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Start the First Season of the Groundbreaking Post-Apocalyptic Serial! Yesterday's Gone: Season One: Episode 1.

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?

©2011 Sean Platt, David Wright (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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What did you like best about FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1? What did you like least?

It was free which was great and it's an interesting story line but it drags on and takes forever to get to the actual point.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didn't like the ending especially after how long it took to get there.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrator was great, very clear and loud enough and didn't go too fast.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Lost/Stephen King!

I loved this story. It reminds me of a classic King novel, like the beginning of The Stand, introducing all the characters and bringing them together.
Off to get episode 2 now!

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Great story , characters and VERY great narrators!

What made the experience of listening to FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1 the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed this stories introduction, I get the sense we are in for an epic. having just finished Swan Song by Robert Mccammon I was ready for that kind of world again, with well written and believable characters acted by professional voice actors, set in a post apocalyptic world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1?

The incredibly well written surreal child's eye point of view of the world of the character Luca

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The opening scenes in New York.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lucas plight alone in this strange empty world

Any additional comments?

The choosing of having multiple voice narrators is an excellent move, and works very well.
It works but thankfully is Unlike a dramatisation , it gives greater reality to each person.
But I would prefer if male and female characters were actually played by males or females
As that one thing is usually what can lack when having one voice actor, and it seems a waste and counter productive not using male voices for males and females for females with such a great talented cast.
I also agree that having Luca play the voice of older characters is wrong
I was tricked by this at first but then discovered it was Maxwell doing the older voice
Surely maxwell should be doing the other younger voices, the male teens?
Anyway apart form that I think the who enterprise is so professionally done I can't really complain, as such attention and effort to get narrators for each role right is so rare.
So I have nothing but positive things to say about ALL the narrators and as for others saying change them, that is plainly ridiculous! As I have never heard a audio book casted so perfectly .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Yesterday's gone ep1

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Can't wait for ep 2 . the way that you are kept guessing throughout the story is achingly crazy.

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Brilliant!

An excellent book, with great characterisations, each character voiced by a different person. The story really draws you in, making you want to know what happens next. I'm now eagerly buying the 2nd instalment!

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A great start.

This ia a great read and I cannot wait to get stuck into the rest of season one. But beware, this book is not for the faint of heart. It is a tale of bad people doing bad things and the wording and discription of some of those things is truely eye opening at times. If you like post apocalyptic stories told in a fantastic way with stunning performances throughout the voice cast then this should be an instant buy for you.

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Unique.

I found this book to be a completely entertaining listen. I cant think of another book which has pulled me in the way that this did. Something else I liked was the unique way the story was written. So I would recommend this book.

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An enticing freebie prelude to the novel

Intriguing and well performed by the different narrators. But the biggest hook is the mystery of this story. The characters react differently to the death of their old lives. Some mourn for earth as they know it, others don't. But many questions remain unanswered - the watcher for one. Another reviewer compared this story to King's the Stand, and can see how these parallels have been drawn, as I have read this epic tale myself. I hope this story differs from King, but have downloaded the Kindle version of this book to find out.

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Ensured I HAD to Hear the Rest of The Story

If you could sum up FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1 in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, fantastical storytelling.

What did you like best about this story?

The array of characters. Though it can be initially a bit disorientating jumping from one character to next without knowing who they are (or what happens to them at the end of a scenario) you quickly get used to it.

This form of character story jumping then keeps the story intriguing and mixes up the pace enough to keep you from pressing the stop button.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

All the narrators are top notch. I'm a big fan of R.C. Bray but I have to say that the narrator performing the voice of the serial killer, though initially creating a "wtf" reaction, is truly excellent - with the help of excellent writing the performer creates a truly believable 3-dimensional character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end pi**ed me off cuz I now need to know what happens next!

Any additional comments?

I think this type of marketing is very clever - giving away part of a book or a prequel charter for free. I first encountered it with the Mountain Man saga which lead me to buy all the books in the series while simultaneously introducing me to an entirely new genre. This will probably have the same effect as I am definitely going to get the first series in its entirety.

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Too many characters

Lost interest as the fifth or sixth protagonist was introduced. Too many perspectives on the same thing happening plus the irritation of one of them being a young child with the reader putting on a goo goo voice. Didn't win me over

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  • Katherine
  • 12-06-14

Hooked

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

Pros

1. Who doesn't love a good end of the world romp? How about especially when, the end comes from god knows what. I am banking its not zombies... (hate to say this publicly but I am getting tired of zombies)

2.It reminds me of a lot of books that I have read and loved, without being predictable. It is easy to follow. The characters are fairly diverse and almost all are likable.

