I listened all the way through and like the idea, setting and plot. The characters were a bit too cartoonish and the writing mediocre. will not listen to any of the sequels.
only problem I had with it was a lack of character development for people that have been suffering through the loss of many friends and the apocalypse basically.
I have "read"/listened to the series and will be getting the next, just released book and am now coming back to write up a review. I'm not sure how long it has been since listening to this first in the series. It is hard to review a book in a series and not the series as a whole but for this one its easy as they get the same great marks.
I started this book because "Super powers and Zombies? Ya sure lets try it." and that was all I knew about book. The author does a great job guiding you into the premise of some people developed super powers... Why? don't know, just go with it. It's not as important right now as what they started doing with these powers and then what they did when faced with a zombie apocalypses. Character development was natural. They had personality and not just as an archetype or unfailing whit. There are times of doubt and stress mixed well with defense mechanism humor when faced with the world effectively ending.
I felt very satisfied when the book was over and it did not try to hook me into the next book with a cheap cliff hanger. I wanted the next book because "Yay, more story".
And here is were the series starts bleeding into the review. The books are semi modular. Each one takes a different scenario element and adds it into the mix without rehashing old problems. You can read any one of them on its own and leave it at that, but you shouldn't. The characters build and grow throughout the series and you feel the appreciable sadness when some of them fall. And that is the other great and difficult challenge in a series. It's a zombie apocalypse. Central characters are going to die. We look fondly on our memory of them, but being gone is what makes it impact-full. Sure one character may com back through an interesting devise to further the story (not a spoiler, foreshadowing), but they are not resurrecting characters (get it? zombie joke.) just because we want a full staff for the next book. The consequences of the last book care over to the next and make the story continuous without being drawn out.
As for the narration, all my markers for good voice acting were met.
The characters were distinct.
The tempo was in line with the tone of the moment.
The reading was fluid.
The A grade is when you forget that someone is reading to you and it is just the story and the characters. The narrators here pull that off for the whole series.
Having listened to "14" and "The Fold," I expected more from this author. Other than language and some sexual references, this book is geared more for my 9yo than it is adults. I seriously wonder how this title received so many high ratings.
Even though there is a backstory for all of the hero characters, they still felt flat to me. I didn't care for any of them, as a well-written story should make me feel.
The story is also full of plot holes. So many, that it was difficult maintaining my suspicion of disbelief. If made into a movie, this wouldn't even be as good as a B action and monster movie.
The narration was decent enough. This book had two narrators, one male, one female, and they did the respective male/female parts. Each narrator did a respectable job on their parts, but at times, it sounded like the voices were obviously spliced in during editing, as they weren't always in synch to what was going on in the story (emotions, inflection, etc.).
I had often wondered what it would be listen to a book where there were separate male and female narrators. Having now heard it, I'm not so sure it works as well as having a single narrator. A good narrator implies emotion and action in their voice, but when a difference voice is injected, it often comes across as a harsh change in tempo. I hadn't expected that. Long passages worked better than short ones, as a dialogue between two characters of the opposite sex didn't always sound like they were talking to each other.
As for the sequels, I have no interest in continuing with them.
Post-apocalyptic Earth, where zombies are the reason why. A small group of normal people & a fiew super heroes fight to stay alive.
The story is ok but, everything is over described & most of it is BLA BLA stuff that isn't real interesting: they go here, fing this, do that, ect. The action is light & sporatic.
Performance is ok
Heroes arising from the ranks of ordinary men/women. The accurate portrayal of some coping and some panicking is true to form. (accurate. In a mass casualty event - psychological injury will out number physical injury by greater than 10: 1)
Descriptions of Stealth's physique
Interesting twist on the mutant/zombie theme. Author did well. What is it with the Zombie thing? Why are authors. movies makers so into this theme. Why is our gov't spending serious money drilling on Zombie problems where they suppress/terminate large numbers of unarmed defenseless citizens...Oh wait............. :-(