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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

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Surprised that I loved it so much!

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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? <br/>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! <br/>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. <br/>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.<br/>

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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children can be spooky!

Frist I have to say, that, I love that this book starts before everything turns crazy. So you totally understand why things go wrong! I love that. you get to hear ( read) while the main event starts to happen and the changes that are taking place instead of just starting when Zombie are running everywhere! WTG Eli.

this book was pretty good, I can totally understand who one doesn't want to hurt cute little Sally next-door; that you have known forever as a sweet little thing. How do you know its time to run her over with the car? when she decides you are her next meal, and will stop at nothing to eat you. great twist in the Zombie Gera.

The Narrator was NOT bad, but he was more like just reading me a story. It was mostly from a women POV so why use a man to read it? He does have a good voice tho :)


I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 07-26-17

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.

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Creepy twist to the zombie genre.

There are plenty of zombie books out there so it's always refreshing when someone puts a twist on it. And Z Children definitely has a nice creepy twist. What's that twist? It's right there in the title. Zombie children! Yeah we have adult zombies as well, but it's the kid zombies that are the truly dangerous ones! Come on, is there anything creepier than a 5 year old zombie?

Z Children is quite different from other zombie books I have read. This first book is a collection of stories about how various people deal with the start of the zombie apocalypse. (many of the characters are connected to each other in some way) Each of the stories had a unique group of characters and I honestly can't say which characters I liked the best, they all had compelling stories and I can't wait to see what happens to them next. The book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but that only makes me more anxious for the second book.

Z Children is the first book I've heard narrated by Johnny Mack and I must say I was quite impressed. He really brought the characters to life, and I will definitely check out more of his work in the future.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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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