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Matt Danzig's ordinary day is horrifyingly disrupted when a mutated form of the H1N1 virus is unleashed on the world, turning those infected into "Mad Swine", a form of living zombie. Narrator Bernard Clark gives Matt a stoic, even voice and avoids dramatic flourishes, focusing instead on the descriptions of a society that has fallen apart. Matt must join with others in his community for shelter and security. As the violence and chaos grows around him, he discovers that the Mad Swine aren't the only monsters out there.

Publisher's Summary

People refer to the infected as "zombies" although that's not what they really are. The word zombie implies the infected have died and reanimated. The thing is, those infected with Mad Swine, they didn't die. They're still alive; they even breathe. They're just not human anymore. No one really knows how or why it started. What we do know is that the H1N1 virus - or the damn vaccinations that everyone so anxiously lined up for hours to get - mutated in a bad way. Now whether this mutation happened naturally, like the seasonal influenza does every year by changing its signature protein, or if it was the work of some mad dictator bent on bringing hell into the world by unleashing the bastardized disease, no one can say for sure. For Matt Danzig and the small community of Randall Oaks, the only thing that matters now is survival in this new world.

©2010 Steven Pajak (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Not bad!

First of the book starts out great. A man trying desperately trying to flee the city to reach his children during the beginning stages of the Zombie apocalypse. When I say desperately I mean this poor guy is extremely desperate. The first of the book is past paced frightening and very tragic. After finding his children he heads home to see his wife only to be met by his brother. This is where the book SLOWS down. The man settles as the leader in his home town. The rest of the book focuses on the adjustment period this town and man goes through. To me it was kind of boring but I heard part 2 picks back up!

The book is well written and character development is great. Dialog could be better in some places but it could be the way the narrator reads.

I will be moving on to book 2! Worth the credit if nothing else good is out.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark Mc
  • Southlake, TX, United States
  • 04-03-12

GREAT BOOK

I wasn't sure about this book after reading some of the reviews on another site, but I am so glad I got it. The story has a good flow and the narrator does a great job. It has ample character development. The story reminded me of Day by Day. With lots of other zombie books I find myself getting mad at the characters(and Author) for making stupid decisions just to make the story move a certain direction. This story has none of those stupid decisions and I'm looking forward to the next book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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look elsewhere

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i've read a few different zombie novels, and mad swine is somewhere close to the bottom. i think i somewhat liked it b/c it's different than the others. what i mean by different is the location. the main character lives in a suburb of chicago. can you imagine a worse place to live and try to survive in than a huge city.<br/><br/>the story starts as matt is at work. he's some kind of vp at a university in chicago. i was interested in how you escape and survive when you live in a suburb of one of the nation's largest cities.<br/><br/>everything else is typical. the infected want to eat you. matt has a military background of course. he carries a rifle in his trunk. he's a recent survivalist b/c of hurricane katrina. there are differences and infighting b/ween the different surviving groups. all standard zombie fare. ok, i can accept that.<br/><br/>i thought a place like chicago would be a hell zone, that the place would be infested with the infected! but he really has no problem getting where he tries to go. so, i started to lose interest when he's able to flee on a driving lawnmower. you'd think the infected would hear the noise and bum rush him. nope.<br/><br/>the only reason i finished listening was to see if there was anything new in learning how to survive in the suburbs of a huge city. nope. didn't learn a thing.<br/><br/>if you're new to zombie fare, try something else. if you need your zombie fix, then you'll get a watered down hit.<br/>

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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What happened to the story?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Errrrrrrt! This story comes to an annoyingly abrupt end! If they are trying to piggyback a sequel then they leave the reader with absolutely no conclusions to the impending problems of the main character. The narration is a little bland, monotone and no emotion. Understandably this isn't a pleasant story, but "I ummmmm took my SKS and shot the Zombie in the head, and zzzzzzzzzzzzz looked around for more because I was mad ........" Can't Jay Schneider or Ray Porter just narrate every book, they can make Mary Poppins exciting!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Finish the darn story and not leave the reader hanging!

What aspect of Bernard Clark’s performance would you have changed?

Retirement!

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

I did, because it was so short and slammed shut like the front door of the prom queen to the pimply freshmen!

Any additional comments?

Too many titles with audible, buy another Zombie book. Sorry to be so harsh.... Recommend, Beyond Exile, Patient Zero, or World War Z for the same or less amount of money. Great Books!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Basic ex special forces vs. zombies.

Not a life changing book, but a fun listen.
If you liked "One Second After" as well as "I am Legend" and "The Walking Dead"; I think you will like this book.
I am looking forward to new books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed.... VERY predictable. Credit Waste.

I love Zombie novels.The best part of the book was the reader. He actually tried to bring this book out from the shallow end of the pool. The overall story was weak and predictable. How I judge weakness in writing really has to to with the overuse of the f-bomb followed by other colorful language. I don't consider myself a prude but come on, what educated person talks like that? I had to get out my ear bud and take this one off the speakers in my home because I was embarrassed by the language and the writing. This one was phoned in. There are so many places that this one could have gone. But the author just decided to shoot this one in the foot and try to run a marathon on it. I want my money and the time I wasted listening to this back.... with damages.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lob
  • MI, US
  • 08-01-16

Fast action! Gripping

Fast moving. Gripping story telling. An everyman survival story told well and well narrated. Recommended!

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A real stinker!

What disappointed you about Mad Swine?

The story has no real focus on any Zombie action but rather the narrator just drones on and on about pointless things. The narrator sounds so bored and his attempt at character voices is annoying to say the least. I kept hoping for any real action and before I new it the book had ended.

What was most disappointing about Steven Pajak’s story?

No character development! I couldn't keep track of one guy from another but that could have been the narrators fault. Pointless descriptions of what people are wearing...really? Does that even matter during a so called zombie apocalypse?

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator may have helped.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sadly, No.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic Begining!

Where does Mad Swine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 10%

Any additional comments?

I have read this book twice and I have come to the conclusion that it is an extremely entertaining read. Yes there are a few flaws but if you let those ruin your experience it's your own fault. As a "Zombie" book it more than lives up to, and in many cases exceeds, my expectations of the genre.<br/><br/>I enjoy that the primary conflict in the novel is NOT the dead/infected but instead the humans of the neighboring communities. I enjoyed the development of the communities and experiencing their fragmentation and the attempt of one to assume dominion over the other.<br/><br/>I will be reading the second one soon!

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 04-12-12

One best left for weapons aficionados I think

I do not usually write critical reviews and shall start by saying that Mr Pajak is clearly a reasonably skilled author, the book is well written for the most part. However, I did not enjoy it beyond the first few chapters.

There is too little action for my taste but there is plenty of logistical planning and a lengthy weapons inventory check which runs on (and on) which will probably appeal to weapons enthusiasts.
The one thing that aggravated me throughout the story, more than anything else, was the fact that the victims of this disease are infected crazy people BUT they are referred to as creatures and at one point in the story, the main character says he can see a man slumped over in a car but he can't tell if 'it is human'. Well, excuse me but if they are infected people and not zombies, then they are all human!

There is limited female activity in the book, his wife who dies at the start, a lesbian couple and one other woman who is mentioned a couple of times but none of the women play much of a part in the story.

All in all it is pretty much a male strategy fest.

I am female though so I am probably biased.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful