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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This is a huge giveaway featuring 17 Zombie E-Books for the Kindle plus a $50 Godiva Gift Card as its grand prize!

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The Prizes

Grand Prize and Runner-Up Winners Drawn and announced 2/11/17! We’ll also have a really big announcement to share that day, so make sure and come back then to find out who won and hear the announcement.

Grand Prize

All 17 Zombie Books +

RUNNER-UP PRIZE PACKAGE #1 (Includes These 5 Books)

(Daily Flash Prize for 2/1)

Mutation Z : Omnibus
By Marilyn Peake

When a Zombie epidemic is actually a biological weapon,
it takes a determined journalist and a band of scientists
to expose the truth and find a cure.

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(Daily Flash Prize for 2/2)

Frozen Stiff : A Zombie Novella
By John Grover

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(Second Daily Flash Prize for 2/2)

Zombie Castle
By Chris Harris

It was intended to eradicate the common cold,
instead it eradicated most of the human race.

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Connect with Chris on Facebook!

(First Daily Flash Prize for 2/3)

Broken Dreams
By Rissa Blakeley

What if you discovered the man of your dreams was nothing but a liar,
full of secrets edging on betrayal?

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(Second Daily Flash Prize for 2/3)

The Zee Brothers : Curse of The Zombie Omelet
By Grivante

Orgasms, Chocolate & Zombies?
Just an average day for Jonah, Judas & JJ,
The Zombie Exterminators!

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(First Daily Flash Prize for 2/4)

Zombie Attack : Rise of the Horde Book 1
By Devan Sagliani

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(Second Daily Flash Prize for 2/4)

Aftershocks : A Collection of Survivors Tales
By Kristopher and Valerie Lioudis

Zombies quickly rule the land, but hope falls from the sky in the form of a mysterious flyer directing the uninfected to a sanctuary in New Jersey of all places. Aftershock follows several individuals as they try seperately and together to reach safety.

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(2/5 Flash Prize #1)

Lockdown Book 1 of the AM13 Outbreak Series
By Samie Sands

Every attempt to contain the deadly AM13 virus has failed, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction. With the zombies multiplying and survivors struggling to make it to the sanctuary, Ethan, Alyssa, and Dr. Jones fight to fulfill their destinies. If they fail, their fate is sealed, and they will join the millions of others who have been Forgotten.

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(2/5 Flash Prize #2)

Sons of Sludge
By Josiah Upton

Being a teenager is hard – being undead is even harder.
Zaul Jarreux is a Hybrid Reanimate, starting his first day of school among the living.

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And connect with Josiah on FacebookTwitter

(2/6 Flash Prize)

Speakeasy Dead
By Vicky Loebel

A Roaring Twenties Romantic Zombie Comedy:
Has speakeasy manager Clara Woodsen unleashed a zombie plague –
Or are her customers just really bad at dancing the Charleston?

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And connect with Vicky on Facebook & Twitter!

RUNNER-UP PRIZE PACKAGE #3 (Includes These 5 Books)

(2/7 Flash Prize #1)

A Place Outside The Wild
By Daniel Humphreys

8 years after Z-Day, a small community of survivors has endured.
When the military returns searching for one survivor in particular,
everything they thought they knew about the outbreak is called into question.

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And connect with Daniel on Twitter!

(2/7 Flash Prize #2)

King of the Dead

By Kevin O. McLaughlin

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And connect with Samie on Facebook!

The Zee Brothers : Curse of The Zombie Omelet
By Grivante

Orgasms, Chocolate & Zombies?
Just an average day for Jonah, Judas & JJ,
The Zombie Exterminators!

Get the book on Amazon!
Follow Grivante on FacebookTwitter  & Instagram

Lockdown Book 1 of the AM13 Outbreak Series
By Samie Sands

Every attempt to contain the deadly AM13 virus has failed, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction. With the zombies multiplying and survivors struggling to make it to the sanctuary, Ethan, Alyssa, and Dr. Jones fight to fulfill their destinies. If they fail, their fate is sealed, and they will join the millions of others who have been Forgotten.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Samie on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

(2/8 Flash Prize #1)

Them : Invasion
By 
MD Massey

When a surprise nuclear attack forces Aidan from hiding,
he must rescue his aging parents while traversing a landscape populated by violent redneck looters,
rogue military factions, and an army of hungry undead.

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And connect with MD on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

RUNNER-UP PRIZE PACKAGE #4 (Includes These 5 Books)

(2/8 Flash Prize #2)

Devour
By R. L. Blalock

An infection is spreading.
With every passing minute, more people are dying. More ferals are rising.
The city is devouring itself and Liv is caught right in the middle of it.

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And connect with R.L. on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

(2/9 Flash Prize #1)

It Took a Zombie Apocalypse
By Jessica E. Subject

In this tale of forbidden love,
Missy must work with RJ in order to survive the zombie outbreak that plagues their small town.
But zombies aren’t the only threat to her life, or her heart.

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(2/9 Flash Prize #2)

Still Myself, Still Surviving (Gary’s Trilogy Book 1) 
By Marlin Grail

Honestly, in a world with zombies around almost every turn, the cause for these zombies hovering around and what feels like always above you, and to top it all off, the survivors that remain all seeming a monster in their own ways, would you be the same person you are now if suddenly life as you knew it had ended when this kind of world began?

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And connect with Marlin on Facebook!

(2/10 Flash Prize)

B is for Brains: ABCs for the Zombie Apocalypse
By Ellie Sutton

B is for Brains: ABCs for the Zombie Apocalypse
A perfect blend of cute and creepy,
B is for Brains leads kids of all ages through a zombie infested alphabet.

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And connect with Ellie on FacebookTwitter!

Broken Dreams
By Rissa Blakeley

What if you discovered the man of your dreams was nothing but a liar,
full of secrets edging on betrayal?

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Connect with Rissa on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

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