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
The narration was terrible! I like Jonathan Maberry, but please get someone else, next time.
Bronson Pinchot, Paul Hoffman?
The story was entertaining
I just didn't like the narrator.
The bad guy is plenty creepy.
It has zombies.
The dynamic of the reporter and the video guy is enjoyable.
The protagonist's cop buddy is a wonderful human being.
Very melodramatic and self-important for a cheese-ball zombie novel.
Tiny spoiler: In particular it's got some super irritating parts told from the perspective of a zombie that almost made me put the book down.
It "scientifically" explains the zombies with science so cartoonishly inaccurate that Mary Baker Eddy the founder and discoverer of Christian Science would be proud.
The protagonist is a faux-feminist, dude in a woman's body character, and she has unrealistic abandonment issues.
Don't listen to the angry would be writers comment. It almost convinced me not to buy this book by misleading me on the idea that this is another "smart zombie" book it's not. It's a terrify story of a mad carrier and people trapped in their own bodies watching themselves devour their children and force the pain of living death onto everyone who loved them too much to put them down without hesitation. Give this book a chance it's truly a chilling novel.
Mr. Maberry is the George Romero of the 21st century. His military knowledge and depiction is beyond life-like. Mr. Dufris's performance in narration put me in the story. Excellent job!
I liked the story for the most part. The female lead was a touch over the top at times. But that could also be due to the acting choices as well. It was really hard to get past the reading. The DRAMA of the reading. Whenever any character was stressed - the narrator went every dang time to the moan groan and cry for mama interpretation. Highly irritating and truly boring as the characters were in stressed situations A LOT. Every time. I almost had to stop listening and I really like Maberry's writings.
Note for narration - just because a character is literally crying for mama does NOT mean they have to be sobbing and out-moaning the infected to the point where you want them bitten just so the moaning decibel will go down. Please try to make some more interesting choices.
I've read a great number of Jonathan Maberry books and this is the weakest.
The narrator is absolutely terrible, I'm not sure that I've actually heard one worse. Given the bad performance, it makes the annoyance of Desdemona Fox that much more pronounced.
Moreno, the majority of Mr. Mayberry's books am to be set in the same universe but there are a lot of inconsistencies between them. I love the crossovers between the Joe Ledger books and the Rot and Ruin books but there needs to be more adhesion.
I'm no writer but the narrator was terrific and brought this story to life and I am so excited that I can hardly wait to listen to part 2...
I think the story was written well. It has a good story line that keeps you interested and characters you care about. The narration on the other hand was very hard to listen to, maybe if the guy was acting out a love story or some kind of romantic nonsense he would be ok. But not a zombie story or anything like it.
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