The dead rise…
A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.
A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days.
The end of the world has begun…
Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, this survivor will give mankind one last chance against…Apocalypse Z.
©2012 Manel Loureiro (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I have to confess that I secretly love last person on Earth books. This book was no exception. It was told from the first person and that was one of the things that made it good. From beginning to end the book was just plain good.
Nick Podehl complimented the book better than any one else I can think of. His voice brought the book alive and you felt what the main character felt. In one place the main character was talking about the loss of his family, and I swear you could hear his voice crack and see the tears rolling. Apocalypse Z was written well and the narration made it even better.
The narrator is reads every sentence as if it is the end of the world. Please pardon the cliche and pun. The problem is that the narrator doesn't give the listener a chance to rest. Everything is "gripping" or "shocking" or "unforgettable". I know that you can blame it on the author, however, I am reading the book along with the narration via Whispersync and reading the book is much more enjoyable and makes it easy to forgive some of the author's flaws. Halfway through the book I decided to stop listening to it and just read it. The narration made it unbearable.
I love good books.
Not as good as I hoped. I did finish to see how it ended, and I did like the main character and some of the other minor characters. The characters were developed fairly well in spite of the style of the audiobook. The "journaling" style of the book was grating after a while. It is better in written form.
I would have returned the book but I did like the character and had interest in how it turned out. I think the author should have expanded the hospital stay in more detail. Although there was a bit of creep factor there..but it was the end of the world after all. This may have enhanced the book...if it were not in the journaling style.
I bought the "whisper-sync" kindle book and audiobook, and I did like the kindle version better so you may try that if you love zombie books.
I think the book would really appeal to the reader/listener who is familiar with the story area. I looked up the places on google earth to get a feel for the some of the geography.
The audiobook was pretty good, but the style (journaling) was very distracting. The reader was very good and may have helped me like and care about the character. There were unanswered parts of the plot which may be answered in the next installment. Be aware there there is massive levels of profanity and gore as in any Z story.
Great Book Love the voice of the narrator he kept the book exciting voice was easy to listen too also...Good action along with gore and suspense. Wanting more could not put it down. I only listen to audible books in my car but found myself holding my Iphone and listening to the book. Looking forward to the next book. HURRY PLEASE.....
First time listening to him
A little fact checking could have gone a long way....1) SCUBA tanks are filled with compressed air, not oxygen. I thought the narrator was going to assemble a cutting torch when he was just going diving. 2) Those things on a diver's feet are not flippers. They are fins. If we are to believe the narrator was a regular diver before SHTF, this should have been corrected. and 3) The narrator familiarized himself with the basic functions of the Glock, including the trigger and the safety. -- I'm paraphrasing a bit. Glocks do not have an external safety. If the narrator had never fired a gun before, he would certainly not be familiar with the Glock's three passive safety mechanisms.
None of them require the shooter to do anything but pull the trigger for it to go bang. But by far, the biggest annoyance is this. The author has tried to avoid the Z word at all costs. He describes the dead walking slowly around, stumbling, mumbling and pursuing the living. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, call it a duck, dadgummit! He even at one point compares the creatures to those in second rate horror films. Oh, you mean the zombies?
I'm about half way through this book and it's driving me bananas!
I might get there....
I did like his interactions with the hapless neighbor.
ok so this guy, the guy in this story is crazy annoying. like, sometime he's super heroic, other times he's totally fall down, curl into a ball. you can tell right off that this story is translated into english. if you can get over that its a pretty good listen. also, the main character is always crying over his cat, thorwing up out of fear, complaining about who knows what. its more annoying than anything.
I thought the book was really good, almost in par with day by day armageddon.
Yep, Dont want to spoil the book for everyone, but there is a rather disturbing, and sad part when he goes into a house with a banging sound...
Yes. I love zombie stories, especially Romero style.
When they were hiding in the closet waiting for the zombies to leave.
Definitely recommended for old school fans of slow, stupid, scary, gory zombies.
Surprising , intense, riveting
I don't have one to compare it to.
When he finds his missing cat that he has been looking for.
Survival of the fittest
I didn't think I would like this book, but it didn't take long to get into. Thoroughly enjoyed!!
This is my 13th zombie book and It was definitely a tier 3 book. Don't get me wrong, there were some very good parts but there was a lot of boring stuff too. The beginning was too long for what it brought to the table. It was good enough if its one of your last options.
"One of the worst books ever read/listened to"
I could not finish listening to this. If a teenager had the determination to write a sci-fi/horror novel, this is what they would come up with. This book takes suspension of disbelief to a whole new level. Not only is the main premise ridiculous, but the details: transformers blow up because the electricity supply has failed, his freezer defrosts almost instantly, he listens to the police on short-wave radio, his car engine fails catastrophically because he drives along a bumpy road....it's just ridiculous. To cap it all, the narrator has a whiny American voice and I lost count of the number of times he said: 'life is a bitch'. Sorry, puerile rubbish.
