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The Zombie Specialist

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Secret Fortress | Member Since 2014

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  • 67 reviews
  • 108 ratings
  • 226 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • The End: A Post Apocalyptic Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By G. Michael Hopf
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (250)

    For Gordon Van Zandt, life was one of duty and loyalty to his country, so when 9/11 happened he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This youthful idealism soon vanished, one fateful day in a war torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past, but must now face a new reality thrust upon him and his family.

    North America, Europe, and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack that has caused catastrophic damage

    Jan says: "So Dissapointed"
    "It is the End of the End"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the characters are too simple. Things are either 'black or white'. The end is the worse ending I have heard


    What could G. Michael Hopf have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop being so 'we all need guns'.


    What three words best describe Joseph Morton’s performance?

    His reading was clear and easy to understand. You got the sense that he believed everything he said


    Was The End worth the listening time?

    Yes, but it will not be on my top 50 list


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect the ending of the book was to cause me to read the next in the series if there is one. But I won't be taking the bait!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ARV-3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cameo Renae
    • Narrated By Erin Moon
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse. A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after 13 long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild. We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong. Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV).

    Shanna says: "Chillingly addictive!"
    "Very good, just not my cup of tea"
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    I listen to a lot of zombie stories; recently there have been a some excellent titles. This one is just as good as any of those. But it just wasn't my cup of tea. This one has a lot more of “boyfriend/girlfriend” issues. To be honest I really dislike listening to this sort of stuff, I really dislike listening to sex scenes particularly when riding on public transport!

    Whenever the story line moved away from the teen love relationships it had me gripped, the story quickly sped up and the tension was perfect! In fact the last 2 and half hours of this story was brilliant!

    The man character in this one is the female version of the main character Zach from 'Z-14'.
    The female narrator did a great job with the main character. But the male voices seemed forced. Not enough to make it painful. If I was thinking about purchasing another book narrated by Erin Moon I would definitely listen to the sample first. I suspect her voice would not be suitable for a story told mainly through a male character.

    The speed of the narration was not an issue and I only had to increase the speed to 1.25x This gives you a good 8 hours. Might be important if you watch your credit/per hour ratio.

    My buying advice if you like your end of the world zombie style genre told through the eyes of a warrior teenage princess. Then this is a winner. Even if you don't but like it told from this type of perspective, it is still pretty good… it just wasn’t my cup of tea!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving in the Time of Zombies: The Most Uncommon Cold, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Littorno
    • Narrated By Todd Menesses
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The zombie apocalypse continues. Don't miss the second entry in this intriguing zombie apocalypse series.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Drowning in a sea of competition"
    "Drowning in a sea of competition"
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    I purchased the first one in this series without any reviews and it seems I did it again with this second in the series. It has also been a long time between titles so I wondered how I would go particularly because I have listened to a lot of zombie titles in the meantime.

    I need not have worried because this one started off with a lot of the detail from the first. So I was quickly able to recall the story. It went into so much back story that I wondered if I had purchased the same book with just a name change.

    In this title the same things can be said about the first in regards to narration. At normal speed it is just way to slow. Speed it up to 1.25x or even 1.5x speed and all is well. However, at 1.5x speed you are shortening the listening time to an already rather short story!

    One thing which did strike me as odd was that at no time in the entire story is the word ‘zombie’ mentioned! In my mind that is just weird! Another thing is odd, is occasionally the main character will go off into day dreams. I afraid for me it just didn’t work. It just felt ‘odd’.

    I stated in my review of the first in the series that I was looking forward to the next one. This time round I am not so sure. There still is a glimmer of hope for me to try the next in the series, but I will definitely want a longer story for it to be worth it with such a slow narrator.

    I hate leaving a review like this, because I know some author has spent countless hours working. But then I know that there are people like me who don't have a lot of cash and spending money on a audio book is something which means a lot. Therefore I feel compelled to say with so many other great zombie titles around at the moment, this one just doesn't rise to the top. My buying advice on this one is ‘wait until it is on the special price table’… sorry

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Z14: Zombie Rules, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Achord
    • Narrated By Graham Halstead
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    Zach Gunderson and his friends have carved out a life for themselves in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by zombies. But survival is a daily struggle. In addition to frequent encounters with hostile humans, Zach has discovered something very sinister about the zombies.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Is Zach the Messiah or just a very naughty boy?"
    "Is Zach the Messiah or just a very naughty boy?"
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    Normally when I finish listening to a title I write the review straight away. But this time I thought I would take a couple of days and think a bit more carefully about this one. I am glad I did as I was able to actually discover the reason why I had liked it so much.

    That reason is simple, it makes feel young. There is no doubt the age of the main character and his ‘girlfriends’ help this, some of the story line regarding the relationships around Zach makes it feel like every teenage boys dream.

    Once again a lot of detail is left out of some of the more graphic story line... another indicator of the target market.

    Ok with all of that said and with me being middle aged bloke who does read/listen a lot and not just in the zombie genre. I also have two teenage children, which enables me to really understand why some species eat their own young. I like to think I am a bit more mature than the average teenager. Despite all of this I still enjoyed this series! I don’t think I could listen to a lot of this type one after another but it is good to bring out that young teenage person hidden within.

    I notice some have commented about the narrator’s lack of emotion. But I did not find it a problem; in fact it just reinforced the type of characters within the story. Once again the speed of the narration was best increased to 1.25x again this only shortened the total listening time a little. This might be important if you are like me; in that you like your credit dollars to give you a reasonable length in enjoyment factor.

