I heard this was a novel written for teenagers, which would explain some of the stuff I didn't enjoy so much. I thought the premise was interesting but not altogether convincingly executed. Especially the romance aspect, it made me gag at several points in the story and of course lead characters that can do no wrong and are not complex.
But it was a quick listen, not too bad. I don't like it enough to listen to the rest and there are better "battle to the death" novels out there (mostly by stephen king).
A fascinating tale told by the slightly fever-addled brain of our narrator. One of those gritty realistic apocalypse tales with a lot of survival details, but not quite as dark as The Road. It was suspenseful and excellently written.
How the character of Bangly was developed and revealed throughout the story. He was such an unlikeable character at first I was almost rooting for him to die, but that changes through the book. Also he is just your typical gun nut waiting for the apocalypse to really shine, so that was interesting to see played out.
This is not a PG-13 book. Definitely rated R or worse due to sexual content more than violence, so not good for kids. (Which is a shame)
Yes, because I was annoyed for a lot of the start of the book when it wasn't going the way I thought it would go. Now I realize it is more of a thought-provoking novel and would listen more to the details.
The Road, just because they are both futuristic and get people talking/thinking/debating. And they both are pretty exciting.
It was interesting enough for me to discuss it with others who were not reading it, to get their view on it. Also now I want to watch the movie.
I would recommend this novel.
I usually avoid zombie novels, finding them too unrealistic for my liking, but this one was very well done despite the premise. I guess any apocalypse premise is unlikely so who am I to judge a zombie plague as less-likely than a giant asteroid or anything else?
Anyway, if you are a fan of the genre, this is a must-read. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one and find out what happens!
It is the journal of a man living through a zombie apocalypse, mostly about his specific plans for survival.
This novel did a great job of taking you inside a world that is thankfully foreign to most of us, the world of cancer kids (now teenagers).
The story was always interesting and moved right along, I was surprised by and enjoyed the plot twists and found the characters likable despite all of their speech patterns being the same witty repartee as the narrator.
I would recommend it to the same people who liked Memoirs of a Geisha, to get a fascinating glimpse inside another world.
A saintly stepmother begins caring for her husband's 3 rotten teenager children right before a slow apocalypse begins. Her one-dimensional, Mother-Theresa-like good nature lasts and lasts for the entire book, despite having a nasty crone mother, her neighbor's wife being a cheating slut, and her new husband basically abandoning her with his 3 spoiled children to raise.
The apocalypse details that I read for were not there until maybe the last 1/10th of this novel, and it was in no way worth reading through the rest of this unrealistic tale of the Mother Theresa of the Apocalypse who never did one selfish thing ever in her whole life to get to them.
The story is like something written by pre-teen boys dreaming about what they would do after the end of the world, which is fight crime, apparently. Completely unrealistic and offering very little in the way of gritty realism that us fans of the apocalypse genre enjoy.
The characters never use contractions in their dialog. So, aside from being solid and complete stereotypes, they sound like idiotic robots or foreigners the whole time.
I've read all the apocalypse books, and if you love them like I do, save this one for the very last or don't bother at all. It's only saving grace was it's length, a short 8 hours. Also it gives me hope that anyone can be a writer. I won't be continuing on with the series.
If you are like me and, for some reason, like to imagine how you would survive an apocalypse, this will be a great read for you. It is all survival, all the time, although our main characters seem to all get super lucky on many occasions this does allow for a more complicated and thorough survival story than if they were stuck in some cave eating berries the entire time (which is probably more likely).
It's a bit dated but still very readable.
I am not a zombie lit fan. but having read every other apocalypse book am running out of choices. You can see the famous stars contributing to the performance, so you know it is one of the best readings I have listened to (out of a LOT of audiobooks).
It was a bit more political then I like, but not too bad, I just zoned out for a few minutes in certain places. I'm more into the survival aspect of apocalypse. And the story was so touching in one place I had unexpected tears in my eyes, so a little bit of everything.
I was disappointed to hear it was abridged (guess I didn't pay enough attention when purchasing) but I think they probably cut out boring political parts and the shorter version allowed for the celebrity reading, which was a real treat.
A realistic account of life after people. This novel covers 80 years after an illness kills the vast majority of human-kind, what happens to the few remaining survivors, animals, and the Earth itself. An excellent story, and one of the few that does not end up devolving into the over-used apocalypse theme of people-eaters vs. non-people-eaters. The author definitely tends to wax philosophic, but it is always on the subject of human-kind's survival, what does it mean and what should it look like? Should the survivors try to maintain civilization as it was? What is the purpose of life and what makes people happy? Excellent listen.
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