Realizing you have a surviving neighbor after the world is overtaken by the undead isn't always a good thing. Unless that neighbor is the grumpy, armed, and retired Green Beret Gilbert Donohue. In that case, finding out you've got a neighbor is a lot like hitting the proverbial jackpot.
Adrian's piecemeal life on campus since "That Day" has been a struggle. Retrieving supplies from local neighborhoods filled with the walking dead has been dangerous for him, but he's stayed alive by being a little smarter than the other survivors, and a lot faster than the roaming, hungry zombies that have overtaken his home town, and the world.
In Alone No More, the second installment in the smash hit series Adrian's Undead Diary, Adrian's life is poised to become even more complicated and dangerous when some familiar faces find their way to ALPA with some less than friendly folks on their tail. For the first time the breadth of Adrian's Apocalypse widens to reveal the death of one of the oldest cities of mankind in one of the most popular of all the AUD short stories: Jerusalem.
Sometimes in the cold of winter, the only thing that can keep you warm is freshly spilled blood. Alone No More is the second entry in the AUD series, and covers Adrian's journal entries from December 3, 2010, through December 27, 2010. Intermingled with his personal diary entries Alone No More also contains five short stories: "One Mistake: The Last Stand of Hall B", "Putting a Name to a Face", "Exodus", "Jerusalem", and "The Chief".
©2010 Chris Philbrook (P)2014 Chris Philbrook
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after the first book ended so abruptly, i wanted to see where the story was heading so i downloaded book two. surprisingly, book two is 50% about adrian and 50% vignettes.
the vignettes are really good, especially the opening one, one mistake, the last stand of hall b. all i can say is wow! horror at its best! it's gory, sad, and extremely tragic. it's definitely an emotionally gripping story. that's all i'll say. i don't want to spoil it for you. ok...i'll say one more thing...it would win zombie short story of the year in my book!
putting a name to a face is a story about sabrina, a 40 year old nurse as the dead and those bitten turn into zombies at the hospital.
exodus tells abigail's story during the initial outbreak at the school. in the first book, adrian ran into abigail when he was cleaning the school of zombies. she's the one who decided to drive home.
jerusalem tells the story of kevin whitten, one of adrian's best friends. kevin works for a private military contractor and is part of a protective group for a senator, who is in jerusalem. this vignette is linked to one of adrian's journal entries, and through them, we get more of adrian's background in the military.
the chief tells the police chief's story after his father is bitten by a zombie at moore's gun store.
all of these vignettes add depth to adrian's story and provide some details of what else is going on outside the campus.
the publisher's summary mentions adrian meets gilbert so i'll mention him. he's an old green beret, and thankfully, he's not one of those hard charging, all guns blazing characters. that wouldn't match the story. gilbert is kind of crotchety, but he's wise and deliberate. he's also kind of a mystery, never revealing all of his cards. gilbert is a good addition to the story.
adrian also gets some additional company, but i won't say who. the additional company makes sense- it doesn't feel contrived.
once again the book ends; however, not as abruptly as book one. the book ends at a good place because it nicely sets up the next book.
overall, a good second book- no sophomore slump!
"SOME GOOD BACK STORY!"
Isn't it always? but I only listened..
I like his performance...it was even better in book 2...he slowed down a bit...I really like him...
When the cop has to kill his wife to save his kids...really a sad thing for someone to have to do...also when Adrian is injured...I was afraid for him!
I received book 1 free...and love the zombie genre....and immediately bought books 2-4....this is more of a back story book...and answers how things came about more....also Adrian finally gets some friends...so that made me happy for him...good story...and I am moving on to book 3 now! :)
"The new and improved Adrian"
Everything about this story is improved from the first in the series. I loved the first in the series and couldn't wait to hear part two!
It seems that in this next instalment the main character Adrian is becoming a better person. He is now more than just some sort of 'comic book' action figure, slashing and shooting up zombies. The author has really begun to develop and deepen his character.
I loved how the author in the first book injected what seemed to be random emotionally charged accounts of the lives and deaths of other characters. Well, in this instalment of the series the background of those characters are explored a little further, giving insight into how those ‘random’ accounts interact with Adrian.
I also loved how the first in the series was told from a “first person’s perspective”. This meant that the narrator did not have to change voices, and impersonate another character. However, in this second book more time is spent in the character of people other than Adrian. I am pleased to report the narrator did an excellent job. The author also used Adrian’s writing in his diary as an useful tool to bring insight into those other characters.
The writing style seems to have gone up another notch. The character development has deepened. The comic book style action of the first book is still there, but not as much. By the way I loved the action in the first book. But nevertheless I listened to this one in one sitting just like the first, simply because it was fun to listen to.
One more comment about the narration, was that it was slightly slow. So once again you can increase the speed a little. This pretty much seems to be the standard now days. So if you are influenced in your purchasing decisions by the total listening time of a book, please keep that in mind.
If you like zombie stories or perhaps you want to give it a go. Then I can highly recommend that you buy this series. I really hope the author has a third in the series. Simply, because the story deserves a better ending.
"Full of the back-story you crave"
It has taken me way too long to get back to the simple world that Chris Philbrook has created for Adrian. By simple I mean pretty straight forward as far as a zombie apocalypse is concerned.
Beware that this is book 2 in a series, so it might do you some good to listen to the first book first. Even thought I believe that Alone No More can stand by itself if need be.
