In the future, an artist specializing in historical records creates a piece of art based on three separate accounts of the pandemic. What follows is a patchwork tale of survival and horror as two lovers struggle to survive the undying dead and the collapse of an America turned charnel house. Told as memos from Ground Zero, and later in the journal of a dark tower-like quest by train and foot across a nightmare landscape of ruined cities and raving corpses, the three accounts reveal more than just the grim realities of society's collapse. The Notebook meets The Walking Dead in this stained-glass depiction of the end of the world as we knew it.
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Three people, three different stories of the apocalypse. This is their stories told by them through messages and journals. Follow along as they attempt to survive this new and scary world.
The narration for this was done by three different narrators, Doug Tisdale Jr., Guy Williams, Mare Trevathan, one for each character. They all did a wonderful job, and it really helped moved the story along that each one was done by someone new. I didn't have any issues or problems with the production or sound quality.
So, three different stories of the same event told by three different people. The thing that made this different is that they weren't back and forth like a lot of stories like this can be. There were three stories told separately. Three stories that all related in one way or another, but different and unique in their own ways.
The first story I really had a hard time getting into her characters mind. Don't get me wrong, the writing was well done, but the way that the author wrote her personality really rubbed me the wrong way. But, perhaps that was done on purpose. I can never tell if someone is meant to be abrasive, or if that specific character just rubs me personally the wrong way.
The second story within was really well done. The back and forth between what he saw and had to do to survive was a really nice touch and added a lot to his character building. The relations between the other characters was something different too. I didn't catch it right away, but after I did I was like "woah!'"
The third (an incredibly short) story included had a crazy ending. A wonderful way to end the entire novel.
Overall, the book was a different take on the "zombie apocalypse" compared to some of the other books I've read. It takes a new spin and makes it much more personal. The "recordings" or journals made this feel like you were actually following along with the logs of people who really live through this.
The three individual performances add nuance and realism to each character. It's one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
How the characters were first and foremost to the story, secondary to the action set pieces. The action, while scary and well-written, was only the stage on which the characters could shine.
The final third of the book when all is revealed and we discover whether Jason finds his fiancé or not. It comes after the most intense action scene in the book and it's also fascinating to see the aftermath of this discovery.
Yes! I wish I had the time to listen to this in one sitting because it was so riveting!
This zombie apocalypse is told from the point of view of three characters, each one sharing their story in a unique journal format. Whether it is through audio recordings, written journals or newspaper articles, it proves to be a solid method in which to tell this unique love story in a world gone mad.
Chronicling the story from the tight point of view of these three individuals, it becomes intensely personal telling it this way, really inserting the listener into the head of each storyteller so you experience this horrific world through their eyes.
The first account of the apocalypse is that of Alex, who narrates her story into her smartphone in the form of audio recordings. She’s in California on a business trip with her advertising firm working with the federal government. How she inadvertently becomes involved in ground zero of this outbreak and what happens after is a surprise. The narrator perfectly captures the panicky, spiraling out-of-control feeling of the apocalypse as it’s happening and emerging out into the world. Her story is an urgent one as she becomes embroiled in events beyond her control in more ways than one, putting her life at risk. The narrator also really captures the thought process behind Alex’s questionable decisions as she faces the fight of her life, coming off as quite shrill and shaky at times and by doing so. Tthe narrator illustrates this thinking well by making it a crucial part of the narrator’s performance of the character in the process.
Jason is Alex’s fiancé and he’s stuck in New York City during the zombie outbreak in his office building. How he escapes, what he escapes to and the cross-country journey he undertakes to find her takes up the bulk of the novel. He writes in a journal about his adventures traveling with the military, his strong but gut-wrenching feelings about watching a mass cleanup of bodies, power struggles, perilous undertakings and life-threatening near-misses as he travels from East to West. But will he be able to even find Alexandra? The second narrator captures the melancholy, depression, despair and sense of hopelessness during the apocalypse. These feelings are especially acute when he’s describing four incidents where he felt shameful about his actions as he tried to survive and comprehend his feelings about it all.
