A compelling listening experience with only a little bit of unbelievable stupidity by the lead characters. When you get the clue bell maker and then go to a rededication of the liberty bell, should you not expect big trouble?
Watch for the paper cutter becomes a sword moment.
First time I have heard Porter. He has earned a spot on my favorites list with Bronson Pinchot, Allan Cumming, and Oliver Wymann.
Hope the rest of the series is as well done as this first book.
Probably not unfortunately.
I liked the different approach to the standard zombie story.
I would have changed the way he narrated the Ledger character. I really didn't like the character, so I'm not sure narration changes would have changed my opinion.
I found the Ledger character to be much too abrasive to be interesting. I think the author could have portrayed him as a strong leader and smart, tough man without the total over-load of testosterone.
The characters and the story are so shallow, its hard to believe there are people listening to the other books in the series.... In fact I'm retuning it after writing this review....
The characters come off as if written by two different authors. One time a character is strong and confident, and 5 minutes later they can't make up their mind. For one example, the lead female character is strong, experienced soldier early in the book, and later in the book she acts like a 14 year old, uncertain girl. In another example, the main character disrespects everyone and acts like a jerk, but then is given command of everyone and everyone follows his orders without hesitation.
Good writing 101: Readers see through crap writing.
Probably not, as his writing style is not consistent, and it seems like no editor was involved to make sure the story is cohesive.
Good, Not great
(seriously, he did change his voice between characters, but not as good as other narrators have done... like Oliver Wyman, James Marsters, Michael Page or Jim Dale)
If you are looking for monsters (zombies, etc.) and more believable characters, more consistent writing style and a better story flow, I would suggest the writings of Jim Butcher, or Larry Correia.
This was a cheezy action movie in book form. the hero sounded like a whiter version of master chief from a halo video game. Hoo-Rah Sir Yes Headshot Sir! The only two female characters were marginalized as sidekick to the villain and love interest to the protagonist. all the muslims are terrorists. 9/11, blah blah blah, I wanted a horror story and this was a syfy original.
narrator did a great job of voice acting all the characters.
somewhat entertaining and requiring very little attention to follow
What a great book and reading! One of the best I have ever listened to on Audible. Has the wit and humor of Martian with the suspense of a zombie book.
I want to like this. I really do. I like the premise and it is well performed.. but I'm really struggling with the protagonist talking in the first person. He's not the narrator of others deeds, but the hero of the series. It feels like one of my own testosterone fueled day dreams (e.g. - where I'm the hero, rockstar, sage, star of the show, etc..) It gets old quick and it's hard to get invested from the point of view of "I said", "I did", "I knew" instead of "He said", "He did", "He knew". Sometimes Joe thinks and acts like me and it works great. Then sometimes he doesn't and when he doesn't from the 1st person it pops me out of the story. That just doesn't work.
I'm a few hours in, but I had to put this down for awhile. I switched to The Hunter From The Woods. The difference was night and day. Story yanked me in to it and nothing has popped me out. It so clearly illustrates that essential and fundamental difference between telling a story about a group of characters and telling yourself a story about yourself.. The former works SO much better for the reader (listener).
someone who is completely clueless about the anything to do with the Middle East, and the US Military
No, I do enjoy the genre, just not this author, reader, or this story. This book gets a 1 star because I can't give it less than that.
he really didn't do anything to make the characters seem alive, It was simply reading the story, and that was bad. seemed to be flat, paused at odd places and emphasized the wrong parts of the sentences
Disappointment mostly, and some anger. If the author had done more than EXTREMELY light research, it might have been alright.
There is a difference between being a smart mouth, and being ignorantly obnoxious, this character doesn't just cross that line, he sprints across it and doesn't even bother to care. having spent a number of years in the Military, and being the smart mouthed NCO, I can say this character would not have made it. If he wasn't kicked out for his attitude, he would not have been liked, or respected, by either his troops or his superiors.
Perhaps, just to make sure I got all the marrow from that bone, It is a long story with minute detail, so I could have missed something while not focused 100% on the book.
I'm not a big fan of the Zombie genre, but I do enjoy military fiction. This was an excellent balance of Military and supernatural that I was able to enjoy the ride. Joe Ledger's character is fun to get inside of, kind of like Lee Child's Jack Reecher or Ludlum's Jason Bourne. He's a bad@$$ with his own moral compass, but one that is pointed in a decent direction
Mr. Porter did an exceptional job reading the story. My biggest pet peeve with audio books is when a narrator so interferes with the story that you cannot get into it; Ray was a natural. So much so, that you forget about the reader and it was like a movie going on in your head. Characters, accents, cadence, everything was very very good.
Great beginning to a series, looking forward to the rest.
"evil wins when good men do nothing "quote
I'm only part way through, but the narrator is fantastic and the story is fantastic! So what! if our hero is perfect in a rugged sort of way.He can be my hero anytime.As far as story line other reviews have summed it up well. (Who wants to work when you have a decent book to listen too. :).