Recent graduate of U.S. Foreign Service. Prefer audiobooks to most television fare. Board game enthusiast (not video or role-play).
As many previous reviewers get right, this book has the pulpy feel of a novelized made-for-TV movie. But I disagree with those who dismiss this book as juvenile fiction. Maberry has taken pains to paint the scenery, mount the sets, and choreograph the actors. It takes patience to fully enjoy this verisimilitude, and today's attention-deficit teen would have his finger on the fast forward button for much of this, missing half the point of the novel.
I'm relatively new to sci-fi recordings. Is there a sub-genre called
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
I think the narrator did a great job with what words he was supposed to read, but that's the trick - sometimes the words just can't be read without sounding cheesy. This book reminded me of when you watch a low-budget cop show... cheesy lines read cheesy-ly. Doesn't mean it can't be fun, but just wasn't what I was looking for.
Yes, action packed, hard to put down.
The liberty bell celebration that went terribly wrong and the story was told minute by minute really drew out the suspense.
Enjoyed the gruesome details, made me squeemish just listening. The voice of Rudy couldn't decide if he had a hispanic accent, a scottish accent sometimes a mixture of both. If you are going to narrate in a certain accent, make sure you can carry it off through the whole story.
Yes, very exciting, especially at the end.
Immediately looked for a second in the series, enjoyed the Joe Ledger character a lot.
I was debating how I would rate this overall. I just came off of listening to several complex books and when I was listening to this one, it was hard for me to overcome the simplicity and straightforwardness of it. Now I'm not saying that was a bad thing just it took me a while to adjust.
I did read online that this is in the works for a television series and when I was getting close to the end, I was thinking "I hope they don't make a movie out of it, it would be better for TV".
No onto the review. The narrcator did a good job overall. It wasn't great but his voice wasn't consistent throughout the whole story. He maintained his accents good and characters good but it was off in some parts and that's why I gave him a 3.
The story itself is pretty straightforward and I can honestly say nothing surprised me but when I started thinking about it, it reminded me of going to a very good action movie. Sometimes you go to a movie it makes you think and you can talk about it for days, weeks, months etc.... Other times you go to a movie just for the pure enjoyment of the action. The plot may not be super tight but the characters and everything they have to go through make it enjoyable. That's the way this book is. It moves quickly and the characters make it hold up well. I listened to the epilogue and was really surprised at how much research the author put into the book.
I really wish there would have been some more twists in this but if you enjoy action, you won't be dissapointed. The other thing, mainly of which I'm guilty of, is that I didn't read the summary in well. I saw patient zero and immediate saw a zombie and thought oohhh this is going to be an everything went to hell zombie book where most everybody has been turned into zombies and they are going to explore the first zombie. Well it's not for those that are expecting that. It's more of a how do we stop the zombie plague from being released and infecting the world.
So in short, if you want a "good action movie" this book is for you. I will be checking the second one out in this series and if I like that then I'll get the rest.
This is my first read of anything by Jonathan Maberry.I've found that while there are a huge number of zombie stories out there these days, this isn't one of them. This is a story about a guy, with zombies. There's a big difference, and Mr. Maberry hit it out of the park for me.I'm pretty sure this would have been a first-rate read in text form, but Ray Porter's narration of our protagonist is *off the charts* awesome. It's less like he's reading the Joe Ledger and more like he IS Joe Ledger, and he's put down the gun and stopped breaking bones just for you, just long enough to tell you what happened.Awesome stuff. Just the escape I needed. :)
Yes. It is very entertaining with an enjoyable narration.
Don't know, its pretty unique. I'de like to get suggestions for others like this.
Joe Ledger, of course.
There were some pretty intense actions sequences that were very well written and performed.
I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the Joe Ledger novels.
The pace of the story and the story itself.. Although a
Couldn't really compare it to anything other than the other Joe Ledger stories.. It was like the show 24 but zombiefied
Every scene where Joe was kicking butt.
Patient Zero is perfect.
I know from whence I speak.
What I want most in a Zombie book is a great story of human conflict and survival in a post apocalyptic world rampant with challenges of personal loss, leadership, character, loss of technology, resourcefulness, and realistic enemies human and, of course, the undead (and appropriate amounts of gun play).
This is not quite that book. It is, however, a well crafted action story of dedicated but vulnerable men and women who through chance, service, and sacrifice become true warriors, the protectors of mankind. Along with the Zombies, "Walkers" in this book, these warriors battle criminally brilliant and powerful human villains motivated by lust, money, and/or religious fanaticism who with careless regard are dragging the world toward an apparently inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.
Patient Zero has no relationship to the the Buffy-type books and stories. The author, Jonathan Maberry, tried to make the book as believable as possible with factual information on viruses and the equipment and weapons used by the good guys. Suspension of disbelieve comes easily and naturally. There are good twists of plot, acts of betrayal on both sides, and descriptive fight scenes.
Narrator, Ray Porter, was excellent. His reading gave the book life and emphasis when needed and his voice characters were appropriate, consistent, and gave me a good mental picture thoughout of who they were.
Overall, a fun and interesting book with a plot and characters I hope to follow in subsequent books of this series.
Yes I would recommend. I’m not a bib Zombie guy but this book has a very realistic stance. I’m glad I got it by chance and now I will listen to the series. I have already processed the follow books.
The plot was good and it developed nicely. I could use a little more hard hitting facts but that might not have made it such a smooth read. I did like the background information on the science of the book.
The reader did a great job and look forward to his reading of future books.
Church - I want to know how he got to where he is and why he is the way he is.
This is a great book. Get it if you need to lose yourself for a while.
well written and well performed. It was is spots predictable but isn't that why we listen to these kinds of stories.