I really enjoyed this story. I am not into horror zombie or vampire stories which this is NOT, so I'm glad I gave it a try (based on the excellent reviews). It is actually a very heartwarming story about an unusual zombie (I guess that's sort of an oxymoron) that tries very hard to live in a normal world. You like Stony from the start and the story has enough twists and turns to keep you listening, and listening. It was also told in a light hearted tone interspersed with humor, which I really enjoy. I like happy endings and was a bit afraid this one would disappoint, but it did not. It's so frustrating to listen for 12-15 hours and then have the ending either leave you hanging or depressed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something different. I will look forward to listening to another book by this author.
When I try to rave about this book to people, they never believe me. Which is sort of understandable, since any accurate description has to be something like, "It has the most amazing dry humor and matter-of-fact tone, funny without ever descending into outright silliness, it's deeply moving while also being totally unsentimental, the characters read like real people with real relationships... it's about a family who finds a zombie baby by the side of the road and takes care of him." This book completely transcends the genre, and I recommend it to everyone. I can't wait for more from this fabulously talented author!
Different zombie perspective
He was very entertaining. Did a great job keeping me interested
.....after the fever passes. Life begins again.
I was initially very skeptical of this book. Its definitely not you typical zombie thriller. The main character draws you in, and keeps you interested. I wish there was a bit more zombies gone wild in this book. But that's not the focus of the story. I liked it!
Stony because he was an sympathetic gouhl, with depth of soul and a sense of humor.
Ruby for bringing tension and fright scenes to the party.
Reversal of fortune
A good twist on the Zombie genre
Daughter of a librarian, trained as a librarian, a lifelong lover of books. Mysteries, sci fi, fantasy, biography, true crime, romance, cooking, classic films, etc.!
What came after the initial infection, but before the undead took control? Not about mindless eating machines, but people who still have families and lives. I bought this after reading reviews, and I am so glad that I did. I am not a fan of really gory slasher movies or books packed with mayhem, but this had so much humor and real emotion that I keep wanting to tell everyone I know about it.
Great narration, a good pace without being rushed, and a new take on the living dead - or differently alive. A great book!
Raising Stony Mayhill ranks among the best audiobooks I've downloaded to date. There were no audio problems or complications post-download. I was surprised by how effortlessly I was sucked in to the storyline. I liked this rendition of the book as much as I enjoyed the "Odd Thomas" performances.
One of the most memorable moments I encountered was when Stony off-handedly described himself as having black gums & toenails. I would normally find that to be an important detail, but I suppose this was crafted to suggest that the love of one's family conquers any malady; even being a member of the LD society....
Great vocal inflection; when in character, I was able to believe that the Stony was relating the story from a first-hand viewpoint.
I'm a guy - emotions make one weak....
Great performance overall. I highly recommend this book on the basis of the more or less "original" storyline as well as the reading by David Marantz.
Maybe narrated by David
Shallow character development and incohesive story line
Interesting take on zombie apocalypse. Original.
I'm an avid reader who loves having my hands free to work or engage in other projects.
Yes, depending on the subject matter.
I felt like it was a bit anti-climactic. The ending felt a bit hollow, like eating a meal that tasted good, but did not nourish, or fill the stomach.
I would have him improve on his accents and character voices. They were somewhat muddy, and the characters were a bit bland.
This book would be impossible to make as a movie, without losing too much. They couldn't dumb it down enough for the casual movie-goer. If they did, however, I would at least red box it, and watch it at home.
This book started off pretty good and the reader was great but the story itself was all over the place. I will say that it held my interest which is a plus and the reason I gave it three stars, but what the heck was it about? It's like the author didn't know what the heck he wanted the main character to be. I mean was he a zombie or some kind of god or what? Were we supposed to be for the zombies or the breathers? Not to mention that the story went on about four hours longer than needed. I tried to like this one and even though I didn't hate it, I wouldn't recommend.