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Since its 2003 debut, Brian Keene's The Rising is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, inspired the works of other authors and filmmakers, and has become a cultural touchstone for an entire generation of horror fans.

The Rising is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

©2003 Brian Keene (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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The Rising Part I

As everyone else has mentioned this is a different take on zombies which is quite refreshing. Even if you remove the zombies from the story, the plot, although familiar, is enjoyable. The different style zombies adds a uniqueness to the story and I am sure the second and third book will only get better as we learn more about them. There were a few aspects of the book I didn’t care for, namely getting invested in characters only to have them die.
This isn’t a standalone book and I wasn’t aware of that until the very end. Really looking forward to the next one because this book ends like the season of your favorite tv show, incomplete and forcing you to wait eagerly for the next one.
Joe Hempel as always did a fantastic job and at this point if his name is on the book I know that I will enjoy it.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Different type of zombie story

This is an unusual, action packed and somewhat disturbing story. Yes, like in the usual zombie tales, the dead do rise but they are not the shambling, mindless zombies that normally occur in this type of story. The dead, both human and animal, are just vessels for something more sinister and deadly. I must admit though, that the thought of a zombie fish did make me laugh and yet somehow it seemed to fit ok in that section of the story. No, this story wasn't perfect and it lacked detail in some places, but the multiple stories of different individuals do interweave to form a picture of desperation, strength, survival, immorality, loss and love. The narration in this newly released (07/2017) audiobook is great. The narrator lets you feel the horror and loss; the cold hatred of the risen dead, the guilt and responsibility Baker feels, the depravity of the meat wagon and the anguish as Jim desperately tries to reach his son. Overall I enjoyed this story but I did find the ending rather abrupt and somewhat frustrating

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Unique.

I always try to make my own synopsis when writing a review, but with this one I would probably spoil something, so I think the synopsis of the book says it all....... "THE RISING is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town, facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes, and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man."

I wasn't too sure what to expect going into this because there are some pretty negative reviews for it, but thank goodness it was better than I hoped. One thing that stands out the most is the Zombies. I loved the spin the author put on them. How they came about is definitely unique!!! Plus they are sentient, can think and plan and can shoot, drive and pretty much do everything. The Zombiness isn't just limited to humans either. Anything that can die will turn into one, so we have Zombie goldfish which is something I've never ever read before!!!

if you suspend disbelief, then the plot is good!! I liked how focused Jim is on finding his son and his journey there was filled with a lot of danger. I liked reading about the other characters and their journeys and I enjoyed seeing how they meet, but it was hard to connect with them all, as I thought they weren't fleshed out enough. I just didn't really care too much about them.

In all, this was a very different take on the Zombie books I usually read. It was a good read and the ending left me wanting to read the next book in the series. I'm hoping they bring it to audio soon!!

Joe Hempel is a narrator I find myself listening to more and more because he knows how to tell a good story. He has an array of tones and voices and always knows how to amp up the tension when needed. I hope he narrates the next one!!

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Totally Different!

As advertised, this is a unique take on the classic zombie tale with some surprising and satisfying elements. The characters are complex, dynamic, and diverse - a really nice fresh breath of air in that regard. The epic narrative takes our protagonists through obstacle after obstacle in the hellish post-apocalyptic landscape. This story felt disturbingly possible to me; Keene's imagination has a realism quality to it. Joe Hempel, one of my very favorite narrators, does this intense adventure justice.

All of that said, I hated the ending so much it nearly ruined the book for me. Sometimes I think authors think they're clever when leaving cliff hangers but to me it reads as lazy or afraid to make a bold choice. If you want answers to questions posed throughout, then this book isn't for you.

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

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  • Al
  • British Columbia
  • 09-04-17

A solid story

Pretty good story, narrator stays mostly out of the way. I would check out the sequel.

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Zombie writer at his peak

I first came across this author and his amazing books in a used bookstore in Indiana. It was just my luck they were all autographed they hold a price based on my shelf. I was thrilled to see that it finally has made Audiobook form. Get it enjoy it share it and listen to it again. Be ready for zombies that are darker than any Ramiro ever envisioned. Get ready to get hooked on an amazing author a great narrator and a zombie series that will leave you children.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Zombie's possessed by Demon's

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3.5 stars

When are scientist going to learn? There are just some things you don't mess with. This is a completely different kind of apocalypse. An End of Days, that is literally "HE double LL" on Earth. It's an original, creative, unusual, interesting and entertaining story.

While they are referred to as zombies these are demons possessing the dead. These zombies are much more terrifying than just your regular run of the mill zombies. It's not only the humans that are affected it's all living things including all animals. I mean all animals, birds, worms, fish, deer etc. They also retain the knowledge of the person or persons they posses.

As far as the actual story overall it’s pretty darn good as well as entertaining. It took me a while to really be pulled into the story, it felt like it was all over the place, especially in the beginning. Each new chapter is introducing you to new characters and their situation. It got a little confusing. You would just get used to the characters then it would change. Once the story got going and all the characters were introduced there was more of a pattern to the story. It's not until well into the story though that everything really comes together.

It has a large cast of characters. Some likable and many very unlikable, nasty and vile characters. The characters that matter are all well rounded and fully developed.

It does end on a serious cliffhanger. Wasn't to happy about that. Not even a hint. Really? I wasn't expecting to be left hanging. Was it a great place to end the book? Yes. But that doesn't mean I was happy about it. I'm not one for giving away spoilers so that's all I can say about that. Hopefully Audible will have the next book in the series soon.

This is not a nice clean white washed version of an apocalyptic world, it's graphic in parts and at times it's very violent and full of gore. So be prepared.

Joe Hempel as usual does a great job with the narration. Nice voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. He has one of those voices that just pull you into a story. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Really good character voices. He was able to make the characters, their emotions and story come to life through his narration. Hopefully he will be narrating the rest of the series. Very enjoyable

I was provided this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Demonic Zombies!

Excellent post-apocalyptic book with a different spin on zombies! Demons are possessing the bodies of dead humans and animals! I love when an author can put a spin on the classic zombie and make it different than every other zombie book out there. I loved 99% of this book. I want to give the one fingered salute to the author for the ending! The whole book is Jim's story of survival on his way to rescue his son. He makes friends and enemies along the way and fights demonic zombies. It is very emotional and heart wrenching at times and very action packed! SPOILER.... Once he finally makes it to his destination, you never actually find out the results of the moment the whole book has been leading up to. You can make a good assumption, but you don't know for sure. Ultimate cliffhanger! It's a little upsetting! Amazing narration by Joe Hempel! He did an outstanding job! Despite the ending, I still would recommend this book!

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  • Tatiana
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • 01-22-18

Good, Unconventional Zombie Story

I've become a fan of Brian Keene lately, given this book and the sequel. It has an original take on Zombies that I liked and found refreshing after years of the mindless flesh eaters we are all used to. I loved the overall tone, although I'm not sure if that was due to the writing or the excellent narration.

In terms of the narration, I think I grow more impressed with Joe Hempel with every book of his I listen to. He isn't one of those narrators who sounds like a full cast (like Katherine Kellgren, for instance), but he seems to bring a different tone to every book he narrates, which is perfectly suited to the story. I don't know if he does it on purpose or not, but it definitely works. He is one of those narrators I keep an eye out for.

I received this book for free at my request from the author, publisher or narrator and have voluntarily left this review.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Really good ZomPoc book

What can you say about Brian Keene except that he is a really good writer. This story is emotional and has some aspects of zompoc that are unique. Anxious to see what happens in the sequel.

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