The Rising Dead

  • by Devan Sagliani
  • Narrated by Michael Pauley
  • 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Chaos breaks out when a virulent new strain of biological warfare is unwittingly released into the general population, causing all who are infected with it to turn into flesh-hungry monsters driven by a hive mind that yearns to feed.
Gunner, a paranoid war veteran and the head of security at the Biotech lab where the designer virus was created, knew this day would eventually come. That's why he spent nearly every day since his return from Iraq preparing for the end of the world. It's up to him to save the residents of Thunderdome, a run down apartment complex in Northern Las Vegas.
Max hosts a live show as Asphyxia Stardust, a semi-nude cosplayer with a love of all things horror who is hosting the city's first ZombieCon.
Travis is a computer nerd-slash-borderline stalker obsessed with zombies and Gemma, a misunderstood party girl everyone thinks is a tease. His roommate Parker is a star athlete gone bad who spends his days partying and chasing skirts.
Holt is a stereotypical frat boy who finds new meaning in the apocalypse as a warrior for God with a crowbar sent to kill demons from the pit of hell. Together this unlikely band of college students and burnouts fight their way through a zombie horde in search of somewhere safe to take refuge, encountering every horror imaginable along the way.
Is this an inescapable global pandemic or can they find a safe zone outside of Sin City and away from the endless sea of rotting monsters with razor-sharp teeth trying to infect and kill them?

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Excellent production quality

This is my favorite of Sagliani's books. I was apprehensive about listening to the audio because I'd enjoyed the ebook version so much. I'm glad I did, though. This audiobook is unlike any I've listened to. Narrator, Michael Pauley not only gave a wide range of characterization but also scored the book with sound effects.

At first, I'll admit I was on the fence about the sound effects. After about 30 minutes of listening they weren't such a novelty and fit in with the story well. If you loved the 'We're Alive' audio drama, then you'll definitely appreciate The Rising Dead in audio.

I'm a massive zombie fanatic, and pride myself in boasting a collection of close to a thousand undead titles. It's a huge undertaking to 'scare' me at this stage in the game...for books at least. But when I heard those zombies moaning, it freaked me the hell out! So much so that at first I had to turn the lights on while listening in bed. Finally I had to resort to putting the volume down so low that I could barely make out even the voices. If I couldn't hear the moans then I couldn't have nightmares.

I was wrong.
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creepiest sound effects I have ever heard

Here we have another zombie apocalypse story from Devan Sagliani. I have listened to the two published before this one and really enjoyed them. I was expecting more of the same young adult style from him here. To my surprise and joy he did not go that route.

The first couple of chapters focused on a couple on vacation somewhere near the ocean, sorry I can’t remember if it was said where or not. This part was absolutely terrifying because of the addition of some of the creepiest sound effects I have ever heard. Seriously, I couldn’t focus on anything else other than the story. At times I thought it was my heart that I was hearing due to the stress I was under.

Sadly this was, without a doubt, the best part of the whole audiobook. I found the rest to be cluttered with too many characters and too much switching around for me to be able to keep track of everything that was happening. I kept forgetting key character details.

All in all this was an enjoyable romp through the shoot chase run zombie landscape. All the blood, gore and violence you could want. Survivalists, college kids, addicts, and other character types. With a government conspiracy thrown in for good measure. I will likely listen to the next book in the series because I am a fan of Saglini’s work. You will be pleased if you are a fan of the zombie genre.

Michael Pauley went above an beyond with his performance an production of The Rising Dead. This is something akin to a GraphicAudio production because of all of the sound effects and characterizations. Normally I say that extras, like sound effects, are a distraction. I only say this because, unless they are from the aforementioned GraphicAudio, they tend to be done so poorly. I am happy to say Pauly hit this one out of the park. He was able to add so much terror to scenes that would have been scary but they wouldn’t have kept me up at night like this did. I like to listen to audiobooks, instead of reading, to help me fall asleep. There were times that Pauly got me thinking that the footsteps and groans were coming from my house, making my heart race and sweat flowing as I hide under the covers waiting for it all to go away. I will be eagerly awaiting more productions like this from Pauly. Even though there was at least one sentence that was repeated, it wasn’t Pauly repeating himself, it was clearly a post production or editing snafu.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Laughing Crow Media