Eight people escape zombie-infested New York. They have only one thing in common: the addict gene. The same genetic quirk that makes alcoholics and addicts susceptible to booze and drugs gives them a mysterious ability to evade the undead. But that's not enough to unite them. They're an unlikely crew: A Botoxed Upper East Sider; a drug dealer; a resentful daughter of addicts; a recovering AA guy; a Japanese ex-dope fiend; an addicted Ivy Leaguer; and a Mexican immigrant. They dodge zombies, toxic wastelands, drugged lunatics, their personal demons and sometimes each other, only to find themselves in a cult that takes A.A. to fundamentalist extremes. They have to make a choice, one they may not survive.
©2013 Michele W. Miller (P)2014 Michele W. Miller
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I was a little worried about reading another Zombie book after being really disappointed with Feed!
Are you a recovering acoholic? An ex drug user? A victim of some sort of solvent abuse? Then these words will come as a surprise to you YOU ARE THE LUCKY ONES!!!!
The reason for this, you carry the gene!! The gene that stops you from being smelt by the zombies "deadheads" that are taking over the world.
This was a very cleverly written book, it makes a good discussion point, in what would stop you being found by zombies (if they were real obviously)
As well as 8 people trying to find their way through to Mexico, these poor guys can't get a break after a nuclear station becomes compromised (due to no one working them anymore) and the air turns toxic.
The characters are written really well and you hear the back stories of why and how they became addicts.
After finding a camp full of (ex) addicts on the way, the gang finally find a safe place.
The books ending was a little bit too saccharine sweet for me, but I also love a HAE, so to be honest it ended how it should have done.
I've only spent about two hours with The Thirteenth Step, but so far I am captivated and refuse to put my listening device down. It is wonderfully descriptive and excellently told. I can't wait to get back to it, but wanted to stop for a second just to write a great review.
Thank you M Miller for this fun and smart book. I'm looking forward to discovering more of your writing.
"Really enjoyable fun read"
A group of Addicts and Alcoholics in recovery (mostly) band together at the beginning of a "Zombie Apocolypse". The dialogue between them and the New York locations (Landmark buildings, Sites of well known, now closed meetings) is what hooked me. If you've been around recovery at all you'll know what I mean. I've been in the recovering community a while and I have KNOWN some of the characters, even if I wasn't It's still an accurate (and funny) glimpse into addict/alcoholic thinking.
"Zombies n Recovery - a new twist on the genre"
I can't answer this question as I never read the print version.
That would be a spoiler! So, suffice it to say, there are some surprises in this tale that make it memorable. One of the most memorable moments that I can reveal: the revelation that there is a connection between zombie immunity and the addict gene.
The outbreak scene in the beginning of the novel--lots of action and Gabrielle de Cuir's intonations really take the reading to a stellar level!
Zombies Anonymous? IDK, I like the title it has just fine.
I highly recommend this tome for any fan of zombies and/or 12-step recovery. If you are a fan of both, you are in for a real treat indeed. The reading is fast-paced and exciting. It is a quick listen as de Cuir's reading, combined with Miller's writing, make for an captivating experience.
"Just when you think you've seen every zombie novel"
Zombies are not typically my bag, yet somehow I've read or otherwise heard or gotten to a lot. I wasn't expecting too much from a self-published book, but de Cuir as narrator piqued my interest enough to check it out and I ended up enjoying this quite a lot. While there are some "staples to the point of trope" of the genre here (motley cast of characters assemble! bring in zombies! scare and run! sometimes we lose somebody! oh by the way some other human survivor’s are either going psycho, or trying to reinstate the 50s!) there’s also some really unique wrinkles, the main one being that for some reason, alcoholics and others with an addiction gene have some level of resistance to being detected by the zombies. There's also the "THANK GOD SOMEBODY FINALLY" character who has actually read Max Brooks, and we get the fun of comparing notes a bit between fiction and (this fictional) reality. Also, on that "motley crew" this one has a lot going for it. It's diverse in age, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, disposition, goals. And de Cuir brings it all to life, with some additional nice production touches such as radio static effects, that really take this audiobook up a couple notches. It's a refreshingly original wrinkle in the zombie apocalypse subgenre -- who knew that Alcoholics Anonymous would be ready for this?
"Soft zombie story, still fun and interesting"
Being somewhat familiar with 12 step recovery programs, this is going to be an interesting listen. I do know what the "thirteenth step" is. For those of you that do not know it is when a person with established sobriety dates a person that is new to recovery. I have heard that it can get a bit messy. I am trying to figure out how in the world what kind of recovery Michele W. Miller is going to get into, because of the zombies and all.
