Z-Burbia : Z-Burbia

  • by Jake Bible
  • Narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Series: Z-Burbia
  • 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test! Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification. But, even in the best of times, suburban living has its ups and downs what with nosy neighbors, a strict Home Owners' Association, and a property management company that believes the words "strict interpretation" are holy words when applied to the HOA covenants. Now with the zombie apocalypse upon them even those innocuous, daily irritations quickly become dramatic struggles for personal identity, family security, and straight up survival. Welcome to normal life in Z-Burbia!


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In my zombie top 10

I love to live life on the edge, so I try to purchase books which have no reviews. That way I can be surprised. I know, I live a sad life  However, if I choose a book which has been reviewed. I try to choose one’s which have a well written excellent reviews. This story fell into the second case. Most of the reviews were excellent. And I can say truthfully, well deserved! I listened to this book in one day and loved it. I only have one reserve about it, which I shall mention later.

For whatever reason over the past 12 months I have probably purchased 50 or more zombie books. I’m starting to consider myself a zombie specialist. Which is funny because in the event of the rise of the zombie’s I would be the first to go because I am fat? However, fat jokes aside, this one is in my top 10 of the genre!

The story was great and had enough new idea’s to keep me interested. But for me the thing which I liked about it the most was the sarcasm and sense of humour of the characters. Now that I think about it, I must put a lot of weight on this element in any zombie book. As all of my favourite zombie books, have a sarcastic funny leading character.

The narration was good. This was my first time hearing Andrew Wehrlen. He had the hard task of multiple voices for multiple characters. I normally don’t like it when narrators do that, I much rather the approach chosen in “Yesterday’s Gone”. Nevertheless Andrew Wehrlen did a good job, only on a couple of occasions did I wonder who was speaking?

On the narration, this is yet another book in which the speed can easily be increased. Thus shortening the total length of the story.

I had one reserve about this book, and it was the ending. Don’t worry I am not going to give it away. But it sounds as though the next in the series could be going down a slightly different focus. That shouldn’t change your mind about purchasing this one. But I am having reservations about buying the second one. But I never listen to that little voice of doubt in my head and will probably buy it in the 10 minutes. Like I said at the start… I am a sad man… sad… fat man.
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- The Zombie Specialist


This book grew on me. Through the first two chapters I was worried. There were a lot of one liners that fell flat like a Eddie Murphy sequel. I was afraid this was a Tufo want a be, that just didn't have the goods. I enjoyed the first two chapters, enjoying the thought of a suburb staying together, even the gated neighborhood organizations in a Zombie Apocalypse. I was also afraid it was going to be YA. Then came the third chapter.

I don't know if the writing got better or the narrator finally got his timing down, but with Chapter three on, I started laughing and laughing often. The book has some really good characters that help make the story more interesting. First of all the main character is very likeable. His wife is a strong woman (more on that later). There is a military type and than there is the Zombie Savant. This character may be a little over the top for some, but I found her a lot of fun. The main character is more of a smart guy (common sense wise) than a stud. DID YOU FIND HIM IN A SMART GUY CATALOG?. There is also the born again swearer. He used to be a preacher, but now he uses the F bomb constantly.

I have been crying for a strong female character in several of my apocalypse reviews and I finally got my wishes. This is full of strong female characters including the main character's wife. I think it made the main character look stronger and it made the whole story better. I hope that continues as I will be getting the next in the series. THERE CAN'T BE SECRETS IN A MARRIAGE, ESPECIALLY DURING A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.

My overall feeling about the book, was that it was a feel good zombie story. It is full of grossness, blood, bad language and several bad jokes or puns, but overall the characters are positive and I was hoping the best for them. It is not real serious, but if you are having Zombie withdrawals, this could fill that void. It is also different from the norm.

Not wanting to make this too long, I did not get a chance to talk about the PINK YOGA PANTS or the KAMIKAZE Z'S.

Reviewers are very split on this. I liked it a lot and I hope I explained why?
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2014
  • Publisher: Jake Bible