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without spoiling anything...a particular "eating" scene! that may sound gross, but i bet you by the time you finish listening to the story, you'll agree with me!
again...without spoiling anything...the moment after the "eating" scene. again, i'll bet you'll agree with me!
two really good stories in one! as the book opens, a family is fleeing a zombie horde. just as they reach the safety of the safe area's chain link fence, an accidental misplacement of a hand leads to the fingers being bitten off of the man's hand! after a few quick words to his family, he runs away, back into the oncoming horde, filled with the courage only a dying man can muster. jump ahead 2 years, and our unamed man's mind comes back to consciousness as he is eating his latest victim.
as our unamed zombie is recoiling mentally at what he can't stop doing, we meet ethan. he is the staff sergeant of delta team. delta team is one of the teams getting ready to board a train-like vehicle in order to take the fight to the insurgents. ethan's story tells us the state of the government and its fight against both the zombies and insurgents. our unamed zombie's story tells us what it's like to be a zombie and part of a horde.
individually, both stories are strong and could stand alone. as the overall story progresses, the stories begin to overlap and meld in an exciting, yet believable, way. for such a short story, the authors do a good job of building interesting characters.
the narration is excellent! each character's voice is varied and unique.
overall, an excellent zombie story!
this is my favorite of the 3 books! wow! zed really loses his $hit and goes crazy! i really liked that the author finally got to the hospital. there's a lot of action, and zed really needs a dose of the ogre and the harpie to get through what he has to do! the hospital scenes are really good.
destroyer focuses on zed. murphy kinda takes a back seat for most of the story. a few new characters are added to the story. the casualty rate is high, and you never know who's going to survive, which is always a plus in my book. the hoard scenes are intense and well thought out. i like how nothing comes easy.
overall, a good continuation of the story!
the ending was pretty shocking! i definitely wasn't expecting that!
the narrator is still hyped up, still doing william shatner! lol
this is a good continuation of the overall story. the banter between zed and murphy is pretty entertaining.the plot progresses in a believable way, and the author manages the tension of the story well. i like how zed and murphy continue to experiment with their slow burn status. it's definitely an interesting plot device.
regarding the narration, it grew on me. my first thought was william shatner. a lot of people kind of laugh at his overacting as captain kirk on star trek. to apply it to the narrator, i thought he was overacting.
i'm a zombie apocylapse junkie, and i'll listen to almost any zombie story so when audible recommended this book, i clicked on it to read the summary and listen to the sample. neither really caught my attention, but i had a few hours to burn so i decided to give it a try b/c i could always return it. plus at $10, it's pretty expensive for such a short story. however by the time i finished listening to it, i downloaded the next installment b/c i was intrigued by what would happen next.
the story takes place in austin, texas, and most of the action is centered around the university there. the author went to school there, and uses his knowledge of the area to build the story.
i can't say much without spoiling the plot, but what i can say is that the plot is unique in that it's a little bit different than what i've listened to lately, and different is usually good.
even though slow burn is a really short story at 3 and 1/2 hours, it packs a punch. a lot happens in that short time.
as the author states, this is the first book in a 6 part series. as an initial outbreak story, it's pretty good. it captures the confusion and fear of what's happening. there's a lot of action, but there are well-timed pauses to let the listener and characters catch their breath. the story ends at a good place, and i'm eagerly awaiting to see what happens next.
a little bit about me...at the moment, all of the t.v. shows i watch are either on hiatus or are over. so audio books are one of my main sources of entertainment. so, i'm always purchasing extra credits and buying books. i found slow burn worth the $10. i was thoroughly entertained by it. so if you're like me, then this is a good way to be entertained for a short time.
if you're new to the zombie genre or don't want to expend a credit on such a short story, put it in your wish list to come back to to see if an omnibus version is released in the future, or if it goes on sale. there are a lot of good zombie books, and this one is kind of expensive. if you're interested, then please check my reviews b/c i reviewed a bunch of 'em.
