Audiobook Review: Eden Rising by Andrew Cunningham

Two folk heroes emerge from the ashes.

The Earth died in less than a minute. Cities were reduced to rubble. Millions of people died that day.

As the explosive Eden Rising Series opens, Ben and Lila are ordinary teenagers forced to rise to extraordinary heights when faced with a world that has suddenly and inexplicably died.

Dealing with the sorrow of all they have lost, but the love they have found in each other, they set off on an odyssey that will bring them to the limits of human endurance and face to face with the frailty of their very existence.


My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve read quite a few post-apocalyptic books, and Eden Rising is one of my favorites. Don’t get me wrong, I like reading about zombies, but what happens in this book seems like something that could really happen. The explanation of how this apocalypse happened made sense, but it was also alarming.

Ben and Lila are strong and well-developed characters. They were so cute to begin with because Ben was trying to get the nerve to ask Lila on a date, and suddenly, they were the only ones alive as far as they knew. They quickly learned to work together and to lean on each other as they dealt with survival, and they soon found that they were deeply in love. Their love story is sweet on top of all of the death and horror that they have to face.

The narrator did a good job. His tone and pace were good, and he was able to express the characters’ emotions well.

I like the ending of Eden Rising for two reasons. First, I liked the ending. Second, and more importantly, it ended at a good point in the series without a cliffhanger. I’m getting ready to listen to the second book, Eden Lost, because I really want to know what’s ahead, but the author didn’t have to use a cliffhanger to make me want to get to the next book.

About the Author

I was born in England, but have spent most of my life living in the U.S.—including 25 years on Cape Cod before moving to Florida. A former interpreter for the deaf and long-time independent bookseller, I’ve been a full-time freelance writer and copy editor for many years. A 4th-degree Master Blackbelt in Tang Soo Do, I finally retired from active training when my body said, “Enough already! Why are you doing this to yourself?” I’m married, with two grown children and two awesome grandsons. My wife and I spend as much time traveling as we can, and are especially fond of cruising the Caribbean.

Andrew Cunningham is the author of eleven novels, including the award-winning Amazon bestselling thriller WISDOM SPRING; the “Lies” Mystery Series (ALL LIES, FATAL LIES, VEGAS LIES, SECRETS & LIES, and BLOOD LIES); the post-apocalyptic “Eden Rising Series” (EDEN RISING, EDEN LOST, and EDEN’S LEGACY); the Cape Cod disaster/terrorist thriller DEADLY SHORE; and the time travel novel YESTERTIME. As A.R. Cunningham, he has written a series of five humorous children’s mysteries in the “Arthur MacArthur” series for middle-readers. Formerly an interpreter for the deaf and a long-time independent bookseller, Andrew has been a full-time freelance writer and copy editor for the last 20 years. Andrew has been involved in training and teaching martial arts for many years, achieving the rank of 4th-degree Master Blackbelt in Tang Soo Do. A long-time resident of Cape Cod, he and his wife now live in Florida. He can be contacted at Please visit his website at He can also be found on Facebook (Author Andrew Cunningham).