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.
I got this on a whim and have already purchased the sequel. Overall, this was exactly what I was looking for as it didn't seem to be so full of serious intent that it overlooked what it was - a first person narrative of the unimaginable, i.e.: zombie apocalypse, from a fringe element of society. The writing style was concise and didn't get too overly involved in anything outside of the immediate circumstances of the character, which in my opinion is appropriate and was thankfully consistent throughout the book. I watch the Walking Dead, but don't really read zombie books. This story sounded interesting because I like stories placing the lead character outside of their normal element. Not that zombie hoards are ever normal, but being in a position to kill at will is a favorable position for some of the previously noted fringe element to be in. After this book, I might start seeking other authors out.
The narration matched what I felt was the proper tone of the character...headstrong, with a sometimes sarcastic wit. The character seemed to leave himself open to evaluate what was happening around him while looking for "something" despite his general disdain for all things that crossed his path. Kevin T. Collins managed to succeed in the narrative within that framework and made listening to the story an unexpected treat.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies." -George R.R. Martin
I wasn't sure about this one but reluctantly started to listen. It wasn't long before I was hooked. The narrator, Kevin T. Collins does a fantastic job breathing life into the characters. The story line brings an interesting perspective & point of view. I'm buying book 2 as soon as I click submit on this review!
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
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.
Realistic, Original, and different.
Cyrus. He was the main character and the author made him really cool. I like it when the author makes a hero out of a crazy anti hero. Cyrus thinks the same way that a lot of people really think. He is more real than most people I know.
When he was held up in his apartment during the first few chapters. He did the same thing that I would have done. He just hung out in his apartment in downtown Seattle for a month while the zombie apocalypse happened. He didn't do some silly cliche like looking for an Island or some other lame "get away" place.
No. I thought it was a solid story with a good narrator. If you like the zombie genre than this book is worth the read. It has a little bit of walking dead in it with some original ideas. It's one of the better zombie books I have read. I liked this book better than World War Z.
Yep, I would listen to this one again
hmmm, it's of the horror, zombie genre but so much more...absolutely awesome twist to the 'normal' z storylines
what a perfect voice for the main character--totally believable...lol if you believe in psycho zombie killers
Get this...you will not regret it.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
The main character was a miserable person and the extra characters were also not exactly likable. However, the interaction between them was great and they were very entertaining. If I am ever actually in a zombie apocalypse this will be the book I refer to for practical information and guidance. I would highly recommend this book for its bravery and pragmatic look at apocalyptic life.
I love zombie/apocalyptic stories, but this is just a waste. The story was weak, characters dull and undeveloped. There is barely any part for the zombies to play in the story at all. And plenty of technical errors to top it off.
If you like zombie stories, try Day by Day Armageddon. Much better story and better performed.
Only upside is there is a story excerpt at the end which is better than the main story.
Pass on this one.