Thursday, 24 December 2015

Audiobook Review: Dark Recollections by Chris Philbrook!


    Dark Recollections Audiobook
  • Written by: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:06-18-14
  • Publisher: Chris Philbrook
  • 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".

My Thoughts:

OK, this was seriously brilliant!!! I flew through it and listened to it in a day! When you think of a zombie book, it feels like nothing new can be added, but Chris Philbrook manages just that! The story is told in diary format, which I found highly entertaining!! It added that extra bit of uniqueness to the story. Also, when you think of zombie books, you don't think of laughs, but again, Chris Philbrook delivers. I found myself laughing and sniggering a lot while listening.

This part of the blurb sums it up perfectly "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 that didn't think he deserved to live, but realizes very soon that he survived, and suffered for a reason" so I'm going to try and gather my thoughts and try not to ramble too much ;)

Adrian was such a fantastic character. He was resourceful, ex-military, brave (mostly) and very funny. The journal entries gave such an in depth look at his character, that you can't help but adore him! He talks to his friend "Mr. Journal" to keep sane and to document things for future generations. The journal goes back and forth between present and what happened "that Day". I loved this because it really felt like you were listening to a real diary entry!

Not many people can pull off a full book written in diary format but this author does. He knows that a true diary wouldn't just be action packed, but it would be more thoughts, feelings and emotions. This is what we have here. We don't just have a story written in journal format, we have a proper journal told to us in story format. We get a real sense of who Adrian is and of his feelings at both the time it happened and each day after.

In all this was a fan-Freaking-Tastic book and I really really need to get book 2 soon. I finished this about a week or so ago and I'm still thinking about it! The author really captured my attention with his writing style and wit, and I know I will definitely be checking out more by him!! There's only one thing left to say, and that's go buy it NOW!!

I've listened to a few books narrated by James Foster and he never fails to deliver!! He has such an easy going voice, that he immediately draws you into the story. He knows to use the right tone at the right time, and gives each character their own personality! I'd highly recommend his work.

*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review, via Audio Book Blast. All thoughts and opinions are my own*


1 comment:

  1. This sounds interesting! I love when an author throws in a bit of a twist, but especially for zombie books. There is just so much out there now that they really have to come up with something different, or very special, to stand out!

    Great review!

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