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My Dead World

Written by: Jacqueline Druga
Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
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Since childhood Nila Carter has been made to spend every weekend at the family cabin. In her teenage years she believes it to be a prison; as an adult it becomes her sanctuary and means to survive.

When a mysterious outbreak occurs in India, Nila's brother, Bobby, a virologist with the CDC, places the family on a precautionary alert to be ready to bug out. Unlike anything he's ever seen, the rabies-like virus is not just deadly; it causes extreme violent behavior in those infected. Following her brother's advice, Nila begins to stockpile.

After months of preparing, just as it seems the virus is over, everything implodes, and Bobby tells his family to leave the city. With her family, Nila heads to the mountains and to her father's isolated land. There she is eventually joined by friends and strangers, all hoping to safely stay clear of the virus that grips the world. The plan is to wait until the virus burns out.

While there, the group forms a tight bond, feeling secure that they will beat the extinction event and in due course return home. As time moves on, Nila quickly learns there are things they cannot run from, and a virus is one of them. Despite how prepared they are, how secure the land, each day brings a new threat and a painful reality that not only is returning home a pipe dream, but the likelihood of all of them surviving is increasingly growing slim.

©2016 Jacqueline Druga (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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How Not to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

One of the best ways to get yourself killed is to be a stupid, hesitant, ineffective woman who questions every reasonable suggestion that anyone makes, much like the narrator of this story (the main character, not the voice actor).

The other good way is to announce solemnly that someone “got bit.” That would be, “was bitten.” Frankly, were I surrounded by people saying anyone “got bit,” I’d kill them myself.

I couldn't bear to listen to all of it, but I doubt the last four hours were any better.

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Interested but underwhelmed

This was pretty soft in terms of post apocalyptic zombies. I enjoyed how they started off in a decent place in terms of survival with the experience with guns and shooting, the prepping of the cabin etc. Didn’t mean much in the end. Not sure if I can find the interest to continue this series.

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I can’t believe this is a series

A bit predictable and a yawn at times . It wasn’t terrible. I just can’t deal with a soppy lead

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Good story. Milder to read than others

So it was easy listening and great narrator. Months made the book and it dragged but easy listen g and I’ll check out the second book for sure.

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Left me wanting more

Narrator was awesome 👌.
This is book one in the series and will leave you wanting more from this series.

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well written, protagonist annoyed me

I don't fault the author, it was well written. descriptive and on the whole had a fair amount of depth to the characters.
It actually speaks well to the writing that the personality of the main character got on my nerves as much as it did.
not my cup of tea but I can see others enjoying it.

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pretty good narrorator and story

the story was good seems realistic just abit fast it seemed like there should have been abit more moarning for people

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Worth the time

A plausible story depicting a pandemic that affects the whole world. Narration was good and the Characters are believable, all be it a little over the top at times.

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truly good story telling

performance of this story was excellent. story could be fleshed out a little more. characters were gripping.

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Just an adequate story

Story was full of inconsistency mainly with the main character Niles. She was the source of most of the bad decisions. She wouldn’t people handle situations that always lead to the predictable consequences. Then would call out others for less transgressions.
Didn’t like her at all.

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