3.It is free so there was absolutely no way I could lose.

Cons

There is only one. The serial killer character felt forced and without dimension. It felt like the authors put together a grab bag of audacious mad libs that ranged from lame to jarring swears. I guess that is why they have the warning upfront about content. Think about this for a second. They Had to put a warning on their book because of how unnecessary and stupid some of the language is.

Hahahha. I sound like someones mom, but I am not.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 31-08-14

BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@

ANYONE TOO STUPID TO LOOT WAS JUST SMART ENOUGH TO STARVE
It's mystery told from six different views. Many of these views are from the bad guys. Episode is correct, as at the end you will still not know what is going on. If you are like me you will certainly be captured and want to continue. I love this sort of thing and will be getting the rest of the episodes. All the narrators are good to excellent and make the whole thing more entertaining.

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  • Leslie
  • 05-05-14

Bring on episode 2!

First of all, Thank you Audible, for giving us this opportunity! Had this not been in the "freebies" list I might have overlooked this GREAT opening episode
This was a really good first run. Individuals across the country wake up to a seemingly empty world, The story is very much in the style of Stephen King. The author really fleshed out his characters, which to me is very important to a story. There's even a serial killer! Anyway, the big mystery is, of course, What happened. Is it an alien invasion? Some strange world war? Or what?
I know its not an original concept, but thus far, it's a really good story! I look forward to part 2.

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  • Yvonne
  • 21-01-18

Gave Up

I normally do not quit on a book, but I found myself wanting to skip to the end. I love post-apocolypritc Sci Fi and am an avid reader. There are multiple issues with this book that made me give up on trying to struggle through it. Here are a few:
The book jumps perspectives before you are connected to the character(s). The writing pulls you out of the narrative, not because of the language, violence, or weird sexual perversion, but because it isn't cohesive or well-structured. Normally, I like being in the mind of different characters because you get an interconnected web and ultimately a more complete picture (Read Oryx and Crake series), but that doesn't happen here; it's just confusing.

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  • Ramon B. Cano
  • 05-06-17

Could have been good but.....

Would you try another book from Sean Platt and David Wright and/or the narrators?

Nope!

Would you ever listen to anything by Sean Platt and David Wright again?

Nope!

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I guess.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

anger that I wasted any time giving this chance to get good, Sadness that story telling apparently has devolved into different ways of working in the f-word in to every sentence. disappointed that an awesome idea and beginning went so bad so fast. And mostly just annoyance that this had good rating and sucked so bad.

Any additional comments?

It really sucked! don't bother if you have reached the maturity level of a reasonable adult...

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  • MTB DC
  • 23-04-17

Not Enough F-Bombs

Would you listen to FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1 again? Why?

No. Do F-Bombs make a good story good? If so, do even still more F-Bombs and foul language makes it even better?

Which scene was your favorite?

The extremely few in which the story stood on its own without extremely foul language.

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

no.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-02-16

the publisher summary is better that the book

Any additional comments?

I really like sci fi but I'm not a fan of crude writing that contains an abundance of F bombs and teenage self gratification scenes. I stopped at that point and chose to clean my brain of this mess. Narrators were good. Thankfully, this was free

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela M
  • 02-06-14

Grabbed me like the monster in the closet!

What happened? Almost everyone has vanished, but to where? How? Most importantly, why?

The different narrators keep the story fresh, alive and in your mind. This book sample had me scrambling to purchase the full Season 1. I am chomping at the bit to get to the next Season.

I am a woman who hated "Lost". I thought it was the stupidest premise ever and after the first show, I refused to watch more of it. It didn't grab me, the characters were not believable or likeable as far as I was concerned. Yesterday's Gone should have struck me the same way but it grabbed me with it's unique storyline.

Having several narrators was the best decision the Author/Publisher could have made, it makes this story really come alive.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael Davis
  • 20-01-17

Bought season 1 based on episode 1 then returned

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The free episode pulls you in to what seems like a good story and concept but the story never goes anywhere. One of the few books I've returned.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Joss1685
  • 24-09-16

an unexpected ending

well that ending wasn't what I expected, I began to think the story was weird since everyone just dissapeared and I didn't knew what to think, they werent zombies and neither have gone to heaven for what it seemed and then they appeared in the place i would less expected really.

what is more creppy they appeared at some point and that made the story terrifying, a worth terror tale.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful