A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried. People are frightened. But Zed Zane is oblivious. Zed needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his mom's house for a lunch of begging, again. But something is wrong. There's blood in the foyer. His mother's corpse is on the living room floor. Zed's stepdad, Dan, is wild with crazy-eyed violence and attacks Zed when he comes into the house. They struggle into the kitchen. Dan's yellow teeth tear at Zed's arm but Zed grabs a knife and stabs Dan 37 times, or so the police later say. With infection burning in his blood, Zed is arrested for murder but the world is falling apart and he soon finds himself back on the street, fighting for his life among the infected who would kill him and the normal people, who fear him.
©2013 Bobby Adair (P)23014 Bobby Adair
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"better than expected"
regarding the narration, it grew on me. my first thought was william shatner. a lot of people kind of laugh at his overacting as captain kirk on star trek. to apply it to the narrator, i thought he was overacting.
i'm a zombie apocylapse junkie, and i'll listen to almost any zombie story so when audible recommended this book, i clicked on it to read the summary and listen to the sample. neither really caught my attention, but i had a few hours to burn so i decided to give it a try b/c i could always return it. plus at $10, it's pretty expensive for such a short story. however by the time i finished listening to it, i downloaded the next installment b/c i was intrigued by what would happen next.
the story takes place in austin, texas, and most of the action is centered around the university there. the author went to school there, and uses his knowledge of the area to build the story.
i can't say much without spoiling the plot, but what i can say is that the plot is unique in that it's a little bit different than what i've listened to lately, and different is usually good.
even though slow burn is a really short story at 3 and 1/2 hours, it packs a punch. a lot happens in that short time.
as the author states, this is the first book in a 6 part series. as an initial outbreak story, it's pretty good. it captures the confusion and fear of what's happening. there's a lot of action, but there are well-timed pauses to let the listener and characters catch their breath. the story ends at a good place, and i'm eagerly awaiting to see what happens next.
a little bit about me...at the moment, all of the t.v. shows i watch are either on hiatus or are over. so audio books are one of my main sources of entertainment. so, i'm always purchasing extra credits and buying books. i found slow burn worth the $10. i was thoroughly entertained by it. so if you're like me, then this is a good way to be entertained for a short time.
if you're new to the zombie genre or don't want to expend a credit on such a short story, put it in your wish list to come back to to see if an omnibus version is released in the future, or if it goes on sale. there are a lot of good zombie books, and this one is kind of expensive. if you're interested, then please check my reviews b/c i reviewed a bunch of 'em.
"My teen might like this..."
This isn't Molles, Fuchs, or Ringo. Go into this series with that knowledge and it may be more enjoyable. As for me I found that the author was forcing the angry juvenile persona a bit too much. If the author's intention was for us to dislike the main character due to his ... lack of character, he did a good job of that. I listened to the first three books hoping it would change, but I don't see much progress so I'm stopping there.
The story is interesting so far but I am having a hard time listening to the Narrator.
NO....read the book instead...the Narrator is not good!
He sounds like he smoked crack. Meaning, he talks too fast and over exaggerates in parts. He doesn't seem to be connected to the story. Also his voice is just annoying..sorry
I'd rather read the book and Im going to see if I can get my money back.
Read this book but avoid the audio!
"11 BUCKS FOR A 3 HOUR BOOK????"
The story is good, the narration is nothing to write home about, but it's tolerable, and there is no doubt that I would purchase the entire series, HOWEVER, this author should have made these 3 books into 1. These are seriously short books that they are charging full price for. I routinely get books that are 9-12hours long for the same price and are just as good if not better.
So to sum up my review, this is a good book but it suffers from the way it is priced. For that reason I'm not going to buy the next books. Don't know whose decision it is to price it like this, but I've seen other authors put all their books into one volume on Audible in order to avoid this complaint. Either cut the price of the book or put them together, but keeping it this way is no value at all.
"Jason read through this book like it was a race."
the story was good, but I felt the narration should have showed at times. Jason read like he thought the sooner he finished the sooner he got paid. I thought there should have been a couple of slow downs.
"i am just sad I cannot give it negative"
performance and writing basically everything
get a different narrator and have all the characters to not act like preteen idiots
its really terrible
"Easy LIsten. Compelling Story Line, Great Audio"
I'm really getting into these audio book what I like most is the ability to do other things while I'm listening to a book. I had a huge project I was working on it amounted to pressing down each letter in a huge wall mura.l I was using as a headboard in the guest room and then lift off the backing without pulling the letters up or tearing them. It was a horrible job then I recalled hey I just got a new audio book and this was it.
