For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors. He saves his cat Otis, but shoots his mom. Pretty successful, all things considered.
Dark Recollections is the first part of Adrian's own story of how he survived after "That Day". Told through his eyes as he talks to his laptop, affectionately named 'Mr. Journal", and through short stories that entwine with his tales that bring forth dark visions of a world being eaten alive by an unimaginable evil. Adrian's Undead Diary is an eight-part epic about a solitary, guilt-stricken man who didn't think he deserved to live, but realized very soon that he survived and suffered for a reason. Dark Recollections is the first book in the AUD series. It covers Adrian's journal entries from September 21st 2010, to December 1st, 2010. Intermingled with his personal diary entries, book one also contains the short stories "Phil's Story", "McGreevy's Report", and "Soccer Mom".
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If you are a zombie fan at all, then you definitely need to check out Adrian's Undead Diary. Dark Recollections is the first book in the series and James Foster has done a WONDERFUL job at bringing Adrian to life for his listeners.
*AA meeting style:* Hi my name is Jamie and I have a crush on Adrian. Thank you.
Hearing Adrian talk about his daily adventures gives the reader the chance to sit back and imagine themselves in his shoes, fighting the undead alongside him, helping to find and secure a place to live after the world falls apart.
This book (series) has made me laugh out loud, shed more than a few tears, get so mad I threw something, and so scared that I was afraid to hear what came next. Chris Philbrook has a way of getting into the mind of his readers, drawing them in and weaving through their grey matter until they are completely immersed in the world he has created.
I am normally not a big audio book person, I prefer to read the words myself. However, James was able to catch my attention and keep me hooked throughout the story, which is quite a feat. Kudos to him, and to Chris for such a wonderful storyline!!
Well paced, great narration, enjoyable Zombieness
I would. Although, I only listen to audiobooks so I might be a bit biased in this regard. I can't even imagine hearing Adrian voiced by anyone other than James Foster. His voice makes this series so enjoyable.
Adrian is a fantastic character. I'm not going to spoil anything in this review, but as the series progresses there are a number of other fantastic characters. However, since this is a review of the first book I'll focus on Adrian. I think the thing I like about Adrian is the fact that while yes, he DOES have a military background, it is not used as a writing crutch. The dude literally knows nothing about survival that the average person wouldn't be able to figure out. He's in good shape and can shoot a rifle. That's about the extent of his military skills really coming into play. He's a pretty normal guy and I find myself relating to him and enjoying his little tangents and stories.
I don't believe I have. However, I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed his reading in this series. The only criticism I have (and it's very minor) is that sometimes his voice changes from chapter to chapter. Almost as if you can tell where a new recording session started off and it takes him a minute or two to get completely back into character. At one point I was actually panicking thinking that the narrator had been switched mid book, but after a minute or two it became obvious that he just needed to find his "voice" again.
I wouldn't say that I was overly "moved". It's not that kind of story. However, I like Adrian's attitude when dealing with other survivors early on.
I'm a huge zombie fan. I've enjoyed many other series including Plague of the Dead, Day by Day Armageddon, The Remaining, Mountain Man, James Cook's Series with our friend Gus, The Rot and Ruin Series and many more. What sets this series apart from the others is the pace. I like the detail that goes into the entries (and the short stories following characters Adrian comes across). I love how the Zombies remain a focus even later in the series. In many of the series I've mentioned, the story often grows too large too fast, and the the day-to-day survival aspects get missed out in favour of more large scale social and economic challenges. I like the detailed accounts of the more mundane aspects of Adrian's survival, and I think the balance of detail and momentum is very well done. I would recommend this series to any zombie fan looking for an enjoyable read.