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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

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  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (404)

    The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

    coreybeth says: "Buy it NOW awesome series!! More please!"
    "Very good, as expected"
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    Who thinks they can pitch a tent in the middle of a field and think they're safe during a zombie apocalypse!?

    Apart from one or two quibbles, this book is otherwise very good, a must read if you are into zombie literature. I think the previous book, "Rise of the Governor" is better, or at least even more gut wrenching and dramatic. Both books are pretty sad and depressing, although that's the style of the series, I wish it had at least some upbeat parts.

    But at least in this book there is a character to like, Lilly. Tragic things keep happening to her and she is just trying to survive. Lilly is someone you can relate to and keep hoping that she pulls through each time.

    There are a whole bunch of complex gray morality issues going on throughout the book and all of it well handled by the author. In times like these, what are you supposed to do? Survive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Again Below Zero: Rise Again, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Billions died and rose again, hungry for human flesh. When the nightmare reached Sheriff Danielle Adelman's small mountain community of Forest Peak, California, it was too late for warnings . . . forcing her to lead a small group of survivors out of hell, all the while seeking her estranged runaway sister at any cost.

    Mike Naka says: "wow! much, much better than expected!"
    "Great book, but why not a triology?"
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    The wrinkle on this zombie tale are the smart zombies, the thinkers.

    Generally, it starts off as a convoy of humanity called the "tribe", led by Dani the sheriff. Pretty good zombie telling. Eventually they get to the "safe zone" where the "thinkers" are at the top of the food chain and the plot intricacies start to get complicated.

    I thought the plot was kinda flimsy really and started to wonder where could this possibly lead. How far could Dani keep playing one political faction off against the other? I think the author was wondering the same and its almost as if his publisher was nagging at him and he felt he had better wrap things up because suddenly "Ka Boom! Never mind trying to tie the plot together, back to basics with a zombie onslaught, fire and mayhem.

    Dani is slightly more likeable now because we have more insight into her battle with her rage and alcoholism.

    Would have really liked to keep going with this series but this looks like the end of things. That's too bad. Still, we got two really long good solid zombie stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Birds: The King of Clayfield, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shane Gregory
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    For weeks, the town’s museum director has fought the undead and has believed that he was Clayfield’s sole survivor. But when odd things begin to happen, it becomes clear that other healthy people are around. A friend shows up unexpectedly full of trouble and secrets, and they are not alone. Another group of survivors brings even more secrets and conflict. And then there’s Bruce, the new guy in Clayfield. Bruce likes the zombie apocalypse just fine. He gets to be the person he could not be before the outbreak.

    Gary says: "Hope there is more to come!"
    "I couldn't believe what I was reading!"
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    Seriously? The story went like that? How could you do that Shane! Again?!
    I can hardly say anything about the story without giving anything away. So I wont. I'll just yell at the author again. I'm knocking off stars for you, Shane! Don't do that again! I don't like stories turning out like that! Waited all this time for this and that to happen but you make that and this happen...man...

    Still, gotta keep following this awkward, weird and crazy story, but you pull that stunt one more time and I'll...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DEAD: The Ugly Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By TW Brown
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (164)

    The unthinkable has happened. The dead are walking! Humanity's fragile thread may be reaching its bitter end. Individuals and groups struggle to survive...some at any cost. Will there be anybody left? Or, is this just...The Ugly Beginning?

    Amanda says: "overdone"
    "Too many short stories"
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    My first problem with this book is that it was a jumble of short stories. I prefer to read about one group and closely getting to know them.
    Secondly, nasty rape scenes for apparently no reason. Its just gross and there is no resolution or rescue or anything. Well written but I felt the story was kinda pointless with so many different characters and nasty scenes that didn't end well. Ill just return this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mitigation: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Sean Schubert
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Wet. Freezing. Hopeless. As the Alaskan autumn yields itself to the encroaching threat of winter, Neil, Jerry, Meghan, and Emma must fight for themselves and the survival of everyone else in their group, including the children Danny and Jules, against growing masses of flesh-hungry zombies. The undead menace continues to nip at their heels as they retreat down the Seward Highway and venture further into the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness.

    Sean says: "Not Interesting At the Start"
    "Rambling, killing off characters"
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    I thought the start was kinda cool, you find out what happens to the Dr. Cadwell and another person.

