We’re Alive: The Zombie Story of Survival is an audio drama that tells the story of a band of survivors who come together to try to survive and grow after the zombie apocalypse. Here is the synopsis from www.tvtropes.org:
When a tiny riot in Los Angeles turns out to be not so tiny after all, US Army reserve Lieutenant Angel Tunudo is told to call his subordinates to arms, but only two of them – Sergeant Michael Cross and Specialist Saul Tink – show up to greet him at the reserve base. After working out that the riot is actually the start of a Zombie Apocalypse, the three men decide they have to take matters into their own hands. They rescue a handful of other people and set up camp in the apartment building where Angel’s girlfriend used to live, but even with things going well at first it isn’t long before the situation takes a realistic turn for the worse.
And that’s not even the half of it.
We’re Alive is the type of audiodrama, or any other type of zombie media, that I love. The zombies, while impressive, are not the main focus of the story. Character development and the characters themselves are the main focus. When you add in humanity and the ways humans react during a crisis, you have a mixture that accurately depicts how I believe humans would react during such an apocalyptical situation. While some people are interested in working together for the greater good of humanity and survival, others are looking to take advantage of the situation and enslave other survivors.
I started listening to We’re Alive after the first season had concluded. From the first episode, I listened to the entire first season in one weekend (pretty easy: the episodes run between 15-20 minutes) and have been hooked. While there are a few characters who I would love to get alone with a baseball bat, it isn’t because I hate the character. The blame can be placed on the writers of the show who accurately portray accurate reactions of normal people to the extremely not normal. They cover the gamut of emotional and psychological reactions of survivors who are forced to confront a world that has changed beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.
Look here for a Mini-documentary of the making of We’re Alive:
In the story, the zombies aren’t all your run-of-the-mill, shambling, brain munchers. You have some pretty interesting variations of specialty zombies, including intelligent zombies. These zombies were geniuses prior to their transformation. Other types of zombies also exist: jumpers, behemoths, etc. The zombies operate in a pack fashion and are directed in their attacks by the intelligent ones. The ability of zombies to find and identify live human beings is explained in the story (eliminates one of the major plot points that is ignored in many zombie media forms).
I recommend We’re Alive to anyone who is a zombie fan, an apocalyptical fiction fan, or just a fiction fan. We all can find characters in this show to identify with, whether you find this person in the Survivors, the Mallers, or the loners who inhabit the world. Engaging characters, impressive character development, and an inclusive plot make this a story that will grab your attention and hold it until you are begging for more. I know I am.
You can find more information at the shows website which can be found here. The show is available on iTunes and disks of past seasons can be purchased on the website mentioned previously.
We’re Alive has been nominated for an Audie Award (The Audies are the equivalent of the Academy Awards except for audio publishing). The show was nominated for The Best Audio Drama Award and is competing against shows like The Arthur Mill Collection (narrated by Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed O’Neill, Brian Cox, etc.), The Graduate (narrated by Bruce Davidson, John Getz, Jamison Jones, Devon Sorvari, Linda Purl, Matthew Rhys and Kathleen Turner), I, Claudius (narrated by Derek Jacobi, Tim McInnerny, and Harriet Walter), and The Mark of Zorro (narrated by Val Kilmer).