First let me say I love Ray Porter, and his voice and narrative style will get me (and probably you) into a book I may not have enjoyed actually reading.
Second, Zombies really aren't my thing - but Maberry's approach is refreshing, and none of the characters ever lose their "you have to be kidding me - zombies?!" attitude that adds a nice touch of realism.
A good book, with a great narrator - get it!
This book was interesting. It didn't have the apocalyptic feel to it, but leaves room for more disaster in the future. The book plays alot off of the current Islamis terrorist theme. I personally thought that was the weakest element of the book (the author could have inserted any faction), but it worked for the book (unless your a Muslim, than it would be plain insulting). The characters were well done and the narration was pretty good. The fight scenes were definitly the best part of the listen. They were very well illustrated and easily got the nerves going. I am looking forward to a sequel.
This is the most well written Zombie novel I have ever read, and I've read a lot. I listen to 3 to 5 books a month for the past 4 years and Ray Porter is simply the best narrator I have come across, period. I have already put many books narrated by Porter in my wish list simply because he narrates them. Pick this one up and I promise you will not be disappointed.
I love audiobooks!!!
If you like zombies, criminal thrillers, or government conspiracy, this series is for you! Skip the prequel, as it's a 19 minute spread out of the preface to book one. That said, I'm reading all of the LONG stories in the series, and they are excellent!
Very well written. The suspense is very well done. The only real problem I had with it was the 25 minute chunk of solid exposition about how the disease works. I understand he wants to make a realistic zombie virus, and that takes some in depth science research, but the exposition was so boring that I had to take a break. It took me a few times of picking it back up to get through it. It was worth getting through, the rest of the story is great, but that whole section can be skipped without and loss and I think it would be a better book if that section was cut to about a tenth its size.
Long car rides have rekindled my love for 'reading' I like a good history book, thriller and - most importantly - zombie fiction.
Probably not. It's okay zombie fiction but the main character's attitude got a little old by the middle of the book.
Soften the main character's attitude. The whole "I'm smarter than everyone" bit was played out by midway though the book. I get that he's supposed to be a tough guy but it started to detract from the story.
He has a good range of voices and, even though he kept pronouncing Amira's name wrong (A-meer-RAH; the emphasis in Arabic is a-MEER-a), he did a great job with all the other characters and their voices.
Bottom line: I expected something more based upon all the reviews. It has lots of action and a few plot twists, but the character development left me wanting. I didn't return it and don't regret the credit, but I'm not likely to get the next book any time soon.
I've never read the print version
I am not a big zombie fiction fan. I bought this book based upon reviews that indicated it wasn't a typical zombie book. It wasn't, but that doesn't change that there are many, many zombie interactions.
I liked the plot aspects of the book very much. I think the storyline was well thought out with a plot that had some scientific basis. The problem I have is that I don't need to hear about repeated tedious battles with overwhelming hordes of zombies where our heroes manage to never get killed despite all odds. It gets tedious. Don't get me wrong, there were good ideas here and good writing. The narration by Ray Porter was wonderful. But even in the fictional world of the hero who can do it all no matter what, this got to be a little too much for me.
A lot of this story is predictable and the main character is typical macho man bs with a traumatic past to try to make him feel more human. I enjoyed it for the what it was , just don't expect to much revolutionary character design.
So, did you see 28 Days Later? Remember how entertaining it was right up until they got to the military camp? Well, this book starts with the boring, one-dimensional military stuff and if it gets better, I couldn't invest more than 3 hours to find out. The lead character is extremely macho, and the narrator nails it perfectly, which is not a compliment.
The premise that zombies are created by terrorists to be used as weapons is a good one with a lot of potential to be terrifying.
If you like Fox news and Larry the Cable Guy, you'll love this book.
If you like your character's personal traits and motivates presented as obviously as a fish across the face, you might like this. It is very well narrated very well (Ray Porter is one of the best) and honestly the story might end up compelling, but it is so over the top cliche and dumbed down. I hate to say that as I do not want to sound arrogant. There is nothing wrong with any book or style - it is just personal preference. I just tend to tune out things when I read/hear about cops who don't always play by the rules, by tough guy cops that rub people the wrong way but always get results, etc - more so when you are told specifically of these things instead of learning from how the character acts and interacts.
Ray is great. To me that is basically a fact. he was not the issue for me in this, though because he is so good at capturing what the author intends he really accentuates the protagonist's douche-ness and cliche driven personality.
It seems like it is not your everyday zombie fair, which is refreshing. Heck - they actually say zombie in it (in every other zombie book it is like that word never existed). It ties it in with it being terrorism driven/created - also a good twist.