    But then there is what I found to be prolonged rambling with not much happening and then suddenly characters start dying. I didn't want those characters to die, but at the same time nothing much was happening with them. I didn't see much of a point of the entire book besides killing off characters which really wasn't done in any profound way.

    I found the story very annoying and unsatisfying and I don't like the kid centric focus, because I don't like kids. They are annoying short people.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (777)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Hassan says: "Surprising Start!!!"
    "Almost non stop great action"
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    Lee has to prove himself to the survivors and goes to try to recover supplies from his bunker which results in many, many twists, turns and surprises, which never seem to end. There is a tremendous amount of action but not the senseless kind. The author brings us into Lee Hardens head and shows the inner workings of how this professional soldier becomes a beast of a war machine. Because the inner personality of Lee is described you can identify strongly with the character and it doesn't become a superficial action story. You cheer when he becomes angry, thoughtful when he ponders, its almost as if you feel the pain when he gets hurt. Again, he is not perfect and suffers the consequences, reminded me of John McClane in Die Hard, all beaten and busted up.

    The author and narration are just really good, everything works. This is not your trashy zombie tale, but quality work.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1226)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Bad plot turned out very good"
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    I really had my doubts about this series and only the excellent reviews led me to listen to the first book.

    The premise is that the government has this secret end of the world military group which individually bunkers down for a month and come out to rebuild society. They've never had to try to fulfill their mission, until now. I could almost buy that, but they only have one man for each state? And who bunkers down for a month with a dog? It just didn't seem plausible.

    Right off the bat I pegged this was a macho military special forces bang bang splatter book with nothing else to offer, the worst kind of zombie story. And I think the protagonist thought it would be like that too. Well, things didn't turn out that way. Our hero isn't perfect and makes an almost fatal mistake right away. Nothing is easy. The story and the difficulties that he and his group had to over come is gripping and compelling. They are constantly on the run, hunted with no supplies and barely making it the few hours. The only easy day was yesterday.

    And my pet peeve are stupid kids messing everything up, but the author read my mind in this case with Sam! Lee is just as angry at the kid as me, almost word for word, lol.

    The narrator also changed. I thought it would be like listening to the voice of those movie trailers for 8 hrs through the book, every word and sentence had to be so darn dramatic and interesting when there was nothing going on. But he dropped the over acting later. Hes very good.

    In some ways this story reminds me of Day by Day. I think this is a must read if you like zombie books. Get "The Remaining" now!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Hunger III: The Chatsworth Chronicles: Dead Hunger - A Flex Sheridan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Eric A. Shelman
    • Narrated By John M. Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A gas emitting from the earth's core has transformed 90% of the living into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies, and the remaining 10% are fighting for their lives. Hemp Chatsworth takes the reins in book three of the Dead Hunger series, which finds our small band of heroes growing with each passing day. Seeking the safety of a less vulnerable part of the country, Flex and company pack up and head to New Hampshire, where a community of survivors thrive, facing the daily battles together.

    Tilo says: "Alls good"
    "Alls good"
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    Hemp is captured by a crazy millionaire and has to perform research to cure the zombie condition. I find it interesting how the author creates is own pseudo science to explain zombiesm and this book, through the eyes of scientist Hemp Chatsworth (and his wife Charlie), spends a good part of the time doing this. Similar in style to the other books, there aren't many shocks or gut wrenching or emotionally draining events, but neither are there many frustratingly stupid moments. A rather pleasant, relaxing read for the most part, with a splatter of gore here and there. The series is a solid read for the zombie enthusiast.

    I started reading another book after this, and the sound quality difference is noticeable. Quality of the recordings of this series still needs to be raised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Hunger II: The Gem Cardoza Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Eric A. Shelman
    • Narrated By John M. Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (13)

    As Flex, his niece Trina, Gem, Hemp and Charlie brave the wild world teeming with the walking dead, they make up the rules as they go along. Flex Sheridan was an electrician before the world took a nasty turn; Gem, an artist. Hemp is a scientist who specializes in epidemics and also carries in his bag of tricks a mechanical engineering degree. Charlie is a metal and punk rocker in her mid-twenties who has learned how to take out two zombies at once with her crossbow. Each one of them has their own story.

