Storytelling was weak and a lesson in why storytellers should show instead of tell. Too much "I was shocked" and other redundant and obvious phrases. Sounded like a journal I would have written if the younger me experienced a zombie apocalypse, and I know that would've been unfit for publication.
I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.
This has no appeal because as the apocalypse comes, I won't be worried over a cat or a relationship. There are no guns (well not really,) no well written fight scenes, and a long whimpering slide down hoping for the government to save him. Not sure how I listened as long as I did! I hated it. I hope someone out there can stand that Whiney sounding lead character...
I like a good zombie story as much as the next person, but with the sheer number of books in the genre these days, the bar is set pretty high.
-I liked the fact that it took place in Spain, I found that to be a refreshing change of pace.
-The narration was pretty good overall, although a few times I think he kind of over-acted it.
-The ending leaves you somewhat with a sense of hope, purpose, and sets the stage for the next book.
-The dialogue I felt was very repetitive, at times almost to the point of being annoying. Example...the phrase "I shuddered at the thought" or some variant involving the word "shuddered" came up time after time.
-The writing style (that of journal entries), while different, I think hinders some of the story. For example, it would have been interesting to see how the boat captain's reaction to getting the wrong briefcase would have played out, but because there are only journal entries the reader never gets this satisfaction.
Overall I thought the book to be middle-of-the-road average and I'm just not interested enough in the characters to continue the series.
the plot is excellent and with very good flow and it's not about some superman or guy with super powers just a normal man with brains defeating the dead!!!
Lots of action and a really well written story in the walking dead (zombie) genre. I really enjoyed this first entry of the series and can't wait to read the next entry.
Nothing new here really. You know what to expect going in and the story delivers. Characters were OK and the narrator does a fine job. Story wise, we've heard it all before but I still enjoyed.
It is by far the best of the trilogy. The idea of the story is great. The beginning of the story is great. I've felt that it slowly fades away the further you go along, though.
The main character of this book was just so incredibly unbelievable. He just happens to be buying all this survival gear, lives in a walled compound like home and is just always "wondering what the hell is happening?" he's just really dumb. the narration just added to my exasperation, it's read quite slowly, i had to turn it up to 1.5X and it was still pretty slow.
he could have given his himbo of a character more of a rational thought pattern. he also could have left out about 1000 "MY GOD!'s". there must have been at least two a minute. it made me want to punch on.
i think i pretty much just thought it was pretty bad. in the speakers defence, he didn't have much to work with.
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this was my first audiobook experience. it was pretty appalling but I've moved on to greener pastures. It was so bad, i couldnt finish listening to it.