Summary

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".
©2010 Chris Philbrook (P)2014 Chris Philbrook
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mordy on 04-10-15

this sets the standard for zombie books.

Never have a character and narrator been paired more perfectly together. I resisted this for a while because this genre has been mined pretty deep without anyone really hitting gold but this series changes that. With a likeable lead character in Adrian and his very human approach to the zombie apocalypse I powered through this series back to back and loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 20-05-15

fun and entertaining

I loved the cheeky banter in the writing, I can see myself really loving this guy

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5 out of 5 stars
By dailey on 05-11-15

Very Different

What made the experience of listening to Dark Recollections the most enjoyable?

How detailed the author was about the zombie apocalyptic world. From going to the grocery store to saving the college kids. It was different than other books I had listened to. It was mostly a reading of Adrian Ring's diary of life after the zombie's started to pop up all over town. How he helped save different people and save himself. I thought it was great he even was planning on what to do if survivors started showing up. I thought the description of how crazy people had gone when the world went crazy was right about what I would expect to happen. I would listen to this book again. I'm planning on listening to book 2 now. I had looked and noticed that the author has written about 8 in his series so far.

What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

Great voice for the main character. He was a perfect fit. I could really imagine a big tough guy taking care of business and trying to get by in the crazy zombie world.

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I was provided this audio book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mike Naka on 04-10-14

northern exposure meets zombieland

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northern exposure meets zombieland? let me start with the northern exposure part. northern exposure was one of my favorite shows b/c it was odd and quirky with a great cast of characters, one of which was john corbett. he played a philosophical ex-convict who was a disc jockey and between songs, he'd comment on all kinds of things. his comments were funny and at times very insightful. anyway, adrian reminds me of john corbett's character on northern exposure. the narrator's voice also reminds me of john corbett's voice- easy and smooth to listen to.

i don't know if you've ever seen zombieland, but it is a pretty good zombie comedy. jessie eisenberg plays a geeky guy named columbus. he's survived by making rules, such as cardio (you have to be faster than the slowest person), double tap (always make sure you shot a zombie in the head), beware of bathrooms, etc... adrian also reminded me of columbus because like columbus, he started to come up with rules as he survived certain situations.

as the story opens, adrian begins journaling because he's lonely. he starts his journal, who he calls mr. journal, in september. as he opens up, we learn that the zombie outbreak started like 3 months earlier in june. adrian is a resdence advisor at a small but elite private school. basically, he works the night shift in a dorm watching over the students.

the story swings between time frames. adrian will describe what he has been presently doing and how he got to where he is. the present entries describe his activities scavenging and securing the campus. his other entries recount the initial outbreak and the choices he made.

there are a couple of extended vignettes that are told from the perspective of people that encountered adrian during the initial outbreak. one is phil, a gun store clerk, and the other is soccer mom, a mom who encountered adrian at a grocery story. both are really good stories.

the story is kind of slow, but that's ok. this is not an action-packed run and gun shot 'em type story. the zombies are shamblers with kind of a twist- they don't moan, which if you think about it has some scary implications, but you can listen about them when you download the book!

overall, this is a funny yet at times emotionally gripping story. i'd classify the humor as dry humor, and at times, guy humor.

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