the writer of this book is not only obviously female, but she has a very low opinion of the male half of the human species. while her heroin is hand-to-hand fighting zombies that are trying to eat her flesh (because the heroin obviously doesn't have any brains) her husband stands by for long minutes at a time doing nothing and saying nothing, only to bungle, trip, or scream like a little girl.
while I could see two very liberal pacifists reacting to the zombie apocalypse in a fashion such as this, I highly doubt two people so ill equipped to handle conflict surviving long enough to get out of town, left alone escape religious zealots practically indoctrinated with violence and fanatical devotion to a messiah-like leader (whom of course goes to meet god in a very direct and bloody fashion)
Maybe my conflict resolution system isn't as nuanced as pacific rim inhabitants, maybe I am not cultured enough to enjoy the subtle play on words with the therapist, or maybe I'm not open minded enough to understand the near incestuous relationship between the slob next door neighbor and his live-in girl friend...
or maybe this book was written by someone trying to appeal to a more feminist side of the zombie apocalypse preparation crowd.
if you happen to be a feminist zombie apocalypse preparer, then you will enjoy this book.
If Not, then I don't think you will enjoy it nearly as much.
If this was the authors first published works, I could see VAST areas of improvement that could be made, and would look forward to a maturing of her works.
sadly, this is not likely to happen without a LOT of negative feedback
Cassandra Campbell, who narrates this book, does a wonderful job bringing the story to life. I only wish she had better material to work with than this highly predictable, jerkily paced, grade school quality work of man-bashing.
for $10 I can get a LOT more entertainment from a children's book, which will most likely have a better plot line.
the bad: highly predictable, male bashing, very bad racial and gender stereo types, uneven pace, wooden characters you never really connect with, the 'drama' isn't even as believable as day-time soap operas, a novice effort at best.
the good: there are zombies in it, and some really cardboard characters get fed to them before the zombies get dead again. oh, and I almost fell out of my seat ONCE when the zombies were playing the slot machines.
in conclusion: if you wanna waste 6.5 hours of your life with feminist zombie bashing and have $10 or a Audible credit burning a hole in your pocket, it'll fill a void in your life.
if you favor plot, believable characters, realistic zombies, and know anything at all about guns... save yourself the money or credits and look for a book written by a better author. I'd be happy to suggest a few hundred if you like.
What would have made this a more enjoyable book for me? if the author actually bothered to learn anything at all about zombie apocalypse preparation, taken at least a gun safety course, or if she had indulge her readers by actually taking a creative writing course so she could learning to write before trying to waste our time and money with this junior high effort.
the ONLY scene I liked was the old granny zombies playing slot machines in the casino
I did not care for the constant feminist male-bashing. the racial stereo type of the only Asian in the book living over a Chinese buffet that her family owned and ran from a closet sized apartment. the feminist gender stereo types of all men being evil mean and cheapskates, being religious zealots and rapists, or being fat ugly undead trucker zombies in casinos.
And those are only my Politically Correct objections!
my NRA-loving objections involve her complete and total LACK of knowledge regarding the very tools she pretends to understand, and seems to only include them because every zombie apocalypse story HAS to have guns in them.
from a literary standpoint, I wrote better stories in high school than this, and I have had 20 years of reader feedback to show me where I need to improve, where I have improved, and what genres I am best writing in.
if you have 6 hours to kill and want to hear about some zombie bashing, you couldn't do much worse so don't blame me if you feel like you wasted $10, or a credit.
I want those 6.5 hours of my life back.
This story had me from the beginning! A couple are on their way to their marriage counselor without much hope of resurrecting their relationship and find their counselor is not quite herself. The main characters are determined to work together to survive, using whatever is available (such as a toilet seat as a weapon). The reader captured the nuances of character and plot beautifully.
Entertaining was Sarah's warped commentary on the guts and gore spewed over her once (somewhat) normal life as she turns zombie killer in order to survive the Apocalypse with her deadbeat, divorce candidate hubby. If the zombies don't get them, they may kill each other..
Reader was too whiny to properly portray Sarah's biting character.
If sarcasm, bickering and a warped sense of humour are not your thing, try Mayberry's YA story, "Rot and Ruin" for a novel-study worthy zombie tale.
I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.
Probably not. I enjoyed it most of the time, Sarah just annoyed the heck out of me most of the time.
I had no favorite.
I liked her voice quality. She always had the essence of the characters, male or female.
I was interested enough to keep reading the series, even though Sarah was annoying enough for me to wish she would not argue all the time. That is the main reason I will not listen to it again. But I believe my daughter will enjoy the book.
Husband. Dad. 3D Nerd. Tech Junkie. Saints fan. Part of the Squid clan.
This is a wonderful spin on the zombie genre, and making it a tag-team affair between a struggling couple adds new dimensions to the idea of surviving the zombie apocalypse. Choices someone might make on their own are now turned on their head and challenged by ego, marital strife and cooperation issues, with both good and bad outcomes. The one thing I would keep in mind is that this story can be somewhat graphic (gore, not sex); too much for a younger listener (anyone under 16) in my opinion. But I've already got book two in my Wish List and looking forward to continuing the adventure.
This was a nice quick little story that inserted humor into a zombie apocalypse. While that is nothing new, the only resolution that came from the story was the romance. So, if you are looking for a solution for when the zombies attack, you are looking at the wrong story.
I have the print version but when I found it in audio, I never read it. For that reason, I cannot say.
I liked the interaction between the couple. They were having marital problems at the start of the zombie event and they continued to work through their problems throughout the story. I won't say whether the situation helped or hurt their marriage, but it made for some entertaining reading.
I also appreciated the humor and the way they did things to mentally accept and find solutions for the situation they found themselves thrust into.
My favorite scene(s) involved their air-head neighbor. I don't want to describe them because that's akin to giving spoilers to the story.
I would take the wife. She had so much going on, mentally, that she'd make for an interesting dinner partner.
The narration was great
Near divorce now getting along to save each other
A good book to start zombie listening
The narrator did an excellent job with a funny, gory story. This is the kind of mindless fun that worked well while I was on a long stretch of boring road on my way to Roswell NM. I kept picturing where it would be easiest to defend from a Zombie attack...and out there lots of places would work.
It's not fine literature, it just works when you want something almost silly to listen to and it leaves the story open for a sequel.
I grew up with books....not television.
From starrt to finish, I really enjoyed this book. The dialog and action was believeable, humorous and invoked a rainbow of emotions throughout. I only wish this was a series - I would absolutely love to read more from this author. Fun and interesting - I loved it.