In the best of times, loneliness is difficult. At the end of time it can be deadly.
Hank Walker is alone and struggling not just with the undead but with depression that threatens to swallow him. Searching for the family he sent away at the beginning of the rise of the dead, Hank is left to deal with loneliness, desperation, and his own memories that haunt him.
The dead are everywhere. The few people still alive are scattered, and the ones Hank comes across may be more dangerous than the biters.
With an unlikely traveling companion, Hank's search takes him across the state of South Carolina and to the depths of darkness like nothing he has ever experienced before. Can Hank find his family and survive the biters? Or does he completely unravel in the world of the dead?
©2016 A.J. Brown (P)2016 Stitched Smile Publications
The story was very unique and pulled me in immediately. I finished this audiobook in 2 days.
When the main character makes friends with Humphrey. He reminds me of "Wilson". :)
I like narrators with deep voices, and John Malone did a superb job. The main character in the book, Hank Walker, is from the South, and the narrator nails the accent. His pacing was great, and he has great range for his voices. I would definitely listen to another book from him.
I received a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A very good zombie read. Love Humphrey. Great story keep me entertained the hole time the narrator did a good job as well. If you love zombie books this is a must read
The author does an amazing job at creating empathy for the characters during the zombie apocalypse. Great performance by the reader. I would highly recommend this Audible version to any zombie-book readers.
I know that all zombie stories seem to focus on brains, but in this novel, A. J. Brown takes a different approach and offers us a look into the brain of one lonely survivor named Walker (you just have to love the irony there!) and how he struggles more with his own sanity than the undead that surround him. The story drew me in from the start and made me feel comfortable with Walker; like he was someone I know or would like to know. With subtle changes the author is able to unravel Walker's mind bit by bit through a bombardment of uncontrollable circumstances. As each layer is stripped away, I found myself in Walker's shoes, and more often than not, agreeing with his choices. To keep from drowning in solitude and becoming a different person altogether, Walker clings to his memories to stay anchored to the man he is. The true horror here is not the living dead, but the possibility of becoming a monster of a different sort. To me, this is what separates Brown's story from all the other zombie stories I've read. That's a huge feat considering the amount of zombie fiction that is out there these days. Brown even takes the time to give each individual zombie character, instead of a nameless mass of rotting flesh. This forces Walker to wonder who each zombie was before the change and if there is still some residue of that person left behind in the walking corpse. These unique insights into the zombie apocalypse gave me a different perspective and forced me to wonder how I would behave in Walker's world.
As for the audio, Malone is a superb reader! I'll admit, when I first realized that Walker was southern... I groaned. I was born and raised in Arkansas, so I know what a southern voice should sound like and unfortunately, most voice actors tackle this with Larry the Cable Guy or Gomer Pyle as their source references. Thankfully, Malone did not fall into that trap and made Walker sound exactly as he should. I don’t know if he is actually from the South, but his voice fit the character spot on and added a depth to Brown's story that gave it a whole new dimension. This book was meant for audio and there couldn't have been a better choice than John Malone.
This was truly a unique walk into the zombie apocalypse and one that you can easily submerse yourself into. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good read and a good listen!
This is one amazing Book by Author AJ Brown. I loved reading this book about Hank Walker and getting to know his relationship with Humphries after all the chaos erupts around him.
My Favorite Characters are Hank and Humphries.
John Malone is able to capture the essence of all the characters. I think he totally got into the character of Hank and Humphries.
The story , was moving and I thought he brought the story to life. I could actually picture it all like a movie. I think that is the beauty of AJ Brown he is a fantastic storyteller.
What an amazing job by both the Author AJ Brown and John Malone
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