You can't kill the dead! Like any good monster, the zombie has proven to be ever-evolving, monumentally mutable, and open to seemingly endless imaginative interpretations: the thralls of voodoo sorcerers, George Romero's living dead, societal symbols, dancing thrillers, viral victims, reanimated ramblers, video-gaming targets, post-apocalyptic permutations, shuffling sidekicks, literary mash-ups, the comedic, and, yes, even the romantic.
Evidently, we have an enduring hunger for this infinite onslaught of the ever-hungry dead. Hoards of readers and listeners are now devouring zombie fiction faster than armies of the undead could chow down their brains. It's a sick job, but somebody had to do it: explore the innumerable necrotic nightmares of the latest, greatest, most fervent devotion in the history of humankind and ferret out the best of new millenial zombie stories: Zombies: The Recent Dead.
Full author list: Kevin Veale, Michael Marshall Smith, Tim Lebbon, David Prill, Steve Duffy, Max Brooks, Nik Houser, Andy Duncan, David J. Schow, Joe R. Lansdale, Neil Gaiman, Alice Sola Kim, Gary A. Braunbeck, Francesca Lia Block, Tobias S. Buckell, David Wellington, Tim Waggoner, Kit Reed, Brian Keene, Kelly Link, Gary McMahon, and Scott Edelman.
Full narrator list: Jonathan Davis, LJ Ganser, Victor Villar-Hauser, Marc Vietor, Josh Hurley, Bahni Turpin, Jeff Woodman, Elisabeth Rodgers, Edoardo Ballerini, Suzanne Toren, Kevin Pariseau, Khristine Hvam, Josh Hurley, and Jeff Woodman.
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I was quite pleased to see such a compendium on Audible and at a good price for 20 hours or so of listening. Especially looking forward to a good scare when out walking the dogs at night time, or driving during the darker hours - both times where I do my audio book listening.
The stories aren't bad, and they are well narrated. However the problem is that 90% of the authors seem so desperate to take an original twist on the whole zombie genre that it becomes a bit dull, and hardly ever, really, hardly ever scary. All I wanted was some proper horror stories based on the zombie genre.
I've since bought Domain of the Dead and the Walking Dead audio books - they seem much more my cup of tea.
By all means give it a crack, just don't expect any scares :(.
"Multiple zombie genres - weak storytelling"
For those who get bored of the constant Romero-Esq story lines this is probably the audiobook for you. The performance and narration was well done as much as the story line would allow for it (assuming read in scarey zombie voice was in their scripts). There were a multitude of zombie type plots - Haitian Zombies, Beautiful Zombies, Zombie High School drama, Zombie love stories etc. This however did not fulfill my Zombie fiction craving.
"Twisted" by Kevin Veale, the first story in the collection did offer an interesting twist without sacrificing the story. I liked the idea that Zombies hunted us via our brain waves and one could allude detection by remaining incredibly intoxicated. The forced intoxication of others made this story all the more unsettling. I'll be looking for more work by this author.
"Not your typical Zombies"
The first story is about everyone having to take massive amounts of drugs to keep the zombies from attaching you. The harder the drug the better, meth is better than pot. Tommy Lee and Ozzy Osborn are the President of the US. While the idea for the story may have sounded good in between bong hits the author was unable to pull it off. It is not that I am against drugs or I have it in for Ozzy, (Black Sabbath is my favorite band) it’s that the story was boring and made no sense.
The sad part is the stories get worst as the book goes on. At least the first story was about “zombies”. Many of the stories I do not even consider to be zombie stories. If you like stories about Zombies dating each other, how it is hard being a teenage zombie, falling in love with and having sex with a high school Zombie girl, then this may be a book for you. If it wasn’t for the hard “R” sex parts I would say this would be a good book for teens.
Even a World War Z story by Max Brookes couldn’t save this book.
The narrators read the stories in one voice. While not bad I am spoiled by the range of voices many narrators have.
"Not all zombies stories are fun to listen to."
Since this book has several authors. I would look for addition books on the authors I liked and stay away from the one I did not liked.
Several stories were too silly and not interesting to listen to.
All narrators brought the books alive. Too bad half the stories suck!
Not into supernatural were you need to go demonic to make your book beliveible.
I was suckered to buy this auible because it had Max Brooks name on it.
"Not my first time plowing through it, not my last"
This collection features several home runs, loads of strikeouts, and a few base hits.
Too many of the stories are liberal in their use of "zombie", but are good enough in their own right. Most of the stories, in fact, are arguably not about zombies, but about undead and ghouls, but not zombies. I know I'm splitting hairs, but that's all I can think when I read it.
Standout stories include The Zombie Prince, the Last Supper, and Dead Man's Land.
"Not worth a credit or a single dollar"
I'm a fan of all types of audiobooks from any genre. I enjoyed three of these short stories, two of which were not what I would call zombie stories. Save your credits and get anything else I mean anything.
"What a p.o.s"
I have hundreds of audiobooks. I bought this book assuming it would be zombie stories. Such as the morning star strain, world war z, day by day armageddon, tooth and nail etc etc. Something at least along those lines. This is by far the most boring garbage ive ever had the displeasure of trying to listen too.I really tried with the first 3 stories. Then I found myself skipping through each story 4 minutes into it.If your into action, this is not for you. If you need something to help you fall asleep this is a winner. I think this book was along the lines of "zombies are popular, lets toss this turd together and cash in"
"Unique zombie stories"
While some of the stories did drag, a majority of them present zombies in ways not overused in other books, TV shows, or movies.
"Save your money, one of the worst books every."
I could only make it 1/4 of the way before I gave up. The stories are childish and with poor endings.
"It was good, but could have been better"
I would have taken out some of the stories as to me they didn't seem to mesh well with the zombie setting. I would have added in some more gory stories. Some of the stories just weren't very "scary" or gut-wrenching enough to be called a "Zombie tale."
I would have made sure my zombie anthology had the grittiest and darkest stories possible. More gore, more things that make sense in a zombie setting.
I liked it somewhat, but I felt bored during a few of them. Some of the stories had no real action and some were just bizarre. I think in a zombie anthology we should be sticking to what zombies are about: meat and brains. Yes that might seem cookie cutter, but you have to have the proper elements of that type of zombie fiction.
"It just ended."
This book was not for because, I don't like when stories just end, without actually endin. All the stories in this book where like that. A few ended enough that it wasn't so bad.
I now own this book and it's one that I'll never listen to again; I try not to read reviews because some people don't know how to add SPOILER ALERT to them, and in this case I wish I would've.
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