Great series. The plague actually seemed plausible and was obviously well thought out. Although I originally bought the first two together I hesitated to buy the third based on the reviews even though it was on sale. After finishing the second I immediately purchased Survivors. Unlike others, I really liked Survivors and appreciated the closure it provided. Maybe it was due to the same narrator being used but I felt the transition between authors went smoothly. The narrator by the way was FANTASTIC!
Narration of Oliver Wyman is excellent and helps with the continuity of the story line. Overall, a satisfying end to a great series. RIP Z.A. Recht
This book suffers due to the book being finished by a different author. I really enjoyed the book and am not trashing it but the ending was too neat and tidy. It could have used a hundred more pages in my opinion to wrap it up better.
It is worth your time though
Brewster - He grows up in this book
His voices and characterizations are very well done.
It's worth it to finish out the series if you've read the first two. This series wasn't the best of the military-esque zombie survival genre to begin with (WWZ is probably the pinnacle, and Day-by-Day Armageddon was considerably more compelling until it went off the rails)...but it was enjoyable enough. Part of me really thinks that the original author would have had some decent twists that would of upset the predictability carried out in this story line. But, it is what it is. You live with characters through two books, you want to find out what happens to them.
Slightly sub-par...but not bad.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
So this was the final book of the series and i have to say it was a pretty good ending overall. I enjoyed the story and felt the characters, although woefully underdeveloped carried the story. however, toward the end of the story two of the characters turned and the cause of this was not very clear. both characters dies after being shot but came back as Zombies. I found this somewhat disjointed. Additionally, had the author spent more time expanding some of the alluded elements of his story's world this could have been a much richer story.
I'm not sure. Perhaps someone who has more patience and isn't too hung up about story pace and or details.
Frankly, I had read some great reviews about all books in the series but also a few that weren't so great. The first book was, in my opinion, pretty decent, and I hate quitting on a series... i just didnt want to give uo hope!... but by the end of this book I regretted that I should have just listening to something else altogether. I think this last book felt really rushed and a bit choppy. Almost like ticking off a list of things that had to happen and filling in the rest with fighting or banter, etc.
Oliver wyman did an excellent job capturing emotion and giving life to the characters. His narration was what kept me listening, not the actual content. I am actually enjoying another book read by him right now.
I think I would have done more than cutting scenes.?
I feel as though I am being a bit brutal, but after listening to so many books, I felt a review was necessary. Audible has so many fantastic books read by some really wonderful narrators, that maybe by writing this I can help someone else avoid this gamble.
Turn ons??? 1) Obedience 2) Respect 3) Learning to please Master. Master does not do turn offs. He guides and trains His little stooges past what does not please Master.
I love the world that Recht created but with his loss, we just got a sub-par ending to his series. Brannan changed up a few of the zombie infection rules at the last minute in a WTF moment and great characters were just left being back story characters that really didn't matter much to the story in the last book. Get if you just want to finish the series off and say you listened to them all but be prepared to be let down somewhat by the ending.
Recht.....sure, but that won't happen. Brannan, I won't say no but it would have to get really good reviews.
Somewhat. His narration was kind of bothersome in the other books also.
No, let it sleep. Pay Recht the respect his universe deserves and don't mess it up any more.
I don't give spoilers
How I love the Zombie Apocalypse. This is one of my top 10 series in the genre. If not all but most Zombie books are roughly the same. And many reviews on here will mislead you with words like (brings nothing new to the genre or unoriginal story line) which in turn pisses me off. There books about Zombies!!! If you change much more then Speed of the zombies or how they came about then there not ZOMBIES anymore. Alright that said Book 1&2 are great full marks If your a fellow zombie lover it's a must have. Book 3 was a little disappointing but considering Recht died before finishing his series, I has grateful to have the series completed.
I would not listen to this book again.. Out of the three books in this series, this was my least favorite. The story ran on a bit about non interesting things. It also built up side plots that went nowhere and the ending itself was a bit confusing. The final scene, ending the series, was a major let down; I literally said out loud "That sucked"
Oliver Wymam's performance was on point as usual. He brings life to the characters and at times saves the story it's self through his pro narration.
after my initial distraction by how much deeper wyman's voice sounded (i listened to the end of book two and the beginning of book 3 back-to-back) i found myself realizing that, had i been the creator of this, there would be some things i would have done differently than thom brannon. but this is not my work. this is not your work. i've read some reviews condemning brannon, or expressing disappointment but my hat's off to him. it's difficult to follow in the footsteps of z.a. recht, and unfair of us to hope he would be able to mimic recht's style. brannon is his own writer. while i agree that this is the weakest part of the trilogy, i wouldn't say it's entirely brannon's fault. the unfortunate passing of recht meant his work will never really be fleshed out. brannon took it upon himself to try to fulfill recht's vision and he probably knew he would receive less than favorable comments for his efforts.
throughout the story i would periodically smile as brannon's personality and style shone through while maintaining the general atmosphere recht had created. my biggest irk was how descriptive brennan was of the characters. recht didn't focus on physical features so much which made the women especially more appealing to me. most of these characters were believable (although sgt. major thomas was a deliberate caricature, i'm sure) and without any sexual undertones to distract from the story's forward momentum, i found myself really engaged by the individual storylines and their eventual convergence.
overall i enjoyed this book. i wish sawyer had less time in it - his air of mystery and never fully getting inside his head made his actions unpredictable to me - and some of my favorite characters managed to survive, while some were lost. that's critical to good story writing. there have to be high stakes, and with the passing of a few choice people, i found myself genuinely devastated by the loss. again, i urge all the negative reviewers to take a moment and remind yourselves that this was a gift given to us by mr. recht, and that we should really be thanking brannon for giving us an ending at all. if it's not up to snuff in your opinion, i hear writing fanfic can be a bizarrely cathartic experience.