• Dusty's Diary

  • By: Bobby Adair
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (2,678 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It was a fungus spore that finally did it, knocking humans off the top of the food chain, with a lot of help from a pharma company too busy thinking about oversized profits rather than subpar outcomes. Most folks died, if not from the fungus, then from the riots and starvation that came when the grocery store shelves emptied and the spigots ran dry. Plenty of other folks lived on with the fungus growing in their bones, rooting in their brains, and turning them three-quarters crazy.  

That’s when I moved underground and sealed the hatch shut on my backyard bunker. I was safe, with all the food, water, and entertainment I needed for five or six years. I had DVDs to watch, music to listen to, and books to read. Prepping had paid off for me.  

At least it seemed so at first. 

After a time, my radio stopped picking up signals from the world up top and for all I knew I was the last man alive on Earth. I’d planned for that possibility, yet never truly accepted things could turn out that way. The loneliness set in, gnawing at me and making me think crazy thoughts, including one that would change everything. Two years on, I opened the hatch and climbed out of my bunker.  

I had to see if anyone but me was left. 

©2015 Bobby Adair (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Great read!

I love everything Ray Porter reads to me, and I have enjoyed Bobby Adair books previously, so I immediately downloaded this book. I listen to books while I work, so the first time I listened to this book, I really didn’t “hear” it. Once I listened to the last 30 minutes of the author and editor talking about the story, I started laughing out loud at their banter and decided to restart the book and actually listen. This book is great! Such a fresh point of view of the apocalypse aftermath from an average guy who was lucky enough to survive the “toe fungus fu*kers” version of the end of the world. It really made me think about how our world is now. How we are connected to one another more than anytime in human history, yet we are isolated from one another at the same time, and how that itself can bring us to our end. And Ray Porter’s reading of this story is superb as usual!! He always gives me the emotion and tone of a story and I love listening to him!! Thanks for another well spent credit!

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Being Cantankerous/old(ish) in a zombie world

Dusty is a cantankerous old(ish) man who has spent the past two years living in his underground bunker after the world was taken over by fungus headed zombies. He hasn’t seen another human being in that time so he’s started writing a diary, partly to chronicle how the world reached this point and partly because he’s lonely and bored.

He writes about the direct events that led up to the zombies but also about how the world was in general before that point. The book is inadvertently political, discussing classism (Dusty is working class and as such has the very best rants about capitalism) and how differing political views feel now the world has ended.

There’s not a lot of action in this book, being mostly the musings of a grumpy hermit rather than an adrenalin-fuelled rager zombie romp, but there’s enough to keep the story flowing and your interest piqued. Dusty has to leave his bunker or risk losing his mind to the loneliness, his diary entries chronicle what he finds and how he survives outside.

Dusty has a very dark sense of humour and conveys his emotions in a typical man-of-a-certain-age way (by pretending he doesn’t have any), this is brilliantly narrated by Ray Porter who manages to make the main character likable and quirky rather than depressing (I feel like that would have been far too easy to do, with all the complaining he does). His voice and pacing fits perfectly and held my attention right until the end.

There’s even a bonus half-hour author interview at the end of this audiobook, where Bobby Adair and his editor/wife discuss how this book came to be. I really enjoyed the format of the interview, the author is apparently very shy and became a lot chattier as the interview went on and their personalities bounced off each other – it was a fun way to learn more about the writing and editing process and made me want to read some more of the author’s work.

This is a thoughtful and entertaining zombie novella which was excellently narrated, I highly recommend giving it a listen.

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This is my first review

This book was recommended by a coworker.

Overall the book lived up to the hype that my coworker gave it. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline.

The performance by the narrator was awesome. He did an amazing job.

The story kept my interest and I couldn’t put it down. I was sorry it had to end. It was a fun ride. Maybe a sequel?

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Dusty is as amazing as his “parents”

Let me explain the parents bit: at the end of the book Bobby and his wife speak about the process of writing and choosing a narrator and the banter between them is fabulously funny, so you kinda get where Dusty was derived.
Anyway, this book is limited in character but filled to the brim with hilarious one-sided conversations and quite a bit of excitement. My favorite is when M makes such an obvious age mistake (why do all kids think anyone over 50 is close to ancient) and tries to hook him up with a crazy old lady. This book almost sounds like a social and political commentary yet it doesn’t choose a side but rather depicts how WE should get over the whole “picking a side” and move on with living.
But the book, first with Ray Porter it’s a given the reading will be excellent and with Bobby Adair you know it’s going to be a blast.
Areana
NJ

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  • RJ
  • 07-29-18

Beware the Shrooms!

