It's better to die by the gun than die by the dead.
Nina's life was irrevocably changed when humanity's dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.
The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.
Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency-her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders.
An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond.
Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster - a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher's knife.
Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.
Nina finds out that the deaders aren't the only thing to fear beyond the wall.
And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.
©2013 Claire C. Riley (P)2014 Claire C. Riley
For me I was a bit wary when I heard Odium The Audio Book was coming out, As Odium was one of my favourite book of all time. So I brought this with some trepidation but thought I'd give it a go, and I'm glad that I did as it was brilliant! It captured the characters as well as I had hoped for and played out as dramatically as when I first read it.
My favourite part must be the way the essence of these characters were captured, which is a difficult thing to do, Especially when a person has read the book and has a connection to these characters. I had a set mind set with these characters, and each one was captured pretty much perfectly which sets the tone for this to be an enjoyable audio book
I thought Jennifer captured the snarkiness of the main character Nina brilliantly, and did just as well with the supporting cast! (Drunk Steve being a favourite)
The story flows easily here and doesn't drag any where and if I had 11 hours spare I'd listen to this in one sitting. A great story captured and delivered into a great audio book
Any fans of the Odium Saga will love this! Jennifer has captured these characters wonderfully and I hope the other books in this saga come out as audio books, as I for one will definitely be getting them. Good job on bringing The Odium world to life.
"Zombies and gore and snark!"
I really loved this book. It starts a while after the outbreak – not something you see very often. I enjoy the outbreak stories, but what happens after the dust settles and the zombies don’t die off?
The main character Nina starts off living in walled off camp with a power hungry leader that cares more about himself than anyone else. When he exiles the young Emily, Nina goes with her gut and leaves with her. She is just a normal person. No special military training or superpowers – unless you count snark. They come across plenty of zombies and a few survivors along the way. Claire Riley does an excellent job with her characters. Some you love and some you love to hate. It's fast paced with lots of action.
The 'oh my gosh - did she seriously just say that out loud' reactions reminded me of some of Talbot's speaking before you think situations.
She was awesome as a narrator. She really brought the book to life. Great voice, nice pace, you can easily distinguish different characters - and Nina's inner monologue.
The main character is very stubborn and strong willed and extremely snarky. She is also hilarious. I was laughing right along with her. The zombies are also pretty cringe worthy.
Give this a listen. You won't be disappointed.
"Devoured In A Matter of Days"
Audible page turner
Outside the genre, "Odium" compares to any book that moves quickly and takes the reader for a ride. Within the genre, "Patient Zero" by Jonathan Maberry.
I'm not familiar with Jennifer Reilly's other reads. This performance is a very fine "hello," though!
Without giving too much away, there's a point where several of the characters race across what I can only describe as No Man's Land on the Western Front in WW1. Though certain death may await some, there's no choice but to brave what lies ahead.
Jennifer Reilly describes each anxious heartbeat and adrenalin-laden step so vividly that your heart speeds up as you feel your adrenalin rising.
I'm not one for zombie books or films. Odium, however, absolutely sucked me in. During parts where several characters were interacting, it was easy to follow along with who was saying what. Each character has a unique voice that keeps you from getting lost through the plot twists and turns.
"Awesome Zombie- Apocolypse Book! Great Female lead"
Yes, I would. I am a big horror fan and this was a good book. I like to go back and re-read or re-listen to enjoyable stories. Defintely worth it! I am even thinking about gifting out a copy to my sister, it was a fun, full of action, scary book! I also liked that Nina (the main character) was just an average woman who found herself surviving, sometimes by luck and chance and sometimes by relying on her own strengths.
*SPOILERS*I like when Nina stood up for the little girl in the start of the story, it really helped me to connect with her and made her likeable. I like when they are searcing old man Reily's garage and the shit hits the fan. I also liked when they cleared the hub building, I wish they would've stayed there a bit longer and defended themselves. I want to know why the zombies found them all uphill by the trailer in the woods? How or why did that happen? Did the forgotten lead them up there on purpose to flush them out, or was it just coincidence?
Jennifer Reilly has a smooth, soothing, and expressive voice. I truly can envision each of the characters as she brings them to life with her talents! It is really nice listening to her, I really enjoyed the book thoroughly!
YES! But it is too long for that! I really couldn't wait to see what happened to Nina next.
WHERE IS THE SECOND ONE? The ending wasn't really an ending but more like a pause in the story. I hope there's another one coming because I want to FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!
Odium was my first audio book and now I am hooked!
Zombies galore. I Absolutely loved the detail and hearing a zombie story from a females perspective. Nina's kick ass attitude is one to be reckoned with. This book definitely had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to hear more. I can't wait to read all future books to come on Nina, Mikey and crew!
"Not your average zombie story (in a good way!)"
This story takes place several years after the outbreak. This is something that interests me, very much. In this book, society has come together behind massive walls to protect them from the dead. Unfortunately, not everyone was permitted behind the walls AND not everyone behind the walls is benign. The power struggle has led to people in charge who take what they want and use fear and starvation to control the masses. Nina has had enough of being raped repeatedly and watching others go through the same. Nobody speaks up, fearing the safety of their families. She is ready to take her chances outside of the walls.
Jennifer Reilly did a great job with the voices. My favorite was Steve. My second favorite was probably Crunch. It made the story easy to follow because the characters were different enough to make an impression.
I did want to listen in all one sitting. I did not, but I found myself staying in the tub a little longer than usual, mowing the grass a little longer than usual, taking longer with the dishes, taking the long way home... anything to prolong my listening experience.
