The joy of listening to a good book is almost the best experience one can have. In my car on a long drive, sitting on the beach or in the forest, I love listening to books.
YES! I will listen to it again. This story captured me from the first 10 minutes. The story is one of the better of the genre. Next to WWZ it's going to be difficult to find a better zombie book and I love zombie stories.
The performer was excellent. He has a very distinct voice that works for the listener. He captures you with his performance and makes you feel as though you are there.
Luculus the Cat! That poor little guy.
I actually loved the beginning of the book when things were falling apart.
It's my second favorite Zombie book behind the master classic World War Z.
A little fact checking could have gone a long way....1) SCUBA tanks are filled with compressed air, not oxygen. I thought the narrator was going to assemble a cutting torch when he was just going diving. 2) Those things on a diver's feet are not flippers. They are fins. If we are to believe the narrator was a regular diver before SHTF, this should have been corrected. and 3) The narrator familiarized himself with the basic functions of the Glock, including the trigger and the safety. -- I'm paraphrasing a bit. Glocks do not have an external safety. If the narrator had never fired a gun before, he would certainly not be familiar with the Glock's three passive safety mechanisms.
None of them require the shooter to do anything but pull the trigger for it to go bang. But by far, the biggest annoyance is this. The author has tried to avoid the Z word at all costs. He describes the dead walking slowly around, stumbling, mumbling and pursuing the living. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, call it a duck, dadgummit! He even at one point compares the creatures to those in second rate horror films. Oh, you mean the zombies?
I'm about half way through this book and it's driving me bananas!
I might get there....
I did like his interactions with the hapless neighbor.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
If there is a twist to this story, I guess its the cat. No wife, girlfriend, kid, or whatever, just him and his cat. Sucullus the cat is the stand in for a chick and does all the stuff that normally happens to chicks in scary zombie stories. Except the cats male. You can't picture it, don't even try. Oh yeah, and its a translated Spanish story, that in itself makes it a totally different type of story.
The story is a series of safe house, travel, safe house, travel kind of thing, mostly lonesome kind of story with not many characters. I found it kind of drawn out, but thats ok, there is also action and nasty zombies too.
I think a weakness is character depth. Although its a journal type, I find the story just the environment and his reactions to it. The protagonist seems a bit anonymous and could be anyone. The few extra characters there are don't help define him at all. Later, a girl shows up, but any relationship development is totally skipped.
The ending felt a bit like "blah, I have to find some way to end this book" type of thing.
But still! Its a good, long, interesting story and I'm going to follow the series.
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 am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
Take all the cliches you've ever read in any zombie books and dumb them down.
Add a "meh" writer and "blah" characters and, if you're like me, you'll wind up rooting for the zombies.
I really like the fact the stories central location is a place other than the United States. What I'd didn't like was how the story is written or translated. It is in a first person style, which is fine, but as if the main character is writing in a journal. It wouldn't have been much of an issue except that he would have to be writing an awful and that quickly took me out of the story. I agree with another reader, this would be a better read rather then a listen via audio book.
I could only get to the 7th chapter. I am passing on this series.
Despite repeatedly saying that he is becoming desensitized to the horrors of the zombie apocalypse, the protagonist is constantly almost throwing up or staring in horror or frozen with fear or forever haunted by a sight.
The author's cluelessness regarding how guns work regularly took me right out of the story. Characters regularly 'cock' their weapons for dramatic effect even if the weapons are already charged. The author (or translator) uses 'rifle' and 'shotgun' interchangeably, calls a magazine a 'cartridge', and various other small blunders that killed any suspension of disbelief that I may have built up.
How many ways are there to kill a Zombie? Evidently, just one, you've gotta get them in the head. Over and over and over and over. I barely managed to finish this book and I am not sure why I did. I guess I owed it to the cat .... and the narrator who did a good job, considering what he had to work with.
Are you Ready?
Yes because the performance was great and delivery was spot on.
he brought personality to all the characters
when 2 characters were trapped in a store together with a dead mother and toddler
I will be getting the next one!