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I loved this book. The author did an excellent job with the descriptions in this story. I am a very visual and imaginative person, so with the author's descriptive prowess I felt as if I was watching a movie. I can't wait for volume two. My only negative is the way volume one ended. it just dropped off. The attempt at making it a cliffhanger wasn't welldone. Other than that, this was a great listen.
The narrator did a good job of bringing the individual characters to life. Coupled with the authors descriptiveness, the narrator allowed me to see and hear each character and their individual qualities and traits. I would imagine the narrator has played the 'Call of Duty modern warfare series' as his voices put me in the mindset of 'Soap' McTavish and his lot.
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I have seen some glowing reviews of this on Goodreads and thought it sounded amazing so eagerly plugged in my headphones to listen. Maybe I should of read it because I think I would of enjoyed it more. The narrator was only OK. It sounded like, to me anyway, he was very stilted and up tight. I felt like all he did was read the lines given to him, he didn't preform nor give any life to the book. He seemed to stop for a second after every sentence which is why it felt so stilted and it came across as a monotone and unremarkable story.
As I said, I might of enjoyed this more if I had read it, but since I listened to it here are my thoughts on the story itself.
An elite team of soldiers are on a covert mission in the Middle East, their objective is to assassinate the head of a known terrorist group. Their mission goes successfully but on their way to their extraction point, they come across a village that has been destroyed, bodies of men, women and children are strewn everywhere. Straight off they see that something isn't right because there seems to be survivours among the dead, but these people seem different. The way they hold themselves and walk are off. As they get closer they start to see impossible things, people with devastating injuries are walking about aimlessly, that is until they see the soldiers. Suddenly they surge towards them and despite the soldiers firing, they keep coming. The soldiers soon learn that only head shots will stop them. They finally destroy the remaining people and head home. They soon learn that what they fought were the walking dead, and the disease is spreading through out the world. Their life is about to become much more difficult and the job a lot harder! Can they all survive?
Sounds great right? Well in one sense it totally was. The story itself was fairly fast paced and intense and I became invested in finding out what happens the team, but in another sense, I felt it was lacking. Maybe I missed it, but I never got the answer to how the disease came about!! I know I zoned out a lot while listening because of the narration, but I honestly couldn't say how the zombies came to be. We also never get a feel for who the characters are. We are thrown into the thick of things with them, but you don't really find out why they are the way they are. I would of liked a little back story on each.
Character wise, I did like them all. The comradeship between the team was amazing and I loved that part. I also loved how good they worked together and how much each of them valued the other. It really brought across the bond they have. I just wanted a little more character development.
In all, I think I may have to go buy the ebook and read this. The story itself was really good but I think I may have missed things because I didn't enjoy the narration and zoned out a bit. It's definitely a book that's still worth the read but maybe the book instead of the audio.
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great story, with loads of threads weaving in and out.
For me though it was let down by the narrator, which is a shame. Got to be some of the worst English accents I've ever heard.
Sorry to put a downer in it. But you get past that and your be happy with the writhing ...
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What did you like best about The Dead Walk the Earth, Volume 1? What did you like least?
Its about Zombies
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Concept of people Isolated.
How could the performance have been better?
Narrator attempts regional accents that he can not do.They seem to be speeded up in some cases. Just stick to naming charicters without the accents.