It reminded me of a bad 80's movie. The narration was fine, but the writing was so cheesy and hard to listen too. The main character's constantly telling the reader how bad ass he is; he's hard to like and hard to believe. Your better off renting Top Gun or somthing. It'll take less hours out of your life.
Combining the worst parts of the zombie genre, the television show 24, and the movie Men in Black. I couldn't finish the book. The main character is a standard "best of the best" working for a standard top secret government whatnot. His only flaw (which of course is really a strength) is he has a temper that he says he can't control but really can with ease. His wisecracks are painfully nonstop, making him come across as a jerk who desperately needs to find an offswitch for his mouth. Is there a term for a male Mary Sue character?
One star, only because I can't give less. Get World War Z instead.
This book really needs to be listed as a teen selection. The characters are unlikable cardboard cut-outs and the dialog is like one pounding wave of senselessness after another. Skip this one and get World War Z if you're looking for a good zombie story.
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.
A well-written and researched book. While it is of course a sci-fi book and not everything is believable, the author obviously took a lot of time in researching military technology and terminology as well as prion diseases. While there is a romantic element to this story, it does not overtake the action. Ray Porter did a great job narrating for each of the characters, and this was probably the most well preformed audible book I have listened to. This made my long commutes much shorter and I will be purchasing the next book in the series.
This story is not an apocalyptic novel or supernatural. It revolves around anti-terrorism and is almost believable. Maberry does a great job making it seem scientifically plausible to the average reader. I like that. Ray porter does a magnificent job telling the story. His Jack Ledger is awesome and much better than I was reading him when I started reading it on my own on the Kindle. I highly recommend this series. Later books aren't quite as good, but Ray Porter's delivery saves the day.
Like historical fiction, apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, some horror and sci-fi and the occasional main-stream thriller.
Since I've listened to Justin Cronin's the "Passage" and "The Twelve" nothing has really come close. I was excited to find this series and was surprised about the high ratings but the book is just OK. I am giving it 3 stars overall but i am being generous. Simple characters, simple dialog, simple story. Don't think I will be listening to any more Joe Ledger.
Yes but barely.
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.
I once heard a movie critic say of one of the Jurassic Park movies that you if you go to a movie like that to get complex characters and deep, philosophical discussions on the nature of God, you’re going for the wrong reasons and you are going to be disappointed. You go to see dinosaurs. Lots and lots of dinosaurs.
That’s how I felt about this movie—excuse me, book. It was everything a thriller should be. The hero was a brick who could hold his own in just about any fight, but had enough of a brain to wonder occasionally about what all the killing was doing to his psyche. The black hat had understandable motives for trying to unleash a zombie plague and had his own trials to overcome. There was a bit of a love interest. And there were zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. The pacing was terrific, the bon mots made me smile and the whole thing was so visual that it was easy to see how this would make a great movie. Listening to it as an audio book performed by Ray Porter was the perfect way to experience this adventure. I’ve started to get used to the way many of the best audiobook performers can switch accents seamlessly, but Porter really amazed me when he nailed the voice for the protagonists’ best friend, who is described in the book as sounding like “a young Raul Julia.” An all-around fun listen that will not disappoint anyone looking to be entertained.
Seriously, I must have considered purchasing this book over ten times but looked at its' cover and did not even go on to the reviews. Thankfully I finally read some reviews and bought it. Surpassed even my most hopeful expectations! Super fun, LOL funny at times, superbly written, even super plausible-ish. Just read a little...then swoosh ~ you'll quickly be drawn in for a wild ride. Enjoy it in a place where you won't be judged if you stand around quietly, concentrating intensely only to break out in loud laughter now and then.