We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Z Children: Awakening, Book 1 Audiobook

Z Children: Awakening, Book 1

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Our kids are no longer our future. They're our demise.

Humanity's advancements in medicine, meant to eliminate disease and extend life, have led to a macabre reality of childhood vaccinations gone terribly wrong. Kids have transformed, changed into ravenous beasts that are nightmarishly quick, disproportionally strong, and void of empathy. No amount of planning or preparation could have saved the human race against this unexpected attack, centralized in the heart of every human home, and the US is quickly thrown into a chaos of Z Children. By the end of the first day, the entire world is jolted into a veritable hell on earth. Yet, there are survivors - individuals who, by luck, skill, or circumstance, lived through the initial wave of destruction. These 'lucky' ones will join together, bonded in their quest for survival. They will try to maintain their humanity in a world where children have graduated from bubble baths to blood baths. And they will try to find an answer to the only question that matters: What will tomorrow bring?

©2015 Eli Constant, B.V. Barr, Cosmo Constant Books (P)2016 Eli Constant, B.V. Barr, Cosmo Constant Books

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (38 )
5 star
 (15)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.2 (38 )
5 star
 (15)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.3 (38 )
5 star
 (17)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    ANGIE 08-01-16
    ANGIE 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    276
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    90
    57
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Surprised that I loved it so much!"
    Any additional comments?

    First, let me note that I received this audiobook for free through AudibookBoom, in exchange for an honest review. So I really wasn't expecting much. So many authors are jumping on the zombie band wagon, turning out pretty poor imitations of the greats. But I was bored, nothing to listen to, and there was this book that I could listen to for free. So why not?
    Zombie children?.....yah, I wasn't expecting much. But I absolutely LOVED it! I turned it on and didn't stop until the 6 hour, 11 minute mark! (I fell asleep at 2 a.m.) Got up the following day and finished the remaining hour. I couldn't put it down. If book 2 was out, I would have immediately paid a full $15 audible credit for it!
    I won't go into details about the story line. I'll just keep it short with: All of the children that got their vaccinations, turned into zombies. Boom, the zombie apocalypse.
    There were just a few, tiny little details that needed editing. I'm only mentioning them, so that if the author reads this, he can make sure to maybe have someone else proofread the next book. A female character was listening to her mom's voice mail, that she's listened to a hundred times because her mom died a month after leaving it. A short while later in the book, this character is talking about her parents currently being in a retirement home/community and hope they'll be ok during the zombie outbreak. Mom died a little while back, so she can't be in the retirement home now.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 07-29-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1855
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    451
    446
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    81
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Zombie Children."

    Ok, I admit, I wasn't too sure about this when I first saw it because I always have a hard time with Zombie kids, but it sounded good and had some amazing reviews. So anyway, I started it with trepidation but found myself devouring it!!!

    How the virus came to be was unique. It is easy to imagine it happening. Seeing the kids go from being sick and turning into monsters was hard but it was so well done and so well written that it made for an amazing book.

    I adored all the characters! Susan, with the help of her dad, is taking her two kids to the doctors for their injections, but once there, she sees the place is packed with sick kids. She waits for a while but when a child bites someone and things escalate, she grabs her kids and her father and gets out of there, but where can they go when it seems that kids everywhere are turning into monsters?

    Sherry, Susan's best friend, owns a kids clothing store and is opening up when a mum comes in with her kids. One of them had gotten sick all over himself on the way to school so she stopped at the shop to pick up something. Sherry notices that some of the kids look really ill, but it's not till one starts attaching the mum that Sherry realises things are bad. The child that got sick initially seems ok, so Sherry grabs him and they try to escape.

    We also have a drifter and his dog, a young girl who has had a hard life but is forced to do things to survive, a martial arts/fitness instructor and a doctor. All of these experience the outbreak in different ways and all have to survive a world gone mad.

    Anyway, this book was heartbreaking because I couldn't imagine something like this happening to my kids, but it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. It's bad enough reading or watching a movie that has scary ass kids in it, but reading a book with scary ass, smart, strong Zombie kids in it, just gave me the heebie jeebies!!! I literally couldn't put this down because I had to see what happened next, it was so well written and developed and I devoured it!!! That ending though!!! I need the next one!! Highly recommend.

