Sean Runnette: voice of Zombie Fallout and Lycan Fallout.
R.C. Bray: voice of Arisen and Mountain Man.
Two award-winning zombie narrators go head to head! Each given one of Nicholas Ryan's highly praised zombie apocalypse standalone stories.
There can be only one survivor. Which narrator is the baddest and bloodiest?
1. Dead Rage
When Steve Bannon and the crew of the fishing boat, Mandrake, sailed into Grey Stone harbor, they arrived into the very jaws of a zombie war.
The zombie apocalypse has overtaken the coastal town, and Bannon must fight for his own survival in a horrific world filled with unimaginable peril and betrayal...at the highest, and the most personal levels.
Dead Rage is a white-knuckled ride into the frenzied terror of the zombie apocalypse, where friends become enemies and every step is a life-and-death struggle.
2. Die Trying
Trapped amidst the horror of the zombie apocalypse, three men hear the sound of a helicopter overhead and know it represents their last desperate hope to survive the terror and reach safety. But survival comes at a cost - and the zombie war that ravages the world is not the only lurking evil the men must face.
For Mitch Logan, his brother, Jed, and their friend, Clinton Harrigan, there is no choice. They must fight to survive...or die trying.
©2014 Nicholas Ryan (P)2015 Podium Publishing
I haven't read Nicholas Ryan before so this battle was a good introduction to him. The two stories were engaging, thrilling and both had very satisfying endings.
For the battle itself, I struggle to name a narrator who can rival Sean Runnette. So for me, this was never really a battle. However, that doesn't mean R.C. Bray isn't a worthy competitor. He is an excellent narrator, giving life to every character.
I enjoyed the concept of the battle. I've not seen this done before. It its a good way of showcasing am author and popular narrators. Thanks!
the stories are both just so predictable. there is nothing new here, to the point of me shouting at the story to 'get on with it' and forcing myself to listen to get my monies worth. instead, watch an episode of the walking dead
This is pretty standard fayre really. After an interesting first few pages which opened up lots of questions around the relationship between the 3 men and the approaching noise it soon drifted into more standard storylines and much used scenarios
Neither of the stories grabbed me. There's an overall lack of a sense of danger in both. Bray offers the best performance by far for me.
Sean Runnette is a great reader and made the story sound better. The 2 stories themselves were ok, just nothing new, same old same old. Sean gets my vote as best narrator without question. R. C. Bray is ok but a tad 'bland' compared to Sean.
Book mad. If the world was ending, I would keep reading until the asteroid/zombie outbreak / robot aliens hit us.
Sean Runnette is a great narrator, and I will give any book a listen if it is read by him. R.C Bray is a pretty good runner-up though.
"What a battle"
love the idea of two of the best narrators going head to head
both stories were good very realistic story line
"Bray, Hands Down!"
Action and tensions Ripped from the Pages, intensity of the action and situations Still Pounding in my Ears! Great Read!
"This was a tie!"
I was always a fan of Sean Runnette being my favorite narrator but now I have two. R. C. Bray did an equally great job. Loved these books being read by both.
"Sean Runnette wins in a close one, Dang it."
As soon as I saw this in, Coming Soon, I put it in my wish list. The first day it came out, I bought it and the next two days, I listened to it. Why? Because I believe who is chosen to be a narrator makes a big deal. A narrator can make you or break you, when it comes to audible sales. I don't know how many times I have waited for a good book to get recorded and then to read the reviews and find out the book has been ruined by a narrator. I also have been pleasantly surprised the other way. Some of the narrators that often tip me in the favor of buying a book are (in no particular order), Ray Porter, Christian Rummel, George Guidall, Richard Poe, Dick Hill, Anne Flosnik, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and Will Patton.
