After reading patient zero and loving it I decided to give this one a shot and I'm glad I did. Many authors are venturing into "young adult" but really I think that's more of a marketing scheme than an indication of the content. While this book is definitely about a young boy coming of age it certainly isn't something I would only restrict to young readers. It has good character development, great action without being too over the top, and an entertaining story. I don't believe this breaks new ground in the zombie genre, but the "family business" is an interesting twist on the genre and something that I could certainly see existing. Lots of stimulating thought on what morality and society really means. The story itself is nothing spectacular. Typical lows and highs with a grand finale, but the characters really give this story life.
The narrator is easy to listen to and I stayed glued to my headphones. However, I would of liked more character voices. He does a good job with most but not as much variance as some of the narrators on here. Perhaps I'm being overly critical and I do still recommend giving it a listen.
I give the story 5 stars and the narrator 4. I don't personally like reading reviews on audible that just rate the book and not the narrator. If you read this please consider that in your next review. Audible please give us the ability to give two ratings!
I hope Jonathan Maberry continues writing books, I'm really enjoying his worlds.
If you loved Patient Zero but felt the other books didn't live up to the first, then I think you should give this one a shot. It's a non-stop roller coaster ride that the Joe Ledger novels are known for. From the first chapter the DMS team is thrown into the thick of it. MaBerry may jump on the popular culture band wagon with zombies and vampires but he always does it in his own style. He certainly borrows from the same ideas from these mythos but always seems to add something new into the mix that gives his stories a uniqueness you might not expect. I looked up many of the plot devices in this book and they're all real and have the mystery he describes. I enjoy fantasy that can be explained with some suspension of disbelief and real world mysteries. In addition, I felt that this series was becoming overly depressing. This book certainly has it's moments but I was very satisfied with the ending. It renewed my interest in this series and I'm looking forward to the next book!
Now for the narration. Ray Porter has to be one of my absolute favorite narrators. He seems to have an endless number of voices that he can create and bring life to. Many narrators won't even try female voices but he just nails it, great work Mr. Porter. You really do deserve an award for your work! He absolutely brings this story to life in a way very few narrators understand.
I know I've give this a lot of 5 stars but I just couldn't stop listening and truly believe that it deserves it.
Another pretty stereotypical zombie read. The difference and theme the author presents with this one is a couple having serious marital issues and how their personal conflicts come out during a zombie infection. I found a lot of the dialogue to be rather uninteresting. It was nice to see the characters resolve their issues and come together, but the common martial bickering got somewhat annoying. The zombie theme is definitely reaching it's all time high in popularity and several books have really shined. After reading Patient Zero and World War Z, it's very difficult for me to enjoy books in the genre with little to offer. The zombie portions of the story felt copied from so many already out there that I had a hard time enjoying it. Maybe if I had listened to this a couple of years ago I may have enjoyed it more but it takes a bit more to keep me interested in this genre these days. Another thing worth noting is that the male characters all felt intentionally removed of most intelligence. This may make sense due to the fact that the entire story is told from the female characters perspective. I can often hear my own girlfriend's thoughts in her narrative, but it might bother some male readers. It wasn't over the top male bashing, but it's worth mentioning. I'm giving it three stars for some entertaining zombie action and making a good attempt at joining a martial help book with the zombie apocalypse. I might read/listen to the second book, it depends on how well it's reviewed and what she does to make it shine in a genre overflowing with options.
The narrator is female, which makes sense, and did a good job with most of the characters in the book. Unfortunately the one I really felt she missed was David. The narrator really did a great job with the other characters, but unfortunately I can only give her 3 stars since I felt she missed on one of the main characters in the book. The rest of her voices are great, too bad it had to be a main character.
I've fallen into the zombie genre head first. Reading just about anything I can get and there is a huge amount to choose from these days. This has to be one of my absolute favorites. It's not your typical zombie apocalypse story about survival, but rather about the attempt to prevent it from happening. Don't get me wrong, it has plenty of good flesh eating action, but that certainly isn't its focus. Like Maberry's other books his characters are full of life and well described. I would describe Patient Zero as part James Bond and part Resident Evil. The narrator does a absolutely professional job at the voices and story. I recommend checking out Maberry's Rot and Ruin as well if you enjoy this book. I feel he's a leader in zombie stories right now. Adding his own twists to the increasingly popular culture. I hope audible gets the next book in this series soon. I give the book and narrator 5/5 stars.
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