I'm assuming that if you are thinking of reading a Zombie book, then you won't exactly be expecting a literary Picasso, so I'll frame my comments from that starting point.
I found this to be an entertaining read, although the only thing the main character couldn't do was be humble. That was the biggest detraction, although I guess it makes sense to some to have a hero that is larger than life and is infallible. Personally, I like my main characters to have one or two flaws.
Of course, in the end the world is saved, and the biggest plus to the story is the explanation of the genesis of the Zombies. When you think about it, most Zombie stories are alike, and the ones that stand out are those who find unique reasons for the Zombie apocalypse.
The narrator did a pretty good job with average material, and that made the experience more pleasurable.
So, give this story a try, so long as you keep your expectations turned down a notch.
No. The main character is over the top. We buy these books to suspend disbelief, but the main character is suposed to be some sort of superman. He controls rooms of people with harsh tones and knocks out SEALS with one punch...he is a baltimore detective. Could have developed the backstory on the main character much better.
Very much disliked the voice acting done by the narrator. If the book doesn't read as an over the top dramatization of every word he sure made it sound that way. Often became confused as to which character he was because all of his voices sounded similar.
The main character.
I've never read zombie fiction but picked this up anyway. What a great story. Plenty of layers and twists. He does the ping pong between settings a little too much for my taste but it was effective in moving the story along. I'm not sure why the opening used 2 different timelines - one story line used dates and times, the other relative (e.g. 3 days ago). But, an author this compelling can be quirky. I enjoyed the characters immensely.
I think I spent the last 2-3 hours of the book absolutely enthralled - if it was a paper book I might have said it slowed down because it seemed to take a while to get to the big confrontation scene. But in listening, it wasn't slow, it was just a good build-up - things kept happening to give more and more details.
That said, I have even more praise for the narrator. Ray Porter does a bang up job with Joe Ledger and the supporting characters. His women are very good and his ethnic and regional accents are good and consistent. He's going on my list of favorite narrators, up there with Scott Brick, Luke Daniels and the Nigel Planer (alphabetical order :) ).
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Part CIA thriller, part zombie apocalypse, ‘Patient Zero’ provides a great mix of zombie action and spy vs. terrorist entreat to create a unique type of book. There is a lot of action and the story moves well from place to place. The characters are likable and real, not just stone faced killers you sometimes get in these novels, but I wish Joe’s smart mouth continued a bit more throughout the book to bring just that touch of humor. A great read for zombie and thrill seekers alike.
The performance was really really good, but during some of the fight sequences Mr Porter was a bit monotone and Ben Stienish. Other than that he was top notch.
Have...several time! Great narrator, story moves along well. Great mental vacation.
Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series. Lots of guns n tactics, supernatural bad guys.
Brings Joe Ledger to life. Decent mix of voices without screaming, whispering or sounding strained.
Joe, of course. He'd tell a great story and more than likely get you into a complete mess...but he'd get you home alive!
Hope the rest of the Ledger books are this good of an escape!
Action. Adrenaline. Zombies.
Ray Porter Is Joe Ledger. Porter brings so much life to all the characters in the books that I could immediately picture every single character in the book. This book made Porter my absolute favorite narrator. The man has some serious chops.
Check out this book... No, this whole series. Maberry can really write some supernatural stories as good as any I've ever read. Porter brings the story to life. It's intense, action packed, smart, addicting, and zombies. Zombies on steroids.
World traveling audiobook fan.
I really enjoyed this book! I have a degree in Biomedical engineering and the science behind this book amazed me. The true horror concept of this book came from the science. it showed you that we are just a few steps and some irreputable people away from the events that take place. I also enjoyed the relationships between the characters, they honestly kept me guessing.
The book however was violent for my taste, but not in the gorey way. However the violence is essential to the story line.
In the end i have recommended this book to many friends and family members, and i recommend it for you too!!
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
If you looking for a good start for some zombie action this is a good one.
This book is kind of stressful. And the ending gave stress a good time.
Intensity.. like a mix of Scott Brink and James Marsters. The narration of this book made the book. If you want to relax this is not your book. Ray Porter is great.
No it would have to be a TV series. No clue on the stars.
Great story, generally good narration. I really enjoyed this, zombies meet '24'. BUT, Mr Porter, please get a voice coach for the English accent!!! It was absolutely terrible. Wrong vowel sounds, wrong stress and emphasis. That 'London' accent comes from the moon, or mars or somewhere, but not London!!!
It kept pulling me out of the story and I almost didn't get the second book because of this. However, the other characters were great, the story ripped along and apart from Major Grace, the narration was very good.