Start the First Season of the Groundbreaking Post-Apocalyptic Serial! Yesterday's Gone: Season One (episodes 1-6).
WARNING: This is a post-apocalyptic horror audiobook where bad people do evil things, and as such, this series features disturbing scenes and foul language. While it is all within the context of the story, some listeners may find this content offensive.
Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, searching for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger through every terror-filled breath.
A bullied teen is thrilled to find the world gone missing, until the knock on his door. A fugitive survives a fiery plane crash. Will he be redeemed, or return to the killing he's best at? An eight-year-old boy sets out on a journey to find his missing family, only to find something that will change him forever. These survivors aren't truly alone...Someone or something is watching them. And waiting...
Strangers unite. Sides are chosen. Can humanity survive what it never saw coming?
©2013 Sean Platt, David Wright (P)2013 Podium Publishing
I took a gamble on this book. I listened to the first episode which was free and decided to buy season 1. That was two days ago and I just finished season 2.
The overall story is great and the authors make some crazy decisions during the first two seasons and they definitely make you want more. Some of the characters are written fantastically and details are not spared.
The only issues I had with the first two seasons was the swapping of narrators, most of them are good but two in particular are a bit lacking, you do get use to them after a while but some of the characters stories converge and hearing a different narrator voice a character that was voiced by someone else for the last 10 hours can be a little off putting. That aside, the story is good enough to keep you going and deal with the slight break that occurs when narrators switch.
WARNING, the book can be a bit graphic on some very adult themes, if you can't handle this or are easily offended. I would approach the book with caution. This isn't a constant and there is only two scenes that really stood out to me regardless of the fact that it didn't bother me.
Looking forward to season 3.
RC Bray is mono tone and using the same pitch to for narrating both Bran (spelling?) and Louis is absolutely killing me. There's so much conversation between these 2 character but he made it sound like a person is talking to himself. Maxwell Glick's voice is young and he sounds very very different when the narration was switched to him. At least he tried. Sean Platt, and Ray Chase has gotta be the best narrator here among the group. Their narrations managed to keep me stayed on the course and finished the season and not quitting it.
Overall storyline is rather interesting, but over the course of the entire season, we have not a single clue what the heck (not defined yet) are we facing here.
I found the story didn't really leave me wanting more. Some of the narrator's were more captivating than others.
It is an interesting twist to the genre's normal though.
By Lost i mean the TV series. I'm hooked but I'm not sure i am going to be satisfied by the end. i will buy season 2. Most of the narration is good the additional voices in the Edward Keenan story are a bit off putting.
"Holy crap, wow."
This is the first FICTION audio book I've ever listened to. Before I picked this up, I was skeptical about whether or not I'd be able to get into a fiction audio book while working, but grabbed it on a whim and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to stay engaged with this story while simultaneously swearing at photoshop for six to twelve hour stretches.
As far as format goes, it's a lot like the A Song of Ice and Fire series in that it switches points of view a lot, and most of the narrators are either unreliable or ignorant, which isn't a bad thing and lends a lot to the atmosphere--I don't want every little detail about the big scaries up front, and this format was fantastic for keeping the mystery going. As far as actual content, I'd compare it to some of Steven King's older stuff? I'm not really sure, because I haven't read King since the 90s, maybe early 2ks and my memory of anything I was reading or enjoying at that time is shoddy at best, making me an unreliable reviewer, haha.
Do I seriously have to choose? I think some of the most satisfying parts of the book were when various groups started to meet up and merge. The first part introduced all of these characters and made me like (or even more thrillingly HATE them), and while that was great, when the different threads of story start to come together it hits all the right buttons on my 'things a book needs for me to enjoy the christ out of it' panel.
Misery porn at its finest!
I finished this book and went looking for the next part, only to find that it does not yet exist in audio format. I draw comics for a living and need background noise with no visuals to distract me, and this book was perfect. I MUST have the next part, gentlemen. MUST. HAVE. IT.
""The Walking Dead" meets "The Strain""
Yes, yes and YES!!!!!! So much going on. So many unanswered question.
Exactly what my review headline says!
"Top notch post apoc with engaging characters"
I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, but am so often disappointed with survival scenarios that involve characters I could care less about. I love that Platt and Wright cast a wide net of characters that are so engaging, with killer cliffhangers to the end of their chapters, that you go ravenous to read (or in my case listen) to as many chapters as you can. The audiobook is the way to go. Every narrator is top notch. Make this part of your commute and you'll wish you had to drive across the country to get there. I'm dying trying to wait for books three and beyond to make it to audiobook. I switched over to the Breakers series for now so I can engulf these in quick succession.