We are introduced to Dusty, a man exiting his backyard bunker two years after a fungus pandemic has wiped out and/or infected nearly the entire population. The living infected has growths or large bumps on their head and body. The growths on their head resemble a mushroom cap cut in half placed on top of their head so that the immune survivors call them shrooms or shroomheads. Dusty is one of the few remaining immune. As we discover more about Dusty we find an opinionated man; a man critical of life and people before the apocalypse, contemptuous of the way we viewed and treated each other, and a man who now realizes just how good we had it. After two years Dusty also realizes that what he misses the most is companionship. He needs to find another living normal human being. What Dusty finds is totally unexpected, recognizing his needs versus wants. The story is excellent and Ray Porter brings it to life.

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Love Ray Porter. The Story WAS A waste of my Time.

so Sad. would love to get my credit back. I have always enjoyed everything That Ray Porter does. That was The only reason I finished This Book. Sorry Bobby Adair.

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On Point for 2018!!!

Here's the thing, if you read the book and found it rough or too full of political POV's, then you are exactly what the book is about. It was never meant to be a sci fi thriller or zombie first person shooter novel. Instead, it offer a humorous and sarcastic view of the various issues leading to the downfall of our society. I am not sure our planet will see future societies.

As for Ray Porter, well, as they say in the baseball, this was a fastball right in his wheelhouse. A GRAND SLAM for Ray and his fans. You get the full gambit with Ray's narration. As a child of the 60's, I found myself saying a lot of the same things with the same sarcasm as Ray infused to this tale. Thank you again Ray Porter.

Great epilogue. I have to say, it was refreshing to hear the tag team explain things. Look forward to your next installment.

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Really enjoyed this book

Let me preface this review with I have well over 100 post-apocalyptic books in my library with only 4 of them have anything to do with zombies, so needless to say I am not a zombie fan. This book, however, is f'ing fantastic! First I really like Dusty. He made me laugh, I could relate to him and his rants, and he was incredibly well written. After 2 years in a bunker Dusty has wrestled in his mind all the things that were messed up with society, usually in a very creatively humorous way. He puts pen to paper in hopes that some future society (possibly an advanced society of bees) will find his journal and learn about what he believes is the last of humanity. He's plain spoken, opinionated, lonely (especially for female company) and sort of cranky. Did I mention funny? Seriously, I was cracking a smile or outright laughing throughout this book. Even the absurd, yet completely believable because it was absurd way the zombie apocalypse started. I thought that maybe "reading" the journal of one man would be kind of boring, but it was the completely opposite and Ray Porter had a huge role in making that happen. He's an excellent narrator and really brought Dusty to life. I highly recommend this book, even if your aren't into zombies. They aren't the focus and there isn't a ton of fleeing from zombies or fighting with zombies or graphic descriptions of zombies or zombies, zombies, zombies. Just a really good story that's well written and very well narrated.

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A Boring Rant Disguised As Book

There's not much more to say than its a boring rant disguised as a book. if you can make it through it you can take more punishment than me.

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This book is absolutely fantastic.

I routinely looks for novels because I get tired of the series that go on forever and ever without end. This is the first novel I actually wish was a series.

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  • 08-17-21

Dipsh*ts and ‘shrooms - Arghh!

Could be a good story but I couldn’t get passed the continuous and monotonous use of derogatory language. So gave up before the protagonist even exited his bunker. I realise that this is a “diary” and that the character may have a limited range of written expressions but it’s tiresome to have the same “dipsh*t” verbiage thrust at you every couple of minutes.

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  • Lee
  • 08-15-21

This is brilliant!

A man alone in his stinky bunker for 2 years trying to survive a zombie apocalypse - these zombies are different - and he writes a diary about his daily life. He also rambles on about his past and other end of the world stuff.

I liked Dusty and his thoughts on the shrooms plus there is some real though provoking stuff in amongst his ramblings but that’s balanced out by some funny stuff too.

I wish there were more books like this as I would gladly spend my credits on them. This was a freebie via Audibles Plus Catalogue…

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  • Chris N
  • 09-28-21

Not what it first appears to be on the surface

I found this gem thanks to my love for Ray Porter's dynamic narration skills and his particular style, whom did a fantastic job on this too. I finished the audiobook in one sitting and then looked at the reviews... Mostly positive A lot of critics -uh, a critic for you bee people, amphibians or whatever you are in the future is the type that thinks their opinion matters way more than yours, mine or anyone really when, in fact, it doesn't. All cause they went to some fancy school or skimmed a book on the same idea once and often times, they miss the actual points the material makes or delves into- anyway, I digress, there's a lot of critics that are slamming this novella and they'll even tell you they didn't finish it and that's why it's so bad, or will complain that Dusty tells us about pointless things and rants about things not relevant to the story instead of finding out more about why the whole event prior to his writing took place... Admittedly, some of the language I could have done without but overall the guys old, and he's been stuck in a bunker for 2 years without the internet and pretty much only 80's DVDs to watch, so it's forgivable.

