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.
Addicted to Audible since 2009
I'm not too into zombie stories but this one had an interesting twist in the reasons why. I won't be continuing on with this series but I will listen to a few of the Walking Dead audio books to see how they compare. Also, the narrator for this book is excellent, one of the best I've ever listened to at Audible and I will certainly look into other books he did.
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.
Kneel Before Zod!!
This would make a great movie, lots of action and a great story.
Don't know what to compare it to.
His ability to change his voice, you forget it's just one person.
The Legend of Joe Ledger: U.S.A Undead Sureal Anti-Humans.... LOL
Great book and glad it was recommended to me.
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.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
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.
The potential for the entire concept of this books theme , the portrayal of bravery, meet the warrior, and the mindset which discerns good from evil. Filled with fast paced extreme action, kept me engulfed in the terror...
Perhaps Covet a JR Ward title, a different slant on, evil clashing with good, angel versus demon and the innocents simply discarded to maintain a 'cause'.
First I must say Ray Porter is one of the best narrators I have ever had the pleasure to hear
Mr Church's voice so fitted his role, edging out Joe Ledger's voice ever so slightly. Ray's ability to switch his voice quickly and distinctly is truly an amazing phenomena. Ray's proficiency to have the correct infliction moment to moment brings the story to life: it's horror and it's humor intertwined.
Yes, Yes , Yes!
I'm already 3/4s the way through the 2nd book 'The Dragon Factory"' which definitely is not a disappointment! and have book #3 'The King Of Plagues' downloaded and ready to roll!
Joe LedgerHe is a wildman
Joe Ledger & Amira
The Half Dead
Just a terrific book with lots of action, wild characters & a great ending
This is my first time to *read* a book by Jonathan Maberry or listen to one narrated by Ray Porter, and I am truly impressed.
It was a very good, solid book in its plot and direction, and quite different from other apocalyptic zombie books. Instead of starting with apocalypse and a handful of people struggling to survive, we get a chance to see how the particular form of zombieism portrayed in this book develops from the ground floor, and how a secret government agency is attempting to stop it before it spirals out of control. Although I quite like the other type of zombie books (fighting to stay alive against all odds), this was a refreshing take on the story. Having said that, the plot, direction, and refreshing take would mean very little if not crafted and written well by the author. Maberry commands the written word and, to me, sits in the upper echelon of writers (if this single book is any indication). The next link is the storyteller. If the narrator is subpar, the masterful writing would almost go to waste on an audiobook. No fear hear. Porter, too, is one of the best. I rank him up in the top three or four narrators that I've had the pleasure to hear. His range is pure gold. He has such a seemingly natural grasp on every character and every situation. You are never wondering who in the book is supposed to be speaking, as Porter has all the voices, all the accents down to a tee.
My favorite genres are mystery and suspense, thrillers, some sci-fi and horror, and I like books with a touch of the supernatural. My favorite authors are Steven King and Dean Koontz. On this recent zombie kick I've been on, I've listened to WWZ, the Zombie Fallout series, Day by Day Armageddon, and now I'm starting the Joe Ledger series. I very seldom give a book three sets of five stars, but this one truly deserves it.
No - I don't think I should be messing with an author's vive - for better or for worse
Yes - but only if they're into Zombie fiction.