Breathers

  • by S. G. Browne
  • Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For fans of Max Brooks's The Zombie Survival Guide and zombie aficionados everywhere, a hilarious debut novel about life (and love) after death.

Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a 21-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.Darkly funny, surprisingly touching, and gory enough to satisfy even the most discerning reader, Breathers is a romantic zombie comedy (rom-zom-com, for short) that will leave you laughing, squirming, and clamoring for more.

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uggg...

I have a friend who constantly makes incredibly unfunny but very clever jokes whenever possible, interrupting the flow of conversation, or narration... and I always feel like it is a bit of work to interact with him and feel obligated to fake a laugh. I always feel like if he'd get over this self-serving compulsion, he'd be a much more fun and pleasant person to be around and interaction would be a lot more fulfilling and meaningful for all involved...

My friend has a soulmate in this writer. Thankfully, the writer wasn't around so I didn't feel obligated to fake a laugh.

This novel had some good ideas, the characters were well done, the plot progressed along nicely, and in many ways it had a lot going for it. Unfortunately the obstrusive, constant, annoyingly clever "humor" was inserted relentlessly, even awkardly, like some nervous tic, as though the author is uncomfortable just telling a story without the non-stop "wit", to use that word loosely...

Also, the ending was pretty disapointing - as though the ideas just ran out.

On the whole, I made it through and it really had its moments, but in the end it just felt like so much wasted potential.
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- Linda B

the zombie of self-pity.

Like a lumbering zombie, this plot moves sloooooooowly. The main character whines a LOT - admittedly, he has reason to complain. Zombiedom in the world of the book is certainly unfortunate and all the "breathers" are jerks. However, listening to someone complain about the same stuff for a few hours is pretty boring. While some of the episodes in the book have the potential to be amusing, buried under the self-pity of the narrator, they don't really make it. Seriously, give it a pass.
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- Charlene

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio