I am a big Zombie fan, and this book fits in with most good zombie books.
The main character is like a combination of Alan Alda (from MASH), Bruce Willis (from Die Hard), and Snake Pliskin (escape From New York).
Then The story is like Deep Rising, any Steven King book, add Zombies, mixed with Family Guy.
The only part I don't really like, is the Steven King part. I love SK's books, but with Zombies.... not so much. This part comes in the "magic" of psychic Retards, and possible alternate universes. This becomes a lot more so, near the end (as in Steven King books), and much more so in the Second Book in this series.
Personally, I prefer more grounded parameters. As soon as you introduce magic, or Psychics, any situation can be overcome.
The Family guy element gets a little distracting, as it pulls you out of the moment, but it also adds to the style of the book, as well as all the outright laughs. This is the Random non-sequiters that abound in this book.
This is a great book, and the reader does a fantastic job.
This made my driving from West Coast to East Coast a bit more of a pleasurable.
Love reading books and listening to books. God bless the written word!
Overall it is a hugh midway selection. Entertaining enough. The plot and the characterization is strong. Enough humor and action for a entertaining listen. I was a little disturbed by one or two similes used by the author. I found them a bit homophobic. But after re-listening to the passages I am going to excuse them as part of the character. Ex army guy, suburban dad, so I guess in line with the character. But gave me pause a moment. There is some strong prose in this piece. The author has done a great job at adding to the canon of paranormal/zombie novels. Will be buying the sequel because I need to know what happens to them all.
I like the characters. The rye humor of author.
His performance was causally animated and lively. His reading was natural and real.
Sometime the only person for the job, when zombies attack is Dad!
Say something about yourself!
I loved that this book kept me entertained the whole day
The details of the smells and out look on the characters. It's almost as if i was there in the with mike and his family.
Tommy was one cool dude and that he can take out a guy with a toy bow and arrow... Pretty bad ass in my book
I pretty much did listen to this book in one sitting
Anyone who likes the walking dead or anything with zombies I'd recommend this book and can't wait to listen to the next one
If you can make it through the sarcastic and extremely parenthetical first 15 minutes of this book, you will find some solid story telling, and maybe a few genuine laughs. Not that the style changes, but the listener gets used to it fast. Describing it as "king of the hill, of the dead" only refers to the narrator, but yes, it sounds like Hank Hill is telling you a story from the apocalypse. Kind of loved it. Downloading the second book now.
The performance of Sean Runnette was excellent and allowed my to fall deeply into the story. The main character's rye since of humor is masterfully portrayed by Sean with true skill and talent.
The characters are enjoyable and real...
There those who read stories and those who tell stories...the difference is when a story is told the teller disappears and the story become your reality for the moment. Sean Runnette is a true story teller...
These aren't your dad's zombies...
EXCELLENT STORY OF A FEW WHO ESCAPE THE ZOMBIE TAKE OVER, A FAMILIES STORY OF THEIR EXPERIENCES BEFORE AND DURING THE PLAGUE. HOPE BOOK 2 IS AS GREAT
Don't listen to this book while driving! I was laughing so hard in places I had to pull the car over so I didn't crash. This is a good story with great one liners and miscommunication conversations that are very funny.
Ok, yes he's got a twisted sense of humor...But, when you think about these life altering events in his story, you catch yourself smiling at how anyone can be laughing. I enjoyed the story and purchased book 2 before I finished book 1.
There really isn't much to say that is positive about this book, except that it has zombies in it. Other than that, it pretty much annoyed me for 14 hours.
The narrator sounds like Ray Romano, he's just awful. I couldn't listen without wishing there would be a zombie outbreak during his narration and I could listen to him being eaten.
The writer intends to be funny, and isn't, so in that aspect the Ray Romano narrator is at least fitting. The humor fails to go beyond making jokes about dog farts and fat kids.
The plot is terrible, action terrible, technical quality of writing is terrible.
It amazes me someone published this book at all, period. Unfortunately I bought book 2 along with book one. It is even more horrible. I quit listening halfway through.
So many horrible characters with no depth, logical inconsistencies such as the lead's backstory timeline doesn't make any sense...and just bad writing. No editing just a rambling piece of junk...