Let me preface this by saying I am not one who seeks out Stephen King books, nor am I one who reads or listens to much fiction, but this is the best audio adaptation I have heard in years from any genre. This novel expands on what I like about King's short stories and ties a modern vantage point to the late 50's early 60's experience. Craig Wasson is perfect for the narration as I never felt I was being "read" to. Listening to him reminded me that there is an art to both the writing and the telling of stories and this story drew me in quickly and kept me enthralled.
I got this on a whim and have already purchased the sequel. Overall, this was exactly what I was looking for as it didn't seem to be so full of serious intent that it overlooked what it was - a first person narrative of the unimaginable, i.e.: zombie apocalypse, from a fringe element of society. The writing style was concise and didn't get too overly involved in anything outside of the immediate circumstances of the character, which in my opinion is appropriate and was thankfully consistent throughout the book. I watch the Walking Dead, but don't really read zombie books. This story sounded interesting because I like stories placing the lead character outside of their normal element. Not that zombie hoards are ever normal, but being in a position to kill at will is a favorable position for some of the previously noted fringe element to be in. After this book, I might start seeking other authors out.
The narration matched what I felt was the proper tone of the character...headstrong, with a sometimes sarcastic wit. The character seemed to leave himself open to evaluate what was happening around him while looking for "something" despite his general disdain for all things that crossed his path. Kevin T. Collins managed to succeed in the narrative within that framework and made listening to the story an unexpected treat.
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