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I was a little weary, when I saw that all the paid reviewers gave this four to five stars, but I liked the summary, and figured they have to be right some of the time. I was wrong. This whole book is a narration of a guy's letter, that he is writing to a girl he has never meet. He is a sort of isolationist nerd. He witnesses the apocalypse from the window of his apartment. It was a good half hour, but the book is two hours longer than that. If you like listening to a guy drone on about his thoughts during an apocalypse than this is the book for you.
I understand authors giving away books, in order to get their books noticed. I have just had a bad experience at audible with these starter books. On the other hand there are some great books, that were not given away. These books have been lost in obscurity, which is a shame. The following is a list of authors and books, I feel are good reads, but which have not been discovered.
Ourselves by S.G. Redling
Jigsaw Man by Gord Rollo
Cattle by Joseph Duncan
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Mayrose Wood
Lord of All things by Andreas Eschbach
The Scourge by Roberto Calas
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
and I am sure there are plenty more.
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The first thing that struck me when looking at new releases a while back was, "Why is this in the romance genre?" Obviously miscategorized when first loaded into Audible as it has now been fixed. I am betting that many overlooked it because of this snafu.
The Scattered and the Dead is a very short introduction to a zombie apocalypse series that I am going to have to listen to once it comes out. Following the very familiar and successful journal style format. Decker is continuously writing letters. Letters to a love interest that lives across the hall from him, introducing himself, telling her about each day. Being too afraid to go talk to her in person. As these letters were never delivered to their intended recipient, quickly they turn into a record of the apocalypse as more discoveries are made.
At the beginning I wasn't too sure if I was going to enjoy this or not. As I am used to the action packed apocalypse variety stories. However, I am now hooked. Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus somehow created a post apocalypse that feels fresh, new and exciting. Along with a protagonist that evolves so much in a two hour book, going from a agoraphobic hermit to and adventure driven fearless explorer.
There are so many good things going for this book. I cannot wait for the next installment and I hope it is full length. However there was one thing that stuck out to me as a slight annoyance. Each journal entry starts off with the day count either before or after and the location of Pittsburg Pennsylvania. This location never changed. Why keep it in there so many times? Not sure. It does not take anything away, just a slight irk.
I am always a bit weary when I see an author is narrating their own work. As I have experienced so many that just don't do the story justice. I am very happy to report that Tim McBain's performance was spot on. I can't even think of anything critical to say. He delivered the story in such a melancholy manner in the beginning evolving with Decker into a strong personality and confidence.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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