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This exciting audio drama is based on an immensely popular podcast that has received hundreds of positive reviews and has had over four million downloads--and counting. For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he's in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally teaThis exciting audio drama is based on an immensely popular podcast that has received hundreds of positive reviews and has had over four million downloads--and counting. For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he's in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We're Alive. We're Alive: Season 1 features twelve chapters packing performances and sound effects that rival movies and prove that modern audio drama is undead and well. Join our survivors as they band together, struggle to fortify a safe haven known as the Tower, and discover that zombies are far from the worst thing in a postapocalyptic Los Angeles where the rules of human decency no longer apply. Little food. Little water. Little hope. Who is lucky enough to say "We're Alive"?...

Title : We're Alive: A Story of Survival, the First Season
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ISBN : 9781455114573
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 500 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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We're Alive: A Story of Survival, the First Season Reviews

  • Jodi
    2019-03-05 10:28

    BEST PODCAST EVER!! This podcast has the best sound effects, voice actors and plot of any out there to date. Listen and you are hooked, it's that simple. It's not your normal "zombie" story either. No, not in the least. The characters have depth, the storyline has momentum and the voice actors are so relatable that you could swear you lived next door to at least one of them at some point in your life. Don't let the zombie part fool you. This series is one of the best I've listened to in all the years that I've been listening to podcasts. It's told in a way that makes you feel like you're in the room or frantically running, or even firing on the zombies as they attack. If you pass it up you are definitely missing out on some great podcast fiction.

  • ★ʜɑʋɘɳ★
    2019-03-06 14:08

    Everyone has a few books (or audio dramas, in this case ;P) they feel unbelievably passionate about. And generally, they are impossible to review, because words just won't do them justice. It is frustrating; so very frustrating. And it is one of those moments where you wish you could simply upload your feelings so you can make others understand. We're Alive is most definitely on my list, so I am gonna try my best to describe of how awesome this series is.RTC.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-24 14:09

    I almost never give five stars! But this was great!! I understand that it was originaly a POD cast and then they put it out as an audio book. It is done like one of the old radio shows and has a full cast. It is so well done and entertaining that I didn't want to put it down. If you have a long car ride ahead of you or work somewhere where you are lucky enough to be able to listen to audios while you work, this is just the thing. Enjoy!!

  • Brainwise
    2019-03-02 10:23

    I picked this up on a whim during the San Diego Comic-Con in 2011. I kind of stumbled across the table and met some of the folks behind this effort. Initially, I wasn't all that interested. I mean, outside of "Evil Dead 2," I've never really been a fan of the whole zombie genre. But the fact that this story was more focused on the survivors, and that it was done in radio drama style, swayed me. The CDs stayed packed away with other swag from SDCC, so I only came upon them earlier this month. Figured I'd better listen to the story before SDCC 2012. And I'm glad I did. The main characters -- the soldiers Michael, Angel, and Sal -- are solid. And I find the transition of their relationship to one another believable and well done. (They're not really friends at first, barely even teammates). As other people become part of their band of survivors, their stories are quickly folded in and some of them get the chance to grow and evolve as well. I find myself caring for many of them and wondering what will happen at the end of each chapter. Sound effects are, for the most part, crisp and move the story action along. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to discern between a creature sound and some other ambient sound in the recording. That's a minor quibble and it occurs infrequently enough. Now, you can't do a story this broad all in dialogue and action. Fortunately, the "We're Alive" team has found a useful way around the standard narrator view: journal entries. I have to admit that I love the technique of using journal entries, each one voiced by the character who is writing the entry, to handle larger chunks of exposition. I also appreciate that it isn't limited to the big three, and I especially appreciate that it is not overused. Season 1 is a good story arc taking the listener from the beginning of the zombie attacks, to the search for a fortified home, to finding more survivors and learning about the creatures, to a huge cliffhanger which I won't mention here for fear of posting spoilers. If you're looking for a new twist on the zombie or end-of-the-world survival story, this might be for you. If you are a fan of radio drama, then you definitely have to check it out.Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I need to find Season 2.

  • Kev
    2019-03-13 10:03

    3.5 stars.Not particularly original, but enjoyable nonetheless. I'll certainly listen to more.

  • Meagan
    2019-03-15 10:24

    Before I continue my review, I'd like to point out that I had to create an audio shelf in GoodReads specifically so I could shelve it properly. That's my relationship with audiobooks. Just FYI. And yes, I realize this is a podcast, not strictly an audiobook. Blah blah blah.I don't listen to audiobooks because the best time for me to do so is while I'm driving. I've tried fiction, and the experience falls in one of two camps: 1. Dangerous, because I'm concentrating on the story and not on my driving, or 2. Unfulfilling, because I'm concentrating on my driving and therefore miss big chunks of story. I can do two things at once, but one of them will suffer and I'd rather wait a bit and read an old-fashioned book at home than transform an otherwise great book into a chore. Nonfiction is doable, since I'm not worried about missing big plot elements, but I rarely think to listen to anything since my commute is relatively short.So why did this one work for me? I have no idea. Here are some guesses: It was full cast, and thus sounded more like conversation than narrative, and my brain has gotten used to conversing and doing myriad other things simultaneously. It was more podcast, less narrative, so there weren't big chunks of carefully written description to get lost in. There was lots of action, sound effects, and all those wacky zombies.Whether it was one of those reasons, a combination of them, or something else entirely, this worked for me! It was stressful at times, with the sudden noises and imminent peril, but it was also exciting and very entertaining. Non audiobook folk take note - this gets the anti-audio-reader stamp of approval.

  • Reese
    2019-03-11 09:06

    The best audio drama I have listened to! This and Sigler's work have got me addicted to audio narrative. The quality of the show is great, it's almost like closing your eyes while watching a high budget thrilling TV show, but obviously making more sense by audio alone.Besides the quality, this zombie tale has some rather unique monster types and survival tales. I would rate this far higher than the Walking Dead any day!When discovering the show during university, it was such a treat to have two whole seasons to snack upon. However when I had to wait for weekly episodes, the wait to find out what happens next was so brutal.Give the show a try even if you are not a horror fan, because it's more drama than horror.

  • MsBDiamondDiva1
    2019-03-05 08:11

    These character are probably some of the stupidest people I have read about in a long time. The only reason that I will continue reading is because I hate to leave stuff undone. The only character that I like is "the old guy"!

  • Patty
    2019-03-14 16:27

    A podcast turned into an audio book. Performed like a radio-drama with different actors, sound effects and a beautiful soundtrack. Highly recommend.

  • Jessi
    2019-03-01 15:04

    This story is AWESOME! I'm sorry I had to yell, I'm just that excited. This is an audio-only story, created in serial form and released originally online through a podcast at It has a full cast narration and lots of sound effects. At first in struck me as a bit corny, because I am used to the type of audiobook that is read from a novel. This is read from an original script. However, I quickly got over it and just loved the heck out of this story. It's zombies but they have created a unique enough version of the myth that it is intriguing. They have done an excellent job through accents, gender differentiation, and more that it is easy to follow who is speaking in the story. The sound effects are fun, but I they significantly raise the suspense and creepy factors for me. I find myself becoming very paranoid when I listen for too long of a time period. And when I finally get out of the car I'm all creeped out and jump at the slightest noises. This is a fast-paced adventure and is a bit dangerous because I am loath to get out of the car and will sit listening long after I've arrived at my intended destination. It's great and I can't wait for more.

  • Sariene
    2019-03-14 12:08

    I cannot believe I made it all the way through this. I was fed up by the third chapter, but the person who recommended it to me (over and over) promised it would get better. Long story short, it never did. The whole thing is unoriginal, the characters are laughably one - dimensional stereotypes, and the dialogue is terrible. It's also juvenile and chock full of sexism. Feels like a thirteen year old wrote this, and the acting isn't any better. I'm sorry I wasted so much time here, it's the sort of thing I usually don't bother finishing.

  • Sheryl
    2019-02-24 15:12

    The main character in the book is Michael. He is an irritating prick and I wanted to slap him if that were possible. I think this story is only available as an audio version. It is acted, not read and I didn't like that either. The ending is a cliff hanger and that was another strike against it. The people in the story were often very juvenile and stupid. I only give it a 2 because I did listen to it all but won't be getting anymore in the series.

