Welcome to the Apocalypse: Upcoming Audiobooks for The Walking Dead Fans

23 03 2012

While Rick, Glenn, Andrea and the rest are on hiatus hanging out in the shadows of a creepy prison, The Zombie Apocalypse doesn’t rest. If you are like me, you need a regular zombie fix or you start jonesing for entrails and brains. Well, have no fear, there are plenty of new Zombie Apocalypse Audiobooks coming out between now and the Season 3 Premiere of The Walking Dead.

Completed Trilogies

If you are like me, often times you hate that long wait between books of a series or trilogy. Well, here are two trilogies whose finales are due out over the next few months:

The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant

Hachette Audio

Blackout, Book 3 will be out early June,

As the World Dies Trilogy by Rhiannon Frater

Audible Frontiers

Siege, Book 3 will be out soon.


Ongoing Series

Sometimes it’s nice to meet a bunch of Survivors and follow their ongoing adventures adventures. Here are some series with new audiobooks coming out in the next few months.

Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo

Tantor Audio

Four Audiobooks in this series will be released by Tantor Audio over the next few months.

The Becoming Series by Jessica Meigs

Audible Frontiers

Book 2 The Becoming: Ground Zero will be released in July.

The Dead World Series by Joe McKinney

Tantor Audio

Mutated, the fourth book in the series will be released in September.

The Infection Series by Craig DiLouie

Audible Frontiers

The Killing Floor, the next book of the series, will be available in April.

Undead Debut

It’s always fun to discover a new author. Check out this Debut release.

The Return Man by V M Zito

Hachette Audio

The Return Man releases in early April


Young Adult Zombies

Let’s face it, kids like zombies too. The following are series of novels written for young adults, but should make adults hearts leap out of their chests as well.

The Benny Imuru Series by Jonathan Maberry

Recorded Books

Flesh & Bones, the final book in the trilogy will be released in September.

The Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick

Brilliance Audio

Shadows, Book 2 of The Ashes Trilogy will be released in September. Cover Art not yet available.


Zombie Anthologies

Sometimes you don’t want to take on the whole hordes at once, just handle the zombies in a couple quick bursts. Here is a Zombie Anthology with stories by some of the top names in Zombie fiction including Sons of Anarchy’s Creator, Kurt Sutter.

21st Century Dead ed. by Christopher Golden

Blackstone Audio

This title will be released in July.

The Walking Dead Audiobook

The Governor is one of the key antagonist of the Graphic Novel version of The Walking Dead, and will make his way to the Television series soon. Learn his backstory in these audiobooks.

The Walking Dead Audiobook Series by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

MacMillan Audio

Book 2, The Road to Woodbury will be released early October.

Permuted Press Zombie and Post Apocalyptic Releases

Permuted Press is one of the more successful publishers of Zombie and Post Apocalyptic Fiction. Their deal with Audioble Frontiers continues and there will be a plethora of new audiobook releases over the next few months.

The Following Titles will be released:

March 27th

April 10th

April 24th

Well, I am sure there are more than these coming soon, and feel free to leave a comment about an upcoming Zombie or Post Apocalyptic Novel you are excited about.

If you are looking for Zombie Titles right now, check out my list of Best Apocalyptic Zombie Audiobooks of 2011.

Audiobook Review: The First Days by Rhiannon Frater

14 12 2011

The First Days by Rhiannon Frater (As the World Dies, Book 1)

Read by Cassandra Campbell

Audible Frontiers

Length: 11 Hrs 49 Min

Genre: Zombie Apocalypse

Quick Thoughts: The First Days is an action filled, fast paced tale of a Zombie Apocalypse, that gives its props to Romero but also adds its own unique spin on the genre. Despite having my next few audiobook selections mapped out, I was very tempted to start the next book in the trilogy, Fighting to Survive, right away.

Grade: B+

I have had a sort of End of the Year serendipity in my audiobook selections. I really don’t do much long-term planning for what I am going to listen to, but I usually have about three choices mapped out for a week. Lately, it seems like when I plan my week, one of the novels I choose receives some sort of end of the year acclamation. This week, as soon as I choose The Last Days, the first book of Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies Zombie Apocalypse trilogy, it gets named by Barnes & Nobles as one of the best Zombie novels of 2011. Although I didn’t agree with everything on the list, I would have loved to see books like Raising Stony Mayhall or Warm Bodies on the list, I did agree with one of its main points, women totally rocked the zombie genre this year. Authors like Mira Grant, Madeleine Roux, and Eloise J. Knapp put out some of the best, most original zombie fiction in a long time. Not only was The Last Days listed among a lot of excellent novels, it was one of the highest ranked on the list. Of course, having already decided to listen to the novel, I could pride myself, once again, in my excellent taste in zombie fiction. Of course, despite the acclaim, I needed to listen to it before patting myself enthusiastically on the back.

The Last Days starts off right smack in the middle of the initial zombie uprising. We initially meet a woman named Jenni is perhaps one of the creepiest opening scenes of the year. She escapes from her home, where her husband has turned zombie and infected their children and meets Katie, a prosecutor who barely escaped the escalating zombie violence of an anonymous city in Texas.  From the opening scenes, you just knew you were in for a unique tale, yet one grounded in enough classic zombie mythology to keep us fans of the undead comfortable. Frasier allows us to follow Katie and Jenni through a nightmarish zombie landscape as they attempt to find Jenni’s stepson Jason, and safety from the zombie hordes. Eventually, Katie and Jenni end up at a fortified town, and begin preparing for the long haul as they interact with the community. I love the pacing of this novel, which is full of harrowing near catastrophes and complex, yet well plotted action scenes. Frater adds such texture to the novel with her two heroines, Katie, the strong, seemingly self assured women, and Jenni a codependent women from an abusive relationship, who may have lost it. Yet, in many ways, the women switch roles throughout the novel. Jenni is less stoic, and externalizes her reactions more than Katie, which instantly has the men labeling her crazy. Yet, I found her reaction much more genuine then most Zombie tale heroines, and loved the inner strength she exhibits, even though those around her fail to acknowledge it. I found these two women reminding me somewhat of Mary Hope and Rachel Morrow from A Gift Upon the Shore, one of my favorite Post Apocalyptic novels. Frater does a better job than most with handling the variety of reactions among survivors. Everything in the novel was so well done, I didn’t even mind the romantic subplots. The only complaints I had in the novel was, as part of a series, I didn’t get any sort of closure, and I found the character of Travis to be a little too perfect. I mean, I’m a straight guy but even I started crushing on this highly competent, open minded resourceful Texan.  The First Days is an action filled, fast paced tale of a Zombie Apocalypse, that gives its props to Romero but also adds its own unique spin on the genre. Despite having my next few audiobook selections mapped out, I was very tempted to start the next book in the trilogy, Fighting to Survive, right away.

I really liked narrator Cassandra Campbell’s narrative voice and pacing of The First Days, but I had some small issues with her overall performance. In the beginning of the novel Frater uses a lot of internal dialogue to build the characters of Jenni and Katie. While their external vocalizations were quite distinct, when they were thinking to themselves the narrator didn’t create distinctive inner voices, so it became a bit confusing. Also, I would have loved a little more flavor on the accents of the characters. This took place in Texas, but any attempt at an authentic Texan accent was muted. I also didn’t get a strong Hispanic tone in Juan’s characterizations. Yet, Campbell did read in a clear and often beautiful voice that gave the prose a poetic flair that in some ways made up for her flaws in other areas. Whatever problems I may have, The First Days made for a wonderful listening experience and should definitely be added to the reading and listening piles of Zombie enthusiasts.