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Rot & Ruin Audiobook
Rot & Ruin
Written by: 
Jonathan Maberry
Narrated by: 
Brian Hutchison
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Rot & Ruin Audiobook

Rot & Ruin

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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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    Dave Tyler NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, US 02-01-15
    Dave Tyler NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, US 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought this was a young adult title"

    After listen to several other books by Maberry I was expecting the same kind of writers. It was hard to continue listening at first but I powered through. It turned out to be good. Wasn't Joe ledger but good.

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    sharen 12-27-14
    sharen 12-27-14
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    "This is an awesome zombie book for teens and adult"
    What other book might you compare Rot & Ruin to and why?

    I "read" Patient Zero and liked it as far as zombie books go. My husband and I listen to the books in our many travels across the country. I got Rot and Ruin for a trip from texas to vegas. This book was awesome. It was a whole new take on zombie stories. What would I compare it to? World War Z, maybe. It stretched your imagination and had a fresh perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    The story starts out a little slow with the main character being self centered and immature. Then the plot takes off, and it is great. Some parts were a little drawn out, but it kept us on the edge of our seats and awake the whole drive. That's the making of a great audio book for us.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen dublin, OH, United States 11-29-14
    Maureen dublin, OH, United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific characters, theme, suspense- delicious!"

    So much more than a post apocalyptic zombie fest and though officially a young adult series I enjoyed it every bit as much as a Joe Ledger series thriller. The story, characters and adventure are unique and you fall in love with characters and themes. LOVE!

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    C. Smith Salt Lake City, UT 08-11-14
    C. Smith Salt Lake City, UT 08-11-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Annoyed from the get go"
    Has Rot & Ruin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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

    Irritation, disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't get past the absolute stupidity of the title character. I get that he's supposed to be sheltered 15 year old. Even 15 year olds have some common sense and a basic understanding of their surroundings. Shut it off a few hours in, too aggravating. Expected more from J Maberry.

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    Doug G Bedford, TX, United States 07-16-14
    Doug G Bedford, TX, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2015

    DG

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    "Great story & narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rot & Ruin to be better than the print version?

    The narrator developed a personality with each character. Not sure if I would be that precise reading it


    What other book might you compare Rot & Ruin to and why?

    I'm reading the rest of the series & looking to read other from Mayberry


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

    Emotional


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

    Yes but didn't have the time


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 06-22-14
    Richard 06-22-14
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    "Not what I was expecting or hoping for..."
    Would you recommend Rot & Ruin to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not unless my friend was 11 or 12 years old! This is the first zombie series I have ever read or listened to that is aimed straight at tweens. I feel I was generous in my 3 star rating because of my level of disappointment. I came here as a huge fan of Joe Ledger and Ray Porter's voice acting only to be met by this near-disaster. At least "Dark of Night," the prequel to this series, seemed more geared for adults. That said, it wasn't COMPLETELY horrible. In fact, it kept my interest enough for me to spend credits on the whole series in the hopes that it would eventually become more age-appropriate (which it didn't). Still, if you like young adult books and zombie stories both, you will probably enjoy this series.


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    S. Bragg Atlanta, GA 05-22-14
    S. Bragg Atlanta, GA 05-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A bit childish but...still worth a read/listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book comes across a bit immature at times. Benny is a 15 year old boy and the Author does a pretty good job of getting that across... Almost to a fault though.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Following Benny's admiration change from Charlie to his Brother is both interesting and odd at times. It seems forced at some points and then other times happens exactly how I would expect it.


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

    Tom Imura was spot on an older Brother and performed excellently by the narrator .


    Could you see Rot & Ruin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Honestly it seems more like a TV Series to me, and one I would most likely watch.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. L. McClain Chandler, AZ 05-20-14
    D. L. McClain Chandler, AZ 05-20-14
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    Loved the relationship building in this story. It's almost like it's just about the relationship between the brothers and there just happens to be Zombies thrown in. The character development for the other characters is really good too, so much that you wind up caring a lot about those who even have small roles. Maberry manages to make each one matter. The relationship between the brothers is what I loved the most about this entire series. I would love to see this as a movie. I enjoyed and recommend.

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    Jason Hegland Bay Area, CA 03-25-14
    Jason Hegland Bay Area, CA 03-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Slave2Gravity

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    "Good for young adults, not old adults"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend it to any adult friends. The story was too simplistic, the dialogues too dulled down for a younger audience. I want more graphic language, graphic violence in a zombie novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't realize at first that this book was geared toward young adults, or I wouldn't have downloaded. Once I started, I didn't want to stop, so I just plowed through, but Mayberry's other adult novels are by far better choices. I won't finish this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime New Westminster, BC, Canada 03-18-14
    Jaime New Westminster, BC, Canada 03-18-14 Member Since 2011

    Not much to tell! I used to read alot, but now that I need reading glasses, I enjoy listening to books instead of having to wear glasses!

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    "I didn't realize this was a PG rated book"

    Not a bad book at all, but clearly written for teens. Still, it was pretty good, but I'm not sure if I'll ever read the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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