    Johnny Mack read this really well. Most of the characters were female but it didn't matter. The narrator made this play out as a movie in my head. I never once thought that a female narrator would be better. He had plenty of tones and cadences and his female tones were amazing actually!! Thoroughly enjoyed his performance!

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elaine M. 07-25-16
    Elaine M. 07-25-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    75
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    129
    78
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Definately a Must Read!!!!!"
    Where does Z Children: Awakening rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Z Children ranks among the top 10 of all the audiobooks I have listened to which is quite expansive. The brilliant writing and narration combined makes this story a perfect 5 stars for me. I will be definitely listening to this book again.


    What other book might you compare Z Children: Awakening to and why?

    I would compare Z Children to the Wormwood series. Although in Wormwood, there are no children zombies but there are adult zombies, creative characters, intrigue, suspense and horror as there is in this book. I was never a Zombie Apocalypse reader before but Z Children and Wormwood have definitely drawn me in.


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Mack – was your favorite?

    There was no one character I would say was my favorite. Johnny Mack did an excellent portrayal of all characters. Between the writing of Eli Constant & B V Barr and the phenomenal narration of Johnny Mack, I felt as if I was part of the story because the story was written from a first person point of view and Johnny Macks' delivery was impeccable. Johnny adds intensity, suspense, fear and terror to the story with his outstanding narration. Mr. Macks' superb delivery of this story will capture and grip you right from the beginning and will draw you into the story and keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Johnny Mack is a MASTER of his trade when it comes to narration. I will be looking for other books performed by Mr. Mack.


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

    This was a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting and did as such. My mistake was listening to it right up until bedtime. The storyline and characters are so well written and realistic that I had nightmares of these Z children coming after me. I absolutely loved this book and recommend it highly to anyone who appreciates a good Zombie Apocalypse book. This is beyond good ... it is excellent. I am impatiently and anxiously awaiting book 2 because the ending has me wondering.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    willee 07-22-16
    willee 07-22-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    231
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    684
    238
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "SCARY ZOMBIE KIDS"

    This is a typical and GOOD zombie book with a twist it is zombie children. There is gore and horror as kids act like your typical adult zombies after vaccines. I highly recommend it for zombie addicts and look forward to next book. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. Thank you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 05-25-16
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 05-25-16 Member Since 2016

    The world's fastest fatman specialising in reviewing new and or unreviewed zombie titles see more at audiblereviews dot org

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1311
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    148
    104
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    65
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great surprise!"

    This is the first zombie genre book which I have read or listened to which is focused on a outbreak within the kids. It is a novel approach. To be totally honest I was a little hesitate in purchasing this one because I thought the little kids thing would be to stressful for me... I know I am a big baby, well that is what my wife says!

    I needed have been worried because it wasn't the zombie children that caused me the tension. That side of things was handled brilliantly! The only tension I had was with some of the characters, perhaps a little to stereotyped, one sided, a little to extreme to be believable! But boy did they suck me in! Right from the start! There is just the right amount of detail in each encounter with a zombie. I also liked how the story switched from chapter to chapter to a different perspective, this really helped with the character development. The use of humour is good, it is not like a Jake Bible's use of humour in 'Z-Burbia' but enough to break the tension and stress.

    This turned out to be one of those stories that I wished I could have listen to in one sitting. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for a second in the series.

    Narrator Johnny Mack only has one other title on audible. I found his voice pleasant to listen to but way to slow. Easily listened to at 1.5x speed, but probably best suited for 1.25x speed. I just couldn't handle listening to it at normal speed. I am not to sure if it just the fact I downloaded the audio at standard quality or if I just got a dud download, but every time the narrator spoke I could hear static. It was distracting with a good quality set of earbuds. But not as obvious if I listened to it with earphones or a speaker. It certainly shouldn't turn you off from buying it, but it has made me reconsider my choice of quality settings when I download from now on. The narrator had to do multiple characters with multiple genders and I think he did an excellent job! I would have no hesitation with purchasing a book narrated by Johnny Mack. I hope he continues to pick quality titles like this one in the future!

