Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test! Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification. But, even in the best of times, suburban living has its ups and downs what with nosy neighbors, a strict Home Owners' Association, and a property management company that believes the words "strict interpretation" are holy words when applied to the HOA covenants. Now with the zombie apocalypse upon them even those innocuous, daily irritations quickly become dramatic struggles for personal identity, family security, and straight up survival. Welcome to normal life in Z-Burbia!
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Everything! The author tried to be cute and funny, but it just kept falling flat, time after time. There were just ridiculous scenes that were unbelievable.....like, she reach out, grabbed his tongue (this is a 90 -100 GIRL by the way, doing this to a full grown male soldier who's in no way incapacitated) tore out the man's tongue with her own hand in one yank, all the while he's not fighting or trying to shut his mouth, then she plops this big tongue into her mouth and starts snacking on it.
And there was another scene, when the main bad guy comes to the gate. He tells what all he's going to do, all the bad things, "be prepared, I will be back at this specific time to rape, murder and pillage and this will be MY home. By the way, here's your best friend that I have tied up....watch while I kill him." And NO ONE does anything to him. They just watch and listen....all of these people with guns and no one attempts to shoot him between the eyes. He wasn't in an armed tank or anything.....no guards. Seriously?
And the main character....everyone wants to follow him (at least all of the good guys with guns, soldiers, intelligence, food, farm, etc.) everyone wants to put all of their faith into him. They'll die for this man, and many do while following or protecting him. And the only reason, is because he can come up with ideas. What? Everyone says, "I heard you're a thinker....So and so told me that you're smart.....I heard you can come up with ideas." ?????? What did he come up with? I remember something from the first of the book where he thought of a way to do something.....nothing much....it was something like how to keep his tv working, maybe?
And the worse part.....the worse, most hated character of the book, the back stabber who ruined life for EVERYONE and sold everyone out to the bad guys......Uh, is re-elected to lead these people. Even worse, she sold the main character out of the bad guy, allowed his best bud to get murdered by him, sold the whole town out, and she's now at the farm, going to be leader, and he and is family isn't plotting to put her head on a pole?
Well, honestly, I don't know if the narrator was really that bad, because the book was just horrible. Guilt by association maybe? (But he did sound pretty bad)
Zombie audiobooks are my #1 genre. I have listened to just about all of them. (I quite often listen to 1 book per day) I just can't believe that these reviews are legit. This is close to the bottom of my list, if not at the very bottom of my list of worse books.
I am one to weigh heavily on reviews before I use a precious credit to purchase an audio book. I sometimes spend days frantically looking for the next book to listen to, while still listening, and getting close to finishing, a book in my library. I took a chance with Z Burbia, since there was only 4 reviews. The chance paid off. The story was great right from the start, and the narrator had the voice to portray the sarcasm to go right along with it. If you are a fan of Mark Tufo, you will love Jake bible. Give it a chance, like me, you will be pleasantly surprised. Now off to purchase the 2nd Zburbia,
I really wanted to like it but just couldn't. The narration was so bad it took a mediocre story and made it an almost painful listen. If you want a better story with excellent narration, stick with Tufo.
The narrator used the "Gossip Girl" tactic of speaking rapidly in short bursts in an attempt to make something inane sound witty. It didn't work for him either.
Disappointment that I wasted a credit.
This story was TOO obviously not meant to be taken seriously. Farcical lunacy. Maybe just try leaving that level of Monty Python silliness to the Brits. If it had been clever enough to get a chuckle more than once every twenty to thirty minutes I wouldn't be complaining.
the world's fastest fat man
I love to live life on the edge, so I try to purchase books which have no reviews. That way I can be surprised. I know, I live a sad life However, if I choose a book which has been reviewed. I try to choose one’s which have a well written excellent reviews. This story fell into the second case. Most of the reviews were excellent. And I can say truthfully, well deserved! I listened to this book in one day and loved it. I only have one reserve about it, which I shall mention later.
For whatever reason over the past 12 months I have probably purchased 50 or more zombie books. I’m starting to consider myself a zombie specialist. Which is funny because in the event of the rise of the zombie’s I would be the first to go because I am fat? However, fat jokes aside, this one is in my top 10 of the genre!
The story was great and had enough new idea’s to keep me interested. But for me the thing which I liked about it the most was the sarcasm and sense of humour of the characters. Now that I think about it, I must put a lot of weight on this element in any zombie book. As all of my favourite zombie books, have a sarcastic funny leading character.
The narration was good. This was my first time hearing Andrew Wehrlen. He had the hard task of multiple voices for multiple characters. I normally don’t like it when narrators do that, I much rather the approach chosen in “Yesterday’s Gone”. Nevertheless Andrew Wehrlen did a good job, only on a couple of occasions did I wonder who was speaking?
On the narration, this is yet another book in which the speed can easily be increased. Thus shortening the total length of the story.
I had one reserve about this book, and it was the ending. Don’t worry I am not going to give it away. But it sounds as though the next in the series could be going down a slightly different focus. That shouldn’t change your mind about purchasing this one. But I am having reservations about buying the second one. But I never listen to that little voice of doubt in my head and will probably buy it in the 10 minutes. Like I said at the start… I am a sad man… sad… fat man.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 10, RN and book nerd...
I've been disappointed lately in the zombie apocalypse offerings. The stories would bore me, take mystical turns, or just dragged along. This one was great. I really enjoyed the characters, the dialogue, the story line and pace. I laughed out loud, more than once and was downloading book 2 before I finished this one. Narrator was perfect. It's told from the main character's POV and the narrator "told" this story, which works for the way it's written. Well worth the credit/price. I'm looking forward to the next books in this series.
Nothing good to say about this one. Stopped with an hour left in the first book.
A story that feels cobbled together in a couple hours after watching the SyFy channel.
Narrator should be doing 30 infomercials, not audiobooks.
Thankfully I only spent $6.95 on this. Even that was too much but what can you do. They can't all be gems.
It is easy to listen to - not overly complex but entertaining none the less.
I liked the series as a whole. I binge read the series from 1-6 and it made up for the fact the stories move very quickly with little fluff.
he was consistant
Yes - it was "short" I no sooner loaded up the book than it was over. I was irritated but in the honor of a good binge there are 6 books so far so I took the cumulative total of hours and felt pretty ok.
Great series. I was glad I listened to it but regretted the short novella style it seemed to be in. It disappeared so fast I had to purchase additional credits so I could continue the story.
I felt in a few places there was a huge jump in what happened but the detail but since it was told mostly in the first person perspective the other things going on in the book were independent of the main story and therefore the details were not required. Purchase with confidence. Money well spent.
Author of The Hunt Chronicles. jddemers com
I always go back and forth when it comes to writing reviews of my peers. But in the end, I was a fan of reading before I started writing.
I enjoyed this book. It wasn't perfect, but there was a difference from other zombie novels I've read where as it starts after a significant time has passed since the zombies rose.
There is a level of brutality here that can hard to stomach, while on the reverse side, there is comic relief. I enjoyed the main character and his supporting cast, though it was difficult to care about them at first. I guess this is because you didn't get to see how they were before the zombie apocalypse.
Something in the narrators voice kinda annoyed me. I guess that's not entirely fair because I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was. He did a good job, just...well, like I said, it's a mystery to me.
I would recommend this book and am going to continue with the series.
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