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This is a really good book. Well written and translated. The characters are very likable and the story is great. I couldn’t put it down! The book starts off a bit slow as the zombie apocalypse begins, but once the action starts it keeps coming. Party scary, part funny and part sad this book has a lot of great qualities.
The performace by Nick Podehl was so good. His eastern european characters were dead on! Loved it!
addicted to audio books
I can't recommend it as a zombie novel. It's more about one person's escape and encounters than life after the world changes. I thought the character was silly and not too smart, likely unable to survive.
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
The narration was well done. I just didn't care for the book and I love zombie novels.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
different kind of zombie survival story. all of the zombie survival books i've read or listened to are u.s.-based. this story takes place in galacia, spain. the 30 yr old protagonist is a lawyer and a cat man. it kind of threw me, being a 30 something dog lover. but i guess to each his/her own. LOL
i enjoyed the beginning of the story b/c it's like a slow boil. a virus breaks out causing the eu (european union) to close each country's borders. nobody knows whats really going on. for a while it just looks like a really bad virus, causing people to get really sick. what i liked about this part was how the author filtered out the news- the lead character's journal reports what the different news channels are and aren't reporting. the first few hours of the story have the lead character fortifying and hiding out in his house, listening to the news reports and talking with his neighbor who wants to flee to his boat at the marina.
the lead character is a diver who has a spear gun as his weapon. remember, he's in the eu, in spain. it makes me thankful, here in the u.s., we can buy guns. LOL
the first part of the story, our lead is mostly alone and isolated while his family and neighbors flee to safe areas set up by the gov't. seeing what happens to these safe areas is horrifying. there's not a lot of space/land area in galacia as in the u.s. so it's interesting to see how a different culture reacts to a panic. here in the u.s., we don't seem to trust the gov't as much. imagine 350,000+ scared and hungry people packed into a small port base. one of the characters put it best. with maybe 350 toilets that's over a 1,000 people using it a day. the infrastructure can't handle that.
the middle part of the story seems a little implausible- the lead character runs into a crazy ukranian boat captain that makes him run an errand to get his stuff back. but by the end i was happy, wishing the story continued.
the main character is scared and freaked out a lot, but he does grow stronger. it's believable development, remember, he is just a lawyer, not an american survivalist.
there aren't a lot of big zombie fighting scenes- one man against a horde. instead, there's a bunch of sneaking around, taking on and fighting small groups of zombies, which is kind of more believable. there are descriptions of larger zombie fights when the lead character tries to put together what must have happened from all the bodies and ammo strewn about.
there are several gripping scenes- slowly driving through a mass of undead so as to not damage the truck, being stuck in crawl space for 24 hours without a weapon while the zombies ramble through the store killing and eating some of your party.
nothing comes easy and there's always a price to pay for mistakes. i think that's why i enjoyed this story.
Overall, middle of the road zombie fare.
I would not read a book from either the writer or reader of this book. Maybe Mr. Loureiro is better in spanish but the translation is simple and uses the same english phrases throughout the book. The reading by Nick Podehl is not good, and often painful although he isn't given much to work with. Try another zombie book.
No, I will probably finish it eventually, but stopped about halfway through.
The main character seems to flounder around throughout the whole story. He never seems to have much of a plan and just runs around. He reminded me of the girl who knows there's a serial killer in the area who hears a noise in the attic or basement and immediately goes alone to check it out. I kind of wanted him to get caught just because of the stupidity of his choices.
The Russian ship captain.
I did think the narrator did a good job.
In the past, I've had very good luck picking out books to listen to. Almost all of them have been excellent. However, this was the first book that I really came close to quitting more than once. I don't know why I decided to endure to the end. Maybe I'm a masochist.
Oh, man, where do I start? You should know that I really like this genre. I enjoy zombie/apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic books, and have listened to quite a few great ones. The genre is not the problem. The book is written in first person journal entries. That's not the problem, either. The main problems, as I see it, are the annoyances all throughout the novel. Some are little, and some are big. They add up, though, and by the end I felt weighed down with them. The book is replete with cliches, over-the-top melodrama, and needless repetitions, not to mention the times when he states suppositions as fact.
These may not be exact quotes, but I got awfully tired of hearing things like:
"Things were really bad, but they were just about to get much worse."
"The situation couldn't be any bleaker."
"The situation was much more chaotic than we'd foreseen."
Or how he would start journal entries by saying, "I'm still alive ..."
One example of how he stated conjecture as fact was when they were in the city and found a vehicle whose ante-apocalypse driver had left the key turned and the door opened. Here's the quote: "The driver had stopped the car so abruptly, he'd left the motor running. It idled for weeks, until it ran out of gas and died."
Okay, anyone see the issues with that statement? How does he know the circumstance of the driver? How did he know it idled for weeks before it ran out of gas? Maybe the tank was low and it idled for two hours before it died, or for two days.
That wasn't the only part like that, either. You may think I'm nitpicking, but things like that bug me, especially with everything else this author did. It all added up to the point that I was about to explode.
