Unhappy Endings: Tales from the World of Adrian’s Undead Diary (Volume One) by Chris Philbrook, Alan MacRaffen, J. C. Fiske, Joe Tremblay, Lee Smallwood, Sherry Knight and Shane Hershey

Posted November 19, 2015 by Nannette in Reviews / 1 Comment

Unhappy Endings: Tales from the World of Adrian’s Undead Diary (Volume One) by  Chris Philbrook, Alan MacRaffen, J. C. Fiske, Joe Tremblay, Lee Smallwood, Sherry Knight and Shane HersheyUnhappy Endings by Alan MacRaffen, Chris Philbrook, J. C. Fiske, Joe Tremblay, Lee Smallwood, Shane Hershey, Sherry Knight
Narrator: James Foster
Series: Adrian's Undead Diary, Tales from the World of Adrian's Undead Diary #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 20 October 2015
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
Genres: Zombie Apocalypse
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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The apocalypse has ended for Adrian Ring, and the rebuilding of the world has begun. But have all the stories of the old world's death been told?

Elsewhere on Earth, there's a plane filled with innocents, and a criminal could wipe it from the skies with a tide of undeath. A young man in Manhattan is going mad with hunger and fear. A veterinarian races to save her animal patients and their owners one by one. A drunk lunatic is driven to self-destruction, craving the undead horde and the absolution they will give him. And finally, what of the long-awaited conclusion to Eddie Smith's tale, as his convoy heads north toward Adrian at Bastion?

Set in the world of Chris Philbrook's best-selling zombie epic Adrian's Undead Diary, Unhappy Endings tells these darkest of stories and many more.

Full list of authors includes: Rob Roche, Tracy Wilson, Josh Green, Christopher MacDonald, Dennis Pekkala, A. Ben Carpenter, Wendi Haegle, and Steve Gonzales.

©2015 Chris Philbrook (P)2015 Chris Philbrook

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Unhappy Endings edited by Chris Philbrook is a collection of sixteen short stories (one story has four parts) which all take place in the universe of Adrian’s Undead Diary (AUD) series created by Mr. Philbrook. If you haven’t read the series I strongly suggest you do before reading Unhappy Endings. Several of the stories have direct enough references to AUD that they contain subtle spoilers within. There is a forward where the author explains how this collection came into being. I purchased Unhappy Endings because I have enjoyed Mr. Philbrook’s other titles so much.

The story with four parts, Eddie Smith, is written by Chris Philbrook, author of AUD. The other authors include Christopher MacDonald, Steve Gonzales, Joe Tremblay, Lee Smallwood, Tracy Wilson, Sherry Knight, Shane Hershey, Alan MacRaffen, Josh Green, Dennis Pekkala, A. Ben Carpenter, Wendie Haegle, Rob Roche, J. C. Fiske, and Krista Blasevick Pullin

In the Arms of the Dead by Christopher McDonald is just creepy, really creepy. I cannot shake the visual of Alan walking along smiling with Emily trailing after him. Rose by Wendi Haegle reminded me of Stephen King. It was very easy for me to see Rose inhabiting one of Mr. King’s stories. Amy’s Daycare by Sherry Knight just plain broke my heart. This is one that you have to read the AUD series before the full impact of the story hits home. All the stories are good and all involve some aspect of the zombie apocalypse. The best way to describe it is the lens the reader saw events through in AUD, is widened significantly in this collection. We meet characters who while not directly intersecting with Adrian’s story still affect events in the larger universe.

James Foster does an excellent job narrating the audiobook. He narrated all eight of the AUD audiobooks so this is familiar territory for him. He brings emotion and lack of emotion, which frankly can be scarier, to the character’s voices. Mr. Foster has no problem with any voice, male, female, adult or child. His voice is always clear and his volume remains consistent. The production values are great.

I hope Mr. Philbrook considers another collection like this one. There are still so many untold stories from the AUD universe. Having the different authors participate gives the collection a different feel. It is a new perspective on the familiar universe but with new stories and characters. I really enjoyed it.

