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.
Willy Wonka of it
Sigh. This book had both highs and lows, so I'll just begin there. How about some pros?
-- Decent zombie tale, grounded in reality with a bit of a supernatural twist.
-- Writer injects a lot of humor
-- Some memorable characters whom you connect with
-- To sort of counteract pro #1, while the origin of the zombies was believable, the supernatural bits thrown in don't fit as well, and, at least in this book, aren't explained
-- To counteract pro #2, the writer injects a lot of humor. The writer injects a LOT of humor. The problem is, the writer can't go a paragraph without trying to elicit a guffaw from the reader/listener, and while there were some quips that drew a grin or a chuckle, they were lost in a sea of jokes that either fell flat or they just got run into the ground so badly that the effect was ruined. There are jokes and tangential stories that just drag on for what seems like forever, and never really hit home.
-- To counter Pro #3, the characters I actually liked and took an interest in were in the minority. The aforementioned characters didn't include the protagonist, and con #2 is just a single reason why. The two main women in this book (there's a third, but she's barely mentioned) were the protagonist's wife and daughter. The daughter was whiny and useless (while still being a worrisome PITA for the other guys), and the wife was created to be the snarky counterpart to the husband, while also filling the stereotypical role of "wife rules the roost". Not a chapter went by when we weren't reminded he was a dummy compared to his wife who had all the power. "Yes Dear!". It got annoying (especially since she wasn't particularly strong, clever or insightful), and just further added to the feeling I was reading something aimed directly at the low-brow humor readers.
We also meet the protagonist's supposed lifetime buddy, and his wife (the third woman never really mentioned) who both manage to be useless tag-alongs.
-- We also didn't get much in the way of explanation for a bunch of the events that happened in the book. The book seemed to wander from random story to story until it culminated int he typical fashion for zombie books, and left you hanging on all the bits that were actually interesting.
As for the narrator, he did a good job, except he made the character seemed even more hokie. I'm guessing that was the intention, but it wasn't to my liking.
I'm not sure if I'll examine any of the other books in the series (if there are any). A lot of books came out recently, so I'll likely see what else is out there before subjecting myself to a round 2.
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.
People with little brain power. The book reads like something written for morons. The characters are two dimensional (the women or written HORRIBLY, offensively bad, if this book hit mainstream I would expect protests from women's rights groups) and its just so so bad.
Example: Parents rushing to save a child in danger of dieing, stop to argue over whose car to take as they don't want zombie guys on their pretty cars. Women stay home and drink while the men go out to protect the town and the women complain about home values dropping due to zombie proofing houses.
I'm not sure, as this series is well rated on audible, I no longer trust audible ratings.
He put a lot of emotion into his voice and was very easy to understand. I believed him as the character speaking.
Disapointment and anger. I feel like I wasted 10 hours of my life. It also makes me question audible's rating system. This book has a high rating but is pure drivel.
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;)
What a wild ride. Great start to a series. With all of the movies and books about zombies these days, I wasn't too hopeful for anything original here...Boy was I wrong! Sean Runnette also does a fantastic job with the narration. Listen to this one and you won't be disappointed!
I think several things disappointed me about Zombie Fallout, and I'll try to summarize the biggest weak points.
1. The homophobia - No so much in the beginning but towards the end there is a jarring reference where the crushing of a zombie's melon is described by the author as being as "repellent" as "seeing two men kiss" that is just out of place and context for the story. I can handle the primary character being a somewhat homophobic middle aged guy who doesn't have a problem making gay jokes with an older neighbor, but the later reference happens away from the main character.
2. The cliched characters - When the author tries to write in the wife's voice, the horrendous weakness of the character writing spills forth. Rather than a complex character, the wife isn't much more than an unintelligent naggy cliche. Women aren't much more than two dimensional props in the story who sit around and gossip, and call each other "bitch".
3. The plot: The story drifts too far away from the standard Romero & Walking Dead zombie genre with the introduction of other elements that I won't spoil.
There are a myriad of other issues that didn't bother me but may annoy others - plot holes, sarcastic humor, and an over description of foul odors. Actually, the last one got annoying towards the end due to the sheer quantity of repetitiveness.
A different zombie book.
The narration (voice acting) was fine. The writing was, at times, painfully disjointed. The main character is supposed to be narrating the story in a journal format. The descriptive vocabulary used is impressive but the character is supposed to be a college drop out, working stiff. It was disconnects like these that killed the suspension of disbelief.
It had some redeeming qualities. The main character feels genuine and authentic. The story remains intriguing and maintains some mystery.
As the book went along, it became more and more evident that the main character wasn't much more than a thinly veiled version of the author. It felt like fan fiction where the author decided to place himself as a character into a zombie apocalypse story in which the glaring flaws of the character are overlooked because the author is unaware of his own personal flaws. There is no arc or change with the main character because he's already the perfect hero on day one. While authentic, genuine, and honest, the main character lacks interesting complexity.