The third account of the apocalypse takes the form of an unpublished newspaper article of a California reporter named Jonah. His story ties the entire novel and its themes together by sharing what he discovered in his lifetime by writing about his personal account of the zombie apocalypse. The narrator’s matter-of-fact approach, just like a news article, come through loud and clear, especially by the end of his tale.
Overall, there’s a genuine earnestness to each vocal performance that brings the text alive, enhances it and makes each intense emotion for all the characters hit home for the listener. This enveloping novel was a fantastic story to listen to because of the life-changing events for each character, as each of their journeys is only for those with a strong fortitude. As a result, the listener becomes deeply invested in their fates and appreciates what happened to them, how it tested them and how they responded.
This story makes me happy that this is a piece of fiction and not real life, as this is not a world I would want to live in. But a novel that takes me on such a captivating ride like this one is always welcome.
Loved the book and finished it a week ago, wondering if I'd got the most from it. Bought this version and enjoyed the richer telling of a very human tale.
I love suspense, action and romance. Perfect books have all three. ;)
This story was a great suspense novel turned zombie love story. At the beginning of the book, Cole has the readers confused on whether this is an apocalypse novel that shows how survivors hung on to dear life during the worst of times. As you enter the full story of an investigative team trying to reconstruct what happened during a massive outbreak that killed 80% of the people on the planet many years ago...you get dumped into the story of Alex Watts and her fiancee Jason during the time. Alex used her cell phone voice memos as a reflection of what was happening with her and during the first sign of the breakout. I found it hilarious, thrilling and a bit voyeuristic while listening. Then you escape to Jason who has written his story in a journal of how he plans to find his beloved even during the plague. I really enjoyed both facets and characters in the novel (although I felt there were some moments that I felt things happened quite conveniently in the story). The ending gives you an emotional tie to the book which is really all that matters in the end, right? This story is ideal for those that are tired of zombie novels and want something a little different.
Raging Book Reviews Recommended
"evil wins when good men do nothing "quote
almost stopped listening to the book as the 1st story the female voice grated on me .But the 2nd story was good and it all tied in.
In the top 10 and I've been an Audible member since 2006
Alex and Jason both were fantastically fleshed out.
They were all so good that it was hard to put down,
Almost did read in one sitting, completed in two days.
Wish that there was more like this
"There never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything you want to do..."
I was going to give the story (4) stars because of part one's main character being so annoyingly whiny..
Then it occurred to me that if the Author could create a character that got under my skin like that while delivering a great book, well, He deserves a good review... 5 Stars.
Really ..... More than I expected.... & I always expect the exceptional from Herr Cole!
This retake on the overdone Zombi Apocalypse genre is unbelievably fresh and exciting, but what really grabs the reader is the emotional 'love story' which winds it's way through this three part story.
I read this story firstly in August 2015 & now I have just finished the audiobook version. It's a very impressive adaption, with three different reader for each part of the book, which works brilliantly!
Highly recommended reading & listening folks,
I really enjoyed this book.The author has a talent for world building and delivering well developed characters.I liked the uniqueness of the authors take on the zombie apocalypse.I have a quite a few books on my TBR list,but I couldn't resist reading this one first.The narrators were pleasant to listen too.I recommend this book to any fan of the zombie genre.I purchased the e-book,but received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
It seems strange to write these words about a book filled with the horrors of a zombie apocalypse but, and here it comes : this book is beautiful. With deceptive simplicity, Nick Cole tells the story of two young people, Alex and Jason, separately caught up in the conflict. The book is separated into three sections, in the first of which we learn about Alex, caught at the epicentre of the outbreak, as she relates her thoughts and experiences on her mobile phone and in the second it is Jason's personal diary that continues the story. By the use of a journal format, we are taken straight into their worlds to see through their eyes and into their hearts as it happens. The final chapter is a summing up, a retro look at what remained.
Beautifully written and perfectly interpreted by the narrators, this is not the usual zombie book. Unmissable.
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