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I'm into zombies not vampires. The book was written in the 50's so i thought it would be outdated. I liked the movie, but really thought the book must be very boring. A dude all by himself. Seemed a bit boring. I just pictured an artsy kind of book with a guy dealing with his internal struggle and alot of blah blah.
Well, it really is kinda all of the above, except boring. Its very interesting and I am sure if the book was written today it would definitely be with zombies, not vampires. There is some action too, so all is okay. I think it must have been redone too, I swear a date I heard was in the 1970's.
Narrator was pretty good with good inflection at the appropriate places, not seemingly randomly for no reason like some annoying narrators.
I did not like the end. It was a good ending. I don't want to give it away, but it was artsy. If you find artsy endings predictably similar you know what I mean (opposite of Hollywood endings).
If you like zombie stories I think this will satisfy you.
And suddenly the poor recording issues are gone when the author reads himself. The author is actually quite good at narrating and got better the more he read. It was only in the beginning prologue that he breathed into the microphone. The female voices weren't the greatest, but they were good enough.
The most important aspect of this series is the character depth and relations between the main characters.
I prefer my zombies stories to be grittier and darker and I'm not a keen fan of supernatural stuff, like talking babies. But the storyline held up for the most part. Good book in the end!
Coming from listening to other stories, the quality of the recording is jarring. But you get used to it, so maybe if you don't listen to other books, you think everything's normal. The narrator himself is pretty good I think, nice trick when everyone says "when".
As usual there is alot of background into what the zombies are and how they behave and evolve, no identifiable plot holes regarding the science behind the zombies.
The "ratz" play hardly a noticeable role in this story, its all about the evolving smart zombies. And its not even over, wonder where the next book will take us.
Story is all military style and the first part reminded me of colonial marines in claustrophobic space ship being hunted. Zombies are actually infected, so no need for headshots. No trying to gather supplies or driving from place to place surviving. They fly helicopters land, shoot, and fly back. Felt a bit contrived about how they kept moaning about losing their fellow comrades in arms, just kept going on and on about it. It was ok.
Think the author must have read my review about plot holes because he was very clear about them this time, which was pretty good because I had forgotten about things between the books.
Storyline in this book isn't very complicated with few surprises but enough to be engaging. Pity the stories are so short though.
I don't recall the last time I gave 5 stars for everything and if I could give more for this book, I would. 16 hours of incredible, can't-put-down, gripping and brutal story telling.
There was nothing predictable in this book. Many times I thought of a plot event that would be a very satisfying sense of justice and revenge, but nope, not too many things work out for Gus. You thought he took a beating in the other stories? This book is just gruesome.
I was a bit worried in the beginning because the zombies and rats were dying out and being hunted in a zombie filled house wasn't really what I was interested in reading about. But that was just the warm up.
This book is more about human raiders than zombies, which I usually don't like, but the story is just incredible, as is the narration, absolutely perfect.
I think the narrator must have confused the first few chapters of the book with his DIY instruction manual for a technical product.
In the first few chapters every other word seemed to actually be a number, followed by a long series of words, and then a unhelpful abbreviation for those words, just to be less clear.
Once you get past that, the story starts to flow, but you will have wished you listened to the book "The Jakarta Pandemic" first, because, while its not an official a part of this series, is referenced everywhere.
And then, after that, in order to start enjoying the book, you have to accept the basic premise that society will just go nuts within one day of having no electricity and usable cars.
Now we can finally pay attention to super ex-soldier dad Alex who is the greatest prepper alive (its his business). He plans meticulously and knows everything about surviving the end of the world. Yet the first thing he does is send his wife and kids off in one direction on bicycles while he goes in another to find one of his sons.
The story isn't emotionally complex, there aren't any internal divisions and no moral angst over killing people who seem a bit suspicious. Just follow him and his entire family who think the same way while they complete meticulous plans for everything.
Despite all the problems with the story, its still an enjoyable read and the narrator was really good. I'm on the second book now because the first just ended. Yeah, just like that, wth; end, full stop.
Found the story easy to digest. We meet up with another group of survivors and whats cool about that is that we hear about their story from the start of the apocalypse, so its like a whole new book and story. The new group and our old friends do meet up and start doing what they have to do.
A lot of gore, killing and dying. We get to know the people who die just enough to pity them. The bad guys are portrayed in a shade of grey, manage to get depth in almost all the characters.
The narrator is just so comfortable to listen to, not over acting, just enough to sound interesting.
Good story, ending felt like an ending, but maybe more will be coming anyways? Hope so.
I had to start rolling my eyes again as Xander was acting all childish like in the last book, but he actually goes through character development and starts maturing. Much of this book has a teen tint over it, you have to put it in the perspective of younger readers to accept many of the pretenses it has. I mean, Xander is the military commander of a base? What is he, 16 or something? Yeah, you have to swallow some unrealistic scenarios.
So yeah, good book once you realize the target audience of the story.
I don't know what he is doing with his voice but I think it's some kind of acting. He thinks he is on a drama stage. I think a specific characters voice must have stuck so he sounds like some snobby fake British somewhat gay person. And since he is straining to act each word to its fullest, he becomes out of breath and gulps in air. Worse when the story actually calls for some excitement.
I so miss Elizabeth Rodgers.
I wanted to return the book after two minutes but since I'm a fan of this series, punished myself and tried to like it. But I just can't stand his narration.
I couldn't get through the story but something about people with psychic powers. I skipped through chapters and there are zombies but few and far between. This book is not at all like the original books in the series. Awfully disappointed. Or perhaps the narrator would say, AABSolutely AATrocioussss and not my cup of tea.
Very descriptive about everything and it could just go on and on and on about things that just didn't matter. Even the sexy scene with the prostitute I fast forwarded. Yes, he is a lascivious preacher, got it. I was hoping she was secretly an assassin and would pull out a knife and cut his boy bits off.
I would accept it if the story was 12 hours and all the exciting good bits were included too, but its only 7 hrs long and most of the high points are glazed over and we don't even see it. Like the huge event at the end, but we don't turn up until afterwards. Any killing we do see, its just one stab and dead. I would've thought two authors could write twice as much!
I do like the premise; the primitives are aware of our modern history perhaps in a similar way that Europeans remembered the Roman Empire during the Dark Ages, with the priests maintaining that knowledge. Books? Only the rich have a few, and most can't read or count. In the story we are only just scrapeing the surface of this knowledge of the ancients.
The zombies aren't real zombies, but these cordycep fungus controlled humans, like the video game the Last of Us. I think we meet them 3 times in the entire book. Not much is revealed about them, like how they managed to destroy a high tech global civilization, yet how can these handful of primitives still survive.
This book should be considered as just the first half of a real book, half of it is just filler. Hopefully the second book will be when the interesting stuff happens.
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