  • Sweetp-1
    2019-03-10 09:08

    Wow. This was GREAT. I am so used to audiobooks where there is just one narrator and normally I am quite conscious they are reading from a book. This podcast has a whole cast, sound effects (excellent ones) and a real ambiance that made it feel more like a movie without pictures. A little slow to start but by the last third I was sneaking off to listen to just a little bit more. Lots of action, zombie gore, suspense and humour. Loved it. Season 2 already downloaded :)

  • Scott
    2019-03-17 13:16

    I listened to the audiobook, which seemed more like the audio from a tv series then a regular audiobook. Nevertheless, there was a lot of action and the story was intriguing, but there was no conclusion. A lot of books leave you hanging so you will buy the next one in the series, but they usually wrap up the main story. This one just ended in the middle of the action. I wish I could have my listening hours back.

  • Mika Harjula
    2019-03-19 09:23

    I love the theme of the story. Rapid tempo and accelerating from start to beginning. It had everything to succeed if there would have been some creative writing supporting the story. Goofy monologues and bad acting destroys it. I would rather have read it on paper instead of Podcast. Credit for great sound effects though. I strongly doubt I will be following the series any further from this.

  • Shasha
    2019-03-21 10:17

    Amazing character audio drama, go start listening now! You will be right there with the characters from the very beginning. Thrilling story, great range of characters and very good audio story experience. I got into it because of zombies, but this is really more of a character drama and a good one!

  • Stoyan Genov
    2019-03-04 16:10

    Well made! Grabs you into the story.

  • Soo
    2019-02-23 08:58

    5 Stars for the Voice Acting, 3 Stars for the Story = 4 StarsI'm not sure about where this audio drama originated from but it's not bad. This show is a full production with individual voice actors, sound effects and scene setting background music. The balance is right and the voices are not drowned out by the sound effects. The acting is great and totally fits the characters. The great voice acting keeps my interest even though it's a slow paced story. 'We're Alive: A Story of Survival' is a zombie apocalypse survival series. Michael, Angel and Saul are army servicemen and they secure an apartment building. Angel's girlfriend lives there but they had to kill her because she had changed into a zombie. With Datu's help, the men set to clear the building and create a refuge as the world outside goes bonkers. There's no perfect hero or genius in the group. A lot gets done but it happens in a unstructured manner that pings around without a clear plan or direction. The drama is realistic in how people are often responding to what happens rather than really getting down to figure out the situation and do what's needed. Personalities clash, fear rules, tempers flare and people seek comfort in things that don't matter but they need to control. If you are looking for a slasher flick style horror story, this is not it. There is a plot and interesting developments but it's mostly about the survivors and how they are choosing to either hide or adjust to the new world order. In some ways, it's a bit like a soap opera but I don't think you can get away from that because drama happens whether the world is sane or crazy. I found the season to be rather entertaining and will get my hands on season two to find out what happens to the brave band of survivors that I like. The rest of them can become zombie food or die by their own misconduct. =P

  • Tyler
    2019-02-28 10:05

    Had no idea this was a podcast, with full cast and soundtrack with special effects. It's really well-produced and the acting is good for what they have to work with. The story is interesting but it's a never-ending podcast apparently so it'll keep going and going. That means the story doesn't have the normal drive of a novel so it drags often. It is an interesting story otherwise and with good characters though without much real arc but that's ok the plot keeps moving. Good if you need a post apocalyptic fix.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-24 10:11

    This review might be biased because it's the first fictional audio drama I've ever listened to and I'm not sure how it compares to others, but I loved it and was hooked from the first episode. The characters had depth, the story was suspenseful and at times scary (I love apocalyptic stories), and the production was top notch. Plus, I could be productive by working or doing other things while listening. I highly recommend it.

  • Linda
    2019-03-19 08:09

    I listened to this series as an pod cast and was glad I came to the party late. I was able to listen without waiting for a new episode for most of the series. I actually had to make myself stop listening and go to sleep. I particularly enjoyed the theater aspect rather than a single reader. Great series!

  • Steve
    2019-03-20 08:04

    Only likable character is Burt. The rest of the group I would kneecap and leave for the zombies.

  • Shalonda
    2019-03-23 14:25

    I'm listening to this on iHeart radio. this book is awesome.

  • Sharon Maerten-Moore
    2019-02-26 12:24

    I'd never heard of this before I saw it at the library. Interesting podcast of a zombie apocalypse and how a small group of survivors managed. Looking forward to listening to the other seasons.