Wow. Just Wow.
The entire book is memorable.
The voices, the power behind the words, the expression. I listened to a free sample of this book and was hooked.
Why was I left behind?
I am looking forward to more. Lots more. This type of book normally isn't my genre, but it reached out and dragged me in involuntarily as if I were one of those left behind. I had no choice except to buy the season, I wouldn't rest until I continued listening.
"This is the best audiobook I have ever listend to."
It has lots of twists and turns, keeps you listening for hours.
This is a master piece.
"WOW...do not miss this start to an AMAZING series!"
GIVE ME MORE!
I can't place a favorite character whatsoever, the ensemble cast of narrators brought EACH characters perspectives to life so amazingly. Usually multiple narrators/full-cast audiobooks are very hit or miss, but they def outdid themselves with the talent in this group! BRAVO!
I ONLY really listen to audiobooks, very rarely do I read e-books. The experience of a great narrator/reader totally makes a great book EVEN better. This audiobook further emphasized that point home for me!
Although the book and series is very graphic in nature, and not for everyone, the language and graphic nature itself isn't USED for shock value like many other books & tv-shows these days. Those parts actually drew me into the story even further, adding an extra level of believeability...
I was so excited to find out Season ONE of this series was coming on audiobook, as I had heard & read so many great reviews at Amazon and from friends about this series. Being an audiobook fan, I finally can experience this great story. Platt & Wright are one hell of a writing team, and this Kindle "serial" series proves just that.
My biggest hope is they continue to release the other seasons in audiobook VERY SOON (currently up-to season FOUR now)...so Podium Publishing take note! There is a BIG group of audiobook fans like myself that often miss out on great books like this just from being overlooked by publishers! Please don't make that mistake :)
BOTTOM LINE: If you love tv-shows like Lost or Walking Dead, books like Stephen King's "The Stand", or simply a damn good entertaining story you cannot get enough of....then check out this audiobook! The talent found in this ensemble narration team alone is worth the credit!
"This is not well written"
I would change 1 of the narrators and I would ask that the same story be written by a more mature person.
It felt like I was reading a story written by teenagers, there were multiple instances where I felt that the person writing the story hadn't had the experiences they were writing about, and I'm clearly not talking about the whole zombie thing, I mean things like smoking marijuana or even simply understanding how certain people might feel in certain situations. There's one narrator that does the voice of a child, and you would think he'd never spoken to a kid before, way too naive and ridiculously innocent, the way he narrates is obnoxious and it's unfortunately a major role, If not for the language and subject matter it could easily have been written for teens. Actually, I've read books written for teens that were written so much better.
I don't think so.
Depends on who produces and directs it.
I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone with a decent amount of common sense or maturity.
"Fast paced and great plot"
The pace was done well and the different characters were great. For as many characters as there were, the depth of them were great. It will definitely make you hug your kids more and spend a bit more time with them, because you never know what may happen.
I don' t read much of the genre.
Edward was a very interesting character, as was Boricio. Both narrations were excellent.
It was too long for that, but it did keep me listening to it at a fast pace.
Bit too much gloom, I want to continue the series, but with the way it feels and how David Wright is, I imagine it will come to an end with too many of my favorite characters gone - like George R. R. Martin does.
"An excellent and exciting start."
Enjoyed the narration, the story is just confusing enough to make wonder constantly what is going to happen next. Highly recommend this series.
"Love Love Love it"
cant get enough. getting season 2 rite now. kept me interested the whole time. i want to kno wtf is happening
Really rather riveting
Most of Boricio's storyline
No but I thought the use of different narrators for the different POVs was a great touch. Great Boricio casting! Very Morgan Freemanesque
Brent Foster, the post Times Square scene. Heart wrenching.
This made for compelling listening, even if the pace slowed somewhat during the middle. The beginning felt a little overwhelming as all the characters and story arcs were being introduced, and I couldn't help feeling a little frustrated waiting to find out what happens next for certain characters, but knowing what kind of writing this was (I found this after hearing "Write, Publish, Repeat") I stuck with all the characters and eventually it all falls nicely into place.
"Farfetched nonsense but enjoyable"
The twists and turns in the story, the authors wanted to achieve cliffhangers with each season this they did.
