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Rot & Ruin Audiobook

Rot & Ruin

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Jonathan Maberry (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Dennis Fenton, MO, United States 12-02-10
    Dennis Fenton, MO, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally agree with the first review"

    Very good. I found this transcended age . The young and old will find this audio book enjoyable.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stoney 02-11-11
    Stoney 02-11-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but not great!"

    This is a zombie book but not as much as I was hoping. Overall I would recommend but nothing like Day by Day Armageddon, Beyond Exile, Patient Zero or The Morning Star Strain.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Fenton, Mo, United States 12-02-10
    Dennis Fenton, Mo, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally agree with the first review"

    Very good. I found this transcended age . The young and old will find this audio book enjoyable.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    B. Burk 05-20-15
    B. Burk 05-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Starts slow but gets good."

    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.

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    sybonezz 05-06-15
    sybonezz 05-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing book"

    This book was awesome, you could totally feel the emotions in a real form, especially between Tom and Benny! You won't regret reading this.

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    benjamen 03-18-15
    benjamen 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Different but really good!"

    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!

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    warren j back 03-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "it's kiddish"

    it's not your typical Jonathan Mayberry story. it's for Young adults just remember that

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    EarlyRobin 02-06-15
    EarlyRobin 02-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful Story on how our World Might End!"

    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.

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-13-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Middle of the road zombie story"

    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.

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    PJ 04-10-14
    PJ 04-10-14
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    "Teenage Angst"
    What disappointed you about Rot & Ruin?

    The main character was such an immature teenage brat that I couldn't continue listening to his story.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Maberry’s 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.


    What three words best describe Brian Hutchison’s voice?

    voice acting OK


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. Really like this author's other works.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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