Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special-forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence?
Humankind was once at the top of the food chain. But that has now changed.
©2011 John O'Brien (P)2013 Cherry Hill Publishing
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook for the story, but the production feels a bit cheesy to me. The "screams" of the night runners and the sounds of breaking glass just feel amateur. The story holds up fine on its own, it doesn't need to embellishment.
The interaction between the main character and his kids, and also the descriptions of entering buildings infested with Night Runners are pretty darn scary.
Yes, but without all the sound effects.
Oh good grief! I feel like I'm listening to the 80's cartoon "Snagglepuss" (yep grew up w/it - look it up on youtube). This guy is SO annoying. Narrators rarely if ever deter me from books. This one is definitely getting on my nerves. He draws out, almost singing, words especially those at the end of the sentence. "I tried to seeeee, as I looked around the cornnnnerrrrr something biiiiiigggg blocked my siiiiiiiight". completely monotone too - absolutely no emotions shine through. Between that and the sound effects it is VERY distracting.
The book is worth the credit but be prepared to cringe frequently at "snagglepuss" and his posse.
For the story itself, it is "ok". The author sometimes goes into too much detail. If someone were to ask Jack, the main character, what time it is he'd tell them how to build a clock. There's this weird scene about opening a door and it takes him an entire paragraph to explain it. Nothing happens, not suspenseful just bogged down with details. Then there's the flashbacks. Fillers if you ask me. They lend absolutely no importance to the story nor do they help develop the character. Yep, fillers. Irrational, illogical acts are sprinkled throughout. One is Jack taking his teenage kids, just because they want to go and he doesn't think they'll take no for an answer, to Kuwait to get his girlfriend. They were snug with his mother at the family home. Yeah that's what most of us parents would do.
I do like that some zombie cliches are broken and I'm hoping book two will pick up. (AND please please please use a different narrator I beg of you!!!)
I've read worse but then again I've read much better (Tufo, Correia, Frater, Bourne, Imura, Maberry, Kirkman/Bonansinga, Petersen, Roux, Cook, Rowland, Aguirre, Barnes/Due, Clines, Pride & Prejudice and zombies series, Brooks, DiLouie, Atwood, Recht books ! & 2 NOT 3, Burke, Zito, Sprague, Thomas, Bell, D'Orazio, Matheson, Ryan, King, Wellington..............sure I've missed a few)
Amateur hour… in every respect. Very simplistic, completely lacking in detail or character development. Authors possess only the basic understanding of writing.
The narrator is tolerable. However, every sentence is delivered in exactly the same way. Flat and monotone. Merely reads the story instead of creating an experience.
The story is weak. Almost non-existent. Hardly any action. It takes the entire book just to visit a few places.
This recording also utilizes additional voices for the supporting characters. God awful. Nasal, monotone, no acting ability whatsoever. Hey you, water delivery guy and/or relative… step into the sound booth.
And the SFX. Used often at the beginning. Then someone just got tired of sticking them in and took a nap. Woke up occasionally to add token birds, a growl or two and some shooting. Then back to sleep.
I will definitely steer clear of any sequels. As well as the publisher responsible for this truly atrocious production.
It made me laugh a couple of times but mostly just tense thanks to the different voices and sounds.
Since I've already read the books, I usually like to listen to them because you can hear so much that might have been missed while reading. This was no different. I loved the story line already and I was very surprised to hear the different noises and the sounds/screech and the voices of the players. It made it very realistic and kept me wanting more. The Story itself is post apocalyptic but instead of the usual zombies plot, this has a twist.
Once again the Flu Virus and Vaccine are the culprits but instead of it creating Zombies, it creates a mutated form of human that is faster, stronger and deadlier than anything anyone has ever encountered. And Mankind is their primary source of food. But their one advantage is daylight... the creatures are deathly allergic to sunlight.
But all Jack wants is to rescue his kids then find a way to cross the ocean to bring Lynn, his soldier girlfriend home. He has given his word and will not let her down. His sense of duty and high morals have him at odds because he wants above all else find a safe place for his family, Lynn, and anyone else that has come under the protection of his umbrella
But the creatures rule the night and they must survive every night, praying for daylight so they can begin planning on surviving another night... a vicious cycle that has only just begun.
The narration was..terrible.
The book was kind of slow at the beginning, I had to skip all those flashbacks that the main protagonist had at the oddest moments.
Otherwise the book was entertaining , with a different kind of zombie. The first person view of the story (in this case), makes you feel like the secondary characters are more like part of the wallpaper, way back in the background.
Also, some parts of the story are kind of unbelievable and naive but at the end you take it as part of being entertained.
I will read the next book, I hear that it is better (or at least, like the second part of this one. :)
Print version is much better.
Balance between character and action.
It could hardly be worse. This narration kills the book; it's monotone, annoying and entirely out of character with the main character as I imagine him. The narrator sounds like a 60 year old marine grunt, with little interest or imagination.
It's simply a distraction, but not a bad read.
I think the narration is so bad I wonder how this could be sold commercially. It makes me wonder about the entire audible catalog. I will certainly be more careful in the future, it's unlistenable.
This book was pretty good, but the sound effects really detract from the narrator.
great story, well described, and smart writing
all the characters were great. none of them were the usual ensemble of useless dramatic characters. They were smart problem solvers who thought like real people.
every tense seen were he main character goes into a building alone. its the first time in a long time ive been scared for the character
some parts were quite intense
I had read the series and hoped the audible would be as good.
Just didn't ring true to me.
The sound track was distracting. However the screams were very chilling. Narration was monotone and cold.
"evil wins when good men do nothing "quote
Will I enjoyed this story some annoying parts with the voices.But if you like an all round zombie story for that 'fix' get this . A sudden but good conclusion.
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