Yeah would take a look if the story appealed,will be getting season 2 of this if/when available
All the narrators did a decent job special kudos to whoever voiced Boricio
Nah it takes a really good book to do that :D. This was decent listen where you don't have to think too much just sit, listen and enjoy
A decent listen,it has me curious as to what happens next, so more then happy to continue onto the next season. Besides that ending....they can't leave it like that! I need to know what happens.
"A great serial just got better"
This has to rank in the top 10 without a doubt, the multi casting is great & Boricio is just how I imagined him.
As post apocalyptic books go this is one of the best I have read and I hope seasons 2 to 4 follow soon
All the Boricio scenes are great, the portrayal is perfect although the most enjoyable scene has to be the ending
A fair amount of humour in a very bleak storyline (supplied mainly by Boricio & Charlie)
If you haven't read the ebook of Yesterday's Gone you should get this audio as I read the first series two years ago and I found listening to it was like a whole new experience
It's gonna be short and to the point.
R.C Bray is as always fantastic. If he'd been able to narrate the whole lot himself it would only get low marks for a so-so storyline.
The lady and the guy who voice Mary and Charlie are both pretty good too.
But my God,Edward.I was actually kinda enjoying Edwards voice til it revealed he was only 40. I'd just assumed he was 65ish. But that was nothing compared to 'Jade and Ken' they were as laughable as they were painful to hear.
Narration aside,the actual content was pretty meh for me. The author clearly has no kids or spends very little time with kids. Luca is 8??? He is written as a 4 year old. My 9 year old son would beg me to keep him in if Luca was our neighbour. I don't know of any 8 year olds with a few years of schooling under them who would be so utterly infantile as Luca is written.
So it's fair to say I had more than a few gripes with this collection and I'm gutted I wasted a credit on it. If it wasn't for R.C Bray I would simply give it 1 star and leave no review.
Be warned,this is more of a teen terror read than a proper adult apocalypse.
"Interesting and engaging"
I enjoyed this. Telling the story from serveral perspectives keeps it fresh and interesting and the narration is done very well.
The story is interesting and engaging, there are quite a few layers to the mystery and I'm certainly interested to see what happens. It is not overally complicated though and I found it easy enough to follow whilst commuting.
The only thing I would say is that if you don't like swearing , this is not for you. One of the characters uses a lot of colourful language and imagery. Don't say you weren't warned !
intriguing, exciting, cheesy.
The concept. I'm a big fan of survival and si-fi titles and this was almost a combination of both.
yesterday's gone, the nightmares aren't.
Apart from some really cheesy lines from some cheesy characters this book really sucked me in and left me wanting more. I'll be listening to season two.
Weird, scary and interesting. I really want to find out what's going on. Guess I'll just have to read the rest. Did I mention, it's quite scary?? I really shouldn't have been listening to it in the dark!
I haven't yet read the print version, but might have to grab a copy now. I want my husband to read this wonderful story.
I was hooked from the first moment when Brent picked up Stanley Train. The ending left me shocked and needing to read more, my jaw literally hit the floor. I don't want to say too much about the excellent middle bits because of Spoilers.
Each of the narrators was perfect for the character they were reading. I particularly loved Luca and Borricio.
If I had a long journey then this would be great. I did have to walk slowly as I went about my daily business so I could find out what happened next. It could be distracting to have to rewind when talking with real people.
Wonderful book, and luckily for me I finished it on the day season 2 came out. :)
"It's the end of the world as we know it..."
I enjoyed the different characters, it's a good mix of different people from various backgrounds and back stories but you can see people potentially will met up as the story progresses.
Some really good characters, my favourite would be a toss up between Ed and Boricio Wolfe. Both characters I want to know more about.
I really like having different narrators for each characters, however it really bothered me that when two of the characters met up the original narrator doesn't do their character's voice. So a character who's voice you are used to is suddenly completely different!
No as it's quite long as there are a lot of characters which is good but would be too much to listen in one go.
There are a few characters I didn't like. Luca for one he's badly written, he's 8 but I don't think the author has come across many eight year olds as he talks like he's about five at best which I found annoying! Overall the characters are very entertaining.
I really enjoyed this audiobook and found it hard to switch it off as almost every chapter had some sort of cliff hanger. the bad thing was the next chapter of the character was a few chapters on so just had to keep listening.
the narration was very good but for some reason some of the male character was read by a woman, never once took away anything from the listening pleasure though
ive just bought season 2 & 3 and im hoping season 4 will be coming as well
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