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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.
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-17-18
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.
Audiobook was purchased for review by the ABR.
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By Amazon Customer on 10-28-17
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!
26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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By David on 09-30-17
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.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful
By Simon on 10-19-17
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.
21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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By Mr Timothy N. Clarkson on 09-14-17
Great first 2 books
Excellent writing, similar in style to the Arisen series. RC Bray amazing narration as always.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Mark on 12-12-17
Powerul fantasy riverting end of days story
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Definitely! fantastic story, great characters, like end of days stories? then this is one of the best if not the best I have read so far and I have read a lot of them. Great value for money as the story has so much depth and duration brilliantly narrated. I want book 5-6 but it's not available yet. Next communication will be to Audible fast track it please!!
What other book might you compare After It Happened to, and why?
The Borrowed World Series, One Second After Series, What's Left of my World Series, these books are also realistic end of days books. This current book is in good company of those listed could even be my favourite, well toss up with the Borrowed World Series. This book adds so much dimension and characters can't recommend it enough. Brilliantly narrated.
What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?
I first heard R.C.Bray in the Mountain Man Series end of days with Zombies (Walking Dead) back drop which was a great series, I loved R.C.Bray's narration in that book (Awesome) now to this series. the first 20 minutes or so When I heard an American narration of a English character took me a while to get used to but after that Bray captured the characters so well that this distraction ceased in fact his narration matched the story brilliantly.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No not so much have had other books touch me more emotionally, but hard pressed to find so much depth and characters variety, so overall enjoyment of how does this author think up such a great story.
Any additional comments?
If you enjoy end of days, apocalyptic, realistic book then can't recommend it enough, got to the end of the book 4 to find out it is available but is yet to appear on Audible. Audible please fast track it.
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