played a philosophical ex-convict who was a disc jockey and between songs, he'd comment on all kinds of things. his comments were funny and at times very insightful. anyway, adrian reminds me of john corbett's character on northern exposure. the narrator's voice also reminds me of john corbett's voice- easy and smooth to listen to.
i don't know if you've ever seen zombieland, but it is a pretty good zombie comedy. jessie eisenberg plays a geeky guy named columbus. he's survived by making rules, such as cardio (you have to be faster than the slowest person), double tap (always make sure you shot a zombie in the head), beware of bathrooms, etc... adrian also reminded me of columbus because like columbus, he started to come up with rules as he survived certain situations.
as the story opens, adrian begins journaling because he's lonely. he starts his journal, who he calls mr. journal, in september. as he opens up, we learn that the zombie outbreak started like 3 months earlier in june. adrian is a resdence advisor at a small but elite private school. basically, he works the night shift in a dorm watching over the students.
the story swings between time frames. adrian will describe what he has been presently doing and how he got to where he is. the present entries describe his activities scavenging and securing the campus. his other entries recount the initial outbreak and the choices he made.
there are a couple of extended vignettes that are told from the perspective of people that encountered adrian during the initial outbreak. one is phil, a gun store clerk, and the other is soccer mom, a mom who encountered adrian at a grocery story. both are really good stories.
the story is kind of slow, but that's ok. this is not an action-packed run and gun shot 'em type story. the zombies are shamblers with kind of a twist- they don't moan, which if you think about it has some scary implications, but you can listen about them when you download the book!
overall, this is a funny yet at times emotionally gripping story. i'd classify the humor as dry humor, and at times, guy humor.
"It was the BEST Writing and the WORST Writing all"
in one book.
Adrian would say "How can someone write so brilliantly in the first person and so terribly in the third person? And when I say terribly I mean toe pushing terribly!"
Yes- this absolutely the best and worst book I have ever read. Lets get the "toe pushing" (stolen from Adrian!) out of the way. The book has third person view points inserted into the book to round out the story. Mercifully (at least through book five) they are just a few of these. These third person view point sections manage to be both Turgid and Purple at the same time. A few examples "she went over to the heavy chair and realized it was too heavy to lift" or "she pushed the bed against the door and then leaned against it." Although thankfully I cannot recall the purple prose it is worthy of Edgar Rice Borroughs "She furrowed her dark gleam brow and wiped the salty sweat stand tears from he olive brown skin" stuff. The other "sin" is that of telling the reader. For example "the immature girls ran into the room."… don't tell us they are immature…SHOW US. The third person views are telling us that people are "scared, frightened, angry"… how about showing us through their actions and letting the reader draw the conclusion?
HOWEVER…the first person writing is not only the best I have encountered in Zombiedom, it is some of the best anywhere. Adrian records each day in a diary and the realism (prosaic mixed with incredible) allows the willing suspension of disbelief. We see Adrian began to change and grow as he struggles to help rebuild society one difficult step at a time and one decision at a time. The other characters, as illuminated by Adrian's writing, as some of the best in fiction - three dimensional characters- lovable, irritating, smart, you name if they are their in all the "human-ness". And to top it all Abbey and Adrian (male and female protagonists) never fall in love and have sex. Abbey does NOT need to be rescued and they have a Uncle- Niece type relationship. As bad as the third person view point writing is the first person (Adrian's diary) is some of the best fiction ever written.
If I could figure out how to get audible to skip the third person baloney I would- but the stuff is inserted mid chapter in the Audible Format and I am unwilling to fast forward it and risk missing one word of Adrian's diary (first person).
I would actually pay 25% more for the diaries WITHOUT the Third Person. As Adrian would say "Go figure".
"Very fun series!!"
I found the story "In General" very pleasent with some of the mix humor, gore,and actions of the people in the story. I found myself invested in the characters and had a good feel of the real emotional reactions to the events in their lives.
The main character ( Adrian ) is a typical dude of guys and having exmilitary,ex club bouncer , and a big size intimitdating guy with fighting skills. With all that I described the most important thing about ( Adrian ) is that he turns out to be a down to earth nice guy ,as you learn to know him over the time you listen about his thoughts as he goes day to day in his journal entries. The books only faults is that it goes side track with other non important characters lives and gives a account of how they dealt with the moment the SHTF as the zombies arrose. This made me want to skip forward on the story track to my main guy (Adrian) journal accounts as I knew this is the meat and potatoes of the story.
You will not be dissapointed to drop a credit on this one as this Zombie storyline is fun and has a good flow with the narrator.
"REALLY LIKE ADRIAN!!!"
I liked the story, the diary format, and the humorous narration...
Adrian of course!!
Nope, but I am bout too,,,bought books 2-4 in the December sale...I knew I would love this series..it has been recommended to me many times...plus I super dig Zombie fiction....lol
I laughed a lot...Adrian is hilarious!!!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
When I saw this on the weekly Audiobookblast email, I was stoked...I had to have it!!!