    Tilo says: "Enjoying the story and characters"
    "Enjoying the story and characters"
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    The story continues and this time is told from Gems perspective. I like how this book explains the pseudo science behind zombieism as Shelman creates his own flavour of zombie. Its well thought out and suspends disbelief.

    Nothing especially emotionally compelling or extreme action and horror but I just enjoy reading what they're doing, how their characters are and their interactions. Sometimes books can try to take drastic turns for cheap thrills, which you really don't like. This story is pretty safe.

    The group picks up the people at the CDC, hold up somewhere while Hemp researches about zombies and takes off again with a goal in mind once they a new way to fight the zombies.

    The sound quality continues to be sub par. I've never been particularly sensitive to sound but I think its easy to hear the difference between the sample in this recording and samples from other books. Like some evil aura, there is a hollowness and raspiness around the narrators words when he speaks.

    The narrator is otherwise rather good I think. At first you think he can't even read because its so halting like he cant read ahead. But I think thats how Gem is supposed to be because when he says lines for other characters its no problem at all. Neither does he try to take on a female voice like many others who end up sounding like transvestites. Not an over actor, inflection is good and voice comfortable to listen to.

    I'll continue investing in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All That I See: The King of Clayfield, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Shane Gregory
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    The zombie apocalypse rages on. In the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, survivors attempt to carve out new lives for themselves. There is hope that eventually Clayfield can be secured, but first the undead must be eliminated and law and order must be restored. Unfortunately, the survivors might not ever get to implement their plan. Gangs of looters continue to strike the town and news filters in that something worse could be coming.

    Mike Naka says: "series gets even better!"
    "Seed Quest?"
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    There are a some things which didn't make sense and forced me deduct a star for book two of this series. For example, the protagonist has this thing for seeds because he is such a long term thinker. I agree with the other group who thought this was a bit nutty. Way too early to risk life and limb for seeds. I also didn't find it realistic that people would risk their lives in armed confrontation with each other, even if they are thugs. Thugs pick on the helpless. Not those that can shoot back. Another thing was why he didn't go to the helpful group directly after he got out of the nasty "trap". He just does a few things which, I think at least, don't make much sense.

    On the other hand many other things he does are great, like satisfyingly punching that you'll-know-who in the face. On the whole, its positive that some things he manages to pull off, but others just don't go as planned.

    There is a lot more human conflict and an interesting grey zone of ethics. Remember him bursting through the compound in the first book? Its like the game Fallout, some things will give you bad karma and reputation.

    The book has a great climax; but unsatisfying resolution. Shane Gregory better hurry up with the next book because I just gotta know what happens!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Clayfield: Clayfield, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Shane Gregory
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    On a cold February day in the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum director finds himself in the middle of hell on earth. A pandemic is spreading around the globe, and it’s turning most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, the director decides to stick it out near his hometown and wait for the government to send help. But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns....

    Mike Naka says: "surprisingly good"
    "Will be one of your favorites"
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    This book started hovering around the 3 stars mark for a while, but shifted to 4 stars as the both the story and protagonist developed and then at the end it went suddenly BING! and hit the 5 stars bell. The narrator must be the best male narrator I've listened to.

    If you are like me and demand that authors take the zombie apocalypse seriously and try to make such a tale as realistic as possible, waste no time and spend your credit here. There is no over the top nonsense here.

    The author makes the tale believable by coming up with creative solutions to some of the discrepancies in a zombie apocalypse. With so much splatter in other books, why don't the characters get infected? Often they happen to be immune, but at least here they use handkerchiefs to cover their faces. They have a fix for fighting off the infection if things get bad. The zombies aren't mindless but are like animals. They form packs, therefore some areas are very empty allowing them to get supplies. Head shots don't always work. They do get back up, but not right away. Most things have explanations for but some questions tantalizingly remain to be discovered. The word zombie doesn't even come up until the end, they are just called people. Yeah, pretty slow on the uptake but it all makes sense.

    The protagonist is so unassuming he doesn't even have a name. I didn't even realize this and had to Google the answer to write this review because I thought I had just missed it. A museum director of a sleepy town, he is such a wuss and would be zombie brunch if it weren't for Jen who is such an awesome character. All characters have depth and feel real and the protagonist goes through a transformation as the story develops. Something suddenly at the end had me screaming in my head and made it hit the 5 star bell but I'm not going to give it away.

    Hurry up and download this story. And the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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