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Rot & Ruin Audiobook

Rot & Ruin

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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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    AudioAddict 03-05-15
    AudioAddict 03-05-15
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    "Not as good as I expected"

    STORY (zombie fiction) - Audible categorizes this book as Teens Age 11-13, but I disagree. The main character (Benny) has just turned 15, and during the book he grows up in a very bleak California after the zombie apocalypse. I can definitely imagine adults enjoying this book if you are drawn to the subject matter. I am totally not a zombie listener, but I purchased this book because it seemed like it would have a good coming-of-age story underlying all the zombie violence. It does. Benny learns about survival, truth, morality and love. (This is definitely not a romance, but Benny does fall for a sweet girl).

    The problem I had with the story is that it moves slowly, IMHO. Yes, there's lots of zombie killing and action, and many people have given glowing reviews. Maybe I just dislike the zombie genre more than I think I do. Even though the story is sweet, it wasn't enough to hold my interest through all the action and violence. I will say that the book is well-written and has some great characters.

    PERFORMANCE - Good job, but nothing special about it.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this book for teens older than 13 and for adults, but you probably need to be someone who really enjoys zombie books to thoroughly enjoy this story. There's lots of gross zombie descriptions and lots of killing. Other than that, it's a pretty clean book -- no sex and only minor profanity, if any. This is Book 1 of a series, but it stands alone. I won't be continuing the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 05-22-15
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Written for teens/young adult"

    This is a good series. It is a young adult series and reads that way but it is very good.

    The reader isn't bad, but gets his voices screwed up a lot. Motor city hammers voice is just weird. Not horrible though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fractal 05-29-17
    Fractal 05-29-17
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    "The beginning of a great series!!!"

    As always, Mr Maberry delivers. The book is action packed from the start and keeps pace right to the end. The story of the sons of Echo Team's Sam Imura after Lucifer 113 gets off the leash on first night. The way the author brings all the different story chains together is fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Priepot 05-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Got me into the world of zombie fiction"

    I avoided books about zombies until Jonathan Maberry visited our school to talk to the students who had read Rot and Ruin. My eighth graders loved the book and, since teachers whose students went to his talk got to eat lunch with him, I decided to read it myself. I fell in love with the series and both my students and I devoured the rest of the books.
    I've since purchased all of the audiobooks and listened to them repeatedly. The narrator does a great job. The characters, altered world, thought-provoking scenes, and adventure keep you in their clutches and wanting more.

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    Gerry Prairie Grove, AR, United States 04-13-17
    Gerry Prairie Grove, AR, United States 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good and safe."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rot & Ruin to be better than the print version?

    I always enjoy audio books more than print versions. I listen while driving and working out. Great way to cover books.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This book is very safe to read. Nothing that would be considered too sexy or too gross. The story takes a bit to get started and to fill out, but when it does it becomes good. My personal taste in Z books is much more intense, but I still liked it. Hoping for more in next in the series.


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

    No, I wish it was, but it takes a bit to create momentum.


    Any additional comments?

    Kids could read this book with no worries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B M C 03-18-17
    B M C 03-18-17
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    "mediocre story"

    the narrator was fine. the story idea was interesting. the teenage angst was annoying. just wasn't something i wanted to listen to, a whiney teen. I also didn't like the "perfect" do-no-wrong hero's. it all just feel flat for me.

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    Kindle Customer 12-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not your regular zombie apocalypse story"

    I love Jonathan Maberry's work. This book was a coming of age story that takes place several years after the zombie outbreak. It has plenty of action and is character driven too. I can't wait for the next installment.

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    Amazon Customer 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "spectaculess"

    Love it so much
    it was bEUTIFUL
    but also sad
    this may be a really good TV show and I hope that I would like dust and delay as well thank you😁😂

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    Kim R. 09-13-16
    Kim R. 09-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Liked it, going for next in series!"

    This was an interesting new take on the ZA! We have all read a myriad of books that tell the ZA story from the beginning. This was refreshing because it tells the story about life 15 years after the upheaval. The author coaxes you into understanding a whole new viewpoint. Amazing! Beware it does start off slow, but hang in there it is worth the ride, your credit and your NEXT credit in my opinion!

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    Kandie Huntginton Beach, CA, United States 08-24-16
    Kandie Huntginton Beach, CA, United States 08-24-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Starts SLOW....."

    Starts slow but worth it if you hang with it. Zombie story with empathy - strange!

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