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In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: Subvenire refectus. To rescue and rebuild.
The Remaining is the first book in the best-selling series, which tells a gritty tale of survival, perseverance and fighting to get back what has been lost.
©2012 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By G Wallace on 01-10-14

Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

This author must have gone to Stephan J. Cannell school. The action is intense, the bad guys are pure evil and protagonist constantly finds himself in situations that go from bad to worse. Unlike Cannell, this is much grittier and apocalyptic in scope.

I gave this series a try since the reviews were so positive, though I don't typically go for zombie type fiction. However, I was very surprised at the quality of writing and narration. I have gone on to listen to several more in this series and they all hold up to the same quality. I wouldn't call this a "zombie" series because the "infected" humans are more capable and enduring than walking corpses. They are relentless though. D.J. Molles does a terrific job of conjuring up a fairly unique story with good character development. The story is action packed and it's hard to pull away from, like getting on a roller coaster!

Be warned that there is a LOT of cursing. As the story advanced it seemed that the author took glee and inserting as many F words as possible. It does add reality to a point but at times it's too gratuitous.

Overall this is a wonderful audiobook to try if you are getting board with your other favorite audiobook series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike Naka on 09-16-13

top notch! highly recommended!

If you could sum up The Remaining in three words, what would they be?

thrilling, creepy, realistic

Which scene was your favorite?

the infected hoard scene. reminded me of some of the scenes from the movie, world war z, with hard-charging zombies.

Any additional comments?

this is a great book! definitely in my top 5. the author does things right. w/o divulging too much, lee works for the dept. of homeland security. he is one of the 48 coordinators spread across the lower 48 states. his job is to get into a bunker whenever something big happens. sometimes, he's in for a couple of days, and sometimes he's in for a week or two. when the fury virus hits, frank lee's commander orders him into his bunker. as the story opens, lee is going stir crazy b/c this is the longest he's ever gone being cooped up in the bunker, and the news is not good- people are killing each other. it's july 3rd and all of the news web sites are stuck on news from june 28th. lee is eagerly awaiting his regularly scheduled call from frank, hoping frank will give him the low down. lee's only companion is his trained german shepherd, tango.

the author does a great job portraying the emotions lee goes through, from feeling antsy, anxious, and claustrophobic in his bunker to being jumpy and nervous when leaving his bunker for the first time. the range of emotions lee goes through is totally believable and can feel what he is going through.

i found the pacing of the story to be perfect. the author doesn't rush the plot, and the plot keeps moving. there are no slow points, and you won't get bored at all. there's plenty of character development mixed in with the action.

while this is not a traditional zombie book, i really dug the spin the author put on it. the infected are alive, aggressive, and fast, reminiscent of 28 days later. just like in that movie, when the infected show up in this story, it is heart pounding!

christian rummel's narration perfectly fits lee. he was a pleasure to listen.

overall, a truly exceptional and realistic apocylaptic story. if you're into end of the world or zombie stories, you'll definitely want to add this to your library. i highly recommend it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. A. J. H. Jackson on 09-30-13

Books 1-4 are some of the best work in the genre!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am giving this review for books 1 - 4 as I listened to them back-to-back. I would HIGHLY recommend all 4 books written so far - I am so glad that 4 had been written before I found them as this has enabled me to immerse myself in this world for the past few weeks without a break. Incredibly well written, the fear is palpable and you will find your heart beating and adrenaline pumping as you read. I love the characters I am meant to love, hate the characters I am meant to hate. The books seem realistic, you are already in a world where a major situation has happen and you are not expected to suspend your disbelief any further, they flow, everything asked is answered. Exciting, engrossing, scary, nail-biting, interesting - the smells, the decay, the evil characters, the military hardware...

What other book might you compare The Remaining to, and why?

Comparable to Robert McCammon's - Swan Song, V. M. Zito's - The Return Man, David Brin's - The Postman (ignore the film, read the book), Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga's - Walking Dead books, think J. L. Bourne, Craig DiLouie, Z. A. Recht - all for the world's which they create, the believable characters and situations, the horror...

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

Well paced, calm, no silly voices, no hysterical action sequences, no unwarranted tempo changes - the voice and the character match.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Without question.

Any additional comments?

Download 1-4, listen, love... then wait for number 5 - it's in the pipeline...

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1 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 04-23-14

I think I could do better

Would you try another book written by D. J. Molles or narrated by Christian Rummel?

Definitely not the author. This is poor. Earth Abides, Swan Song, Lucifer's Hammer are all examples that this guy needs to learn from.

The narrator was ok, nothing special.

What was most disappointing about D. J. Molles’s story?

Character interactions are cheesy. You would not talk they way they do in a zombie apocalypse. Having a cheesy laugh and joke just wouldn't happen.
The decision making it stupid as well.
Turns the whole thing into an unbelievable mess. If you like this you will be so much more impressed by one of the aforementioned books.

How could the performance have been better?

The voices could've been more tapered, less sharp.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It did start getting exciting towards the end and I wanted him to reach a big cache of weapons... need to wait until the second book for that. I don't think so! In fact I think I will be asking for a refund on this one. It's not exactly a book, just a quarter of a book.

Any additional comments?

The older apocalypse books are SO SO much better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 11-16-15

Don't start, it will get you hooked.

What made the experience of listening to The Remaining the most enjoyable?

The fast storyline plot. Lee is always in a new situation, and mostly bad ones, but he manages to come out in one piece. Near death in many battles, and all the surrounding cast around him has unique characters that made sense. The baddies, you get it, has all the right traits that made you hate them, and somehow that made the murders by Lee more understandable. It's kill or be killed. Christian Rummels is AMAZING by the way. He can narrate in a comfortable pace, voice as male and female, and managed to impersonate 2 different people talking with their own unique way of speech and tone. Just AMAZING.

What other book might you compare The Remaining to, and why?

I've started on the Mountain Man. And frankly speaking, deciding to stop soon.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I would say the whole book,

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Totally. If I have the time. But I normally only listen when I'm driving. The scenes are not hard to remember as Christian narration can quickly get you back into the storyline in no time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ken on 10-25-17

Best Fiction I've heard in ages.

Hardly ever bother with fiction any more. I am very glad I made an exception for this. it's just a great story, that doesn't get bogged down, but still really delivers.

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