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...
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.