• Awakening

  • The Hunt Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Demers
  • Narrated by: Joshua Story
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (864 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After a contagion engulfs humanity, zombies rise to feast on the few survivors that are left. But they are not the worst monsters to come from this plague. There is hope, though: Christian Hunt is immune. But how many lives will it take to bring his gift to what's left of mankind?

©2015 Jacob D. Demers (P)2015 Jacob D. Demers

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Very good first days of the outbreak book!

This book is open-ended so of course there is a second one. Over all I enjoyed this book very much. I'm partial to outbreak zombie books rather than 50 years after books so this was up my alley. A canine sidekick is featured which I always enjoy, characters are a mix of retired military and every man, well fleshed out and interesting, and I am definitely in for book two. No huge new zombie ground broken here - attempts at which I am sick of as they rarely go well - but a solid entertaining story with solid writing and characters.
Great female character I hope to see more of as well!
Medium gore, mild swearing, no sexism, no animal abuse, no sex (thank you to the author), and no military jargon rants or long equipment descriptions that will annoy civilians.
Very solid first book in a series. Narrator was invisible.

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Awakening is Phenomenal!

Excellent! This is my first J.D. Demers book, and he does not disappoint. Fantastic storyline and Joshua Story does a terrific job narrating. Definitely going to keep plowing through Demers work! \ : 0 )

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Omg

Will update this if and when I finish book but right off I think author was being paid by the word main character just keeps rambling on repeating same information diving me crazy I was like omg come on with the story

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I wish I had thought of that!

When I sat down and wrote my journal-based zombie book, I was just getting my feet wet. Admittedly, when I look back on it now, I can tell. There are some clumsy bits and awkward moments. I tended to introduce too many "background" characters and such.

THIS is the book that I wish I had written. It is a fun ride that has you shaking whatever version you have and hoping that more will fall out. (I used the audio book version, so that would be my phone getting throttled.)

J. D. Demars brings a lot of the standard zombie fare to the table, but then he mixes in some special ingredients and turns the zombie into his own beast. Also, he has the best utilization of a canine companion that I have read in the genre. he makes this pooch into an integral character in the story that you will have real feelings for in a short time.

Besides the zombies, there is a bit of that evil monster known as "man" that pops in and proves that the zombie might not be the most feared creature out there. Also, Demars makes you hate Fish. The person...not the food. (Although I suppose it is okay to hate both.) The Fish protagonist is an excellent foil for Christian (who I wanted to slap and demand that he kill Fish in his sleep on several occasions.)

Overall, this is a wonderful introduction to an author I look forward to reading more from. Considering this book only covers a month in the time line of what we are told is a year, I would say we have a lot to look forward to. The audio book is 4.5 stars for me. Honestly, I held back the half a star just because there were a few glitches in the production quality of the audio book. The story was a smash. Did it have a few hiccups? What story doesn't? But not enough for me not to say that I loved and enjoyed this tale.

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Eerily similar to our current COVID times!

I've never been a big Zombie fan - didn't even watch the Walking Dead but gave this one a shot due to the high reviews (especially since they seemed genuine - unlike a lot of the purchased reviews some books seem to have these days...). And I'm very glad I did! The main character, Christian, is likeable and believable - no miraculous innate talents or intelligence that seem to surface just as the world how's to crap. The supporting characters are great also. And I'm a sucker for dog side-kicks, so Boomer has my ❤️! :)
Give this series a shot, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

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It's Pronounced May-Lay.

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I wish book 2 was out so I could immediately start listening to it! I loved this take on zombies. The scabs were something new. There were times when the author could have elaborated more, but didn't......like the zombies eating vegetation.
The narrator was good, but not the best. I just have to point out, and I hope he reads this, it's pronounced MAY-LAY, not mee-lee. Melee is "may-lay." Also, at one point, Cambell slipped into a Latino accent. It was just a one liner, but I caught it and thought "huh???"
And last, this book would have been close to perfect if he'd just said, "if you hurt my dog again, we're done." He didn't have to threaten to kill him. Just split up. Don't let someone throw your dog out the window of a moving vehicle and not reprimand them!

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Surprised!

I found this to be a much more realistic interpretation of a zombie apocalypse than I have read in the past. I liked the dynamic characters, the inner dialogue, the suspense, and (surprisingly) the cliffhanger. I'll definitely be reading more from Demers.

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On A Whim

As the title of the review states, I started listening to The Awakening on a whim. I have read and listened to countless zombie stories. They usually all start the same, which really makes sense. You have to set the stage to put your characters through whatever insanity they must go through. With that being said, setting the stage for this particular story was done in a way that I have rarely seen. I am a HUGE fan of Christian. Why? Most zombie stories have a strong hero, who has some sort of uniformed service background. When put to the test, he/she rises to the challenge and the story goes from there. This one was a bit different. Christian DID serve in the military, even deployed. The difference, he stayed within the wire. He was a supply guy. Yes, training he had, but only the training the Army gives to everyone. Another difference. He has a HUGE self preservation instinct. Admits regularly in the story that when it comes to fight or flight, flight is his first choice. He knows he's fallible and is okay with it.

I love how the author writes this character.Not everyone is a "Kill 'em all and let God sort out the rest". He's an every day man in his mid 20's, placed in a situation that he has little to no control over. As I said before, I really like this character. The story runs well...there's little downtime between going from one crisis to the next, which I have to believe in reality would be just like that. The characters he creates (other then Christian) are excellent (a big fan of Fish as well).

Joshua Story, the narrator is simply outstanding. He applies different voices to the characters, from a 14 year old girl to a grizzled combat veteran, and is consistent with the voices. You become invested in the characters, that's a trait that a lot of narrators I've listened to just don't have. I listen to my books on my commute back and forth to work. Never when I am at home, yet with this story I've had to stop myself from listening to it. I killed the first book in 3 days and am 5 chapters into the second. Trying to take my time and not devour it like the first.

I had no intention of writing so much here for the review, but seriously. If you like zombie horror, either reading or listening to, check these books out. I searched and have found that there are only 3 books out currently. I truly hope that Mr. Demers has the intention of writing many more, as speaking for myself I will happily pay to listen to as many as he puts out.

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awesome read!!!

This book has an awesome storyline and characters! can't wait to jump into the next!!!

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Great Book

The book grabbed my attention immediately from chapter one and continued to keep me entertained until the epilogue. I'm buying the next book, I have to know what happens to Christian Hunt!

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  • Sharon
  • 11-28-19

meaty storyline

Nice find in a sea of mediocre Zompoc storylines... captivating characters, flowing plotline and believable scenarios. All in all a great listen made all the better by a good narrator who didn't over act the scenes or blow up the good writing by ruining it with ego driven narration... good job all around!!!

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  • kev
  • 10-11-19

really enjoyed this book

loved this book kept me interested and just got the 2nd book cant wait to see were this gose

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  • Mark
  • 04-12-17

Amazing

Great story. Definitely suggest if you are into zombies. I want book 2 now. Amazing

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  • Anja Radford
  • 11-15-17

really enjoyed it

i really enjoy the story line and the character development. got me invested in the characters. christians inner monologues are great. love the detailed description of sights and smells.