Quality of the recording is sub par, its not clear like its done with a lousy microphone or maybe in the bathroom. I wanted to return the credit right..Show More » away because it felt like it was shoddy merchandise (it is!). But I read some of the reviews and persevered because the story seemed good. I got used to it after a while and despite the lousy recording the narrator was pretty good.
The story isn't bad and the twist on the zombies is rather interesting. They are shambling brain eaters, but they have some animal kind of intelligence and have a special coma inducing power.
The only critique is that things seem a bit too easy and there is little strife and problems. They just wander about, casually split up, do some "shopping" and zombies appear only when its appropriate. I don't know why he just wanted to go home and why they told the survivors they rescued to fend for themselves, because they only just cleared out a fully functioning and well supplied CDC facility.
The story continues and this time is told from Gems perspective. I like how this book explains the pseudo science behind zombieism as Shelman creates ..Show More »his own flavour of zombie. Its well thought out and suspends disbelief.
Nothing especially emotionally compelling or extreme action and horror but I just enjoy reading what they're doing, how their characters are and their interactions. Sometimes books can try to take drastic turns for cheap thrills, which you really don't like. This story is pretty safe.
The group picks up the people at the CDC, hold up somewhere while Hemp researches about zombies and takes off again with a goal in mind once they a new way to fight the zombies.
The sound quality continues to be sub par. I've never been particularly sensitive to sound but I think its easy to hear the difference between the sample in this recording and samples from other books. Like some evil aura, there is a hollowness and raspiness around the narrators words when he speaks.
The narrator is otherwise rather good I think. At first you think he can't even read because its so halting like he cant read ahead. But I think thats how Gem is supposed to be because when he says lines for other characters its no problem at all. Neither does he try to take on a female voice like many others who end up sounding like transvestites. Not an over actor, inflection is good and voice comfortable to listen to.