Other reviewers have done an excellent job of telling us about the story itself so I won't try to reinvent the wheel. You are better served by reading a plot review here:
So I will limit my review to other aspects of the story like narration. The narration does remind me a bit of a Seinfeld episode. It is pleasant but does make it a little difficult to experience any sort of tension. The complete opposite to a narrator like Kevin T Collins (who is great at adding tension to a scene by his voice). The narration speed on this title can easily be increased to 1.25x with no problems. I listened to it at 1.5x mostly and the only draw back was that at some places the voices seemed a little too high pitched (narrators pitch was already high to start with). The increase speed does of course shorten the total listening time of the story, if you are like me and consider the length of the story in your purchasing decision; please keep the speed factor in mind. Personally, I wasn't worried it was shortened by increasing the speed, because I didn't really enjoy this one.
This audible story had the misfortune of following my listening of “The Undead Situation” my review can be found here:
So it had a tall order to compete. Sadly it didn’t reach such heights but it still wasn’t all bad. It started slowly and I considered returning it during the first hour. But I am glad I didn’t, it got better. It isn’t a story I would recommend to someone who might be interested in ‘end of the world’ type thing, nor is it good enough to recommend to anyone sorely on a ‘listen to this and you will want to buy more audible books’. But it did kill many an hour of a boring commute of break time.
I did find myself wishing that there was a bit more character development between the relationship of the main characters, as a result on a couple of occasions I thought 'what just happened here?', 'how did he/she?', 'why did he/she?'. The story itself could lead to further reincarnations maybe a mini-series. I do like the ideas and the possibilities this story has. The author does have other titles which seem as interesting. I just wished this one was better executed, and I am going to give her other work a go. I really do hope her other titles do a better job at bringing life those interesting plots!
In summary this could have been a great listen and read. But sadly it just seemed to be poorly executed. It is another 'wait for it to be on specia'l so you don’t feel ripped off type of thing!
What I liked about the first book still hold true in this second instalment: The mindless fun! The dark sense of humour of the main characters and the action...
This time round, Cyrus V Sinclair battles of all things ‘being normal’. It would seem that the zombie plague has finally brought out the normal in Cyrus.
This book feels more mature than the previous, by that I think it is takes itself a bit more serious than the first. Personally, I like the zombie genre because of the lack of seriousness… I like the comic book style violence and humour albeit a bit dark. I’m not in for lessons of self-awareness from this sort of story. It is just a personal thing and shouldn’t deter the listener from another instalment in the life of Cyrus V Sinclair. The ‘V’ stands for Virtuous. I wonder if the new ‘virtuous’ Cyrus thing just took me by surprise? If there is another one to add to the series, I do hope the V returns to ‘vile’ and ‘violent’ it suited him better.
Nevertheless I enjoyed the story greatly and once again the narration was brilliant! 1.25x speed is the sweet spot for listening and once again it is the type of story I found myself wishing to listen to in one sitting.
My buying advice is ‘yes, another one worthy to be in the library’.
If you like this sort of story I would also recommend:
Mountain Man series by Keith Blackmore
ZBurbia series by Jake Bible
Andrian’s Undead Diary series by Chris Philbrook
Z-Risen by Timothy Long
Yes, I would recommend this story to a friend. Particularly a friend who has a bit of a 'conspiracy theory’ fascination!
I liked how the story did not get bogged down in ‘time travel paradox’ stuff like some of the other books of this type. I also liked how this book dealt with the issue of what would happened if we did go back and remove the world of evil like Adolf Hitler. I also liked how the book involved more than just time travel. It had all the 'big time hits'… science, God, Aliens, Multi Dimensions, time travel, angels (good and bad), secret societies, Nazi’s. The only thing it lacked was zombie’s!
The narrator did an excellent job with a difficult situation. He had to perform multiple characters, of vary ages, ascents, and sexes. There are times when I wish these types of books had multiple narrators. But none the less it was good! A couple of times I could hear the narrator shuffle paper work and a couple of times it was clear the narration had been edited. But nothing too serious! Also the speed of the narration was acceptable. I generally listen to my books at 1.5x speed but this one was best suited to 1.25x
If I like the story and it is around 8 hours in length, then I do my best to put it aside till I can listen to it in one sitting. Sadly, I was not able to manage to do so this time. It wasn't from lack of trying!
I have now listened to quite a few books that dabble in the realm of time travel and this one has to be one of my favourites so far, probably because it doesn't get bogged down in the details of 'is it possible?' it just is an entertaining story with plenty of ideas to keep you wanting more! For me I found this one well worth the credit.
Keith Blackmore's 'Mountain Man' were the first in the zombie genre which really got me hooked on a series. However, since those first days I have certainly listened to a lot more. Some of the latest have included were Chris Philbrook’s “Adrian’s Undead Diary”, Timothy Long’s “Z-Risen” and Eloise J Knapp’s “The Undead Situation”. Which certainly have taken the battle to Keith's books in my favourite zombie series.
