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Zombies have killed everyone in the Benton household - all except 20-something Jennifer. She's escaped her bedroom, but what now? Waterbank, Illinois, is overrun. Where can she go?

A chance encounter with seven other young survivors points her toward Texas. A charismatic, handsome young man named Mark says he can lead them all to his family's ranch. He's sure they'll be safe there. Jennifer wants to trust him, with her life and possibly her heart.

There's no place else to go, there's no way to escape the zombies but through, and there's no telling if Jennifer and Mark will live long enough to act on the emotion building between them.

©2014 Jolie du Pre (P)2014 Jolie du Pre

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  • jami
  • hiawatha, ia, United States
  • 10-25-14

A decent zombie story

Where does Benton: A Zombie Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a quick listen, with mild gore and some interesting characters. Definitely not as deep as many of the other zombie books I have listened to, but it was still enjoyable. There are many different characters with different motives all tossed together and it works.

Which character – as performed by Angie Hickman – was your favorite?

Angie Hickman did a good job with different voices, and made the annoying character have an annoying voice. Is it wrong to want a character to die because you don't like the voice? Since Katie has a tendency to freeze up, I don't see her lasting all that long in a future book.

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

I did listen to it in one sitting, multiple times.

Any additional comments?

This audio book was provided by the author for an honest review.

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Benton: A Zombie Novel

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

Yes. this was a good story and the first audio book I have listened too. I was able to just close my eyes and listen to the story and pictured it all as if I was watcing a movie.

What did you like best about this story?

The consant changing problems that the group always was running into. Zombies every where and trying to find a safe place to stay and not get eaten. You were always waiting for something to go wrong or someone to get taken out b a zombie or their self.

Which character – as performed by Angie Hickman – was your favorite?

It was a toss up between a few. Angie had some interesting voices. This mae it easy to know wat character was speaking.

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

Yes. Angie Hickman reading this story so well made it very easy to listen to and she read it at a nice speed that didn't leave you wanting replay someting cause you didn't catch a part of it.

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Benton, VOL 1

If you could sum up Benton: A Zombie Novel in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, intrigue & Romance.

What did you like best about this story?

I Like the character development, The author creates characters that you love or hate almost instantly, good story plot and a goal, also events seemed realistic as they might happen during an apocalyptic event.

What does Angie Hickman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't know if i can say Angie Hickman brings anything to the story that I would have missed reading the book, As I did read the book, I am an Avid reader. but I must say absolutely nothing is lost with Angie reading the book she reads at a tone and pace that just feels right. some narrators try to read to fast some are slow, But Angie's pace matches just right with the way the book is written. I would listen to other books read by her she has an easy to listen to voice and yet is clear and concise so that nothing of the meaning of any of the dialogue is lost.

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

yes I actually listened to it twice as the first time I was distracted being the driver for DR visits. so when I got home I finished then restarted and listened in one sitting I can do it in one sitting or broken up by Real Life events but found this more enjoyable in one quiet listen

Any additional comments?

I hope whatever deal Jolie has/had with Angie is good for all the books in the series, I hate when narrators are changed in the middle of a series it just gums up the works

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A Zombie book for 12 year olds

No horrible but obviously not researched or thought out. This is another teenage angst, the zombie apocalypse is such a great matchmaker.

Dr. A

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Yawn of the Dead

This book has horrible narration and storylines that defy common sense. So much so that I was ashamed to even keep it in my library. I really think a horror loving 10 year old would be critical of this book. The only good thing I can say is that it was short and didn't waste too much of my time. Save your money and time.

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Not a great book for audio format.

The storyline was alright, and the narrator did a pretty good job.

Unfortunately, I found the way the story was written (in the format of the main character "Jennifer" telling this story) was very difficult to listen to.

Way too many pauses for:
<blah blah "he said">
<but, blah "she responded">
<blah! "I said">
<blah blah blah "he said...">
<blah blah "I say">

And so on, and so on...

I think I may have enjoyed it more if I read the book instead of listening.

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More survival story than zombie bash

Set in modern-day small town Illinois, Jennifer Benton must first escape her house. Everyone she knows, including her family, have turned into zombies. She’s been holed up in her room for weeks, with her zombie mother right outside waiting for something living to cross her path. But escape she does and a chance encounter puts her in a closed garage with 7 other folks. Now, they must make a plan for the future as supplies won’t last forever, especially with winter coming on.

This is another fun addition to the zombie genre. Jennifer Benton is easy to connect with and isn’t a silly lass. In fact, she is quite practical and willing to add to her list of skills, zombie killing being at the top. She’s in her early 20s, so she’s past the silly teen stage yet still young enough to know how tender and encompassing love (or lust) can be. And with the handsome Mark around, there is definitely temptation.

While this book does has a romantic plot line to it, there is so much more going on. Primarily, it is a survival story. Can Benton trust everyone in their little group? Probably not, much to everyone’s woe. Then there are the roving bands of other humans to consider. And those pesky zombies. Since many of their group are locals, killing zombies is a bit emotionally draining as they were once friends or family. I am glad the author explored that aspect of it.

There is one sex scene and it is sweet. However, we’re shown how the man will be pleased, and only told how the woman was pleased after the fact. I would have liked a little more equality there as media in general tends to shy away from the female orgasm. I think we all know that more humans would benefit from some instructive fiction in how to obtain a female orgasm.

Overall, this was a great addition to the survival genre with focus on human interactions and trust. It steered away from the gory horror of zombies that many zombies books focus on.

Narration: Angie Hickman was a good choice for Jennifer Benton. She had a young woman’s voice but didn’t sound like a teen. Hickman also had distinct voices for both male and female characters.

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fun

Well done great listen! I enjoyed this one it was not overdone! I was given the book free for honest reveiw and i would love to hear more from both the writter and the narrator was top of the line!

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Zombies are great!

Would you listen to Benton: A Zombie Novel: Volume One again? Why?

Not yet, obviously, as I haven't yet read book two, but oh my gosh! What a great story!

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are very fully 'fleshed out', and easily loved. The burgeoning relationship, between Jennifer and Mark, is remarkable under the circumstances.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene occurred toward the middle of the book, when Eli got bitten. I hate to give spoilers, so that is all I'm going to say!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The zombie apocalypse is NOT just for men anymore. Move over tough guy, and get ready for some girl power!

Any additional comments?

I truly enjoyed the voice of the narrator, Angie Hickman. Her delivery is flawless and diverse. Her amazing range is well employed in this story

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Great story!

Would you consider the audio edition of Benton: A Zombie Novel: Volume One to be better than the print version?

I don't know because I have not read the book.

What does Angie Hickman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The characters are all very different, some you love, some are frustrating and others you could easily hate, however, the narrator Angie Hickman does a wonderful job of giving them all very distinct voices and makes this audiobook very pleasant to listen to.

This is the first audiobook in this series and the combination of Jolie Du Pre’s writing and Angie Hickman’s narration work very well together.

Any additional comments?

I have to say first off that I really liked this audiobook, it is really enjoyable to listen to and what made it even more pleasant, in my opinion, is the fact that it does not go overboard with graphic blood and guts descriptions but instead focusses on building up a really good story and characters.

At the beginning we meet Jennifer Benton hiding in her bedroom in Waterbank, Illinois. She’s hiding from her mother who has, like most of the people around been turned into a zombie. But she can’t hide forever, and so she makes a break for it and thus begins her adventures.

Soon she has the good fortune to meeting up with a group of other young people. Preparing well, they decide to make a run for it to Texas where one of them, Mark has a family ranch. However, the trip has many surprises in store for them as they discover other survivors, get to know each other, and their true natures come to the surface...