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After It Happened

Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: After It Happened, Book 1-2
Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (314 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

Survival, book 1:

Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness which swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.

Banding together those he found along the way, he has to fight to keep them safe.

To keep them alive. To survive.

Humanity, book 2:

The survivors have established a home, but they still have to face the brutality of human nature.

Not only do they have to survive, they must keep their humanity.

©2017 Devon C. Ford (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Great first 2 books

Excellent writing, similar in style to the Arisen series. RC Bray amazing narration as always.

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Tedious

Have you ever played the game with a friend where you are driving down the street and you both imagine there has been an apocalypse and you can choose any vehicle you see and explain why and how you would use it? This book does that and the whole idea of this type of scenario has become overdone, worn, predictable and boring. R. C. Bray is a very good narrator but I prefer genuine accents for the geography. The real world media is awash with north American voices so please give us a break.

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Horrible Narraton

The story may have been ok but the jumpy narration makes it unlistenable. Very disappointing to say the least!

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  • mb
  • 19-03-2018

Simplistic story read poorly

Hey, I like an end of the world novel narrated by R.C. Bray as much as the next guy (Mountain Man, Commune etc). But this one is set in England, and try as he might, Mr Bray cannot cope with the accents. Where all the thousands of British voice actors busy that day? But my main gripe is the simplistic and generic tone of the book. Don’t bother.

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Brilliant

RC Bray is a great narrator. This is a great story line. I like the intricate detail of rebuilding a community and the threats posed.

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Really not that good.

I purchased this book as it had very good reviews and I wanted something easy going in my favorite genre. I found this book extremely simplistic, predictable and not particularly imaginative.

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Teenage boys' fantasy

I started to listen to this vast, post-apocalyptic fantasy purely because, unusually, it's set in England, not the US, after an inexplicable disease has wiped out around 99% of the global population. Like all novels of the genre it is about a small group of immune survivors who have inherited a suddenly empty world. When I'd checked there weren't, at least, any zombies in it I gave it a go. The first volume, Survival, was nearly enough for me. Ford is a novelist only by courtesy. His characters are cardboard, he has no sense of place, his dialogue is frequently ridiculous, and even his grammar and sentence-structure are more than suspect. His reliance on the passive voice, presumably to pad out his sentences, is maddening: just having a character light, smoke and discard a cigarette can take most of a paragraph. He has no sense of pacing - his idea of a plot is to chain together one violent encounter after another, described in stomach-churning detail. This is unashamed, unadorned male adolescent fantasy, complete with a spunky, teenage heroine, played out with the biggest of big lethal toys looted from military bases, told in basic English. Nevertheless... George Orwell once said that reading simple-minded popular fiction is like the taste for cheap sweets. Despite myself I kept on with this, right to the end of the series in fact. The sheer size of the story means that one does get to know the characters, trite as they are. Ford's obsessive interest in the most minute details of military hardware (no idea how accurate this is) and the sheer, remorseless plodding accumulation of detail - nothing is too trivial - does grip you a bit despite yourself, like the descriptions in 'Robinson Crusoe' of looting his shipwreck down to the last barrel of nails. My recommendation: don't start this if you suspect you might not be able to resist it. The gravel-voiced narrator does his best with the material, though I suspect he might have gone in for some eye-rolling in places.

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Powerul fantasy riverting end of days story

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

Definitely! fantastic story, great characters, like end of days stories? then this is one of the best if not the best I have read so far and I have read a lot of them. Great value for money as the story has so much depth and duration brilliantly narrated. I want book 5-6 but it's not available yet. Next communication will be to Audible fast track it please!!

What other book might you compare After It Happened to, and why?

The Borrowed World Series, One Second After Series, What's Left of my World Series, these books are also realistic end of days books. This current book is in good company of those listed could even be my favourite, well toss up with the Borrowed World Series. This book adds so much dimension and characters can't recommend it enough. Brilliantly narrated.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

I first heard R.C.Bray in the Mountain Man Series end of days with Zombies (Walking Dead) back drop which was a great series, I loved R.C.Bray's narration in that book (Awesome) now to this series. the first 20 minutes or so When I heard an American narration of a English character took me a while to get used to but after that Bray captured the characters so well that this distraction ceased in fact his narration matched the story brilliantly.

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

No not so much have had other books touch me more emotionally, but hard pressed to find so much depth and characters variety, so overall enjoyment of how does this author think up such a great story.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy end of days, apocalyptic, realistic book then can't recommend it enough, got to the end of the book 4 to find out it is available but is yet to appear on Audible. Audible please fast track it.

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After It Happened

This series seriously restored my confidence in dystopian post apocalyptic adventure stories. BUT - Seriously... Devon. C. Ford. (NOT your real name, ok. ! LOL (scared of bad reviews?) - but seriously, who uses their middle initial 'C' as does the narrator - R.'C'.Bray.... Pffffft! - LMAO! - guy's , you are not real secret agents! LOL ) This series is totally awesome, and this is from a 'take no crap' from waffling authors guy. Devon's character development makes each of the many and varied characters a personal friend or adversary - I kid you not. R.C.Bray is legend with bringing audio books and characters to life... My advice - Enjoy this ride, its sensational from start to finish.! Mark Hamilton

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Brilliant

The narrator was fantastic! Gripping storyline with characters you could really grow to understand and appreciate! With the current COVID-19 pandemic gripping our world in real life, this well written thriller was spine chillingly accurate as to what may happen!

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  • Jan
  • 08-10-2017

Purchased yesterday... finished today

This 12 hour post apocalypse book is so fresh and interesting. I honestly couldn't stop listening and now am sorry that I can't pick up the next installment... yet. Set in present day England with a 99% die off from a flu like illness, it is pleasantly devoid of zombies and filled with interesting survivors as they face the new and changing environment with different choices.
I recommended to my prepper brother... he picked up already, but it will have a broader audience. It delivers a solid dose of the British saying "Stay Calm and Carry On." It is full of the hard realities of the environment, but it doesn't feel like gratuitous violence or sex and profanity is limited.
The narrator is perfect for the character and a solid 5. Story gets a 5 from me, if only for the uniqueness of this event and creativity. Probably a 4 for those not a fan of the genre.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-10-2017

After It Happened: Books 1-2

The story is right up to my alley and the narrator makes it even better. R.C Bray brings into life a whole cavalcade of post apocalyptic refugees with intriguing stories to be told.

If you like:
- Post apocalyptic survival journals
- Military operations and weaponry
- Light romance encounters
...then this is worthy of checking out!

#BestBook(s)Ever

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  • chris
  • 17-09-2017

good story

very entertaining and a good listen. rc Bray does a great job as always and the story is true to life.

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  • adam
  • 11-09-2017

Devon C. Ford and And R.C. Bray did a great job!

If you could sum up After It Happened in three words, what would they be?

Very Enjoyable Read

What other book might you compare After It Happened to and why?

DJ Molles’ Remaining series and The Arisen series but without Zombies!

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Being a huge R.C Bray fan, it's hard to say, I liked them all

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Finally, a great apocalyptic book series, it’s been a while since I’ve heard a decent one.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 17-03-2018

I really wanted to like these series


Set in the UK in a near future, a pulmonary disease wipes out most of the population, leaving just a few untouched. Some people start gathering with the plan of starting a new society in which everyone should be a valuable member.

I love post-apocalyptic stories, so I was looking forward to listening to this one; and also, it is narrated by R.C. Bray! The premises were good, and the events are the ones expected in almost every post-apocalyptic book. One of the problems was just that one: the lack of originality. There is nothing that we haven't seen before in other books, movies, or TV shows. This could have perfectly been part of The Walking Dead. There are no zombies, which counts as a favorable point for me, but there was nothing else that made these books stand out.

I found that there were too many characters in the story. I have read other books with lots of characters, but this one has a never-ending cast. They are all archetypes with absolutely no character development, which prevented me from connecting to them.

The story dragged... a lot. There were some events happening here and there but most of the time the main things that happened were: new people arriving, organizing people, looking for supplies, repeat.

I really wanted to like these series, especially after reading the rave reviews it received, and seeing that there are six books published; but for the life of me, I just didn't get the point.

R.C. Bray is a great narrator, one my favorites, but I don't understand the decision of having an American narrator for a book set in the UK, especially since at some points he needs to imitate certain accents from the UK. Sadly there was not enough consistency among them, and the fact that the main narration was done in an American accent (but with British terms), completely broke the rhythm of the story, distracting me from the important things. I also have to say that, although Bray performed really well in books like The Martian, his narration of 'After it Happened' seemed quite monotone, and the only aspects I can really mention as excellent were the characters' interpretations and the audio production.

