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Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1: London

Narrated by: Tim Bruce
Series: Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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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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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!

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It's different...

First off this isn't your normal Zombie Appocolipse/end of world novel. It's the diary of a normal man with a broken leg just trying to survive. It's not full of gore or daring do just day to day survival which I guess most of us would be doing if the ZA became a reality.

Yes it can be a bit slow in parts but I think this just adds to the story and allows the back drop of the emergency measures put in place by the powers that be to develope.

There's not a lot of people Involved and to be fair not a lot of zombie action but this doesn't detract from the story in anyway in fact it makes the novel seem more 'real' or at least what my idea of a ZA would be like in the first few days.

On a side note while I listened to this I was actually immobile due to foot trauma and found myself being much more sympathetic to Bill.

It's worth a credit and I will probably get part 2 in the future.

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tedious

the protagonist is a whinging, pathetic, helpless rich boy. the first part of the book is him in his flat moaning about property values, not being able to make a cup of tea and complaining about the inconvenience of the zombie apocalypse. the narrator sounds like hes going to burst ino tears.

i really tried to stick with this book but im not a fan of weak incapable people, so i gave up after about 3hrs.

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Loved it

I've never read a zombie book before but this caught my eye. Not sure what I expected however it really impressed me. An everyday guy trying to survive the apocalypse. Some unexpected humour too. Brilliant story and great performance; It's been a while since I've been so gripped by a story that I've stayed awake till 4am to finish it! And I've already downloaded Book 2 of the series. I'm hooked

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At last -- a zombie apocalypse without guns

This is the only contemporary apocalyptic story that can compete with the BBC's The Survivors, written by Matt Fitton, et al. Like Survivors, this story deals with ordinary folks caught up in devastating events. There is a certain amount of violence, some of it gratuitous, but the story is predominantly about the narrator's battle to overcome his injuries, confusion, and sense of loss.

I'm pleased to say that few guns are mentioned. There is no machismo: the hero, if that's the right world, spends the first half of the book cowering in his house, wondering when he's going to be rescued. Like The Walking Dead, in this story it's fairly clear that the zombies, grim as they are, are not really the greatest threat to survivors -- other people are.

Another reviewer mentioned Day of the Triffids, and there is a certain similarity, to be fair. As a plot device, there's not a huge difference between zombies and predatory vegetation. I guess if you liked Triffids (and weren't just forced to read it at school) you'll like this as well. A better comparison, I think, is Mattheson' s I Am Legend. Both books describe well the tedium and loneliness of day-to-day survival as the last (possibly) person alive.

If you like your apocalypses to be dominated by gun-toting, right-wing sociopaths, as portrayed in the appalling After It Happened series, you probably won't get on with this book. You have to care what real people think.

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Oh dear

I'm a fan of dystopian books but this one failed to set my world alight.
The rather clichéd 'missed the end of the world due to hospitalisation' is present here. As per the precedent set by John Wyndham in his classic Day of The Triffids. In fact if one were to map it out, this is virtually just an modernised version of it.
The poor story is rescued somewhat by good narration.
Do yourself a favour and get Day of The Triffids. Yes it's quaint but it's better than this poor attempt at rewriting it.

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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.

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interesting

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

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excellent survival book in a fictional world

great to put a realistic spin on zombie survival - can't wait to download the next!

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Surprisingly good

I'm more into the action based zombie stories, Arisen type stuff, however this was a bit more I am legend. I liked it. Slow moving and more what you expect if it happened for real. I will get the next book.

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  • ANGIE
  • 26-01-16

New Favorite Series!

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

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  • GigiD.
  • 02-09-15

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.

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  • Mrs. Monday
  • 15-10-15

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.

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  • Lee
  • 05-08-15

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.

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  • Karen Reese
  • 29-06-15

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

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  • Michael Randleman
  • 20-08-18

Worst book I've listened to so far.

If you like listening to someone whine and complain through an entire book then your in luck. The entire story seemed to have no point and rambled on and on. No satisfaction in the story at all.

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  • eringal
  • 29-03-17

Long, to much back story, no action

Frustratingly slow and boring. To much back story, 90% of the book. Very little action and no contact with others. Boring

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  • casey
  • 03-10-16

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

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  • S. Farr
  • 13-10-15

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.

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  • Brad
  • 12-01-16

A wussy bureaucrat caught in a zombie apocalypse...

There is only one character in this story - other than the zombies of course - and crumbling London. Part claustrophobic hiding in his flat, part daring escape, part scrounging and dodging. Well written with an interesting evolving character's story told by a plucky narrator with a charming voice and English accent. Light on gore and action - he's a sneaker dodger type- no sex thank heavens, little if any swearing. Quite good overall, zombie plague with a stiff upper lip.

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