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In 1968 the world experienced a brand-new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark film Night of the Living Dead. This was something new...and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture.

But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse.

Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry teams up with the godfather of the living dead himself, George A. Romero, to present a collection of all-new tales set during the 48 hours of that legendary outbreak.

Nights of the Living Dead includes stories by some of today's most important writers: Brian Keene, Carrie Ryan, Chuck Wendig, Craig Engler, David J. Schow, David Wellington, Isaac Marion, Jay Bonansinga, Joe R. Lansdale, Joe McKinney, John Russo, John Skipp, Keith RA DeCandido, Max Brallier, Mike Carey, Mira Grant, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Sandra and Ryan Brown, plus original stories by Romero and Maberry.

Narrators include: Ray Porter, Stefan Rudnicki, Jonathan Maberry, Kasey Lansdale, Kristoffer Tabori, Rex Linn, Gabrielle de Cuir, Adenrele Ojo, Richard Gilliland, and Nicholas Guy Smith.

©2017 Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Best book of 2017

I normally hate story collections because it's always a 50/50 of if you get a good story or not. But this one was simply amazing.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Best collection yet

Narration ranges from ok to great. I could listen to the gentleman who reads the Brian Keene story all day. Favorite story as well along with the one from the space station.

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just incredible to listen to

ABR Reviewer's Choice Award Winner

Nights of the Living Dead was an enjoyable anthology. George A. Romero contributed only one story but his influence is apparent in every story. This was a nice anthology and very even. The good stories greatly outnumbered the meh stories. I have included my thoughts on a few of the stories including the two introductions. The introduction by Romero is almost a class in cinema history, just incredible to listen to.

Night of the Living Dead: An Introduction by George A. Romero
Wonderful history of the zombie genre by its godfather and he prefers “ghoul” to “zombie” but gave up arguing the point years ago.

Reflections of a Weird Little Kid in a Condemned Movie House: An Introduction by Jonathan Maberry
This was fun to listen to. Imagine growing up to collaborate with your childhood hero. Wow.

Dead Man’s Curve by Joe R. Lansdale
A great opening to the anthology. A Wonderful female protagonist and unpredictable but satisfying story.

In That Quiet Earth by Mike Carey
An incredible love story. The lengths a man goes to in order to spend eternity with his beloved wife. Touching, poetic and, ironically, life affirming.

Jimmy Jay Baxter’s Last, Best Day on Earth by John Skipp
This was disturbing on many levels. The main character is one of the most detestable individuals I have ever encountered in literature. I really did not enjoy this story because I was so repulsed by it.

The Burning Days by Carrie Ryan
A cabin in the woods. Two couples and two single friends. A planned vacation that skids to a halt when the dead show up uninvited. Who survives and more importantly whose relationships survive?

The Day After by John A. Russo
The immediate aftermath of the dead uprising has monsters who are very much alive.

The Girl on the Table by Isaac Marion
The zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a young teen girl who has been bitten. It is very complex and excellent writing.

Williamson’s Folly by David J. Schow
“Fidget-pickle” what an incredible word! I have no idea what it means (neither does Google) but there is a character in this story described as a fidget-pickle (I guess it is a hyphenated word).

You Can Stay All Day by Mira Grant
A fun day at the zoo? Not so much.

Pages from a Notebook Found Inside a House in the Woods by Brian Keene
In rural Central Pennsylvania, a group of robbers knocks off a Comic-Con. As they escape the robbery scene they run out of gas and luck. Out of gas and finding their first zombie, they flee into the woods. They find a cabin and make themselves secure. What happens when you are safe from the zombies outside but not the vengeful ghost inside?

Lone Gunman by Jonathan Maberry
“Mostly dead but not entirely” starts with a soldier waking up under a pile of large pile of dead. He must find his sanity and his purpose before he can survive.

Live and On the Scene by Keith R. A. DeCandido
This one starts like a real newscast. Harvey, the on the spot TV reporter, is reporting on a rash of multiple murders in the rural areas outside of Pittsburgh. Witness report seeing strangely acting people which police immediately discount as hysteria. The story alternates between the newscasts and reporter’s life as the events happen. It reminded me of Orson Well’s War of the Worlds broadcast.

Other stories included:
Deadliner by Neal and Brendan Shusterman
A Dead Girl Named Sue by Craig E. Engler
Fast Entry by Jay Bonansinga
John Doe by George A. Romero
Mercy Kill by Ryan Brown
Orbital Decay by David Wellington
Snaggletooth by Max Brallier
Dead Run by Chuck Wendig

My two favorite stories were In That Quiet Earth and Pages from a Notebook Found Inside a House in the Woods. What the two stories had in common, besides zombies, was an unexpected conclusion that left me very pleased, both as an adult and as the 7-year-old who loved Christopher Lee as Dracula. These two stories are horror gold for fans of all ages.

The narration by Ray Porter, Stefan Rudnicki, Jonathan Maberry, Kasey Lansdale, Kristoffer Tabori, Rex Linn, Gabrielle de Cuir, Adenrele Ojo, Richard Gilliland, and Nicholas Guy Smith (as listed on the Audible description) was first rate. All of the stories, even the ones that did not especially set me on fire, were still narrated well.

If you love zombies (it is cool to admit to loving zombies in the new millennium) and if you have a fondness for the history of the genre, treat yourself to this wonderful audiobook anthology. Let me know which stories you like the best. Enjoy and remember aim for the head.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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Fantastic stories based on the Romero Zombiverse!

As with all anthologies some are better than others... But if you live the films of George A. Romero you NEED THIS!

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Very good wig one or two exceptions.

Overall, great stuff! Some very talented writers and narrators! One or two stories were preachy and that was disappointing; 2D characters are dull.

But still, well worth it.

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Great work

Even the best short story anthology has stories you don't like. Then there is this book. I loved every single story.

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  • EfrenR
  • Los Fresnos, TX
  • 08-22-17

Awesome Audiobook!

Loved this Audiobook! Great selection stories and narrators. Will definitely listen to this again :-)

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  • Kash
  • DALLAS, TX, United States
  • 08-16-17

Excellent narration of pretty good stories.

Definitely worth the time for NOTLD fans.

As with most anthologies, it was a mixed bag.

Some of the stories seemed far too short (because you just wanted more!) And some far too long (because you just wondered where they were going).

Overall entertaining and easy to break into multiple short listens.

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Just Wow!

I honestly can't imagine any way that they could have improved upon this. Each individual story was well written as well as engaging, captivating and something I would have listened to itself if it had not been involved in this anthology.
Most of the narrators I was already familiar with and they all including the ones new to me did exemplary jobs with their individual stories.

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Solid Zombie Shorts From the Masters

The zombie street-cred in this anthology is off the charts, and the product reflects that. Listen closely after the stories to hear the resumes of some of these writers. Any fan of the genre won’t be disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-17

brilliant tribute to Night.

Perfect bridge between Night and Dawn and excellent homage to the late Godfather of Ghouls George A Romero.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-14-17

Anthology worthy of Romero

the interpretation and tie in of each story helps build the legend around Night Of the living dea almost expanding the "unlife" of that universe. thoroughly enjoyed it