as the story opens ken and his group of survivors are going up in the elevator of his wife's building. they discover that some of the infected are acting differently. kind of like the aliens in the alien movies, these infected are secreting something from their mouths, building cocoon-like structures and webbing. the infected let ken and his group just pass on by as they wander around, which i kinda found weird. but ok, i'll buy it for now. ken finds his wife and 2 children in a drugged state, encased in webbing. it's not until they try to free ken's family that those infected get agitated. once ken's family is free, they flee the building across a giant crane that has fallen between the 2 buildings. and this is where things start to get even weirder and more unbelievable.there are like thousands or even tens of thousands of infected chasing them. either they are able to elude them or the author forgot just how many were chasing them.the story devolves into 2 really long action scenes, where ken and company are chased and stalked by different kinds of infected.
from the story, i know we're like 4 hours into the infection, but i just don't know how these people were able to keep their energy up enough to perform these feats- crossing a huge crane and then shimmying down an elevator shaft infested with another type of infected. the believability went out the window for me. i just don't see how the infected have evolved into so many varying types so quickly after just a few hours.
initially, i was intrigued by the characters, but there's just no time to develop them b/c they're always running and fighting for their lives!
the story ends in another cliffhanger, and i was left thinking how much more can these characters take?
overall, i was disappointed by the direction the story took. the action was so frenetic and the tension was so high that i actually felt exhausted after listening to this short story. it's a frustrating listen, and i can't recommend it. download at your own risk!
safari picks up right where the mountain man left off. gus has just fought off roxanne and her boyfriend's gang. his house is trashed and full of dead bodies, but there's no rest for gus. even though he has had the crap beat out of him by roxie, he has to attend to things, and the first being his shattered teeth. roxie's knee to his face has broken some of his teeth, and in one grisly scene, gus has to play dentist.
gus is haunted by his betrayal and the loss of his friend, scott. he drowns his demons with booze and killing zombies. safari is darker than the mountain man as gus' loneliness causes him to hallucinate and to start losing some of his humanity. reminiscent of the movie, cast away, gus has an imaginary friend in the form of a captain morgan's bottle. their banter is funny and touching at times.
there is tension throughout the story, and you wonder when gus' boozing is going to catch up with him, especially since he's solo. there are a few holy $hit scenes, where you're definitely thinking how in the heck is gus gonna get out of this hornets nest.
i think safari is faster paced than mountain man, but the plot does not feel rushed. there is a lot of zombie bashing as gus dons his nomex suit, neck brace, and helmet.
the mystery to the disappearing bodies is revealed, and i have to say it's quite shocking. it's definitely unique, and something you won't be expecting! no, i'm not going to tell you!
once again, rc bray does a great job narrating the story. he is definitely one of my favorite narrators.
overall, an excellent follow-up to the mountain man. if you liked that story, then you'll really like this one.
as the story opens, lance, cass, and doc brown are ashore, looking for supplies, and highford is manning their boat. lance is in target, trying on some socks while cass and doc brown are scavenging for medical supplies.
as lance leans against a dvd stand to get his balance, he unwittingly knocks it over, and the sound draws some of the day walkers. what follows is a frenetic cat and mouse chase as lance, cass, and doc brown flee the vladys to the perceived safety of their boat.
brant's writing makes me feel like i'm right there, in the middle of the action! wayne june's narration brings the action off the pages and into my room. he knows when to pick up his reading speed and when to slow down. his narration adds another level of enjoyment to the story.
although the story is told from lance's perspective, you really get to know the other characters, especially cass.
i like how nothing comes easy for these survivors, and how none are the super soldier type. it's adds a sense of realism to the story.
our survivors run into an old enemy, ralph, the leader of the minutemen, who tied up lance after lance let him and cronies into his hiding place. although ralph and his group are kind of cliche, i liked the tact the author took to resolve that part of the story.
overall, a good continuation of the story and a good listen.
