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Summary

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

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Head to Head

2 great narrators!...2 good short zombie stories. But im afraid my choice is R C Bray his voice is awesome with a deep husky timber to it...i enjoy his narration he brings character's to life. Throughly enjoyed these books.

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How do you star a book of two halves?!?

As usual R.C Bray kills it.. keep’em coming lad! As for the other bloke, er..... meh

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Bray by a leg stump

Came into the book already thinking I knew Bray was the best. Enjoyed Sean's narration and will listen to more of his performances but Bray by a chewed off leg was the best

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  • risca, United Kingdom
  • 27-06-15

Sean Runnette - Excellent - Gets my vote!

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.

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Narrator Battle

The author's obsession with long winded descriptions of gore makes the book heavy going and boring.

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Good battle, but Runnette is a tough act to follow

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!

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Good narration but stories lacking

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.

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Sean Runnette for the win!

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.

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Sean Runnette for the win

2 great stories read by 2 great narrators but I think Sean just wins this

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mr. bray is the clear winner but...

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

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  • JJ
  • 29-09-16

Bray is the clear winner

If you could sum up Narrator Battle: Zombie Edition in three words, what would they be?

Good, Better, So-So

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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.

Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette and R.C. Bray ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

Get it for the performances. I doubt I'll listen to it again.

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  • Chris Hookway
  • 31-01-17

R.C. Bray all the way!

The two stories were decent, although the story lines were very similar, and seeemed to be just variations on the same theme. The author may have the potential for a longer zombie epic or series - I would consider listening to another book by him.

I definitely liked RC Bray better of the two readers - Sean Runnette is a good reader, but Bray's style is, for me, better suited to this type of story.

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  • DeeDee
  • 09-06-15

know what you are getting

I thought this was a great concept. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying close attention to what I was getting and I did not realize that I had JUST finished listening to one of the titles in this purchase. You basically are getting two books, narrated by two different people and I mistakenly thought they would both be new books. That being said, I love RC Bray as a narrator. I was disappointed to realize I had already listened to Die Training, so I didn't bother listening to it again, but I did very much enjoy Dead Rage.

As for voting, I thought there would be some formal process but didn't find any evidence of that. Bray is the better narrator hands down but Sean Runnette does a great job with Dead Rage. Just know what you are getting before you buy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-17

Bray si, Runnette no!

Sean Runnette continues to slice the "ham" with a meat cleaver. His narration is overblown and at times cringeworthy.

On the other hand R C Bray is top notch.

There's no battle R C Bray is in a league with George Guidall. And Mr. Runette is out of his depth.

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  • Amanda
  • 14-03-17

Sean Runnette so wins

The stories were so so but I love Sean Runnette he is always amazing and didn't disappoint.

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  • John
  • 04-05-17

Narrators Rise to the Occasion

Any additional comments?

This is the same tactic used when a studio puts a name actor in a so-so movie to increase it's box office. Both Runnette and Bray are excellent narrators. Without them I may not have purchased these books and I'm a fan of wild card zombie fiction. They both do a great job bringing these two mediocre books to life.

Overall Ryan is a good writer but under-researched. Especially in areas of civil defense and the military. In both books there are gaps in logic that could have been overcome if only he had spent a little more time thinking it through and researching the topics.

Dead Rage opens with an excellent sequence that follows a fishing boat back to port after losing touch with the shore. The characters are well developed and one thing that stands out about them is that none are likeable. Every single character in the book is a selfish ass and jerk. This isn't a bad thing and is one of the more interesting things about the narrative. Where the thing goes sideways is that we later find out that the Army has the region quarantined because of the zombie outbreak. But, for some reason only has limited resources so just a few helicopters and soldiers to hold back the growing undead hoard. What? Without giving away too much story this flaw dominoes into a series illogical strategic moves and leads to lots of 'red shirts' getting killed.

Die Trying follows the adventures of a bunch of guys who have hunkered down in a safe house to ride out a zombie apocalypse. They are pulled out of their hiding place when a helicopter crashes nearby and, for no particular reason, they decide they need to rush to the crash site. Good thing they do though because the surviving passengers give them a potential way to escape. If, that is, they can survive each other, the zombies and a few random side quests thrown in.

Take away - Runnette and Bray are great. Ryan spins words well but needs to think his character's tactics through a little more.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 22-05-15

Sean Runnette wins in a close one, Dang it.

Narrator Battle
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.

Sean Runnette
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)

R.C Bray
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.

Nicholas Ryan
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.



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  • Cody
  • 24-06-17

Awesomeness

I think RC Bray got this one. Seann Runner tells will always be Michael Talbott to me. Don't get me wrong though, he was great here too

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  • Patrick
  • 31-01-17

Both were great! I think R.C. won.

One of the better books I have listened to from Audible. Both stories were phenomenal! would definitely recommend it.

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  • Jerry hesch
  • 26-11-16

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.

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