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I took a bit of gamble on this one and purchased it without it being reviewed by an audible listener. I wasn’t expecting anything much more than standard zombie story. I pressed play and immediately heard the narrator speak in very slow clear manner… very very slowly. Do yourself a favour turn the speed up to at least 1.25x or even 1.5x speed. The difference is brilliant. The narrators voice is great at that increased speed!
I had just finished listening to ‘Die Trying’ before this title (an average zombie story saved by RC Bray’s narration) and I kept on thinking when is this one going to turn into a mindless zombie chasing fresh meat saga. To my surprise it never did!
The way the undead are portrayed in this one is great. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, so I will leave it up to you to listen to it. But needless to say there were enough fresh ideas in this one to keep me interested. And no, there are no vampires or evil spiritual being or anything like that.
Another thing I noticed while listening to this one was lack of swearing. Yes there is swearing, but it is not at the same level as so many in the genre. Honestly, it’s lack of foul language is noticeable, and gives it… perhaps a ‘teenager’ vibe. I suppose the debate of either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the language is not meant to be had here.
Probably the only other zombie type story it compares to is 'Torment' by Jeremy Bishop. But I would rate this one as slightly better.
I really hope there is a followup book to this one because it deserves it!
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There are some interesting new spins on the zombie genre here that I like. Mainly they can communicate with each other, think basic thoughts and use tools. I am interested in seeing where their development is going. The main character is hard to follow though. At one point he seems to be going crazy which makes sense, but then he's not, so his behavior goes back to being inconsistent and hard to believe. He forgets how long he has been doing things - a lot (sitting down, staring at walls, laying on the floor). Minutes after a major zombie encounter he stops at his favorite Chinese food restaurant. Then leaves with little to no warning to his "friend" the proprietor of what is happening. Other characters are 2D and not very well developed. This is an ok book if you have nothing better going on.
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I wouldn't be that cruel.
Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Littorno again?
The chap 'Reads by numbers'!
Would you be willing to try another one of Todd Menesses’s performances?
You mean he's committed more literary atrocities to paper!
There is no God!
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Surviving When the Dead Have Risen: A Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse?
All of them. The buyer would thank me fir giving them a blank book.
The pope would kiss my feet, and angels would scatter rose petals in my path.
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What the heck audible! I already returned this book!
can't you give some kind of warning stating 'This book was returned' at the checkout.
Now I have it again 'FOREVER!' as it is no longer returnable.
I have lost all faith in humanity thanks ro being stuck with this abomination for the rest of my life.
Thanks a lot Audible
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