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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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First things first, I have to talk about the performance and sound effects!! It was freaking awesome!! I started listening to what I thought would be a normal zombie book, but was so surprised to find this had sound effects (I didn't read any reviews prior to starting it). Now initially it distracted me because this is my first audio with sound effects, but that quickly went away and I found myself eagerly awaiting more. The sound the narrator used for the zombies was, without a doubt, truly frightening. Listening to them munch and moan was super creepy and scared me!!! The sound of the heartbeats made mine go faster and the extra effects like footsteps, bangs, knocks etc, just made the whole experience amazing.
Now even apart from the effects, the narrator himself was excellent. He truly knows how to bring the story alive. He gave each character their own tone and was able to ramp up the tension when needed. I started this and had to keep listening because he drew me right in. I will say though, that I didn't listen to this at night because the effects scared the daylights out of me!!! Bravo to the narrator for making this book that extra bit special.
Now onto the story itself. We are brought into the action straight away and its pretty much non stop the whole time. From the start of the outbreak, which is explained perfectly, to the last page we are brought on a terrifying journey with a cast of misfits, who you can't help but like. Each character has their own tale, yet each intertwine to make a well developed and action packed plot.
The setting was another positive for the story. This isn't the ritzy part of Las Vegas, this is the seedier side where even the cops wont venture. Since this is the down and dirty, bloody, gory kind of Zombie book, I think the setting was perfect!!
In all this was an amazing experience. The sound effects and narrator made this audio a must listen. No matter if you are a hard core Zombie enthusiast or just someone looking for a great listen, this is something you need to check out. The world the author has created is bleak and deadly yet you can't help but want to dive right in. This is my first book by this author but it won't be my last. He really captured my attention with his writing and ability to weave a darkly delicious story. Can't wait for the next one because that ending was killer, literally ;)
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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