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The Rising

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Since its 2003 debut, Brian Keene's The Rising is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, inspired the works of other authors and filmmakers, and has become a cultural touchstone for an entire generation of horror fans.

The Rising is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

©2003 Brian Keene (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 07-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Unique."

    I always try to make my own synopsis when writing a review, but with this one I would probably spoil something, so I think the synopsis of the book says it all....... "THE RISING is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town, facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes, and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man."

    I wasn't too sure what to expect going into this because there are some pretty negative reviews for it, but thank goodness it was better than I hoped. One thing that stands out the most is the Zombies. I loved the spin the author put on them. How they came about is definitely unique!!! Plus they are sentient, can think and plan and can shoot, drive and pretty much do everything. The Zombiness isn't just limited to humans either. Anything that can die will turn into one, so we have Zombie goldfish which is something I've never ever read before!!!

    if you suspend disbelief, then the plot is good!! I liked how focused Jim is on finding his son and his journey there was filled with a lot of danger. I liked reading about the other characters and their journeys and I enjoyed seeing how they meet, but it was hard to connect with them all, as I thought they weren't fleshed out enough. I just didn't really care too much about them.

    In all, this was a very different take on the Zombie books I usually read. It was a good read and the ending left me wanting to read the next book in the series. I'm hoping they bring it to audio soon!!

    Joe Hempel is a narrator I find myself listening to more and more because he knows how to tell a good story. He has an array of tones and voices and always knows how to amp up the tension when needed. I hope he narrates the next one!!

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rabid Reader 08-01-17
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    "Different type of zombie story"

    This is an unusual, action packed and somewhat disturbing story. Yes, like in the usual zombie tales, the dead do rise but they are not the shambling, mindless zombies that normally occur in this type of story. The dead, both human and animal, are just vessels for something more sinister and deadly. I must admit though, that the thought of a zombie fish did make me laugh and yet somehow it seemed to fit ok in that section of the story. No, this story wasn't perfect and it lacked detail in some places, but the multiple stories of different individuals do interweave to form a picture of desperation, strength, survival, immorality, loss and love. The narration in this newly released (07/2017) audiobook is great. The narrator lets you feel the horror and loss; the cold hatred of the risen dead, the guilt and responsibility Baker feels, the depravity of the meat wagon and the anguish as Jim desperately tries to reach his son. Overall I enjoyed this story but I did find the ending rather abrupt and somewhat frustrating

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 08-22-17
    Lori 08-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Zombie's possessed by Demon's"
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    3.5 stars

    When are scientist going to learn? There are just some things you don't mess with. This is a completely different kind of apocalypse. An End of Days, that is literally "HE double LL" on Earth. It's an original, creative, unusual, interesting and entertaining story.

    While they are referred to as zombies these are demons possessing the dead. These zombies are much more terrifying than just your regular run of the mill zombies. It's not only the humans that are affected it's all living things including all animals. I mean all animals, birds, worms, fish, deer etc. They also retain the knowledge of the person or persons they posses.

    As far as the actual story overall it’s pretty darn good as well as entertaining. It took me a while to really be pulled into the story, it felt like it was all over the place, especially in the beginning. Each new chapter is introducing you to new characters and their situation. It got a little confusing. You would just get used to the characters then it would change. Once the story got going and all the characters were introduced there was more of a pattern to the story. It's not until well into the story though that everything really comes together.

    It has a large cast of characters. Some likable and many very unlikable, nasty and vile characters. The characters that matter are all well rounded and fully developed.

    It does end on a serious cliffhanger. Wasn't to happy about that. Not even a hint. Really? I wasn't expecting to be left hanging. Was it a great place to end the book? Yes. But that doesn't mean I was happy about it. I'm not one for giving away spoilers so that's all I can say about that. Hopefully Audible will have the next book in the series soon.

    This is not a nice clean white washed version of an apocalyptic world, it's graphic in parts and at times it's very violent and full of gore. So be prepared.

    Joe Hempel as usual does a great job with the narration. Nice voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. He has one of those voices that just pull you into a story. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Really good character voices. He was able to make the characters, their emotions and story come to life through his narration. Hopefully he will be narrating the rest of the series. Very enjoyable

    I was provided this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather North Indiana 08-20-17
    Heather North Indiana 08-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Intense"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rising the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was excellent and the story was interesting. I really enjoyed the humor of some of the character dialogues too. Zombies that can speak and interact with the environment was a different take on the typical zombie character type.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen! I recommend this for fans of The Walking Dead. I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nomi 08-20-17
    Nomi 08-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "❤️"

    Unusual, weird and disturbing. I loved it. Definitely a favorite of mine now. A must have for any ZA fan.

    I will pick a book just because Joe Hempel narrated it. I love his work.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tina GREAT MILLS, MD, United States 08-02-17
    tina GREAT MILLS, MD, United States 08-02-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Differant take on the Zombie story!"
    Any additional comments?

    narrator did a great job, interesting take on the Zombie story. kept me interested, well written . "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 07-31-17
    Tiffany 07-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Darn Cliffhanger"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book. I like the way the author reinterpreted the "zombie". The narrator continually surprises me. He made it easy to keep track of the different characters. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Kussler 07-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not your basic zombie book"
    Would you listen to The Rising again? Why?

    Yes I most certainly will. It's not your same old basic zombie story with mindless zombies who just become background to the real living human threat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rising?

    I loved the scene at the car dealer ship when the zombie was trying to sell them a car.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Hempel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I'm looking forward too.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, there were lots of scenes that made you laugh and one that made me choke up a little.


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    Joseph Mahoney 07-22-17
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    "Not your Average Zombie Apocalypse!"

    This is not your average Zombie Apocalypse. If you are looking for the standard Zombie stuff this is not the story for you. But if your looking for a story that will hook you in with great characters and a new take on The Zombie Apocalypse stick around. These Zombies are the result of some brilliant Government Scientist playing with a particle accelerator. Something old and evil found its way back to our universe. The New Zombies only gut Not kill you or eat your brains you so that it can take over the body when it dies and the soul leaves.
    One of the characters in this huge cast is Jim he has survived for the first 3 months but is separated from his son. He gets a phone call and the boy is in danger at his mothers and step dads home hundreds of miles away. And so begins the horror adventure. There are many other characters and stories lines but Jim's was my favorite. I highly recommend this excellent audio book. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and highly entertained.

    The narration was done by Joe Hempel. Mr Hempel brings depth and passion to all the characters in the grand cast with a high quality, professional performance with great emotion and variation for each character.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    willee 07-21-17
    willee 07-21-17
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    "Talking Thinking Zombies"

    I absolutely loved this book. It was not your usual dull flesh eating dead zombies but after person dies another “being “ (alien) takes over. I really enjoyed the character of Jim, Frankie, Martin and others. I can’t wait until the City of the Dead comes out on audiobook! Also recommend author’s other book, Dark Hallow, The Complex and several others. Narration was great! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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