Dark Recollections : Adrian's Undead Diary

  • by Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by James Foster
  • Series: Adrian's Undead Diary
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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".

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Customer Reviews

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Good, but also a little hollow.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I'd get rid of the third-person interludes. Everything about this book says it is the journal of a man in a zombie apocalypse. So I found it a little grating having stories that vaguely connect to him, but that he has no knowledge of. Mark Tufo did the same in his zombie books - I'm guessing when he realised the limitations of a journal told story - but he did it after a book or two.

In short I'm not a fan of it as it breaks me from who is telling the tale.


If you’ve listened to books by Chris Philbrook before, how does this one compare?

No, this was the first of his I've listen too, but if it is a first work of his then it is a promising start for sure.


Have you listened to any of James Foster’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Don't think so, but I listen to a lot of books. Certainly he is a good narrator though.


Do you think Dark Recollections needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Needs one? It has a few so this is kind of pointless as a question.


Any additional comments?

The book is pretty good. I liked it for the humour and some of the scenes were very good.

What I marked it down for was this. The emotional and character connection wasn't there. This maybe due to lack of character interactions, but is also due to the book really not telling us much about the main character.

Which leads on the things we do know about him, and that a lot of them make you not like him that much. He is also massively inconsistent in behaviour. He apparently adores his girlfriend, but at the start he doesn't go to where she is likely to be, and has no good reason for this. He goes straight to his mothers house right away to save her, and then when he finds her as a zombie he shoots her with less emotion than killing a cockroach.

He randomly gives out food to a family that are hungry and saves people trapped by zombies, but then later - and right after declaring he is going to help more people and try and get more people at his location - sends a seventeen-year-old girl out unarmed into a world she has no idea what she will be facing. Might as well just shoot her in the face.

Also, some of the scenes were written for drama but not that likely. The locked classroom of kids springs to mind. If you read it, ask yourself if you can see someone with military training get caught so flat-footed, given that he had to know exactly what would happen. Heck, it is more likely he strips the weapons off the guy when he first meets him.

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- M. Paddon

Massively exceeded my expectations

What did you like most about Dark Recollections?

I expected a fairly shallow story about an action hero surviving a zombie apocalypse but that falls so far short of what this series delivers. Firstly the lead character is one of the most likeable characters that have ever found their way onto a page - you will love that guy.


What other book might you compare Dark Recollections to, and why?

The only book I can think of that comes close is The Stand by Steven King. Change "Captain Trips" to "The Undead" and you get the idea.


Have you listened to any of James Foster’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He's a new narrator to me but I find myself not wanting to listen to anything else he's done - I want to keep him as the voice of Adrian. Don't get me wrong - he is EXCELLENT in his narration but I just feel like I'd be being unfaithful now if I listened to him voice another character.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

That is a difficult question Mr Journal. It would probably have the F word in it.


Any additional comments?

It's something special, this isn't a book about zombies - this is a book about humans. I gave this five stars in all three categories - I don't do that often.

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- Mordy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-06-2014
  • Publisher: Chris Philbrook