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Publisher's Summary

The Dead Have Awakened
It is 10 years after the global apocalypse. The Phage, the zombie virus that brought the world to its knees, has mutated, restoring the minds of its undead victims: their personalities, their memories... even their dreams. The living dead are no longer the mindless monsters that drove mankind to the brink of extinction.
But they still possess their insatiable hunger for human flesh.
Kept Like Animals
Brent Scarborough is a veteran survivor. He has been dodging the undead for nearly a decade. When he learns there is a city controlled and populated by living human beings, a place they call Home, he and his companion, Harold Killian, head immediately for this refuge of the living.
But they are captured on the last leg of their journey. Harold is killed, and Brent is imprisoned in a terrible zombie gulag, a nightmarish facility where the living are kept like animals and forced to breed for their hungry zombie masters.
Refusing to be defeated, Brent forges alliances with his desperate fellow inmates. His only goal is escape, but bearing down on the facility is a herd of mindless chompers, zombies who have not yet reawakened, and it is the largest and most destructive herd the living and dead have ever seen!
Set 10 years after the events in the popular zombie novel Mort, Cattle is a no-holds-barred action horror novel that is as original as it is fearless. Author Joseph Duncan (who formerly wrote under the pen name Rod Redux) has pulled out all the stops in his latest post-apocalyptic novel.
©2014 Joseph Duncan (P)2015 Joseph Duncan
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-07-15


Holly Cow, this is really good!!! This is the best book I have listened to all year. I have repeatedly said that Cell by King is my favorite Zombie book and I have read a ton, but now that has changed. This catches your attention right from the start and you might be a little worried that is going to become the same old same old and then the story takes an about face and becomes like no other Zombie book you have read. Such a unique take on the genre. The story continues to build, get better and get better as it goes along.

Warning, do not attempt to eat a meal, while listening. There are some gut wrenching gross moments in this book. It is not full of them, but the ones presented do the trick. Off hand I am thinking of a certain amputation scene. There are also others. They are included in order to further the story, they are not gore for gore sake. I'M SORRY

Now for another very strange part of the listening experience. The narrator is extremely different. At first you may think he sounds a little YA or amateurist. Keep listening, I promise he will grow on you. The naïve voice he gives to the main character actually plays into the horror. The narrators' voice, often sounds like he has cotton in his mouth. I was convinced that he and the writer were from Australia or some British Colony. I figured he was talking weird to sound American Southern. It is like a cross between The Swedish Chef on Sesame Street and Forrest Gump. Instead of Arkcansaw, it is R-Kansas. His friends or not his buddies, but his chums. Rear lawn instead of Backyard. A Gain instead of again. I looked the author up and he is from Southern Illinois. Anyways, it works, it works very well.

This is a horror, and done well. My first Joseph Duncan, but not my last.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Todd N Toscano on 08-11-15

The narrator made this book for me

What made the experience of listening to Cattle the most enjoyable?

The Narrator's performance

Who was your favorite character and why?

Herold, he was sort of the glue that held the narrative together.

Which character – as performed by Ian M. Walker – was your favorite?

Spoiler Alert: I liked the way the narrator handled the dead friend Harold. The character went through several iterations (live, imaginary, zombie) and Mr. Walker managed to make them all work and yet not conflict with each other. His use of voice allowed one to get a since of each representation without interrupting the flow of the story or conflicting with other versions of the character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending

Any additional comments?

I finished listening to Cattle today and I have to say it was definitely the narrator's performance that made it for me. I was intrigued by the way he managed to give each of the character's voices distinct enough to identify yet unobtrusive enough that they did not interrupt the flow of the narrative. I also appreciated the way he handled some of the more delicate subject matter. Well worth a listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Roz Woolcock on 05-08-15

Really liked the narrator

If you could sum up Cattle in three words, what would they be?

Well worth reading

If you’ve listened to books by Joseph Duncan before, how does this one compare?

This was my first but won't be my last

What does Ian M. Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Wonderful voice!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not specifically - enjoyed it all

Any additional comments?

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5 out of 5 stars
By caryn on 04-25-15

Outstanding, thoroughly enjoyable audio book.

The unique ability of Ian M Walker to bring individual characters to life made this one of my favourite audio books to date.
Every minute of the book was brought to life in my mind,
Very easy to listen to narrating voice, bravo.
I didn't want it to finish and can't wait for the next book from this author narrated by Mr Walker.
Great story kept me hooked until the end, another fantastic Joseph Duncan book.

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