This started out promising, with some funny, self-deprecating commentary on the "prepper" mentality, but quickly went downhill from there. Two things that could have immensely helped the author:
1. An editor
2. A thesaurus
There were many times when the writing's syntax and grammar were questionable at best, and I lost count of how many times he used the phrase "find purchase," among others. The book is written in first person, but a few chapters randomly skip to the first person perspectives of a different character. This would be fine if it happened throughout the book, but it happens once or twice, simply for the sake of telling a different part of the story and it makes the whole thing feel disjointed. If the author wanted to tell those stories, he should either have found a way to do it using the main character's point of view, or not have chosen to write in the first person at all.
Even as a fan of zombie fiction, I cannot recommend this. The writing is amateur, lazy and uninspiring. Avoid it.
His style of writing is too distracting to keep me invested.
The narrator did a pretty good job.
Everyone. Swap out every single main and supporting character and keep the scenario. This is such an odd book to review.
The problem with this book for me isn't that scenario the characters find themselves, it's the characters themselves -- more specifically the writing for the characters and I'm not talking about the grammar or narrative.
To put it bluntly, the humor in the book feels like it has been written by a 60 year old man. Every joke and quip feels like it's supposed to come off funnier than it actually is supposed to be for the reader. The playful banter between husband and wife feels like it has been written by that same 60 year old man and it's supposed to come off more endearing than it actually is. The wit of the main character's inner monologue also has this same problem. It feels like it's supposed to be wittier and it just falls flat.
I have no idea how old the author is, but this is just the sense I get as a reader to the point of distraction.
I had no connection with any of the characters even though I could see that the situations they found themselves could provide a solid foundation for future books. I've never written a review like this before, but needless to say, I'm dropping the series. It just isn't for me.
Maybe. The technical detail is a bit too sparce and inconsistent. And the mindset of the main character is way off. It's like what some young urban writer would imagine a former marine's mindset to be, though it's way off what reality would be. Too many obvious and illogical mistakes for the expediency of an easily written story. And the author is obviously out of touch with the reality of gun ownership in the U.S.
The voice work was clear and appropriate to the text.
Spreadhead and Biblioholic.
I just couldn't. Within the space of about an hour I came to loathe the protagonist of the story. I'm not sure if it was the narrator, who has (to my ear) a sneering, condescending voice, or the actual character himself, who I found to be an insufferable jackass. Probably a combination of both.
That said, perhaps the voice acting was spot-on (it's this possibility that made me up the performance rating from 1 to 2 stars). Perhaps he perfectly captured the tones and nuances of the first person narrator of the book, who came across as the kind of person you would jump out a window to get away from at a cocktail party. It's hard to enjoy a zombie story when you feel that. were you in the shoes of one of the other characters, you'd prefer the company of the zombies.
Narrator is the worst -- dry, deadpan delivery on EVERYTHING and i do mean everything. Same tone/quality of voice regardless of character is not pleasant, think Ben Stein reading the thing and you get the idea.
Story has some positive elements, but very little "news" on the decline of society, it literally says "it all fell apart" and picks up the story there.
That voice thingy Stephen Hawkins uses, more emotion and better tone from that thing.
Few -- what there are get lost in the mass of annoyance that is listening to it
Reviews are good -- shows how desperate we ZOMBIE fans are of a passable book -- but do not be fooled. This one makes the whole Morningstar series seem like the work of Shakespeare. This book is, for lack of a better phrase, zombie dung.
Norwegian in a English world!
Another one reading it! Sean Runnette made me wish i WAS a Zombie! Dear Mark Tufo, i am sure your book is better then the 3 i gave it, but Sean Runnette made me fall asleep! Holly macaroni i wish i never got this serie! WOW!
Its a shame i had to find this series through the cross over with " a new world" becaus lissening to the character in that book with no back ground i didnt think i would enjoy the series bit like with the "adrians undead diarys" series this book brings an equall amount of serious to silly with a good story happening in the meantime. I recommend and hope the others are as entertaining.
This book was awesome. If I had one complaint it would be Sammy Davis Jr. Narrating. Other than that it kept me on the edge of my seat all day... At work;)
If the author didn't make 3/4 of the book content about metaphors of the situation and cheesy ones at that. This more about the main character analyzing situation describe through metaphor after metaphor which kept things from moving along. It wasn't believable that in the face of zombies one would stop and think all these humors thoughts. DO NOT BOTHER
Just interesting enough to pick up the next to see if got any better...wrong!
Not sure if the reader w as bad are just the content, reader didn't have much to work with.
When it was over