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Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel | [Jonathan Maberry]

Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Mary Coeur d Alene, ID, United States 01-09-12
    Mary Coeur d Alene, ID, United States 01-09-12
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    "13 Hrs & 49 Min of My Life I'll Never Get Back..."
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Maberry and/or William Dufris?

    Love Jonathan Maberry -- would not listen to another book with William Dufris.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Great.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    Anyone -- the narrator for Dust and Decay.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story, love Maberry. Would have passed on this one with this narrator, though.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    L. Nozari 09-18-14
    L. Nozari 09-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Sub Par Narrator"
    What would have made Dead of Night better?

    Another narrator, pretty much anyone else would have improved the listen.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Maberry’s story?

    There was nothing new or particularly creative about this zombie tale and it was slow moving.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator took any redeeming qualities the characters might have had and completely obliterated them with his over dramatizations, mispronounciations and general overall hammy-ness. For example, the female cop is supposed to be a bad ass but the narrator voiced her weeping or whining the vast majority of the time and the rest of the time inappropriately angry.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This story might have had redeeming qualities but I couldn't get past the narration. Finally, I put my device on the fastest possible playback and that at least shortened up the long drawn out exclamations - "Ooooooh Gooooooood, noooooooooo" and the like.


    Any additional comments?

    I think if you are looking for a tight story like the well narrated Joe Ledger books you are going to be very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Robinson United States 08-05-14
    Craig Robinson United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2012

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    Where does Dead of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dead of Night ranks (very) high among all the audiobooks I've ever listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead of Night?

    The story was great, but the most memorable moments was at the end when patient zero walks into the diner smiling with blood on his face.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Everything about Mr. Dufris's performance was as usual GREAT.


    If you could rename Dead of Night, what would you call it?

    Lucifer 13


    Any additional comments?

    Salute...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shaina TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 07-01-14
    Shaina TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Are you Ready?

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    "Slow Beginning But Worth Staying Around For"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead of Night to be better than the print version?

    I am starting to listen to books more and more - I don't really have time for reading nowadays and this allows me to get my much needed "fix"


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The main character - Officer Desdemona Fox - was not relatable at all. There are strong female characters and there are annoying ones. She was annoying. The story was pretty good and the other characters were ok (not much depth) but over all, Fox almost had me putting this book down. I also think that the theory of the parasite has some major flaws but I liked the reasoning of the doctor - that was something that would be fitting.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but he did really well. He definitely put a lot of heart into this performance and I look forward to hearing some of his other work.


    If you could rename Dead of Night, what would you call it?

    Probably some thing like This Is How The World Ends or something about a Death Storm.


    Any additional comments?

    Of the Zombie novels that I have read - this one is probably top 20 but not top 15. I like the background leading up to the Doctor's reasoning of creating this strain but there were a lot of flaws and holes in the story that were never really discussed and the main character, Officer Desdemona Fox, was a real annoyance. I am all for strong female leads, but when they are written like that, I would much rather have the male lead than what her character was from the beginning up to the very last page. I will probably not read this again but I would recommend it to others for something to pass the time with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 05-23-14
    Amazon Customer USA 05-23-14 Member Since 2011

    Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd

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    "Very Mayberry!"

    I really enjoyed this book. If you're a Mayberry fan, you will, too. Hoping there will be a follow up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Hegland Bay Area, CA 03-25-14
    Jason Hegland Bay Area, CA 03-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Slave2Gravity

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    "Worst Narration Ever"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Cheesy "campfire ghost story" tone and over-the-top delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is typical Mayberry - thoughtful, detailed with just the right amount of science and fiction built in. It was hard to get fully sucked in due to the narration, unfortunately. If done by Ray Porter or Tom Weiner, this would've been a 4 star book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Fort Worth, TX, United States 12-05-13
    Mark Fort Worth, TX, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ouch!!!"
    What did you like best about Dead of Night? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead of Night?

    The pleas for help via satellite uplink and social media were awesome.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    Not at this juncture. Don't in any way understand this performance. WAY OVER THE TOP!!!


    Could you see Dead of Night being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    Please explain why the performance was so ridiculously slow and over dramatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Rogers Salt Lake City, Ut USA 11-23-13
    Chris Rogers Salt Lake City, Ut USA 11-23-13
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    "One I just couldn't finish..."
    What would have made Dead of Night better?

    A more entertaining story, not so many mistakes in the writing, and not so much exaggerated drama in the telling.


    Has Dead of Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

    A little... I'll need to be a little more careful when selecting from this genre.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    The reader would need to be able to convey a lot of drama, though Mr. Dufris went a bit overboard.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was a very interesting and more realistic idea of how the "zombies" were made. There was some real potential there.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 08-16-13
    Amazon Customer United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2009

    dallasmae

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    "Once upon a time"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather M. Ruth Christensted, St. Croix, USVI, US 07-27-13
    Heather M. Ruth Christensted, St. Croix, USVI, US 07-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Awful, writer does not understand zombies"
    What would have made Dead of Night better?

    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.


    Has Dead of Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dead of Night?

    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!!!)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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