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Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin is his debut work for young readers. Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

©2010 Jonathan Maberry (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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Amazing book

This book was awesome, you could totally feel the emotions in a real form, especially between Tom and Benny! You won't regret reading this.

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Different but really good!

This is not a Joe Ledger type book, or any other Mayberry type book that I have read. It started out slow but it works itself into a great story that had me. I Finished this book in two days, it even had me crying in pain and joy... Jonathan Mayberry proves how incredibly we'll rounded he is with this book. I'm going to read the next in the series and I look forward to reading it again!

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it's kiddish

it's not your typical Jonathan Mayberry story. it's for Young adults just remember that

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Wonderful Story on how our World Might End!

I liked the narrator, what I like is that Jonathan Mayberry keeps the same narrator for the whole series. a
Again I would have like to have listen to these three books first since they are the beginning of the series. I listen to out of order. I probably will listen too whole series again they are that good for relisten.
Overall if you like books on how our World might End then these are exciting and excellently written.

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Middle of the road zombie story

It’s really hard to decide how I feel about this book. On one hand I like the story, it’s well written with a lot of action and adventure. I love zombie stories and it really does deliver on that level. On the other hand, I’m not too thrilled about the characters. Benny is your typical 15 year old who is a bit lazy and “me” centric which puts me off. Wrap in all the bad guys and the town which Benny and Tom talk down about and I just couldn’t really like anyone other than Tom and the lost girl. In the end I decided overall it was middle of the road in my humble opinion.

The narration was good, a bit slow, but Mr. Hutchinson does a good job with all the voices.

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  • PJ
  • 04-10-14

Teenage Angst

What disappointed you about Rot & Ruin?

The main character was such an immature teenage brat that I couldn't continue listening to his story.

What was most disappointing about Jonathan Maberry’s story?

The conflict was internal involving a character who I cared nothing about. Story otherwise didn't hold my interest, mostly due to the poor choice of protagonist.

What three words best describe Brian Hutchison’s voice?

voice acting OK

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment. Really like this author's other works.

Any additional comments?

Maybe a teenage audience would enjoy or relate to this story better. As an adult, I had no patience for the protagonist and his emotional problems, poor choices, bad role models, and negative attitude.

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Wonderful Brain Candy

Maberry, with his quick paced narrative style and good sense of character development, has written another action-packed page-turner and remains my favorite brand of brain candy.

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boys love this book

My students love this book so much that I have had to buy replacement hard copies and make sure I had the audio for non-print readers, so they could get in on the action, too.

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  • Michael
  • TAMPA, FL, United States
  • 01-12-14

Well, I got my zombie fix but that's about it.

The narrator of this story does three voices really well. An upper-middle class white guy, a Texan, and an Italian-American from Brooklyn. The only problem is, those seem to be the ONLY voices he can do, and every character is a variation of that. It really threw me when the narrator read that two characters were speaking Vietnamese.to each other, then turned and started speaking English. The accent used sounded like a west-Texan Marlboro Man.

As far as the story itself goes, it starts with a great idea and finishes strong. But like several other Maberry novels, there are just a few too many points thrown in that are just so, well, dumb, that it makes the novel less fun. Maberry also must have a thing with albinos, because this is the second novel of his where the bad guy has been one. Zombies become a secondary, even a tertiary plot device and really aren't that scary at all.

This is an average zombie book at best, so if you're buying it in hopes it will help give you a zombie fix, save it for a day when you can't find much else that's any better. As for me - I'll read the sequels just to see if they get any better. If Maberry's Joe Ledger series is any indicator though, the series started out as a zombie book and none of the rest had any zombies in them. What a rip off! I quit reading them.

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Great read!

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I really liked this book. I ordered it on a whim and wasn't sure what to expect. I have never read a zombie book before, and had no idea if the genre would pull me in. I really enjoyed this book. The relationships between the characters were strong, and I felt like I could feel their emotions. <br/><br/>The nararator did a really good job too! I really enjoyed his portrayl of the characters voices. I would definitely recommend this book! I already ordered the second book!