Sorry never read the print version
Despite being in hellish situations the good of men can come to fore
Not a chance
Ok I have a confession to make: I have a life… not a real good one, but I do have one. Sadly, this life has got in the way of my ability to listen to audible books for the past two weeks. This life may have influenced my thoughts on Joe McKinney’s “Plague of the Undead” as I was forced to listen to this one in a lot more broken parts than I usually do. So I will do my best not to transfer my anger and bitterness of my lot to my review ;-)
I choose this book on a whim and a prayer. I didn’t read the publisher’s summary. There were no reviews and I had not listened to the author or narrator before. But it was cheap!
The first thing that struck me was how slow the narrator was. It is no problem listening to this one at 1.5x speed. In fact if you listened to it at normal speed you would probably end up pulling out your hair… oh dear no… now I am feeling depressed about my lack of hair on my head! Can anyone tell me why I am loosing my hair off my head but seem to be gaining it on my back?
The second thing that struck me was this is not your usual zombie book. It is really about a couple of key people from a town who have successfully cut themselves off from the outside world after ‘dead return’. It is those key people’s adventure out into the unknown. It is cross between a western/adventure/sci fi type deal.
I was constantly surprised by it all. Some of the ideas in it are brilliant, but on some levels poorly brought about. It almost feels like a story that hasn’t really been edited or had the time spent on it. But like I said, it might be the fact I wasn’t able to listen to this one in long sittings.
On a couple of occasions I felt like putting it down not to return. I didn’t like the stress caused by some of the incidents in which the ladies where involved. I’m not a fan of listening to rape accounts! But every time as I was about to give it up, the scene would end.
I get the feeling that this one could have been so much more! I suspect the next in the series could get better, but personally I am not spending money on it unless it is on special, and it would have to be a BIG SPECIAL! With the slow speed and the need to speed it up so much it certainly does not become value per hour listening.
I have put off listening to this one for sometime, not for any other reason other than I didn’t like the art work on the cover, and because I have never listened to a book with this narrator. I know I am sad person, but with so many great titles all fighting for my money, and with me being such a stingy scrooge… you get the picture. But, then it became available at a special price. I can never look past a discount. Perhaps, that explains my life, surrounded by broken cheap things!
I know this one has been reviewed a lot, and honestly those reviews are pretty well written. So I wondered why should I even bother writing a review on this one? However, the more I thought about it the more I came to realization that the zombie genre really has delivered some pretty impressive curve balls of late. So perhaps a more recent review with some contrast to some of the newer one’s might help some people make a purchasing decision.
A zombie title without werewolves, vampires (we are all looking at you Mark Tufo), and terrorist attacks, God v Satan battle, artificial intelligence, robots with zombie drivers inside, or even a ninja in a squirrel outfit is really a rarity these days… Yes there really is a zombie book with the main character wears a squirrel outfit. Perhaps in the next one or two books in this series some or even all of these things will appear… but I doubt it. This seems to be your classic run to the mountains, follow the plan type deal. I’m not saying this is bad or good. Just letting you know so you can make informed decision on what you are buying.
Personally I like my zombie titles with a lot of humor, comic style (very adult) comic style violence. I’m not a real fan of those zombie stories, which take themselves too seriously. So titles by Jake Bible are my favorite at the moment.
More recent ‘serious’ zombie titles like the ‘Arisen’ series written by Michael Stephen Fuchs and Glynn James step the modern times and action up a notch or two. But the ‘Arisen’ series suffers by the fact that it is really just one or two books divided into multiple parts in a cash grab type deal… Yes I am back to my stingy nature!
So this title falls right in the middle of these types of zombie genres. Others do the humor better, others do the action better, some even do the story line better. But, and there is always a but! This title does nothing wrong. I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t help but think, ‘that’s a good plan, I think I would do the same’.
I am going to purchase the rest in the series even if it is full price! Yes you heard it here… Just don’t tell anyone as I have a reputation to uphold!
