Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
I gotta admit, I don't have a clue who this author is...nor do I know who the narrator is. BUT, both did a superb job!! The narrator is one of the best "actors" (if you can call them that) of any audible book I've ever listened to. Usually, I'm not a fan of someone trying to act out a book, but here it works to perfection. In fact, I'd go so far as to suggest that Audible should pay this Ray Porter guy a set salary, to read ALL of their fiction new releases. If you like the war/zombie/thriller combo, then this is the book for you! You won't be disappointed.
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.
Addicted to Audible since 2009
I'm not too into zombie stories but this one had an interesting twist in the reasons why. I won't be continuing on with this series but I will listen to a few of the Walking Dead audio books to see how they compare. Also, the narrator for this book is excellent, one of the best I've ever listened to at Audible and I will certainly look into other books he did.
His performance was fine for the character. Unfortunately, I didn't care for Joe Ledger.
I was decidedly dissappointed by this book. Even though detective/police/government conspiracy type books have never been my thing, I decided to give it a try because I'm a fan of anything having to do with zombies and it had such good reviews from others. Unfortunately, this missed the mark for me. Ledger's sarcastic, cynical and "witty" style of speaking had me rolling my eyes on a fairly regular basis. It was just too much and seemed so forced to me. Not only that, it was exactly what I would have expected. There weren't any clever twists, cliffhangers or a surprise ending. I found the plot line trite and predictable - aside from the zombies.
If this is the genre of book you are normally drawn to, you will probably enjoy it. The character development wasn't bad and there are plenty of action-packed scenes. However, if you're going after this book only because of the zombie thing, there's a good chance you won't be happy with it.
As I listened to the book it made me wonder if I would have preferred reading it instead. I'm not sure if it was the narrator who made Ledger sound like a sarcastic 16 year old smart aleck or did the writer actually intend for his main character to be this way. Honestly, I enjoyed how the narrator portrayed most of the other characters - especially Church but I couldn't stand Ledger. Seemed a little too far fetched that someone like that would be taken seriously within the government underground.
Porter did a great job differentiating the different voices.
I'm on the fence about this. Prior to reading the book I had already bought the next two in the series... so I will now reluctantly continue. Had I not already bought them I likely would not have carried on.
My disappointment came from the story's characters. The protaganist Joe Ledger comes off like a high school brat with a smart mouth. Maberry fails when he tries to make this guy humorus. Joe Ledger's backstory is somewhat compelling but thats about it. Efrain Goodweather in Del Toro's The Strain series made for a much better and compelling character because it didn't seem as though Del Toro was trying too hard to make this guy a hero. Maberry just takes the easy way out and oversells this Ledger as a prototypical rebel hero.
The plot was good. But I was not on the edge of my seat with it. Again the characters just didn't move the plot along well.
Ray Porter seems to have a great range of ability. However Maberry did not give him very much to work with as far as characters. Porter's performance was great but I didn't like any other characters
It's a cool take on the zombie genre. I like what the story attempted to do.
I wish I hadn't paid for this audiobook. The Strain is superior in everyway to Patient Zero. Don't waste your time with this audiobook.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It has a similar tone to the early Joe Pitt books by Charlie Huston (the later ones in that series became preachy, but the early ones were hard-azz and justice-giving).
I really like Joe Ledger. He knows how to "teach 'em a lesson" and that's really the only reason why I read books like this - not for "world-building" or "political commentary"... just to see someone kicking azz. And he does it all for the right reasons too. Imagine Jack Reacher (author: Lee Child) in a black ops organization.
And there is a lot of that butt-kicking going on here - terrorist plot within terrorist plot and violence and guns and guts and zombies trying to get their teeth into some fresh victims. It is set in the "real world" and the science behind it all doesn't go as far into the improbable as I wish it did. It's violent and gory and there was some foul language but it wasn't overwhelming or out-of-place.
I'm starting the next in the series now. (Though it's worth noting that this story is completely resolved within this book and there are no loose ends dangling around.)
The narration is very good.
The dialogue couldn't possibly be more clich??, and the main character is (not to put to fine a point on it) a huge dick. Completely unlikeable. The narration is good, which is what kept me listening. I may go on to the 2nd book, but I don't think I can really recommend the book.