In the bloody, grimly tragic, and sometimes funny, zombie adventure tale The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, narrated in a clear and captivating baritone by David Letwin, Edward Schuett dies trying to defend his family from the great zombie uprising and becomes a zombie himself.
Fifty years pass and slowly Edward begins to discover that, while still a zombie, he feels himself slowly turning more and more human again. Feeling unsafe from his own undead kind, Edward flees, looking for scientific and philosophical answers to his shifting sense of self.
The last thing Edward Schuett remembers is trying to defend his family as the zombie hordes descended on them. When he wakes up he finds his body dead and rotten yet healing quickly. Fifty years have passed and he's been a zombie that entire time, yet something has changed and he is coming back to something resembling life. His existence causes havoc among the rebuilt society of zombie holocaust survivors: some think he's an abomination and want to kill him while others think of him only as a scientific curiosity and want to dissect him.
Plagued by nightmares of what he did as a zombie, Edward must run from everyone including himself. Only one man can tell Edward what is happening to him, but first Edward must cross half the country and risk what little life he has been able to put back together.
This was such a refreshing zombie story, I can't say I've ever read anything like it. I absolutely loved it. Some great unexpected and shocking turn of events throughout the book and I really connected with the characters. The narration was pretty good too. I felt that David Letwin really had a good understanding of Edward and how he felt as he progressed through the story. I highly recommend this book.
Fantastic story loved it recommend to all great story narration made the story interesting superb read with likeable characters 5 stars
This review originally appeared in my blog The Guilded Earlobe
I have a bit of a reputation as a zombie enthusiast. Maybe it’s because I listen to and review a lot of zombie audiobooks. In 2012, so far, I have listened to or read over 35 zombie audiobooks and print books. I assume that most people don’t really read that many, while I am also sure there are many who eclipse me. Yet, my listening and reading of the undead is only a drip in the bucket of what’s available, and my wish list of filled with Zombie titles. Now, I would love to get to them all, and spend hours and hours dedicating myself to the best in zombie fiction, but, honestly, I often suffer from Zombie fatigue. When you read or listen to a lot of zombie novels, it all starts to bleed together. I love tales of the zombie apocalypse, where a ragtag band of survivors come together to try to find safety from the hordes, and these authors try to throw lots of twists, fast zombies, slow zombies, zombie perspectives and even sentient too using zombies, but really, the cores of most zombie apocalypse tales remains remarkably similar. How many different ways can you discuss gaining supplies, finding weapons, and creating a safe haven before it all begins to sound the some. That is, until something special comes along. Occasionally I find a Zombie title that rips me out of my fatigue and surprises me. Two years ago it was Alden Bell’s The Reapers are the Angels, and last year it was Daryl Gregory’s brilliant Raising Stony Mayhall. So far, in 2012 I have experienced a lot of great zombie novels, some quite unique, but none really gave me the reenergizing experience. Then I listened to The Reanimation of Edward Schuett.
I really went into The Reanimation of Edward Schuett pretty cold, only knowing it was about a man who wakes up after years living the life of one of the shambling hordes of undead. The premise itself seemed unique enough where I was initially intrigued. What I discovered is a novel that blends the unique zombie perspective of a novel like Zombie Ohio, with the recovered society motif of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, mixing in a liberal dose of the quirkiness of Raining Stony Mayhall, then adds it’s own secret blend of herbs and spices making it the most unique, and perhaps, rewarding zombie experience of the year. From the moments I pressed play, with Edward attempting to wake up and scream, I was enthralled with this story. Edward Schuett was simply an amazing character, no longer really a zombie, and not quite human, plagued with the knowledge of what he was, but not exactly sure what he was becoming. As a simple character study, Edward Schuett would be a brilliant piece of fiction, but add into it a bunch of quirky characters, some intrigue, and a fascinating action filled plot, and it was also a heck of a ripping good yarn. I really loved the world Goodman had created, a post apocalypse world that has moved from a terrorized populace attempting to survive the onslaught of flesh eating humans, to a society full of people either indifferent to, bitter against, or almost sickly amused by their zombiefied brethren. It was interesting to view this world through the eyes of a character who is a bridge between both the old world and new, as well as a bridge between zombies and humans. There is an almost loving tenderness in Edward Schuett’s actions towards zombies, something you rarely see in zombie fiction. Many books remind you often that zombies are your brothers, parents and friends, as a way to emotionally terrorize you, yet at times, Edward Schuett humanizes its zombies to create empathy for them. And don’t worry zombie lit fans, there is plenty of zombie gore, post apocalyptic action and mayhem to keep you moving through those troublesome touching moments. I have listened to a lot of great zombie novels this year, but I think, in the future, when I look back at this year, The Reanimation of Edward Schuett will be the one that sticks out the most to me.
Sometimes when a novel utterly enthralls you, a strong narration can actually enhance the experience. Yet, sometimes, a smart narrator knows that they just need to stay out of the way of the story, and let it do its own sort of magic. To be perfectly honest, nothing about David Letwin’s performance stands out to me. I can’t remember a particular characterization or moment of stylistic pacing and cadence that made this book better. Nor, can I think of a distracting voice, awkwardly paced action segment, or poor narrative decision. Letwin just did his job, read the story, and let the characters and situations pull the reader in. I think this is exactly what this novel needed. I’m sure there is another narrator out there that could have given a better reading, yet, I don’t think it was needed here. Letwin’s reading was solid and straightforward. He added no bells or whistles to the production and none where needed. It’s hard to evaluate a performance like this. This is my first time listening to a novel narrated by Letwin, and I know I will have no problem giving another one of his titles a go.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
yes, it was an interesting story and a fresh take on the whole zombie apocylapse theme.