I know, I know. Just turn the Audible player off, and quit listening to the stupid book already, right? Well, to repeat myself, for some reason, I chose to endure to the end. I wanted to beat myself over the head with my phone, but I listened to every bit of it.
Oh, and here's this: At one point (thankfully near the end of the book) he said that because of an oncoming fire, the smoke in the air had reduced the visibility to 1/8 of a mile. Then, like two sentences later, he said that he could "clearly see the flames moving over the hills." He goes on to describe in detail how the fire was consuming everything in its path, and he stated that the fire was moving extremely fast because of the wind. The next thing the author said is that in 15 minutes the fire would be at his location. So, if visibility is so low, how can the character see these details so clearly, when the fire--which is moving very fast--is still fifteen minutes away? Argh!
And what's his problem with using the word "zombie"? He referred to them as just about every name possible except for "zombie." What's up with that?
Just to throw this in: The ending was unsatisfactory as well, in my opinion. To be honest, I was satisfied that it finally ended, but I was unsatisfied with how it ended.
Okay, I'm going to quit bashing, and move on to some slightly redeeming qualities of the book. There was one area of the book where it was interesting enough that I either ignored the aforementioned issues, or they really weren't there to hear. I don't know which. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that it involves the scenes where the main character and his friend make it back from their mission to the ship. If you've read the book, then you know what I'm talking about. If you are planning to read the book (poor soul), then you will know when you get to it.
I will steer clear of this author in the future. Lesson learned.
The narrator, IMHO, got dragged down with the book. This is the first time I've listened to him, and I am willing to give him another try. As I've heard, you can't turn poo-poo into honey. I don't think any narrator could overcome the inherent obstacles of this book and end up smelling pretty.
If you really like the genre and are starving for something to read/listen to, then go ahead and give it a try. (Yeah, like you need my permission.) But you have been forewarned. And maybe keep a baseball bat handy. You may need it.
If this is typical of the work of this author I would never download another of his books.
Anything but a book written by this author
Irritation. The book was so corny and stupid it irritated me just to listen to it. I should have just downloaded another book and stopped listening to it.
This book was poorly written. It is clear that the author has little knowledge of the technical things he tries to put into the book. The description of what goes on with some equipment and activities clearly illustrates the author is clueless. Also, it seems the author didn't remember what he had written from one page to the next. One example is that during a fight with a zombie the main character drops his flashlight and it shatters, leaving him in the dark. A few seconds later he is using the flashlight again.I have never taken the time to write a review of the over 125 books I have downloaded, but this one is so bad I felt I should just warn people to save their money or credits. The only reason I didnt rate it a 1 was that it wasnt quite bad enough to stop listening to it, although the last half of the book I spent looking for more of the countless examples of bad writing instead of paying much attention to the content.
It was so boring.
It was long, I like long books.
I don't know if alot was "lost in translation" because this book was originally written in spanish. But it was "no bueno."
A grown man weeps and vomits his way through a zombie apocalypse. I have never heard of a grown man spending so much time crying, even over boo-boos.
An exercise in what ifs...zombies, earth changes, war, plague, asteroids, EMP, raiders....what would you do if the lights went out, forever.
Originally written in Spanish by Manel Loureiro, Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End vastly exceeds all expectations that one may have for a zombie apocalypse novel. Apocalypse Z is a harrowing story about a man and his cat Lucullus as they struggle to survive the first months of the zombie apocalypse. This apocalyptic book is flat-out awesome! Apocalypse Z is literally jammed packed with the most terrifying, vividly horrific scenes straight from the end of the world, zombie apocalypse hell. From the larger cities to the Spanish countryside, Spain has become a massive graveyard haunted by the most vicious zombies ever imagined, existing only to tear the living to shreds. The protagonist is a mild-mannered man who lives with his most faithful, loyal companion, Lucullus, the neighborhood tomcat, after he recently lost his wife to a horrible car accident. He is no hero. In fact, he’s a paper pushing lawyer and he’s absolutely scared out of his mind. He might have followed the herd to the slaughter in the so-called “safe zones” if it weren’t for the fact that they didn’t allow pets. Facing incredible odds from the start, he is pushed way beyond his limits. “…a def ear to fear.” Love and loyalty overcome paralyzing fear of hell on Earth. He doesn’t get many breaks and he makes plenty of mistakes. Indeed, he is an unlikely survivor. He is not an ex-special forces commando. He has limited experience with weapons and killing, or re-killing the undead, which is certainly not something that comes easily for him. (***NOTE: if you are a “mall ninja” who thinks you are going to shoot your way through the end of the world this book might not be for you…and by the way you’re an IDIOT…yes you…)
Apocalypse Z is a uniquely human story. In a world overrun by the living dead, humanity is rediscovered. A rarity for the genre, Apocalypse Z evokes real emotional response. It made me so angry that I wanted to grab that Ukrainian ship captain and hang him up from a crane by his balls (don’t worry, he gets what he deserves in the end). It has moments of despair as well as some great laugh out loud moments. A book that creates a visceral response is rare. Perhaps that is what separates a good book from a great book. Even if zombies aren’t your thing, Apocalypse Z is an excellent story and in my opinion is an absolute must read.