Steppenwolf Company and Chicago Shakespeare Theater veteran Scott Aiello performs the initial work in the Clayfield series, featuring a reasonable man - the director of a nonprofit museum in a small Kentucky town - trying to survive insanely unreasonable times. The virus that was once a small blip of foreign news exploded into a global pandemic invading even his small corner of the world. To survive, he must transform from a soft, sensitive man who cares about killing even those forms that threaten his life into a hardened murderer ready to take what he needs, wherever he finds it, and suppress any shreds of decency left that might work against keeping him alive.
But the disease and those infected are not his only concerns. He must also contend with armed gangs, strife within his group, his own lack of skills… and his conscience.
There are tough decisions to be made if he is to survive. But if he is smart - and a little lucky - he can do more than survive; he can live like a king.
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By Mike Naka on 31-07-2013
What about Scott Aiello’s performance did you like?
the narration is very good. the narrator has a smooth voice, and he's easy to listen to. i found it easy to distinguish the different male characters he portrays, and he even does female voices well!
Any additional comments?
DON'T be put off by the title and cover art! chessiness aside, this is a solid zombie tale! definitely in the top 10 i've listened to so far. i actually liked it that much!
the story is told in the first person by our nameless protagonist. he's not a survivalist nor has he any military background, which i found refreshing. instead, the main character is an out of shape, 30 something museum director. he's unprepared and has no ready supplies,
except a submarine sandwich and a few packets of ketchup. he's kind of a loner and is preparing for a senior citizen's tour when the canton b virus hits his small town.
the author does a good job developing the characters as the story progresses. the main character's gradual transformation is believable. he makes mistakes, which is refreshing. a few times, i found myself talking aloud- you idiot...why didn't you...i was totally engrossed in the story.
the supporting characters are also given the time to develop, and they aren't the typical cardboard cut out supporting cast. they definitely add to the story.
this story has a mix of zombies- the slow, shambling kind and the quick kind. there are lulls in the zombie action, and the author wisely uses this time to develop his characters. this is more than just a zombie story. it's also a story about how to survive when civilization collapses.
this is the first in a series, and the ending really surprised me. i didn't think the author would go that way, but he did.
overall, a surprisingly excellent addition to your zombie library.
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By Howard on 13-05-2015
Finally a zombie book worth the money I paid for
it. Apocalyptic novels offer the author a terrific opportunity to develop characters, imagine how things might happen, how people react to change (radical change) in society (in the case of the zombie novel the obliteration of such). However virtually every zombie novel I have read (or tried to read such as Molle"s "The Remaining") I end up giving up and putting away or reading only one or two of the series.
Most of these zombie books are pure trite- endless descriptions of weapons, over the top scenes, cliff hangers that are anything but cliff hangers, stereotypical characters (he man sniper saving helpless but beautiful babe). The set ups are usually ridiculous as well (okay the entire concept is ridiculous I admit but why add insult to injury). The protagonists is a trained killer and is an ex Marine, Navy Seal, Delta Force member or who happens to have a billionaire friend who is and also happens to have a survival shelter. The plot simply a trail of bodies like one of those first person shooter videos. There - I got it out of my system as to why all the zombie books suck for the most part & that gets me to a review of book "The King of Clayfield" by Shane Gregory
I only purchased it because Audible offered it to me for $ 4.99 (probably because I quit buying zombie novels). I begin listening,fully prepared to cut it off and demand my money back. Instead I found a novel that deals with a normal "work a day guy" in the middle of no where Kentucky faced with a major disaster. The first person narration has a dry sardonic humor (not over the top) but also flashes of humanity and the book offers real questions about what happens when industrial society goes kaput. The women are women- not Barbies, my favorite is red neck Jen (Jennifer) who no one pushes around but is still a female and the protagonist, of all things, is a museum curator the very opposite of the normal Zombie Protagonist. He is a really nice normal guy who knows a little about how to survive but not much about killing and shooting.
Clayfield goes to hell in a zombie hand basket and the story revolves around the story of how the characters adapt to their new social environment and how they respond and learn to adapt to the new physical environment (good bye refrigerated orange juice hello planting sweet potatoes!). The pace is well done, the characters real- meaning not only do I like them they are not some cardboard imagination to serve a plot.
Well done- Well done- it deserves more attention than it seems to have gotten. If you enjoy reading a "what if the world ended as we know it" instead of "Lets kill 100 zombies per chapter and describe every gun ever made" novel then buy this book and listen to it!
Thanks Audible for putting it on sale- smart marketing move because I now plan on purchasing the rest of the series!
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