The book is a stitch, and could well be subtitled "The American Shaun of the Dead". It is exactly what you think it is from reading the pitch: "The H..Show More »angover" with zombies. And that angle could easily lead a lesser writer to a complete train wreck. But Mr. Johnson pulls it off with élan. His characters are the everyman friends we've all had on and off throughout our lives, and their responses to the various scenarios that arise are - blessedly - the reactions I would expect from me and my friends, and not the stuff of heroes. At the same time, Mr. Johnson cuts his characters no slack, and "kills his darlings" with ghoulish delight.
The humor is sometimes a little sophomore-ish, but that is quite in keeping with the characters, so it works. The "physical comedy", so to speak, is brilliantly detailed by the author; I rarely laugh out loud when reading, but I found myself sustaining lengthy belly-laughing fits more than twice. The scene with the zombie and the mullet is worthy of the Marx Brothers. The ability to convey effective slapstick comedy in prose is the mark of a solid writer.
Even though I didn’t rave about Dead Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse… One Beer at a Time, I still wanted to listen to more of the series. Why y..Show More »ou ask?
Because there are very few humor driven zombie apocalypse stories out there. Were the protagonists are not the super sharp survivalists, preppers, or military heroes. This series is about a very lucky group of friends that somehow manage to stay alive during all of the chaos. Full of all the blood and gore, suspense and even a bit of wonder.
Weekend at Vidu’s is a very short quick and fast paced listen. Giving us another look into the madness that ensues, when from out of nowhere, zombies are everywhere. And no one is safe.
This is a fun series, but only if you are able to not take the zombie apocalypse too seriously. I am told that book two will be coming out soon and I look forward to hearing what Johnson can bring to the party.
Neil Hellegers was able to manage, in 24 minutes, a real sense of calamity. Delivering the story at a solid pace. Placing pauses at the perfect moments to add a bit of suspense. Clear and concise, a key to a successful performance.
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