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  • Dead Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen A. North
    • Narrated By Brad Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The dead are coming back to life, filled with a single-minded urge to devour the living. While the power was on, some people followed the bigger picture on television; but the news media is little more than a chronicler of the disaster. Sadly, most people are better at becoming part of the problem than finding a way to solve it. "The most important question becomes: Are there enough resilient survivors left to stem the rising dead tide of humanity?"

    Dan says: "Just couldn't get through it & that is rare for me"
    "Takes bad to a new low"
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    Don't! This is so very bad! Where to start? Begins with the most effeminate yet excessively articulate group of soldiers in a firefight - it actually made me laugh at first then made me mad as it slipped down the well-greased slope of non-literature. Clearly the author had zero self awareness to write such gibberish. And this considering the low expectations one has when one actually likes zombie stories. So the written dialogue really can't be voiced well - but narrator bears a lot of this responsibility but in the end the story just stinks. Way too many characters, accents were uneven so in the end they all kind of sound the same. The story is limp, characterizations ala 7th grade English class and the dialogue is just unbearably bad. I kept hoping it'd get better but after listening to almost the whole thing I just had to write a review to spare listeners the pain, cost, and earache this causes. In sum, narration is bad, story is worse. I would so love to return this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (233)

    In Midnight, the third installment in the smash hit Adrian's Undead Diary series, the threats to Adrian and his new friends are greater than ever before. Local survivors holed up in an empty factory led by the chief of police are now crossing paths with Adrian and the Williams clan. Meanwhile Sean, the bloodthirsty tyrant from Westfield, seethes for vengeance after Adrian fends off attack after attack to take ALPA and everything he's worked so hard for.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "The train wreck that we saw start in book 2 has ex"
    "Standard story damaged by gratuitous profanity"
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    This is not a book you'd share aloud on a road trip with your kids nor your spouse for that matter. Adrian's frequent references to masturbation and over the top, needless and gratuitous profanity may make it untenable with a lot of readers. I'm not sure I want to continue the series. While it's interesting, it's very much a standard zombie story that's taken 3 books to introduce a hint of a twist. No spoilers here but it is not s fast- paced story. The author clearly consulted some military experts to flesh out Adrian's character and shifted him from a regular guy to a failed Ranger with lots of war experience. I think that was the excuse for the flood of profanity which gets to be filler rather than content. New characters are introduced and new plot lines from outside the story. These also look like the result of outside consultant advice. In the end, while an interesting story, not sure it's compelling enough to continue.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of the Dead: Omega Days, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John L. Campbell
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In the weeks following the Omega Virus outbreak, survivors form desperate clusters, uniting to defend against hordes of the walking dead. But they can only hide for so long …Father Xavier Church never wanted to be a leader. Nonetheless, he’s grown attached to his fellow survivors, and he won’t let anyone cause them harm - though he may be the one who inadvertently leads them to destruction …

    Tilo says: "Ship of the Dead isn't the ship on the cover"
    "Original, different, human, detailed"
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    Book 2 in a series which I hope will continue. Character development and character diversity is excellent and quite unlike most other zombie novels. It reminds me a bit of the Spanish writer Manel Loureiro and his Apocalypse Z series translated into English. So what is typical is the mix of people who find themselves thrust into survival at the end of the world - everyone from a group of hippies to ex-cons to nice suburban people and the trials they face. What is not typical is how the author really develops them so you have an appreciation for who they are e.g. a struggling priest who questions his faith during sort of an extended dark night of the soul, a struggling young deaf woman, a Russian helicopter pilot who desperately misses his own family (and this is where Loureiro comes in as a character reference, for me at least), two hard-bitten convicts, a disgraced televangelist and slew of others. Not so many that you get lost but enough so you really want to know about them. There are some showdowns in this book between various characters which are probably too interesting to relate here as they would probably reveal too much. I liked the narration as well. There was a lot of attention to detail that I appreciate too. Often many narrators are just reading text and still manage to make mistakes that affect the quality of the book. I didn't find that here. So for whatever this recommendation is worth, I heartily recommend this book and now I wait with bated breath for the next installment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DEAD: Revelations: DEAD, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By TW Brown
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (293)

    The zombies have risen, the world has spiraled into chaos. Small pockets of survivors continue to struggle each day to survive. The best and worst of humanity fight the undead and themselves as they come to grips with a new, violent reality. See the world through Steve's eyes as he tries to balance the duties of leading a band of survivors while caring for a young, Hispanic orphan girl.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "mix of good plot line, good character building"
    "Lazy, slow, somnolent"
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    The story is slow both in terms of pacing and narration. There is an almost dizzying number of characters which is not good here as the narrator is unable to distinguish them in a meaningful manner as he does not possess the voices needed to portray and separate them. Hence, they tend to all sound exactly the same which makes transitions between scene and characters so important Unfortunately, there are no transitions so I find myself somewhat lost trying to figure out who is who. The narrator's laconic style detracts from the story. The first book was better. Some passion, some oomph to the read would dial this up a bit but as it is, it hits maybe 2 on the 10 graded excitement scale. Save your money!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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