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By writeallthereviews on 28-09-16
As a huge fan of and author in the zombie genre, I tend to be quite picky about the books I read. Not least because I don't want to be influenced (whether I know it or not) in my own writing. That being said, sometimes you hear enough about an author that you have to seek out his work, and Jake Bible falls under that category.
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of his audiobook edition of Z-Burbia through an Audiobook boom, in exchange for an impartial review.
And yes, this is impartial. This book is bloody brilliant.
I'm a huge fan of first person-perspective zombie fiction. Whilst it doesn't give you everyone's view of the end of the world, it allows you to get into the head of the lead character, sharing their victories, disasters, indecision and genius, in one chaotic ride.
That is the best summary I can give Z-Burbia. We are thrown straight into the action, and Bible doesn't let up, not once. Strap yourself in for one hell of a backbreaker, because our protagonist, Jason "Jace" Stanford is a man on a mission. In his safe community built up after the US has succumbed to a zombie outbreak, Jace is declared basically as the brains of the operation. On a number of times in the book he appears to demonstrate having no brains at all, so I take this as to be excellent lateral thinking and common sense.
I liked this book so much, not just because of the action (of which there is plenty) but because of the realism of the characters. Jace is one cocky character, and I can see how some folks might find his personality hard to believe. However Bible's consistency in delivery really sells this book, and this careful treatment is given to everyone we meet, from overbearing community leaders all the way to misunderstood cannibals.
The book did fall prey to some genre tropes, but it's such a saturated genre that this is simply to be expected, and when it's done well like in Z-Burbia, it's not unwelcome - rather traditional and good, than leftfield and utter trash.
From a narration perspective, I loved Andrew Wehlren's delivery. He hit the nail on the head with pacing, tone, and expressions. At no point was I jarred out of the story by slopping retelling. I like my narration fast, and I did have to pop the speed up to 1.3, but that's a personal opinion and I'm not letting it sway my overall opinion on a hellride of an action story, and a masterclass in audio delivery.
Bring on the rest of the series - I can't wait to see where this story goes!
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By The Zombie Specialist on 19-08-14
In my zombie top 10
I love to live life on the edge, so I try to purchase books which have no reviews. That way I can be surprised. I know, I live a sad life However, if I choose a book which has been reviewed. I try to choose one’s which have a well written excellent reviews. This story fell into the second case. Most of the reviews were excellent. And I can say truthfully, well deserved! I listened to this book in one day and loved it. I only have one reserve about it, which I shall mention later.
For whatever reason over the past 12 months I have probably purchased 50 or more zombie books. I’m starting to consider myself a zombie specialist. Which is funny because in the event of the rise of the zombie’s I would be the first to go because I am fat? However, fat jokes aside, this one is in my top 10 of the genre!
The story was great and had enough new idea’s to keep me interested. But for me the thing which I liked about it the most was the sarcasm and sense of humour of the characters. Now that I think about it, I must put a lot of weight on this element in any zombie book. As all of my favourite zombie books, have a sarcastic funny leading character.
The narration was good. This was my first time hearing Andrew Wehrlen. He had the hard task of multiple voices for multiple characters. I normally don’t like it when narrators do that, I much rather the approach chosen in “Yesterday’s Gone”. Nevertheless Andrew Wehrlen did a good job, only on a couple of occasions did I wonder who was speaking?
On the narration, this is yet another book in which the speed can easily be increased. Thus shortening the total length of the story.
I had one reserve about this book, and it was the ending. Don’t worry I am not going to give it away. But it sounds as though the next in the series could be going down a slightly different focus. That shouldn’t change your mind about purchasing this one. But I am having reservations about buying the second one. But I never listen to that little voice of doubt in my head and will probably buy it in the 10 minutes. Like I said at the start… I am a sad man… sad… fat man.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 26-02-16
SUCKS TO BE BAIT
This book grew on me. Through the first two chapters I was worried. There were a lot of one liners that fell flat like a Eddie Murphy sequel. I was afraid this was a Tufo want a be, that just didn't have the goods. I enjoyed the first two chapters, enjoying the thought of a suburb staying together, even the gated neighborhood organizations in a Zombie Apocalypse. I was also afraid it was going to be YA. Then came the third chapter.
GOD, I MISS TACOS
I don't know if the writing got better or the narrator finally got his timing down, but with Chapter three on, I started laughing and laughing often. The book has some really good characters that help make the story more interesting. First of all the main character is very likeable. His wife is a strong woman (more on that later). There is a military type and than there is the Zombie Savant. This character may be a little over the top for some, but I found her a lot of fun. The main character is more of a smart guy (common sense wise) than a stud. DID YOU FIND HIM IN A SMART GUY CATALOG?. There is also the born again swearer. He used to be a preacher, but now he uses the F bomb constantly.
NOT THE DAY TO PISS OFF MY WIFE
I have been crying for a strong female character in several of my apocalypse reviews and I finally got my wishes. This is full of strong female characters including the main character's wife. I think it made the main character look stronger and it made the whole story better. I hope that continues as I will be getting the next in the series. THERE CAN'T BE SECRETS IN A MARRIAGE, ESPECIALLY DURING A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.
COTTON CANDY AND PINWHEELS, THAT'S ALL YOU ARE.
My overall feeling about the book, was that it was a feel good zombie story. It is full of grossness, blood, bad language and several bad jokes or puns, but overall the characters are positive and I was hoping the best for them. It is not real serious, but if you are having Zombie withdrawals, this could fill that void. It is also different from the norm.
Not wanting to make this too long, I did not get a chance to talk about the PINK YOGA PANTS or the KAMIKAZE Z'S.
Reviewers are very split on this. I liked it a lot and I hope I explained why?
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