the narration was great. martinez's portrayal of madd dog mccall was believable and authentic. he sounded gruff and tough as expected of an infamous wanted man. i was brought into the old west by his performance.
the old west meets zombies...i wasn't too sure about that mix of genres, but i decided to give it a shot, and i'm glad i did!
at first i was thinking...mad dog mccall, the infamous outlaw? ok. kind of cheesey and cliche. but what you end up with is a great character with a lot of depth. i was surprised by his back story. karen is also another good character, not just your typical tough woman in the old west.
as the story opens, mccall is in the town jail. karen is at the brothel, when they hear a commotion outside. as the patrons rush to see what the fuss is all about, they see 2 men attacking a woman. to their shock, the 2 men are biting her and ripping chunks of flesh from her. the patrons rush out and try to tell the men to stop. the deputy sheriff arrives. he's young and green and orders the men to stop or he'll shoot. his yelling attracts the attention of the 2 dead men. when they stand, the deputy sheriff and the patrons notice these 2 disheveled men have arrows sticking out of them, and one even has a tomahawk embedded in his chest. as they approach the deputy, he shoots them in the chest, but nothing happens. as the zombies descend upon the deputy, a few of the patrons help wrestle the zombies off of him. hearing the gunshots, the sheriff leaves the jail house to see what the heck is happening. when the sheriff arrives, the patrons are managing to hold the zombies down, but it hasn't been without consequences. a few complain to the sheriff that these weirdos bit them. the sheriff, a real stickler for the law, orders the 2 strangers to be handcuffed so they can be thrown in jail to cool off.
needless to say, those bitten begin to change and all hell breaks loose!
all 3 parts of this story are good. mccall and karen are good characters that actually have depth. there's also a good bad guy in this story, and he's not the usual type.
there's a lot of good zombie battling throughout this story. so, don't be put off by the mix of genres. it's actually well done!
as the story opens, john is in a meeting in nyc when he and everybody else get a text message that the dead have come back to life and have started eating the living. at first, everybody thinks it's a prank, but as they turn on the t.v., the news reports otherwise. john's group is trapped in an office building with only a thin pane of glass between them and the street. utterly paralyzed, they watch others in a similar situation while planning their escape.
in the lobby, john meets kyle. he's the security guard. kyle is an iraqi war vet who flew choppers. as they all search for weapons, the only things they come across is a broom stick and a potted plant. their only saving grace is that they haven't been noticed yet, but that quickly changes as their boss, now a zombie, heads back to where they are. he attracts the attention of the other zombies, and together, their pressure eventually causes the plane of glass to shatter. as the glass tinkles to the ground, all hell breaks lose, and it's every man for himself!
the beginning of the story really caught me. the narrator's voice and the dialogue immediately engrossed me. the narrator's voice perfectly matches john's character. the writing was funny yet action packed. after the first 15 minutes, i was totally engrossed.
one guy emerged from the crowd with a slightly raised voice. he was bald with a cul-de-sac cut. the kind where he kept the hair on the side of his head instead of shaving the whole thing, creating a perfect half circle of baldness on top. i'd seen him around the building. he's either a ceo or acting branch manager. he was in charge of his own little world before this. real alpha male type, and he was sure he had all the right answers. mr. cul-de-sac kept rattling on about how the waterfront was only 4 blocks away and that we could get a boat and get past the crowds in the city no problem.
humor, zombies, and gore...yeah, i was into this story! i also liked the aspect that john and kyle had to do a lot of hand to hand fighting with the zombies. that fighting was pretty realistic b/c neither was particularly adept at it. they had to learn quick. i also enjoyed the story b/c neither was a survivalist with a bunker full of food and guns. i've listened to quite a few of those stories so i found this one refreshing.
john's goal is to get back to his pregnant wife 900 miles away. kyle decides to join him on his journey b/c they're headed the same way. kyle has a few friends at a base in augusta, ga so they band together to try to escape nyc.
