We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season : We’re Alive: A Story of Survival

  • by Kc Wayland
  • Narrated by Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Series: We’re Alive: A Story of Survival
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

This exciting audio drama is based on an immensely popular podcast that has received hundreds of positive reviews and has had over four million downloads - and counting.
For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.
The first season features 12 chapters packing performances and sound effects that rival movies and prove that modern audio drama is undead and well. Join our survivors as they band together, struggle to fortify a safe haven known as the Tower, and discover that zombies are far from the worst thing in a post apocalyptic Los Angeles, where the rules of human decency no longer apply.
Little food. Little water. Little hope. Who is lucky enough to say "We're Alive"?

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What the Critics Say

We’re Alive is a modern rendition of an old-school medium. Maintaining a style that is both retro and contemporary, the radio drama will give horror fans the campy, kitschy style they like, but it also provides a variety of characters and development to keep general audiences engaged…Despite not being able to see the action, the excitement and intensity is still sustained through score and sound design. In some ways, the lack of visuals to accompany the audio creates more suspense. The narrator controls how much the audience knows, slowly teasing out information. Accompanying the drama are sparse moments of comedic relief…Expressing a keen awareness of the zombie subgenre, many of the jokes come from familiar scenarios and tropes of zombie stories.” (Examiner.com)

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SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND

WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO YOUR GUN?
The first thing and most important thing I want to say is that ,this is very entertaining. I did not think GraphicAudio could be out done, but these guys did it in spades. The difference changes the story from, A Movie In Your Mind, to This May be Too Real. Do not take me wrong I like GraphicAudio, I just want to make a comparison you might know. What is even better, this is a top notch well written story, whereas most of GraphicAudio is second rank writings, (James Axler, Alex Archer, etc...). The only problem I had was, that I listened while driving my six wheel delivery truck and the sound is so real that at times, I thought I had hit something or something it me, and it was just the radio. The actors are top notch professionals.

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HER AND I WAS CRYING.
The actual story itself, if written and read in book form, might not be better then what else is out there. It would not be worse, but if you have read a lot of Zombie stories, this does not bring anything new to the table. I will say, that they did do two things that I appreciated, that other apocalypse books seem to get wrong. It always amazes me in other books, when they act as if vehicles are hard to come by. The town I live in has less then 160,000 people and the amount of cars and trucks in this town are in the thousands. Not counting U-Haul, there are hundreds of box trucks, owned by food companies. There are several food warehouses. If you can drive an 18 wheeler, thousands of them are available. Even in small towns I deliver to, most have a used or new car dealership. Brand new cars and trucks. Also many other books of this type have the people traveling around the country or living in the country in small houses or one even has them in tents. Da, why wouldn't you take a high rise and fortify it, living in the upper parts of the building? The story is five star, just not much different then what else is out there.

PREPARE FOR THE WORSE, AND HOPE FOR THE BEST
As mentioned by others and probably the biggest draw back is the ending. This is not a book, it is a serial and this is season one. Like most TV shows today, it ends in a cliff hanger. If you read the reviews before buying, you know that, if you don't read reviews, then sorry.

IT'S NOT FUN OWNING A GUN AND HAVING NOTHING TO SHOOT AT.
This is a full cast production, no narrators. This is the best production of anything I have ever listened to. If this was a two star story, which it is not, the production would make it a six star listen. The actors, (not narrators), or excellent. I was never a fan of British accents, but there is one chick in here with a British accent, that is so sexy, I am now a fan.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

my weekly addiction

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quick summary: michael cross spent 3 tours in iraq. now, he's back in california taking classes. just as his quiz starts there's an explosion, and he goes up to see what's going on, against his professor's assertions that everything will be fine. as more and more students gather around the t.v. to see some kind of riots breaking out, michael decides to head to his base. there he runs into angel, his commander, and saul. angel won't let them open the armory until the base commander arrives and gives them the ok. but as the $h!t really starts to hit the fan, they bust in. however, the alarm attracts the infected. once they realize nobody's coming to investigate the alarm, they decide to wait out the alarm's timer and leave in a hummer. as they flee through the city, they rescue riley and pegs from the roof of a florist shop. they decide to try to rescue angel's girlfriend, who lives in a nearby apartment building. once there, they discover it almost totally abandoned, and they recognize it has good defensive qualities by the way the floor plan is laid out. so starts their story of survival.

there's a large cast of characters, but it's not hard to keep track of who's who b/c each character has his/her own dedicated voice actor. the voice acting is exceptional. there are lots of sound effects, and they are also done exceptionally well- they help to immerse you into the story.

this story has it all: the various complications surrounding surviving with a bunch of people you don't know, a great cast of antagonists (prisoners who've escaped), drama, interesting infected, gore, and lots of action.

while not a pure zombie story, i totally enjoyed listening to this series. the spectacular voice acting and the engrossing and evolving plot keeps bringing me back, week after week. what do i mean by that? this series is a free weekly podcast. each podcast is b/ween 15 and 30 minutes. the 1st 2 minutes are ads and a pickup from the last episode. i didn't want to deal with that so i downloaded the 1st 2 seasons on audible. i am now catching up with season 3, which just ended. season 3 is only available via free downloadable podcasts.

if you're into zombie / end of the world stories and are looking for something new, definitely give this a try. i warn you! it's addicting!

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- Mike Naka

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2011
  • Publisher: Wayland Productions