If you're an audio version fan, then yes- absolutely. Otherwise I'd say they are probably equal, I just prefer audiobooks these days.
Loved them all, of course, but I'm partial to Sheriff Collins. She's a badass partner.
I haven't listened to Jeffrey Kafer's narration before, but after the Kaiju series, I will be again.
This audiobook is excellent to listen to. With all the action involved, you feel like you're actually watching the scenes take place and Jeffrey Kafer performs Jeremy Robinson's words perfectly. Tons of action, humor, fun, and a giant monster! I definitely recommend checking this out.
Dear lovers of zombie fiction,If you have not been keeping up with this series or have not been introduced to this series, you're really missing out.I freely admit that the first book in the series did take a little getting used to for me because I wasn't a huge fan of the narration at first. But I had read some of the books in the series before and wanted to remember them again to be able to continue forward with the series - nothing worse that forgetting everything about what you read in the past and not knowing where you are in the series. So by the second book, I was definitely invested and have been ever since. This series is super good. I mean it takes you on a roller coaster of not just emotions but just STORY and STORYTELLING which is fabulous when you're talking about a long span of books. It's never always predictable and while there is some "hero stuff" and hero like characters at times - that's ok because you can understand that the strong people with strong beliefs would be the people that would be leaders of groups, for as long as they're able to manage it.If you're looking over these reviews because you're not sure if you should give it a try, I encourage you to definitely give the first two a try because if you're not hooked by then, maybe they're not for you- but you're rewarded with a lot of entertainment if you stick with the series. I look forward to the next books in the series! I want to know how Billy is going to get out of his current dilemma and I want to know how Kevin and Aleah and their friends deal with their current situation (I can't give out spoilers but you KNOW what I mean if you've listened to the book.) These books make you want to know what happens next!
There were a few lines that I laughed out loud listening to - which is a testament to the narrator enjoying the written content.
"the zombie version of the stink eye"
"what- the hell- is *kuru*?"
"..was like roaches when the lights come on..."
I enjoyed the book just as much as the rest in the series. You pretty much know by this point in the series if you're going to like the story lines and I do. I still like Steve and Kevin's story lines best.
I smiled at the mention of Mark Tufo, another great zombie series to check out, books on the shelf of a zombie fanatics' book shelf. It was fun to see the shout out.
At this point I'll keep listening as long as there are books in the series to listen to. I've grown to really appreciate the narrator for this series.
Highly enjoyable, good zombie adventure fun -- and occasionally a curve ball where people that we "know" die- which not every author does too often.
Definitely worth checking out the series! It starts with Dead: The Ugly Beginning.
There's a line in the book at the very beginning made by Steve that made me laugh out loud at the way the narrator - Andrew McFerrin- delivered it. It was done exactly how I'd expect the line to be delivered and it helped bring me back into Brown's world easily. It was "God knows, the bones wouldn't come out of the trench on their own.... *God, please. Don't let them come out of the trench by themselves."
You'll know when you hear it.
I've said it in a previous opinion of the book series, but if you've made it this far, you know that you'll enjoy the ride.
I will say that there do seem to be a lot of characters in the books that start kind of feeling like they have a lot of the same character traits of other major players- but I'm ok with heroism in books. And, not every character that I want to see lives, does- so there's a good balance of new people to deaths of characters who have been around a while, and most die in a tragic way, that's gutsy for a writer to do - considering fans have come this far.
The book takes place at the very beginning of Winter - and then during some big snow storms that have taken place. In most cases, there won't be SO much action taking place because all of the people would want to hunker down and avoid the weather, so I can at least say that the book does a good job of at least showing some of the horrible bickering that would go on if you were locked in one place with a group of people, but luckily does NOT go overboard with completely inane conversations that would happen to people for real. (The girls never get THAT over the top girly in annoyance).
The heroes have proven themselves and most often than not always put themselves first in harms way. While that could seem to have some drawbacks, I don't think it completely does. While I do wonder when Steve and Kevin might actually fall into sheer unconsciousness for days, I would believe that the type of character that we see- this hero type, would rise among the people who don't know what to do, or how to do things to stay alive. So, I'm fine with all that.
I did find the Vignettes a little more distracting this time, since there's now a group in Egypt , a military area, and a tourist attraction, and island - and while these snippets felt more interesting in the last book, since I've seen those characters (some) before- it felt a little more jarring this time, in that- a scene with Steve or Kevin might end on a cliffhanger and I wanted to know more- and had to wait. BUT - it's good to see the rounded sphere of the world going on around the main characters to date (even though in print I *might* have skipped some of the PoV's because I was too anxious for the main stories).
Overall, this installment to the series is a great addition and I enjoyed listening to it again. I look forward to the next book, one of which I didn't catch up on this first time it was in print.
You know if you're a fan of the series and the characters by this point. I can't tell you more than what you know from the past books- but this one definitely didn't let me down.
