I have absolutely no idea whether it would be better to have the print version of back story as I only have the audiobook, and it's great. I'm not sure if it's because I'm already a fan of That Mitchell and Webb Sound/Look; David Mitchell's Soapbox/newspaper columns/appearances on panel shows or what, but listening to David Mitchell the comedian (not David Mitchell the author) read his own book - which makes him an author - brings this story to life. I think it helps that David and I are the same age and went to the same sort of schools, and have the same sorts of interests - theatre, history, beer etc. So when he talks of the world he grew up in I find it all very relatable in a completely hilarious way.David Mitchell is the sort of person who you like to think you'd probably get on rather well with if you met at a party and you both weren't too embarrassed to say anything at all.
I would compare this book to the book you wish you could write yourself and have people you don't know wish they could be your friends. I'm not sure this is helpful.
Yes I have. Very well
Yes, yes there was.
Idiots, that's who will enjoy this book. If you think you enjoyed it, ask yourself: was it the predictability of the story; the broadly drawn and ill-defined characters; the absolutely 'go nowhere' pointlessness of the book; or was it just the stupid poor writing? Seriously, this book is meant to be in diary form, and we have entries that go like "My Mother called to talk about my Stepfather..." Really? If it's YOUR OWN DIARY it would read "Mom called to talk about Gary".
Well no, because there is always Max Brooks' sublime World War Z, which I hold is the finest piece of Zombie Fiction of all time, truly masterful in every way. Actually, now I think of it - you know you would rate Day By Day Armagedon? The same idiots that rate the film version of World War Z
He pronounces 'vehicle' as two words. Look, he's ok - it's the source material that's rubbish. I quite like Mr Snyder in Peter Clines' 'Ex' series.
The main character, and John. What do we know about John anyway? Nothing, that's what. A main character that is so broadly written that we don't know anything other than he makes a slingshot on his roof.
The internet is a great leveler.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who has already enjoyed the other books in the series, with one HUGE caveat: The voices you've come to know and love from Captain Freedom, Dr Danielle Morris, Stealth, Maddy, Dr Soresen, John Smith and others are all missing. This isn't too bad because Jay Snyder does a pretty good job, and he IS St. George and Zzap, but...you know, it just ain't the same.
Zzap, the nerd!
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No, but it is a good solid entry in the series, with loads of zombies, superheroes, Star Trek and Doctor Who references, with a touch of Monty Python thrown in for good measure.
If you like the other books you'll dig this but you will miss the other actors.
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