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  • Autumn: Dawn

  • Book One of the London Trilogy
  • By: David Moody
  • Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Welcome to London

Population seven million • 99.9 percent of them dead • the survival of the rest balanced on a knife-edge

The World Is Dead

Two months ago, billions of people were killed by a deadly germ. Days later, they rose up again in massive numbers. Since then, cities worldwide have become corpse-filled, rat-infested, germ-choked hellholes.

A group of people are trapped in central London, hopelessly outnumbered by the dead. They hear rumours of a safe haven in the north - a self-sufficient community where people from across the country have gathered to try and rebuild their lives. But the decaying ruins of the capital are vast and sprawling, and they’re going to need an army to get away from this place.

There are other people here, waiting in the shadows to be found. Can enough of them band together to make a difference, or has the country - maybe even the entire world - already been lost to the dead?

The first book in a new trilogy set in the nightmare world of David Moody's international best-selling Autumn series. For more information about Autumn visit www.lastoftheliving.net.

©2021 David Moody (P)2021 David Moody

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Incredible.

This is the first book I've listened to from David Moody but this one has got me hooked, a genre not amongst my favourites either but this story had me sitting on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Gruesome, horrific, sickening, addictive, Cant wait for the second instalment which a little bird tells me isn't far away. Aubrey Parsons does a superb job of the narration, the prologue read in a Leeds accent had this Yorkshireman chuckling away, it was perfect.

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A Gripping Listen...

I have followed the Autumn storyline since it's original inception, and it is great to see the theme revisited.

A lot of blood has flowed under the bridge in the Zombie genre since David Moody first put pen to paper, but overall the narrative of human survival remains the element most readers identify with, not least this is underlined by what we have all experienced in the past two years with the Covid pandemic.

Aubrey Parsons excellent voice talent dips freely in and between British regional accents to breath believable life into the characters, and as this is to be a trilogy, leaves you wanting to know what happens next.

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A High Watermark in the Sea of Undead Fiction.

As someone who has read and enjoyed all previous books in the 'Autumn' series, I'm thrilled (and relieved) to say the high standard already set has been more than met in this latest installment.
That is not to say that familiarity with the previous books is necessary to enjoy this chapter, but the tone and style is recognisable to a returning reader.

How David manages to continue writing engaging stories without resorting to repetition or developments that cause involuntary eye-rolling is impressive. His characters truly feel like ordinary people. No ex-spec ops soldiers, no civilians that suddenly develop skills that would take years of training, just human beings trying to cope in a terrible situation. No power fantasies here, just relatable struggles.

The reading by Aubrey Parsons also deserves to be highlighted in adding real human dimension to individual characters, whilst still retaining a distinct voice as narrator.

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Another great addition to the Autumn world

Story is very well written. Autumn is not about gunning down zombies from afar, its about getting right into the action. Character progression is excellent and I can't wait for the next installment.
I have all the previous Autumn books, this was the first audio version I have tried and I am very happy with Aubrey Parsons vocals. I was slightly dubious at the start but he did a fantastic job of pulling me into the story, all the characters (and there are quite a few) were easy to differentiate between.

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Very entertaining

This was my first David Moody book and I really enjoyed it. Will definitely be getting the rest of the series.
Good setting, interesting take on the genre, and relatable characters.
On that note though... The large number of characters did sometimes get a little overwhelming but not so much as to be confusing.
Brilliant narration by Aubrey Parsons.

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Welcome to London

David Moody kicks off this new London Trilogy in his Autumn series with gusto, introducing us to a new group of characters he draws us into a London that has already fallen and is literally starting to break up. Aubrey Parsons brings the 'Autumn world' of David Moody to a vivid state of life amongst the undead. As is now the norm for Moody he makes us care about the characters Once you read or listen to Autumn Dawn you will want to immediately grab Autumn Inferno but be aware at the time of writing this we are waiting on the third in the series and it feels such a long wait.

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Zombies…zombies everywhere

Another zombie book same stuff really…chomp,bite, dead,chomp, bite ….run, hide, scream, humans killing humans, well you get the idea. Freebie from audible so can’t complain.

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  • DeeDee
  • 13-04-22

Great narrator

I think the narrator made up for the parts of the story that are lacking. This one seemed to have potential, but the perspective kept switching among characters. There may be too many involved in telling the story and just when I became interested in one it would switch to another. Feels a little lacking in substance in that way. Also was confused by the behavior of the zombies. At times it felt unrealistic. The attempts to describe gore were unnecessary for me and it is those very attempts that also made it feel unrealistic. I wanted to like it more than I actually did. Certainly not the worst, but not sure if I will continue with the series.

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  • A Schaeffs
  • 18-11-21

This one was between a 3 and a 4 for me

Overall the story is decent, there is a lot happening and the London setting is interesting. Saying that, it was more of a 3.5 score for me, so I rounded up the stars to 4.

I think that the main issue that I had with the whole book was that there were too many characters vying for my attention and I couldn't really connect with any of them enough. I often forgot who was who.

What I did like: there was a good mixture of different types of characters, the setting was pretty decent and there was enough tension and action. The actions of the zombies were also interesting and showed that the author had given thought to how the infection worked. Not your straight up zombie crazies but certainly a huge threat to life.

The narration was great, the different tones and accents that Aubrey pulls off are great, really gives you a good idea of how the melting pot in London is like.

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  • Mel Woods
  • 01-11-21

Fans of the Autumn series won’t be disappointed


~Disclaimer: I received a free audiobook copy of this book. ~

I was excited to get my hands on the new addition to the Autumn zombie universe. David Moody was one of my earlier forays into zombie novels. Which means, I’m familiar with the zombie world this story is set in. However, don’t take this to mean that the story assumes you know. In multiple perspectives the early days of the zombiefication are observed. The different reactions to the slow changes of the zombies and the world the survivors found themselves in were varied and realistic. You aren’t following a singular protagonist; rather you get to view the story from different viewpoints and life experiences. You don’t have to have read the previous books, but why not do so if you have time?

David Moody continues to describe the gory reality of this new world with detailed descriptions. The zombies are a fitting horror and the setting of London is a solid setting (advantages and disadvantages are addressed).

The narrator does an amazing job of bringing this story to life. I very much enjoyed listening to this story.


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  • Yesenia
  • 11-10-21

Great listen! If you are on the fence… get it!

I was pleasantly surprised with my first experience with Moody’s writing. Great story, characters and the narration was spot on! Solid performance from both author and narrator. Now I need to go check both for my next listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-21

Awesome..

Great Story that keeps you listening and wanting to know what comes next, looking forward to book two.