Bryn Davis was killed on the job after discovering her bosses were selling a drug designed to resurrect the dead. Now, revived by that same drug, she becomes an undead soldier in a corporate war to take down the very pharmaceutical company responsible for her new condition....
©2011 Rachel Caine (P)2011 Penguin Audio
Roller derby girl, IT trainer, Retro Clothing Store Owner, and lover of all things paranormal & urban fantasy!
I bought this book because I love Rachel Caine's other series. I was expecting something involving more paranormal type scenarios, and when I realized it wasn't full of vampires, ghosts, or weres, I thought I was going to be disappointed. But I was not at all! It is a good story and a good first book of the series. I will definitely check out the next in the series! :)
I bought this title because the premise sounded interesting and to my mind would hold a few possible twists and turns. I have never consumed any of Rachel Caine's work before so it was a bit of a risk; however, I had the credit and was between series and no real burning titles on my list at that moment, simply bought it. I am glad I did. Being a fan of Zombie books and movies, this was certainly a twist on the concept. The plot moves along nicely and I have recommended to my wife as a good story she might enjoy.
This was my first experience with Julia Whelan and see did spectacularly in my opinion! I didn't struggle with tracking the characters as she voiced them. I will not hesitate to listen to any book when she is narrating.
My only regret is ‘Two Weeks Notice’ isn't due out until August 7th, uggghhhh! I dearly hope that Julia is already recording the audio version of this new tale.
I can only imagine where this next tale will lead Bryn Davis, but there are too many place this story can go just yet; given the challenges of living life as one of the Returne Addicts. Rachel you have pushed us into a whole wide world in this series starter for new genre character, Zombie Heroine, Bryn Davis!
What if dying wasn't the end? And that a corporation or government could bring you back and hold you hostage (giving new meaning to wage slave)?
As the first novel of a new series I am very interested to see where we go from this novel, it was very open ended at the end and it will be interesting to see what happens next.
I was consistently annoyed at the main character throughout the book because she acts naïve, stupid and incompetent even though she is supposed to be a smart, tough ex-soldier.
She is unable to defend herself almost every time someone tries to beat her up or kill her. She knows that she is constantly being monitored, but keeps insisting that the two male protagonists tell her their personal life stories and classified/dangerous secrets and gets mad every time they do not comply. She “can’t workout” why having her baby sister stay at her apartment while someone is trying to kill her would be a “security breach.” She does all this while wallowing in self-pity most of the book.
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
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This book was a good listen. It had all the components, action, humor, romance. I really liked how I never knew who was good or bad and it was not predictable. That's one thing I love in a book, when the author keeps us guessing, and she did it here with this book.
I cannot wait to start book 2
I would def recommend this book to anyone who likes action, suspense, humor and a bit of romance.
Julia Whelan did an excellent job narrating this book.
I like to add some of my fav authors in my reviews and like feedback too on who my followers fav authors are. I'm always looking for new series so here are some of my favs:
Jeaniene Frost - night huntress and everything else :-)
Molly Harper - auto download
Kresley cole - arcana chronicles
J.r. Rain - Samantha moon
J.D. Robb - in death series
Kim Harrison - the hollows
Charmaine Harris - sookie Stackhouse
Veronica Roth - divergent
Suzanne Collins - hunger games
Hugh howey - silo saga
Darren Shan - zom b
Kami Garcia - beautiful creatures
Rachel Vincent - soul screamers
Carrie Vaughn - kitty norville
Dan wells - john cleaver series
Sherrilyn kenyon - chronicles of nick
(I haven't started her dark hunter series because the series has so many conflicting reviews so if anyone has read it let me know what you think or if you just have any suggestions of good series I would love to hear them :-)
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This book is GREAT, granted I am only 2hrs into it... But it usually takes a while to really get me 'hooked'. Not this time. I am SO excited for this new series. I loved the Morganville series but couldn't get into my last purchase from her "Undone". So, I am excited and felt the need to SHARE!
Also, LOVE the narrator, she is one of my faves too.
PNR/UF reader and blogger
Not your "classic" zombies but still an interesting concept.
Why I Listen
I've had Working Stiff on my TBR since it's release day and after listening to a sample of the audio, the narration sounded like one I would enjoy. And I was right. The story and narration both kept me entertain. Julia Whelan get a great job with the voices and timing of the narration. I've already purchased the next book on audio.
Bryn Davis has the worst first day on a job ever.... She dies and then comes back as a "zombie".
After serving in the military and dealing with dead bodies, Bryn thought she would be a good match in the postion as the new funeral director at Fairview Mortuary. But little did she know that her sales training was not going to help her when she stumbles upon a secret side business her new boss is running from the basement of the mortuary.
Bryn quickly finds herself wrapped up in government and corporate red tape and plans to take over the world, while still having a little time for romance.
Issue(s) I Had
The only real issue I had with Working Stiff is that I had a hard time believing that Bryn, who was over in Iraq for 4 years would be so "helpless" and naive at times. I'm hoping after the events toward the end of the story that we get a tougher Bryn in the next book, Two Week's Notice.
Will I Continue the Series?
Yes. I enjoyed the world that Caine has created and I look forward to seeing what's next for Bryn.
Looking for Something Similar?
White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
The overall concept was really interesting. Scary too. It kept me captivated.
The big escape was awesome.
Oh Bryn of course.
When Patrick begins to melt and become human. That worked well for me.
Looking forward to seeing what happens next!
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Read from July 01 to 03, 2013
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Kindle/Paper Copy)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 3.75
First Thought when Finished: Wicked, Dark, and just a bit funny! I really enjoyed Working Stiff!
Story Thoughts: I am a fan of zombies in all shapes and forms: Scary, Mindless, Thinking, Snarky, Scary, and Functioning. If the story frames the "zombie" lore well, I can totally buy it. Working Stiff manages to make me believe that we can revive the dead and they can survive on something other brains. The strongest part of this story though was the mystery. I was really caught up in the tracking, planning, and taking down of the baddie.
Character Thoughts: I LOVED Bryn! She was a great combo of snark, realism, and flippant enough to roll with the punches. The fact that she had an armed forces background helped sell the other parts of her character that made her kick-ass. The boys were great too! While I not quite on board with the romance (which to me was very secondary in Working Stiff-as it should have been), I see myself jumping on that train in book 2! All around great character development and introductions.
Narrated By Julia Whelan / Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
Overall I think Julia did a wonderful job with the narration. It took about 3 hours for me to really click the characters with her "sound" but after that it was totally enjoyable. I expect that my audio rating will be higher for book 2.
Final Thoughts: I found a new to me series that I will totally enjoy, I think!
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