As good a book as any I listened to in quite awhile. Maberry did a great job writing this one. The characters were compelling and the story just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Dufris did a masterful job of narration. I have no idea why so many were so critical of the job he did. I enjoyed the way he voice acted the book. I guess its a matter of personal preference. Though why one would prefer a droning characterless narration to this one is beyond me.
I've been on a Zombie apocalypse binge this year. Let me know if you've read any really good ones not on my list.
Fast paced & entertaining spin on the zombie thing. Another from the zombie plague disease angle but with some interesting new takes on what its like to be among the walking dead.
Former Executive Producer for Adventures in Scifi Publishing.
Jonathan Maberry is a talented writer. In a genre full of similar stories with cliche descriptions, Dead of Night was refreshing and scary. The other book I've read of his, Patient Zero, had some of the best zombie action I've read. Where that book was more of a thriller with zombies, Dead of Night is a more traditional, zombie outbreak in a small town type of story, which is more to my preference. If you like that kind of book, I recommend reading Dead of Night.
Dead of Night is about a troubled female cop characterized by her curves and the attitude that makes them almost unappealing; her ex-boyfriend who is a journalist drawn to her town through an investigation into a recent execution; and the person who should have been executed but somehow managed to kill everyone in the morgue of his former hometown. Mr. Maberry does a little explaining about how the zombie virus was created and how it turned up in this small town. He also seems to have done his homework on how the police and military would respond.
The characters started out rough, but won me over in the end. The female cop, Dez, is introduced as she wakes up next to her one night stand and has to hurry to respond to a murder scene. Her attitude is not an endearing quality, and even though her father figure police officer superior gives us a hint of a possible redemption story, she doesn't start off as a character I'd enjoy rooting for as the lead of the story. We soon meet her ex-boyfriend and his journalist partner, Billy Trout and (Something) Goat, and I was really turned off by their sex-centered banter filtered into their investigation of the missing body of the executed prisoner. At this point, the story was decent and the writing above average, but I didn't think the overall experience was going to work for me because the only character I liked was the father figure, who was a minor character. The place where it turned around was when we heard the aunt of the executed prisoner describe how that poor child was treated in foster care and her regret for letting him out of her care. The other relationships became more endearing as the story progressed and the deaths made an emotional difference because of that.
The sequel is out and I am going to get to it soon.
This review was for the audiobook version. The narrator did a great job with characters and adding suspense and humor suitable to the context of the writing. I would seek out this narrator for other audiobooks. A free review copy was provided by Audible for an honest review.
Another narrator, pretty much anyone else would have improved the listen.
There was nothing new or particularly creative about this zombie tale and it was slow moving.
The narrator took any redeeming qualities the characters might have had and completely obliterated them with his over dramatizations, mispronounciations and general overall hammy-ness. For example, the female cop is supposed to be a bad ass but the narrator voiced her weeping or whining the vast majority of the time and the rest of the time inappropriately angry.
This story might have had redeeming qualities but I couldn't get past the narration. Finally, I put my device on the fastest possible playback and that at least shortened up the long drawn out exclamations - "Ooooooh Gooooooood, noooooooooo" and the like.
I think if you are looking for a tight story like the well narrated Joe Ledger books you are going to be very disappointed.
U.S. Army Veteran
Dead of Night ranks (very) high among all the audiobooks I've ever listened to so far.
The story was great, but the most memorable moments was at the end when patient zero walks into the diner smiling with blood on his face.
Everything about Mr. Dufris's performance was as usual GREAT.
Are you Ready?
I am starting to listen to books more and more - I don't really have time for reading nowadays and this allows me to get my much needed "fix"
The main character - Officer Desdemona Fox - was not relatable at all. There are strong female characters and there are annoying ones. She was annoying. The story was pretty good and the other characters were ok (not much depth) but over all, Fox almost had me putting this book down. I also think that the theory of the parasite has some major flaws but I liked the reasoning of the doctor - that was something that would be fitting.
I have not but he did really well. He definitely put a lot of heart into this performance and I look forward to hearing some of his other work.
Probably some thing like This Is How The World Ends or something about a Death Storm.
Of the Zombie novels that I have read - this one is probably top 20 but not top 15. I like the background leading up to the Doctor's reasoning of creating this strain but there were a lot of flaws and holes in the story that were never really discussed and the main character, Officer Desdemona Fox, was a real annoyance. I am all for strong female leads, but when they are written like that, I would much rather have the male lead than what her character was from the beginning up to the very last page. I will probably not read this again but I would recommend it to others for something to pass the time with.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 9, RN and book nerd
I really enjoyed this book. If you're a Mayberry fan, you will, too. Hoping there will be a follow up.
Was Vincent Price the narrator of this book? I can't give this book a good review because I couldn't finish it listing to William Dufris is just bad really bad.
Sure would, it kept me on the edge of my seat and pulled me in looking for more!
Ghost Road Blues. Another great novel and listen I might add. Love his take on the Zombie apocalypse.
His inflection of each character and how he brings them to life in your head.
Dez Fox of course.. A woman who has many issues but can still fight through them and kick some zombie butt...!
Jonathan Maberry is an excellent writer and I just hope he keeps his novels coming!
Thank you Mr. Maberry for making the long journeys in the car more enjoyable!
Very good book. Some parts could have been expanded. but over all i really enjoyed it. i work in a place that i can listen to books on the job, and have listened to it 4 or 5 times.
rize again, is of the same genra and also very good.
volker, to see what other kinds of things the commies were uup to.