• Midlife Zombie Hunter

  • The Forty Proof Series, Book 5
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,018 ratings)

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Midlife Zombie Hunter

By: Shannon Mayer
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
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Good rule of thumb: Don't pick a fight with Bree O'Rylee. She might be over 40 and run with a limp, but that doesn't mean she won't track you down and drive the tip of her boot right up your...

Bree was hoping for a few days off from dealing with monsters, bad guys, or general weirdness that doesn’t fit into a human box of what is supposed to be real.

What she got was a stay in the hospital with an undead roommate and a whole new set of problems that keep rising from the grave.

But her love life is at least on track. Until it’s not. And when it goes sideways, it jumps straight into the drink and sinks to the bottom.

Now, Bree has to put her heart on the back burner as she is offered a major job hunting down the very person causing all the undead to rise. And she has two days to do it before the whole town turns into a scene from the Walking Dead.

Time to pull up your big girl panties and swig a little whiskey. Things are about to get interesting.

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In the end Bree just seems pathetic

I get building tension and the realities of tough relationships, but I think the author lost me at this point. How long can she drag out the relationship or not relationship with Crash. It’s exhausting and I ended up not making it through the whole book. It seems like the goal of each installment is to leave you needing to buy the next book to get any closure. Then when it seems like things are moving forward, oops here is another stupid misunderstanding to set things back again.

At this point I wish I never started the series because where I am leaving just feels unsatisfying and like a waste of my time and money. The characters don’t really grow, you never know if anyone is being honest, and Bree has turned everything into oh do I want him, or wait maybe I want him, oh wait again, maybe I don’t want anyone. The author took a promising series and just turned the character into some that seems a little pathetic.

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Lawd, stop. Forty isn't a death sentence!

I love Mayer, but for duck's sake can we have a heroine with a bit of self-esteem at this point? This isn't the Oregon trail--folks aren't living to a ripe old age of 35 and then dying of dysentery. Forty is a smarter twenty. It's time for a second marriage, second divorce, second coming, second cumming, self-pleasure, self-acceptance, and the end of second guessing one's choices at every turn.

Breena is still a sloppy, insipid, self-pitying, weepy drunk who languishes in despair and then charges headlong, with no self-reflection or "lessons learned", into action putting herself and her friends in to needless, empty danger.

Breena is the type of friend who takes an awful lot of energy and, unfortunately, it takes quite a bit of energy to listen to her continued ineptitude. FFS stop complaining about being out of shape, lumpy, bumpy, frumpy, dumpy, schlumpy, whatever. If she was my friend, we'd have to have the "Go to therapy, you're a ducking mess! Ditch your ex-husband, this is boarding on weird Stockholm syndrome. Be a bit kinder to your friends, maybe ask about their day because you're teetering into narcissism" talk.

Thank the gods I have read most of Mayer's canonical works or I would have stopped a few books back in this series. Breena is a twit.

Fortgang is an angel, as usual.

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it's official as much as I want it to be Crash, I've jumped the wagon. For an ancient Fae King his maturity level is seriously almost that of a high school boy. Bree does not need that. She needs someone to let her decide what she needs and not excuses. I can't wait too see what Bree chooses to do going forward!

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Oh, for duck’s sake!

Really?!
First of all, the book summary calls this a cozy, but chapter one starts at hawty nawty. Seriously folks: chapter one! The un-cozy beginning was fine by me. I was actually thinking, finally! … and then came the record needle screeching and the forward progress of the last four books went up in smoke. Further, it’s not just the romance c0ck-blocking; all the same problems from book one are still present, as if book five is the Groundhog Day of midlife urban fantasy. I am so ducking frustrated!

Bree’s ex is still in the picture and still causing problems. Bree continues to manifest new powers, allowing her to Mary Sue the final conflict in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it second. The central mystery and conflicts still rely on silly contrivances. How many times is the author going to rely on (1) supposed friends/allies turning because “they have no choice,” (2j people keeping Bree in the dark for not at all credible reasons, and (3) teasing potential romances only to yank the football away like Lucy to Charlie Brown? If these people would just talk to each other, all these problems would have been avoided. The formula is getting old and I’m not buying the good guys turning bad schtick… I fully expect them to turn good again… although I’m sure the author will keep yanking us around to sell more books. These are now “sale only” books for me.

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Getting Exhausted from Bree's Troubles!

There was so much going on and so much Action that it was Exhausting me, just listening/reading all this. Bree starts to find out more about both her Enemies and Friends. Narrator does a Great job with the characters voices and the entire storyline. This book still leaves you hanging almost a Cliffhanger. Hope the next Audible book in this Series is available Soon!

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Loved it

Shannon Mayer has done it again, continuing this series as she has so far. I’ve just finished this book/audiobook and am anxiously waiting for the next to follow. Lauren Fortgang, once again, gave a stellar performance as she brought it all together and gave it life.

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Midlife Hunter

Love Love this series!! I totally get lost in the story and hate getting to my destination and having to turn it off!

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such an entertaining story

So much action as always with Shannon's books. I really enjoy this world. so many tqist and turns throughout this book. The relationship between Breena and Crash stresses me out lol. Breena is a fun character that may have some issues but is able to kick ass. I find myself laughing out loud often because of Breena and the gang. I was on the edge of my seat for several parts of this book. So many secrets are revealed. I really am looking forward to the next book

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Action packed

Love this series:). Highly recommend. Has kept me interested. Going to start the next book now:)

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Love this series

I’ve been working my way through this series very quickly; I enjoy the main character and all her friends. It’s nice to find a heroine who is very relatable in an interesting story.

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