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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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Loved it

Loved it can’t wait till next in series. Please Don’t keep us waiting audible. Would make a great uk tv series

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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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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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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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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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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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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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just couldn't get into it

couldn't really get into the story. The narration was a bit distracting. the English accents RC Bray weren't the best.

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Loved it

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

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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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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 17-03-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-10-17

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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  • DAVE
  • 11-09-17

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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  • Tim
  • 14-12-17

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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  • chris
  • 17-09-17

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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  • suzjohnson
  • 24-10-17

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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  • adam
  • 11-09-17

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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  • Marc
  • 10-09-17

Intense & Brilliant

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

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  • meghan
  • 15-12-17

Hard to listen to...

I just finished the book ‘Gray’. It was a 24 hour long audiobook and I devoured it in 3 days. This book was suggested, as it was the same general premise as Gray. Reviews were high, with many people commenting on how great the narrator is. I whole heartedly disagree. The monotone delivery is unbearable to listen to. The act of, say, eating a sandwich, is delivered with the same intonation as a battle seen. It was difficult to discern action from daily events.
And the story doesn’t go anywhere. A protagonist is vaguely referred to and the book ends with this person still at large and plotting to return to exact revenge. I don’t even care enough to seek out the follow up to this book. The ‘hero’ never fails at anything, and every confrontation is easily overcome, regardless of the build up to it, it’s over with a cheeky exchange. I would rather listen to Gray for a second time then labor through a second half of this book.

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  • Jan
  • 08-10-17

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 &quot;Stay Calm and Carry On.&quot; 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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