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Survivors Series 01

Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

It begins with just a few people falling ill. Another flu virus that spreads around the globe. And then the reports begin that people are dying....

When most of the world's population is wiped out, a handful of survivors are left to pick up the pieces. Cities become graveyards. Technology becomes largely obsolete. Mankind must start again....

1.1: 'Revelation' by Matt Fitton. When people begin to die of a new strain of a flu virus, newspaper journalists Helen Wiseman and Daniel Connor investigate. They uncover a terrifying story - but will anyone ever get to read it?

1.2: 'Exodus' by Jonathan Morris. Billions of people have died across the globe. Cities are rife with secondary diseases, and the survivors attempt to make their way out of London.

1.3: 'Judges' by Andrew Smith. After a storm wipes out much of their community's supplies, Greg and Jenny go in search of new provisions - much to Abby's disapproval.

1.4: 'Esther' by John Dorney. Greg, Jenny and their new friends are trapped. Will they ever make it out alive?

Note: Survivors contains adult material and is not suitable for younger listeners.

©2014 Big Finish Productions (P)2014 Big Finish Productions

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Well made but lacks good writing

I love radio plays. Has great sound effects and it's like a movie for your mind. This would be good for anyone who likes end of the world or survival books. The writing was poor. I didn't care for the characters and in fact I found them annoying and I tried hard not to turn it off. The story was dragged out and the script kept repeating over and over. I found when characters talked to them self it was unconvincing and forced and fake.

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  • Bree Salyer
  • 08-01-2017

Wonderfully entertaining....

I have become a huge fan of full cast audio productions. So much that now when I look for my next listen, I try to find one with at least multiple narrators if not a full cast. The Survivors series was a great addition to my widening library. Although some of the situations were a bit far fetched, just listening to the production itself made it worthwhile. The voice acting was above par and the added music and sound effects brought it even more to life. I will definitely be continuing the series.

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  • W. Beckett
  • 12-12-2016

A eye opener!

Would you listen to Survivors Series 01 again? Why?

As a kid I watched the 1st Series of Survivors on 70's TV. I only caught up with series 2/3 on DVD in 2016. But now I wish I never bothered. It's actually Big Finish who belatedly carry on Terry Nation's vision. I have series 1 to 5 on CD. But I re-bought Series 1 & 2 of these Big Finish audio's to put on my Kindle. Good writing and production deserve to be rewarded to continue. That's how good, telling and impact memorable this series is to listen too again!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The montage of characters are all great. All having a history to impact into later recordings. Stick with it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

You can't pick one scene when there's a great arc depicting all the Horrors and Honourable Highs of Human Nature.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Morals and Ethics should always Survive!

Any additional comments?

Terry Nation would have been Proud. Had this remained the tone of the TV series, he would never have left!

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  • Gooner14
  • 29-11-2016

Jenny, Abby and Greg return

As a huge fan of the 70's TV series I was pleased to find this new audiobook series. It's great to hear from Jenny, Abby and Greg. A believable story that ties nicely into the original. As mentioned in at least one review I did have issues hearing certain parts of the audio whilst driving and had to turn the volume up.
Overall I'm more than happy with the story and performance

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  • Becca1405
  • 25-06-2017

Brilliant cast, terrible sound engineering

An interesting concept & great cast, ruined by the worst sound engineering I've ever heard in an audiobook.

Not just some parts being too quiet (some of this was obviously a directorial choice to show people being further away or muffled) but voices clearly not being picked up properly when recorded so no matter how hard you turned it up the words weren't clearly audible.

It's almost like they used really old school microphones that would only record when the actor's mouth was directly in front of them so the sound kept dropping out.

Very disappointing as this was otherwise and interesting production.

Another issue was the choice to use original cast actors in the same roles. A nice idea but rather confusing when you realise a character who sounds like they're in their 50/60s is actually meant to be in their 20/30s.

Also worth bearing in mind is that the last 30 minutes or so of the book is interviews with the cast. They are interesting but it means the book is even shorter than it seems.

If you have an audible account & can get the book for £6 or so it's reasonable but please don't even consider paying the £40 (!!!) they want for it. I don't see ago they could justify that for a 4 hour book even if everything else were perfect!

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  • P SIXSMITH
  • 02-10-2016

excellent.

I remember well the original TV version. Gave up on the remake, but this is excellent Great cast and performance. Dark and a chilling reminder of how fragile our take on civilisation as we know it is.

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  • Kevin
  • 15-01-2017

Gritty drama, quality drama..

Hard to listen to at times but worth sticking with! Shows how fragile our society is, when things start to happen that we can't control or do anything about! Hopefully we won't have anything like this to deal with ; but they say we are always one day away.....

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  • graham ward
  • 21-02-2019

Exceptional.

As dark and bleak as the original TV series. The retuning characters mix well with the new, it has wonderful writing and superb performances. Cannot recommend more!

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  • D T Betton
  • 14-01-2019

nostalgia at its best

loved the original and this was great to see another group of survivors in another place.

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  • Simon Matthews
  • 06-01-2019

Good addition to Terry Nation's Survivors canon

Big Finish is normally a guarantee of a quality production, yet again they have successfully resurrected a 70's iconic series (Their Prisoner series is excellent). Firstly I did not feel this was four stories but one longer arc with intertwining elements, but a small criticism of description rather than content. The cast and production were excellent, the story was certainly a launch point to later instalments and as a stand alone felt very much like Part 1. I didn't agree with other comments on technical issues, i listened on headphones and didn't have any problem with the technical quality. I do agree on value, for a audible credit was good value, for £40 CD or download less so. I'll be downloading the next instalment to see what happens. Full marks for use of what sounded like a very close adaptation of the original score, something they seemed unable to do with the Prisoner.

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  • Jules
  • 05-09-2018

Pleasant surprise

Having watched and really enjoyed the original TV series, I was unsure whether I would like this version. I was pleasantly surprised as I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Each of the 4 ‘sections’ gave an account of the different experiences the survivors had to go through. The pace was just right and the narration was well performed.

My only ‘gripe’ was that it ended too soon. In my opinion it would have been better value to have 6 sections and only 2 performances rather than the 3 on offer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-2018

My favourite Survivors

Would you listen to Survivors Series 01 again? Why?

Yes - Probably because I watched originally and then years later on DVD.
This set a frame thinking off when i was very young , love the characters and still do.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Got to be Greg

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The original actors make it so much more real.