The End

  • by Adam M. Booth
  • Narrated by Shiromi Arserio
  • 1 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A zombie horror told from the zombie's perspective, The End is one woman's account of the end of her life, her family, and everything.
Like many single parents in their thirties, Zoe is overworked, overburdened, and low on company, and when the zombie apocalypse begins, she is forced to face the monster that has taken her over, the horrors he shows her, and her own murky past.
How does it feel to gain consciousness, only to find you have lost everything else. How would it feel to have a destructive force take you over completely and be powerless to stop the massacre that follows? And how would it feel to finally face your past and realise that perhaps, the monster has been with you all along? Find out in The End, an examination of the inhuman condition.


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Introspective Zombie Body Shock Horror

A really interesting take on the zombie genre as this novella is from a woman's perspective as she turns into a zombie and what happens after a zombie apocalypse has fully taken hold of the population. Zoe, a single mother, goes on an instinct driven journey to find her daughter as she transforms into a zombie. What follows is a horrifyingly descriptive and graphic literary illustration of zombies eating humans. Booth uses an entire horror thesaurus to paint his picture of The End and it works as I found myself wincing in disgust.

Being a man's take on a woman's point of view, there were very occasional moments in the story that reminded me that the tone of voice wasn't authentic. Some of the language the protagonist Zoe used to describe herself and her outfits sounded like they came straight from the Daily Mail's sidebar of shame and I'm not sure a grown woman who sends her daughter to boarding school would refer to her chest area as "t*ts". However I'm sure that if this is the type of genre that you read/listen to on a regular basis, this sort of detail won't matter to you.

The narration by Shiromi Arserio is well read, however each chapter starts with quite a high level of tension already, possibly due to the horror of the content, this leaves Shiromi with little space to move so it does feel like one big description as opposed to a story. Her stylized tone and expat accent sometimes distract from the story but on the whole it was clear and easy to listen to.

The End is inventive and incredibly descriptive and will have you grossing out and captivated all at once. Warning, if you're listening to this whilst grocery shopping, keep clear of the meat aisle.

**I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast**
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- Alice

Highly captivating and emotional!

Would you listen to The End again? Why?

I would consider listening to it again in a few years time when I've forgot most of the details ;-)

What did you like best about this story?

I've thoroughly enjoyed the way the story was told, from a zombie's perspective portraying the agonizing moments that Zoe, the protagonist had to go through. The narration was very descriptive and from the first page I felt like I was part of the story, like I was next to Zoe talking every step with her.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene that I've liked the most and I've found most moving and disturbing was Zoe's transformation from a human being into a zombie and the the impact it had on her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! It was highly captivating and you don't want to stop until you get to The End!

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- L. Tyrrell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-08-2014
  • Publisher: Adam Booth