The unthinkable has happened. The dead are walking! Humanity's fragile thread may be reaching its bitter end. Individuals and groups struggle to survive...some at any cost. Will there be anybody left? Or, is this just..The Ugly Beginning?
©2010 T W Brown (P)2013 May December Publications, LLC
I liked the concept of writing about multiple groups, and it worked pretty well on the whole.
I think it was memorable because the writer didn't shy away from writing strong content that represented the darkest parts of human behaviour. I think a lot of writers consider doing what he does in this but then bottle out and use another character to do it too or lessen it. Dark things happen in real life, so with no laws I think reflecting that in writing is fine.
No I haven't. I thought he did a fine job, though some of his female voices did leave a lot to be desired for me personally.
Oddly it was the woman in the office block I felt most for in the book. You'll know it if you read it, and I kind of felt for her, as I asked myself the same question she did during 911.
I read a lot of books in the zombie sub-genre of horror, and can say that this is one of the better ones. It isn’t perfect by any means but it is a very solid read as well.
The good points to the book are that the characters are on the whole fairly interesting. The writing is good, certainly for this type of fiction that tends to have a huge pile of horrible writers. The action is solid, exciting enough and comes along often enough to keep you engaged. The plot is much like any zombie novel, but does have a few touches of originality there as well.
The book does have a few negative aspects as well though, or at least for me. I didn’t like the fact the author wrote the book in a combination of first-person and third-person. This can be effective when writing from a MC (main character) perspective and then wanting to write about another group that is not with the MC, but in this book there are too many groups for this style to work well in my opinion. When you spend more time in third-person because of the fact there is more going on with the other groups compared to your MC then for me the change feels more awkward and unnecessary. See no reason not to have written this from third-person only.
Also I think that the book was very borderline on the amount of groups and individuals the writer took on here. I’m sure that some people will find it difficult to keep up with all that is going on, or will find it annoying having to keep remembering who people are and what they were doing when you last where reading about them. For me personally it wasn’t horrible, but it was borderline and some may not like it. It also means that the amount you can get done with each group is lessened.
The last sentence above leads to my final point. I felt that while the characters were fairly solid they were a little flat and two-dimensional. Some of this may just be the writer’s style, and some of it may be down to the fact he changed groups so often it left little room to expand on the characters themselves. When so much is going on that all you can write is action and discussions on what the characters plan to do next etc. it does make characters a little flat. When there are not many real conversations other than them planning this and that you don’t get to know them well, or care as much about them.
Overall this is a good read and so I gave it four stars, and might have given it five but for a few short-comings I’ve mentioned. Oh, and he does tend to get a little repetitive with his zombie descriptions I found. Something I hope he has worked on with his following books in this series.
Many different groups in one book, a bit confusing to start but soon as you get the hang of which group is which you really get into it.
Steve grabbing and saving the little girl right at the start, there were some horrible memorable bits but those are for you to find out.
Wow a really dark writer, he goes much deeper into the darker side of humanity after the zombie wipeout. A real must for zombie book fans, no real humour in the book but light and shade in characters and their stories however long or brief
Right at the very top,
The story is amazing, it's just a pleasure to have it read to you
Zombies are roaming the world, and a few groups are trying to survive, but not just from the zombies, there's people worse than the zombies
The good and bad characters are perfectly portrayed
When Steve's saves Thalia and then meets Theresa, and they take the food from the shop....It's funny that they take the meat...with a box of ice.
Just love everything about the story, I couldn't recommend it enough...
No I haven't, but I'm sure there great ..
This sure is
No...but I practically was listening all day
This is an excellent book, the story is definitely the best I've ever read/heard
I love the characters, they are so easy to love
The audio is quite a treat for any of the dead fans...
it filled the time when cycleing to work
im waiting for a dj moles reallyy
"extremely graphic and brutal"
wow! people either loved this book or hated it. i think that's what attracted me to it. i wanted to see what all the fuss was about! after listening to it, i can definitely see why some people didn't like it.
so let's start there...
i guess the biggest complaint is the violence against women. yup, i agree. it's brutal and sadistic. it's the most graphic and extreme i've ever listened to. but it provokes your emotions. i think that is the author's point. it brings home the meaning of an apocylapse, and the end of all civility. i liken it to a terrible accident. some slow down to look while others are too horrified. i can see how this "torture porn" can definitely put some people off. me? i was shocked by the sheer brutality of the character, garrett, but he is only in the vignettes.
this leads me to the structure of the book. throughout the story, there are 2 main story lines. one follows steve, who is a regular guy that gets caught up in a zombie apocylapse. he has no skills and no weapons. all he starts out with is a repair truck he stole. the other group is a young group of nerdy guys, who are online chatting as the zombie apocylapse begins. they decide to stock up what they have in their cars and meet in order to get out of the city.
interspersed between these 2 story lines are vignettes. within these, there are a couple of mini stories and one shot stories. there are like 8 vignettes throughout the story. the 2 mini stories follow juan, a homeless guy and former convict, and garrett, a psychopathic rapist. both mini stories are filled with extreme human on human violence. each vignette has 3 or 4 stories in it and lasts about 15 minutes.
with all of these story lines, it's hard to bond with the main characters. you don't really get a feel for them until 3/4 of the way through the book. plus, there's no notification that the story has changed story lines. it's kind of confusing. a few times when i wasn't listening closely, i was like, "what? what's going on here?" i had to rewind to find the switch.
this is a very graphic story. i must say the author does a great job describing and differentiating what the zombies look like and how they attack and feed. very gory stuff! but the zombies don't hold a candle to what man does to other men and women.
by the end of the story, i was engrossed enough to download the second book. hey! i'm a sucker for zombie series. i will say i liked book 2 better than book 1 b/c you actually get to know the characters better.
download at your own risk!
I loved some of the characters and the fact that no one was safe. I did however think he overdid the amount of rape that should have been included in his story. It can be assumed that things like that will happen. It does not need to be discussed over and over including details. I will not be listening to anymore in the series.
"A Solid Zombie Tale"
A tale of two books ‘Dead: The Ugly Beginning’ is a solid zombie read. The first one third to half of this book is gore, gore and more gore. Everyone who dies does so in terribly painful way. This part of the story is all action and setting the scene for the second half of the book. I didn’t really like this part of the book because it felt more like whip around news coverage of the zombie apocalypse which no story or plot direction. The second half of the story was great as there is a good balance of both gore and action along with an actual plot. The characters are easy to like and wild and the book is well written. Despite the first half I was going to give it four stars but then it ended with no real resolution to the pending story lines which is one of my pet peeves so it’s it gets three starts in my rating but consider it a three start plus book.
Mr McFerrin does a good job with all of the charaters in his narration!
"Confusing at times, makes up in the end."
I consider most audiobooks to be worth my time, only once have I stopped part way through. I've found even if a book starts out slow or in this case confusing, it ends up being well worth the time, as this one was.
I've seen in other reviews that book 2 is much better than 1, and the characters become more cemented, I hope so, as I'm going to give it a try.
I have less than an hour left, and I will say yes, it was worth my time. I was not so sure when it started, so if you are reading this wondering if it's worth it, yes, it is, if you are into the Zombie genre. Be warned there are some violent scenes, rapes, etc, I could have done without the detail in these, but it's the end of the world, so I guess it's relevant.
I'm trying book 2, jury is still out on the others in this series and whether I will listen. I was extremely confused through the first 3/4 of this book. Rewinding many times to "figure out" who and what was going on. Too many characters, or maybe a lack of separation. Some books I've listened too like this will name their chapters by the characters names, or at least some division, this jumped around a ton and had me lost on more than one occasion.
"Meh... I'll try the second one I guess."
There are FAR too many character intros at the beginning. The author should have chosen less characters/locations to focus on. The beginning (1st 3rd of the book) was chaos. TW should have picked his favorite 3, then introduced others more gradually.
I'm giving the second one a try to see if it impresses me more. There's enough greatness here to allow potential if he (the author) subtracts the things that are wrong with the first book.
Even the narrator had problems with the 1st 3rd or the book. He just sounded like some guy reading a book, but then actually fell into the role of "voice actor" after he could finally get a feel for the characters too.
It's decent and real; worth the listen. After FINALLY connecting with some of the characters, I find myself curious about what will happen to them next.
"Not As Great As All That. Rape scenes awful"
My first impression of this book was the somewhat awkward presentation of it by the narrator. It took me the first three chapters to 'adapt' to his reading style. He can be quiet, steady, almost monotone, then suddenly gets very loud when voicing different characters. I'm not a fan of this narrator.
Next, the book was a slow and awkward start. I can't tell you how much of it was the writing, or how much of it was the narration. I came very close to quitting and asking for my money back in the first three chapters.
As the book moved on, I found it very convoluted. Most zombie books will introduce you to up to three different sets of characters. Not this one. This one has at least five, maybe more, I'm not sure, I've lost count. I find this to be very confusing. Each chapter seems to focus on one character or set of characters, then the next chapter moves to another bunch. There are so many people, so many names, so many different scenarios. Sometimes I find myself two pages into a chapter before I remember who they're talking about this time.
Some of the story lines are well written, others are boring, and still others are just, in my opinion, absolutely grotesque and very difficult to read/listen to. It seems to me, the author was trying to cover every different scenario he could think of in one book. There's the military guy; the average joe from the city; the group of geeks; the crazy rule the world folks (actually two sets of them);
...but the one that bothers me the most is the guy who likes to rape women and young girls. I understand the 'rape' guy seems to have the need to make an appearance in almost every zombie novel... However, I do not feel it was necessary for the author to go into such extreme detail concerning the acts of rape and violence against women. Far too much DETAIL... to the point it actually makes me wonder about the author himself.
THIS, above everything else, is the main reason I will NOT be buying the rest of the books in this series. Frankly, I don't want to hear that crap. It's sick, it's twisted, and it makes me feel sick to my stomach having to listen to it.
I listen to books for pleasure, not to hear this kind of crap.
It makes me a little bit sad, as there are a very few characters in the book that I like very much and I'd like to continue to see where they go. But, it's not worth it for me to have to endure another rape scene of a 15 year old girl...Or a rape scene of a woman being fed to zombies while she's being raped.
The Entire Dead series is an excellent series with only one major quirk. The Author should go buy a book of Baby names. I have a difficult time tracking all of the characters because of the use of the same name for several main characters.
I have over looked the name issue and enjoy all of this authors books in this series.
No, I listen to books when I am at work and this was a great book to help pass the day but is not something I rush to listen too.
"Gripping Story & Characters"
Dont let the pulp like artwork fool you. This series has a very well written storyline with 3D characters, plot development & twists. It is one of the better zombie series available. There are several interesting vignettes that allow us to follow the misadventures of a few doomed characters without letting on that they are heading that way.
McFerrin does an excellent job with the narration. His voices and accents with the different characters is impressive.
One word of caution for the squeamish. Aside from the usual blood and gore you would expect from a zombie series there are several instances of sexual abuse that get a bit graphic. It is a bit disturbing but, aside from the scenes themselves, fits well into the storyline. All are used to establish the badness that humans are capable of in a chaotic post apocalyptic world.
"A bit fragmented but gory and promising."
If you're a The Walking Dead fan like I am then this story will likely entertain. Its a story of individuals and groups around the globe surviving the zombie apocalypse.
Depends. If they got nothing else to do but listen then yes. If they are trying to listen while doing other things then maybe not. The story line is all over the place. I found it difficult to keep track of who was who and where without taking notes while listening and pausing to refer to notes.
This is my first book from Andrew McFerrin so I can not compare.
Zombies and people that might survive.
My first impression of the story is that is was way too fragmented. I was being pulled from one individual or group to another individual or group every four or so minutes during some parts of the story. I have to say it was hard to follow when you are trying to get to know characters but jumping to four different locations and groups in a twelve minute period. I had to take notes to make an attempt at recognizing who the author was referring to.
The character development could be better. I felt there was really only one character that had a good background developed enough to build an attachment with the reader, Melissa. The girl who was fat and everyone made fun of but who then turned her life around and lost weight. I though she might turn out to be a winner in the story with such a good character development. But she was killed off just after I built a bond with that character. The rest of the characters didn't seem to have a solid background built to establish a strong connection with me. It was more of this is what the person is doing now but you don't really get to know who the person was before like with Melissa. Maybe this wouldn't bother other people but it bothered me. If Melissa wasn't killed off I could easily refer to her as the story jumps around. Oh yeah that's the chick that was fat and is now a hottie, I remember her. But nope she's dead and the rest of the characters didn't get the same character development so I have trouble recalling who of the crowd of other characters is who half the time. You do start to recognize who the main characters are as the story gets about half way through. A good handful of people in the story have a short story and then die. As the story continues you recognize who the main characters and main groups are.
The story does pick up as it moves forward. It gets really interesting near the end. I did enjoy it enough that I would like to continue into book #2. It's gory, it's nasty, and it's violent. It portrays the natural human core when society and laws collapse. Lots of blood and gory deaths? Check. Sex slaves? Check. Human survival? Check.
The book is worth listening to if you're a zombie fan. Be sure to take notes though, and lots of them, as it will be hard to follow who's who otherwise.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
"I Love These Books!!"
It's unique that I read them out of order! They still Worked! I read the Oregon version first! I loved it!! I wish I could have 1 done about my town & my daughter as the star! That would make her day!! Ok back to this book....IT WAS JUST AS AMAZING as the other one I've read!! I can't get enough of these books!! TW Brown is an AWESOME STORYTELLER!! From understanding the smells, feelings, sights & OF COURSE THE CHARACTERS!! Andrew McFerrin Gave these characters the voice!! This is MOST DEFINITELY A 10 STAR BOOK IN MY OPINION!!
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