Short Version: The story was pleasant and homey... enough so that I purchased the third book in the series. I would be ashamed to recommend it to anyone I know, though.
Long Version: This story takes simplicity to new levels of simpledom. Seriously. The tale is linear, inevitable, and without many surprises. But, it's also a little bit like life, and one can just sink into these characters and become immersed in their lives.
The narration is atrocious yet pleasant; I have no idea how she pulls it off. She has zero consistency and very little variation between the voices. The Hispanic character sometimes has an accent, sometimes sounds like the main character, and is sometimes a mishmash of both. And yet, Ms. Plummer is very pleasant to listen to, and she somehow manages not to ruin the book for me.
Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of the romance genre. That said, this book offended me from time to time. A female character curled up like a little kitten in her big hulking man's lap. Really? Sheesh. Numerous mention was made of the Hispanic character's fiery and roving Latin ways. Another sheesh. So, I can't recommend this book, but I can't really not recommend it, either. It somehow manages to rise above its many flaws.
First off, the narration is not nearly as bad as some reviewers say. The author should not have read his own book for the Audible site, but I've heard far worse from "professional" narrators. The Amos voice was cringe-worthy, and some of the female voices were not the best. Overall, though, he did a fine job of acting without overacting.
The story was interesting, and had me hooked early on. The author took a fairly well-known plot and gave it enough twists to make it feel fresh. Well done on that account. Where it fell short, for me, was in some of the detail. Sigler seemed to be fairly heavily influenced by another popular horror author, but he lacked the skill to pull off the Flawed Character. In some instances, his characters seemed to be not so much flawed as a vehicle for the author to air some of his own more unfortunate biases. I hope I'm wrong in that. Regardless, the characters lacked depth, and it was difficult to care what happened to them one way or the other. I was far more interested in the alien species.
To sum up, if this book were a camera, I would describe it as prosumer: an hybrid of professional and consumer grade. It doesn't have the polish of a professional work, but it's still pretty darn good.
I've powered through the first 4 books in a few days. While the pace is slowish, I've found that I enjoy the author's voice enough that I can't put them down. Also, the pacing did pick up after the first book. I love that they are absolutely, completely realistic. If a manchild with combat training awoke in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, I'm sure it would go down just like this.
A previous reviewer mentioned the excessive cursing. This is true, and there is also some fairly horrid visual imagery. This is not the book to take on a drive with the kids. During the interludes, where other people's perspectives come forward, the language and visuals are clean. So, whether we like it or not, Adrian has army vernacular and a fairly nasty mind. What the character thinks goes down in his journal, too. This is my long winded way of saying that I don't find the smut gratuitous.
As an aside, I suspect the author games, and I was amused to note Adrian pwning and kiting zombies. Too funny.
The only part I found unrealistic to the point of eyerolling is how every. single. character who meets Adrian sees him as some menacing demigod. Really? The interludes sound like they were written by the actual Adrian character.
Still, this is a highly enjoyable listen, and the narrator is...simply the best. I'll be adding Mr. Philbrook to the list of narrators I follow. I'm not sure I could read these books, but the audio version is just good, dirty fun. :D
Ok. I loved the narrator, and I also loved the way the author wrote his main character. Adrian bore a striking resemblance to one of my good friends, which made me predisposed to liking this book...which I sorta did. I was expecting something similar to Day by Day Armageddon, which had a lot going on even though it was in diary form. Not so!
Very little happens in this book, ever. I would fall asleep at night listening, miss a little story, and actually wonder if it was worth rewinding in case I missed something. Grudgingly, I would rewind, and sure enough, nothing had happened aside from what had happened in all the previous hours. Literally.
**MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW** At one point, a car drives by with people in it...and keeps on driving by. A young girl is rescued, but she takes off to find her parents, and we hear nothing more. We are left with a guy and his cat and his Playstation. He occasionally kicks some zombie arse. He also does a bit of work around the place from time to time and heads out to forage when the need strikes.
