Rise : Rise

  • by Gareth Wood
  • Narrated by Jeff Woodman
  • Series: Rise
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In May of 2004 the dead return to life and begin to hunt the living. Within a few weeks nations have fallen and the few survivors are scattered and desperate. Rise follows a group of survivors on their journey through the apocalyptic Canadian Rockies, the desolate and empty lands of northern British Columbia and Alberta.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Brian Williams escapes Calgary with his sister Sarah, attempting to escape the marauding zombie uprising by fleeing across Canada into the mountains in this first book of Gareth Wood's Rise series. Told in journal entries, Brian describes his struggles, his relationships with fellow survivors, the meet-ups with the military, and the rescue missions, all while trying to escape the undead horde and learning how to navigate this post-apocalyptic landscape. Jeff Woodman has a refreshing everyman quality that makes him relatable to listeners, creating an easy identification with Brian as an ordinary person thrust into a terrifying and strange new reality.

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Fails to add anything to the genre

This is what I get for not doing my research.

I had insomnia last night and went browsing for a new audio book. I bought this and spent the night listening to it. I guess the best that can be said is that it did NOT put me to sleep.

If I had researched the book beforehand, I'd have seen that it was web-published. And I'd have seen that the pdf is readily available. Not that I don't buy things I can get for free, but I'd have looked it over and seen immediately that it was not what I was looking for.

Alas.

The list of problems I have with this novel is long. These are just the main ones.

1. It consists of journal entries by one person. This format has some definite drawbacks. Also, there is no dialog. OK, there are a few very short exchanges near the end. Dialog is crucial. It's what reveals character! And so...

2. I have no idea who any of the characters are. Sure, I've got their names, but I don't KNOW them. And there was no character development. It's hard to develop what doesn't exist in the first place.

3. There was no depth to the characters' relationships with one another. No genuine emotion. How is the reader supposed to care what happens to these people? This point flows out of the first two.

4. It???s full of clunky prose like this: ???The West Africa virus has spread there now, too, and people are catching it.??? Really? It has spread? AND people are catching it?? The very first lines made me cringe. By the time I got to this, several minutes in, I knew I was in trouble.

5. Finally, it adds nothing to my understanding of zombies and the zombie apocalypse. I've read some solid zombie novels in the last few years. I'm thinking of World War Z, Raising Stony Mayhall, and Zone One to name a few. They each changed the way I look at this genre. Rise lacks the scope of WWZ, the heart of Stony Mayhall, and the literariness of Zone One. It is nothing but a recitation of a series of events. It falls flat.

The narration was okay. The reader just didn???t have much to work with here.

I admit that were it not for the fact that I???m the one who failed to do my homework, I???d be tempted to ask for my money back. I don't feel this book is of the same quality as others in the same price range.
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- Annie

Fails to add anything to the genre

This is what I get for not doing my research.

I had insomnia last night and went browsing for a new audio book. I bought this and spent the night listening to it. I guess the best that can be said is that it did NOT put me to sleep.

If I had researched the book beforehand, I'd have seen that it was web-published. And I'd have seen that the pdf is readily available. Not that I don't buy things I can get for free, but I'd have looked it over and seen immediately that it was not what I was looking for.

Alas.

The list of problems I have with this novel is long. These are just the main ones.

1. It consists of journal entries by one person. This format has some definite drawbacks. Also, there is no dialog. OK, there are a few very short exchanges near the end. Dialog is crucial. It's what reveals character! And so...

2. I have no idea who any of the characters are. Sure, I've got their names, but I don't KNOW them. And there was no character development. It's hard to develop what doesn't exist in the first place.

3. There was no depth to the characters' relationships with one another. No genuine emotion. How is the reader supposed to care what happens to these people? This point flows out of the first two.

4. It’s full of clunky prose like this: “The West Africa virus has spread there now, too, and people are catching it.” Really? It has spread? AND people are catching it?? The very first lines made me cringe. By the time I got to this, several minutes in, I knew I was in trouble.

5. Finally, it adds nothing to my understanding of zombies and the zombie apocalypse. I've read some solid zombie novels in the last few years. I'm thinking of World War Z, Raising Stony Mayhall, and Zone One to name a few. They each changed the way I look at this genre. Rise lacks the scope of WWZ, the heart of Stony Mayhall, and the literariness of Zone One. It is nothing but a recitation of a series of events. It falls flat.

The narration was okay. The reader just didn’t have much to work with here.

I admit that were it not for the fact that I’m the one who failed to do my homework, I’d be tempted to ask for my money back. I don't feel this book is of the same quality as others in the same price range.
Read full review

- Annie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios