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
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.
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.
Lots of zombies. Some zombie books forget to put zombies in their stories. What I liked least was the first person present tense. Books in this format drive me nuts. Also, I think I can now fly that plane...overkill on the plane procedures.
You have to get used to it, but after a while I didn't mind it much. But you if you're going to put other voice characters in it, they should probably be pros. The ones they had were not and it didn't help the flow of the story, especially with a present tense story.
There's a lot of complaining about the sound effects by other reviewers, but I didn't mind it. It was the characters that distracted from the flow of the book. No more first person present tense novels please.
It's not just another living dead "Zombie" book, he defines a good premise of infection and a believable near human creature.
I would have gave it 4 stars without the lengthy tirades about the evils of current humanity on mother earth.
He covered too much ground, too quickly. I would have enjoyed a bit more character building and situation defining. It felt too much like a race to the open ending.
His differentiating was fine, but his actual reading style took a long while to get used to. It was a lot like a reading from Thurston Howel III from Gilligan's Island, but by the end of the book, I hardly noticed.
Yes, overall I enjoyed it.
The narration is horrible. The guy isn't just boring me, but sounds like he's bored with reading the book. There were a couple of lines so far that I found myself realizing were funny if I said them in my own voice. He just completely ruins it. I'm going to read the book and maybe give it more stars on story and overall, but too high a rating will encourage someone to waste money on the audible version. Do not buy this book in audio unless you are really good at ignoring tone and misplaced emphasis.
It seems to be leading to a very interesting twist on the apocalyptic zombie/monster survival story, BUT the narration is painfully lacking.
Being former military myself, i completely fell in love with the flashback "war stories" from when the main character was in the Air Force. Thankfully they didn't make up too much of the story, but just enough to season the story well, and make The main character feel more real.
Christopher John Fetherolf could have been very fair at narrating this story, BUT he tends to draw out one or two words per sentence, which, QUICKLY gets old and distracting.
The flop in narration isn't Mr. Fetherolf's soul burden to bear. I think members of the authors family were used for different characters in the story. Some where good and fair, but the ones playing the parts of the main character's children totally "Carpet Bombed" the story and made me want to weep in pain every time I had to hear them. They have the mono tone inflection and personality that swept away any feeling of getting into the story. It was like listening to Ben Stein's playing the teacher from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".
NO. I had to take breaks to calm down. The mixture of a story that perked my interest and a narration that drove me bat stink crazy was something that I had to walk away from a few times. It's like having someone talking to you while you are trying to watch an interesting movie or show.
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.
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)
I should have trusted the reviews on this one. The narration is pretty darn terrible. It very much sounds like Snagglepuss is doing the majority of the narration here. Or Nicholas Cage. The Female narration (Lynn) is just terrible. There is no way I buy her as an army sergeant. Also, there are sound effects and they don't add to the story in a good way. In fact, they are pretty distracting. There are a few different folks narrating and most of them sound like very bad actors reading a script. No conviction at all. This is what stands out most about this story, not the story itself. Spend your credit on something else.
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