along the way, they rescue michael from a helicopter crash. michael tells them he's heading for a place called avalon in the blue ridge mountains.
i really enjoyed listening to this zombie novel. it was full of humor yet still maintained tension throughout. the narration is excellent. it makes the story. the is a WTF cliffhanger ending, and i had to see if there is a second book coming out. the ending reminded me of the ending of the movie, inception, where you can interpret what happens next.
overall, a fun zombie book i recommend!
as the story opens, dustin is getting ready for his 5 am shift. however, he realizes that he has worked at his new job long enough to take his first sick day so he calls his manager and heads to his old work place- a record store slowly going out of business. after he parks in the underground parking lot, he uses his old codes to break into the store and steal music. after rifling through what's left of the store's inventory, dustin decides to take a nap. when he wakes up, he notices brandon, his old boss, hasn't shown up to open the store. he turns on the t.v. and learns that the dead are attacking the living.
elsewhere, kelly wakes up to a noise in her house. while investigating the source of the noise, she discovers it's her ex-husband, randy, rifling through her office. when kelly confronts randy about breaking into her house, randy said that he was looking for his joke book. kelly is a pop singer, and it seems as if the author based kelly and randy on katy perry and russell brand, right down to randy's whiny british accent.
like the previous story, this one bounces back and forth between dustin's story and kelly's and randy's. there are a few short vignettes that detail the scope of the zombie apocylapse.
while i liked dustin's story better than kelly's, i came to utterly disdain dustin. if you've seen the movie, saving private ryan, there is one scene where i felt like jumping off my couch and strangling corporal upham. he is the translator that is too scared to help his friends as the nazis kill them. he just sits on the staircase and then even lets the nazi killer walk right by him without doing anything. the way i felt about corporal upham is the same way i felt about dustin, but dustin is magnitudes worse. so yeah, i got pretty wound up listening to his story.
dustin's story dominates the book. after a while, you don't hear much about kelly. it's not until the last fourth of the book that we learn about the characters from the first book, which is kind of disappointing. dustin is murphy's law, and he eventually brings his calamities to the safe community dan has built around his uncle's ranch.
overall, i was kind of disappointed with the story b/c i had hoped to hear more about dan and his community. i didn't really like the characters of kelly and randy, and maybe the author didn't either b/c he abandons them halfway through the book. regarding dustin, he's the type of character you love to hate. at first, you feel sorry for him, but as time passes, and you learn what he does, you quickly begin to loathe him. by the end of the story, you actually wish he gets what's coming to him!
as a zombie apocylapse story, it's ok, average, but as a character story, it's pretty good. why do i say that? b/c dustin really got under my skin and truly irritated me in a way i rarely am. so, i have to give the author props for that.
call me crazy, but i'd compare the beauty of the story to hemingway's the sun also rises.
the narration is spectacular! the narrator has a warm voice and is easy to listen to. his voice and reading add a haunting beauty to the story. his voices for higg and bangley are unique and match each character's disposition.
don't let the weird name of the book throw you off! the dog's stars is a beautifully written and narrated story! if you're a fan of dystopian stories, then this is a must listen!
the story is told in the first person by higg. he lives at an old country airport a few miles from the mountains. his only neighbor is bangley, a gruff survivalist. they are like an old married couple. there are very tense moments and some very funny moments. they are constantly sparring. higg is a free spirit while bangley is a stickler about following rules and protocols. together, they monitor the 8 square miles surrounding the airport.
higg flies his cessna around the property, looking for threats as bangley monitors the grounds from his sniper position. higg is the eyes, and bangley is the muscle.
i love dogs, and i love a good story about a dog. higg has a dog named jasper, who is a character in his own right. the author did an excellent job weaving the companionship and loyalty a dog can provide and display into this story.
i give this audio book my highest recommendation! there is only one caveat to this story- how and when you listen to it. you will probably want to listen to this when you have the time to devote your full attention to it. trust me, it is well worth it!
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