The Rising

  • by Brian Keene
  • Narrated by Peter Delloro
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nothing stays dead for long. The dead are returning to life, intelligent, determined... and very hungry. Trapped by the undead, escape seems impossible for Jim Thurmond. But Jim’s young son is alive and in dire peril hundreds of miles away. Despite overwhelming odds, Jim vows to find him—or die trying.
Joined by an elderly preacher, a guilt-ridden scientist, and a determined ex-prostitute, Jim embarks on a cross-country rescue mission. Together, they battle both the living and the living dead... and the even greater evil that awaits them at the end of their journey. This is the time of...The Rising.


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You'll either love it or hate it. I love it!

This is one of those books that you'll either love, because of the writing and unique story/setting for a zombie universe, or hate, because you have a set way you see zombies (aka "Romero's Way") and refuse to see them any other way.

I'm not so rigid in my viewing of zombies, so I'm able to enjoy this book for what it is: a unique cast of characters thrust into a world where surviving is neigh impossible. It isn't perfect (despite my rating, which would have been a 4.5 if Audible allowed such things), but I rate it this highly because of the enjoyment I get from reading/hearing it.

Also keep in mind that I'm not high on their choice of narrator -- he reads it fine, but sounds a little too much like the narrator from the movie "A Christmas Story" to read a horror book. I keep expecting him to talk about taking on the undead with a Red Rider BB Gun.

As a comparison, I loved World War Z (because of the unique way of telling a tired story), liked The Morningstar Strain, and thought that JL Bourne's books were merely competent (there's only so many times you can hear the same story told over and over).

All told, if you want a unique book and aren't Romero-centric in your zombie tastes, this is a great Keene book to get started with.
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- Chris

Not a Zombie in sight

I am an afficianado of the zombie and apocolyptic genre. Night of the living dead is one of my favorite movies. The Morning Star Strain and books by JL Bourne are some of my favorite zombie books. The Rising however, is NOT a "zombie" story at all. Yes, the dead rise and yes they eat human flesh but those are the only similarities of the zombie genre,
This book, SPOILER ALERT, is about demons coming back from..I don't know where, but they inhabit human bodies after the host has died. They are intelligent, can speak, use tools and will in the end win based on the scenario of the book.
Overall, the book was a let down because I really wanted zombies but if you don't have anything else to listen to it's a way to pass time.
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- kevin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2010
  • Publisher: Audio Realms, Inc.