Oh and I almost forget to mention the narration. It is pretty good, easily listened to at 1.25 speed without any problems. And really I wanted to speed it up more so I could hurry up and find out what happened! Only on a couple of occasions did the female narrator struggle to do the voice of some of the male characters. But it certainly didn’t distract me from listening to it. Elisabeth Rodgers is no RC Bray but I would have no problem purchasing a title she narrates in the future!
If you are the type of person who likes cartoon violence, and I should say ‘adult cartoon violence’, then you will love this one! It is a bit like Sideshow Bob on steroids! I loved the absurdity of it all. Most zombie titles attempt to take themselves way too seriously. I mean come on people, it is a zombie genre… how could we take it serious? But not this one, this one is full of ‘stuff’ that is just unbelievable! Unbelievable… but in a good way.
It seems in this book in the series, Jace is not the only person with a wicked sense of humour. As a result I loved this series even more.
The narration is good, the speed of the narration is good. 1.25x speed provided just the right listening pleasure. Jake Bible really gave the narrator Andrew Wehrlen a very difficult task in this one, as there are a lot more characters, and I mean weird characters that all need unique voices. At times I wondered which character was talking because they sounded the same (you can only have so many ‘crazy’ voices before it sounds the same). I really don’t think any other narrator I have heard could done a better job. But if there was ever a title which screamed for multiple narrators, then this is it. Please don’t take this as a reason not to purchase this one, it is just an observation, which I hope some authors will pick up on and introduce multiple narrators more often.
I listen to this one in one go and was hoping it wouldn’t end!
Some of the zombie series books start of great and slowly fall away to become average. But not this one! Each book in the series builds the story and the character development. Each one improves on the one before!
I couldn’t stop myself from listening to this one in one go. However, my wife had other orders for me so it took me two days. I hate it when real life gets in the way of my make believe world!
The balance between the tension and humour is brilliant. The way the story comes together with each unique character kept me wanting to know more.
This book more than just fills in the long hours of a boring commute, it has the ability to suck you in for a whole day and cause you to actually achieve nothing during your working hours. Not that it did for me (just in case my boss reads this review)
The narration is once again great, allowing the story to be played at 1.25x speed without any problems.
My only let down with this title is the end. I won't give anything away. But after the climax of the ending of the previous one I was expecting something truly epic!
Ok I confess, I am pretty tight when it comes to money. So when it comes to making a purchase on a title I tend to choose one’s which have at least been reviewed. However, every once in a while I look for one which isn’t reviewed. I tell myself because it is because ‘I like to live on the edge’. I know I am a sad man… But the truth is I am looking for something different… but not too different from my usual listening habits. I usually listen to zombie stories or historical military and political people.
This title was perfect. I was thinking it was going to be zombie’s but it is not! Truly it was a pleasant surprise!
I won’t retell or summarize the story – that is what the publisher’s summary is for. So I will restrain myself to talk about the narration and how I felt about the book:
Sean Runnette is an excellent narrator and is very easy to listen to. The speed of the narration is good. I played this one at 1.25x speed and it was just right.
The story built tension and managed to build it to just the right amount before it was released. Not once did I find myself stressed by it. But rather the tension did what it is supposed to do – make me what to know more.
The story ebbed and flowed, slowly building the characters and revealing more of the plot. The title is the work of two authors and honestly I couldn’t pick any difference between the two!
The only draw back is a simple one. I can't wait for the second book! I listened to this one pretty much in one day and was disappointed to see that this was a new release and so the second one on the series might be a little way off.
If you are looking for something a bit different to the usual end of the world zombie style books that I often review, and you want something that is entertaining and easy to listen to in a boring commute. Then this one might be just what you are looking for!
This one is even better than the first one! The action is awesome! The narration is brilliant! The story is good! This series is now my favorite in the zombie genre.
However, there is one problem and it is a problem that really annoys me. For the price this title is too short, it should have been included with this first in the series. This series if it continues at this rate, will be the most expensive series I have in my library. This frustration is made worse by the fact that the last 24 minutes is a preview of the next in the series, and by the fact that the narration is a little slow and is best turned up to 1.25x speed it is over in a blink of an eye! So I can’t help but feel as though I am being taken advantage of ☹
However, with my whine aside…. I loved this one!
