Well a little on the how to side and a little stilted in the writing. But got better as it went along. It was worth the sale price.
I was not able to finish this book. It is not that it was THAT bad as books of this genre go, but the main character was just such a tiresome jerk, I lost interest. Maybe it wasn't even just that the guy was a jerk, but that one minute he would be saving strangers, petting puppies or softly ooooing over a baby and the next he would be up bumping chests with some other character who apparently dared "hold his gaze" for too many seconds, or just in general being an obnoxious, insensitive, jerk to the people around him, who were usually just guilty of being nice to him. Other than that, the book did not present anything that was particularly stupid or impossible. I know it's a "zombie" book, but you have to have some regard for space, time, physics and other realities, and this book does not too a bad job of that. Some of the book's "gun lore" doesn't make sense and is inaccurate, but not to the point that it made the book intolerable. Other reviewers often complain about this book's basic setup, where the characters are sitting on an arsenal, have underground bunkers, and just happen to be well trained killing machines, but it's also tiresome to follow some guy around for half a book rooting through garbage carrying a stick with a knife taped on the end. So although this book does fall into that former category, I don't particularly mind that in this genre.
Dialog doesn't flow naturally - weakest part of the written story. Also a bit cumbersome in the "how to" sections of which there are way too many. Narrator has a great feel for the main character, but his choice of voice and delivery for the females in the story can make the reader dislike every one of them. Wish I had just bought the book. Could have skimmed the unnecessary dialog and the long extraneous explanations. Otherwise ok. But certainly not great.
The story covers a good amount of time. Its not drastic, but logical and easy to follow. The author ensures that for any amount of time that passes, he covers general events that have happen or occurred which is nice cause a lot of authors will just skip over it.
The only thing I didn't like were the female voices. At first the female voices were laughable... then they just became irritating.
The overall story was good, I enjoyed it. I like that fact that the story included vulgarity, but it wasn't over bearing. The author tells and builds the story of each of the major characters with simplicity that isn't overrated. The only thing that I didn't like was the narrator's attempt at female voices, that was horrible.
Overall this is a promising storyline, and I look forward to listening to or reading more in this series. Narration was actually better than "good," but I rated it a little lower because some of the characters were voiced in a very unlikable manner. A character who is supposedly quite intelligent for his age and uses words like "albeit" in casual conversation should not be voiced as though he just got off riding a killer mondo wave...dude.
Despite some unfortunate character voices, I like the book and the narrator's overall performance.
I like the way the author engaged the concept of survival.
I disliked the interhuman communication. It seemed staged and unrealistic.
The story is too clean; it lacks grit.
Nothing stands out.
I listened to the book as a pastime, but was not engaged.
The narration was lacking. Every other male character sounded like a surfer-dude-stoner, and every other female like a valley-girl.
The story is almost good.
Well apparently that was not enough.
The story is solid, the characters are believable (mostly), and you care about them (mostly). I would recommend this to others. This book deals more with the story of the main characters and less describing the dead over and over and over like some other authors in this genre.
Is it Dostoyevsky, or Tolstoy? No, but it's a zombie book what are you expecting.
Insert witty remark here...
This is only my first book in the series, so I do not want to pass judgment just yet on the ranking amongst other books/series I have listened to, but it was a nice easy listen.
Just because world has ended, you don't have to be an a**hole.
This book felt real. It was something that I felt that I could actually see myself doing, should I find myself rolling in extra money. Eric is just a regular guy, but he was lucky to count himself in the few who were prepared for the end. I can take some kickboxing lessons. I can learn about firearms and melee weapons. I can stockpile essentials. All of the things Eric did, he did with the help of his buddy, but everything seems pretty self-explanatory to those of us who love this genre. It was a refreshing listen, as I feel like I could be Eric. I am looking forward to where the author takes us next!
characters were just clichéd version of real people. the good guys said sir and ma'am and the bad ones wherd thugish. just easy to see where the story was going before it happened.