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The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters

A Young Adult Zombie Novel
Narrated by: Erik Sandvold
Series: The Living Dead Boy, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
4 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Josh Rondell is 12 years old and known as the "living dead boy" due to his rampant love of all things zombie. As the head of the Zombie Hunters Club, he's obsessed with preparing for the zombocalypse. Though no one around him really believes that zombies will one day rise to devour the living, Josh is convinced it just might happen.

When zombies do shamble into his schoolyard, Josh finds himself the leader of the dwindling band of zombie hunters, and he is charged with protecting them all. Josh's baby brother, his closest friends, and the love of his young life try to survive as the undead take over their town. Trapped in his treehouse and surrounded by the dead, will Josh be able to save them all?

©2010 Rhiannon Frater (P)2012 Rhiannon Frater

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I absolutely couldn't take it any more.

What did you like best about The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters? What did you like least?

What did I like best? Not much. What did I like least? There are so many children in this book crying out for their parents. And when you listen to "Mama!" and "I want my dad!" over and over and over and over and OVER again it just made me cringe until I shut the book off half way. I don't know how the book ends but I hope the damn kids got eaten.

If you’ve listened to books by Rhiannon Frater before, how does this one compare?

I haven't.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His children's voice crying out for their parents. Over and over and over again. I just couldn't take it any more.

Did The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters inspire you to do anything?

Not listen to anymore young adult zombie novels ever again. They're like regular zombie novels only more annoying.

Any additional comments?

If you hate the obnoxious children the next table over in the restaurant then SKIP this book.

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Please never let me hear this Narrator again!

What would have made The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters better?

A different Narrator. The inflections on this guys voice is horrible. I don't know if a sample is offered, but before you purchase, get a sample listen.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Sandvold?

Cassandra Campbell did the "As the World Dies" Trilogy and she did an acceptable job.

Any additional comments?

I really think I could have enjoyed this book more but was too distracted by the Narrator. I found myself mimicking what he was saying back to him while driving alone in my car, I was that annoyed.

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Exciting YA Zombie Adventure!!!

I am a big fan of Rhiannon Frater, from her 'As the World Dies" series to her 'Hidden Necromancer' series and really looked forward to sharing her YA Zombie novel with others. I listened to this novel with my 3 nephews and we had a blast. Personally I hated the narrator, but he didn't seem to bother my nephews as they really got into the novel. We all felt the characters were very relatable, we have all had friends like each of the characters which made them feel more realistic than a lot of zombie books. Our favorite character was Josh, most annoying, Sam . . . but who hasn't known a kid like sam. Overall an excellent novel and a good one to share with the YA in your life. We are all looking forward to the next book in the series.

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good story.

The narrator really didn't do it for me, I found some of the character voices a little annoying and found myself easily distracted from the story, I had to keep backtracking. The basic overall story itself was good. I think it works well enough as a stand alone story or as a good start to the saga and look forward to hearing the rest of the story.

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not like as the world dies

did not like this series at all....maybe if it was another narrator it will have been different. just did not like his tone of voice when he was not reading in character. very hard time finishing this book i will not be listing to the other 2 in this series. his voice was a turnoff.

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This is a good, fast-moving book told from the perspective of a 12 year-old-boy. As such, the book is suitable for pre and early teens. Still, as an adult, I enjoyed the story. I think the author did a nice job of capturing the mind, attitudes, and abilities of this age group. Pre-teens are often brighter than we give them credit for and can see angles to situations that adults gloss over. The author brings to light in the protagonist's ability to see things and react differently than an adult would likely respond. The narrator has a pleasant voice and the audio was easy on the ears. Nice work.

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A great story

This is a great book, my children and I listened to it on car rides. Every time we got into the car to go any where they asked me to play the book for them. Such a great story. I really enjoyed the book from the point of view of kids and how they handled different situations. Rhiannon always has some kind of twist in her books that take them above and beyond others. Thanks for another great book!

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The littles are heros!

I have never read a zombie book where children were the main characters. This was a big surprise to me. The characters were likable and memorable. the story was well written with good timing. I found myself laughing out loud at the boys banter and physically flinching during scary parts! People die and get up and eat eat each other, and just because they are children, it dosen't matter! The narrator is clear speaking and clearly defined characters. He brought personality and life to the story! Really enjoyed the whole listen. Highly recommend!

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Living Dead Boy

The Living Dead Boy is a superbly narrated story of a zombie apocalypse as seen through the eyes of a brave young boy. It tells of Josh and his friends as they try to navigate a horror they had only seen in movies come to life. I truly felt for the kids as they struggle to come to terms with this new reality. Rhiannon Frater does an excellent job of telling Josh's experience of how he seen the start while keeping it PG which makes this story perfect for readers of all ages. I give this story 5 stars and recommend it to all young and old.

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The Living Dead Boy

Good start to this YA zombie apocalypse series. I read this last year and enjoyed it, but listening to it was so much better. I immediately started on the next audio book in the series. Author and narrator did a great job!