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Zed's World

Books One and Two
Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
Series: Zed's World, Book 1-2
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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A terrible plague has been loosed upon the earth. In the course of one night, mankind teeters on the brink of extinction. Fighting through gathering hordes of undead, a group of friends brave military checkpoints, armed civilians, and forced allegiances in an attempt to reach loved ones. Thwarted at every turn, they press forward. But taking roads less traveled could cost them everything.

©2016 Richard Baker (P)2017 Richard Baker

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A good introduction to the series

I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

This is a joint review for Zed's World Book One (or #0.5 on GoodReads), The Gathering Horde and Zed's World Book Two (or #1 on GoodReads), Roads Less Travelled.
 
I'm going to start off and just tell you here right now, if it ever came down to a Zombie apocalypse, I don't feel embarrassed to tell you that I would head straight on up over to the zombies and just give it the old, if you can't beat 'em then join 'em trick. I find myself reading (or watching) Zombie apocalypses stories just to see what tips get thrown out and how worth it it might be to try and survive.
 
The Gathering Horde is a great opener to this series. We learn here about how the virus spread, with terrorism as the main backdrop, and we are in the labs as the downfall of America is set in motion. Does it feel kinda sterotyped to who the bag guys are, yeah it does. I mean, it doesn't put all the bad guys into one bag, but that's a bit of a downside. *shrug* A great thing about this book is it is short, so makes for a really great teaser to see if it's something that you might like to pick up and explore further. It gives us a brief introduction to multiple characters, but there is no depth, exploration or full development within this short scene setter.
 
Roads Less Travelled gives us more character’s stories, and less Zombie action. Now that the Zombies are out in the world, we're thrown into different characters grouping together to try to survive and escape. D-Day is contacted to re-join the Army to help control the situation, yet how is he going to be able to navigate back to the checkpoint requested? I was more involved within D-Days storyline than the others. It got to the point with me that there were so many characters that I started to tune some out, following the action more than who was in it. I did like it flashing to different groups to give a broader sense of what was actually going on!
 
I listened to the audiobook for these and whilst good, it takes a bit of time to get used to the narrator. I give these together 3 stars, taking into account story and narrator, and I'm onto book 3 soon!

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Really enjoyed this one

Good story, in depth characters.
Looking forward to getting onto the third part.
I do love a good zombie end of the world type book anyway. So this gave me my fix.

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We're on our own out here.

This Audio book includes the first two episodes of an ongoing serial. As such, further books will be required to complete the story.
Having said that, the first of the two books could be read alone as it reads like a short story covering the redistribution of the virus which will cause such worldwide devistation. Book two moves on to the first hours, the release points, chaos and reaction from authorities, and introduces the reader to those characters likely to be playing a part in the books to come.

An interesting feature of these opening chapters is that the distribution of the virus released was a deliberately devised scheme, that the Zeds were very fast moving and actively aggressive.

Early days yet but the desperate groups of survivors trying to find a safe location seem to be growing in charactdr and this is ably assisted by the narration of S.W.Salzman. His slightly gruff voice is pleasant to hear and his reading is well paced and clear.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the rights ho?der, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. I did enjoy listening and there were certainly some novel approaches which promise to make this slightly different to other zombie apocalypse books. But was I sufficiently involved to continue with the serial? Probably not.

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Amazing - from the characters to the storyline!

These books grabs you from page one. I'm glad my graduation didn't go down like this! I love the diversity of angles that we have from terrorists to survivalists to those just trying to make it - all with Zombies of course.You can really tell that the author is interested in the psychology of a broken society where we stop worrying about what to buy and survival one again trumps everything else.

Great suspense, tense, action filled story all brought to life by the incredible narration.

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

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  • Nomi
  • 22-12-17

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I enjoyed this one. Great cast of characters. Nothing new or original about the story but I did enjoy it. It’s a great start to a ZA series.

The narrator did a good job overall. I had to get used to him but after awhile the narration did grow on me.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Jason
  • 16-09-17

Interesting take on the Zombie Genre

What made the experience of listening to Zed's World the most enjoyable?

The story was very well crafted. It told the story through different points of view and each view was very distinct.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zed's World?

The Chaos at the Mobi (?)

What about S.W. Salzman’s performance did you like?

I thought that he did a good job of narrating the book. he was able to lend distinct voices to each character. His voice was a little rough and was hard to get used to at first.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

TERRORism on the Homefront!!!

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this audio book and have voluntarily left a review.

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  • Dirty Sanchez
  • 31-07-17

zed is not dead!

Rich Baker writes a helluva zombie story and Shawn Salzman narrates the hell outta it! Highly recommended for your ears!

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  • Mindyg123 (Romance Authors That Rock )
  • 01-05-18

Great story

This is a great story. Really enjoyed this only complaint is the cliffhanger!!! I love apocalyptic books and This one is a hit on my book.

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  • laura
  • 30-04-18

Fantastic book, excellent series!

I love this series. It's a great story, delivered in a unique way, and totally sucked me right in. I can't wait for number 3! Shawn Salzman as the narrator was awesome too!

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  • KS
  • 06-03-18

Great series!

I love that this Audible version included both the first and second book! I was able to listen to both within this one file, in two days. I didn't want to put it down. It's great seeing a range of characters in this series. We have military, regular civilians, and collage aged people who all need to work together in order to survive the terrorist attacks. These attacks have caused chaos across the globe, as anyone bitten by an infected becomes infected, or as the characters are calling them, a zombie or Zed. It's full of action, gore, and drama!

S.W. Salzman is one of my favorite narrators, and he does a fantastic job giving our characters life through voice and tone. I enjoy his inflections, and the dialogue and narration flow. He doesn't just read the story; he puts us in the story.

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  • Louise
  • 20-02-18

zeds world

I enjoyed the book overall and love listening to Mr. Salman' s narration but I found the book to be on the shower side.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-02-18

Entertaining and enjoyable

What did you love best about Zed's World?

Entertaining and enjoyable zombie apocalypse story

What did you like best about this story?

The story is well written and the characters are likable

Which character – as performed by S.W. Salzman – was your favorite?

He did a outstanding job on all but I liked D-Day the best

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • All Things Book - Review
  • 05-02-18

Great story

What did you love best about Zed's World?

That the main characters have no military training. They are regular college students.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Annie, even though she is deaf, she is doing her best to survive

Which character – as performed by S.W. Salzman – was your favorite?

D-Day. That guy sounds awesome. Military training, yet willing to try to help others survive

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Tina got shot

Any additional comments?

A great book, one of the best audio books I have listened to in a while. S. L. Salzman brings these characters to life.

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  • Maly C
  • 05-02-18

action and fun

Great book with lots of action from the start! This book was moving from the beginning to the end! Narration was on point and brought the characters even more to life. Great addition to my library and yours!

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