I can't stop. Audiobooks are the diversion and comfort when I am alone, the excitement I don't have the time for, and scratch for that itch
The story was a fun mix of zombies, military action, and mystery. So it was cheesy in places, but I still enjoyed every minute of the adventure.
Zombie Apocalypses are generally not my cup of tea but this book has made me think twice. Definitely needs to be made into a movie! Great book!
The book was read well, and the characters well written. it didn't have as much action as I preferred, but I will probably get other books in this series.
This zombie fest never quite takes off. The incidences for zombie attack mostly place in contained environments and are limited to a handful of scenes. If you're reading this for an apocalyptic thrill you'd be best served trying elsewhere. If you're after an action thrill ride with a zombie flair then this book will sate your appetite.
The narrator does a good job with pacing, which has become so rare where reading unutterably slowly seems to be the norm, and each character has their own voice. The listener never gets confused as to who is speaking, and the narrator has also clearly spent some time researching the various accents. A good clear recording and no incidental music also mean that the listener is never pulled out of the experience.
Absolutely. Great book to listen too.
Obviously the lead.
No but this was one amazing narrator.
I usually do not write reviews but I had to rave about how great this book is from the story to the narrator. You NEED to read this.
While suspension of disbelief is an obvious requirement when reading a Zombie novel, there is a lot here that sticks well within the realm of possibility. Making sure the premise relied on mostly realistic science was a good touch, and while the cheesy cover and "Classic Zombie" title of the book may throw you off, it covers a fairly realistic "infection vector" as far as zombie outbreak is concerned. There is no "vague disease that affects some people but not main characters," or "jump into this world that is already covered in zombies," two tropes that never cease to bother me.
The characters all have a unique back story that informs who they are, and I like that each character (with the exception of Mr. Church, as mentioned in other reviews) acts like I might expect someone with their back story to act. I am not sure if I like Mr Church (strictly as a character), but as a plot device he adds a lot of the "fun" of this book.
The antagonists, of which there are multiple, each have a unique set of motives, which I liked. They aren't flat "evil" like so many antagonists are, and for the most part they feel very *human*, like they could easily exist in the world and wouldn't be out of place in our very own universe.
It almost seems silly to praise Ray Porter's universally acclaimed performance, but I'll add my voice to the din. Porter makes the book come alive, his narration of dialogue is well done and very consistent, each character having a unique voice that is static throughout the book. I am about to jump into the next books in the series, so we'll see if he stays consistent (I've heard narrators voice a character the same six books in a row, then change their voice in the seventh), but everyone in these books comes alive almost purely by Porter's will.
Don't let the cover and title throw you off of this book if you are looking for a fairly (kind of) realistic, well written thriller that just happens to feature zombies. There are a lot of nods to at least plausible science, and the general motivation for creating a zombie pathogen are explored at far greater depth than I am used to. It isn't exactly deep stuff, I will admit, but there's more there than your average "OH NO ZOMBIES!" kind of book.
The major weakness is that some scenes are so Hollywood it actually shocks my suspension of disbelief, to the point that I no longer feel like a watcher in the book, but a moviegoer in a theater chair. Is that a bad thing? That depends on what you are looking for in your escape, but for me books are usually something special that I can insert myself into as a watcher, rather than literally being a water on a seat.
That being said, scenes become *crystal clear* during the Hollywood cliche moments because I have watched them before, and it creates a picture so vivid that I truly can see it. There is definitely something positive to be said for that, and it is only in hindsight that I think cliches were used intentionally to clarify exactly what was happening in a few select scenes.
There is a romantic subplot. It was not very good. That's all I can really say about that part.