On the day "everything" died, an old and new world are created. Mark Douglas Nelson brings to life Glenn Bullion’s story of trust, friendship, and, of course, romance among the living who survive among the dead. For reasons he can’t understand Aaron can travel unstalked among the biters. Raised to help others he saves Samantha, who has learned only the lessons of putting one’s own needs first in a world where those no longer living will not decompose. That rescue is the first step on the dramatic path that will change her, him and all the others who live in fear.
It didn’t take long for the world to die. The dead rose with no explanation and only one purpose... to eat living flesh.
Born on the day everything died, the world of the living dead is the only world that Aaron knows. Kept in relative isolation from the walking corpses, his family teaches him how to read and write, how to survive on his own. After a tragedy hits close to home, Aaron discovers he is different than any human left alive.
The undead want nothing to do with him.
The survivors of the old suburb of Lexington call a high school their home. They survive day to day, without any of the luxuries mankind used to enjoy, and surrounded by the living dead. Samantha is a product of the new world. Alone, cold, looking out only for herself. She and the other residents of Lexington feel their hope dwindling. They need change. They need someone who isn't afraid of the walking corpses. They need someone who would rather live in a city of the dead.
They need Aaron.
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I found this story to be more about the human condition, with zombies "around". More of a love story really.
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I am a sucker for a new zombie audiobook, especially if I have a gap in my listening queue. To be honest if I was living in a zombie apocalypse I think I would prefer that the zombies wanted nothing to do with me. Would probably get a bit on the lonely side, but at least I would be alive, right? For some reason from the moment I heard about this audiobook I wanted to listen to it, I even pre-ordered on audible.
Dead Living starts out as many zombie stories do, with the event of the apocalypse. Bullion was able to convey the utter chaos and destruction that such an event would surely create. Very quickly he moves us on years latter, which I really appreciated, following the same family as in the before time, giving us a glimpse of what life was now like to the survivors. After a series of, again tragic events, the story jumps ahead decade or two. Introducing us to the way that life was now, yet still different than before. All the while following the life and times of Aaron born on the day the world ended. Dead Living is less about the zombies and more about an expansive action packed, love soaked, story with real depth and human emotions interwoven throughout. Bullion adds in a very unique twist to the typical zombie apocalypse and that is that the zombie want nothing to do with Aaron and we get to advantages and disadvantages of a gift like that or is it a curse?
I really enjoyed Mark Nelson’s narration, his voice made me reminisce about television shows from the 1980′s, you know the ones that had a narrator to help you through the show, with his very “normal” voice. As usual lately it takes me awhile to warm up to the narrator and Dead Living was no exception. Once I did I was completely comfortable and transported to world I can only hope I will never know.
I listen to or read every zombie story I get my hands on.
This one is well written with good characters and a fairly typical plot.
There was a couple interesting twists that made it original.
Not too graphic but still detailed.
Narration fit the book well.
Not in my top 5 books but made my must read list.
I doubt that I would recommend this book to a friend. I guess zombie books are not my genre. The characters were flat. The action did not feel real. I had to force myself to finish listening to it.
I doubt that Bullion will be added to my "must read" list.
Dead Living inspired me to skip the zombie genre. I did see World War Z after reading this book but this book did not inspire me to do so. Blame that one movie trailers.
Also poor character development. Other than being mildly naive about certain human interactions, the protagonist seems to be perfect in every way, which is a great thing to aspire to, but makes for very boring reading. The love interest is just as odd. She goes from a lifelong distrustful loner to opening up and falling in love with him in just over 48 hours of story time. All the surrounding characters are extra flawed, ready to throw their own families to the wolves (or zombies anyway), to make Aaron seem that much better.
There’s inconsistency in the story as well. Chief among them being that the story explicitly states that the undead don’t decay – that’s why the story takes place 20+ years after it began and still has mobs of undead. However, just a few paragraphs later it describes the extreme and continuing decay of most of the creatures, some of them outright falling apart. This and several other inconsistencies continues on throughout the story in various ways wherever and whenever convenient.
As for the narration I can’t blame Mark Nelson entirely. Judging by what others he’s narrated he is used to doing a combination of non-fiction and B-movieish stories. He just doesn’t have the right voice for something that is not trying (at least successfully) to be campy.
I could see past all those flaws (the first two chapters were actually fairly good), but what I can’t forgive is that most of the book is devoted to Aaron and Sam’s love story. Zombies are happening somewhere in the background, but are just a peripheral focus after a few hours in and don't really matter. Despite this, the story tries to be extra graphic for the first couple of chapters I guess in an attempt to make up for the complete lack of action later.
The narrator. While he isn't as horrible as some out there, he does have the inability to use different voices/inflections/cadences for each character.
Probably at the end, something happens to the main character Aaron. It made me pause and think "Is this was going to be like every zombie novel out there?"
See above about what I would change
Yes, but keep in mind that the narrator is not the best
If you are a zombie fan, the book and plot are fairly enjoyable.
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