This was a good bit of zed-lit. Initially I was hesitant, because the build up to the armageddon was a bit weak, but ultimately it was really good and fairly fresh... (theweak lead up was forgivable, because zombie books are not read for the fore-play). I liked the emphasis on stealth rather than fighting the zombies, and the accurate knowledge of weapons and tactics.
I could have done without the irradiated zombies, but thats my only other gripe, and it was not something that I would consider it a detraction--just a different preference.
I don't give spoilers
How I love the Zombie Apocalypse. This is one of my top 10 series in the genre. If not all but most Zombie books are roughly the same. And many reviews on here will mislead you with words like (brings nothing new to the genre or unoriginal story line) which in turn pisses me off. There books about Zombies!!! If you change much more then Speed of the zombies or how they came about then there not ZOMBIES anymore. Alright that said Book 1&2 are great full marks If your a fellow zombie lover it's a must have. Unfortunately book 3 makes me want to puke, not that it's not alright, it is OK. But next to the first two books it looks like a steaming pile.
Probably not. I wasn't a fan of the writing style. WAY too detailed.
The survival aspects were interesting but parts of it were too convenient. What are the chances they find a secret bunker....and it happens to be unlocked...There were too many details about the wrong things. I understand that it is supposed to be written in journal form but there's a better way to do it without dragging on an on.
It was well read in a way that wasn't too corny.
I wasn't expecting much when I started this book, but I was hooked right away. The ONLY thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended!
Love the "journal-style" narrative of the book. It also has a good plot line that doesn't focus on the gore and disgust of zombies but progresses in a good manner.
I had trouble deciding how many stars to give this book because it's true, I listened to the whole thing and enjoyed it. I enjoyed hearing his doomsday preparations and his more philosophical musings about life and the lives of others. I'm very conflicted about rating this book because it is a series, so I can't really complain that things weren't resolved. My biggest issues were that a lot of his "problems" were due to him making small mistakes. He does a great deal of very creative things to solve problems, but occasionally he will do something dumb that of course brings about trouble. Also, in the very beginning of the entire ordeal he has an incredibly good way of dealing with these guys, but then he never, ever revisits that answer again. Never again. It works so well and is easy to do, but it never occurs to any other character to try it ever again, or even disucss. I imagine it will be revisited later in the books and they will say, "it's so obvious!" So annoying and completely unnecessary.
It's only been a few days and I can't even remember how it ended! Wow. I remember not being very satisfied by it, but it's a short book so I suppose that's why it doesn't really have an ending... I just decided to look up and see if this is a series, and it is. I didn't even realize it! Well now I'm a little annoyed that this book was only 6 hours long and clearly broken up into very small chunks so he could sell 3 times as many books. That is very annoying, Mr. Bourne and publishers. Trilogies are for books so epic that they cannot be contained in one volume, period.
I have not listened to him before, but I thought he was great for this book. He sounded just like I imagine the narrator would talk, and he brought a lot to the story.
Probably, yes, but I might wait to see it at home.
Although I did enjoy the book to a certain extent, I don't think I will be continuing with the series. Also, this should have been broken up into two books. I might look for book two at a used book store, just to see if it gets better, and then I might buy the third.
I have listened to Zombie Fallout and World War Z and this one beats them both. It is not as humorous as Fallout and not as dry as Word War Z. It had just the right mix of tension as the main character logged his experiences in a journal.You could never tell just where the story was going and something unexpected always happened. It was very entertaining and I couldn't sleep until I had finished it.
Of course, the unnamed main character. He was a realistic character who I could relate to as he thought out his actions during the days events in the journal.
I really liked his voice and he did a good job with giving just the right intonation for each event.
The ending was so unexpected. I could not imagine that other living humans could be so cruel as to want to kill the hotel 23 group. It was really tense in the end and I felt anxiety over how the story was going to end.
I can't wait to hear the next book in the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this first instalment of 3.. I liked that I was able to download one instalment after the other.. I probably would have been frustrated if I'd had to wait between stories as it does finish abruptly. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed listening. The narrator is very good and you'll be happy to know that the 2nd & 3rd instalments stick with the same narrator. Hope you enjoy it as much as I!
The Infection. Similar sort of storyline.
Almost immediately I thought this book was great. I just happened to have listened to quite a few zombie books recently and was starting to get tired of them. This book refreshed the idea of "fun" I feel from the genre. It was imaginative and compelling. I will be continuing this series.
The drawback and the reason i only gave it 3 stars overall while giving the story and performance 4 stars is the way in which it is written. The journal format used is fine and I don't have a problem with it. I think though, that it might be much more suited for actually reading than being listened to. While I was captivated for much of the book I began growing weary of the same voice and tone or inflection by the narrator for so long. Understand, I think he had an admirable performance, but was restricted by the format. Because he was reading the events the main character scribed in his diary there were "almost" no other lines by other characters, so, there were few other voices to create. I just found myself wishing after a while that I could hear some other characters. There were other characters, but they had very few direct sentences to perform.
All that said, I really liked the book. I always feel bad when I accentuate the negatives more than the positives and I feel like I've done that again here. Please don't get that impression from me. There good definitely outweighs the bad. This is among the better zombie stories. I do appreciate the timeline that depicts the events that happened. It was read well. The characters are likable and I care about them. I want to know what happens next.
I am sure I will listen again in a year or so!
Did not really think of that, don't think it was a book written to make you like one character over another.
Killing the living bad guys, love it when the bad guys bite it! Hope there is more of that in the next book.
Don't think so...