I took a bit of gamble on this one and purchased it without it being reviewed by an audible listener. I wasn’t expecting anything much more than standard zombie story. I pressed play and immediately heard the narrator speak in very slow clear manner… very very slowly. Do yourself a favour turn the speed up to at least 1.25x or even 1.5x speed. The difference is brilliant. The narrators voice is great at that increased speed!
I had just finished listening to ‘Die Trying’ before this title (an average zombie story saved by RC Bray’s narration) and I kept on thinking when is this one going to turn into a mindless zombie chasing fresh meat saga. To my surprise it never did!
The way the undead are portrayed in this one is great. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, so I will leave it up to you to listen to it. But needless to say there were enough fresh ideas in this one to keep me interested. And no, there are no vampires or evil spiritual being or anything like that.
Another thing I noticed while listening to this one was lack of swearing. Yes there is swearing, but it is not at the same level as so many in the genre. Honestly, it’s lack of foul language is noticeable, and gives it… perhaps a ‘teenager’ vibe. I suppose the debate of either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the language is not meant to be had here.
Probably the only other zombie type story it compares to is 'Torment' by Jeremy Bishop. But I would rate this one as slightly better.
I really hope there is a followup book to this one because it deserves it!
I am running out of zombie titles to review and I am getting desperate! The end result is this: R.C. Bray is the one of the best narrators for this genre. He narrates multiple books in my top 10. He has the ability to make a average title better. I am really starting to get very worried, what will be my next genre... romance novels here I come... See how the pressure is getting to me... bah romance novels!
While there is nothing wrong with this title, it is not the best in the genre. It just doesn’t add enough and it lacks two things I really enjoy in a zombie story. Firstly, I like the comic book albeit adult comic style violence. You know the action that makes you feel young at heart!
Secondly, and most importantly this one is devoid of humour. Looking at my top 10, all of them serve up large portions of sarcasm, often the character’s sense of humour highlights the humanity of the main characters (sane or not).
This will certainly kill some time if you have a boring commute to work but if you listen to a lot of zombie stories, you will probably soon forget about this one after finishing. So my buying advice is simple, ‘pay your money, have some fun, and move on’.
On more simple matters: The publishers summary is accurate of the story. If you choose titles on a cost per minute basis, then please take note that the narration can be easily sped up to 1.25x speed thus decreasing listening time.
Ian Kershaw along with Stephen Ambrose are giants when it comes to these type of books. The author’s ability to bring clear historical facts to life along with insights into the character of the time and people is nothing short of brilliant!
Surely, this type of book should be compulsive for all high schools so that hopefully we will never repeat the mistakes of the past.
At the time of listening to this title I was also listening to Jack El-Hai’s “The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr Douglas M Kelly, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII” This was a perfect match for this book. For Jack’s book continued on to examine from a more clinical view of the questions raised in Ian Kershaw’s book. I would highly recommend listening to this one first then move on over to Jack’s book.
A word of warning, it is not the type of title you listen to in one sitting. It took me a couple of weeks to make it through to the end.
The narration is brilliant and like so many other titles now days can be best listened to at 1.25x speed.
John Campbell’s zombie story continues to impress. The same comments I made regarding the first in the series is applicable:
The narration while not RC Bray quality is still very acceptable. Narration was still slow and was best listened to at 1.5x speed. The main difference between this one and the first is this story line moves a lot faster, it introduces new elements physical/spiritual dimensions. The addition of the ship and natural disasters also adds a greater impact to the listener.
I found the ending of this title interesting. It is one of those endings which delivers enough closure for this to be the end of the series, or it could just as easily continue. Personally, I do hope it continues, but I would prefer less of the spiritual influence. However, some people love that sort of stuff, just not me.
If you are looking to dabble your feet into the zombie genre, this series is highly recommended!
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