Since finishing book 2 'Safari' in this 'Mountain Man' series I wondered how it was going to go without Gus, as this one is all about Scott who has left Gus to hurt down a madman... serial killer... Scott's character never really got me that interested in the previous book and so I found it difficult to really care what happens to Scott.
Worse still for this book was one of the reasons I liked the series so much was the character Gus came across as the sort of bloke I would really like to know. Gus' sense of humour and the way he talked to his beloved 'uncle Jack' really allowed me the listener to enjoy the scene for what it was... a comic book style action.. which caused the listener to feel young at heart. Gus' character never allowed the story to become too serious... after all it is a zombie story!
I was surprised I found myself listening to the book in one session. While I still didn't take a shine to the main character Scott. The other characters balanced it rather well. While, it wasn't my favourite in the series: That award belongs to the free short story (The Hospital) you get with book one and book one itself (Mountain Man). I think as a standalone book it was acceptable but as part of a series it was better.
The ending... don't worry there won't be any spoilers. I wonder if there will be another in the series. I'm hope if there is it includes Gus again!
The narration was good; I listened to this one at 1.25x speed with no problems.
My buying advice for this one is... do yourself a favour and get the rest of the series first, it will be more fun!
Jake Bible has become one of my favourite authors. First he got me hooked on his 'Z Burbia' series which is my favourite in the zombie genre. But now I discover his 'Dead Mech' series. I'm not sure which one he wrote first, but the Dead Mech series is a much better read than a audio book. The narrator just has too many voices, to many characters to do on her own. This would have been much better with multiple narrators. However, in saying that I still loved the audible version! It delivered with enough interesting ideas to keep me glued.
The story is a long one, over 16 hours. This seems to be rather unusual now days. Even more unusual was that the speed of the narration was not really able to be sped up any more than 1.25x speed without making it difficult to listen too. So you do really get your money's worth in terms of $per/hour.
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I listened to all three in the series. The last two in two days, I could not get enough of it! I loved it! Everything I said about the first two in my reviews here:
Still stands, except in this last instalment it gets even better!
I like zombie books simply because at times I enjoy the break from reality. I like the pure escapism offered by them. But so many in the genre seem to take themselves too seriously and create tension to the point that emotionally I have had enough. Life sucks at times enough that I don’t need to make up more ‘suckieness’… I know it isn’t a proper word, but who cares! This series is different. Every time there is tension, it is lightened by the sarcastic humour of Jace or another character! It is like watching a adult version of Itchy and Scratchy cartoon!
The only shortcoming for me was the end. Don’t worry I won’t give it away. The end does a adequate job of bring the series to a conclusion. But it doesn’t have too. It could continue. I hope it does, and if it does I would pre-purchase it!
The series started off in my top 10 went to top 5 and now is my favourite!
Jace the main character continues in his best sarcastic form. The last 40 minutes made me wet my pants from laughter!
After the first book which I loved, I was worried that the second in the series would go in a direction which would ruin the ‘fun’ factor. However, the opposite happened. The fun factor went upwards. This story is a mixture of ‘adult comic book’ style violence and the Seinfeld show.
This book also continues the tradition of having an ending which causes me to wonder where the author is going to take the next in the series. I certainly did not expect the last few minutes of this one!
The narrator once again does an excellent job with the multiple characters. Just like almost every other title of late, the listening speed can be increased. 1.25x speed was easily listened to.
I enjoyed book 2 so much I purchased the third in the series before I even finished this one. I said in my review that the first book was in my top ten. But this one is in my top five!
While many people talk about Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout series as being great, I would rate this series up there as almost an equal. I can highly recommend this one!
I love to live life on the edge, so I try to purchase books which have no reviews. That way I can be surprised. I know, I live a sad life However, if I choose a book which has been reviewed. I try to choose one’s which have a well written excellent reviews. This story fell into the second case. Most of the reviews were excellent. And I can say truthfully, well deserved! I listened to this book in one day and loved it. I only have one reserve about it, which I shall mention later.
For whatever reason over the past 12 months I have probably purchased 50 or more zombie books. I’m starting to consider myself a zombie specialist. Which is funny because in the event of the rise of the zombie’s I would be the first to go because I am fat? However, fat jokes aside, this one is in my top 10 of the genre!
The story was great and had enough new idea’s to keep me interested. But for me the thing which I liked about it the most was the sarcasm and sense of humour of the characters. Now that I think about it, I must put a lot of weight on this element in any zombie book. As all of my favourite zombie books, have a sarcastic funny leading character.
The narration was good. This was my first time hearing Andrew Wehrlen. He had the hard task of multiple voices for multiple characters. I normally don’t like it when narrators do that, I much rather the approach chosen in “Yesterday’s Gone”. Nevertheless Andrew Wehrlen did a good job, only on a couple of occasions did I wonder who was speaking?
On the narration, this is yet another book in which the speed can easily be increased. Thus shortening the total length of the story.