    I did enjoy the ending in this one and will be looking for the third in the series. However, I suspect the third will be the last time I listen to the series… unless the author does something different. But for me this one deserves two thumbs up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Rules: Zombie Rules, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Achord
    • Narrated By Graham Halstead
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    Rick, an aging Vietnam veteran, alcoholic, and prepper, convinces Zach Gunderson that the apocalypse is on the horizon. The two of them take refuge at a remote farm. As the zombie plague rages, they face a terrifying fight for survival. They soon learn, however, that the walking dead are not the only monsters.

    Catherine H. Stringer says: "Juvenile angst meets poorly written zombie story"
    "Good Solid Zombie Title"
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    No Nazi’s… No clowns… No God v Satan… Just a good solid traditional end of the world zombie story which is bound to keep you wanting more!

    I had not heard of the author or the narrator before, but I will be sure to look for them in the future. The narration matched the characters perfectly. The speed of the narration was best played at 1.25x which in turned only shorted the total listening time a little.

    I couldn’t but help think of another of my favourite zombie series ‘The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z’ when listening to this one. I just hope the second in the series doesn’t go down the same path of Apocalypse Z did. Not that it would be too bad if it did, but it is refreshing not read of some new even more crazy thing than the zombies.

    What I did find interesting was unlike many in this genre, the author seems to be very restrained in describing disturbing details… forced sex scenes for example don’t have too many details.

    This one really gets two thumbs up from me. It will provide hours of listening pleasure on a long travel to work. In fact I liked it so much I purchased the second in the series before I even finished the first!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Three Parts Dead: Arisen, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Alpha team, the world's best and last surviving Tier-1 operators, are adrift on Lake Michigan - and fast drifting into what looks like a damned hostile shoreline. Deep in the National Forest nearby, a former police officer and survivalist battles to keep her family alive - and tries to decide whether the commandos of Alpha are more dangerous to her alive or dead.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Zombie Genre Wins Again"
    "Zombie Genre Wins Again"
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    What I am about to say might make a few of you jealous... I just had a six week holiday! The bad news is that I could not and did not listen to a single audio book in that time. It started to feel like I was never going to return to my audio books. I tried several times with different books from different genres. But I am glad to say the one which got me back again was a zombie story. If it wasn't was my good old faithful zombie favourites I would be faced with a boring commute and sadly more time to ponder my own worthless life... did I just really type that? I need another holiday!

    The main characters are still just as hard, still just as tough, but this time round a softer side starts to come out. Don't worry manly men this is no Mills and Boon type deal.

    RC Brays narration once again captures the personality of each character. Honestly, this book seems written with his narration in mind!

    I find with Bray’s narration 1.25x speed is perfect, but once again this decreases what is already a short title to begin with. Since buying this one, I see the Omnibus version has been released. That does dramatically slash the cost of the series. Just wish I knew of this earlier! My suggestion is just go buy the Arisen omnibus and save yourself the money! You can’t just buy one of them and not want all of them!

    If you are the type who like me, in the event of the zombie Apocalypse would be the first to go… you know… to fat, to slow, to soft, then this is the one for you. Live through the lives of those who are just mean and lean fighting machines!

    Once again I can highly recommend this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Undead: Dead Lands, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joe McKinney
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    For 30 years, they have avoided the outbreak of walking death that has consumed America's heartland. They have secured a small compound near the ruins of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Isolated from the world, they have remained blissfully unaware of what lies outside in the region known as the Dead Lands. Until now. Led by a military vet who's seen better days, the inexperienced offspring of the original survivors form a small expedition to explore the wastelands around them. Small pockets of humanity hide in the shadows: some scared, some mad, all dangerous. This is the New World.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "could have been more"
    "could have been more"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roads Less Traveled: The Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. Dulaney
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    Ask yourself this: If the dead rise tomorrow, are you ready? Do you have a plan? The dead rose, and the living quickly realized that Hollywood-style tactics were the quickest way to find yourself one of the walking dead. Kasey, a strong-willed loner from West Virginia, and Ben, a college student from Pennsylvania, have shared an unlikely friendship over the years. And their bond is stretched to its limits when society collapses under a tide of zombies. But Kasey has something she likes to call The Zombie Plan.

    Tilo says: "Perfect! Highly Recommended!"
    "Solid traditional no frills zombies... yeah!"
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    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cannibal Road: Z-Burbia, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jake Bible
    • Narrated By Andrew B. Wehrlen
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Forced from their home of Asheville, North Carolina, Jace Stanford’s family, along with a convoy of suburbanites, misfits, criminals, and soldiers, must battle their way through the I-40 corridor of Eastern Tennessee. When they are separated from their friends and allies in Knoxville, the Stanfords have to rely on their skills as post-apocalyptic survivors to fight off the Zs, insane Vols fans, homicidal sorority girls, and the most deadly of the post-apocalyptic threats- cannibal gangs!

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Adult cartoon violence - perfect!"
    "Adult cartoon violence - perfect!"
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    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Failed Coward: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    A sinister darkness has finally cast its long shadow across the world, and Adrian Ring now suspects he's at the center of the maelstrom. And he's not alone. Even overseas, his friend Kevin is somehow standing at his side. At Auburn Lake, Adrian and his adopted family finally understand that the dreams they have suffered since the end of the world are far more than restless imaginings. When a thousand mindless dead arrive holding books, can it be anything but a message from beyond the grave?

    Theresa Veldman says: "Comfortable"
    "The series which gets better and better!"
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    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!


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Survivors: A Dystopian Society in a Post Apocalyptic World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Survival in Man’s Second Dark Age...Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning...The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures that threaten to destroy the townships.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Unique – enteraining – easy listening"
    "Unique – enteraining – easy listening"
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    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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