Steve Hobart is just a regular guy. Late one night, his world is tipped on its side as the dead began to walk. He slowly gathers a group of other survivors and, together, they brave the horrors of a Dead world. Every choice seems to yield as many consequences as it does rewards. He struggles with decisions made as well as opportunities lost as he finds himself in the unlikely role of leader. With a group that includes an Army doctor, a five-year-old Hispanic girl, a convicted murderer, and a teen girl who seems far better equipped to deal with the situation...Steve does his best to stay alive and one step ahead of the grasping hands of the walking dead....
This is a compilation of the first three books in the Dead series: Dead: The Ugly Beginning, Dead: Revelations, and Dead: Fortunes and Failures. Each special edition also contains close to 10,000 words of additional material requested by you...the listeners! This special edition allows you to sink into a Dead world with your favorite people and not be "distracted" by those long absences as other stories intrude and get in the way.
©2012 TW Brown (P)2014 TW Brown
Wide variety of tastes. From westerns to crime dramas to scifi, I'll listen and give an honest opinion. Creator of the Monster Squad series.
Summing this story up in three words is difficult. I'd have to choose:
Engrossing. The story pulls you in and refuses to let you go.
Detailed. The author gives you just enough information to know what is going on and allows your imagination to fill in the blanks. A perfect combination.
Suspenseful. You can't help but find yourself caring about these characters and worrying about what may or may not happen each step of the way.
There are a lot of zombie books out there, some good, some not so good, some excellent. I'd have to rank DEAD with some of the top zombie fiction out there. It's gritty, realistic, suspenseful and leaves you wanting more. Authors like Tufo, O'Brien, Chesser and Talluto come to mind. Series writers who bring you believable characters put into unbelievable circumstances, yet somehow...leaves the reader feeling it is more than possible.
His personality. He brings the characters to life in a way that is difficult to explain. It's one thing to read the characters and get an idea what YOU think they should sound like. What the dialogue would go like. It's another to hear another person's take on the same story. Andrew did an EXCELLENT job bringing DEAD to life. He is a fantastic storyteller.
Of course, I have to say Steve. The story begins and revolves around him. But at the same time, the other characters bring so much to the story that it's difficult to not include them. Still, with the story being told from his perspective, I would definitely have to go with my gut and first instinct.
This definitely leaves me wanting to hear more from the series. Andy McFerrin did such a wonderful job with this one that I can't wait to hear what he's done with the others.
If it's post apocalypse I'm in.
So let’s get the premise out of the way first. The dead have risen! In a world full of hacked up Zombie series TW Brown manages to make the stories he writes entertaining, and worthy of your precious time. He definitely has a twisted dark pit somewhere in his brain, and that comes out in the series. Some people may find some of the graphic scenarios he portrays disturbing at times. In reality though I think he explores a side of humanity that other authors are seem reticent to talk about. So if you pick up the series consider yourself warned.
I will try to avoid spoilers and not discuss details. The Perspectives series is drawn from the accounts of the various groups and characters in the Dead series. The books have a tendency to jump around from character to character, and some people may find themselves wondering if they missed something. Mr. Brown has repackaged this into a much more managed format. The Perspectives Vol 1 follows a single story arc, in this case the story of Steve Hobart. Steve is one of my favorite characters in the book. I often found myself wishing a segment would end so I could get back to his story. Now I don’t have to. As a bonus there is some new content so if you listened to the first three books this is a must have. Now I can hardly wait to get on with Vol 2 and hear Kevin’s story.
Having listened to the other books in the Dead series I find I am really impressed with Andrew McFerrin’s performance. As a narrator he does an excellent job of creating consistent characters and conveying their emotions. I do find Talia’s voice a little grating on the nerves but you get used to it after a while.
So what’s wrong with it?
If I had to have a criticism for my review it would be the annoying sound effects that have been added to the audio version. I find them a distraction, but this is a personal preference. Despite that with an excellent performance and a good solid story to be told this is definitely a good use of your hard earned Audible credits.
