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I love a good zombie story. So 'The Living Remnants' was right up my ally. That said, the story felt short (even for a short). Just as I was really getting into it, it ended. Despite that, I still enjoyed it. If you want a short story about the undead then this is the book for you!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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Having read/listened to a fair number of zombie books during the past few years, I thought that the idea for this short story was interesting. Like some other reviewers, I would have been greatly interested in a longer, more developed story (no, I do NOT want to say 'a more fleshed out story'...). I don't work in the publishing world, but it almost seems that this short story is a concept pitch for a longer novel or series. We're introduced to some characters, at at least one of them (the mailman) is built up as being a possibly key character only to suddenly disappear from the story line. In a full-length book or series, I suspect his presence and role would become more important to the plot/action. The final scene left us hanging deliberately, and (subjectively speaking) I'm not a big fan of this technique. I think that the author might have moved us forward a wee bit more in the plot before winding down the story. Also, since it was a short story, I'm not sure that it was necessary to introduce two related-but-separate plotlines (rebellion and starvation) - if this were a full length novel, the author could have developed both of these plotlines. But since it's only a short story, neither plotline wound down to a satisfactory conclusion (the rebellion plotline sort of disappeared). Again, I think that it would be a much better story as a full-length novel (or a series, but I confess I may be experiencing zombie series fatigue and might prefer a single-book story).
The narration was okay. The narrator's voice was consistent with the image I mentally formed for the heroine. I have a personal preference for female voices that are less sweet-and-innocent sounding, but that's just a subjective opinion. The narrator voiced the different characters well, trying to make them sound like zombies. Since I have absolutely no preconceived idea of what a zombie might sound like, her interpretation worked fine!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.