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Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1: London Audiobook

Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1: London

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Publisher's Summary

The outbreak began in New York. Soon it had spread to the rest of the world. People were attacked and infected, and they died. Then they came back. Nowhere is safe from the undead.

As anarchy and civil war took grip across the globe, Britain was quarantined. The press was nationalized. Martial law, curfews, and rationing were implemented. It wasn't enough. An evacuation was planned.

Bill Wright broke his leg on the day of the outbreak. Unable to join the evacuation, he watched from his window as the streets filled with refugees, he watched as the streets emptied once more. He watched as they filled up again, this time with the undead.

He is trapped. He is alone. He is running out of food and water. He knows that to reach the safety of the enclaves, he will have to venture out into the wasteland that once was England. On that journey he will ultimately discover the horrific truth about the outbreak, a decades-old conspiracy, and his unwitting part in it.

This is the first volume of his journal.

©2013 Frank Tayell (P)2015 Frank Tayell

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    Amazon Customer London 25/04/2016
    Amazon Customer London 25/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "London, Zombies and the start of great series"

    This is not for everyone, if you need to have your zombie apocalypse books list every make of gun and ammunition each time a shot is fired, or you need to have a lead character who's been preparing for the end of the world all their life and happens to have a bunker in their garden then move on. If you fancy a book that shows the end of the world from the perspective of a normal guy in a flat in London and how he copes with the end of the world and what to do next. It is faced paced and you will finish it in no time as it was hard to put down until the end!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs A Cooke 28/04/2016
    Mrs A Cooke 28/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Buy this book, you won't be disappointed!"

    I loved this book. As a total zombie fan who is currently morning the season end of The Walking Dead, I saw this book on an ad on Facebook and thought I would give it a go. It's a book written in journal form from someone making his way through the zombie apocalypse and the narration is great. I couldn't wait to listen to it at every opportunity. I can't wait to buy the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wolfie15 18/03/2016
    wolfie15 18/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting"

    was a interesting view on a zombie apocalypse narrated very well.
    looking forward to the next 2 books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jemma 22/05/2016
    jemma 22/05/2016
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    "so boring"
    What would have made Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1: London better?

    There is no way this story could be made better, unless the author scrapped it and started again. I kept waiting for it to get started, then waiting, waiting, waiting... I listened to over half of it and gave up.


    Has Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1: London put you off other books in this genre?

    I think I was spoilt after listening to 'The undead' by RR Haywood. Nothing compares to that series, so I havent been put off by this genre. I just need to keep searching!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator have the most awful voice. Think of the guy that sang 'Monster Mash' and you'll get the idea.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Reynolds 05/07/2015
    James Reynolds 05/07/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "British Zombie Book"

    I have read the book and now listened to the audio book and both are fantastic. Highly recommend

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Glitter 27/06/2015
    Glitter 27/06/2015
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    "Scary and brilliant!"

    I loved this story. It is read with such feeling that I didn't want to stop.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10/06/2016
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    "So slow"
    What disappointed you about Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1: London?

    The person who was reading the book to me


    What will your next listen be?

    Hopefully the next book in the feed books by Mira grant.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice acting


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    stephen 10/11/2015
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    "terrible story overall"

    from the start of the book the main character , well only character has a broken leg with a full cast so he's bed ridden for half the read. do I need to say much more. this is the most boring book I've had this year.

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  • ANGIE
    Tennessee, United States
    26/01/16
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    "New Favorite Series!"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book and was able to finish it fairly quickly. I will be going on to book 2.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • GigiD.
    St. Thomas, USVI
    02/09/15
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    "Enjoyed enough to buy 2nd immediately"

    I really enjoyed the writing style of this Z book. the narrator was perfect (I always listen @ 1.25). This book made me wonder how I would have reacted if all alone in the world... don't think I would have faired as well. He ended up being a lot more resourceful than I first thought he would be and I wondered at times when he would start questioning his role. glad book 2 is on audible and looking forward to the listen. I see there are more of this series on kindle but not on audible as yet.
    I have listened to almost all of the other Z books available... Zombie Fallout .. Adrian's Undead Diaries, Extinction Edge, DEAD, Grahams Resolution to name a few. different rhythm and pace to the story but interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Reese
    29/06/15
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    "Awesome zombie story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1: London to be better than the print version?

    Having read the ebook previously this audio version really brought the story to life.