"Some lazy writing but very enjoyable story..."
A very enjoyable story with lots of interesting elements and plenty of suspense though it has IMO an overly dramatic and at times odd narration. In terms of the writing there are lots of obvious things which could have been corrected with a decent Editor - silly stuff like "the corridor was pitch black" followed by a detailed description of the corridor, "I was paralyzed with fear" then immediately "strangely calm", "I had grown used to the hideous sights" though "bile rose in my throat and I wanted to throw up", he realizes that he needs to be quiet so as not to attract attention yet shouts with joy, fires automatic weapons and kicks steel doors multiple times with gay abandon - these things may have sounded OK with a different narrator. Because the main character apparently has the learning curve of a plank you kind of want him to die but that still didn't stop me enjoying this listen!
"LOST IN TRANSLATION"
I dont think so, maybe it was the translation but it didnt really grip me in any way.
Id give him a seond chance though his reading was a bit over dramatic at times.
It was set in Spain and Russia, not the US...which made a refreshing change
ending was a big anti climax
The author tells the story of the Zombie Apocalypse through his journals which removes a lot of dramatic tension because you know when he announces the start of another entry, obviously he has survived the events to be able to tell the story. I got tired of being told how frightened he had been, how horrible the zombies were, how gruesome the scene was. After saying the same thing about 10 times, it started to get annoying. I think the editing is poor which is a shame because it's quite a good story - Apocalypse Z is solely told through one man's experience and is very much his tale of day to day survival. Like World War Z, this tries to put some logic into how you might actually survive. The voice is good, the American accent is a bit off-putting but he does put a lot of personal angst into the events. I think he should have eaten the cat, though!
There are two more in this series, neither are available in English, audio or print. You may want to consider this fact before you read this one.
It is indeed a cracking read, right from the start you love the main character and his faithful feline companion. I like the fact that his sidekick is a cat, cat's are unpredictable, they cannot be trained and in a tricky situation they can be relied upon to disappear in an instant. In an apocalypse situation, I would imagine a cat would be a constant source of annoyance and greatly add to the already considerable danger of everyday life and in this story, the narrator is determined to look after his cat [Lucullus] come what may. This adds a real human touch to the story and adds much interest and danger to the story. he has to keep him fed, carry him around, call him, without actually making any noise, comfort him and talk to him to keep himself sane. It could so easily be a dog, a dog could be a hindrance too but would have many plus points like warning when it senses danger and protecting his master, maybe even laying down his life for him, with a cat, this is never going to happen. If he want's to keep his cat, he has to work at it and he does.
I have read in other reviews about this books predictability. Once you know the story is about the Zombie apocalypse, surely you expect certain things to happen. Most people die and return as the walking dead right? That's not a spoiler and certainly not unexpected is it? Stay in one place, you eventually run out of food & water and the Zombies will almost certainly find you, you will have to move on. You will have to do things out of character, you will learn new skills, you will do anything to survive and the Zombies WILL keep coming. Predictable or simply expected?
If you like Z stories, there is nothing here that will disappoint you. I highly recommend this one.
"Tackling Zombies using Scuba gear"
As reviewers have already commented this tale unfolds in the form of one man's blog that is kept in a diary and, while the internet is live, via a web blog. The language is relatively simple, but never preambles. The narrative follows, at times a predictable formula. There is a terrorist attack on a secret military base slash research facility. What follows is a tumbling of the dominoes as secrecy and governmental ineptitude leads to a worldwide pandemic of the un-dead who behave very much like the flesh eating Zombies.
Our protagonist is a lawyer by trade; he is widower who lives alone in Galicia Spain, except for his cat who figures heavily in his life. Through his blog/diary we see how society begins to unravel as the pandemic spreads from a remote zone in the Russian Federation until it reaches Spain and finally his front door. Not wishing to give spoilers, our lawyer and cat are forced to leave their fortress home and embark on journey to find some safe haven. On this `road trip' from hell our hero will meet both the best, worst, and profoundly stupid of humanity.
This novel has been translated from Spanish, and appears to be the first of what sounds like a `series', containing his travels and experience's. I just want clarify I was listening to the unabridged version and have not read the book, but I am sure they are one in the same. I found the story entertaining, and it was refreshing to have a story based in mainland Europe as opposed to North America, where most of the novels and films I have seen, seem to be played out. This book is not going to win any literary prizes - but this is not one of those books. Some rather interesting Horror fiction has been coming out of Spain lately and this story is one of them. In summation then this is an interesting and entertaining book, which is cat friendly to boot and I recommend it.
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