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Zombies

A Record of the Year of Infection
By: Don Roff
Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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Summary

The year is 2011, and what starts as a pervasive and inexplicable illness ends up as a zombie infestation that devastates the world's population. Taking the form of a biologist's journal found in the aftermath of the attack, this pulse-pounding, suspenseful tale of zombie apocalypse follows the narrator as he flees from city to countryside and heads north to Canada, where he hopes the undead will be slowed by the colder climate. Encountering scattered humans and scores of the infected along the way, he fills his notebook with descriptions and careful observations of zombie behavior, along with terrifying tales of survival.

This frightening contribution to the massively popular zombie resurgence will keep fans on the edge of their seats right up to the very end.

©2009 Don Roff (P)2012 AudioGO

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  • daniel
  • 15-09-20

Include so it’s free but

I’m not going to complain as I said it’s free. The story is fine but the narrators swallowing is disgusting. Maybe he did it to show fear but it made me want to puke. Throw in produce sounds of the background and it ruins the story.

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  • decembergrit
  • 14-03-13

Creepy

I really enjoyed this audio diary of this mans journey through the Zombie apocalypse. It's not a real long story and you don't really get to know most of the different people he meets, but you get to know him, his thoughts and what he is going through. When he was making the diary you can hear the people he's talking to, dogs barking and noises in the background and that made it feel very real for me. The ending gave me goose bumps! This is a good book and is definately worth a listen.

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  • Michelle
  • 19-09-12

Scientific treatise on zombie appocalypse

Excellent scientific study of life during, and immediately following the zombie appocalypse. I wish it had been longer.

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  • Linda B
  • 08-09-12

Pretty good story

I just can't pass up a zombie story. I researched this a bit before I bought it. It is based on a graphic novel, so the visuals are not included. However, it doesn't read like a graphic novel - which personally I think is a good thing, as sometimes I feel like those are not always particularly well written and can have underdeveloped plots and simplistic characters, in that they are driven by images a lot of times rather than writing. Admittedly, I am not a fan of graphic novels however, so probably haven't experienced enough to be a fair judge.

This was a pretty well written and fun short story. Reviews of the written version claim it is an entirely new spin on the zombie genre. I wouldn't go that far. It is written from the point of view of a doctor and takes the form of journal entries detailing his observations and experiences during a zombie outbreak. Essentially, it is a survival story, though there is a bit more explanation of how the outbreak occurred and it does have, at times, a somewhat scientific approach, which is a bit unique. But in the end it is a survival story, which is what the majority of zombie stories are.

That said, it is a really well done survival story. The performance is really great as well, so it does in fact feel like someone speaking into his voice recorder during a crisis at times. The story moves along nicely, and I cared about the main character, was interested to hear what would happen next, found the whole experience pretty entertaining.

My only complaint ( and this is a very small one, to be fair) is that it felt very short... wish it had been a longer story. Then again, I wouldn't want fluff to fill it out, and it was quite well done in its brevity... Seems slightly pricey for a short story, but you get what you pay for, and I would rather pay for a really well done 2 hour story than a poorly done long, long novel any day... So maybe my complaint isn't a very valid one, I guess...

In any case, if you are like me and like well done zombie fiction, I encourage you to give this a go... It is a fun couple of hours.

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  • Camille Lucille
  • 14-09-20

Great story- one thing though...

Loved this story and the thought process behind this performance is very cool. This is so small for many but for me, it’s the MOST annoying distraction. The narrators extremely loud swallowing was unbearable! It’s good every now and then for dramatic effect- but he did it so often I couldn’t even focus on what he was saying because I was getting soooo annoyed. It’s so loud and so frequent that it took enjoyment out of the story. Would have given a 5 star without this piece.

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  • Jessi
  • 27-10-20

Great book!

From being to end it was amazing! Stephen R. Thorne is someone I now look for when it comes to book readings.

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  • Laurie
  • 24-10-20

I wish it was longer...

Love zombie stories like this - not a lot of gore for gore’s sake if you know what I mean. It was a strong story about the zombies and survival.

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  • Bryan
  • 23-10-20

Neat zombi diary

Better than I expected. I especially liked the fury behind what caused the outbreak. The ending was too abrupt for me.

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  • vpauls
  • 23-10-20

Great short story

The only downside is the brevity! I need to go see if this author has written more zombie books...

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  • Megan C.
  • 20-10-20

Predicable Zombie Journal

Somewhat interesting, given the speculated cause of the outbreak. Otherwise, nothing really new here. Zombies have saturated movies, tv, and books to the point where many of the plots have been overly played out. Look at TWD. It is one example of a zombie-related series that has long since spun a tired trope of zombies, the end of civilization, and the emergence of bad people (no longer inhibited by civil masses) doing very bad things. I stopped watching it several seasons ago because of its lack of hope and abundance of predictability. Also, more commercials than the actual show. But I digress, again, I only mention it as an example of how these sorts of end of civilization plots have been overdone. Thankfully, this was just long enough to keep my interest (less than 2 hours) but not so long as to discourage me from listening/reading it. Had just enough characters to keep it interesting; everyone with their own short story to tell of how they too weathered wave after wave of the undead/infected. I listened to the audio version. I kept listening after a while simply because it was just entertaining enough and a short audio freebie. Having finished it, I likely would not have bought this one though. Audiobook wise, the narrator did an okay job. You work with what you get. And some recordings opened with the same "[insert safe space] is gone, [*gasp*, near tears]." I would have liked more background on the other characters to spice up the journal entries. The reader notes doodling images in the diary but we can't see them, nor is there an included pdf of said images for reference.