  • Kristi
    2019-02-27 13:04

    Loving this so much. It's great to listen to while driving back and forth to work. More than once I've sat in my driveway listening to it or slipped headphones on to finish up a chapter.

  • Megan Helene Utterback
    2019-03-05 16:05

    I really enjoyed the full voice cast, and the focus on the relationships between characters. I look forward to listening to the sequel when I have time, since that cliffhanger was very intense.

  • Vince
    2019-03-10 16:12

    It was ok, mildly entertaining. It was one of those inbetween listens while I'm waiting for my Audible credits to kick back in.

  • Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
    2019-03-21 15:04

    Your worst nightmare has just come true. One minute everything was fine: a warm sunny day in Los Angeles. Suddenly the day is split open by not so distant explosions. Within minutes they are everywhere. People, or what used to be people, roaming the streets, attacking the “normals.” Zombies? Call them what you want, but whatever you do get out of their way, because those who don’t will suffer one of two fates: become one of them, or become a meal for one of them. So far we’re alive, but for how much longer?United States Army reservist Michael Cross started out that terrible day like any other. He was attending his college classes when the call came, informing him that his reserve squad was being called in. In the bumper-to-bumper freeway traffic, he saw his first walking dead, ripping people from their cars and literally tearing them apart. Reaching the base after a narrow escape, Michael soon found that only two other members of his squad arrived safely: Saul who served with Michael in Iraq, and Angel, the lieutenant fresh out of officer training. The three soldiers armed themselves and began to formulate a plan.What they really need, it is decided, is a place to hole up for a few days so they can see how things shake out. Angel’s fourteen-story apartment tower is not far from the base and it sounds like an ideal place: minimal ground-floor entrances, plenty of food and supplies in case they need to stay for a while, and room for more if they find other survivors. That much decided, they grab a Hum-vee from the base and make their way through streets that have already fallen deathly still.We’re Alive is the insanely popular podcast created and written by K C Wayland. Since May of 2009, it’s episodes have been appearing like clockwork at for the listening pleasure of multitudes of fans. Just how many fans? According to Wayland, the current download tally is somewhere around 5.3 million. In format, We’re Alive is reminiscent of old-time radio, but your grandfather’s radio never sounded like this. Automatic gunfire, explosions, breaking glass, screeching tires, and blazing fires, you’ll feel like you’re in a battle zone. The sound and music enhancements are well done and greatly increase the dramatic feel of the production.We’re Alive is a full cast audio production featuring the voice talents of Jim Gleason, Shane Salk, Nate Geez, Elisa Eliot, Claire Dodin, Scott Marvin, Jay Olegario, and Blaire Byhower among others. I thought the cast did a good job, always adding just the right amount of fear, trepidation, and edginess to their characterizations. This type of full cast production can be much more intense and dramatic than a typical audiobook with only one narrator. For more information, you can view the entire cast and crew of “We’re Alive.”This is only season 1, which is now available in its entirety on CD from Blackstone Audio, and I’m hooked. The season finale twelfth episode ends with a nice little cliff-hanger that will definitely leave you thirsty for more.FURTHER READING:Read my exclusive interview with K C Wayland.Steven Brandt @ Audiobook-Heaven

  • Richard
    2019-03-21 15:09

    This is a full cast production. Some of the episodes seemed to be out of order.The show is pretty good otherwise.

  • Kate Sherrod
    2019-02-24 11:05

    This is my first non-Big Finish audio drama, and I'm impressed as hell with it. I say this as someone totally over zombies. But as the sub-title emphasizes, this is more of a survival story than a zombie story, at least in this first season. The focus is on a small military unit summoned too late to do anything about the outbreak, but who consider themselves honor-bound to rescue and protect all the civilian survivors they can find. The effort then shifts to trying to bootstrap a mini-civilization in an apartment building. So the zombies are just an environmental hazard, though there are hints that that won't be the case forever.We're Alive is a great character drama. There are some cliche stock types (like the gritty old Vietnam vet, the bitchy entitled lawyer, sigh) but mostly these are well-rounded human beings with believable flaws and great dialogue. I'm not crazy about the pairing off that seems inevitable, but I never am, and know I'm in the minority there. At least it's not the main thing.BTW, unbelievably great vice actors here. I could -- and have -- listen to them all night. On to Season Two!