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Hissers Audiobook

Hissers

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Publisher's Summary

It's the last weekend of summer break in the small town of Castor, and four teenage friends are about to attend the most popular end-of-summer high-school party in town… with a massive wave of mutated undead about to crash the party. It's The Breakfast Club meets Resident Evil as the teens of Castor fight to stay alive.

BONUS SHORT STORY: Hissers includes "Confidentiality", one of four interlocking stories from The Junkie Quatrain by Peter Clines.

©2010 Ryan C. Thomas (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Rhys Perth, Australia 05-06-13
    Rhys Perth, Australia 05-06-13 Member Since 2017
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    "fun with mutant zombies and angsty teens"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If that friend was a fan of pulpy, pop-corn zombie horror with gore, action and a cast of generally troubled high schoolers then yes,
    Hissers is fairly standard within the zombie/survival horror subgenre with enough cliches and tropes to be farmiliar along side some interesting new takes and a genuinely engaging cast of characters (though they do get a little whiny and annoying at times throughout)

    It is also a lot of fun to listen to. If you are already a fan of the genre you will like Hissers, but it probably wont convert you if you aren't already itching for some bloodthirsty zombie action.

    Hissers also feels geared more towards a teenage/young adult audience than a straight up adult horror but it doesn't lack for want of gore, violence and horror


    Would you recommend Hissers to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - I have a lot of friends who are horror/zombie fans


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There were times when his readings of various characters was a little flat and homogenized and could have done with a little more variation, but was fine overall.


    Could you see Hissers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    absolutely, though visually I can't help but think hunger-games vs lord of the flies...


    Any additional comments?

    Hissers was fun, comfortably farmiliar zombie horror with enough turns and departures from the standards to keep it interesting and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin casper, WY, USA 04-20-13
    Justin casper, WY, USA 04-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great narration to a fun story."

    The book has some language and gore, but not overdone. There were some funny parts and some good character building in the middle of an interesting story. The narrator really made this story a lot of fun in a few scenes that had me laughing out loud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arnold Akron, OH, United States 11-27-11
    Arnold Akron, OH, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "WOW! Immediately captivating"

    I am only 2 hours into this story but I had to write a quick review. Quite often I will start another audio book within hours after finishing the previous one. This makes my brain take a while to adjust to a whole new set of characters and world settings (sometimes space setttings). Not so with this book.
    As soon as the story starts Mr Thomas makes the characters believable and the story flows smoothly. The high school students interaction with each other and their parents are in sync.
    I have to admit that I am a believer that men are better narrators, they can make female voices better than females can make male voices. That said Mr. Andrews is very good and he doesn't have an English accent which would seriously marr an American setting.
    I bought this book in the $5 special that Audible had. I am going to look for more Thomas/Andrews combinations in future purchases.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 10-27-11
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun & Fast-Paced"

    Ryan C. Thomas' entry into the world of zombie fiction is an inventive one. Taking the now almost routine "zombie armogeddon" theme and marrying it to a highly-relatable story about teenagers adds an additional level of familiarity to the story.
    I was initially turned off by the disclaimer mentioning "The Breakfast Club" as I took that to mean the story would be childish and silly (beyond the zombie premise, I mean). With the exception of a few regrettable developments, the story is fairly smart and enjoyable for adult fans of this kind of fiction. The story occasionally gets angsty, but never overly sentimental.
    The scenes involving the military (particularly the beginning and the end) are the weakest elements of the story, but don't overly detract from what largely a quick, enjoyable read.
    I liked the new twists offered on the living dead.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    oscar tranas, Sweden 08-18-11
    oscar tranas, Sweden 08-18-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Best book ever!"

    This is by far the best book i have ever listened too. Granted, i'm somewhat of new in the book universe, but non the less, i think most people will enjoy this one. I find myself really getting emotionally involved with the characters in this story.

    A must for zombie lovers!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 03-28-12
    Dana 03-28-12
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    "Bland, contrived, humorless Zombie-Teen B-movie"

    This is a cliche 60's style B-movie overly stretched to novel length. 4 teens in a Dawn of the Dead scenario. The Breakfast Club set-up unfortunately falls flat from artificial, witless and humorless dialogue. If you can overlook this, there is a little coming-of-age redemption going on thru the long middle 3/4s of the story. The drawn-out action and conversations follow smoothly enough but the prose is formulaic or calculated rather than artful or insightful.
    If you love the genre, maybe you'll endure it. For improved near-human metaphysics, consider a Christopher Moore book instead ("Lamb" if you want some adolescent characters, all the others involve mostly young adults).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P6PTX 09-14-17
    P6PTX 09-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but ridiculously perverse"

    This was a great performance of disturbing content.I suspect Ryan C. Thomas is either a murderous pedophile or fantastic writer of the dark sci-fi.If he ever has children its o only because he removed their parents somehow.I didnt appreciate the description of a baby's dissection or the "heroic" death of a bullied chubby teen. (spoiler alert btw)
    Other than the child murdering fantasies, it was a well written horror sci-fi.I plan on sharing with ex-gfs, former employers and Child Protective Services.(somebody has to worry about unsafe children!)The virus/contagion has amazingly creative side effects, some "handy" , some literally "bringing everyone together". (rimshot)

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    Anthony WA 06-28-17
    Anthony WA 06-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Uniquely Undead!"

    With the overwhelming amount of undead themed books out there it was a treat to find such a unique twist to the undead chaos in Hissers. Even though this is classified as Young Adult and the main characters are 14 years old the story line is complex, characters are well developed and intriguing, and it is full of action for all ages. There is a fair amount of foul language, but it is primarily used in the development of one of the primary characters and as an appropriate response to being chased by undead creatures who are wanting to eat you while they are F%#&ing hissing.

    I am a big fan of undead and apocalypse genre, but unfortunately many of the books in the genre are disappointingly predictable and sadly many of them use very similar storylines. The author does a great job of working in several unexpected moments that significantly shocked me and made the book even more entertaining. The narration by Andrews is well done and he helped further enriched the characters and story telling. If you are considering this book I highly recommend pulling the trigger and taking a chance.

    Bonus info: Hissers was released in Audible on 07-26-11 and on 06-22-17 Audible just added the second book Hissers II: Death March, which is the second book of the expected trilogy. If you end up liking the first book getting the second one is a no brainier with the only major negative is that it is too short. Have FUN!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndenia New York, USA 05-26-13
    Lyndenia New York, USA 05-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "zombie fun"

    just so u no, these zombies r more than just ur average zombie. U will be pleasantly surprised or grossed out by them but all in all a great read.

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    David ROANOKE, VA, United States 07-11-12
    David ROANOKE, VA, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great exciting book from start to finish"

    I had held off listening to this book because I thought I would have to struggle to listen to it. Well, I was wrong! This book was thrilling all the way through and I was sad when it ended. It's a great take on the zombie formula and I could easily see this become a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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