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,
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 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.
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.
At first I had a hard time getting used to the Micro machine man pace of the narrator. But once I did, it actually went very well with the main character. Being a former paratrooper, and all around smart ass, I believe this combination of writer and narrator to be one of the funniest dialog driven audio books (I have over 300 now) that I've listened to, I don't believe I've laughed out loud so much listening to a book, even to tears at some points. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the 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.
Jason, because he is the source of sarcasm and sanity. But Elsbeth is perhaps a very close second for her perfect apocalypse flair.
When it made me laugh out loud. You have to really earn your laughs in the apocalypse.
Jake Bible writes the kind of popcorn eating stories that entertaining is all about.
Unfortunately the narrator was a distraction to the story, the book was delivered in a fast staccato manner, there was a funny point in the book that I had to rewind several times to actually catch everything that was said. Entertaining book, very poor delivery.
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