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!
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.
"Language is a virus from outer space" William S. Burroughs
It is too bad that after being a member of Audible for a little over a year and listening to some excellent books that I have to start here, a rather mediocre thriller, but it is what it is and it's better to start now than not at all. I have gotten so much from reading others reviews that I thought I would throw my voice into the fire.
Ray Porter lifts this book from something that might not be listenable to a book just entertaining enough to not put down. I do prefer a few other narrators to Mr. Porter, Pacey and Brick, however he has the perfect voice for a thriller, or wanna-be in this case. So, if you are a major Porter fan and like your black ops mixed with a little zombie mayhem, this might be for you.
The major problem with Patient Zero is the lack of an engaging, dynamic central character. Although, Joe Ledger is a relatively interesting figure he is not compelling enough to unite the story lines into a cohesive narrative. His most prominent personality trait, other than being a lethal warrior, is that he is a smart ass, however this is not depicted in a unique manner that defines his character. It simply comes off as flippant, unbelievable and juvenile. If this was handled in a way that gave his personality distinction it might have served a purpose, unfortunately it doesn't and Ledger best friend the psychologist Ray becomes a much more compelling figure.
My last thought here is that you need a bad guy for this kind of story. At the beginning we are promised a type of mad scientist, a trope that approached properly could have been very successful in this type of story. We never got the mad scientist. Instead we have three different bad guys, well two guys and one woman, that have a sorted love story inside a malevolent end of the world plot. None of these figures gives us anything engaging enough to be concerned about or allow us to vent our hatred at what they are planning. They are benign and undefined. I personally didn't care what they were doing.
I have said nothing very positive about this novel, but that is not to say I did not enjoy it at moments. Some of the action scenes are very well orchestrated, beautifully described and addicting. Mostly, I had the feeling of guilty pleasure while listening. Like watching a movie that isn't very good but does offer enough action and mildly interesting plot twist's to keep you occupied until the end.
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.
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.
At one point i was yelling at the book "JUST PUSH THE BUTTON!!!!" The ending is a HUGE disappointment. Very Days of our lives feel to giving waay too much attention to character development and not enough story line. Why do all Mad scientists make the dumbest mistakes? So Bad....getting refund on this one.
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 audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
If you like zombies and bio-terrorism storylines but find regular zombie books lacking in military tactical action then this book is for you. Personally, I found it a little too heavy on the macho military side of things, but I see what the author was trying to do and it gives a decent set-up for the series that is apparently in the works judging from the "Book 1" in the title. One thing I really liked is that this author doesn't mess around with contemplative and meandering emotional journeys - when it's time for the story to jump off it jumps off big time. I can't see myself hanging in there for books 2, 3 and beyond though - my appetite for audio is becoming increasingly picky as of late, and unless something stirs up the "I love this - gimme more!" reaction in me, I just add it to the pile and move on.
I was dubious of the concept of mixing zombies and terrorists, military and police proceedures, et al; but Jonathan Maberry makes it work and seamlessly jumps from first person narrative to third person description of the terrorists' activities without a letdown in either action or drama. I've tried in vain to get through some of the latest titles by the big names in fiction and haven't been able to do it. It's time for some of the old school to retire and let the next generation of storytellers like Maberry take over. I am hooked, Mr. Maberry! Great narration as well. And thanks, Audible, for highlighting this author for me.
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.