I'm not one to even consider reading this type of book (my personality doesn't fit this type of read), but I decided to step outside my typical "zone" and am SO GLAD that I did! Sean Runnette does a SUPERB job narrating and I hope he continues to do so through book 6! Never a dull moment...Loaded with laughs, suspense, anxiety... I would DEFINITELY recommend this author and this series to everyone! (Hope Audible will carry all of this authors books soon!)
At first, I was taken aback with the level of humor used to tell the story, but I put my judgement aside and withing 15 minutes, was totally engrossed in the story line. Upon completion, I immediately downloaded the 2nd in the series, and just PURCHASED (yep, out of credits) the 3rd. Well worth the money and time.
Elisa's (zombie/vampire) kiss with Talbot
Tommy's arrow shot.
Lots of grinning riding down the road. I'm sure other drivers think I'm weird. LOL
From the start I liked this Talbot guy, very resourceful and funny as heck. The plot was slow to unfold, however; it did not matter Tommy and Talbot with his black humor kept me hooked to the device, his "dirty mouth" and comments reminded me of my USMC boot camp drill instructor. About an hour or so later this mystery "zombie lady" appeared as the story unfolded it became evident this book was not only going to be funny but great. I truly enjoyed it, nice job at keeping the suspense, killings (zombie and non-zombie alike) and love wrapped up and hard to put down.
Mark Tufo has got the "Man's Brain" or at lest the way I think down to a science! Great Plot, Great characters. Mark even knows how dogs think..LOL
Mr T. but BT is in close 2nd!
I have listen to a hundred books and Sean Runnette is one of the best Narrators. I get the filling the Sean is really enjoying his work! Mark Tufo better not change the narrator better give him a rase!
You only thought you known about Zombie!
I am... Therefore I must...
He is amazing!
This is the first zombie book I have ever even listened to or even read. This book is as realistic as a zombie book could get. The people are so believable. You find yourself rooting for them! The main character is a hoot! This book caused me to chuckle out loud more than once. The reader is great. He has the main character down to a T.
Yes... but just barely. I love audiobooks, especially zombie audio books. This one seems to be a very short story stretched out to novel length by interjecting an endless flow of remarks and comments that at best do not contribute to the story or depth of "Mike", the main character. On a more personal note, the author uses one of my least favorite techniques - he tells the exact same time frame as viewed by three different people. Due to the audio format I'm not sure if they were individual chapters, though they seemed to be. In a book that is already so slow, it is frustrating to realize you have to endure that same day once again through someone else's eyes. It is made even worse that it is through the eyes of characters that I know little about and care nothing about.
No way! There are many wonderful zombie books and audiobooks.
The only character that is interesting or that I'd like to know is "Tommy". The main character is so poorly constructed and written that I kept hoping he would exit the story somehow so someone else can take the center stage.
I picked up this audiobook in part because it was a series and would offer more than just one book. There's no way I'll pay for another book in this series, so a lesson learned and a credit lost. Heed other reviewer's warnings: The main character's (MIke's) unending useless irrelevant thoughts do not in any way add to the story or improve him as a character. His apologizing for those thoughts every single time he has one is even more annoying.
I read several reviews about how this was the best of the bunch in zombie fiction, it was not.
Several things particularly annoyed me about this novel, first the shifting between first person, memoir, and 3rd person narration didn't really work, wasn't consistently executed and just came off as the author being lacking the discipline to pick a style and stick with it. Sure it's easier to suddenly have a chapter written by the wife of the main character, but the characters voice is essentially that of the narrator/main character what's the point, just use a 3rd person narration and skip the pseudo diary formmatt, it's been done and done better.
The second point of annoyance was the author's repeated use of homophobic slurs, the first couple times I was willing to let it go as being part of the character's world view, but they didn't add anything to the depth of the character, were not used as a prop in the character's growth and really server no apparent purpose other than illustrating the author's discomfort with men kissing.
Lastly editing, if I of all people am catching editing mistakes, you have problems. For Lovecraft's sake it's disconcerting not disconcerning(there is no such word).
Aside from those things, the story offerend nothing new by way of the genre. Tenuous explanation of how the plague started, check. Siege and survivalism themes, check. Plentiful and mind numbing "run and gun" action sequences, check.
A brief aside; I don't understand why authors try and offer an "pseudo-science" explanation for the origin, especially when the explanation is just a trite rehash of the "science gone wrong" meme, which was clearly speculated and not researched. There have been better explanations than others, none of them are great. Sometimes it's better just to leave to the readers imagination, how things got started especially when you haven't provided a better explanation that what someone might just ad hoc, and when the "how" is not critical to the story.
Other loose ends I won't criticize because it's a series and I immagine they will be the foundation for themes in the later novels. Needless to say I won't be reading them. Further more I think this book may have finally convinced me that the genre is as dead as the antagonists it portrays.
The narrator was fine.
The fact that I could multitask, and my time wasn't utterly wasted.
I think I've said my peace.
Just a fun loving family guy! Obviously I am a zombie genre fan as well as post apocolyptic genre.
The narration was fantastic.
He gives a life to the main character that I quite possibly would have interpreted differently had I just read it. I enjoyed his take on the eldest Talbot.
Nothing especially moving, but never really a down moment for me in this book.
Definitely worth the listen!
It having been another book.
I don't know
Does the author count as a character. Him. if not, all of them?
I love zombie books. Check my history, I may only have purchased zombie books. And I seriously considered asking audible for my money back. IT IS TERRIBLE.
I like Science Fiction, Post Apocalypse, mysteries, and good romance. If you can mix it all in together, I am one happy camper.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend or stranger. The characters were fun and I definitely laughed out loud.
This Kiss. I won't say anything more. But I will say that while I loved this audio book, there were moments where I just had to stop listening because of the intense visceral reaction I was having to parts of the story.
This is always a difficult question. For me, a good Narrator doesn't detract from the story, and that's how I felt about Sean Runnette.