I love to live life on the edge, so I try to purchase books which have no reviews. That way I can be surprised. I know, I live a sad life However, i..Show More »f I choose a book which has been reviewed. I try to choose one’s which have a well written excellent reviews. This story fell into the second case. Most of the reviews were excellent. And I can say truthfully, well deserved! I listened to this book in one day and loved it. I only have one reserve about it, which I shall mention later.
For whatever reason over the past 12 months I have probably purchased 50 or more zombie books. I’m starting to consider myself a zombie specialist. Which is funny because in the event of the rise of the zombie’s I would be the first to go because I am fat? However, fat jokes aside, this one is in my top 10 of the genre!
The story was great and had enough new idea’s to keep me interested. But for me the thing which I liked about it the most was the sarcasm and sense of humour of the characters. Now that I think about it, I must put a lot of weight on this element in any zombie book. As all of my favourite zombie books, have a sarcastic funny leading character.
The narration was good. This was my first time hearing Andrew Wehrlen. He had the hard task of multiple voices for multiple characters. I normally don’t like it when narrators do that, I much rather the approach chosen in “Yesterday’s Gone”. Nevertheless Andrew Wehrlen did a good job, only on a couple of occasions did I wonder who was speaking?
On the narration, this is yet another book in which the speed can easily be increased. Thus shortening the total length of the story.
I had one reserve about this book, and it was the ending. Don’t worry I am not going to give it away. But it sounds as though the next in the series could be going down a slightly different focus. That shouldn’t change your mind about purchasing this one. But I am having reservations about buying the second one. But I never listen to that little voice of doubt in my head and will probably buy it in the 10 minutes. Like I said at the start… I am a sad man… sad… fat man.
Jace the main character continues in his best sarcastic form. The last 40 minutes made me wet my pants from laughter!
After the first book wh..Show More »ich I loved, I was worried that the second in the series would go in a direction which would ruin the ‘fun’ factor. However, the opposite happened. The fun factor went upwards. This story is a mixture of ‘adult comic book’ style violence and the Seinfeld show.
This book also continues the tradition of having an ending which causes me to wonder where the author is going to take the next in the series. I certainly did not expect the last few minutes of this one!
The narrator once again does an excellent job with the multiple characters. Just like almost every other title of late, the listening speed can be increased. 1.25x speed was easily listened to.
I enjoyed book 2 so much I purchased the third in the series before I even finished this one. I said in my review that the first book was in my top ten. But this one is in my top five! While many people talk about Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout series as being great, I would rate this series up there as almost an equal. I can highly recommend this one!
Still stands, except in this last instalment it gets even better!
I like zombie books simply because at times I enjoy the break from reality. I like the pure escapism offered by them. But so many in the genre seem to take themselves too seriously and create tension to the point that emotionally I have had enough. Life sucks at times enough that I don’t need to make up more ‘suckieness’… I know it isn’t a proper word, but who cares! This series is different. Every time there is tension, it is lightened by the sarcastic humour of Jace or another character! It is like watching a adult version of Itchy and Scratchy cartoon!
The only shortcoming for me was the end. Don’t worry I won’t give it away. The end does a adequate job of bring the series to a conclusion. But it doesn’t have too. It could continue. I hope it does, and if it does I would pre-purchase it!
The series started off in my top 10 went to top 5 and now is my favourite!
If you are the type of person who likes cartoon violence, and I should say ‘adult cartoon violence’, then you will love this one! It is a bit like Sid..Show More »eshow Bob on steroids! I loved the absurdity of it all. Most zombie titles attempt to take themselves way too seriously. I mean come on people, it is a zombie genre… how could we take it serious? But not this one, this one is full of ‘stuff’ that is just unbelievable! Unbelievable… but in a good way.
It seems in this book in the series, Jace is not the only person with a wicked sense of humour. As a result I loved this series even more.
The narration is good, the speed of the narration is good. 1.25x speed provided just the right listening pleasure. Jake Bible really gave the narrator Andrew Wehrlen a very difficult task in this one, as there are a lot more characters, and I mean weird characters that all need unique voices. At times I wondered which character was talking because they sounded the same (you can only have so many ‘crazy’ voices before it sounds the same). I really don’t think any other narrator I have heard could done a better job. But if there was ever a title which screamed for multiple narrators, then this is it. Please don’t take this as a reason not to purchase this one, it is just an observation, which I hope some authors will pick up on and introduce multiple narrators more often.
I listen to this one in one go and was hoping it wouldn’t end!
Here's my update at 2% in on Goodreads: Just started listening to the audio... one of the guys is sick and is constantly throwing up. The narrator act..Show More »ually makes a sound that sounds like someone throwing up... I'm going to get sick myself if this keeps up. Ugh... 2% in.
That's not a winning start. Fortunately, this does not keep up for long. I would have shut it off it that were the case. I just cannot handle that noise! What's worse is that I did not know the characters. All of them are sick at the beginning of this, but I feel like a friend of a friend is telling me about this story. I have no vested experience with them so if a favorite character dies, I am not going to care.
It was really hard getting into this, for the reason above, and a few others. The story feels like it is keeping me at arm's length, but I also just finished a zombie novel with the same premise, cult leader, child of one of the men stolen, etc. There are so many reasons why this one did not work for me but I think it mostly circles around the fact that this is book five.
I'm sure had I known the characters that I would have enjoyed the story more. One characters nickname is changed at the beginning and I would have enjoyed knowing the background of the first but that did not take away from the hilarity of the situation.
All in all, it was good, but not great. I'm sure readers of the full series probably enjoyed this.
The audio version was good. After the sounds from the beginning I really thought I was going to have to set this down. Fortunately, that was the only portion that was like that. The audio was great from there and Andrew B. Wehrlen was able to keep up with the action. The voices were also very good. I could easily tell the voices apart, which made understanding each character, being new to the series, much easier.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author
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This series has been hilarious and engaging, until now. In the spirit of avoiding spoilers I will simply say that I found far fewer laughs, and for th..Show More »e first time found myself occasionally becoming impatient with the story.This hasn't soured me on future installments of the series, but this book was a disappointment after all the fun I had with the previous five.