Any additional comments?
usually, it's hard for me to tell whether or not i'll like a book based on the sample provided, but this time the sample really piqued my curiosity.
as the story opens, edward's consciousness is waking up and his body is painfully coming back to life. he doesn't know where he is, and he can't remember who he is. all he knows is that he's got to throw up and throw up badly! with something awful boiling in his stomach, edward manages to roll over just in time as he violently expels a maggot-strewn stream of chunky, red liquid all over the floor. after which, he aptly passes out. when edward wakes up again, a little bit more of his consciousness comes drifting back as he struggles to move his body and find out what the heck is going on with him and around him.
throughout the story, edward is on 2 journeys, one to find out "what" he is and another to find out "who" he is. both journeys are fascinating and fraught with danger. to find out what he is, edward must place his trust others who fear and loathe what he is- a thinking zombie. to find out who he is, edward must delve into his jumbled, "red" memories to remember who he is without losing himself.
i really liked the insight into how the zombies communicate. i won't spoil it b/c it's pretty interesting. my only caveat with the story is that the last part is too short. the story is divided into like 5 parts. i wish the last part leading up to the ending had been longer and more detailed. i think it deserved more attention b/c it is a pivotal part of edward's development. in my humble opinion, that would've moved the needle on the story from "pretty good" to "great."
overall, a pretty good story! if you're an avid zombie fan, this is a good addition to your zombie library. it definitely expands the scope of the genre. if you're new to the zombie genre, then this is definitely a perspective that you'll be interested in.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
An entertaining variation on the zombie genre. Edward comes back to life after being a zombie for 50 years and the scientists want to know why. Conspiracy, a tad of romance, and surprising little twists that keep you hooked. Plus, while some of the other characters are a tad two-dimensional, Edward himself seems "real." I enjoyed it (and have since read the next two).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about The Reanimation of Edward Schuett?
This is a great book. Very exciting and new Possibilities. We all know that zombies are dead. There is no cure they all died, and there is no hope for the world once they start walking around again and chomping on hapless victims. This we all know to be true about zombies, or is it? Is there really a cure? How Did this creepy zombie come back to sentient thought or is it a clever zombie trick..hehe clever zombie, thats funny. The book is very fascinating with humor, tragedy, suspense, you name it. A deffinate must read if you thought you have read every kind of zombie book, think again!!!!
What did you like best about this story?
Very Creative and new.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great concept! I guess I never thought passed the zombie viruse. When you think about evolution, why not. .?
I haven't looked to see if this is or will be a series. It sure has the potential to be more of a thought out zombie tail. Not just eating, bitting and a groups effort to stay alive. Nice change!!!
Only trouble I had was the narration from time to time,. it sounded forced or monotone. I did get used to it and over all enjoyed the listen.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I was skeptical about this. Turns out it was a pretty good listen. It's not the typical zombie tale. It's not filled with mindless gore. It has quite of bit of mystery as Edward tries to figure out what the heck is going on, what he is and who he used to be as well as what happened to his loved ones. I made a few predictions and I'm happy to say they didn't turn out to be true which is also a nice change.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
From the very start I was captivated, unable to stop listening unless my life or federal regulations relied upon it (I was on an airplane). Being a fan of the zombie genre I have to say that I have never come across such an original take on the genre. It never even crossed my mind that once someone was a zombie that there was any possibility of them turning back into a human, or maybe I should say human like. If all you like about zombie stories is the action, blood and guts, the horde coming down and trying to destroy everything living, you will be sorely disappointed with The Reanimation of Edward Schuett. As this is more of a story about how a society and individual learn about on another and discover that neither one is what they thought they were.
Absolutely nothing stood out to me about David Letwin's narration, neither great nor horrible and spoke clearly, I would say just right for The Reanimation of Edward Schuett. Letwin's telling of the story simply let the audiobook speak for its self and I think that no other way would have been better.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Reanimation of Edward Schuett again? Why?
Yes, it was very good, I listened to it in 2 days so I'm sure I missed some good stuff
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reanimation of Edward Schuett?
SPOILER ALERT !!!!!!!!!!
I'll try to not describe to much, when he remembered what happened to his daughter. I'd love to say more but it would ruin the moment for anyone who hasn't read or listened to the book.
What does David Letwin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He was great, kept me listening.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Ugh!!!! can't think of a good one.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Reanimation of Edward Schuett in three words, what would they be?
a very pleasant surprise. I never heard anything by this author or narrator.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Which scene was your favorite?
the stand off
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I really enjoyed it. very different.
Any additional comments?
i wish the author didnt have to switch narrators. I didn't buy the rest of the series because i didnt like the new narrator.
This novel takes place in a post-zombie-appocalypse world. One zombie recovers after 50 years, regaining his human menories, intelligence, and personality. Some people hate zombies because of the appocalypse, some scientists want to use him as a lab animal, and some politicians want to kill him because they are afraid of him. A few people recognize his humanity, and help him make a new life. In my opinion, the zombie behaves more like a human being than some of the humans in the book. If you read this, you will never see zombies the same way again. You may find it in your hearts to pity them, because of the people they used to be. If you are a fan of the zombie genre, you definitely want to read this book. The narration is also excellent.