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About James Foster

Read the ABR Narrator Interview.

James was born and raised on the west coast, and even though he’s lived in the Midwest for over a decade now, still considers Oregon “home.” Nominated for three Voice Arts Awards in 2015 for best audiobook narration in the science-fiction, fantasy, and mystery categories, James has been praised for his conversational delivery and ability to sound exactly like the voice you were imagining in your head.

About Alan MacRaffen

Alan MacRaffen is a lifelong New Englander. He was born under the name Alan Matthews in Worcester, Massachusetts and grew up in Mass and New Hampshire. He received a bachelor’s degree in Illustration from the Art Institute of Boston, and spent a decade working at the Hillsboro-Deering High School in New Hampshire. He currently lives in Maine with his wife, artist Molly Brewer, and their cat Husker.

Alan has a great interest in science fiction and fantasy, as well as paleontology, biology, mythology and folklore. He has been constructing imagined worlds, creatures, cultures and characters since earliest childhood.

About Chris Philbrook

I am the creator and author of A Dragon Among Us as well as Elmoryn and Adrian’s Undead Diary. Elmoryn is a decade old game setting and system I developed for commercial sale and development that I am now sharing on the internet, and through the publication of The Kinless Trilogy. As the books set in the Elmoryn universe are released, hopefully interest in the game will grow as well, and that side of Elmoryn will come to light.

A Dragon Among Us was inspired by decade old Role Playing sessions with my friend Alan MacRaffen, and has been percolating ever since. It’s currently ripping up the sales charts on Amazon, and I’m working on the second book in the world of The Reemergence right now.

Adrian’s Undead Diary is my mammoth zombie epic that more than likely brought you here. Originally published online AUD grew to almost 10,000 active registered users before I decided to publish it. Adrian Ring’s story of survival and humanity in a world gone mad has been critically acclaimed and been an unbelievable success online, so its no surprise the books are selling well too.

I’m also the owner of Tier One Games LLC, my old game development company. If you buy something from AUD, Elmoryn, or A Dragon Among Us, you’ll likely see the sale credited to Tier One Games. Don’t worry, it’s legit.

I’ve gone to a LOT of college. I’ve got a Business degree as well as a Psychology degree, and I’ve done the full program at the school of hard knocks. I’ve been a printing press operator, bouncer, purchasing agent, bodyguard, customer service representative, mental health counselor, and more. I can write about weird shit because I’ve done weird shit. Trust me.

I call the wonderful state of New Hampshire my home, but I love to travel. I love to read, write, play role playing games, miniatures games, video games, and Magic: The Gathering. When I find the time to be active, I like to hike, play basketball, and play football. I’ve got two Devon Rex cats, Gilbert and Marvin.

About J. C. Fiske

J.C. Fiske is an American author born in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is an avid reader, martial artist, gamer, comic/manga geek, WWE mark, metal fan, and beer connoisseur. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern New Hampshire University in 2008. The first book in his Manga-Inspired Fantasy series, Renegade Rising, was published through Tenacity Books in 2011.

About Joe Tremblay

Joe Tremblay is the author of Subject 15. Joe aspires to tell stories via the written word and film. He recently returned back to the sticks of New Hampshire upon completion of film school at the Art Institute of Las Vegas. He now attends Ashford University where he intends to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

Joe is a US Navy Veteran who spent six years as an Electronics Technician onboard USS Reuben James FFG 57 and USS Dubuque LPD 8. He presently writes full time and works a third shift job that he hopes to retire from soon to become a full time storyteller. He enjoys the outdoors, role-playing games, a good cup of coffee, watching movies, football and spending time with his family and friends.

About Lee Smallwood

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About Shane Hershey

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About Sherry Knight

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About Nannette

I love books in any form. I especially love audio books and believe a narrator can make or break the book. I enjoy a wide variety of genres. In non-fiction history (whether biography or cultural) is one of my favorites. In fiction, I enjoy everything except romance (although I have read a few I did like). I enjoy sharing what I read with others.

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