    What about Tim Bruce’s performance did you like?

    I loved the British accent


    Any additional comments?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Frank Tayells books

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Corona, CALIFORNIA, United States
    05/08/15
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    "Not What I expected"

    The book wasn't what I was expecting. It didn't have the the action or gore that is typically associated with a zombie book. The main character was believable. The thoughts that he described are ones I would likely be thinking. The main character developed into someone that was likable. I am glad I stuck through some of the slower parts of the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Monday
    Fort Bragg, NC
    15/10/15
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    "The Thinking Mans Zombie novel."

    This book is very different from the average zombie. It was " English Middle Class Bureaucrat meets Zombies". The first thing that struck a cord with me was Bill's broken leg. I broke my leg pretty bad in the Army and one of the hardest things to deal with is the acute sense of being so vulnerable and helpless. Legs are a great tool in ZA. Bill is not a badass operator with a bunker of supplies. He is a policy maker who assumed he would not only help draft a national evacuation, but be rescued as well. Instead he is completly alone and crippled in South London. This book has some very slow parts and no dialogue, but if you like detail and decision making you will enjoy it. I will be giving the next one a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Farr
    Land of Oz, Kansas
    13/10/15
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    "Fascinating Perspective From a British View Point"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook to any friend that enjoys Zombie and Apocalypse stories. It is very different from most of the Zombie books I've heard or read. Starts a little slow but it is very realistically portrayed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What i liked the best was the fact that the writer infused common sense when writing this story. Very realistic actions that the character displays. Things that are left out of so many Zombie stories. For example, when the character was having to go through empty apartment units utilizing the attic space, this was very realistic and exactly what a thinking person would do. Breaking through sheetrock, checking boilers (water heaters to us Yanks) for water to drink, and going to the gym to find supplies was ingenious. Doing it all with a broken leg in a cast. Genius! The added fact that the character is injured really makes this story interesting. To see how he deals with such a terrible event while layer up and nearly crippled really brings the story home and makes you feel a lot of sympathy and empathy for the character. If I were a writer, this is the way I would like to tell a story. You begin to feel like this really happened.


    What does Tim Bruce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At first I thought that because this was a story by and about Brits that the narrator would be Britishly Boring, but he absolutely was not boring and I really enjoyed the way he truly makes you feel like he wrote this journal and lived through these experiences. Even the little nuances are interesting and realistic. This is like listening to a play. Can't wait to listen to the other books in this Series.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    One Broken Man's Trials to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story very much. Not too much blood and gore and violence, and just a practical and common sense approach this writer took with dealing with this subject, which can sometimes be boring and corny, but not with this writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sabrina
    15/10/16
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    "Rear Window for zombie fans"

    The first thing you should know is that this book is slow. If you want lots of zombie action, you won't find it here. It is a good zombie book if you are looking for a different view of the zombie apocalypse situation. There is not some magically special guy that gathers a group of survivors that kill thousand of zoms without dying themselves or a marine special ops dude or anything you are used to reading. It is simply about a man with a broken leg seeing the end through his upstairs window until he realizes he has to leave or he will die of dehydration/starvation. This book is worth listening to if you have the patience and are tired of the same ol' zom drama/action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • casey
    03/10/16
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    "The most boring zombie book ive ever read"

    A man alone with a broken leg during the zombie apocalypse. Yep. So stupidly boring. Angry i wasted a credit on this dribble

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Tilson
    12/09/16
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    "boring"

    I generally like slower moving zombie books that are more about survival, but this book did me in. It was very very slow and boring. It took all I had to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda B
    Northeast USA
    11/06/16
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    "Well done!"

    I love zombies. And I love well written stories. As a result, I am VERY jaded about zombie fiction, and reluctant to even try anything because the market is so saturated by poor writers doing unoriginal, redundant, poorly written zombie novels, in the hopes of riding the wave of zombie popularity. So this book was a very pleasant surprise.

    The narrative voice is very well done, and you feel like you are experiencing the outbreak with him. He's likeable, and multi-dimensional and believable as a character. It isn't just endless - run, fight a zombie, run, have some infighting with some boring crazy group, run, fight, etc, as so many of these weak zombie books are. This one is clever and the introspection and monologue of the main character, his assessments of the crisis, his dilemma, and plans are interesting and different enough to be engaging. The story is well paced and overall it was a fun, very well written book. The narrator does a very good job too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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