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 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"
"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.
"I love Zombies most stories A=+ 4 failed completly"
I am a zombie lover for most of my life. The stories with different readers make a personal narrative of the feelings and emotions one would attribute to a horrifying, unbelievable and extremely dangerous nightmare scenario. Even the dark comedy of some tales are believable if the dead truly rose and humanity had to except this as fact. I am also a what next kind of guy. I want to know about everything, the stories have ended but the what next remains. I like WWZ because it covers it all and then I yearn for more. I am just that way who do they, what happens if, what next reader. The Walking Dead series is one of my favorite Graphic Novels because this question is answered. what makes this enjoyable to me is that I can find authors who have continued their work into full developed stories that open new lines of possibilities for the answers I always find on the last page :-)
some compared very well. some I had never heard of, some stories like thinking talking sexually frustrated Zombies make me cringe.
couldn't tell ya but the first 2 guys and their Idea that they could dope the zombies away was very enjoyable
the moment in max brooks when they discussed the last tank on the rebuilt wall of china
I think more full cast series of books similar to the WWZ book but done on a real time bases the rumors, the out breaks the panic the survival the failures, the re-org, the offensive. a series that was "were alive" podcast with the max brooks WWZ book that made a series over the entire war. use several characters, maybe a group, a loner a family, even a criminal or some such person that does declare himself king. and use the worlds stories. you could release a couple hour audio book every month and as long as you kept the characters interesting, struggling, and rotated from one or two story lines every episode or so you would have a fan base. that's what I was looking for when i bought this. I was pleased with this book, just wanted more from it.
"Challenge to finish"
I like Zombies. I like Short Stories. Zombie short stories? Sure, why not? Yeah, I picked this book up because I love zombie/post apocalyptic novels and feel that sometimes all you need is a short concise story. I wanted to like it, but......
This book lurked in my list for a long time. I would read a story (I really only found one I tolerated) and then put it off to the side, coming back every so often to bite a small chunk off, get bored and then put it aside again. So I would say I slogged through this book. And this is short story compilation, it shouldn't be like this, where every bite was just not satisfying, but it was. But I rarely give up (from determination or hope, but I rarely quit anything once I started it, be it real life or reading) so I finally finished it (3 months later!).
I will say that the last story was one of the best, so it didn't finish on a truly sour note. But the best thing about this book? That I don't feel compelled to read it any more.
I bought this after seeing some pretty good authors had written stories. Overall I was extremely disappointed. You would expect stories in a zombie anthology to be about zombies, but in most nothing happens.
I think the authors were saving any good ideas they had for other works. After purchasing almost every zombie title on audible I can honestly say this is the worst one here. I could not finish it. My advice is to pass on this one.
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