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
Love Jonathan Maberry -- would not listen to another book with William Dufris.
Anyone -- the narrator for Dust and Decay.
I liked the story, love Maberry. Would have passed on this one with this narrator, though.
Another narrator, pretty much anyone else would have improved the listen.
There was nothing new or particularly creative about this zombie tale and it was slow moving.
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.
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.
I think if you are looking for a tight story like the well narrated Joe Ledger books you are going to be very disappointed.
U.S. Army Veteran
Dead of Night ranks (very) high among all the audiobooks I've ever listened to so far.
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.
Everything about Mr. Dufris's performance was as usual GREAT.
Are you Ready?
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"
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.
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.
Probably some thing like This Is How The World Ends or something about a Death Storm.
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.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd
I really enjoyed this book. If you're a Mayberry fan, you will, too. Hoping there will be a follow up.
Cheesy "campfire ghost story" tone and over-the-top delivery.
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.
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.
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