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First thoughts about the cover of Dead: Perspectives (Vol. 1)? Zombies!! There is a heart with initials on the tree with a bloody mark beside it. Is that a clue to a star-crossed lovers turned zombies? That woman is missing her pants, but her guts are kind of acting as a cover. Yup, for sure going to be a bloody good story!
The main point of view is from Steve Hobart. He thinks of himself as average and low key. He’s actually very brave, kind, and caring. He’s never been a parent, but during a zombie apocalypse he willingly takes on the role of parent for a little girl. He does have his faults and doubts, but he is for sure someone I would want on my team in this type of outbreak.
I get a kick out of the Narrator Andrew McFerrin’s voices and accents. Especially Mr. Randell Smith’s snooty tone, Thalia’s little voice, and Sgt. Paul Whimmer southern draw. The author of this book is TW Brown. This book is thirteen hours and thirty-seven minutes long. Warning- This book has lots of action, blood, guts, and several zombie parts. If you like your zombie books juicy, this would make a nice addiction to your zombie list.
This is a very interesting take on the zombie genre. There are several different ways this book varies from the usual zombie take. I rather enjoyed that the zombie bite isn’t always going to mean becoming a zombie… at least not yet. There seems to be some people that have natural immunities that let them live even after being bitten. Once that person dies from whatever caused him/her to die THEN he/she becomes a walking corpse.
This story left me wondering about how I would react in a catalytic event. Would I be brave and try to save those I care for? Or would I be fearful and try to hide? Would I be one of the many people to die in the first few days, weeks, or months after whatever event caused such a crisis? I do not know, and that makes this story all the more terrifying.
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I have read several books by Mr. Brown, and just when I think I have his story pinned down, he smashes my expectations on the rocks of really, really good writing. When it comes to predicting what will happen in a book, I love to be wrong, and Man! Was I wrong.
There is no shortage of what brings readers to zombie fiction here. I love the gore. I love those moments when someone has to take down a zombie that used to be a friend or a loved one. I love the massive, shambling hordes of relentless undead eating-machines, and I love to see them mowed down in creative ways.
But there is so much more to this story. Brown's talent for showing the best and worst elements of mankind is becoming something of a trademark. The examples of both heroism and depravity abound. But there is a very sweet element here, particularly the relationship between Steve and Thalia. Through his need to protect her and ultimately his love for her, he rises above the mountains of horror and tragedy the world has dropped on him to become a true leader and a source of hope. This unexpected theme of hope is the lingering gift that I took from this title, and leaves me eager to read the next. But before I do, I want to read this one once more to pick up on the all of the subtext and elements I might have missed the first time around. I have enjoyed all of Mr. Brown’s books, but this is potentially my favorite.
I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
I listened to this book on Audible.com. Kudos to the narrator, Andrew McFerrin, and the producers. Mr. McFerrin delivers a 5-star performance with this narration, which is to say that he tells the story without getting in its way. He distinguishes each character without going over the top, and his pacing is excellent. Well-done.
The production value is top notch, too. There was no background noise, but neither did the air sound flat or "dead." Overall, I am giving five stars for narration and production quality because I was immersed in the story and never once noticed that I was being read to.
Finally getting to hear the familiar characters in action. Andrew McFerrin did a great job with them all, particularly Steve.
Steve, the narrator. He's the Everyman, thrown into the zombie apocalypse.
He puts just the right emotion into the characters' words.
Steve. Everything came in through his viewpoint.
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This probably one of my new favorite books. There is a rather large cast of characters so many I can not even name them all, and each character is so well written it is as if they were real. The two little girls just about broke my heart a few times. The story is well written and has its ups and downs. Also finally pregnancy in the zombie world where not many people are probably thinking birth control. The person who does the reading does an excelent job with the voices for the large cast of characters and made it a lot of fun to listen to. I am not a fan of the sound in between the chapters/parts but I can easily over look that because this was a good story and I am glad I listened to it.
Much of this first book is a man who once the zombies hits saves a little girl and many people along the way. Some of these people are nice, and have base set ups, some are not so nice and will kill others. It revolves around him and his group trying to settle on a place to last out the winter and all the things that happen when there. It is not quit what I was expecting and I was happy about it.