    A definite two thumbs up from the worlds fastest fatman!

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 08-16-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 08-16-17 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

    HELPFUL VOTES
    10586
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1202
    1137
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    969
    22
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "nightmare of a world thrown into chaos"

    After taking their standard vaccines, millions of children are transformed into zombies.  They are fast and deadly and those they bite also turn into zombies.  The story follows several characters as they face the nightmare of a world thrown into chaos:  A single mother of two and her aging father, a children’s clothing store owner, a 12-year-old girl orphaned by the zombies, a homeless shell-shocked veteran, a love-sick pediatrician and an Argentinian martial arts expert.  Their paths cross as they try to escape the ravages of their hungry attackers.

    It is a unique approach to how zombies are created, but other than that, there isn’t too much that is new.  The survivors break into stores for food, water, and supplies, grab guns and knives and kill the zombies by destroying their brains.  They feel guilty killing zombie kids, but do what they have to to survive.

    Most of the book is spent introducing each character.  There is action, but it is often stalled by long winded introspection on the part of each character, their many insecurities, and self-doubt.  There are several attempts at humor, but these seem to miss a lot of the time.

    The story is performed by Johnny Mack.  He has a pleasant voice, but doesn’t add much to the story.  As most of the characters are female, the story might have been better served with a female narrator.  His character voices are fine and there is no mistaking who is speaking, but there is not a lot of drama in the narration.

    Overall, this is a rehash of the standard zombie apocalypse story.  It is book one in a series of unknown length, so the story may evolve now that the characters have been established.   It attempts to end with a cliff-hanger but instead ends abruptly and unsatisfyingly.  It may be unfair to judge the series based on the first book, but that’s all we have at the moment.  For many listeners it may not hold enough interest to continue on.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 07-26-17
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 07-26-17 Member Since 2009

    word man

    HELPFUL VOTES
    113
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    925
    223
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Pretty good opener to a new series."

    A common vaccination given to children goes horribly wrong. Children are changing into raging flesh-eating monsters. There are several sub-plots of survivors who managed to avoid or escape the zombie children. The book rotates through these sub-plots as people flee infected areas and look for safety. A pretty good opener to a new series. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Heather M Leal Houston, TX 01-18-17
    Heather M Leal Houston, TX 01-18-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    37
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A different kind of zombie..."

    This book raises the question, what if children were the cause of the zombie apocalypse? What would you do if your child was suddenly one of the undead? It was a different take on the zombie fiction genre and was quite refreshing. I enjoyed the storyline of most of the characters. It skipped around quite a bit and I felt some of the time was wasted on characters who didn't make it very far into the book. Why invest us in someone who is just going to die within a few chapters? I enjoyed the narrator's voice very much. He did a great job with all of the character voices, which helped to enhance the book overall.

    I received this audio book at no charge via AudioBookBoom in exchange for my honest review, and honestly I would have been happy to pay for it. In fact, I want to download the sequel now, it was that good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shanna Tidwell Ft Worth, TX 11-08-16
    Shanna Tidwell Ft Worth, TX 11-08-16

    sltid9763

    HELPFUL VOTES
    57
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    108
    84
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another great zombie book"

    I loved the zombie children in the TW Brown series The Dead so this wasn't anything new for me. This was a great book & I look forward to the next installment.
    There were a few things that made me scratch my head but overall it was excellent. I'm a zombie, apocalypse SHTF book fiend.
    You will not be disappointed.


    I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ST 08-10-16
    ST 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    93
    57
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "zombie kids.."

    I received this audiobook for free through AudibookBoom, in exchange for an honest review. I also got an recommendation from zombie book of the month on Facebook. over all it was a good story creepy gory and who would not be scared of zombie kids. having a man voice for the girls chapters was a bit off listen to it sometimes I forget who the character was. if you like zombie story's them read this a little different then some other zombies story's

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.