Nothing stays dead for long. The dead are returning to life, intelligent, determined... and very hungry. Trapped by the undead, escape seems impossible for Jim Thurmond. But Jim’s young son is alive and in dire peril hundreds of miles away. Despite overwhelming odds, Jim vows to find him—or die trying.
Joined by an elderly preacher, a guilt-ridden scientist, and a determined ex-prostitute, Jim embarks on a cross-country rescue mission. Together, they battle both the living and the living dead... and the even greater evil that awaits them at the end of their journey. This is the time of...The Rising.
©2007 Brian Keene (P)2009 Audio Realms, Inc.
This is one of those books that you'll either love, because of the writing and unique story/setting for a zombie universe, or hate, because you have a set way you see zombies (aka "Romero's Way") and refuse to see them any other way.
I'm not so rigid in my viewing of zombies, so I'm able to enjoy this book for what it is: a unique cast of characters thrust into a world where surviving is neigh impossible. It isn't perfect (despite my rating, which would have been a 4.5 if Audible allowed such things), but I rate it this highly because of the enjoyment I get from reading/hearing it.
Also keep in mind that I'm not high on their choice of narrator -- he reads it fine, but sounds a little too much like the narrator from the movie "A Christmas Story" to read a horror book. I keep expecting him to talk about taking on the undead with a Red Rider BB Gun.
As a comparison, I loved World War Z (because of the unique way of telling a tired story), liked The Morningstar Strain, and thought that JL Bourne's books were merely competent (there's only so many times you can hear the same story told over and over).
All told, if you want a unique book and aren't Romero-centric in your zombie tastes, this is a great Keene book to get started with.
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I'm a huge fan of zombie fiction and was really hoping I'd like this book. The narrator does a poor job and reads most of the story like each sentence ends with an "!". I know going in that any story about zombies is stretching the imagination, but I at least like the characters to be be somewhat believable. These aren't.
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The idea behind the story was at least intriguing and gave it sooo much potential...but that's about as far as it got. The writing probably wasn't terrible, but the narration was so bad that I just couldn't get past it. I don't know if English isn't Peter Delloro's first language or if he quit school in the 3rd grade to pursue his audio career, but his often mispronunciation of simple words makes me think so. The voices were beyond annoying and almost cartoonish.
This was a good listen. It just lacked something that I can't put my finger on. The flow was good and there was a lot of action. I guess I just kind of got thrown off with zombies driving, shooting guns, and then all the animals turning too. Which was new and a different take. I just think that if most of the population and the animals turned the characters in this book would have been eaten a long time ago. Overall I thought it was good with a fresh take on the undead.
I think the narrator has let this story down, and I'd love to hear it read by somebody else. He mispronounces many words, and can't seem to settle on the pronunciation of a few others, changing from one sentence to the next. I didn't like the inflection he used in a lot of the dialogue, either; kinda made some of the characters sound like idiots, and stereotyped.
As a horror story it does quite well, and I'm sure it'd be great with a different person reading it.
Such a disappointment! Where to even begin? Everything was flat! The characters were one dimensional and the narrator made them all sound imbecilic. But really, my biggest pet peeves were with the heavy-handed christian moralizing and the painting of the military as being a bunch of thugs. Finally, the ending was so ridiculously written as to demand a sequel, but frankly, who cares what happens to the characters? I can hardly believe I made myself finish listening until I go to the end of this tripe!
A different swing on the whole end of the world zombie outbreak. I actually found it refreshing that it was not just a mindless zombie horde. If you like zombies and Evil dead like another had posted you will like this book. Good action and I liked the concept for why this all happened. For Mature readers there is some sexual content. Production on the recordings could have been better but he does a nice job of reading. I would have given this 5 stars had the production been better.
I am an afficianado of the zombie and apocolyptic genre. Night of the living dead is one of my favorite movies. The Morning Star Strain and books by JL Bourne are some of my favorite zombie books. The Rising however, is NOT a "zombie" story at all. Yes, the dead rise and yes they eat human flesh but those are the only similarities of the zombie genre,
This book, SPOILER ALERT, is about demons coming back from..I don't know where, but they inhabit human bodies after the host has died. They are intelligent, can speak, use tools and will in the end win based on the scenario of the book.
Overall, the book was a let down because I really wanted zombies but if you don't have anything else to listen to it's a way to pass time.
I've already outlined my views in regard to this work under the book's sequel City of the Dead. There, I decided to bring everything out into the open with the story as a whole.
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Wow, this book failed on every level. I'm not a zombie purists, or for that matter, a litererary zealot. If the writing is good and the narrator decent, I'm pretty happy. I just want to be entertained during my 2-3 hour drive in lovely LA traffic. I've been jonesing for a good zombie book as I've listened to most of the top authors already. After many hours of researching, I took a gamble on Brian Keene. It was a gamle I lost.
This has to be one of the worst narrations I've ever listened to. I always felt like he was rushing through the book without ever taking the time to capture the essence of any of the characters or the book in general. It was like a kid who was forced to read a book in the front of the class who was more interested in getting the book done as fast as possible as opposed to really enjoying the book itself.
Brian Keene must have gone shopping at Wal Mart for his characters and got them on special. They were the most one dimensional cliche characters that could have possibly been written. Tough street-wise character, check. One flawed protagonist, check. Deaf special needs heart wrenching character, check (gee, I wonder what's going to happen to him?). The list goes on and on and they don't get any deeper then that.
I've seen porno movies with more intriguing and original plot. Firstly, the book starts so abruptly in what seems like the middle of the book I actually thought I had started Part 2 by accident. When I checked, I had indeed started at the beginning. Keene then rushed headlong into doing his cursory couple of paragraphs to talk about our protagonist, which you could care less about at this point. Then he tosses in the most irritating part of the entire book, the central reason our character must voyage out onto his journey. Based on what I've written so far you can guess on what it will be. What's the most used reason in any story. That's right, his child with his ex wife.
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