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Esmeralda, one of the human survivors of an apocalyptic war, now lives a precarious life as a servant to a family of zombies. She knows she’s better off than many other humans, who are imprisoned in breeding camps and slaughtered for food. Her masters treat her well, and their young daughter reminds Esme of her own little girl, killed during the war. But Esme can’t forget everything she’s lost—or the knowledge that her masters could turn on her at any moment. When rebels interrupt the zombies’ supply of human food, Esme’s position becomes even more dangerous. And this time, the price of survival may be more than she is prepared to pay.

©2015 Marc Johnson (P)2017 Marc Johnson

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Too Short

I love a good zombie story. So 'The Living Remnants' was right up my ally. That said, the story felt short (even for a short). Just as I was really getting into it, it ended. Despite that, I still enjoyed it. If you want a short story about the undead then this is the book for you!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Zombies in charge?

Esmeralda (Esme) is a servant to a wealthy household of zombies. Yes, you read that right! After a war, the zombies are in charge and humans are their servants and their food.

Esme stays with the family in order to survive, but she also loves the young daughter, Lizzy, who reminds her so much of her own dead child.

The story is very short and I could see it being fleshed out (sorry!) into a much longer book. But, the poignancy of the tale, the sorrow that it evoked, was wonderful. I would love to know more of the background to the war that is mentioned and how the zombies came to be in charge. All in all, a good quick read if you enjoy zombies.

The narrator's voice was just right for Esme's and added to my enjoyment of the book. I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

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i want more! more motr motrz

there coyld been so much more to the story. i eas really getting into itbabd iymrx over. govr ud more. CHARECTERS R PERFECT! RED5ER IS PERFECT. I NEED MORE.

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Seems like this should be a longer story...

Having read/listened to a fair number of zombie books during the past few years, I thought that the idea for this short story was interesting. Like some other reviewers, I would have been greatly interested in a longer, more developed story (no, I do NOT want to say 'a more fleshed out story'...). I don't work in the publishing world, but it almost seems that this short story is a concept pitch for a longer novel or series. We're introduced to some characters, at at least one of them (the mailman) is built up as being a possibly key character only to suddenly disappear from the story line. In a full-length book or series, I suspect his presence and role would become more important to the plot/action. The final scene left us hanging deliberately, and (subjectively speaking) I'm not a big fan of this technique. I think that the author might have moved us forward a wee bit more in the plot before winding down the story. Also, since it was a short story, I'm not sure that it was necessary to introduce two related-but-separate plotlines (rebellion and starvation) - if this were a full length novel, the author could have developed both of these plotlines. But since it's only a short story, neither plotline wound down to a satisfactory conclusion (the rebellion plotline sort of disappeared). Again, I think that it would be a much better story as a full-length novel (or a series, but I confess I may be experiencing zombie series fatigue and might prefer a single-book story).

The narration was okay. The narrator's voice was consistent with the image I mentally formed for the heroine. I have a personal preference for female voices that are less sweet-and-innocent sounding, but that's just a subjective opinion. The narrator voiced the different characters well, trying to make them sound like zombies. Since I have absolutely no preconceived idea of what a zombie might sound like, her interpretation worked fine!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 01-08-18

wish it was much longer

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I thought this was pretty good for a half hour long story. It kind of felt like a part of a much longer story. I liked the premise of humans as slaves/food to zombies.

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What if the zombies rule and we served?

This is a short story through the eyes of a woman that survived the zombie wars. She now serves the zombies and reflects on her current life, some experiences during the war, and her fears of the future. While this book is extremely short, it does make you stop and think what it would be like to be in this situation. I for one would not be nearly as calm as this woman was!

I was given this audio book for free in exchange for this unbiased review.

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Not bad

Did I love it? No but it wasn’t bad either. Just can’t expect a lot from such a short story. I like the idea of he story and it could be ‘fleshed’ out a lot. I can see the inspirations that stemmed from other stories & genres that the author may have pulled from. The ending definitely needs a better conclusion. Sure we can come up with our own ending but that doesn’t give a definite conclusion.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the publisher/author but voluntarily give my honest review.

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A concept that is much larger than the word count

*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is it.

Esme has a job to do. She is very lucky to even have one after the war and losing her family. She misses her daughter terribly and that’s part of the reason she stays at her job with Lizzie instead of leaving to join the Living Remnants.

A very well done short with a concept that is much larger than the word count would indicate. The narration was a bit clunky in parts and almost threw me off a few times, but hung in there and was glad I did. Looking forward to more from this author.

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Sorrowful and powerful

It's hard to believe that such a short story can draw you in so completely, but I found myself shouting NO! when the story ended. I wanted more. I was already attached to the characters in such a relatively short period of time.

I love Marc Johnson's style and the narration by Louise Cooksey was compassionate and moving.

I look forward to hearing more from this wonderful author. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Marcus
  • East Coast, USA
  • 12-20-17

Feels like a slice of a larger pie

This story follows a human servant, Esmeralda, as she tends to her day-to-day responsibilities while an uprising against the zombie population takes place. Imagine following a small town individual during something major like the events in Godzilla or Independence Day, and you'd get the gist.

The story was both unique in terms of the POV as well as the take on the Zombie Apocalypse. It felt like it was part of a larger "universe", and probably could be expanded on quite a bit, but I think if the author ever did that, he should follow another character -- perhaps the delivery man -- as this one is perfectly-contained. I love that the ending leaves much to the imagination.

The narrator did an OK job. Was a bit saccharin/generic though.

I was provided this audio book free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review.