A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.
©2011 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
Yes because its hard to read during a commute
The beginning scenes with the mortuary and the hunt through the woods.
The coffee shop scene where the escaped zombie murder enters the starbucks and is left to your imagination mostly.
Just good fiction
Should be a movie, Lead character was a little over the top at the end but what the hell I liked resident evil too.
Big fan of Maberry. This, however seems to be thrown together from his early notes on the zombie genre. The story is pretty entertaining, but is far from a well thought out work. With regard to the narration, I wished and wished and beg and pleaded that one of the zombies would eat the narrator. After an hour or so of listening I was ready to quit. Then I thought maybe he was taking a1950`s campy sci-fi approach to the telling. Didn't take. It's like listening to 13 hours of Johnny Depp doing Ed Wood voice-overs. Amazingly the male characters sound more feminine than the female characters when in distress.I'm sure Mr Dufris is a talented performer, but he sabotaged this novel with an incredibly over the top performance. Finally, in a hurricane force wind humans tend to have balance and aim issues. Heard a lot about how terrible the storm was in the story, but the big winds didn't seem to affect the living or living dead.
The pleas for help via satellite uplink and social media were awesome.
Not at this juncture. Don't in any way understand this performance. WAY OVER THE TOP!!!
Please explain why the performance was so ridiculously slow and over dramatic.
A more entertaining story, not so many mistakes in the writing, and not so much exaggerated drama in the telling.
A little... I'll need to be a little more careful when selecting from this genre.
The reader would need to be able to convey a lot of drama, though Mr. Dufris went a bit overboard.
There was a very interesting and more realistic idea of how the "zombies" were made. There was some real potential there.
This is one of the very few books that I've just had to stop listening to. While many authors make mistakes now and then, this one was particularly bad. I finally gave up after the "cordite smell" in the air after a gun was discharged. Cordite hasn't been used for a very, very, long time. Expert marksmen who were supposed to be intelligent were "double tapping, one to the body, one to the head" zombies long after they knew that body shots were useless. Safety glass can't cut you after it is broken. The list goes on and on....Toward the end of the book I just didn't care about a single stereotypical character. They were predictable and shallow. They all annoyed me.The entire story was uneventful, poorly written, and the narrator's over the top dramatic voice was just too much.
I only gave this book 2 stars because for the first time in my experience the narration was so bad I think it may have colored my opinion of the story. If you have ever heard someone reading a book to a group of children, you know, the really animated reading that stresses many words to add entertainment to the book, that is what this is like. It's a bizarre mix of a goory story with little kid narration, I couldn't take it. I had to skip some parts when it became too annoying. I'm usually not that critical of narration but it so reminded me of little kids books that I found myself rolling my eyes at the over inflection moments of which there are far far too many.
The story takes an unnecessary time getting started so you may want to ship the first 25%. The rest is, well, painfully cliché.
The writer lacks the maturity to understand the zombie genre. Remember the Scream Mask? Well this book is like spending hours looking at the mask, no depth and no relief.
I never want to buy another book by this writer and the reader was exhausting to listen to for hours. Nasal and terrified like a small child in his narration--the material was not his fault but choosing to put his time and name on the material was a poor decision.
Delete the feelings of the zombies, focus on survival and interactions with other survivors. Make strong characters that can survive. Not a viking bitch with knock out tits and an effemimate newscaster. He spends the whole books saying lines like, (Ohhhhhh Goddddd!!!)
Save your money, read Mark Tufu. Zombies are all around us. They are society members who want to suck us dry. They are on the fringe but they want more. No matter how much you try to help it is never enough. They are takers and incapable being part of carrying on their own lives, they want what you have. They want it all. They never stop. They dont have feelings. They only care about themselves.
Was Vincent Price the narrator of this book? I can't give this book a good review because I couldn't finish it listing to William Dufris is just bad really bad.
Sure would, it kept me on the edge of my seat and pulled me in looking for more!
Ghost Road Blues. Another great novel and listen I might add. Love his take on the Zombie apocalypse.
His inflection of each character and how he brings them to life in your head.
Dez Fox of course.. A woman who has many issues but can still fight through them and kick some zombie butt...!
Jonathan Maberry is an excellent writer and I just hope he keeps his novels coming!
Thank you Mr. Maberry for making the long journeys in the car more enjoyable!
Very good book. Some parts could have been expanded. but over all i really enjoyed it. i work in a place that i can listen to books on the job, and have listened to it 4 or 5 times.
rize again, is of the same genra and also very good.
volker, to see what other kinds of things the commies were uup to.
Yes I would, Maberry makes you think the end of the world really could start this way. It was a pretty good zombie story.
Its comparable to Patient Zero also by Maberry.
It was more of the descriptions and details than any one moment, Maberry paints a pretty gruesome picture of the attacks and gore.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
I love Jonathon Mayberry's Joe Ledger books and decided to read this one while waiting for the next one of those. I was surprised by the storyline! I have read many many zombie books and have not come accross one from the zombies perspective (that wasnt a comedy!). This is a good read!
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