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Dust and Decay Audiobook

Dust and Decay

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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin.

Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans. And soon, they discover an old enemy they believed was long-gone may actually still be alive.

©2011 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Lee 08-24-14
    Lee 08-24-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Sequel"

    This is a fantasticly read sequel to Rot and Ruin and as a whole was better than the first book. It is not a book that would have much meaning if you had not read the first installment so make sure you give that a listen also.

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    Sam 04-24-14
    Sam 04-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great start to a new series"
    Where does Dust and Decay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is in my Top 5 and that's saying something... I've been an avid reader of Zom books and this being a YA book this is a great introduction for readers new to the genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not real heavy on the sappy stuff and a logical (and sometimes disturbing) step in the aftermath of an apocalypse.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Hutchison – was your favorite?

    Tom - His portrayal of this character makes you want him to be your brother too!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes Zombies aren't the worse things out there


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    Andromeda US 02-15-14
    Andromeda US 02-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Enough with Gameland already"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really liked Rot and Ruin. Really, really liked it. I expected this one to be even better but instead it was just a continuation of the Gameland story. There is an entire world populated with walking corpses, an unknown jet in the air and a surprising un-risen dead body...but instead it was just hours of listening to the bad guys, with a little 'good guys doing stupid things' thrown in.


    What could Jonathan Maberry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wanted to hear more about the intriguing parts, not the inherent evil of a family that thrives on the torturing of kids.


    Could you see Dust and Decay being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly. I think finding an audience would be hard because the topic of this book isn't kid-friendly but the characters are children. As a teen series it has possibilites but editing out enough of the gore and violence to make it appropriate for television would take away from the story.


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    Aleena Nye HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-27-13
    Aleena Nye HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome Second Book"
    Any additional comments?

    I ordered the first book in this series on a whim, and it didn't disappoint! I recommend that if you haven't read that one you should start there as this book picks up right where Rot and Ruin left off. There is a lot of history and you may get lost without reading the first book.

    I enjoyed this book more than the first. Tom, Benny and his friends decide to head into the Rot and Ruin in search of the people that were scene flying a jet. Instead they get caught up in a plot against Tom by a specific group that wants revenge for the burning down of Gameland. It was a great story and you get pulled in to the trails and tribulations of the different members in the group. Just as with any good coming of age story this one has a lot of lessons learned by the characters that will make you smile, laugh and break your heart. Great book, I would definitely recommend it!

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    Hunt4Steve 12-09-13
    Hunt4Steve 12-09-13
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    "It's not Joe Ledger"
    What did you love best about Dust and Decay?

    There are always two sides to a story, and this story was no different. You have people who want to have a better life, and then there are people who want to rule everybody else on their terms, making themselves gods. I was surprised to learn about how some of the good people were secretly enjoying the bad side of the world, and even making profits from other people's pain. Interesting twist to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom, definitely. He as a really good guy who was sincerely interested in the best for people, despite what people did to him and the people he loved.


    What three words best describe Brian Hutchison’s performance?

    ehhh. Brain sounded like he was sorta going through the motions. There didn't seem to be a real interest in the story by Brian. Based on other readers, I think he could have done much better


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Tom's standoff with the dark characters, shaping his hand into a pistol, and shooting one of the bad guys. The looks on the bad guys faces.....priceless


    Any additional comments?

    For me, I think Brian could have done a much better job. It just "sounded" like he was reading a story, not really participating in the story.

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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 12-05-13
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Yes it is!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dust and Decay to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the audio version. I enjoy a great narrator that can individualize each character


    What other book might you compare Dust and Decay to and why?

    Patient Zero maybe. Same guideline but different story and meaning all together. Both were amazing reads which kept me wanting more, and I was not disappointed. Also there is more to the story than just zombies, so much more, zombies are secondary in this


    What does Brian Hutchison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Feelings, fear, happiness, anger. His narration was spot on. Characters each had their own voice and I could identify by that. The narrator is as important as the story. If the narrator has no talent to differentiate each character, it can ruin the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, If I could have I would have taken off work and read the complete series in one sitting,,,,maybe take an couple hours for sleep


    Any additional comments?

