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Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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PD: Luculus the Cat is the best character in an horror book ever.
Okay, the reasons I didn't like it are:
1. Only in the first fifteen pages or so are the societal repercussions of the fall of the civilized world discussed at all, and then only superficially. The most interesting part of zombie apocalypse tales is seeing how the world's structures first collapse, and then slowly coalesce around the survivors as they rebuild and regroup to fight the hordes. World War Z is a good example of how this is fascinating. Apocalypse Z, on the other hand, is basically chapter after chapter of the first-person narrator dodging around corners and spear-gunning a few zombies as he flees from storeroom to shack to boat. If "zombie" were replaced by "angry gorilla" throughout the entire book, the author wouldn't much have to change the rest of the plot. The book is like the record of a first-person shooter videogame in novel form.
2. The writing is bad. Is it the original or the translation that is responsible for the badness? I don't know, but the end result for the English language reader is the same. Bad in the way the writing in 50 Shades of Gray is bad: clunky, obvious, hammy. Instead of "Crap! I can't believe I let my desire for Christian's playful strength make me lower my guard." we have (paraphrased) "Crap! I can't believe I let my desire for a bath make me forget that the solar panels I conveniently installed two weeks ago can't supply enough wattage!Read more ›
The initial concept of a journal was interesting, and the description of the fall was passable, but things rapidly deteriorated from there. I felt as the book progressed it became worse and the characters became paper thin. The dialogue was forced, the actions nonsensical, and the plot repetitive.
The writing itself left much to be desired. Perhaps this is a complication of translation, but I don't believe so. When I finish a paragraph about something bad happening I don't need the sentence, "This sucks!" finishing it off. I know it sucks Loureiro, I don't need it spoon fed to me.
I would have to highly discourage someone from reading this book, truly one of the worst attempts in this genre that I have read. Take a look at The Stand by Stephen King, The Passage by Justing Cronin, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Old Man and the Wasteland, World War Z, The Walking Dead graphic novel, and my personal favorite WOOL by Hugh Howey. Really, read the WOOL series. Its cheaper and sssoooo much better.
This book is written entirely in first person form, as if it is a blog. However, it's really written more as a novel, not a blog entry. For example, one of the first few entries ends with "I had to turn off the radio and get to work. I was running late." Those are THOUGHTS, not something someone would write. If it was truly a blog entry, it would have read, "I've got to go. I'm running late." Additionally, there's very little description. For example, I didn't even know what the main character's cat looked like for the first 10% of the book, even though he refers to it constantly.
The setting is in Spain, so there will be some cultural differences and difficulties imagining the location, if you are American. However, it seems as if the author wanted to be able to relate to American audiences, because he mentions the temperature in Farenheight, and refers to Fox News. These discrepancies are sort of inauthentic, especially since WGN News is actually one of the only American stations that is broadcast overseas. Either set your story in Europe or don't.
The zombie infection begins as an unexplained flu or virus, which is fine, but drags on for pages. Despite infected people running around, violently attacking others and biting them, the main character fails to mention zombies until the last second, when he actually sees one. This is unrealistic as the time period is current.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book, but nobody is that lucky. The ending was a little bit of a letdown. I would read more by the author. Starting the second book in the series now.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's a rare book that I can wholeheartedly not recommend to anyone. I can say that I managed to finish it and it had some page-turning moments. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nathan Fairchild
This book was just interesting enough to finish, which is the best thing to be said about it. Repetitive, not well written and generally feels more like fanfic than a real book.Published 1 month ago by Shoshona19
I really enjoyed this story. Well written, fun stuff to think about and what would you do type thing. I got so into it I had nightmare about zombies. Keep it up was fun read .Published 1 month ago by NGSUPPLY
One of the better Zombie diaries out there. The narrator / main character is likable and the (few) other (alive) characters are enjoyable as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Pruna
I enjoyed the first person, stream of consciousness style of the story. As zombie apocalypse stories go it was gripping but the zombies would be mysteriously absent during some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas A. Ross
The auther doesn't seem to know anything about sailing, fire, cars or people, in other words, all the things he writes about.Published 1 month ago by garyq