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Dead Tide | [Stephen A. North]

Dead Tide

The dead are coming back to life, filled with a single-minded urge to devour the living. While the power was on, some people followed the bigger picture on television; but the news media is little more than a chronicler of the disaster. Sadly, most people are better at becoming part of the problem than finding a way to solve it. "The most important question becomes: Are there enough resilient survivors left to stem the rising dead tide of humanity?"
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Audible Editor Reviews

Brad Lawrence gives an enthralling performance of Dead Tide, the first book in the apocalyptic series by Stephen A. North. He imbues each character with a distinct voice, shifting accent and tone with remarkable ease. In St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park, Florida, disaster strikes but it proves nearly impossible to evacuate. It seems the dead are reanimating, and they hunger for human flesh. Most residents watch the drama unfold on television rather than take action. Then the power goes out. Can they overcome their passivity and find a solution to their problems? Will they be able to rise above the death and destruction?

Publisher's Summary

"There are no contingency plans for this!"

The dead are coming back to life, filled with a single-minded urge to devour the living. While the power was on, some people followed the bigger picture on television; but the news media is little more than a chronicler of the disaster. Sadly, most people are better at becoming part of the problem than finding a way to solve it. "The most important question becomes: Are there enough resilient survivors left to stem the rising dead tide of humanity?"

©2013 Stephen A. North (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Dan Phila, PA, United States 06-29-13
    Dan Phila, PA, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "Just couldn't get through it & that is rare for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Can't really put my finger on it, wether it is the narration or the story or the two combined but I just couldn't get through the book! I rise to step away & listened to few other books then went back to give it another shot.. Just a all around stinker! Sorry! I don't like giving bad reviews but I wish if of had one to have warned me prior to wasting a credit!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pod shopper Vienna, VA United States 06-02-13
    pod shopper Vienna, VA United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Takes bad to a new low"

    Don't! This is so very bad! Where to start? Begins with the most effeminate yet excessively articulate group of soldiers in a firefight - it actually made me laugh at first then made me mad as it slipped down the well-greased slope of non-literature. Clearly the author had zero self awareness to write such gibberish. And this considering the low expectations one has when one actually likes zombie stories. So the written dialogue really can't be voiced well - but narrator bears a lot of this responsibility but in the end the story just stinks. Way too many characters, accents were uneven so in the end they all kind of sound the same. The story is limp, characterizations ala 7th grade English class and the dialogue is just unbearably bad. I kept hoping it'd get better but after listening to almost the whole thing I just had to write a review to spare listeners the pain, cost, and earache this causes. In sum, narration is bad, story is worse. I would so love to return this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Prospect, KY, United States 06-10-13
    Stuart Prospect, KY, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst Zombie Book I have ever read!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like books with no plot or story line.


    Has Dead Tide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different person could have written it and read it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Siobhann Onlalska, WI, United States 06-26-13
    Siobhann Onlalska, WI, United States 06-26-13
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    "For lovers of all things Zombie!"
    Would you listen to Dead Tide again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Dead Tide again. The jumping between characters at climatic points made me want to listen longer. I would take this to the gym with me, I would find myself excersing longer just to hear what happened.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this story. I've read the book and have now had the pleasure to listen on audiobook as well. It's a great read!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul WELCH, MN, United States 12-06-13
    Paul WELCH, MN, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Couln't get through it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narration was very un-professional. Good attempt, but it sounded like something I would expect from a freebie from Libra-Vox.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was pretty good, but I couldn't finish it due to the bad narration.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John MONTGOMERY, IL, United States 10-14-13
    John MONTGOMERY, IL, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Only If You are in Dire Straits"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story and narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen A. North’s story?

    The characters jump around a lot, and the book is actually boring. It did not have much going on, and I found it hard to focus.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was not right for this particular story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    With all of the books coming out in this genre, you can wait on this. It is not horrible, but wait until you are finished with the MANY better books in this field!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Windsor, CO, United States 06-03-13
    Sarah Windsor, CO, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Could not stand the narrators voice"
    Any additional comments?

    I only made it about 10 minutes in before giving up, the narration is terrible.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-23-13
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible probably worse I've read"

    Oh my what can I say. I just got around to listening to this and what a disappointment. Dry, cliche, dull characters, narration bland don't waste your credit.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    risca, United Kingdom
    8/28/13
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    "Don't waste your credit or cash"

    Reader not very good, book not very exciting and none of the characters were particularly likable. Its just a standard zombie book no surprises.
    Use your credit on a Mark Tufo book, new one on audible in October - read the whole series and stand alones - Great

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    West Sussex, United Kingdom
    2/10/14
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    "Takes all sorts"
    What did you like most about Dead Tide?

    I actually liked the style of writing, the present tense and the moving from one character to the next made for a reasonably paced listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite charcter was Maurice, no Martin, or was that Morgan Blake :]

    Unsung hero.


    What does Brad Lawrence bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Narration does bring life to the characters and adds a depth you may not get through reading alone.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Marmite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    United Kingdom
    12/4/13
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    "Poor Poor Poor"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen A. North or narrated by Brad Lawrence?

    1st and last time I will ever read book by Stephen A. North.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen A. North again?

    No, its poorly written with ludicrous characters


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Brad Lawrence?

    No one could make this book interesting, not even Bear Grylls sinking in a swamp.


    What character would you cut from Dead Tide?

    If I was Audible I would cut this book


    Any additional comments?

    Horrible, ludicus and tedius and thats after the 1st chapter. I only managed 2 more after that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • pantsofdeath
    UK
    10/14/13
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    "Amazingly dull."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea. Someone who hates plot or characterization might enjoy it, maybe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen A. North again?

    No. Never.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was generally OK, except all of the characters were "voiced" the same. That voice was supposed to be "tough blue collar guy", but generally came out as "slightly retarded guy", I felt a bit sorry for the reader however because he didn't exactly have much to work with. None of the characters had any distinguishing features and the dialogue was pathetic, so the result was a kind of macho Forrest Gump.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. The book was tedious. The characters were two dimensional and interchangeable, the plot was feeble (and bear in mind I love zombie fiction, I wasn't expecting much!)


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this unless you suffer from insomnia. Two hours into the book I still couldn't tell one character from another. Well, that's not quite true, there was the exotic dancer woman, the police woman, the cowardly 'bad cop' character and a whole bunch of other men who were entirely interchangeable. It was impossible to care less what happened to any of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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