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Zero Day Code

Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

Every modern city has one week’s worth of food to feed itself. Then it will collapse. 

Cut off the resources to New York, Sydney, or even a mid-size metropolis, and millions will soon starve. In Zero Day Code we see those immense and open, hyper-complex, networked supercities of the new millennium die. And in the last moments we see their vengeance take form as all the best and worst traits of humanity bubble to the surface. 

Zero Day Code is set in a realistic near future with dwindling global food supplies under increasing pressure from worsening droughts, floods and extreme weather events. Written by prolific Australian writer John Birmingham, the thriller follows a handful of survivors from the first day of society’s descent into violent, uncertain futures. 

James, a consultant to the US National Security Council, is the first to suspect that the worldwide emergence of a crippling computer virus is actually a cover for something else - a devastating cyber-attack by China on the food distribution system of the United States. The attack is a bid for the Middle Kingdom to distract America as it seizes the food bowl of South East Asia and feeds its starving population. But Beijing has miscalculated.

Follow the missions of an embittered activist chasing salvation, a single mum rescuing her child from a frantic San Francisco and an army veteran who has long retreated from society, as the world they knew crumbles around them.  

Please note: this audiobook contains mature content and listener discretion is advised.

©2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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I am not even 1/4 through and...

I CANT GET ENOUGH.

the performance is heavyweight, as good as the story. It is like the story, writing and performance was specifically for me.

Smart, modern and entertaining AF!

Where has the performer and author been all me life, why am I only discovering them now? Nevermind, I'll seek answers once I'm done with this and everything these chaps have ever done.

Edit: I finished it, couldn't put this book down, everything I said I sand by and I really hope we get more.

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Awful

Having listened to roughly 20 books so far this year, I can honestly say this was my worst purchase to date. After an hour I had to turn it off.
The narration is painful - the accents are comical at best.
I was on a roll for a while - book after book.
This has me taking a break for a while.

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  • Oldy
  • 10-07-19

Magnificent double-threat.

Full disclosure: I read the first draft chapter by chapter on JB's Patreon page. You should consider doing the same, it's absolutely worth every cent.

I grabbed this book on audible as soon as it came out. I've found audiobooks to be a mixed bag in the past, some have been fantastic, others not so. Much of this has to do with the voice talent, and Rupert Degas is wonderful. He commits to the material and performs it more than reads it - and his pronunciation is excellent, something that can take you out of the story if they get it wrong. The only problem is that Rupert now has to come over to my place and read every JB book to me from now on.

If you're a Birmo fan, then this is all the best things you love about Axis of Time, The Disappearance and Dave and the Monsters rolled into one. Great characters, tight, well-researched plot, a sprawling picture of the end of the world, told in vignettes all over the world, and in the main story through the eyes of eight or so expertly-drawn POV characters.

The story itself is a creeping horror, a slow-dawning and inevitable ending to everything we know - and it's relevant to today, right now. There are places in the world already experiencing the beginnings of this, and the despairing adult in me knows it's too late to turn away from the course we've set.

As always, the dialogue is brilliant. Even knowing what was coming I still laughed out loud at parts even funnier in the telling than the reading. Given the plot it's weird to laugh at parts, but man they're funny. And Damian "Damo" Moloney has to be the funniest character I've ever read, boisterously moreso when played by Rupert Degas.

I can't think of a better advertisement for Audible itself than this excellent book.

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  • Thomas
  • 18-07-19

Rollicking good fun!

Birmo can always be relied upon for an interesting, laugh out loud, action packed read. Rupert Degas has been able to elevate the whole shebang into something you won’t want to take out of your ears. The man has a million voices and you’ll forget it’s one person telling the story. Well worth a listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-19

Another great story from John Birmingham.

Loved the narration... Good voice.
If you are not familiar with this author and like a good 'end of civilisation' story, this is a well written one. No zombies 😁
Hopefully there is more to come soon.

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  • Abby
  • 12-07-19

Everyone sounds like they are trying out for FARGO

I love the story and can't wait for the next book. I'm a big fan of stories that focus on the beginning of an apocalypse, present a realistic story, and are smart about current affairs. This book is all of that.

But the next book in this series deserves a better narrator who can perform both men and women, Most of the American characters sound like they are trying out for a remake of the movie Fargo, If the characters were from that area of the US, it would be fine. But the accent doesn't fit characters from Washington, California, or even Montana.

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  • Vallon Davis
  • 07-07-19

A Chilling Story

Great story, interesting characters. Please let there be a sequal or two to thia story.

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  • Michael E. Murray
  • 06-07-19

Excellent

Maybe his best so far. All too plausible plot, and well developed characters. As with the rest of his series, I cannot wait for the next one.

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  • conemaugh
  • 05-07-19

The audio is amazing. The story, too.

I couldn't quit listening to this! Both the story and the narration are top notch- worthy of a listen anytime. Zero Day Code is a scary exploration of our world's vulnerability; give it a listen and some thought. Birmingham has done his bit in terms of world creation; Degas has brought it to life. Worth every cent. A perfect companion on long road trips. If you're considering purchasing this, don't dither. Hit the "buy" button. You won't regret it.

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  • David
  • 05-07-19

great book, good performance what happens next????

Please tell me the next in the series is in the pipeline. I need to know what happens next.

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  • Howard Wetsman MD
  • 04-07-19

As good as I thought it would be.

I love John Birmingham stories, and he did not disappoint. In fact there’s only one problem. I listen to audio books when I’m on my way from one place to another. This book has ruined my schedule. I keep walking around the block instead of walking straight in when I get somewhere because I can’t turn it off. I hope this is the start is a new series because I want more!

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  • Edward J. Chadderton
  • 04-07-19

Bang up job!

Waited patiently for this to drop! almost finished and can't wait to hit play to move to the next chapter.

For me it is a new and different take on the end of civilization... but a rich cast of characters to surf that wave with, like a summer blockbuster or a roller coaster - just enjoying this well crafted ride!