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.
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.
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.
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!
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