Audiobook Review: The First Days by Rhiannon Frater

Posted April 3, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 5 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 18 Comments

Audiobook Review: The First Days by Rhiannon FraterSource: Audiobook Review, Kindle Purchase, Physical Book Purchase, Provided by Brilliance

Format: Audiobook

The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins

Date Read: January 2014

Genre: Horror, Zombie

Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her.  That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.

Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.

During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out. Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.

A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.

It looks like the end of the world. But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive. Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love…anything is possible at the end of the world.

More Information:
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Series: As The World Dies #1

Also by this author: Fighting to Survive, Siege, Dead Spots
Also in this series: Fighting to Survive, Siege


Listened to the audio for the first time/Reread of the Story. I have updated my review with audio thoughts and 2nd time reading thoughts!

Read for Fun/Listened for Review (Kindle/Paperback/Brilliance)
Overall Rating 5.00
Story Rating 5.00
Character Rating 5.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The First Days by Rhiannon Frater was even better the 2nd time around. I stand by my 5 and give it an additional “WTG” star for staying great on reread!

NOTE: I picked this up because of Ashley, The Bookish Brunette. She was right this book sticks with you and that is a good thing!

What I Loved: Realism! I wish there was a way to accurately describe just how realistic The First Days truly was. From the moment the story begins until the Epilogue, everything read like a true account of what it was to run into the Zombie Apocalypse. It brought up a million questions: What would you do? How would you react? Could you make it through? Could you do what was needed to survive? Each character (major and minor) gave you a glimpse into so many facets of surviving that sometimes you forgot this was a work of fiction. There were small fractions of humor mixed into the story but it was macabre and gut-wrenching overall. I was literally trying to read faster to figure out who was going to survive, how they were going to do it, and how this little society was going to grow. This was a read in one day book with very little “take a break” time.

Creepy Baby Fingers I swear that opening sequence is one of the best out there. It has always stuck with me but listening to it on audio made it just a little more horrifically brilliant.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Cassandra Campbell / Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins

I am a fan of Cassandra and she does an excellent job with The First Days. I had to get over my preconceived notions of how Katie and Jenni sounded but I think that had to do with me having already the books. I do know as the series went on (I have listened to them all) now I hear both exactly the way Cassandra delivers them!

Final Thoughts I just loved every minute of this story.


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
5 / 5
Story Rating
5 / 5
Character Rating
5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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18 responses to “Audiobook Review: The First Days by Rhiannon Frater

  1. Ok, creepy baby fingers has me morbidly curious. It does make me think of The Walking Dead and will have to try this one out!

    • This is just as real as The Walking Dead. The people are the most fascinating part. Twisted, gory, and you just have to read creepy baby fingers!

  2. I watch a bit of horror, but I don’t read it, and I certainly can’t imagine listening to it. I’m glad you enjoyed it, but I don’t think it’s for me. Regardless, great review! 🙂

    • LOL I am the opposite. I actually do better with horror in book form. On TV/Movies I am constantly fast forwarding or doing the fingers in the ears/hands over eyes maneuver 🙂

  3. How the hell do you get past seeing your hubby chowing down on your baby?!? What a way to shock the reader into blowing through the rest of the book!!!

  4. Wow! Five stars both times around! I know that when I reread sometimes I like books less than I had before, so I’m glad that didn’t happen for you. I haven’t read any of RF’s books yet, but I’ve picked up a few in sales. I guess I seriously need to start reading them!

    • Both times! These are compelling reads and I have to say the audio made it not seem like a reread. I picked up on stuff I either missed or had blocked LOL

  5. I am not a big Audiobook reader/listener but I never really thought of rereading a book in Audio format. Maybe that would get me more interested in audio books.

    I have not read a Rhiannon Frater book yet but she is on my list of authors I must check out. I love this review, thinking this is the book I might want to try as my first 🙂

    Great review

    • When you do it in audio the second time, it makes it less like a reread and more like a first time experience 🙂

      I totally suggest this trilogy first but Pretty When She Dies is pretty good too!