The Failed Coward : Adrian's Undead Diary

  • by Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by James Foster
  • Series: Adrian's Undead Diary
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A sinister darkness has finally cast its long shadow across the world, and Adrian Ring now suspects he's at the center of the maelstrom. And he's not alone. Even overseas, his friend Kevin is somehow standing at his side.
At Auburn Lake, Adrian and his adopted family finally understand that the dreams they have suffered since the end of the world are far more than restless imaginings. When a thousand mindless dead arrive holding books, can it be anything but a message from beyond the grave? Soon they will learn that what the dead say can be far worse than what the dead have done.
In The Failed Coward, the fourth installment in the epic Adrian's Undead Diary series, Adrian realizes the scope of humanity's struggle, and just what's at stake. Despite all the dangers posed by the world around him, Adrian pushes out more aggressively, reclaiming more and more territory from the clutches of the treasonous survivors and the walking dead.
Adrian’s world is also expanded with more short stories. New questions are raised, and new characters introduced. And they will need all the help they can get to stay alive.
In the end, everyone may need Adrian's help.

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Transitional Book, has to happen

This is a review of the fourth book in a series, please check out the first three before reading this. As it could contain spoilers for those books.

For three books I have raved about how much I love this series. It is the depth to the characters, particularly Adrian, that makes it such a wonderful story. Typically I want zombie gore and more actions scenes than you can shake a stick at. This is not what you get from Philbrook in Adrian’s Undead Diary. What you get is a heart wrenching, tense and adrenaline pumping chronicle of how one band of survivors eek out their day to day lives that just happens to involve zombies wandering about.

The Failed Coward seemed to suffer from what often happens in a series, you know the transitional book that has to written and read. Pretty much all character development. But if it were up to me, I might have skipped this fourth book and jump to the fifth.

With the way the third book ended I expected a long drawn out defense of the school right of the bat. This was cut short with very little drama. Then right in to continuing to build their surplus of supplies.

The best part, again it seemed to have been cut short and I hope it is revisited, was Adrian’s feeling of failure to protect the ones that he loved the most, when he found his military buddy. Adrian is clearly damaged goods and I await the moment where this takes center stage.

Even though this book was not the best in the series, I will not let it sway me from continuing on with the rest of the books. I am all in a this point and I need to know how this series will wrap up as I am sure bad thing are to come for out lovable survivors.

I cannot think of anything new to say about James Foster’s performance. He has been able to keep the exact same tone and feeling to every single audiobook so far. If your main enjoyment from audiobooks come from a solid, unwavering performance, than he is a great go to narrator to choose from.

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The series which gets better and better!

Some of the zombie series books start of great and slowly fall away to become average. But not this one! Each book in the series builds the story and the character development. Each one improves on the one before!

I couldn’t stop myself from listening to this one in one go. However, my wife had other orders for me so it took me two days. I hate it when real life gets in the way of my make believe world!

The balance between the tension and humour is brilliant. The way the story comes together with each unique character kept me wanting to know more.

This book more than just fills in the long hours of a boring commute, it has the ability to suck you in for a whole day and cause you to actually achieve nothing during your working hours. Not that it did for me (just in case my boss reads this review)

The narration is once again great, allowing the story to be played at 1.25x speed without any problems.

My only let down with this title is the end. I won't give anything away. But after the climax of the ending of the previous one I was expecting something truly epic!


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2014
  • Publisher: Chris Philbrook