The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery was nothing that I thought it would be and also was somewhat what I thought it would be. with the zombie apocalypse starting, at least for us, in New York city made me crave giant hordes roaming the streets. Huge action scenes of a band of survivors fighting for survival. There were huge hordes, but they only stumbled by, scaring our band of misfits.
Here’s the original part. People with the disease of alcoholism and their children are immune to the zombie virus. Well maybe not totally immune, but the zombies for some reason cannot sniff out their living flesh. Not surprisingly after learning this, our band of survivors are mostly this type of person.
Escape from New York is first and foremost. Only to find a compound full of alcoholics. This is where normal people, unless they are familiar with recover programs, will start to loose some interest. Because the amount of recovery jargon used is extreme. Maybe you will find it hilarious that amidst an apocalypse people are still working the steps, having meetings and doing the deal to the best of their ability.
All in all The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery is an original zombie story that I would classify as soft. Not a lot of action or gore. Full of interesting alcoholic survivors, which makes for colorful characters. Full of personalities before survival principles.
If you have been afraid to listen to an violence filled zombie audiobook, here is your chance for a story to ease you into the genre.
Gabrielle de Cuir put everything she had into this performance. Emphasizing words and scenes to create more tension and emotion than would have been there otherwise. This is what made The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery stand out to me. Characterizations were pretty good, it is always difficult for narrators to voice the opposite sex.
Without the stellar narration of de Cuir, it is quite possible that my enjoyment level would have been way lower.
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"informative guidelines for zombie attacks."
It is possible to survive the attack and live in a peaceful world in a new civilization.
"very unique and enjoyable"
This was a nice surprise -very good read and I thought one of the better detailed outbreak stories. I felt like I was right there in the middle of it!
I absolutely loved this! I expected it to be kind of corny or underwhelming but it was so so heartwarming and painted a realistic picture of AA folks. Well, as realistic as you can get with the zombie apocalypse as a plot point. Would definitely recommend this to anyone in the program!
"a quirky zombie survival book"
I’m not going to lie, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed this book nearly as much if it weren’t an audiobook. Some books are just born to be preformed, and Zombie Recovery is one of them. The narrator, Gabrielle De Cuir, was dealt a diverse cast of character’s to play and I enjoyed her performance of every once of them. I could easily distinguish each character she portrayed and thought she really gave each character a unique personality, which has to be hard for such a large group of cultures and age groups. I will be watching out for more audiobooks narrated by De Cuir.
In The Thirteen Step: Zombie Recovery, the zombie apocalypse pretty much happened within 24 hours. One person catches the virus, bites another and within a matter of minutes a world-wide pandemic unfolds. This happens all around the world. Is it this version of the zombie virus all that plausible? Nah, not really. If a virus is going to wipe out the entire population of 6 billion + people, it’s gonna take a lot longer. Still, I enjoyed that this author took a popular troupe and gave it an amusing twist: the alcoholic gene.
In this world, addicts and alcoholics aren’t nearly as tempting to zombies – nor are their offspring that are pre-predispose to addiction. This doesn’t mean that alcoholics don’t get eaten in Zombie Recovery, just that this genetic anomaly made the survivors less tempting to the rotting bastards. Don’t be disappointed – this gene doesn’t mean there wasn’t any kick-ass zombie killing to enjoy – there was plenty and it was gory!
I usually don’t go for books where a pandemic spreads in such a small timeframe, but it added something more for this particular plot. The character’s were forced to infer the ins and outs of the zombie virus because of what they experienced around them. There was no mysterious government or scientists to push facts at them, they had to learn how to survive based on experience and general knowledge of pop culture zombie “facts.”
Since finishing this book late last week, I have already re-listened to it and have realized that all eight of the main characters showed growth since their first appearance in the beginning of the book. There was at least one trait about each character that I didn’t particularly connect with, but by the end of the book they had matured into someone else. I found this to be one of the best things about this story. It’s unrealistic to expect a character to stay exactly the same when they’ve one through something like the end of the world. experience changes a person’s personality and outlook on life – whether it be positively or negatively, the apocalypse will change you from who you were to who you have become.
If you love gore, or apocalypse-themed survival books, give The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery a try. It will surprise you in ways you won’t expect and you may enjoy it just as much as I did! I hope Miller continues to write more zombie books, I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for me.
"Very well done"
Yes. The story was originally very entertaining but the narrator added great depth to each character.
The fact that it's not your average zombie tale, nor is it your average XA survival story. Uniquely entertaining.
One of the early scenes at the lottery win was really well done.
I don't know why but I had an instant connection with Patti.
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