I loved everything about this story...its a unique take on the zompacolypse....and written with lots of humor! This is Adrian's beginning diary of the zombie virus break out...how he survives and preps himself...its really funny...and I enjoyed every minute of it!!! If you are a fan of the genre, then you have to pick this one up...I am moving on to book 2 now!
"Book One AUD - You will be hooked!"
Yes. The reader knock it out of the ballpark.
The whole premise, but most of all the characters especially Adrian. I read this book first and loved it so much I bought the audible. Yes it's worth reading TWICE!
I haven't except for his reading of this series so far. But I wouldn't hesitate to buy any audible book he narrates.
Every single chapter - I am hooked.
Buy anything from this author. He never disappoints!
"Worth the time for the series"
This is a strong series. The story, narrator production value everything is solid. No over the top action. No macho BS. Just solid character and great narration across the series. The only down sound so far is that Adrien is a cat person. We all know that cats are the gate keepers of hell. Other than that good series, strong story telling and he can,t write female characters with out turning them into charactures. "Go team Vagina"!
"One of the good ones."
I really enjoyed the main character Adrian. His character was witty and compassionate.
No not one but the writing style was told from recollections so it is hard to pick just one. Overall great story telling.
Adrian. Because it is only really told from his perspective.
Don't know thought the title is fine as is.
Just if you love post apocalyptic books this is a superb one well worth the money.
Great fun read and laugh-out-loud humor sprinkled throughout. It took me a week to finish it, but that was because I hadn't used Audible in several days. Otherwise would have finished it in a couple days. Very enjoyable listen and not just another zombie book.
I must mention that the performance was excellent! It felt as if the narrator was actually the one who wrote the diary! Very well done! The funny thing is that the author/protagonist talks just like I do, or did pre-kids anyway..
Excellent book and I look forward to picking up the sequel(s) to find out what new methods of survival Adrian is learning the hard way! :)
"Good, but also a little hollow."
Yes, I'd get rid of the third-person interludes. Everything about this book says it is the journal of a man in a zombie apocalypse. So I found it a little grating having stories that vaguely connect to him, but that he has no knowledge of. Mark Tufo did the same in his zombie books - I'm guessing when he realised the limitations of a journal told story - but he did it after a book or two.
In short I'm not a fan of it as it breaks me from who is telling the tale.
No, this was the first of his I've listen too, but if it is a first work of his then it is a promising start for sure.
Don't think so, but I listen to a lot of books. Certainly he is a good narrator though.
Needs one? It has a few so this is kind of pointless as a question.
The book is pretty good. I liked it for the humour and some of the scenes were very good.
What I marked it down for was this. The emotional and character connection wasn't there. This maybe due to lack of character interactions, but is also due to the book really not telling us much about the main character.
Which leads on the things we do know about him, and that a lot of them make you not like him that much. He is also massively inconsistent in behaviour. He apparently adores his girlfriend, but at the start he doesn't go to where she is likely to be, and has no good reason for this. He goes straight to his mothers house right away to save her, and then when he finds her as a zombie he shoots her with less emotion than killing a cockroach.
He randomly gives out food to a family that are hungry and saves people trapped by zombies, but then later - and right after declaring he is going to help more people and try and get more people at his location - sends a seventeen-year-old girl out unarmed into a world she has no idea what she will be facing. Might as well just shoot her in the face.
Also, some of the scenes were written for drama but not that likely. The locked classroom of kids springs to mind. If you read it, ask yourself if you can see someone with military training get caught so flat-footed, given that he had to know exactly what would happen. Heck, it is more likely he strips the weapons off the guy when he first meets him.
"Massively exceeded my expectations"
I expected a fairly shallow story about an action hero surviving a zombie apocalypse but that falls so far short of what this series delivers. Firstly the lead character is one of the most likeable characters that have ever found their way onto a page - you will love that guy.
The only book I can think of that comes close is The Stand by Steven King. Change "Captain Trips" to "The Undead" and you get the idea.
He's a new narrator to me but I find myself not wanting to listen to anything else he's done - I want to keep him as the voice of Adrian. Don't get me wrong - he is EXCELLENT in his narration but I just feel like I'd be being unfaithful now if I listened to him voice another character.
That is a difficult question Mr Journal. It would probably have the F word in it.
It's something special, this isn't a book about zombies - this is a book about humans. I gave this five stars in all three categories - I don't do that often.
"fun and entertaining"
I loved the cheeky banter in the writing, I can see myself really loving this guy
"A classic, unassuming LMOE zombie story"
Not the most original but it doesn't let you down and I will certainly be buying book 2 which is more than I can say for the last few zombie genre books I've read. I recommend trying it if you're a zombie fan.
"At last a true zombie story"
I love this story Narrated is so funny the way he talks I could listen to him all night finally someone Who knows zombies don't make a noise they are slow endless in the pursuit this is not a gory zombie story but it is well written The way he goes into each person story. I have got all four stories I hope there is more to come
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