Avid Zombie Fiction listener!!! Bring on the living dead.
This is a great book. I love the dead series but at times it was hard to keep up with all the characters. The author has done this series justice by creating a book for each groups story!! Love it. Its not hard to follow and I find myself caring for the characters more then in the original dead series.
This is a continuous story about one of the groups from the series. It didnt flip flop back and forth between 4 or 5 groups og characters..
Yes hes great.
I loved the whole book. I found it very relatable if I was to see myself in a zombie apocalypse that is. Lol
Great job.... I cant wait to read the next installment. I really enjoy the dead series this way. :)
I have read at least 100 or more zombies books but this one take the cake! If your just starting this your lucky you get 9 WONDERFUL books. This book contain everything from humor to tragic and lots zombies! Now get to listening or reading you'll be hooked!
My favorite thing about the Dead Series is how each character is yanked from their seemingly normal lives forced to fight for their lives 24-7. I have also learned that in a dead world zombies are not the only thing to be afraid of!!
The only books that come close comparing to the Dead Series is the Zomblog series also by TW Brown. In both, you can't help but care about the characters you are reading about. Their day to day struggles to stay alive and try and reclaim some of the things we take for granted everyday.
Andrew gives each character a voice and does a terrific job for all of them. For me the best thing about listening versus reading is sometimes I am so anxious to read the story that I get ahead of myself. Listening to Andrew read brought back days of storytelling at bedtime or around a campfire.
Ill be completely honest here, it is impossible to listen or read this series of books and not care about the people in them. In this dead world you will laugh, cry, and want to jump for joy. Mr. brown has made it very clear from the beginning of each book... NO character is safe...ever!!!
If you love zombies,I guarantee you'll love these books!!!
The first time I “met” Steve, the protagonist in this audiobook, was when I read the first three DEAD books in their original multi-thread vignette format. I’m still undecided as to which format I prefer. While I do enjoy the consistency of a single story thread, I liked the alternating version for other reasons. I liked having bites from each story thread – a mix of varying flavours of ambiance, characterization and pacing.
What I can agree on is that Steve’s story was entertaining in both formats. His is a tale of struggle and triumph intermingled with moments of sadness and loss, as we follow our protagonist facing the zombie apocalypse with both uncertainty and courage. He becomes the unexpected leader of a small group of survivors and the father-figure to some of the younger individuals amongst them - Thalia, Emily and I would even say Theresa (spelling? I don’t have the print book with me for reference).
His story is told with warmth, frustration and at times desperation and he is not immune to the dangers he faces either. It is a moving tale with depth and heart.
I was pleased with the narrator selected, whose voice matched the one for Steve in my head as I read. Andrew McFerrin reads with clarity, as well as good volume and pacing. He emotes well. I’m not as fond of his reading for the females in the book, who often come across as weak and a little ditzy, and at times Thalia sounds like a comedian’s version of a little old Hispanic woman, but overall I appreciated Andrew’s narration.
I’ve listened to a fair number of audiobooks in my day and this definitely matches the quality and professionalism of the better ones I’ve heard. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the zombie horror genre.
"I loved the book but this took it to another level"
I loved reading the whole series and I'm currently reading book 10. The thing with the audible book was it took it to another level of suspense. I realised I must rush through chapters to see if my favourite character survives and I've missed parts. That's the difference with Dead Series, not everyone survives. Favourite characters do get eaten or killed when you least expect it.
All I can say is why Steve? I can't say any more or it would be a spoiler to have to listen to the story.
Andrew definitely brought Steve to life for me and so far is my favourite narrator.
Due to work and family commitments I couldn't listen to all in one sitting, even if my nerves could have lasted that long.
Do not hesitate buy this now.....
"Would be better then The Walking Dead if on TV"
Hell yeah. And I have
One of a kind. TW Brown is the man
I tried to ... but had to listen in stages
This would of made a better series then the walking dead, its a great read.
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