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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Joshua
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 04-20-12

Not A Typical Zombie Tale

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

I shied away from this book multiple times because I didn't think the idea of a 15 kid trying to avoid working in the family business sounded like a compelling zombie story.<br/><br/>I was wrong.<br/><br/>I finally gave in and listened.This story is just as much about zombies and the world after the dead rise, as it is about honor, bravery, evil, justice, love and family.<br/><br/>What a refreshing take on the genre. Not only do we get hordes of Ramero-style lumbering zombies, but we are also treated to a story about right and wrong and having the strength to overcome fear and the status quo.<br/><br/>Rot & Ruin didn't quite have me as soon as I started listening, but it had me pretty early on in the story. The work of the author and the narrator wove together to create a world in which it was quite believable that such things might be happening. That's not to say I didn't find faults with the book, I just don't think they impacted the overall experience enough to warrant mention.<br/><br/>Check it out for yourselves.

What did you like best about this story?

The fresh take on the struggle to survive in a world full of the undead.

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

ROT & RUIN: THE UNDEAD AREN'T THE ONLY MONSTERS OUT THERE.

Any additional comments?

Use your credit, and get this book.

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  • valarie
  • hollister, ca, United States
  • 04-18-12

Terrific Teen Zombie Series!

Would you consider the audio edition of Rot & Ruin to be better than the print version?

I definitely like the audio versions better than the print versions because the narrators bring more emotion to the book and give more insight to the characters.

What other book might you compare Rot & Ruin to and why?

This is not a story line I have read before, it is original to me.

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

Emotion, clarity, understanding

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

Yes and I could not wait for the next book to come out to find out what happens!

Any additional comments?

I listened to this because my ten year old wanted to listen so I needed to check it out first. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would!

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Make this into a movie

Like others, I picked this story to listen to because I had just finished the Joe Ledger series and wanted more of the same. Surprisingly, it's not anywhere near the same but I still found myself listening to this story whenever I could -- to and from work, mowing the lawn, running. Maberry does an excellent job of creating interesting characters and telling the story from the perspective of a teenager. As zombie thrillers go, this story pulls you in and gives depth to the dead as well as the living. I would love to see this made into a movie or TV series. As for the narrator, he does a great job save for a few instances where I felt the author had different intentions with the tone of the story.

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  • wayne
  • cramerton, NC, United States
  • 02-13-12

A Zombie storie about people

What did you love best about Rot & Ruin?

the mora brothers, and the zom cards

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rot & Ruin?

Benny the zombie killer. And the Lost girl

What about Brian Hutchison’s performance did you like?

with great drama

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

this book made me bouth cry and laugh

Any additional comments?

Jonathon Mayberry is fast becoming my most read author. make it must to read Dust and decay as will

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Very entertaining listen

Rot and Ruin is a great book if you just want some light entertainment for a while. It mixes the fantastical (zombies) with the everyday and paints a real world picture at how life would be with the living dead. The love story is a little dumb and unnecessary but it doesn't detract from the main story. Overall I liked it very much and was happy that there was a sequel. (Dust and Decay) Performance gets only three stars because the narrator would speak in his regular even voice when trying to convey yelling or some other elevated emotion. It sort of took away from the suspense of the moment. Otherwise he did a great job. I recommend this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Zombie Story!

This story follows teenager, Benny Imura, who has lost both of his parents to the zombie infection. The story starts out with Benny’s teenaged boy attitude and his need to find a job. He doesn’t like his older brother, has no respect for him, and doesn’t really understand what his brother does. He searches out all of the other jobs available and finally decides he has to go out with his brother into the place referred to as the ‘Rot and Ruin’ and learn the family trade.

Outside the walls of their city, zombies walk around in the Rot and Ruin and will go after anything that moves, makes loud noises, or smells good to eat. There are also some other people out there and they can be just as dangerous as the zombies. Benny starts getting real lessons in what his new zombie-infested world is all about.

I really enjoyed this story. I had some reservations when it started off and I got to know Benny a little, but once the story took off, I was hooked. These aren’t your typical zombies and this isn’t your typical zombie story. The world created by Jonathan Maberry was very well done and I was left wanting more!

Although this was the first book in a series, I was not left hanging with a giant cliff hanger. I was left with the feeling that I had just heard a really good story and wanted more. I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series, Dust and Decay!

The Narration Review
Brian Hutchison has a nice, clear story telling voice that is very easy to listen to. Although he didn’t have a whole cast of character voices in his pocket, I could easily differentiate between people when they were speaking in dialog.

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Is this a children's book?

Would you try another book from Jonathan Maberry and/or Brian Hutchison?

I did not see in the description that this was a children's book but I certainly felt like it was.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Maberry again?

Would need to find some to borrow before wasting any more credits

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Hutchison?

ANYONE

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

Angry that I used a credit on it

Any additional comments?

DO NOT GET THIS IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR FICTION FOR ADULTS! I felt like I was sitting in an elementary school library being patronized by the reader

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dorothea
  • Willow, AK, United States
  • 10-08-11

Not Your Typical Zombie Story

Any additional comments?

This story follows teenager, Benny Imura, who has lost both of his parents to the zombie infection. The story starts out with Benny’s teenaged boy attitude and his need to find a job. He doesn’t like his older brother, has no respect for him, and doesn’t really understand what his brother does. He searches out all of the other jobs available and finally decides he has to go out with his brother into the place referred to as the ‘Rot and Ruin’ and learn the family trade.<br/><br/>Outside the walls of their city, zombies walk around in the Rot and Ruin and will go after anything that moves, makes loud noises, or smells good to eat. There are also some other people out there and they can be just as dangerous as the zombies. Benny starts getting real lessons in what his new zombie-infested world is all about.<br/><br/>I really enjoyed this story. I had some reservations when it started off and I got to know Benny a little, but once the story took off, I was hooked. These aren’t your typical zombies and this isn’t your typical zombie story. The world created by Jonathan Mayberry was very well done and I was left wanting more!<br/><br/>Although this was the first book in a series, I was not left hanging with a giant cliff hanger. I was left with the feeling that I had just heard a really good story and wanted more. I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series, Dust and Decay!<br/><br/>The Narration Review<br/>Brian Hutchison has a nice, clear story telling voice that is very easy to listen to. Although he didn’t have a whole cast of character voices in his pocket, I could easily differentiate between people when they were speaking in dialog. <br/>

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Yuriko
  • Fairfield, CA, United States
  • 07-31-11

Great coming of age book

You would think from the title and the premise, the story will be all Zombie attacks and fights all the way. It’s not. If you are not fan of the walking dead, please to not be deterred by the title. It’s a wonderful coming of age story with a zombie-infested apocalypstic-world twist. I eagerly await the sequel!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Angie
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 04-13-11

Loved it

Zombie apocalypse meets coming of age story. I loved the characters and I loved the story. I couldn't wait to get in my car in the morning and find out what Benny and Tom were up to next. The bad guys were rotten and the good guys noble. It was a little predictable in places but it was such a good story that I didn't care.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful