January 2018 Audiobook ReviewZombie Road: Bloodbath on the Blacktop

Run time: 10hrs and 52 minutes, narrated by Eric A. Shelman
In the sequel to David A. Simpson’s Convoy of Carnage, Bloodbath on the Blacktop we join Gunny and crew as they make their way to Lakota, South Dakota, their new safe home, or is it?

Threats are mounting on multiple fronts. The potential of nuclear meltdown continues, the terrorist threat looms in the background plus the mysterious danger of the shadowy organization that may really be behind everything that has happened to devastate the planet.

There’s a lot that happens in this book, but our main focus remains on Gunny and his band of truckers as they set up shop in Lakota and make it defensible against the undead hordes and the ever-present bad humans that tend to crop up once society falls.

What did I like about this story?
I like that the story continued its action-packed pace and moves the story and Gunny forward toward rescuing his family. Speaking of, I really liked that we got to spend more time with Lacy and their son, who managed to get himself into even worse trouble this time around. They were primarily secondary characters in the first book, but they stand out more this time around presenting us with an opportunity to get to know them and the threats they are facing. I had feared their story might just be left in the same peril as book one, but they manage to find themselves in new trouble this time around that left me on the edge of my seat wondering how the hell they’ll get out of this one.

What didn’t I like about this story?
I know that despicable humans exist, especially in dystopian tales, but they do tend to get old after The Walking Dead’s Governor and Negan. Casey is our primary human villain in this tale and I didn’t like him. He might be a necessary evil to show the differences between our band of heroes and the not so nice people that are left, but I would have loved to have seen more about the other villains that thus far have only been hinted at in the series. The shadowy government organization that appears to be behind things and the Arab terrorist cells that are roaming the countryside decommissioning the failing nuclear power plants. They are still nothing more than bit players and it would have been great to see them step into the spotlight this time around, but it looks like we’ll have to wait until book three to see one or both of them take center stage in the Zombie Road series.

Narration:
Eric A. Shelman’s narration was as excellent as it was last time, bringing life to the story with his occasional special effects and his perfectly toned vocals that matched what you’d imagine for this group of ex-military truckers.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
Absolutely. I gave book one a ten out of ten and I’m gonna be a little rougher on this one only because I wanted more of certain aspects that I didn’t get and felt were a missed opportunity to amp up the excitement going into book three. That is, of course, an assumption on my part that book three will be wrapping up the main storyline of the series and those elements will be focused on more there. That may not be the case as I know David has been talking about additional books in the series, so only time will tell how it all plays out and when we will get to the bottom of the true villains of this series.

I give this book a 9 out of 10.

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December Audiobook Review POW: The Zombie Days

Run time: 5hrs and 46 minutes, narrated by Jacob Bruce
In Peter Oliver Wonder‘s POW: The Zombie Days, we find ourselves following the author in a first-person account on a post-apocalyptic adventure the likes of which you won’t find in many other zompoc style books. Consider this a buddy movie type story. Two dudes out to keep their small part of the world safe from what remains of the dead after society has fallen and is starting the slow rebuild to something new. The author takes an interesting tongue-in-cheek approach to himself in the story.

What did I like about this story?
The story was filled with bro-humor, alot of it funny, some not so much, but it was the humorous and bizarre aspects that I enjoyed the most. I liked the fact that the story involves a society that has fallen and is rebuilding itself and for the most part, zombies are just a nuisance to be dealt with. There was some interesting character development and even some unexpected plot twists, such as a romance that you think is going one direction and then goes somewhere else.

What didn’t I like about this story?
The same thing I enjoyed I also grew tired of. The bro-humor was entertaining but constant. It got to be very juvenile at some points and tiresome as the story went on. If you’re a fan of constant sarcasm and two dudes bantering, you’ll enjoy this. I just grew tired of it. For me, it was good for comic relief, but not what I wanted to listen to the whole story.

Narration:
The narration was well done. Jacob Bruce’s vocals were energetic and carried the tone of the story well.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
While the story ended with a setup for a sequel going in a very different direction(hint not Zombies), I don’t think I would enjoy another go-round of this type of storytelling, for me, it would be a pass.

I’d give this book a 5 out of 10.

