Cassie Forrest has sworn she'll never let the world get the best of her again. She's chosen to believe everything will be all right. But on a journey filled with heartbreak and madness and zombies, Cassie and her friends must struggle to stay alive - and it's hard to believe in a future when survival seems unlikely.
©2015 Sara Lyons Fleming (P)2015 Podium Publishing
Philosophical Anarchist Anti-Feminist and an MRA Anti-war-Pacifist Psychologist & Gestalt-therapist And a happy secular Atheist Vegan.
All the previous books were great but this one is by far the most "wonderful" if I even can use this expression here. The charter's arc's, the unsuspected plot turn's were both heart warming and heart wrenching time and time again. It is so great to read a humane-first-of-all apocalypse story, it is pretty rear in the genre in my opinion, it is more then not all about the action in the other books, that's why this one is so special to me. Here it is about the people, and their stores, plus main protagonist is a woman written confidently and realistically with all greatness of survival and ugliness of survival together, and it makes the story even more indeering, you can relate, you can cheer, you can be sad, but most of all you can not stop reading it (or listening in my case, the voice-over is brilliantly done!).
P.S. And yes, after Chapter 33 Anna's Backpack scene I was crying like there was no return.
Yes most definitely! A zombie world with believable characters is a rare thing indeed. An author who takes the time to develop those characters whilst maintaining the necessary sense of danger and fear is even rarer.
A lot of zombie books have a similar timeline. Outbreak and scary escape, find a refuge and build defences, face scary humans and then have the refuge overrun by zombies to force the characters into jeopardy again, a novel describing people subsistence farming would be of little interest to anyone so the writer has to get the characters moving. This trilogy is no different in that sense from several other zombie books, it does not re-invent the genre and does not seek to be particularly innovative in terms of the overall storyline. It might be quite surprising to learn then that I think this trilogy is amongst the best in the genre, if not the best. How the story is told is what seperates this trilogy from other lesser examples of the genre.
Character development is key and brilliantly done. The inter-relationship between the characters is as important as the zombies. There's still a lot of action as you would expect from a zombie book but because the characters are well developed the listener actually cares about what happens to them.
The author has created a believable and terrifying world where the characters act in a rational way. That's not to say they are always sensible, logical or mistake free but the way they act fits in with their characters. I have listened to a lot of zombie audiobooks and almost all of them have scenes where the author has dreamt up set piece situations. Nothing wrong with that but usually to get the characters into those situations someone has to act in way that's either totally out of character or just plain stupid. In this trilogy (and novella) the characters' motivation and actions are understandable and consistent. In a perfect world that should be the least the reader expects from an author but it is so rare in this genre that I feel it is worthy of mention.
I have now purchased a couple of audiobooks purely because Julia Whelan was the narrator. She is by far the most enjoyable narrator I've listened to (out of the 100+ I've tried).
Her accents are subtle and nuanced rather than the usual parody of accents most narrators use. There's nothing worse, for me, than a narrator who feels the need to exaggerate accents to make the characters distinctive from each other. You know what I mean.. the Irish character that sounds like a leprechaun on speed, the marine that sounds like Hicks/Hudson from Aliens, the New Yorker who sounds like Joe Pesci...........Julia Whelan achieves distinctive characters without the need for such sloppy stereotypes.
The other aspects of her narration also show a similar degree of subtlety. She conveys the emotion of a scene without overacting it. I realise this aspect is more of a personal preference but to me reading an audiobook has to be a performance to be any good but it can't be in the same vein as a stage/film performance. Novels have far too much superfluous information/text to justify trying to fully act out each scene and it's usually grating when narrators try. A novel adapted for a dramatic performance is a very different thing from the reading of an unabridged audiobook. Julia Whelan has realised this and I can't speak highly enough about her performance.
The 3rd of the series,I've listened to them all straight through because the characters are so well written you need to know what happens to them.As with the other books,this has scenes where you are literally biting your nails and yes,it made me cry! I'm going back to the first book now I've done.Excellent narration too which makes all the difference.
This is the third book and still fantastic. I have loved this trilogy and felt so attached to the characters. The story really brings them to life and the narrater does a really brilliant job.
This book has really got me into apocalypse books and although it features zombies, it is the characters in the story that are the main focus, the zombies are just the background. I will say the same comment that got me to buy this series in the first place - even if you don't like zombies you will love this series of books. Truly amazing and this was a brilliant follow on. I really hope there is a future book giving details of what happens in the future.
A great final book of the trilogy with enough action to keep pace with the other books
The narration was excellent and I'm now looking for other books Julia has read, superb :)
"Best zombie apocalypse fiction out there!"
