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Summary

It was hailed as the answer to the obesity epidemic; a pill that allows you to eat anything you like and still lose weight. Millions were attracted by the promise of a leaner, fitter body, but there was a fatal and unforeseen flaw in this new panacea.  

A tiny microbe, lurking within, slowly infects the users. In turn they pass the infection to others with a sneeze, a cough or a simple kiss, and before long tens of millions are infected and turned into mindless, shambling wrecks, with the sole purpose of existing to eat.  

The virus is rampant, reaching into every corner of the globe. Governments collapse and shut down, unable to contain the outbreak, while the army works hard against the unending assault in a desperate bid to stop the dead from total victory. But there are even greater dangers to be faced. A few unfortunate souls suffer with the hunger of the dead but the mind of the living. They are neither dead nor alive, but something in between; something far more dangerous to the surviving humans. And amidst this carnage of the end of the world, in the south east of England, a small group of survivors are fighting on, against all the odds, as they try to stay one step in front of the dead, trying to avoid being the next item on the menu.  

The question is, in a world now claimed by the dead, what will they have to do to survive?

©2020 Paul Forster (P)2020 Paul Forster

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Great zombie audio

Loved it guys we need more!!! maybe you already have so im searching now thanks again

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Loved this book

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

I was given this book in audio form. Being from the U.K. myself, I really love finding a new U.K. author especially if the books are also on Audible.

I really enjoyed the storyline because it started with the past and the present in separate chapters which eventually merge into the present. There was the right amount of action and tension captured. I loved the origin of how the virus came about, that again the story was based in the U.K. because I can picture it much easier. The author doesn’t keep favourite characters all the time which is brutal but also what it needed.

Would I listen to or read the next book? I definitely would. I hope that there is another book in the future. The narration was great. He captured the characters really well and he wasn’t boring at all.

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Best non military UK zombie book

I was a bit skeptical of the narrator at first, but this turned out to be an excellent listen all round. I am very well versed in the genre.

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one of the best

I've read so many zombie books but have lost count. this is the best

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Mark Rice-Oxley is a fantastic narrator.

I have never listened to a full audiobook before but Deadweight was a brand new experience, largely due to the incredible narration of Mark Rice-Oxley. The story is compelling but Rice-Oxley takes it to a new level and I suspect he could make any story engaging and inspiring. He made it a gripping experience, such that I had to keep listening to the whole thing with a few breaks because I wanted to hear what happens next. As a narrator he knows when to slow the pace and went to speed it up, how to give colour to the characters’ voices without overplaying it at any point. The understated storytelling allows space for a listener to breathe and “live” within the narrative, and hearing this zombie tale left me insatiably hungry for more.

It is impressive how a seasoned voice actor can draw you into a world that is vivid and realistic. I look forward to listening to more books on Audible, especially those narrated by Rice-Oxley. I don’t know if he does live readings or appears regularly on stage, but if he does, signed me up for a ticket!

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unusual concept but did not grip me, kept thinking that this could have been taken a lot further and become an absolutely banging book to read but sadly let down.

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Zombie virus

A weight loss drug turns people into flesh eating zombies is the premise of the book as we follow the stories of a group of people in this new world. This is not my normal type of book and perhaps not my most intelligent choice of an audiobook in a pandemic. The characters reeled me in via the narration by Mark Rice-Oxley. I’m not sure I would’ve finished this book if I had read it in the more traditional way but the story telling by Mark kept me entertained and engaged.

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  • Sara B
  • 13-06-20

A great listen!

Deadweight is an excellent addition to the genre. Despite how many zombie books us enthusiast reads, we can never get enough. Paul Forster delivers a well-composed, engaging, and exciting storyline with a unique zompoc scenario. This time around, a weight-loss drug starts the zombie apocalypse. The plot flow-smoothly, keeping the readers/listeners engaged. The characters are well-developed and diverse, and I liked how the point-of-views and time-lines changed, giving the audience a better insight.

Mark Rice-Oxley's narration is well-paced and clear. Overall, Deadweight is enjoyable and entertaining, and I would listen to a second installment. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Will Thompson
  • 05-06-20

5 Stars for a Good new Z-Creation Concept

I listen to Zombie Audio books literally 5 days a week while a work - Thus I guess I'd likely qualify as an "Expert of Zombie Novels" of sorts at least at the Audio book level. For those who enjoy zombie fiction - we all know they will eventually follow a very similar story layouts, which we come to respect at a level. Thus - THE TRUE VALUE of a newly emerged zombie universe ends up falling in the arena of the Creation Theory. Sadly, most newly released audio books I've come to discover totally gloss over the Creation Theory or follow the same old monikers that align along Government virus weapons testing, etc. Well, HATS OFF to PAUL FORSTER for a Genuine new Creation Theory that is actually good! Well done sir! 5 out of 5.

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  • Maly C
  • 16-06-20

Crazy!

I would probably be one if the people that would try the pills! Now.. I think if anything comes out I will watch and wait and see what happens! Really enjoyed this book and narration. Great characters and story line.

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  • Primetime
  • 05-09-21

Wow!! Just Wow!!

Finally, a zombie book that is new and original. A new concept. A new idea. I absolutely loved this book. Halfway through I stopped listening and started from the beginning again just to extend my enjoyment. I’ve read and listened to over 70 zombie books and this is my favorite. Can’t wait to start book two.

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  • Shanna Tidwell
  • 08-03-21

Excellent

I’ve had this a while and had forgotten about it. It popped up on FB and I had to start it right away. OMG it’s so good. I need the next one! I love the new ideas and take on some of the smart zombies who can pass and want to know more about the ‘big ones’ as they are referred to.
Mark Rice-Oxley did an amazing job narrating.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • DREW
  • 02-12-20

zombies in the UK

a different twist on the zombie narrative. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but it ended with the feeling that another book or sequile is coming and many of my questions weren't answered

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  • Deedra
  • 27-10-20

Deadweight

This was good.I was a lot like the other zombie books out there.I found it more greusome than one I like.Mark Rice-Oxley was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • David
  • 05-06-20

Bring on book two!

Good start cannot wait for more,

the story is a great walkway into the world becoming festering with zombies.

sadly I'm not sure if my Alexa speaker is going bad but the narrator seemed to crackle my speaker so don't play on loud if you listen on Alexa.

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  • Avid Listener
  • 15-08-20

Unbelievably mediocre to horrible. Just pass!

This book is just another poorly written zombie tainted post apocalyptic prepubescent nightmare.
The premises sounds promising and that is about it . Nothing beyond the jacket is worth the paper is was ill written on
Super cringe, unbelievable, just gross, way overly descriptive extremely graphic porn scenes. Not done well at all.
Seriously, this is just a waste of a credit and your time.

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  • Ron Godwin
  • 15-08-21

painful to finsh.

the only thing the British people could do in a zombie apocalypse is die with sticks and kitchen utensils. 7 plus hours out of my life i can't ever get back.