I wish we had seen more of the interludes with the townspeople and their viewpoints. Those two instances were awesome! I am...again grudgingly...going to try the second book. It appears that Adrian is no longer alone, and something might actually happen. I liked the author's voice enough to give this second book a chance.
I found this book because my favorite narrator, Luke Daniels, is reading. As an added bonus, I also fall into the demographic--White girl nerd who started with tech in the '80s.
Now, I know that previous viewers have said this is more for guys, but that is untrue! In life, I've found, nerd > gender. While we may not make the "obvious jokes," we have certainly heard enough of them to make us smirk when the obvious jokes pop up...so to speak. Oops, I think I just broke the first rule of Magic.
But I digress. Mr. Daniels' narration was perfection, as always! The storytelling was nimble, witty, and filled with nerdtastic goodness. Unlike another reviewer, I found Martin's reactions to be completely believable and probable, considering the circumstances. I also thoroughly enjoyed the bits of nostalgia. All in all, a highly recommended read!
I have enjoyed Day by Day Armageddon, Zombie Fallout, etc. I liked the idea of a new type of zombie which avoided the undead issue. I expected to enjoy this book, and I figured there would be some excessive gung-ho-ness, but what the heck. It's the end of the world, right?
Apparently, I have now found my limit in male fantasy military literature. This book spent probably a good third in excruciatingly fond detail over every weapon, piece of equipment, and battle. Too bad the author couldn't be bothered to spend a fraction of that time exploring his characters.
This is my first time listening to Christian Rummel, and I thought he did an excellent job in elevating what was essentially drivel. Because of his awesome narration, I was able to listen until the end, but just barely. I couldn't be bothered to care enough to listen to the free preview which came after.
I won't say this story isn't without its problems. There is too much repetition in areas, and the main character swings between heroic and detestable. Certain events and feats of strength are highly improbable. And yet.... Wow, I loved this book! It kept my attention and turned me into a zombie, as I walked around listening. My family became annoyed. It buggered my dreams as I fell asleep listening each night. The narrator was FANTASTIC! I loved this book enough to immediately buy the next within minutes of finishing. A recommended read.
Thank you Kim Harrison and Marguerite Gavin! Over the years, I have come to love these characters and their stories. I never lost interest, as I have with so many other series. I'm so glad they ended perfectly and in character and while they were on top. Thank you for a completely satisfying ending. I can hardly wait to read what you bring us next.
I imagine this would have been an enjoyable and imaginative book, but I couldn't finish it. The narrator seems to have never met a line he didn't wish to over state, over act, over everything. Listening to his voice is like a Californian taking their first sip of Southern iced tea. Or like a small town library reader during story time with a group of five year olds. I could go on, but I probably shouldn't. This book is marketed for middle school kids, but I believe the reading style is far too juvenile for them.
This book made me smirk. The main character had a fun, quirky voice which was helped along by the most awesome narration. I enjoyed the new twist on zombies, as well.
However, I think you'd have to be a tee shirt and jeans wearing, domestic beer drinking, football worshiping, man cave owning guy to fully appreciate it. Women, especially beautiful women, were dangerous, mysterious, volatile, helpless, demonic and/or banshees, the source of all evil, or just plain zombies. Flatulence was elevated to levels I'd not seen in literature before.Guys liked to sneak a hug, and then call each other fruity. The attractive lesbian in the tale was a potential convert until she was found to prefer zombies over men.
I found I couldn't help but roll my eyes from time to time, which made it quite difficult to listen and drive at the same time. Nevertheless, it was a fun story, and the main character was likeable. He wasn't all that different from some of my exceedingly hetero guy friends, and he liked dogs. No one who likes dogs can be all bad.
The book started out strong, but predictably for me: interesting start, good narration, but nothing too surprising. Then, the first chapter ends, my perspective is wrenched in a new direction, and I'm paying attention! Slaughter has a true gift for storytelling. The twists in the story and in her characters kept me awake into the night listening. I think I may have found a new, favorite author!
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