Some apocalypse books spend (I feel) too much time dealing with the emotions of the survivors. D. J. Molles does that but with a careful hand. He stays well on the side of action/zombies/thriller but still gives us characters to root for and some to hate.
Christian Rummell does, I feel, a really excellent job. I've read other books he narrated and, actually, he's the reason I chose this series.
How the World Ends, Again.
Jerry's coup is definitely, I feel, another end of the world - an end of the world Lee and the survivors had created.
Very happy with the series and look forward to more.
The narrator does an excellent job setting up the characters.
A little slow at the outset, but give it some time. You don't want to miss this series.
This is the typical start to a zombie apocalypse book.
Even though they are technically not zombies.
The book is short and lays the foundation for the rest of the series.
You will want to read this book because it sets ou good books to come.
He is great!
Get ready for the rest of the series!
I have a long drive to work and audible makes it so much more bearable
I would say this book is right up there with others that I have read. I really liked the way the main character is introduced and his "mission". Nice twist on a often written about subject.
Christian Rummels performance was first rate. I would listen to him again.
I have only read the first book in this series, but I am looking forward to the rest. I even got my wife hooked while taking a road trip.
The build-up of each scene, the realistic dialogue and twisting action from chapter to chapter makes this a "can't press pause" audiobook.
I enjoyed each human situation, with the clash of morals and effect of survival instincts vs society's previous rules. A lot of the characters experienced conflict, including Lee himself.
Great narration leads us through a well conceived, well paced story. Okay, so main protagonist isn't the smartest man in the bunker (even though he is), and the bad guys are too simple (come on, a character like Gerry need a bit more nuance), but I enjoyed the series...up until #4 (hours of internal monologue: I get it, Lee's hurt and Angela's not going to take it any more).
I'll get number 5, though.
While I enjoy reading (or listening) to books based on the premise of an apocalyptic world, this author hasn't quite refined his craft sufficiently to hold my interest. Take out the gratuitous cursing and you have comic book material suitable for a teenager. The characters lack depth and it is hard to feel any sort of empathy for them. I found myself wishing it would just end so I could be done with it. I will not be following the further adventures of Captain Lee Harden in the follow-up books. With all due respect to Mr. Molles, this book has the feel of a product that was rushed to the market in order to take advantage of current trends.
If you are interested in this kind of story, try The Passage by Justin Cronin. Read by Scott Brick, the story will pull you in from the first page! Awesome author and reader!
Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior
I wouldn't know I assume they are the same
All of them! I don't have a favorite they were so individualalized I felt like I knew them.
Uh mmm, how do I pick one. I guess when (spoiler) jack gets bit
(Spoiler)when he had to kill his dog.
I couldn't put this book down. I was looking for every single second to listen.
I did before I finished it...but should not have. Same old story, nothing new.
I got the first audio book with my monthly credit from audible and was so hooked I ended up buying the rest of the series the following few days.
This is hard to stop listening to. There is just the right balance of action and drama in this series. It's never all about shooting zombies which can get old fast. Characters and storyline are well thought out and that will keep me coming back till the last book in its series.
If you like day by day Armageddon by j l Bourne you will love this series.
Kudos to the author, great work.
This book read like a hobby writer's first attempt at a novel. The language is forced and the characters are bland and voiceless. Midway through the book I realized I didn't care about the supporting characters, not that I could tell them apart, and by the end I just wished they would all die. The protagonist's inner monologue is tedious, repetitive, and shallow.
I blame the editor most of all. They should have attacked the manuscript with a red pen and struck out half or more of the words. Nearly ever sentence in the book could have been 3-4 words shorter, and been much better for it. Every third sentence should have been excised entirely.
The voice acting is so over the top it's distracting. That, at lest, gets marginally better towards the end.
The overall concept was decent, and at least initially interesting. Ultimately, though, it was a wasted opportunity. At least the book didn't have a message or overt political or religious subtext. I've seen books like this that made that mistake. What social commentary there is tends be obvious and not very deep.