This is not a very well written book. The narrator's speech waffles jarringly from hyper-descriptive and meticulous to brash and vulgar. This doesn't seem to be from the stress of the situation on the character, but just poor writing. I am led to believe this by the author's use of big words that add no extra meaning to the story and would not be something I would expect the narrator to say. For example, "I commenced to take..." instead of simply "I took...". There are many other examples.
There are many instances near the end of the story where the narrator fails to see obvious dangers or make simple connections between events which seems completely out of character. These instances feel like lazy plot devices to create suspense or drama; they fall flat.
The reader did a fine job. I would not be deterred from listening to another book read by him based off of this performance. I would not; however, read another book by this author.
Do not fall for the other reviewers' hype.
I really enjoyed this novel. I LOVE books and movies about the end of the world so if you DON'T then I am not the person to ask... Zombies are one of my favorite ways to end it. The story moves along at a good pace. It is easy reading...just the right amount of details. Not going to go down in history as a classic but....can't wait to read book 2.
While listening to this story, all I thought was "wow, this sounds like it was written by someone from the military that hasn't quite adjusted to civilian life, and still uses military speech and acronyms totally unnecessarily." Imagine my (lack of) surprise when I found out the author is in the military. It's not that the language and writing is simplistic, that can actually be charming. This is just devoid of intellectual exploration, instead a minute by minute recounting of exact facts belayed by a character that I couldn't care less about. I actually hoped he'd get bitten by a zombie, just so I didn't have to hear his prattling around any more.
No details of the "action" that happens, coupled with thought processes that seem to come from a right wing survivalist nut with a bomb shelter in his basement make this experience grating at the worst moments, and boring at the best.
The reader is very monotone the entire time. Some may say that it lends to the stark atmosphere of desolation and despair in a post-apocalyptic world, I say that it often made me forget I was listening to a book, and found myself thinking instead of what to make for dinner, the weather, or anything else.
Disappointment that I spent any money or time on this drivel.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (zombie/apocalypse) - This was my first venture into this genre, and I did so with reservations. I don't like a lot of fighting and gratuitous gore, and I only occasionally enjoy books about supernaturals. This book had its share of violence, but the main concentration was the survival of a handful of humans in zombie-infested south Texas after the government nuked major cities in an attempt to reduce the zombie population.
The story is told in a diary-type format, so the narrator is reading dates, times and events in the past tense. It's suspenseful and maybe a little depressing, but I really enjoyed how the survivors found each other and banded together to fight against incredible odds. They were clever, resourceful and managed to find food and shelter while simultaneously looking for other survivors and fighting to stay alive. I play to listen to the second book in this series, but if the focus changes from interesting survival mode to a gore-fest, I will stop ASAP.
PERFORMANCE - The narrator had an easy job (basically reading from a diary), but he did it well.
OVERALL - This book is interesting, action-packed and should be enjoyable for most listeners. Violence and foul language may be offensive to some.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
For a zombie book this is different the style of writing, as in a journal is the difference it is descriptive as it should be and well planned and spoken
I certainly felt the 'closeness' sensations of the un-dead and how they gave the creeps
I bought "Under the Dome" thinking it was another trippy Stephen King book. But little did I know that I opened pandora's box with End of the World type books. I just love that book and then I bought "One Second After". And then that lead me to "Day by Day Armageddon". When I was listening to this book I flew thru it. The concept of Zombies and End of the World all in one book was a score for me. And the way it was written as a journal was just awesome and I think that is what kept the book so simple yet wanting to know what happens the next day. As week speak I am downloading the 2nd book "Beyond Exile" and I sure my reviews will be similar! I do recommend buying this audiobook!
This book was great. I have recently started to get into this genre with the tv show The Walking Dead which is also great. It was very believable, as believable as a zombie story can be LOL.
I listened straight thru on this book and by the end found myself wishing i was in this post apocalyptic world only for a little bit tho lol. This story took me in completly and i went straight to the second book upon finishing and cant wait for the third. I highly recomend this to anyonewho likes post apocalyptic type stories this is less of horror story and more of a story of survival. It doesnt lack in action but is not too gory even if u are not a huge zombie fan i think u can still very much enjoy this book its definetly worth every penny. My only complaint is that i wish the story was longer even though it does pick up right where it left off in the second book.
I was not sure about buying this book. I have never bought anything from this author before. After reading the reviews I said, "Why not." I was not disappointed!!! I could actually see and imagine myself being there in the novel....very creative...very well written:-) J.L. Bourne definitely has a new fan! I hope to see more works out soon!
I like the narrator. I like the story. Really really good. I am even listening for a second time. Maybe a third. I have never done that to any other story. I like the second book too. It spoiled me for any other story. I tried to start other books and I couldn't get into them. The author has a facebook page and is writing #3. It's neat to follow his progress on facebook.