I turned it on and continued working, suddenly I was no longer raging in anger over these stupid little letter I found myself moving along at a faster clip when the narrator was reading action and slowed down a little when he did.
Great experience I found the character well written enough that even listening to the book you understood their pathos and a lot of the subtext of their actions. The dialogue did not sound stupid or trite. It actually served to move the story ahead and fill in some of the dynamics of the characters.
The narrator did well with a difficult task characterizing through his voice several different characters and actually managed to pull it off quite abley. He never got that robotic tone I notice some of them get.midway through as if they had already given up on the story their own self. This narrator was enthusiastic from page one forward to the end.
I think this is a very good series that has the potential of being a long term regular read for me. I can tell you I will be back for the next installment, cause if it wasn't for this book I would have torn a very expensive piece of wall art to shreds LOL.. So I'm giving it a five, you won't be disappointed with any aspect of this book.
"Surprisingly Good (though narration not perfect)"
I'm on the fence and I'll explain why. The narrator is not terrible, he actually does a great job with voices and his performance get's much better with book two. I gave him three stars for book one because his voice was far too intense this time around - it got on my nerves and almost made me stop listening to the book. I DID eventually adjust to his style and found that this is the only criticism I have for Jason Damron, it just happens to be a BIG one. :-)
Overall this was a really good book, when you listen to a sample of the audio, understand that the intensity the narrator uses for the main character, Zed, is the intensity he will use throughout the entire book. If that works for you, then get the book, the story is worth it and the rest of the narration is very good.
Hard to say because I've listened to both books now and they tend to bleed into one another, both were very well written. The writer did a great job keeping the intensity up throughout as well as the pace. If pinned down I would say the scene where Zed is rescuing the girls from the building next door.
Yes, he did a very good job differentiating all the characters. I really enjoyed the different voices he used for each and he never made a mistake with any of them. He even did a good job with the women.
Murphy, he seems like someone I'd like to know.
This appears to be a serial zombie story. Each story is short and picks up where the last one left off (I think).
I've read some pretty crappy zombie fiction, this book (in my opinion) does not fall into that class. I feel like it's worth the credit or the cash (whichever comes cheaper to you). There's no guarantee on this type of fiction, that's why I decided to write a review on this book - I only write reviews on books I like and I saw this book was an Audible review virgin. I hope this review helps. :-)
"it just doesn’t let up"
At first impression Zed Zane seems to be a dead beat, shiftless bum, living off his abusive parents. When he gets up, hungover from the night before, he goes to his folks for lunch and begging for rent money. He finds his mom dead and his step dad eating her. He is attacked by his step dad and kills him with a knife. But his dad got in one good bite. Zed tries to call 911 but the line is busy. Feeling tired and sick he lays down on a bed and sleeps.
When he wakes up he feels better and calls 911 again. The cops arrive, arrest him for murder, and hall him off to jail. In jail he meets Murphy. Fast forward, Zac and Murphy escaped jail when a riot erupted.
From then on it’s one escape after another. Everyone wants to kill them. Some want to eat them. They just want to survive.
From one tight spot to the next Zac shows his true metal. He just can’t leave a female in distress. Zac and Murphy are low fever infected. They can walk around without the infected bothering them. As long as they are quiet and don’t move too fast.
This story is shorter than most but it just doesn’t let up. I liked the idea of different degrees of zombi. It is something different and lets more action and doesn’t limit the trouble Zac can get into.
Let me say that Jason is one of the best narrators, for this type of book, I have listened to in a long time. He does talk a little fast but I usually have my audio player on 1.5 speed. Jason really gets into it. His first person narration is so real, it’s like he is actually living the part. He has some good rough voices for the other male characters too. I could close my eyes and see what was happening as he talked. His descriptions of the chaos were fantastic. The fire scene alone was so good I could feel the heat.
The audio production was flawless. Everything flowed seamlessly together. Audio was clean and clear. A great job.
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"was the reader on cocaine?"
unfortunately I will not listen to the other books in this series. the reader spoke to fast I could feel my blood pressure rising each time I listened.
"CANT GET ENOUGH OF Z"
YES THINK IT WILL BE A GOOD SERIES
WILL WAIT FOR STORY DEVELOPMENT TO DECIDE
HILIGHTS THE CONTEXT SO WELL
FELT SAD ZED DIDN'T MOURN LOSS OF MPTHER AND STEPDAD.
WANT ALL THE SERIES NOW
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