Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin is his debut work for young readers. Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.
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Very good. I found this transcended age . The young and old will find this audio book enjoyable.
This is a good series. It is a young adult series and reads that way but it is very good.
The reader isn't bad, but gets his voices screwed up a lot. Motor city hammers voice is just weird. Not horrible though.
Starts out slow, but by the end it's a 4/5. The slow start dropped my rating to a 3. I hope the next book in the series keeps running where this one left off instead of having to start at an uphill crawl.
This is not a Joe Ledger type book, or any other Mayberry type book that I have read. It started out slow but it works itself into a great story that had me. I Finished this book in two days, it even had me crying in pain and joy... Jonathan Mayberry proves how incredibly we'll rounded he is with this book. I'm going to read the next in the series and I look forward to reading it again!
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (zombie fiction) - Audible categorizes this book as Teens Age 11-13, but I disagree. The main character (Benny) has just turned 15, and during the book he grows up in a very bleak California after the zombie apocalypse. I can definitely imagine adults enjoying this book if you are drawn to the subject matter. I am totally not a zombie listener, but I purchased this book because it seemed like it would have a good coming-of-age story underlying all the zombie violence. It does. Benny learns about survival, truth, morality and love. (This is definitely not a romance, but Benny does fall for a sweet girl).
The problem I had with the story is that it moves slowly, IMHO. Yes, there's lots of zombie killing and action, and many people have given glowing reviews. Maybe I just dislike the zombie genre more than I think I do. Even though the story is sweet, it wasn't enough to hold my interest through all the action and violence. I will say that the book is well-written and has some great characters.
PERFORMANCE - Good job, but nothing special about it.
OVERALL - I'd recommend this book for teens older than 13 and for adults, but you probably need to be someone who really enjoys zombie books to thoroughly enjoy this story. There's lots of gross zombie descriptions and lots of killing. Other than that, it's a pretty clean book -- no sex and only minor profanity, if any. This is Book 1 of a series, but it stands alone. I won't be continuing the series.
I liked the narrator, what I like is that Jonathan Mayberry keeps the same narrator for the whole series. a
Again I would have like to have listen to these three books first since they are the beginning of the series. I listen to out of order. I probably will listen too whole series again they are that good for relisten.
Overall if you like books on how our World might End then these are exciting and excellently written.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
It’s really hard to decide how I feel about this book. On one hand I like the story, it’s well written with a lot of action and adventure. I love zombie stories and it really does deliver on that level. On the other hand, I’m not too thrilled about the characters. Benny is your typical 15 year old who is a bit lazy and “me” centric which puts me off. Wrap in all the bad guys and the town which Benny and Tom talk down about and I just couldn’t really like anyone other than Tom and the lost girl. In the end I decided overall it was middle of the road in my humble opinion.
The narration was good, a bit slow, but Mr. Hutchinson does a good job with all the voices.
The main character was such an immature teenage brat that I couldn't continue listening to his story.
The conflict was internal involving a character who I cared nothing about. Story otherwise didn't hold my interest, mostly due to the poor choice of protagonist.
voice acting OK
disappointment. Really like this author's other works.
Maybe a teenage audience would enjoy or relate to this story better. As an adult, I had no patience for the protagonist and his emotional problems, poor choices, bad role models, and negative attitude.
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