I was excited when Odium became available for audiobook. I had been wanting to read it for some time, but I do not have the ability to focus since I have two small children. I was disappointed when the ending came. I thought my phone said I still had an hour of the book left. Apparently, it said I had one MINUTE left. *Disappointed WHEN the ending came, not disappointed wth the actual ending.* I am already ready for more. I will definitely read more by Claire C Riley. I like her style. I like her character development. I liked that it wasn't military-based, just normal people.Give this book a shot. If you like well-written, character-driven books, you'll like this one...especially if you like snark and zombies!!
"I love a great female lead"
Yes. There are so many small subplots that I'm certain I'll catch some more a second time around.
"It's like an enigma wrapped in a conundrum wrapped in a big f***ing rose colored tinted question mark." I applaud Riley on some excellent one-liners. Several moments made me laugh out loud.
I definitely wanted to keep reading (listening) and found myself dragging out tasks to coincide with the completion of a chapter.
I thoroughly enjoyed Odium. My only disappointment came when I realized the book ended and book two's audio wasn't yet available! Great job, Claire, 5 out of 5 monsters well-deserved from The Bookie Monster! Now hurry up and get the next installment up. This monster is hungry for more!
The premise is a little shaky, I mean a bunch of ruling thugs don't usually let two healthy pretty young girls run away. Apart from that, can't find anything to complain in the story.
The government, military, all of that just doesn't exist anymore. We know of one walled city, but I heard "cities" also.
The main character, Nina, is suffering some PTSD from, you know, zombies and the apocalypse 'n' all. She is one grumpy biatch. This gets in the way of her survival, and Emily-Rose, who is the supposedly vulnerable and needs defending, helps out a lot. They meet up with a "good" group of survivors and find out about yet another group of violent survivors.
The good points in the story is always short lived. Usually they are are dying or running away, usually both. There is a thread of romance and we get to know each character fairly well, so that each death is meaningful.
I would say the story is awesome, good length and has everything, except military style assaults as all the characters are civilians. The narration too is awesome.
"WOW….what a ride this was"
WOW….what a ride this was, this story totally sucked me in and had me at the edge of my seat. Zombie books are hit and miss with me and fortunately this one was a hit. The writing was so realistic I found myself stopping to think what I would do if I survived the zombie apocalypse. I really could have done without some of the descriptions of the killing of the zombies…..listening to some of that while driving, ugh, you can’t just close your eyes and shudder at 65MPH (okay, more like 75/80MPH).
Nina was a very interesting character I found myself liking her, then not liking her and liking her again. She was incredibly snarky and quite bitchy and in the end one of my favorite characters. Emily grew on me and it will be interesting to see what becomes of Mikey. The ending kinda snuck up on me and I was not prepared for it to end where it did…..not quite a cliff hanger, but close. As much as I want to start the second book, I enjoyed the narration enough that I am going to wait until that book is out in audio to start.
The narration was very good, Jennifer Reilly is a “new to me” narrator (her voice does sound very familiar to me though….) the voice she gave Nina was a good one, and she did well with the other character voices, while she did not make major changes you could still tell which character was speaking.
If you like Zombie stories, you should really pick up this book/audio and get sucked into this world.
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"As girlie as this fatman can handle"
I am going to start this review off with a confession… Ok here it is… Sadly, I have short pockets. But, I have even shorter arms. Yes I am cheap. I am so cheap I don’t even pay attention. This is why I am going to say that the recent trend on most titles of having the narration so slow that it is unbearable to listen to is driving me nuts, and for the love of all things good please make it stop! It makes it impossible to judge the price per hour of any title. However, I was surprised when I first started listening to this one, the speed was perfect. I must have the speed set by accident to 1.25x speed. I slowed it down to normal speed and there really was no problem with listening to it. But here is the thing…. I was so keen to hear the story that I cranked it up just a notch to 1.25!
The start of story really does an excellent job of setting the scene. I have listened to a lot of zombie stories over the years and sadly I couldn’t recall to many of them having a female lead. It got me thinking so I searched through my library but soon gave up, because so many of them have slipped my mind. Yes I am cheap and have a poor memory. So I had a look at a goodread list called ‘147 top female lead zombie stories’. I could only find 2 in the list which I had purchased over the years. I will have to repent of my ways and not shy away with purchasing titles with a female lead character, or at least from titles authored by Claire C Riley. Yes there is a more of the love and the girlie rolling of the eyes and the ‘he likes me, she like me’ type thing it, wasn’t enough to turn me off. This type of thing can be summed up with a quote from the story “I’m just a girl who likes shoes”. Perhaps this fatman has found his girly inner heart… but please don’t tell anyone or remind me of that fact. I have a reputation to uphold!
I have just finished listening to the complete story and I have got to confess there several things I disliked. As I mentioned before the main character has way to many eye rolls, has way to many mood swings for my liking. But I think that is simply because I have teenage children myself who are going through the ‘daaaaaaaad’ plus the dreaded ‘eye roll’ stage in life. The narrator’s voice really matched the character. All of this once again helped me understand why some species eat their own young. On the plus side I don’t think it is the sort of thing which should turn you off purchasing this title, because it is a good story, and I hold out with hope as the story progresses that the lead character becomes a complete psycho or maybe a little more stable, or maybe even dead, as a lot of people do die in this story! I don’t mind that aspect of the story, after all it is a zombie story!
The fatman has enjoyed his time with this one and will purchasing the next in the series! On my preferred Indian curry rating it is a hot butter chicken, but not quite vindaloo level. Perhaps the next in the series could send the spice rating even hotter!
BTW I love what the word ‘odium’ means
I loved this book! truly enjoyed hearing a female take care of herself but not losing her desire of a man. can't wait for the next one. Loved Jennifer voice.
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