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  • KP
  • 01-10-2017

fun listen

a very fun listen. highly recommended. looking forward to the rest of the series being read by rc bray.

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  • DAVE
  • 11-09-2017

Apocalypse & No Zombies

Finally an apocalyptic story that shows what could really happen in a full blown catastrophic bio pandemic. Well done and masterfully performed by RC Bray the master. Cannot wait for the next instalment. Great series.

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  • Marc
  • 10-09-2017

Intense & Brilliant

R C Bray once again brings to life a well written book. Look forward to the coming books :)

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  • Tim
  • 14-12-2017

The Land of the Wandering Accents

Would you try another book from Devon C. Ford and/or R. C. Bray?

Sure. I like Ford, and I think Bray is usually great. Problem here is Bray couldn't keep his accents straight.

Would you be willing to try another book from Devon C. Ford? Why or why not?

Yes, I think he does pretty entertaining if not fairly lowbrow work

Would you listen to another book narrated by R. C. Bray?

As long as he doesnt have to do many accents

Do you think After It Happened needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I don't buy everyone going nuts and trying to kill each other when there is no struggle to survive. I also don't see how everyone is just fine living as slaves for the main character's communist prison. No one seems too extremely bothered by everyone they ever knew dying suddenly.

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  • suzjohnson
  • 24-10-2017

Not available?????

Seriously? The sequels aren't available on Audible? Good grief, that is disappointing! I've thoroughly enjoyed the story thus far and am bummed I can't continue with it. Come on, Audible, record those other books!

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  • K. Nakau
  • 22-11-2017

Can't wait for the next one

Normally I use audio books to help me sleep but sadly this one failed in that respect. I found myself listening for hours totally engrossed.

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  • David
  • 30-09-2017

Very Good Story and Very Enjoyable

Okay. First of all, it's narrated by RC Bray, So even if it was a shopping list it would sound spectacular, The story is good as is the character development. The story is realistic, not your usual, unlimited round magazines and indestructible hero's, running on broken legs.

The only thing that concerns me; is the length - 12hrs 38 mins for 2 books and a chapter or two of book 3 is worrisome. I would love to continue to purchase this series but that is reliant upon the author providing the hours of entertainment per buck. Too many authors now think 4 to 6 hours and only half a story is worth the cost of a full story. Hopefully, this author, will realise what most people want and will endeavour to provide value for money, rather than lose customers due to subjective overpricing.

Getting back to the books - The storyline is incredibly believable, the characters too seam realistic portrayals and the story moves at a quick pace without the usual dead spots, that whilst necessary, the listeners hate, as they wait for the next installment of the storyline. Can't wait to get Society when it's released. I'm sure this series will prove to be long-lived and eagerly awaited. I don't see the point of detailing the story as it would be pointless only know that it's definitely a Zompoc fans must have.

As a final point - Well worth the investment and you will not be disappointed with the story or the purchase.

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  • Simon
  • 19-10-2017

Logical Survivors

Devon C Ford chose his title well. There's nothing new about the premise, a terrible disease wipes the vast majority of humanity out. But this book isn't about that part and it's all over and forgotten about with breathtaking speed. The characters seem to immediately accept it's pretty much game over for the whole planet and largely get on with things.

What it is about is a group of survivors trying to build a new society for themselves. They actually get very logical very quickly and the story speaks to the human need for identity and purpose which while the book possibly skirts a lot of the other situational psychology is often overlooked in the genre. There is action, violence and disagreement but there is also a lot about the building of a fledgling society. To me it was very satisfying as a read.

So what about the narration? Hmm, this is where I hope not too many people read this one because I love RC Bray but I can't quite give him the usual five stars. This is a very English book and I have to say that while he does his usual brilliant job I do think one of the better English narrators might have given the book a little more of a unique local character.

Finally I note that the publisher / author have decided to combine each pair of books into these Publisher's packs. I say bravo! Shorter books are fine but I think that if you are going to produce a series each book should be a reasonable length. I don't expect every author to match the imperious Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight series at nearly 50 hours per book but 5 or 6 hours would definitely have been too little.