I have to say, i just loved this series. I listen to these at work, and i found myself excited to go to work in the morning to find out what happened to Cassie and the group. Julia Whelan is also a wonderful narrator. I found myself searching audible for other titles narrated by her. She really brings life to the characters, male and female. All I can say is, if you are interested in z-apocalypse fiction, this is one of the best series out there. The characters are so developed and the story keeps moving. And if you aren't into zombies, i recommend these books as well. Sure, there's gore, but the characters are what draw you in. You can see a real progression in each character. I was satisfied by the end, but man, i wish there would be more of these!
"Amazing end of the trilogy"
I wanted to put off listening to this one, because I knew it was the last book- but I also HAD to know what Cassie and the group faced before they got their happy ever after. I also had to find out who made it to their happily ever after, as Sarah Lyons Fleming isn't shy about killing off a favorite character. Nobody is guaranteed a safe spot in her world.
The characters are what makes this series so amazing. The survivors have all developed so much from the first book, and they are so real. There is no shortage of action from the zombies, and some really nasty living baddies too.
So while I am heartbroken that this is the end, I can honestly say this is a series that I will visit again in the future to listen to again.
Julia Whelan does a fantastic job with the narration. She really brought Cassie to life and nailed her snark. I have enjoyed all the books I have listened to that were read by her.
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"yet another well delivered book!!!!"
FAN TAS TIC
LIke no other. The Author is really amazing with these books and the way she paints the pictures. YOu can really see and imagine everything about it. I HATE zombies but I NEED more of this book!!!
A fantastic narrator! Great performer and really gives life into this book.
Like always this author delivered a great book!!!! I highly recommend reading all the books for this series. They are so good and I am afraid it’s coming to an end!
"Better than book 2, but nowhere near as good as 1."
Book 3 is like a combination of book 1 (and 1.5) and book 2. It's got some really good parts like book 1, but a lot of boring blah parts like 2. So I like this better than the previous, but it's still far from the first. The love story in this book is extremely predictable. I saw it coming from book 2. Everything is pretty much predictable, even down to the gender & name of the baby. The few action/fighting scenes were nail biting. I just wish there were more.
"Love this series"
Sarah has a way of evoking some major emotion with her writing, and All the Stars in the Sky doesn't disappoint.
While often I'll balk at tying everything up in a shiny red bow, this series needed it and it was written exactly how I wanted it to play out. I don't know if it was my own imagination, or if the author subtly led me in that direction, but it was flawlessly executed.
This series is an absolute must read.
"I LOVE the entire series!!!"
Not my normal genre, but by far one of the best series EVER! Great book, well worth the credits!!! The books must be read in order, even the novella!
To be honest I've listened to this series many times, it's by far one of the best Zombie apocalypse trilogies. The narration is perfect, the story keeps you entertained (even if you know the story nearly by heart)! The series has a little bit of something for everyone, mystery, thrills, romance, lost/found/rediscovered love, drama, the value of family and so much more......
"Awesome story with a perfectly matched narrator!"
Absolutely LOVED this trilogy!! I can't wait to see more from this author. She's brilliant!!
"Wow all I can say is wow!!!!"
What a perfect book to wrap this series up with. So many times I have been let down with the ending of series's I don't read them that often. So I started this one not sure if I would finish it. Well my house is a mess my frig is empty my kids are tired of feeding themselves but I am happy and satisfied. Fleming could not have done better on this book. Thank you for writing it and writing it so well. I love how the characters came full circle how we lost some on the way but they where never forgotten. Perfect just perfect
"Coming Full Circle"
Julia Whelan's dreamy narration makes this novel come to life. She breathes life into each beloved character with her humorous or serious interpretations. her sense of timing us impeccable . A novel such as this, the third of three , needs to show readers just how far characters have traveled . This story does this . My thirst for dystopian novels is finally quenched with this trilogy . The love stories and friendships embedded in the post end of world storyline are not angst ridden and perfect . Instead they are real, brojen, angry, brave, patieht, and devoted. If you have ever loved someone at the wrong time and had the fortune to meet up again much later and find the time is right then you will understand how unique it would be to spend all of that time in between breaking up and getting together with each other rather than apart . Cassie and Peter find themselves broken up but stuck with each other as they survive in a world that is ending This is no teenage love story. They are adults who endure losses unimaginable and form friendships as they rebuild their lives and gather others in need of love and protection around them .
I recommend this trilogy for the storytelling and story itsekf. It's difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends in this amazing performance .
Amazing I want to read all her books great read. I actually cried a few times.5 stars for sure.
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