The things is it's these rants, these ideas, foul mouthed as they may be, that make this piece a real gem. They give an insightful analysis on our current standards of society, gets a little (but not by much) sociopolitical, and emphasises the effects of isolation, the need of others in our lives and that the whole us versus them idea is a pointless endeavour that will only distract us from the important things that really plague or society.

Give it a read, really listen to it and you'll be in for a treat. Personally, I'd love to hear more from Dusty in the future, once he finds more paper or finally learns to carve!

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  • Rose
  • 08-27-20

I really like Dusty

A lot of people won’t like Dusty. His mixture of melancholy and cynical observations is not to everyone’s taste but I think it represents the kind of person Dusty is. There’s a lot of language and a lot of references to his previous life. Spending so long in an underground bunker has made him lonely and just a bit like a tired cop that’s been on the job for too long. Just righ really for a post apocalyptic book that’s different from all the rest. There is an error though and smart people will certainly pick up on it. Three times during the text Amelia becomes Amanda. I imagine that, since this has been read from the kindle version of the book it’s a kindle fault rather than a narration one.

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  • Lorna
  • 08-16-21

Funniest thing I've listened to in ages

The language is very colourful with adult themes but if you're OK with that give this a try

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-21

Brilliant

A fresh looks on the end of the world
Funny so damm funny
Uplifting sad and true
a reflection on our times and why we should just turn off the tv

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-21

Great book

Its like Bruce Campbell acted the part of Will Smith in Legend. It is thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-22-21

Gritty and relatable

Really enjoyed this book, had me smiling and snorting from the off! It’s gritty, violent and well observed, feels real. Once you get past the word ‘shroomheads’ (which is said a tad too often IMO) , the story is great. Would definitely recommend.

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  • G. C. H. Chappell
  • 09-19-21

Absolutely brilliant.

Loved the story and the narrator. Don't mean to be greedy but I am hungry for more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-22

Ok and good start, finished quickly.

Started very well and good story going. I'm not sure this will age in some parts.
Feels like it just ended all of a sudden, I don't really know where it went.

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  • 03-27-21

More Dusty Please

Well, I have just finished "Dusty's Diary and I loved it. The whole quirkiness of the book tickled my funny bone and I honestly thought it ended too soon. Do they make their way to the Carribean? Tell us Bobby.
More Dusty and M please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-22

awful !

the narrator put me off from the get go. couldn't finish this book, could only listen to 6 chapters. just not my thing.

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  • Tessa
  • 09-18-21

Funny and relatable

I really enjoyed this was funny and relatable you can see dusty as anyone you may know really suggest you have a listen

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  • Violet Clapham
  • 09-14-21

Disappointing

This storyline had great potential and the general outlay was well thought out. Sadly the story was hard to listen to due to disproportionate focus on the dirty mind of an old man. You’re possibly the last person left alive and become obsessed with how to find yourself some pornography to look at? Sad if that’s how men’s minds really work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-22

Raw, gritty and real

It was an interesting journey, joining Dusty in his insulated, lonely world and staying with him as he broke free from that cage.

This was an easy listen, and I was gripped from the start by the sarcastic and intelligent humor which was portrayed so well by the reader. Brilliantly performed.

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  • Steven
  • 04-27-22

llloved it!

I related to this too much xD
maybe I'm a grumpy old man... either way this was awesome, thanks xoxo

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

Not great.

I am genuinely mystified as to why this is rated so highly. I couldn't finish it but persisted through the first 7 chapters and half of the author interview at the end due to so many really positive reviews. If it's aiming to be one of those styles of books where you hate the main character and see no redeeming qualities, then the author nailed it. It took me the 7 chapters to realize Dusty is a version of Red from That 70s Show, right down to the "Dumb Ass" catch phrase. Unfortunately, Dusty is racist and obsessed with his complete lack of pyrography and preoccupied with making sure people don't think he's stupid and wanting to find any alive woman (or Justin Bieber) to take advantage of. The narrator potrays a curmudgeon old redneck perfectly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-22

onya Bobby

a bit slow to start, hang in there, its worth it. apocolyptic fans will enjoy.

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  • Darryn
  • 11-26-21

Tells it like it is. More Dusty please.

Good interview at the end between Bobby and his partner, lots of insights into the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-21

So good!

More Dusty please! Such a great story and I feel like it could just be the beginning.