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I, Zombie Audiobook

I, Zombie

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Publisher's Summary

Warning: Not fit for human consumption

This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all. And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten heart. It is the reason we can't stop obsessing about these creatures, in whom we see all too much of ourselves.

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    Jim "The Impatient" 04-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A SHUFFLE OF ZOMBIES"

    MICHAEL ATE HIS MOTHER UNTIL HIS STOMACH BURST.
    If you are going to listen to this, you better put on your big boy pants or hitch up your big girl panties, cause you are in for a gory, bloody, disgusting ride. SHE BIT INTO A LENGTH OF INTESTINE, RAW SHIT IN HER MOUTH.

    SHE PRAYED TO A GOD,HE KNEW SHE DID NOT BELIEVE IN
    This replaces Cell by Stephen King as my number one Zombie Book. Yet, there is room for improvement, as I will explain later. First I want you think about what it would be like to be a zombie. In this description of Zombies by Howey, they feel pain. They are brains locked up, with no control of their bodies. In other books, that don't explore the zombie side of things, they claim Zombies don't feel pain. In this book they do, but because the brain has no control, outsiders don't realize it. These zombies feel the cold, the heat, the bullets, the glass in bare feet, air on their sensitive teeth, their broken bones, etc. The writing is so good that you become the Zombie, this is YOU, Zombie. Imagine falling three floors, can't control your body and you land first on your knees and than on your face. Your knees are busted, but your body gets up anyway. Your body walks on busted legs and you feel the pain. You have no control over where you look, you see everything, unless you are the lucky zombie, who HAS NO EYES. Your mouth is wide open, your smell acute, as your face dives into a living person's intestines. I have always thought being alive in a paralyzed body would be scary enough.

    THE WOMAN WITH NO EYES
    There is a philosophical side to this also. Your brain remembers your previous life. You have days or weeks or years of nothing to do but think about your past and all the things you did wrong. King is the Ruler of this sort of fiction, when he writes about a woman, tied in bed and her dead husband on the floor, a man stuck in bed with a busted leg and a crazy lady taking care of him, a girl lost in the woods, a woman stuck in a car and a rabid dog outside, plus others. It makes you want to live your life a lot better, than they way you do now. Many people talk about going to heaven and you relive every minute of your life before you enter?

    Improvements
    This is the book I have been searching for and it is a great book. What a lot of people are not going to like, is that it is more of an anthology. As one reviewer writes, there is no story arch. For an hour or so, you following certain characters as they live the life of a zombie and than we move on to another story of another character and the two shall not meet. Only way to top this is to have a book, coming from the perspective of both the zombie and the chased, with a plot and the same characters throughout the book.

    Narrators
    They are all top notch.

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    Anthony Purcell 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "More gore-or than horror"

    I thought the concept behind this book was really well thought out and that the stories were definitely a unique perspective. However I felt that they were going for more of a shock value with the Gore then they were with the actual story. Still worthwhile read especially if you are JonesIng for a zombie fix

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    Sarah 04-20-17
    Sarah 04-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Concept, loss of an Opportunity"
    Would you recommend I, Zombie to your friends? Why or why not?

    As a novelty only, not as a fully formed novel.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Indifferent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a real lost opportunity for Hugh Howey. What a great idea for a novel, to create a story arch through the varied eyes of different zombies. I was excited at first, listening to it, but was saddened to learn it was just vignettes of different zombies. Even when zombies were returned to, there was no real story arch. Just zombie after zombie, regretting life choices, helpless to the desire to feed. I do love Hugh Howey though- just bummed out at this one.

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    Sonnya D Newark, NJ 07-09-16
    Sonnya D Newark, NJ 07-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A Zombie book for the living not the undead!"

    This book relates to us as living creatures and our dowfalls as human beings. Take the chance to live and not merely exist. Don't wait until regrets about a life that will never be are the only thoughts left...

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    Nate 02-12-16
    Nate 02-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely a new perspective."
    If you could sum up I, Zombie in three words, what would they be?

