Just a fun loving family guy! Obviously I am a zombie genre fan as well as post apocolyptic genre.
In a small way it reminded me of the Showtime series Dexter. Mainly in the main character. He feels nothing, but at times he seems to be developing the ability to feel. I found myself pulling for him to "become normal". That helped add to the zombie part of the story.
It kept me entertained.
I have not listened to Kevin's performances before so I can not compare. I did enjoy his performance in this book.
No one moment moved me. As I stated earlier, the continued "almost" emotional growth of the main character kept me tied to him.
This book is definitely worth a listen.
I grew up with books....not television.
I really enjoyed this book. The main character was wickedly fascinating and you just don't know whether to love or hate him. All the components for a good zombie apocalypse story are here....but for a change, the main character isn't a selfless superman wannabe. If it's not in my top 5 - it's close! Worth a credit!
The characters were not overdone, they were ordinary people with ordinary issues. You weren't made to
How the main character was developed. He didn't remain the same and became more complex.
I haven't listened to Kevin Collins before but it was a great performance. I would definitely buy something to hear how he performs it.
Yes it was. The ony things, as I mentioned before, that was a little frustrating was the characters developed that just dropped out of sight. I wanted to know their endings.
What is most important to me is the story, the characters and the pace. These reviews are rated "Dude".
At some point, most likely.
Unusual main character, Not farfetched though. I guess when the main character bared his fangs, it was an early warning to everyone that the character and situations will be unexpected.
Cant say with certainty, and too lazy to check.
I refuse to cry listening to an audio book. That's chick stuff. I do recall saying 'Daaang
This is my introduction into the horror thing. If half the books are as good as that one, then i think ill have something else in the rotation.
A must read.. if you're looking around going ho hum.. there is nothing on Audible I want to read. Narrators might suck.. stories sound un interesting. No werewolve books or vampire books worth a crap and it seems everything right now is Zombies.. I happened to just say what the heck and purchased this.. I couldnt stop listening to it. Its totally different than the usual Zombie story.. well not really.. but the main character is not what your normal hero. I love the fact the book seems to not have a point.. no love story.. no cookie cutter crap..
By no means is this award winning.. but its the perfect saturday afternoon Zombie flick. I will recommend this to all my Audible friends.
PLEASE bring on a sequel!
The book has a pulp-style sensibility, with broadly drawn characters and plenty of action. At some point it hit me: this is like a John Carpenter story (director of
Knapp does some very nice, surprisingly subtle work with the main character, Cyrus. Also, the story takes a few noir-ish turns, totally driven by character, that I didn't see coming and enjoyed quite a bit.
Collins brought the main character, Cyrus, to life perfectly. Sardonic, but not quite as smart as he thinks he is. (Meaning Cyrus, not Collins.)
In this crazy, mixed-up world, all you need is love.And a lot of ammo.
This was a good book for listening to while doing other things. There just wasn't much to the plot so if you missed something it wasn't that hard to get the thread of the story back. The one part of the story I did enjoy was the transformation from the begginning of the book to the end of the book of the main character. Another thing that kept me listening despite my overall disipointment in the story was the very good narration.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
The story is a typical zombie book - a guy sets out for a destination and is thwarted by various zombie attacks and people doing bad things while en route. No big world-domination plots being uncovered here (check out Grant's Newsflesh series if you like these wide-scope type of plots).
What isn't typical is that it's actually quite well-written. There's not much moralizing in it, and while there are lots of stereotypes (why must so many post-apocalypses include men herding women for rape?), the main characters actually stand out. They don't try to save the world, just themselves, and don't have a woe-is-me outlook. Of course, they aren't nice people, but at least they're not really trying to hurt anyone while they make their way from point A to point B.
The ending was a bit odd. I guess it fit the story and was probably the only way to end this novel (it couldn't very well have been all sunshine and roses, now could it). Overall, it was a decent zombie book with very good narration and a good (unrelated) short-story added on at the end.
If you're looking for read-a-likes: similar in plotting (but not as violent) is Reapers are the Angels and similar in tone would be the Day by Day Armageddon series.
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Most zombie audio book that I have listened to are from the point of view of some military or ex-military or some super macho testosterone filled guy. The Undead Situation is told from the point of view of Cyrus V. Sinclair, a complete sociopath that really only has 2 cares in the world.
While I could not relate to Cyrus what-so-ever, I did fully enjoy witnessing the discoveries that Cyrus made about himself along his journey. Be warned that nothing in this book is fluffy little bunnies and four-leaf clovers. This story is raw, real and sometimes a touch disturbing.
The narration done by Kevin T. Collins was perfect, he made me think that I was really listening to a crazy sociopath. I will admit that when the audio book first started I did not like the voice of the narrator, but as the book went on I found that very few people could have done this book any justice.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys straight-up zombie apocalypse survival novels; it has everything in it you could want.
With the incredible number of choices available in the zombie fiction world it is hard to find one that stands out, but I believe this is one of those stories. The main character is normally someone who would play more a side role in most dystopian novels. He isn't a hero and isn't trying to be one, but we definitely get to see him change through out the book. A serious character driven story that takes you on a journey of apathy, to ambivalence and finally empathy. There are so many stories that follow stereotypical hero plots, give this one a read/listen if you're looking for something different.