    Maberry is on target with this one. I am trying to get through the final book, but no time to read and there is no audio version. Disappointing but I just do not have time to sit and read.

    If you enjoyed Pine Deep Series, this will be your next Maberry fav.

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    Karissa Eckert 10-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Devourer of all books fantasy

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    "Not as good as the first book but still well done"

    This is the second book in the Benny Imura series. Honestly I didn’t like this book nearly as much as the first. There are two more books in this series “Flesh and Bone” and “Fire and Ash”.

    I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was really well done. It has the same narrator as the first book and I really enjoyed listening to it. The narrator does an excellent job with character voices and an excellent job conveying emotion.

    Everyone is recovering from the events with Charlie Pink-Eye in the first book. Benny, Nix, and Tom are ready to leave Mountainside and track down the plane they saw in the first book. However Mountainside doesn’t want to Tom to leave, they are worried about other evil bounty hunters moving in to take his place. One bounty hunter, named White Bear, is causing a lot of trouble. Now there is a bounty on Tom’s head and it seems like Gameland is more prosperous than ever.

    This was still a good book but I didn't like it nearly as much as the first one. I was disappointed that this book was about similar issues as the first book. I was all excited to read about Benny, Tom, Lila, and Nix's journey across the Rot and Ruin, instead what I got was more of the same as the last book.

    Pretty much as soon as the group leaves Mountainside things start going wrong. We end up reading about territory wars with “evil” bounty hunters and trouble with Gameland. I find the whole Gameland idea to be a bit silly and was disappointed that so much of this book focused on that. I was hoping to read more about the Rot and Ruin as a whole, and gain better understanding of this world and why the zombies happened.

    Benny has definitely grown as a character since the first book. Nix is harboring a lot of rage for what happened to her mother in the last book, we watch as she struggles through this anger.

    Lila is in the story a lot, which is awesome. She too is struggling with issues of fitting in. She is so used to surviving alone, that it is tough to watch her as she struggles to become part of society.

    We meet a lot of awesome new “good” bounty hunters. It was super fun to meet some of the bounty hunters we’ve heard so much about from the Zombie cards. We also meet a lot of completely evil baddies. There was a lot more action in this book as welll we get to see Tom kick some serious butt. As I mentioned above we also get very up and personal with Gameland.

    This book is still well written and I love that there is a lot of philosophical introspection as well as zombie fights. There is brief mention about zombies starting to Swarm and some curious stuff going on where zombies are acting different than they have in the past. I just wish we had got to hear more about that and less about Gameland.

    Overall a decent continuation of this series. These books are well written and I love that there is time spent on philisophy, as well as fighting zombies. I was disappointed that this book was more about Gameland and evil bounty hunters. I was hoping to read about Nix, Benny, and Tom journeying across the Rot and Ruin. We do get to meet a lot of new bounty hunters that are awesome and there are some spectacular fight scenes in here. Recommended to those who enjoy post-apocalyptic zombie novels.

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    Boz 07-29-13
    Boz 07-29-13
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    "One of the must listens in apocalypse genre"
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    Incredible sequel. Big fan of the genre...bigger fan of Maberry books (Joe Ledger)...biggest fan of this series.

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    John MONTGOMERY, IL, United States 07-07-13
    John MONTGOMERY, IL, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A great post-apocalyptic sequel"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Continues the the story from the first book. Mayberry is just an excellent storyteller, and this is a really fun read.


    What does Brian Hutchison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator!


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    ronda Dallas, tx, United States 04-09-13
    ronda Dallas, tx, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "love this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dust and Decay to be better than the print version?

    No


    What other book might you compare Dust and Decay to and why?

    Zombie fallout


    Which character – as performed by Brian Hutchison – was your favorite?

    All of them


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life is worth fighting for


    Any additional comments?

    Wish all the book in series were here

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