I used to follow the podcast from when chapter 4 part 2 was the latest episode. I found it very frustrating having to go in to menu to go to the next chapter chronologically or having to wait for the next 1 chapter to come out which was sometimes months between.
It's very much the biggest relief to have the whole season in one place.
These books are the best simply because its not a book, It as I like to call the "Audio to a Movie". The characters feel like real people relatable people. Sound Effects are great and add to all the emotions you feel for the characters.
A must Listen too especially if you are a zombie head.
Sgt D. N. Fenix
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to We're Alive again? Why?
Yes, Definitely. What a fantastic way to narrate a book with a full cast rather than single reader ,Brilliant, really brought the book alive especially with music and sound effects thrown in. Great story, easy to listen to. I have 150 plus audio books now and love them all but this 3 book series (so far) is easily in my top ten favourites.
What other book might you compare We're Alive to, and why?
I guess it is a typical Zombie apocalypse style book of which I have several but I think for me its quite like the Walking Dead TV series of which Im quite a fan
Have you listened to any of Blackstone Audiobooks’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes I have several but for me this is a good book that really comes alive with this style of narrating. Im sure I would have still enjoyed this book if read by a single narrator but Im really pleased it isn't.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not really but I did find myself laughing out loud on occasion, Not something I think Ive done with other books.
Any additional comments?
Loved it, Will listen to it many times Im sure. More books of all styles read this way please.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I've got nothing against the shuffling dead in general, you understand. It's just that this genre that has been done to, um..., death. Another zombie tale really has to be outstanding to keep my interest. We're Alive is, at best, OK; it's not outstanding.
A couple of army types are trying to keep a bunch of people safe from being eaten, by holing up in a tower block. As well as the zombies, our heroes are threatened by a another group of survivors, who are escapees from a high-security prison. This last group are stereotypical bad guys, who exist for the same reason as Tolkien's orcs -- their moral status is so low that the good guys can kill them with no ethical qualms.
Mind you, this is true for the zombies as well -- I'm always amazed by the willingness that zombie survivors display, to inflict massive violence on people who were until recently, presumably, their neighbours. But We're Alive is no less convincing in the area of undead/human dynamics than any similar presentation. Only the early parts of The Walking Dead raise the possibility that zombies might have some vestigial human rights, or that it might even be possible to cure them. We're Alive just treats zombies -- who are, after all, not to blame for their sad fate -- as mobile targets.
Even the protagonists in We're Alive are, essentially, caricatures. None is a convincing, three-dimensional portrayal of a human being. I recognize some of the voices from computer games and, frankly, the level of plotting is about the same as you'd find in a computer game. Very little that happens seems to make much sense. The zombies display a measure of intelligence and some can even impersonate living humans well enough to infiltrate the survivors' base; but they can still be herded using concentrated quantities of human sweat. How does that work? They have the smarts to set ambushes and traps, but fall for the most transparent of ruses?
There are also total unconvincing moments or romance. Somehow, the characters seem to find enough time between scavenging in the depleted ruins of their city and avoiding being eaten, to make gooey eyes at one another and giggle like high-school kids about their crushes. How screwed up must your priorities be, to be thinking about nookie after picking human brains out of your hair?
I suppose that if We're Alive had been made in the 90s, it might have been new enough to be interesting. Now, however, it compares badly with modern, subtle and refined offerings like Daryl Gregory's Raising Stoney Mayall, and Alden Bell's The Reapers are the Angels. Or even The Walking Dead, which at least has convincing characters.
It's nice to see a zombie tale done as an audio dramatization but, frankly, I think Blackstone could have started with better source material. There's plenty on offer, after all.
If you like zombie fiction don't bother with this awful tosh.I was so bored with the bad acting unbelievable dialogue and truly annoying characters that I wanted to cry. If you want a great zombie series I suggest Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo.
Can't find fault in any of this production. Story, acting all brilliant. Definately recommend this audio book.
OK, so this was my first foray into a dramatisation audio book and I can appreciate that the producer wanted to make the characters be instantly recognised by their voices but they are each so diverse, it becomes a bit like listening to a children's story time.
In addition, the characters themselves are annoyingly stupid at recognising the bleeding (no pun intended) obvious with the developing situations, especially the "professionals" in charge.
The basic premise is OK but there is no way I can stomach any more.