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Yeah, yeah, good stuff, fun listen, wild ride...you can't go wrong with the most fun series you can get your teeth into. If you've read my reviews on Maberry's Ledger, you know he is my guilty pleasure, and I even offered to take up a collection so team Jon-Ray could devote all of their time to collaborating. So, I'm going to voice my opinion here safely among my fellow devotees and ask you all to take a step back, stand down (cut me some love). Here goes: needed MORE Ghost, more Bunny, more monsters, more story, more nifty weapons. This story leaned heavily on fist time and the guys running, a little too witlessly, into another trap to fight their way out of -- no complaints...It's just, if the story is going to rely on fight scenes for half the pages, can't Maberry at least churn out the stories faster?
Now that I've probably alienated my peer group of rabid Maberry/Porter fans, a helpful recommendation: Code Zero can stand on its own, but really needs (at least) Dragon Factory as a prelude. There ya go -- let the tomato-chucking-*no*-help-button-pressing begin!
[BTW: The Emperor was naked -- yeah; I said it!]
43 of 49 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Code Zero?
The performance of Ray Porter is always remarkable. The story meanders in places, and takes a huge leap to get into , but Joe L , and Porter as him, are tour de force.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Predictable. Fact that Joe L is still upright and functioning is always amazing.
Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, as many as I can, and I will again. Porter has replaced Scott Brick as my favourite performer on Audible. He brings everything he touches to life.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Ledger's self reflection is always interesting.
Any additional comments?
This continues the series in a dramatic, predictably violent but thoughtful manner. I recommend it highly, if for nothing else for the performance of Porter.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Found all the "Interludes" a bit annoying after a while and not enough "action".
However as always, the narration by Ray Porter was excellent keeps you spellbound all the way.
Overall a good book but not as good as previous Joe Ledger adventures.
Would you listen to Code Zero again? Why?
The combination of Jonathan Maberry's writing combined with Ray Porter's masterful narration mean I have listened to all of the Joe Ledger series at least twice already. I read all the books before I graduated onto the audio versions and having loved them in written form was actually blown away at how much these audio versions came to life.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Without a doubt, Joe Ledger. He is probably the world's finest reluctant hero, and Porter makes him come to life in a way that makes you laugh out loud and your heart bleed - sometimes even in the same chapter.
Rudy Sanchez and Church come a close second, the first for his heart and humour, the second for subtlety and pure enigmatic charm.
What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Probably the best character portrayals of any narrator. He can make a character come to life better than you possibly imagined was possible. Having read all the books first I can testify that Ray gives them a whole new dimension.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Once I start listening to these audio versions of the Joe Ledger series they usually take up my spare moments anytime I can concentrate on them - while cooking, doing chores, commuting to work, while working out - once you are in, you're hooked.
Any additional comments?
Audible really needs to at least get the full library of Joe Ledger books available for download - Patient Zero, The Dragon Factory, The King of Plagues. You can listen to the ones on audible as standalones but the series is at its best when you can listen to them all in sequence. I actually started listening to the Joe Ledger series thanks to the collection of short stories called "special ops" having already read all the main books, this started a mad desire in me to listen to all the audiobooks. Alas, I had to track down the first 3 books in very expensive Audio CD format due to them not being available here.
I would love to listen to Maberry's Pine Deep trilogy as well but these are even rarer to get hold of and upon my recent reading of them can testify that it is the best horror story I have ever read - so it should definetly be found on Audible - come on, guys, get with the program!