I knew before hand that I would not be voting for Runnette. I have never hated him, just never thought he was right for Horror. Runnette has a patronizing or comforting voice that just doesn't seem right for this genre. I have joked in the past that he should be the spokesman for Country Time Lemonade. He will describe a gory scene like he is talking about his grandchildren. What I discovered in this contest, is that he at least keeps your attention. The last thing I want to do is spend money on a book and find that while listening, I am thinking about doing dishes or mowing the lawn. This was not a well written book, yet I listened to every word. That takes talent. Sean Runnette is Michael Talbot. (I hate Talbot)
Bray is The Mountain Man and narrator for The Martian. When Bray describes a gory scene it will seem gory. He has a rough gravely voice and he knows how to emphasis the words in a way to make you go, Yuck!!. Bray does great as The Mountain Man, which is a very well written book, but I found that when he is reading a poorly written book, not so well. Ryan's writing is mostly narration and has very little character discussion. 95% is first person character thinking to himself. In Die Trying, I found my mind wondering. I would catch myself and think, I must concentrate and before you knew it, the book was just background noise. So, even though I originally thought Bray's voice was better, he did not hold my attention as well as Runnette.
Ryan has two other books at audible. One of them has a 3.3 rating and the other a 3.8. I found his writing to be simplistic. There is no science and little imagination. I listened to all of Dead Rage and it was mostly one blood scene after another. Ryan is another author that thinks if you write the word blood over and over it will be scary. King and Koontz are the masters at scary and you will not find everything described as bloody in there books. It takes for ever for the story to happen. In the first book, I almost gave up after two hours, but then a guy got bitten and turned into a half Zombie. I thought that was an interesting hook, and I listened all the way. Although the half Zombie was important to the story, little was done to describe his way of seeing things. Matter of fact shortly after he turned, he was taken out of the story for several hours. I also did not understand why everyone in the story had to be an ahole. The wife was an interesting character. I only listened to an hour and a half of the second book. Like the first book, everything happened very slowly. It took an hour for a helicopter to crash. Having suffered the previous day through book one, I had not the patience to do it a second day in a row.
This is a great concept and I hope to see more, with better writers.
"Runnette wins again!"
Runnette wins by a long shot. Two good stories, but Runnette wins the narrator battle!
"You cant compare these two narrators!"
I enjoyed each of the stories. But you can't really compare these two awesome narrators. Sean Runnette is more mellow and R.C. Bray more urgent in their narrations. Both give the stories a different feel and both are good.
"The dune of zombies"
To much side info , describes everything. People's breath and what a wall felt like . R c bray was great . If you like a book like dune it's fine but I found it boring and I could not get through either one . I recommend the mountain man series.
"Both narrators are great....but"
I think Sean Runnette wins this round. The story line in each book is solid and well worth the purchase.
"Bray is the clear winner"
Good, Better, So-So
Both the stories were decent for Z-A. I felt like Ryan was trying to find his footing in "Dead Rage". Almost too much with the graphic description of each corpse, it was like he was trying to find the genre. Once he got past that, things settled into a nice pace. "Die Trying" had a better flow to it, although still a little herky-jerky at times.
While I'm sure some people loved the whole romantic triangle twist in each story, it really didn't do it for me. And some of the twists were a little cliche. I like my Z-A stories to be simple tales of survival and overcoming the odds, and uncomplicated by the drama of a disappeared world.
That being said, they were still enjoyable and I don't regret spending the credit.
I have not listened to Sean Runnette before but I will definitely look for his other performances.
As for R.C. Bray, I could listen to him read the encyclopedia.
If I had a reaction to the book, it was frustration. I had trouble connecting to the characters at times and I thought some of the plots twists too blase.
Get it for the performances. I doubt I'll listen to it again.
"R. C. Bray all the way!"
Storyline was excellent and R. C. Bray was fabulous as normal. Bray is such a good narrator in my opinion. If this was a cage match our Seabree would've TKO'ed Sean in The first 10 seconds. If Bray would have had his story first in the audiobook I wouldn't even have listen to Sean's past the portion that they get to the dock on the mainland.
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