Michael has the perfect voice for the main character Rooster. Plenty of action, bodies, and monsters to keep this story going full speed the entire book. Easily one of those 'needs a sequel' books. Would easily rate this on the same ground as Peter Clines 14.
Well, can't really say much about the story, as I couldn't handle the narrator. Seriously Hunter, you signed off on that guy? So I gave it a 3/5. The only other thing I can say about Seth is.. "Give me back my milk bottle!"
This is more of a story of a guy who's life changes in a zombie world. Not a zombie book, as no special focus on zombies was uncovered. Just average zombie interaction with a couple explicit-to-shock gross, but silly, scenes. So what's the focus of this story? The plot? It's about the transition of a so-called sociopath into an empathetic survivor who suffers thru the change. Our main characters sociopathic behavior never really proves itself except thru his own words and confessions. Never really proved he was, just eluded he was. Killing a couple of kids, before you graduate high school, doesn't really swing the sociopath stamp-of-approval. Given the opportunity to prove him a sociopath, the author doesn't show it, he just tell us he is. Or rather, Knapp tells us by having Cyrus tell us that he is a mental deviant. Poor story telling.
The main catch of The Undead Situation, a sociopath in an undead world, runs dry after a couple chapters. Further story development, to continue the arc of 'finding the final home sweet home' to live out life in safety never really develops. It turns into rote character interactions with others survivors, the undead, and the now non-sociopath Cyrus. The remaining story scenes swing between boring and repetitious zombie scene's. I equated it to zombie elevator music. Noise (words) to break the silence while traveling up to the office (prepper's home sweet home).
What sealed the lid on this tomb were multiple obvious fallacies of the few who have survived the horror. They show themselves ridiculously incompetent. Example, the single town where a contingent of army troops travelling thru at the time of the fall, who secured it, just letting a triplet of out-of-the-blue travelers drive on in. All these travellers in a highly infections world had to do was have a ex-marine gal have a few words and give shake. No, let's not find out why there's a bleeder in the back seat of their Mustang. No, let's not have them physically examined before letting them in possibly the last compounds left on earth. Just a handshake is all that's needed to let them in. Yep, just a few words and a handshake are enough to prove the guy bleeding out in the back seat of the car is not bit and infected. That incompetent survivor camp story bit of writing broke it for me. There were several other more minor but similar sloppy story threads before and after, that makes it impossible to recommend this book.
Don't have a problem with Greg Bear, his stories have been solid. This is the first audiobook if his that I have gotten. Unfortunately I would have to review a Dan Miller book before I purchase another of his readings. His interpretation is overly dramatic and it skews the entire book. Might work for YA's but for SciFi is it way over the top. He seems to want to find a dramatic flair in almost every paragraph. Get over it dude! If you had a director or producer for this, they should be fired. If you didn't, get one. I'm at the three hour mark, and will likely abort the rest and use Audible return-book feature. Sorry I'm trying, we'll see.
Thanks much to Jerry and his Janissaries series. It has been a favorite of mine for decades. I was stunned to see it available on Audible, as Jerry was normally a 'non ebook' hold out. Very few of his works went to ebook format and abook format. So I snapped it up immediately when I saw it available on Audible. Keith Szarabajka's could NOT be topped. He rules in his presentation and reading. Not just a reader, he emotes (I mean that in a good way!) the characters in the book with great skill. I hope Keith will be able to keep on this series, along with the mysterious 4th sequel Mamelukes (Janissaries IV: Mamelukes (work in progress for fifteen years as of 2012).
Reluctant Captain Rick Galloway reminds me of our founding father George Washington. Recognizing the truth in developing a society with a know world shattering threat building at the border.
I liked the story quite much. Had to get a hardcopy and read it to arrive at this state though. Unforunately PB's reading is horrible. Not a performance, nor a reading, but more like a yelling. Very mono-tone and quite staccato. Only worst production I would place this above would be F Paul Wilson's Sex Slaves production. Make sure to listen to the sample first, as that's about the peak you'll hear.
Yes, but not his audiobook version.
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