    For the three words, I'd have to say: Contained, Different, and Interesting.


    Would you recommend I, Zombie to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would but only to someone who is a solid zombie fan. It's a decent book, I really did like the perspective of seeing life from zombies view rather than the survivors. It was a good change, to the zombie world.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This was definitely the best part of the book, for each individual character there is a new narrator. It's easy to keep track of who is who and you really get a strong feeling of a characters personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Um.. I'm gonna have to go with no. I mean if I really wanted to I could have done it, but the book just doesn't that kind of draw to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Garvey 01-19-16
    K. Garvey 01-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "More gore than I can handle."

    I love Hugh Howey and a good zombie novel, but for me this was too gory. A different kind of zombie novel, told by those trapped in the bodies of the dead. Much of the story was very repetitive- a lot of shuffling and moaning while thinking of the past. Story never really moved forward. Narration was good.

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    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 08-30-15
    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 08-30-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Not Even A Little Offended"

    The synopsis of this book warned that I would be offended, but I was not offended. However, This collection of zombie stories has definitely changed my perception of zombies in general. I will never look at or think of zombies in the same way again. Hugh Howey is genius! And just to continue with my own humble opinion, the story of "Jeffery Biggers" narrated by Adam Lazarre-White, was my favorite in the collection and I will be putting Adam on my list of narrators to watch out for!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paulx 02-04-15
    Paulx 02-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly unique"

    So cool to get a zombie book with an extreme twist from the norm. I really like zombie titles that bring new facets to the genre. This being from the zombies perspective fits the bill wonderfully. I was initially disappointed because it seemed each story was going to be 10 minutes long (or so) . But they take turns telling a story from this person then the next then back to the first so there is still character development. Not sure why they broke up each story but it doesn't take away from the book. And didn't make their story's hard to follow. If you like innovative ideas i feel this will satisfy you and most zombie enthusiasts. Thank you for reading my review hope it helps.

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    Quanked Scribe 02-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling, but not for the Faint Hearted"
    What made the experience of listening to I, Zombie the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the many different narrators for the different personalities in the story -- Not confusing at all. Actually, it would have been confusing if it was all narrated by one person


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Zombie?

    Hard to say.


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

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I found the idea inrtiguing and the stories oddly compelling. The individuals certainly speak with different "voices." I applaud the author on making the individuals realistic.

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    Peter Tersteeg 06-16-14
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    "Kind of made me feel sick.."
    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Excellent variety by the narrators, they all did an excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me feel kind of sick, which I think was the intention. It goes a long way to describing the different mental results of the characters as they're taken along for the ride as a zombie prisoner.
    I was especially creeped out by the older woman who enjoyed being a zombie because she was no longer frail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Didn't work for me"

    I enjoyed Hugh Howey's Wool trilogy immensely and I thought this one would be a pretty good read but it just didn't do anything for me.

    There is no real plot just the point of view of several 'zombies' told as short interludes in what seems a complete mish-mash of ideas. The narration on the whole is very good but the actual stories seem somewhat rushed & unfinished.... Disappointing

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  • Lee
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    "An excellent addition to my Zombie book collection"

    I love all things Zombie but until now I've never come across a novel told from the Zombies point of view. Okay you could argue that Warm Bodies and the tv prog I Zombie did but meh!

    Told in short chapters, this is a novel which leaves nothing out and yes it is gory and it does leave you with a horrible taste in your mouth but for me that's what a zombies life would be like. Imagine being totally unable to die and feel your body rotting away this is what this book totally does it brings you right into a ZA. It's visceral, bleak and actually funny in places.

    Some of the stories did make me cringe and I did have to put the book down now and again but that's what a horror story should make you do. It should make your imagination work over time and it did especially when I had the lights off.

    I really enjoyed some of the back stories and I groaned at some of the bad choices made which resulted in the person becoming a zombie thinking that I wouldn't make that mistake! I'm actually sad I've finished it and I will re-listen to it again.

    Now I will just have to look for more like this....

    Well worth the money/credit..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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