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.
OK, this was not what I was used to in a zombie thriller, but in a good way. Usually there is "good guy" character or group of characters trying to survive the dead, while trying to also survive the living "bad guys". This story is unique in the fact that the main character, Cyrus, is a disconnected, withdrawn, self proclaimed borderline sociopath who has no sympathy for any other survivor. What I found compelling about the story is how well it is written to pull the listener in. Two hours into the listen I would have been glad if Cyrus had been killed off because he is such a rotten person. BUT, the story and Cyrus evolves, he grows fond of some, begins to find he has a moral compass, and starts to evolve into a "better" version of himself. He is by no means a good guy yet, but there is a second book and we can only hope.
Eloise J Knapp is a excellent writer that we should all pay attention to, I am adding her to my watch list. The narrator is Kevin T Collins and he did a solid job of the narration. He does have a slight Christian Slater vibe to his voice, but that is not a bad thing (unless you dont like C Slater).
I give this book a solid "YOU MUST LISTEN" recommendation. @byf2 and MyNextListen dot com
I so wanted to like this from the description; big fan of Zombie books. But minimal character development and oh the tired retread encounters of groups of survivors. I could barely finish. I usually don't want my books to end but with this one I increased the playback speed just to get through it.
I spend about 55 hours a week driving and really enjoy having a good book to pass the miles.
As zombie books go this one was just ok for me. The performance was good but the story was kind of week and had a lot of loose ends that never get tied together. Just an average story with a good narrator.