What Anne Rice did for vampires, I predict Isaac Marion will do for zombies. This book goes far beyond just zombie mayhem, but actually makes you take a deeper look at society and the end-of-the-world literature boom. I found myself hitting the 30-second repeat button on my iPod more times than I could count to re-listen to Marion's prose that border on the poetic mixed in with a smart, hopeful and nihilistic critique of current affairs of the world. This is one book I will probably listen to once year for the rest of my life (or until the world ends in zombie plague). I predict, if we survive to 2050, this book will emerge as a classic that have captured our 2012 ennui better than any novel written to date. Bravo Marion!
You know King can chill you to the bone, but who knew he could warm your heart? This novel does both. I almost didn't purchase this one. I am a big fan of King's horror novels and fantasy, and this one was a coming of age mystery. A friend said it was great, so I took a chance. So glad I did. You will love it. The narration is great as well. Enjoy!
I wish the publisher would have had a professional narrator read this story. Great writing, but King shouldn't read his own work. The other Dark Tower books had such a wonderful narration. This feels jarring.
I wasn't going to order this book, but I read the reviews and then double-checked them against the reviews on Amazon and they were consistent. What's good about this book is the humor (some laugh out loud jokes with more than a few groaners mixed with genuine scares and a fast-moving story). Plus, more than a few refreshing and inventive twists that I haven't seen in other zombie books. I would have given the story four or even five stars, but dang, the clichés Mark Tufo depends on too much got to me. "Eyes as big as saucers" "Chest in a vice" "heart leaped out my chest" and about two dozen others. But the overall storytelling and pacing is good enough to let those slide.
This book was about 40 percent longer than it needed to be. It's my least favorite of King's works. Characters we're sub-par, writing was okay, and narration was passable, but certainly not worth the 38 hours. Also, the music between the chapters was ear piercing at times and would often drown out the final two or three sentences of narration, overpowering the best lines in the book. I don't think the sound engineer even listened to what he was doing.
Recommend Dark Tower Series, instead. The first book, The Gunslinger is a little slow, but the series takes off after that and never disappoints. Desperation is the next best in my opinion.
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