Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test! Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification. But, even in the best of times, suburban living has its ups and downs what with nosy neighbors, a strict Home Owners' Association, and a property management company that believes the words "strict interpretation" are holy words when applied to the HOA covenants. Now with the zombie apocalypse upon them even those innocuous, daily irritations quickly become dramatic struggles for personal identity, family security, and straight up survival. Welcome to normal life in Z-Burbia!
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5 out of 5 stars
By kev on 26-03-18


Amazing lived it so much performance top notche story amazing loved it so much book 2 bought

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5 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
By ATX-LH on 22-09-16

The burbs meet zombies.

Would you listen to Z-Burbia again? Why?

It is definitely worth another listen to. I have a tendency to listen and multi-task and I know sometime I would miss some part of the story. Story is interesting enough to re-listen to it again.

What did you like best about this story?

I like it when zombies stories shows how the survivor deals with real life scenarios. There is definitely no glamour in living in Z Burbia, just the harsh reality of trying to survive.

What about Andrew B. Wehrlen’s performance did you like?

Wehrlen's performance definitely kept me interested in the story. I feel like he does an amazing job bringing the different character to life.

Any additional comments?

Not a bad start to the series. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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