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  • Annette Wright
  • 09-11-2017

Great story, great characters dodgy narration

I really enjoyed these two books. The characters are great and it's nice to read a survival story that doesn't include zombies. Unfortunately, the usually good RC Bray was a poor choice for narrator. He reads well but as an American is pretty much completely incapable of reading in an English accent. His Scottish is ropey too and I'm pretty sure he's never even heard a Welsh accent because his attempts at one are laughable. Such a shame because it's easy to forget this is a British story with the constant American accent. And when Bray attempts one of the British accents it is jarring and pulls me out of the story. Ruins the enjoyment somewhat. BUT having said all that, it's still worth listening to for the characters and story. I've bought the next two books on the strength on these two.

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  • Spaniard
  • 16-11-2017

Another R.C Bray triumph and the books geat too!!

I like the fact that this series is set in England, and RC Bray can read out the phone book and i would still be intrested. The story line is a new take on the 'end of the world appocolyse genere' buying the next book without any hesitation.

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  • Craig G.
  • 08-11-2017

good story, dodgy accents

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and normally love RC Bray's performances. the accents were a little annoying but I soon got over it.

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  • Chris
  • 10-10-2017

LOVE RC BRAY - best Narrator there is

The first two books are good. Shame none of the others have been added to Audible. I would almost advise not getting this until the rest are added.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-2017

Loved it

So refreshing to listen to a survival story set in the uk. Good believable story line well narrated.

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  • Lynne
  • 09-09-2017

Brilliant<br />

R C Bray could read the phone book and I'd enjoy it, I'm off to buy book 3 *)

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  • Mr. S. Grant
  • 16-05-2018

Absurd Escapist Prepper Fiction. Not All Bad.

I should say that I did get to the end. It's strangely listenable despite everything that comes next. Partially owing to the quality off the narration. So clearly this book is strongly targeted at a specific demographic with which I fit enough to have had the book mistakenly recommended. Bad algorithm. One example of how the demographic is served is in the bizarrely intense focus given to the intricate specifics of the story's guns, and the various attachments and modification applied to them. I feel like I know our survivor group's arsenal better than I know its members. Another example is in the clear political pandering of the author to traditional prepper notions and values. "Far truer if harsher justice than that found in the world before" narrated the main character, as he planned its enforcement in accordance with his own whims. "Left wing" is used as an insult (by the narrator, not in dialogue) to describe fools who don't immediately expect the world to fall into mad-maxian anarchy, and aren't eager to go with it. Fortunately for our protagonist, the author makes this psychopath correct. Apparently about half the population of the UK just can't wait for "the event" so they can unleash their inner monsters, doing so ludicrously promptly in the apocalypse's wake. There's no continuing danger (as for example in a Zombie Apocalypse fiction) to drive people to such evils; it's just how the author thinks we all intrinsically are I guess. Survivors are almost always encountered in the clutches of savage petty-despots (despite the ridiculous statistical improbability of this repeatedly happening in an apparently near deserted world), and our "hero" is always ready to step up and save them. His only flaw is the dangerous rage and unparalleled lethal capabilities he has, but always keeps nigh-perfectly under control, such that they're clearly not really flaws other than as lip-service to the stereotype of a flawed genius of his field (survivalism). He is witty (not actually, but we're always told that he gets laughs from the helpless sheep who surround him), and popular, an inspiring leader of the group, and yet a lone-wolf, who has a deep soul and hidden depth, backed by a cliché traumatic past. He spends all his time worrying that the armed forces of the group are woefully undermanned, even early on when they outnumber the band's farming contingent. I don't think the author really paints the picture of a sustainable society in terms of division of labor. Why is the medical team so large, and why are people not taking turns performing the more menial tasks? Our protagonist accuses others of trying to set up communist dictatorships, whilst himself observing that "rank has privileges" and forcing others to obey rules he sets and then permits only himself to break. The adversaries to the group are all poorly fleshed out, and frankly dumb. All our hero's plans come off flawlessly, his opponents behaving exactly as he plans (IE: not as remotely rational actors). If he launches an ambush, you can be damn sure the opposition will all stand ready in the open. It is a world where these men can be effective enough to build large bands of followers, oppressing numerous slaves, and yet will stand in the open, guileless and entirely ineffectual in the face of The Special One. If you're looking for absurd escapist fantasy, this could be enjoyable. A realistic portrayal of post-apocayptia it is not, nor a guide to surviving anything other than a narcissist's delusions of grandeur.

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