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Married with Zombies | [Jesse Petersen]

Married with Zombies

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....
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Publisher's Summary

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling.

On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies.

Now Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But just because there are zombies, doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

©2010 Jesse Petersen (P)2010 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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"Funny." (Washington Post)

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    decembergrit 02-16-11

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    "Good read for zombie fans"

    I really enjoyed this zombie book. It has lighthearted zombie action and good humor with some gore thrown in. A couple try to work through their marital problems while trying to stay alive at the same time. Funny and interesting take on zombies. It would make a good series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    R. Wyatt Florence, AL 02-06-11
    R. Wyatt Florence, AL 02-06-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Entertaining"

    This is a good book, but not a great book. It's easy to sit through and follow. The narrator isn't horrible. And if you are a fan of zombies, then this is an interesting story that sets the stage for the other two hopefully to finish off. I did research on the book and discovered its first in a trilogy, so don't expect to have all your questions answered right off the bat. It can get pretty cheesy at times, but you can tell it's on purpose and meant to lighten the mood. I found myself saying "Did she really just write that?!" a few times during some of the dialog or zombie executions. The couple is believable to an extent, but for the parts that aren't you just don't care because its just a fun little read. So, all my complaints that I could have about it considered, I just don't care. I enjoyed myself, and I think you will too. Just don't expect it to be the most profound writing ever. It's very lighthearted for most of it, to counterbalance some of the deep depressing sections that you have to have in order for there to be any drama in a zombie apocalypse. I recommend this because of it's entertainment value. It's not as depressing as some things (except a few pretty sad moments), but you still get your fill of zombie fun.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Mebane, NC, United States 01-24-12
    Anna Mebane, NC, United States 01-24-12
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    "Great Listen"

    This is a great listen, I don't normally listen to Zombie books, but this one is fantastic. Petersen has a great sense of humor and Campbell is a terrific narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 10-07-12
    Mike Naka 10-07-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "ok beach-reading zombie fare"
    Would you try another book from Jesse Petersen and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    i might pick up the second and third if they were on sale.


    Any additional comments?

    while listening to mwz (married with zombies), i kept thinking of zombieland and zombie fallout. in zombieland, columbus has a bunch of rules for surviving. in mwz, each chapter's title is a rule for a married couple to not only survive a zombie apocalypse but also their marriage, e.g. the couple that slays together stays together. i thought these were kind of smart, funny, and well thought out. these rules also foreshadow the coming plot.

    i thought of zf (zombie fallout) b/c of all the bickering b/ween sarah and dave. i think jesse petersen does an ok job of infusing humor. not as funny as zf, but i laughed quite a few times.

    but that's where the comparisons end. the zombies were kind of lame- red eyes and black goo coming out of their mouths. i was left wondering where all the zombies went. sarah and dave do one of the biggest no-no's- get on the highway at the beginning of a zombie apocalypse, but all the action is already passed. there are only a few lingering zombies among the car wrecks, and they pass through w/o to much effort.

    in my favorite zombie books, the authors are able to build tension culminating in a sense of impending doom. neither is present here. i never felt the characters were in real danger. when they were, they escaped way too easily jst to move the plot forward.

    alright! i'm done lambasting the book! :-) if you're looking for a soft core zombie book with some humor, give this one a shot. if you read a lot of dark and dreary zombie books, let this one cleanse your palette.

    I must say I was surprised by two touching moments. Of course, they were death scenes, but they were well done!

    overall, it makes an ok beach read. well, summer's over but you know what i mean. you can kick back, turn off your thinker, laugh a few times, and wonder where half of your day went.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Hoover Arizona, USA 03-08-11
    Joshua Hoover Arizona, USA 03-08-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Entertaining short listen"

    Another pretty stereotypical zombie read. The difference and theme the author presents with this one is a couple having serious marital issues and how their personal conflicts come out during a zombie infection. I found a lot of the dialogue to be rather uninteresting. It was nice to see the characters resolve their issues and come together, but the common martial bickering got somewhat annoying. The zombie theme is definitely reaching it's all time high in popularity and several books have really shined. After reading Patient Zero and World War Z, it's very difficult for me to enjoy books in the genre with little to offer. The zombie portions of the story felt copied from so many already out there that I had a hard time enjoying it. Maybe if I had listened to this a couple of years ago I may have enjoyed it more but it takes a bit more to keep me interested in this genre these days. Another thing worth noting is that the male characters all felt intentionally removed of most intelligence. This may make sense due to the fact that the entire story is told from the female characters perspective. I can often hear my own girlfriend's thoughts in her narrative, but it might bother some male readers. It wasn't over the top male bashing, but it's worth mentioning. I'm giving it three stars for some entertaining zombie action and making a good attempt at joining a martial help book with the zombie apocalypse. I might read/listen to the second book, it depends on how well it's reviewed and what she does to make it shine in a genre overflowing with options.
    The narrator is female, which makes sense, and did a good job with most of the characters in the book. Unfortunately the one I really felt she missed was David. The narrator really did a great job with the other characters, but unfortunately I can only give her 3 stars since I felt she missed on one of the main characters in the book. The rest of her voices are great, too bad it had to be a main character.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 03-29-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2005
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    "FUN FUN FUN"

    I loved it. There are 2 other books in this series. Why are they on audible. That's what i want to know?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Onyx 11-22-11
    Onyx 11-22-11

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    "Amusing read for Seattleites"

    I'm from Seattle, so reading a book about a Zombie apocalypse that starts here is pretty amusing. I love Cassandra Campbell's narration, I've listened to several books of hers already.
    Even if you're not from Seattle, if you like books about zombies, or just want to try something new, this is a good one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 11-03-11
    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny!"

    What a funny story!! I couldnt stop listening!! I hope there is another coming out - Great Job by the Narrator and the Author :) <3

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-07-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-07-12

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "It's just too "light" for my taste..."

    This book was on my wishlist for quite awhile, then I saw it on sale and snapped it up. I thought I'd finish it before buying the others in the series (also on sale) and... once I finished it, I declined to purchase the rest. I'm not saying it's a bad book, it's not... it's just not good enough to snag me into reading two more in the same vein.

    It has a bit of humor, I suppose... if you like humor based on spousal discord. And the characters act in not-normal ways a couple times just so the author has an opportunity to explore a new 'theme' (i.e. they do things, or go places, or split up when no normal person in the same circumstances would do the same thing). And, of course, there's the typical and not-very-interesting "religious fanatics" segment where women were being collected for reproduction purposes (nearly all zombie/apocalyptic books fall back to this stock activity - a pet peeve of mine and a sign of a lack of originality in the author).

    Anyway, it's fine for what it is: a light and not particularly original zombie story. If you want similar zombie stories that are a bit more serious and a bit more engaging, you could try the Day by Day Armageddon series, or the Undead Situation.

    There is some swearing, no sex, and the narration is fine.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ranch Girl 10-07-14
    Ranch Girl 10-07-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Meh - Mediocre writing gets repetitive."

    I almost quit listening, but I did manage to finish it. The writer had a good idea for a humorous plot, but really didn't draw me into the story because the humor was too contrived and the writing was sub-par. I bought this book because I loved Christopher Moore's vampire trilogy, which starts with "Bloodsucking Fiends", which is absolutely hysterical and I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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