Summary

The Dead Have Awakened
It is 10 years after the global apocalypse. The Phage, the zombie virus that brought the world to its knees, has mutated, restoring the minds of its undead victims: their personalities, their memories... even their dreams. The living dead are no longer the mindless monsters that drove mankind to the brink of extinction.
But they still possess their insatiable hunger for human flesh.
Kept Like Animals
Brent Scarborough is a veteran survivor. He has been dodging the undead for nearly a decade. When he learns there is a city controlled and populated by living human beings, a place they call Home, he and his companion, Harold Killian, head immediately for this refuge of the living.
But they are captured on the last leg of their journey. Harold is killed, and Brent is imprisoned in a terrible zombie gulag, a nightmarish facility where the living are kept like animals and forced to breed for their hungry zombie masters.
Refusing to be defeated, Brent forges alliances with his desperate fellow inmates. His only goal is escape, but bearing down on the facility is a herd of mindless chompers, zombies who have not yet reawakened, and it is the largest and most destructive herd the living and dead have ever seen!
Set 10 years after the events in the popular zombie novel Mort, Cattle is a no-holds-barred action horror novel that is as original as it is fearless. Author Joseph Duncan (who formerly wrote under the pen name Rod Redux) has pulled out all the stops in his latest post-apocalyptic novel.
©2014 Joseph Duncan (P)2015 Joseph Duncan
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4 out of 5 stars
By Roz Woolcock on 08-05-15

Really liked the narrator

If you could sum up Cattle in three words, what would they be?

Well worth reading

If you’ve listened to books by Joseph Duncan before, how does this one compare?

This was my first but won't be my last

What does Ian M. Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Wonderful voice!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not specifically - enjoyed it all

Any additional comments?

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5 out of 5 stars
By caryn on 25-04-15

Outstanding, thoroughly enjoyable audio book.

The unique ability of Ian M Walker to bring individual characters to life made this one of my favourite audio books to date.
Every minute of the book was brought to life in my mind,
Very easy to listen to narrating voice, bravo.
I didn't want it to finish and can't wait for the next book from this author narrated by Mr Walker.
Great story kept me hooked until the end, another fantastic Joseph Duncan book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Todd N Toscano on 11-08-15

The narrator made this book for me

What made the experience of listening to Cattle the most enjoyable?

The Narrator's performance

Who was your favorite character and why?

Herold, he was sort of the glue that held the narrative together.

Which character – as performed by Ian M. Walker – was your favorite?

Spoiler Alert: I liked the way the narrator handled the dead friend Harold. The character went through several iterations (live, imaginary, zombie) and Mr. Walker managed to make them all work and yet not conflict with each other. His use of voice allowed one to get a since of each representation without interrupting the flow of the story or conflicting with other versions of the character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending

Any additional comments?

I finished listening to Cattle today and I have to say it was definitely the narrator's performance that made it for me. I was intrigued by the way he managed to give each of the character's voices distinct enough to identify yet unobtrusive enough that they did not interrupt the flow of the narrative. I also appreciated the way he handled some of the more delicate subject matter. Well worth a listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeff on 15-07-15

Cohesive, asks tough questions

What did you love best about Cattle?

The title sums everything up nicely. It explored the idea of how even sentient beings can see it in their best interest to succumb to a life as food for another form of life. It also made me very uncomfortable and made me think with some of the decisions the characters in the farm had to make.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cattle?

There is a very young girl that needs to get pregnant in order to survive. I won't share the details of this part, but virtually every circumstance in her situation is absolutely awful.

What does Ian M. Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ian reads the book with his natural British accent. I'm not sure that would come across through text, though sometimes the wording of the narration did seem distinctly British, but it was a nice touch.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"What would you do to survive?"... This is why I don't have a job in marketing...

Any additional comments?

Though I am a bit tired of the zombies coming out of the woodwork of popular culture, and I did have to put forth quite the effort to suspend disbelief that these zombies can talk and think despite the amount of damage they must have sustained since turning in the first place, I found Cattle to be an interesting take, and worth the listen. Instead of simply being another scenario where there is a group of survivors against impossible odds, and "Surprise, THESE zombies came about in a unique way!," it actually twisted the zombie scenario in order to tell a completely different kind of story, and ask some hard questions about humanity. Not only was the story quite good, but Joseph Duncan's writing is evocative and visceral, which helped to make up for what I didn't like about the story.

As for the narration, I understand that this is Ian Walker's first full-length audio book. Despite his struggle with American accents, the occasional difficulty understanding some of the zombie dialogue, and mostly negligible noisiness in sound quality, he did a remarkable job. His voice and accent are pleasant, he's very expressive with his narration without going overboard, and he was a perfect fit for the story itself.

I gave the story and the narration 4 stars each, but they work so well together that the final product is more than the sum of its parts. A great team, and I look forward to listening to more from both of them.

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