The Remaining

Posted September 23, 2013 by Paul (Audiobook Reviewer) in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Remaining by D.J. Molles
Narrator: Christian Rummel
Series: The Remaining #1
Published by Audible Studios on 2013
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Military, Zombie Apocalypse
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: Subvenire refectus. To rescue and rebuild.

The Remaining is the first book in the best-selling series, which tells a gritty tale of survival, perseverance and fighting to get back what has been lost.

©2012 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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I was browsing around and I noticed in the “People also bought” section underneath the info of a book I was looking at, an interesting cover image with an intriguing title. So of course I had to investigate. The summary got me immediately, “plague ravages the planet…The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators“, then Christian Rummel a narrator that I was recently introduced to. You may have noticed that I base my decisions on little more than impulse, so I had to give it a listen.

I am so glad that I took a chance with The Remaining, turns out it is the first book of a series that I must now complete. D.J. Molles first introduces a secret “super solider” that is tucked away just in case the worst happens, if it does his orders are to eliminate the threat and to aid in the reestablishment of a government. Much of the audiobook is the internal dialog of this solider and the personal struggles of being isolated from the world for over a month to emerge to a different world. Turns out that the plague that ravaged the planet turns people into zombie like creatures that have some intelligence and some talk or communicate or scream which only adds to the soldiers torment of killing them.  Filled with pulse pounding suspense, exquisitely engineered action and a truly terrifying take on zombies. I have already bought the second audiobook in the series and cannot wait to be further horrified.

Christian Rummel is quickly climbing my list of got narrators. A true technician of bringing the written word to life, with all the nuances all the subtle tones and pauses that make a really great performance. In The Remaining he really shined with the panicked undertones, and the emotional outbursts that really cinched the turmoil that was happening all around. For a man with, what seems like a naturally deep voice, he can easily carry a conversation with a group of characters without having to question who said what. I have already started looking for more of his work and have found some promising stories.

About Christian Rummel

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I grew up in Pennsylvania, went to college in Pittsburgh, and then lived in New York City for a bunch of years. In 2010, I moved to L.A., where I now reside with my lovely wife, I-Ching, our hipster wonder-dog Adelaide, and our scrappy black cat Evel. I like English tea, English motorbikes, and weird English telly (Garth Marenghi, Snuff Box, Mighty Boosh, et al.).

About D.J. Molles

D.J. Molles has two published short stories, “Darkness” and “Survive,” which won a short fiction contest through Writer’s Digest. “The Remaining” and its follow up “The Remaining: Aftermath” are his first novels and have been met with overwhelming success. He lives in the southeast with his wife and daughter.

About Paul (Audiobook Reviewer)

Paul is a quiet man who shares his passion of books through reviews assisting others select books through honest and professional reviews. Having built a team of professional reviewers, Audiobookreviewer (ABR) is the result of his passion of reading/listening of books. His family consists of a wife, 2 cats, and 2 African Grey parrots ( More frequently than not, you will see Paul plugged into the audio of his technology listening to books while riding his bike 100+ miles, tending to a huge fruit and vegetable garden, growing bonsai trees and operating his own largest online bonsai magazine (

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