Starts off strong but kinda falls off about 2/3rds of the way through. A lot of obvious stuff happens, although I liked the premise and the main characters. I'd read the sequels but not pay for them.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
I was a little surprised with this one. I was expecting some corny zombie book however it turned out to be quite good. It had a bit of everything mixed in. Even though it's a series you don't have to listen to the next ones as it doesn't leave you on a open ended or cliffhanger, which is always good.
Most Zombie novels deal with the actual fall of civilization. This one picks up twenty years later, when a (sort of) equilibrium has been restored and society continues, just with wandering zombies. This is a unique story with a perfect balance of plot, detail, pacing and characterization. I won't spoil it by giving anything away, but this is one of the absolute best Zombie / Apocalypse novels I've read, and I've read a lot of zombie novels (who'd of thought?).
Kudos to both the author and performer. Great job.
The Newsflesh trilogy is a perfect example of what audiobooks do really well: take great books and bring them right into your head in three dimensions. Mira Grant (who also writes as Seanan McGuire, in case you want to check out her other work) hits a nerve with this story of a horror that's become everyday reality, and the political corruption that it seems can't ever be killed. If you think things can't get any crazier than they are in the first book, wow, are YOU in for a surprise!
A huge part of what makes this such an excellent audible experience, of course, are the readers. Throughout all three books, all of the readers are first-rate. It's amazing (and surreal) to hear the female reader doing the male character's voice as her character thinks of what her brother said, and later hearing the male reader doing the sister's voice. If they can pull THAT off, imagine how well they do everything else. Seriously, these books are full of win from the first minute through the last.
This is a YES\NO answer.If you like zombie books NO if you like journalism stories with zombies added in to break up the story YES. This is a softcore zombie book.
No.It feels as though the story was written and the zombies were introduced after the author figured out the GREAT spy\terrorist\journalist story written could not compete with other books of that type. SOOOOO in an attempt to save the story they did a rewrite and threw in PONYS ... um zombies.... YA ZOMBIES and sell the story to the zombie crowd instead.....
EVERY mamal greater than XXlbs is infected and can die\rise\become zombies.... BUT we have a state of the art technology, thriving economies, stable society, safe zones, intact government, no bandits, and very low infected rate.... only a few years after the big day?
I was not entirely happy with the reading. The female voice, seemed to dominate the first book and that was fine. The range of voices were Valley Girl, Ditzy blond, and sinus infected new york accent.Why do all male voices have plugged noses?
Well losing the California girl dialect would be like awesome.
The story doesn't make sense. The zombies are attracted by noise and hunt in packs yet the millions never seem to go after the population centers. There is no fear; the dead are something to go poke and play with. The remaining humans go on pretty much as usual. All institutions are in tact, government is still up and running, power is good, resources available.
The narrator sounded ditsy like a 17 yr old California totally dialect with such strong pronunciation of s's it was painful to listen to.
I shook my head that a book I thought was so fully bad got the ratings it did.
Waste of time.
The dialogue would have to be completely redone, it was nothing but cliches and nonsense that the characters obviously thought were clever. Although all the characters were so ridiculously immature and flat themselves, it did make sense that they would all constantly spout this drivel.
I love zombie/post-apocalypse stories, and I particularly like when there is a new spin or more cerebral twists on the genre, but this fell flat and made me hesitant about getting any other similar books
It was an interesting set up. Adding politics to the zombie scene and not simply concentrating on nonstop gore should have gone a long way to add a new twist to the genre.
I love scientific detail, but I'm not a stickler for it--I'm more than willing to give a wide berth for poetic license. But the "science" in this seriously tested my patience. I have very little medical knowledge, but I'm pretty sure that the constantly changing strains of the common cold AND all the incredibly varied types of cancer are not going to all be miraculously cured with one fell swoop. To me it felt like the author was trying to say "look at me, I'm science-y, I put in a few Latin sounding words and created a convoluted medical history." And I could forgive a few odd slips un-science, but it happened over and over again, almost as often as the main character mentions her bad eyes.
overall its a good story and not what i expected. The doing the mens voices is distracting and the guy doing the girls voices is also weird and the only thing that really bothered me about the reading. Easily overlooked though.
Some of the description repetition gets annoying and takes the imagination away, i could get the idea of a characters emotion pretty quick but then they would keep explaining how a character was feeling.
worth listening too for sure.
Top ten, easily. The story itself is incredible, with really tight world building and a take on the zombie apocalypse that I've never encountered before. Paula Christensen does a fabulous job of bringing it to life.
George. It's not often that the POV character of a book written in first person appeals to me so much, but George was different. She was incredibly intelligent, devoted to the truth, and still flawed and human. I also liked having a lead character with a disability.
Most any scene involving Steve the bodyguard. I didn't expect to like that character so much, but by the end I just wanted to hug him!
Absolutely yes! I had to keep myself from listening to it at home as audiobooks are how I survive my work days. I managed. Barely.
The weak link in this book was Jesse Bernstein as the male narrator. His voice for Shaun wasn't awful, but whenever he tried to put on an accent I was cringing. If you can't pull off an English accent, PLEASE don't attempt one. Especially if someone is paying to hear it. Paula Christensen's dude voices were a little annoying, but nothing on the scale of Bernstein's accents.
I have already recommended this book to multiple friends. Really enjoyed the story and I keep thinking about it even though it's over. Looking forward to listening to the next one in the series!
Raising Stony Mayhall - its another good post zombie apocalypse book.