My favorite character has been Kevin, but Steve is a close second. Aleah, Heather, Teresa, and Dr Zahn are great female characters who show a strong side, to some of the women who are weaker in the books (which would be natural in a catastrophe. Some strong, some not) The two were just average every day guys before the zombpocalypse started but each finds something to step up for and be more than who they were before. I've really enjoyed their development.
I'll be honest, if you've made it to book 3, you already know that you're enjoying these books and the stories that are being woven in this world created in horror. The stories get better and better because with each one, the stakes are high, emotions feel real, and you grow to care about a good deal of the characters. Especially the main story lines. This is a great series for a zombie enthusiast.
It took me a chapter to really get into his voice narration but I got used to it and enjoyed it.
I listened to Mr Mercedes before this one - and I was struck at how many small references that you can find in the books when you listen or read them so close to one another. Names used (Rose, Brady, Midway, etc), places, and the like. It's nice because they tend to all kind of daisy chain each other together in small ways. This book felt in some ways like....the Hardy Boy's grew up a bit and wrote a book. Except it is just one of the Hardy's. I admit, the cover art for this one kept me away for a while- until after Mr Mercedes (and earlier in the year I'd listened to Doctor Sleep) when I wanted to dive into more of King again. He's a great writer, but some stories thrill me and some fall flat. This one is decent and interesting. Not as good as Doctor Sleep, but I enjoyed it a lot.
God, yes. Firstly, the story continues on where it left off in book 7 - and it manages to answer all the cliff hangers of the last one. It brings all the great people we want to see in it, plus more we didn't know were going to be in it. And Davina Porter is simply magnificent as a narrator.
While I loved the entire book- I rather liked Roger and Bucc's journey and the little trip that Jamie and William go on. I won't spoil anything!
Yes. All of the Outlander series. This one is just as excellent as those ones.
Yes. I couldn't manage that since it's so long, but one I was finished reading it -- I seriously was sitting alone in the dark, gazing at a blank white wall and thinking of the story and where it would go from where it leaves off. I imagined the conversations that are likely to take place and my heart felt so...good. It took me a while to pull myself out of that post-audio haze and return back to the real world. Absolutely no kidding. You can't have listened to this book without having experienced all the others, so I have no doubt it'll have a powerful effect on you, also.
I absolutely love this series. I wouldn't dream of pushing the author to hurry with the next one, but I will say that it's so hard to know that the next one is years away. But boy, does it give you things to day dream about until the characters come back again. I'll be listening to the entire series all over again very soon, and likely more times in the years to come, waiting for the next one.
Will Patton's narration of Stephen King's writing was excellent.
Will Patton is an amazing narrator and I just love the tone of his voice. Silky and full of the emotion that each scene needs.
I really liked Jerome- but more than that, I liked the 3 party caper part of the story once all three people were together and figuring things out. Like a Scooby Doo mystery.
I never really trusted the mobile ice cream man to start with, but after this book-- when I hear the tinkling tones around my neighborhood I REALLY am not interested.
If you like this kind of Crime Thriller - I really encourage you to seek out "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith. While I enjoyed Mr Mercedes a lot, TCC had a lot of similar aspects (the male tough gumshoe) with excellent writing. And vice versa :) Enjoy! I sure did.
I'm not sure if the narrator just grew on me or he just has grown as a narrator and that I felt it was a much more solid experience, but I really enjoyed this story as read to me by Andrew McFerrin much more than in the first book.
The vignettes were interesting - plugged into the story to make the world seem more fleshed out though in part I wish some of those had tied in to some of the people our heroes had bumped into after their demise. I really enjoy the Geek story lines. I'm not a huge fan of Heather (even though she's 16), she can be grating during the narration or of the torturing maniac, Garth or Gareth. But it's all in line with the story and following several different angles along the way. I particularly enjoy the reunion of the Geeks and Steve's story (and when he finds out a secret plot point in the book). Lee is a jerk, but there are good guys and bad guys- the same as any real situation.
I'll continue on with the series. All I can say is, if you weren't too sure about book 1's narration...hang in there and listen to book 2 and I think it'll help solve whatever it was about book 1 that I personally had a few narration reserves about. A fun - but TWISTED series.
Yes, I would. I loved hearing the creepy narration over what I would hear in my own head.
I don't want to give anything away.
It was chilling
It did have some slow moments but had many more chilling moments that made it all worth it. Definitely would recommend this to my friends.
I read this book years ago but wanted to revisit it in an audible form. The story is as exciting as I remember it. I felt the narration was a little lacking somehow.
While the narrator did a good job with the reading, I had a bit of a struggle to make it all the way through it maybe due to the emoting or inflection of tones all the way through it. I will try the next one in the series and see how it goes. Fun zombie story (zombie stories are not for the faint of heart so know what you're getting into) and it was good to see this world again.
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