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October Audiobook Review: Rise of the Dead

Run time: 7hrs and 57 minutes, narrated by John R. Crosthwaite
In Jeremy Dyson’s Rise of the Dead, we find ourselves at the start of the zombie apocalypse. The story is in first person and we follow the plight of Blake, a man who finds himself separated from his family by the rapidly deteriorating world around him. He bands together with other survivors in an attempt to keep one step ahead of the dead, but their escape is leading them away from his wife and daughter.

What did I like about this story?
I enjoyed the fast-paced fall of civilization, how it fell apart so quickly and our main character who had led a life of controlled decisions found himself thrust into a world of unpredictable chaos.

It was tough(in a good way) listening along as his attempts at survival took him further and further away from his family. I could feel his frustration and fear, knowing that he had to do what he was doing to survive, but knowing that it could mean he’d never see his wife and daughter again.

There are some other interesting characters, Quentin, Danielle and Stitch who band together with Blake and help him in his travels. They added some interesting twists, especially the temporary salvation that Quentin’s father brings the group. This part of the story also helps to reveal just how bad things are becoming.

What didn’t I like about this story?
This has nothing to do with anybody but me, but I had a real problem with the narration and it severely affected my enjoyment of the story. I’ll cover this more in Narration below.

Narration:
Ok, so I’ll repeat, this has nothing to do with the story or even the narrator really, but I had a hard time listening to this book. The narrator did this thing with his voice where he would be reading normally and then would switch into a very husky demanding tone and that is the same voice I use to make my wife laugh. I call it my Batman voice. It’s a silly thing I do with her, but hearing it quite frequently in the story as I listened kept throwing me out of the story. I couldn’t stand it. It’s one thing when I do it being silly, its another thing when a good portion of the story sounded like it was being read in that voice.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
Unfortunately, due to my struggle with the narrator’s use of “Batman” voice, I would not. This doesn’t mean that others won’t enjoy it just fine, in fact, they likely will, it’s just that it didn’t work for me.

I had a tough time deciding how to rate this. I’d give the story a 7-8, but as discussed, the narration was a real challenge for me and I’d give it a 4-5, so I’m going to average the two out and give it an overall 6 out of 10.

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September Audiobook Review: Speakeasy Dead

Run time: 7hrs and 35 minutes, narrated by Nick Podehl & Emily Beresford
In Vicky Loebel’s Speakeasy Dead we find ourselves in a most unexpected version of the 1920’s. Zombies, witches, warlocks, gangsters, ritzy movie stars and a dance competition? Yep, a dance competition. Oh and I forgot to mention ghosts, a djinn, a demon and probably more that I cannot remember. It was a crazy mix of characters in the familiar setting of prohibition era America. I didn’t know what I would think of this story, but I was actually quite delighted by it.

The two main characters, Clara & Bernie, who we follow in alternating narratives, reminded me a lot of characters from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Bernie, reminded me of Xander and Clara a cross between Willow and maybe a little bit of Buffy herself.

The book is billed as a roaring twenties paranormal romantic comedy and it definitely fits that description. There’s love brewing as well as potions, booze and trouble!

What did I like about this story?
I loved the way the story flowed back and forth between Clara’s point of view and Bernie’s, each with its own opening quote from either the “Girl’s Guide to Demons” or the “Boy’s Guide to Boggarts”. The characters are constantly in worsening peril right from the beginning and the heat just keeps getting turned up as the story goes on.

At times the differing points of view tell you parts of the same scene from their unique perspectives and at others, they are jumping off into a new direction for the story. This kept each chapter fresh, interesting and unexpected.

The world the author created around the prohibition era, filled with witches, warlocks and demons is also filled with possibilities for future stories, while I doubt they will be filled with more zombies, I hope more books are written because these characters were a lot of fun to listen to.

What didn’t I like about this story?
Ultimately, it’s very sparse on zombies, which is ok, but if you are reading this because you really like zombie books, especially apocalypse level books, you might not care for it. If you like fun stories with action and drama, with characters you can laugh at and root for, then you’ll enjoy this book.

Narration:
The narration on this book was done quite well, with each of the two main characters having their own narrator. It made it fun to listen to and also really helped with what can be one of the challenges of an audiobook, knowing which character is doing something.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
Yes, I would. I really enjoyed this story. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that when I set out to listen to it, I wasn’t too sure I’d like it at all because it was so vastly different to everything else I’ve been listening to. Perhaps that’s why I enjoyed it so much, it was fresh and interesting.

I give this 10 out of 10 stars, which is the second month in a row I have given that rating and on two vastly different books!

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