At first I was taken aback, because this book started in the past. With things that we did not know about from book one. I had to double check that I was listening to the correct audiobook. After this initial shock I found myself getting wrapped up in the added story lines.
If you thought that Dark Recollections was missing the back story of Adrian, you will be pleased to know that Alone No More will quench some of that thirst. Not only with Adrian’s story but the story of several other interesting characters.
I did find it quite oxymoronic that the title is Alone no More and Adrian was alone for the majority of this story. However when people started showing up in his life again the crap hits the fan. As we all know the most dangerous things in the zombie apocalypse are the other survivors.
Philbrook ended the book at the perfect point to make you need to listen to the next in the series, something that I will be doing soon.
James Foster is simply amazing in this series. There is something magical that happens with his performance when he is Adrian talking, I mean writing, in his journal. True chemistry, he creates a real conventionality, a sincere joviality at times and disparity at others.
Now I am not sure how these two got connected, more than likely random fate or coincidence. I will choose fate because an author needs a stellar narrator to bring his vision to light. Even though Foster is a relative newcomer to the narration world, I can not think of another that would give the listener the same experience.
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"Getting excited by this series"
Mr. Journal is cool n all, but the short stories add spice because they are written in 'real time' and not being explained after the fact like the journal entries. Well, not just that, I would actually say the short stories are more powerful than Adrian's all alone story. The old short stories just ended, but now things are falling into place as they fit into the main story line.
By the way, the journal entries themselves aren't really 100% entries, but like if you can imagine a TV show where someone starts writing but then fades out and the show starts. Zombies are the still the dumb shuffling kind, not really dangerous for Adrian. Of all things, his animal lover side takes a hit. I'm an animal lover too, but bought this part of the story.
The series is actually pretty slow to reveal its story, we are only starting to get to know Adrian. He starts getting comfortable writing and reveals more of himself as we revisit stuff in the past that he didn't want to get into back then. This explains why I thought the first book was a bit emotionally dry. Cassie is a recurring theme, I wonder how this angle will play out.
Solid characters are starting to take their place and things start rocking at the end but....Ahhhh! I don't mind the slow pace at all and barely mind being left dying for book 3!
I'm trying to recall if Jame's girl voice was any good, but I didn't even react to it while listening so I think it must be excellent. Keep up the good work Chris and James!
"Love the series!"
The characters. Philbrook does a great job of developing his characters. They seem like real people, which creates a real connection with them. Philbrook also gives you just enough story to keep you hooked and wanting the next installment.
I love Adrian - his flaws and all. Abby is also a huge favorite
JF is great, his female voices are just feminine enough - not screechy or over done. It's one of my peeves when a narrator can't do a voice of the opposite sex.
James narrators like a mf'ing boss!
"awesome book even better performance!"
Book was well read and keeps me wondering what will happen next. Down loading the other books now.
"Adrian's story continues but there is so much more"
Yes! This is the best zompoc series I have ever read and I have read a LOT of zompoc. Typically I only read. This is actually one of the few books or series I enjoyed so much that I had to follow up by listening to the audio book too. James Foster does such an amazing job bringing Adrian to life that it adds another dimension to an already fantastic experience.
Adrian's story continues and is filled with the same excitement, comedy, heartache and violence as the first that keep you listening long into the night but the best part is actually the side stories.
The side stories further develop characters we've already met briefly through Adrian's diary entries. They are so wonderfully well told, they could very easily stand alone as their own short stories and leave listeners begging for more. These seemingly insignificant characters in the main story line have stories of their own that are very deep and emotional. It's amazing in how few paragraphs you can become attached to a character and find yourself on the edge of your seat, cheering them on. This ability is a gift and Philbrook has it.
I have listened to the first book in this series which was also narrated by Foster. He does an amazing job with this character and story as a whole.
In comparison, this one is right on par with the first if not better as he settles into the character more and more. Nothing short of top notch work that is an absolute joy to listen to.
An extreme reaction? Depends on how you define extreme. I didn't sob uncontrollable or vomit or anything, no.
Did I laugh or cry? Yes. Absolutely. Out loud, in bed at all hours of the night much to my wife's dismay. This story is so full of ups, downs and all out comical moments, I'm not sure you're human if you don't!
"Pieces to the Puzzle"
In the second book of Adrian's Diary, he fills in some of the gaps from the day it all started to the present. Adrian paints a very good picture of how the world has changed since the outbreak and what he's doing to survive. Unfortunately, it can get a bit repetitive. That's not to say it wasn't interesting because Adrian faces many challenges while scouting for goods. He's smart, he's funny, he's resourceful and logical, he gets hurt and he has nobody to help him as he makes a safe haven for himself. It's so easy to get caught up in the madness with him.
The thing I really like about this series is how real it feels. It definitely has a TWD feel to it. This shit is happening, what are you going to do to survive! I also like that we get little story snippets from other people. Almost every person that Adrian meets is somehow connected to some other part of the story and we get to go back and see it come together. However, I am ready to see Adrian move forward in his story and with the ending of this book we are definitely heading in that direction. Good stuff here! If you're looking for a good zombie book you should definitely check this series out.
Brutal part one.
Yup, I plan on trying out Tesser. Chris has been a responsive author to my letters and the stories he tells are ones that I have been wanting to read.
the first few sections describe events where people don't make it. These scenes are brutal.
Still a great series! This one introduces the main story arch.
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