This book is wonderful. I listened to it on audio book, and I highly recommend this method. Hearing the zombie language lends a wonderful reality to the book. I was captivated from the beginning. One of the better (best?) zombie books I've read.
Do not read this if you are looking for the usual shuffling, flesh eating, mindlessness of a zombie. If you want something unique from a zombie (reflection, reasoning, self-awareness and yes love) this story is for you. I will be honest, I did not like this at first. The first few minutes I regretted wasting a credit.
It was the narrative style that did not first appealed to me, then… . Yes I became hooked on the story. I could not put it down. It was different to find a zombie character that you could have hope for. I became enthralled with the metamorphose of the zombies.
A virus started the plague, not unusual, but the complacency of the zombies perpetuated the disease. In addition to nourishment from eating a human, a zombie also experienced a euphoria from the memories of the person when they ate their brains.
The catalyst for change began when R, a zombie ate a human, Peter’s brains. We watch R’s bafflement in his physical and emotional transformation based on Peter’s love of Julie. Their adventure begins a new world for humans and zombies. So this is about a hope for a new civilization.
This is a zombie story, which is not based on destruction of a species but the discovery of a new one and a new way of living.
The writing was beautiful, though sometimes a touch on being overly "writerly." I would give another Marion work a try, especially as I think his style will grow as he does. Kevin Kenerly was a good match for this book, I'd listen to him again happily.
The ending weakened what came before for me. No spoilers, so I can't say more than I felt that the ending felt forced and just a bit nonsensical.
Hard not to choose R, the narrator. Kenerly brings a lot to this character.
This is a question that mystifies me. So I guess the answer must be no.
A good book, not a great one. It kept me interested throughout, though it lost me in the last hour.
What Anne Rice did for vampires, I predict Isaac Marion will do for zombies. This book goes far beyond just zombie mayhem, but actually makes you take a deeper look at society and the end-of-the-world literature boom. I found myself hitting the 30-second repeat button on my iPod more times than I could count to re-listen to Marion's prose that border on the poetic mixed in with a smart, hopeful and nihilistic critique of current affairs of the world. This is one book I will probably listen to once year for the rest of my life (or until the world ends in zombie plague). I predict, if we survive to 2050, this book will emerge as a classic that have captured our 2012 ennui better than any novel written to date. Bravo Marion!
I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers
I loved this book :) One of my favorite reads so far, I loved R's mind and thinking process. A must read for all Zombie fans and non Zombie fans. Sooooo good. :) The narrator did a excellent job. I listened to it in 2 days, I couldn't put it down.
It's a good, easy listen and has some entertaining parts. I didn't love it, but I don't feel like I wasted my time.
I liked the way the author illustrated the mental and emotional struggle of R.
The narrator did a decent job differentiating the characters, but he kind of whistles his 'S's and sometimes it gets pretty annoying. I'm not sure what makes someone who does that decide to narrate an audio book or who in their right mind hired him, but it was a little distracting and I had to stop listening a couple of times.
When zombies eat the brains of the living they get to live the memories of the person they ate. Well "R" eats the brain of Julie's boyfriend, Perry, and becomes completely infatuated with Julie and saves her. As he eats his left over's he learns more about Julie, Perry and begins to talk more, walk better and see things from a different perspective.
Awesome book. I really enjoyed it. Kevin Kenerly's performance was great.
This was my FIRST zombie experience and wasn't at all what I expected. Honestly, I really don't know what I did expect...I saw the previews for the movie at the theater before it was released and it looked like it was going to be pretty good; maybe a little comical even. As with all movies, the books are always better so I thought I'd give it a try. I HAVE NOT seen the movie and knowing what I do now, I won't bother.
Yep. I've learned I'm definitely not a zombie fan. I think without a doubt I'd be willing to donate some of my blood to a vampire, but my brain is off limits; unless it's to make improvements like turning me into another Einstein, Van Gogh, or Beethoven.
Mr. Kenerly's voice didn't bother me, although audio books I usually listen to are read by women.
I don't think so, however I didn't get past chapter two. I just couldn't handle the brain eating; it made me queasy.
David Bowie. Jane Austen. Good beer. Red Wine.
I would tell my friend to watch the movie.
He was so monotone through the entire story. I lost interest.
Usually the book is better but not in this case. Boo.