First I will start by stating I am a avid Zombie fan. If a Zombie story was written, read, or made into a movie I have seen and heard it. I am very pi..Show More »cky and selective on what I consider to be a "good" Zombie story. Rot and Ruin is, in fact, in my top 10 favorite Zombie stories. Sometimes the scariest thing about Zombies in the apocalypse is just surviving. Sometimes identifying the enemy is not always black and white. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the words and into the Ruin.........Beware!
This turned out to be a great listen. I have to admit the first few chapters of Rot & Ruin almost made me stop listening. The story is through the eye..Show More »s of a kid and how he grows up post zombie apocalypse, so it kinda put me off. But it definitely picks up and even the narration got better.. So by the time I got through it I had to pick up Dust and Decay right away.
So that's why, for me at least, the story gets 4 stars and not 5 because of the kid gloves on the story, but on Wikipedia its supposed to be for "young adults".
I wanted the story to push more, more east (where they are trying to get to) and more growing up, faster. The love story parts takes *forever*, I think the younger readers would like a little faster hitting of the bases there too. Also, when are they gonna get some real weapons instead of the wooden swords! After the first book no way they'd go out there _again_ with wooden swords! Com'on Mr. Maberry!
Dr Skilz and J-Dog, good stuff! Chong really made me mad though. Great characters and skilled writing won the day.
Read/Listened for Fun (Hardcover/Audible) Overall Rating: 4.25 Story Rating: 4.50 Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not ..Show More »part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Dang that epilogue--Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry made me cry---AGAIN!
Overall Thoughts:Jonathan Maberry is one of those writers that I adore. He writes stories that make you scream, laugh, and cry. Even though this is a YA series, the teenagers seem to have a better world view than the adults. There is a little angst but overall this is a world where you have people to root for. I would never survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
Narrated By Brian Hutchinson / Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
I really enjoy Brian's narration of this series. He is great at hitting all the different emotions and character moments.
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Library) Overall Rating: 4.00 Story Rating: 3.75 Character Rating:..Show More » 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Oh Benny so sad to see you go! Fire and Ash by Jonathan Maberry was a good ending to a great series!
Overall Thoughts: 1: Why did it have to end! I am going to miss little Benny Imura who ended up not so little and really a good man! 2: When a certain character is in the book--I get giddy. Which is awesome cause I was worried when reading another book then remember yeah he makes it! 3: The gals really kicked ass and have to say they were the true saviors of the day. 4: Those kids from book 1 are more grounded, well-thought, and observant than many of the adults. I could live in a world where they were our future. 5: Jonathan Maberry simply knows how to write a good story. *hat off to you sir*
Narrated by: Brian Hutchison /Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins / Publisher: Recorded Books
Brian really does a great job with this series. Through no fault of his own (blame Ray Porter) there was just one voice I was like---nooooooo! However, he still did a great job with it. I highly recommend this on audio!