I had one reserve about this book, and it was the ending. Don’t worry I am not going to give it away. But it sounds as though the next in the series could be going down a slightly different focus. That shouldn’t change your mind about purchasing this one. But I am having reservations about buying the second one. But I never listen to that little voice of doubt in my head and will probably buy it in the 10 minutes. Like I said at the start… I am a sad man… sad… fat man.
I won’t give you a review of the story itself because the publisher’s summary does a good job of that. Instead, I will restrict my review to comparing and contrasting it with other zombie books, and to comment on the narration. Hopefully, this will help you make an informed decision on your next purchase.
I knew my good run of winning zombie stories would have come to an end. Unfortately, for 'Hurricane Dan" I had just finished listening to Keith Blackmore's 'The Hospital', 'Mountain Man' and “Mountain Man 2”, Chris Philbrook’s “Adrian’s Undead Diary”, Timothy Long’s “Z-Risen” and Eloise J Knapp’s “The Undead Situation”. These turned out to be some of my favourite zombie stories. So in reality it was always going struggle against such entertaining books!
I’m not saying this is a bad book it is just that there are so many other zombie books which do the comic style violence thing better... you know the 'bap, kapow, whap!' sort of thing. Other books like the "Apocalypse Z Series" do the character development better, others like the 'Morningstar Strain" do the story line better and then you have the a few big name series like "Zombie Fallout series" who do all of those things better.
Nevertheless, this book will provide entertainment on a boring commute. I just wouldn’t advise paying full price for it, when other titles exists that one or all of those things mentioned earlier, do better. It becomes hard to justify the purchasing decision.
The narration is ok but it reminds me of some honkey tonk singer. His voice is unusual to my sensitive Australian ears (but don’t pay too much weight to that statement… I am Australian and we speak a unique flavour anyway). Unusually, this is one of those rare audible books in which you can play at normal speed without speeding it up. I listened to it at 1.25x and 1.5x speed and only on a few occasions did it spoil the narrator’s voice. So as a result you do get a full 6hour and 46 minutes story. This fact is getting rare of late!
Up until recently Keith Blackmore's first two zombie books 'The Hospital' And 'Mountain Man' had been one of my all-time favourite zombie stories. So I had been eagerly awaiting this one for some time. I pre-purchased ‘Safari: Mountain Man 2’ on the strength of those first two. But unfortunately for Mountain Man 2 I had just finished listening to several other zombie books which were really very entertaining. The opposition for this one had certainly stepped up a notch or two. Those other books were Chris Philbrook’s “Adrian’s Undead Diary”, Timothy Long’s “Z-Risen” and Eloise J Knapp’s “The Undead Situation”.
I suspect I suffered from having built this one up too much over the time. But nevertheless it was very entertaining. I pretty much listened to this one in one sitting. All of the things I liked about the first one are still here in book two. Gus, the crazy man who speaks to his bottle of grog and calls it ‘uncle Jack”. The comic book style action… which makes me feel young at heart!
The main character, well pretty much the only character ‘Gus’ is once again the sort of bloke that I feel I would like to get to know!
The story is further developed by introduction of other enemies for our lovable character Gus. Don’t worry, I won’t give it away, but I can tell you the new enemies are not all human!
Once again the narrator does a brilliant job with matching up the voice to Gus. R C Bray’s narration now has a major impact on my purchasing decision… he is that good!
In summary, I loved it. Not as much as the first, but it is funny, entertaining and the narrator’s voice is pleasant. I have already pre-purchased the next in the series. If you like zombie stories, or want to give one spin. Then I would highly recommend this series. Keith Blackmore’s first “The Hospital” is a short story and is only 2 hours long (very cheap on audible) and will give you a good taste for the ‘Mountain Man” series.
Everything about this story is improved from the first in the series. I loved the first in the series and couldn't wait to hear part two!
It seems that in this next instalment the main character Adrian is becoming a better person. He is now more than just some sort of 'comic book' action figure, slashing and shooting up zombies. The author has really begun to develop and deepen his character.
I loved how the author in the first book injected what seemed to be random emotionally charged accounts of the lives and deaths of other characters. Well, in this instalment of the series the background of those characters are explored a little further, giving insight into how those ‘random’ accounts interact with Adrian.
I also loved how the first in the series was told from a “first person’s perspective”. This meant that the narrator did not have to change voices, and impersonate another character. However, in this second book more time is spent in the character of people other than Adrian. I am pleased to report the narrator did an excellent job. The author also used Adrian’s writing in his diary as an useful tool to bring insight into those other characters.
The writing style seems to have gone up another notch. The character development has deepened. The comic book style action of the first book is still there, but not as much. By the way I loved the action in the first book. But nevertheless I listened to this one in one sitting just like the first, simply because it was fun to listen to.
One more comment about the narration, was that it was slightly slow. So once again you can increase the speed a little. This pretty much seems to be the standard now days. So if you are influenced in your purchasing decisions by the total listening time of a book, please keep that in mind.
If you like zombie stories or perhaps you want to give it a go. Then I can highly recommend that you buy this series. I really hope the author has a third in the series. Simply, because the story deserves a better ending.
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