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...
I really don't know what all the fuss is about with 2 hours left of the book I just couldn't listen any more. I got this book cause all the rave reviews but it just didn't do it for me. First I just wanna say for me a good zombie story is made up of the characters fight and survival together some live some die you get emotional all that good stuff this book had only 2 characters (during the 4 hours I listened and theres only 6 hours) I think it could have been great but since its written like a journal you know he's still alive and that takes away the suspense I liked what was in the book but there just wasn't enough that's the only way I can describe it.
The only thing I liked about it was the narrator I think he did a good job with what he had to work with.
Wanna read a good zombie story I recommend The Enemy The Dead and The Fear it's a trilogy by Charlie Higson now that's a non stop action edge of your seat zombie story read all 3 in a week. Don't miss them
Yes I would. "Killroy" keeps an outstanding running account of his day to day goings on when he finds himself in a fight for survival among the ever growning and changing zombies that are taking over the world.
"Killroy" is the main character and his true name is never given as he speaks in the first person which adds to the readers ability to identify with hime as you see the world through his eyes and feel his emotions through the great story telling by J.L. Bourne
For me this is a duplicate question and instead I will say that the thing I found refreshing about this book is it isn't overly technical but gets the entire picture to the reader without a required military background to understand the storyline.
I did but as always I refuse to include spoilers in my reviews. You'll have your own extreme reations as well. This book is a great start to the series and well worth the credit.
One of my top three favorite series in the Zombie genre. I highly suggest you snatch this one up it won't leave you all alone amongst the undead.
It was dull. I was barely amused at all.
Hmmmm.... probably not
Curiousity; I kept wondering how long until the book was over.
Did not like this book. I found it to be boring and the narrated voice was very boring also maybe another narrator will have been better. I felt like this story was all military based. To much detailed in what size his car or the size of the room and the type of gun and bullets used. No action is this book. I will not buy the others if this is how the story line goes plus I see he is using the same narrator for the other books too.
Yes can't take the same narrator's voice
Not to listen to the rest of his books. Don't understand why all of the 5 stars.
JL Bourne brings a nice twist with the first person account of this end of the world scenario. This allows for characters to be developed over time instead of feeling like every aspect of the story is forced upon you. Also, the medium to long entries made it perfect for stopping and starting during my commute vs. long chapters.
Rather that sitting on the sidelines reading a book, you feel like you're a part of the story because of the journal style. With each entry there is a sense of anticipation since the narrative is happening in a delay since because the journal is a day behind the action.
This is my first book with Jay, although I've already downloaded the next in the series.
Actually, no. This book is great to enjoy over the course of days. The format is well suited to this and it gave me time to think about, process and anticipate the next part of the story.
I didn't learn that author J.L. Bourne was an active military serviceman and wrote the books while deployed, but after i did, I appreciated the stories even more. Thank you J.L for your service.
This is a series that won't disappoint you unless you need tons of gore.
I can't think of anything I didn't like about this book and narration.
Why was this written?
NOTE - My comments are about the writing, and I see from other reviews I'm in the way, way, way minority. I have nothing bad to say about the Audible narrator, though. He did great with less than great material.
It’s quite literally a (nearly) day-by-day account of a pandemic that turns everyone into undead zombies who ravage the planet, told from the perspective of a fairly bland lead character, an American soldier/deserter originally from who gives a s**t now holed up in who cares Texas.
The timeline is January through April, and we get to hear about each day -especially technical bits about solenoids and aelerons- in a detail that I wish was lavished on the characters, the plot, or the imagination.
It’s told as journal entries and you know the protagonist wrote each entry you’re reading so…there can only be so much suspense.
I wonder if this is some kind of sub-genre I don’t know about, like Survivalist Porn or something. Especial in all the details about militaria and munitions and equipment. It’s all VERY flat.
Ultimately, this made me think of (how I imagine) the Romance pulps my sisters read when I was a kid. Everything according to plan and formula. Brief character outlines. Lots of going through paces. No surprises. No joy. At least the pulps had some sex (I presume).
There’s an interesting concept I hadn’t seen before in Zombie fiction —radiation from nuclear bombs killing the bacteria that would otherwise speed up the decomposition of the walking dead— but it’s tossed in along with a few other things and never spoken of again. The way this story is told, none of it really means much.
Towards the end, there is enough plot variety (not twists) to barely hold your interest, but by then I was listening at 3X speed.
When it ends, it just ends. Not even with a thud. More like an afterthought.
It’s not terrible or poorly written (excepting for the plot. I mean —what actually happens?!) but I finished it and the next second thought, ‘Why was this written?!’
The book may be the first in a series being set up, but if it’s more of the same voice and format, why bother?
Save your cash/credits. If you want some popcorn Zombie tales, try Peter Clines’ Ex Heroes and Ex Patriots. And if you want the best of them all (holding aside the upcoming movie which I fear will be weak and at best merely 'inspired' by the source material), get World War Z.
beleivable has far has it goes
taste of panic
when the marines came in to picture