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I started listening to this collection before listening to the Newflesh trilogy. This meant some of the references went over my head on the first listen - it really doesn't matter. The stories work wonderfully as self-contained zombie fiction and as part of the wider pre/post rising world. The author has managed to create a new and exciting zombie (post)apocalypse world and I hope they keep exploring it for a long time to come.
My favourite stories were Countdown (as someone working with viruses I really enjoyed the in-depth explanation of the viruses origins) and The day the dead came to show and tell (I don't think any author I've come across before has given such careful thought to the social consequences of the zombie apocalypse).
The narration is faultless and didn't annoy me once during 24 hours of listening.
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I'm so glad to hear these stories read. I've loved the Newsflesh world since I first got a chance to read Feed, when it was donated to our local library by orbit as part of the marketing push right before Deadline came out.
Mira Grant is a writer who puts such loving detail into each of her characters, and I'm honestly a sucker for oral history/epistolary novel combos. And oh how I love zombies. Which has made my continued worsening vision a bane, as you can usually never get the short stories and novellas an author writes in audiobook format. But now, I get to hear them all in a days worth of reading bliss.
I'm only about six hours in, so I may come back to edit later, but I can already say that both the readers do an amazing job. And to anybody who like me finds multiple people playing different parts in an audio book distracting, not to worry. Each narrator takes on a complete short story or novella. Depending on if the story is narrated primarily by a woman or a man.
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Each of the segments are so uniquely written that whilst they can be read as stand alone accounts the entire Newsflesh series is also so beautifully connected and interrelated it flows amazingly as a large singular account.
Other than that piece of information and that I almost didn't sleep for the entire 25 hours simply because I just couldn't stop, I'm a bit too wrapped up in processing right now to write more. It's truly a must have!!!
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