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!
©2013 Jake Bible (P)2014 Jake Bible
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,
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.
I know way to much about nothing.......
Zombie/Prepper/ post-apocalyptic books are the only books I get on Audible. Having purchased so many of these books I have a good perspective on what is an isn't good, what is and isn't unique. With that said the Z-Burbia series is easily one of the best I've ever purchased. Not only was the story great, unique and actually funny at times, but the narrator was very enjoyable.
The best I'm usually hoping for in a narrator is that they don't ruin a good story. In
Z-Burbia Andrew Wehrlen the narrator took an already great story and made it better. I hope he continues narrating more and more books because he is the best I've heard so far.
I've read all the books in this series and so rather than give a review for each I'm just giving an overall series review because all the books were equal.
There are some interesting twists in this book but by far the best part is the main character and his relentless sarcasm, which the narrator does a good job putting forth.
Don't hesitate to buy this book.
all books horror. especially zombie
I have listened to pretty much every zombie book you can think of and that means I don't expect them to be that much different from the last. This one was a clever , witty , well thought out story that is not the same as all the rest. Well worth a try. I am off to buy number 2
I love Sci Fi , Fantasy, Horror especially Zombies and Vampires. History, Fiction and Non Fiction. I enjoy both printed and audio books. :)
The humor and sarcasm were a bit like Mark Tufo but original in its self :)
The fact that the residents of whispering grove voted the fat women back into office in their community. Totally unbelievable, the writter should have taken a more believable path with her.
Very good and loved listening to him tell the story. Well done :)
The canny girl was one of the most likable chacter.
A good fun read :)
Andrew B. Wehrlen is the perfect narrator for Jase's no-holds-bared communication style and humor. It reminds me of Sean Runnette playing Mike Talbot in the Zombie Fallout series. Absolutely perfect! And like Talbot, Jase has a really awesome way of looking at things.
Jase of course. This guy is a man's man. He doesn't hold back and says things in a way I wish I could all the time. He probably say the F-Word about 500 times in the book, but it doesn't seem vulgar to me, just calls it like it is. And Jase is a F'ing funny mother F'er and an F'ing good father and husband.
Again, Andrew B. Wehrlen was the perfect choice to bring Bible's Z-Burbia to world life, and the perfect voice for Jase's character.
I've never laughed so much during while listening to an audio book, It was all great.
Z-Burbia 2 is just as good.
So far, right behind Zombie Fallout (Mark Tufo) and Apocalypse Z (Manel Loureiro)
Elsbeth is my fave. It seems that all Z books have a former Special Forces, Hooah, kill-em-all, I can fix everything, kind of person OR the unfortunate family guy turned Rambo. This one is the latter. That is what makes Elsbeth so refreshing. She has so many layers and has gone through many things to make her what she is, but she doesn’t see that as a negative. She is the eternal glass-is-half-full girl
His performance was good. He gave a different voice to each of the characters. Not like some I've heard with a monotone droning voice that puts you to sleep. If I had any criticism, it would be his tempo. He spoke very quickly, too quickly. The story is set in the south. He does the accent wonderfully, but no in the south speaks that fast
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 writer's perfect balance of humor, fear, and action.
The tension of the initial long pork scene.
Decent, his narration was indecisive at times, which was a little distracting to listen to.
Jake always weaves a good yarn and has a knack for developing the most interesting and quarky characters. This is a must listen.
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