• by Neil Gaiman, Max Brooks, Brian Keene, Tobias S. Buckell, Kelly Link, Tim Lebbon, Kit Reed
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis, L J Ganser, Josh Hurley, Bahni Turpin, Marc Vietor
  • 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You can't kill the dead! Like any good monster, the zombie has proven to be ever-evolving, monumentally mutable, and open to seemingly endless imaginative interpretations: the thralls of voodoo sorcerers, George Romero's living dead, societal symbols, dancing thrillers, viral victims, reanimated ramblers, video-gaming targets, post-apocalyptic permutations, shuffling sidekicks, literary mash-ups, the comedic, and, yes, even the romantic.
Evidently, we have an enduring hunger for this infinite onslaught of the ever-hungry dead. Hoards of readers and listeners are now devouring zombie fiction faster than armies of the undead could chow down their brains. It's a sick job, but somebody had to do it: explore the innumerable necrotic nightmares of the latest, greatest, most fervent devotion in the history of humankind and ferret out the best of new millenial zombie stories: Zombies: The Recent Dead.
Full author list: Kevin Veale, Michael Marshall Smith, Tim Lebbon, David Prill, Steve Duffy, Max Brooks, Nik Houser, Andy Duncan, David J. Schow, Joe R. Lansdale, Neil Gaiman, Alice Sola Kim, Gary A. Braunbeck, Francesca Lia Block, Tobias S. Buckell, David Wellington, Tim Waggoner, Kit Reed, Brian Keene, Kelly Link, Gary McMahon, and Scott Edelman.
Full narrator list: Jonathan Davis, LJ Ganser, Victor Villar-Hauser, Marc Vietor, Josh Hurley, Bahni Turpin, Jeff Woodman, Elisabeth Rodgers, Edoardo Ballerini, Suzanne Toren, Kevin Pariseau, Khristine Hvam, Josh Hurley, and Jeff Woodman.


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Multiple zombie genres - weak storytelling

For those who get bored of the constant Romero-Esq story lines this is probably the audiobook for you. The performance and narration was well done as much as the story line would allow for it (assuming read in scarey zombie voice was in their scripts). There were a multitude of zombie type plots - Haitian Zombies, Beautiful Zombies, Zombie High School drama, Zombie love stories etc. This however did not fulfill my Zombie fiction craving.

"Twisted" by Kevin Veale, the first story in the collection did offer an interesting twist without sacrificing the story. I liked the idea that Zombies hunted us via our brain waves and one could allude detection by remaining incredibly intoxicated. The forced intoxication of others made this story all the more unsettling. I'll be looking for more work by this author.
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- RG

Not your typical Zombies

The first story is about everyone having to take massive amounts of drugs to keep the zombies from attaching you. The harder the drug the better, meth is better than pot. Tommy Lee and Ozzy Osborn are the President of the US. While the idea for the story may have sounded good in between bong hits the author was unable to pull it off. It is not that I am against drugs or I have it in for Ozzy, (Black Sabbath is my favorite band) it’s that the story was boring and made no sense.

The sad part is the stories get worst as the book goes on. At least the first story was about “zombies”. Many of the stories I do not even consider to be zombie stories. If you like stories about Zombies dating each other, how it is hard being a teenage zombie, falling in love with and having sex with a high school Zombie girl, then this may be a book for you. If it wasn’t for the hard “R” sex parts I would say this would be a good book for teens.

Even a World War Z story by Max Brookes couldn’t save this book.

The narrators read the stories in one voice. While not bad I am spoiled by the range of voices many narrators have.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios