The stories were interesting, though largely, unsurprising. The worst, however, was the narration. I'm sorry. The audio wasn't totally horrible, but some authors should NOT narrate their own audio versions. I wasn't all that impressed with the book, but if friends really did want to read it, I'd at least steer them away from the audio version unless it was the only option.
Honestly, the book would be worth borrowing from the library. Some of the stories are interesting, but not really worth the retail price tag. I can't recommend the audio version. It's just one of those books that would have been much better served by a professional narrator. ...even then, I'm not sure it would be credit-worthy.
Take heed, listeners. The author means it when he warns that this is not a typical zombie book and that it is, indeed, foul.
It is foul, disturbing, and very much an exercise in stream of consciousness from multiple perspectives of the individuals imprisoned in their own rotting, carnivorous bodies. It is the greatest nightmare for thinking independent people…to be conscious and aware, but have no control of the horrors surrounding them or the horrors that have taken control of their animated prisons.
I, Zombie is not for the typical zombie reader. If you want a plot or answers, there are dozens of alternatives available. If you really want to explore the questions, the potential consciousness, and the multiple human perspectives of horror, I, Zombie will disturb you to the core.
…but for the typical zombie reader, I, Zombie does reaffirm the instinct to smash a zombie’s head to nothingness…whether the zombie is mindless or mindful. It’s not only an effort to save the living, but also to put the reanimated undead out of their misery.
...and a special note to audiobook listeners...be careful if you're listening in your car or somewhere others might overhear. You will get some seriously dirty looks.
All the way through the first section I wondered why this narrator was chosen. By the time I met Jules, it TOTALLY made sense. ...truly an excellent performance. Thumbs up!
I'd heard bits and pieces about Wool and how the author released sections (1-5 for the Wool omnibus) individually, building a following. Wow. I see why it worked. Howey is a master at engaging the reader from one section to the next.
A story centered around a Kindle is interesting enough, but with King's characteristic flair for empowering objects, it's simply irresistible. Listening to UR is like thoroughly enjoying a prolonged inside joke. It's a great little contemporary short.
Even more delightful, Holter Graham's voice and performance are strongly suited for the story. Having listened to King's audio recordings of On Writing and other miscellaneous works, I felt very comfortable with Graham's performance. It felt very in tune with the author's own voice. I look forward to more productions by the duo.
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