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WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO YOUR GUN?
The first thing and most important thing I want to say is that ,this is very entertaining. I did not think GraphicAudio could be out done, but these guys did it in spades. The difference changes the story from, A Movie In Your Mind, to This May be Too Real. Do not take me wrong I like GraphicAudio, I just want to make a comparison you might know. What is even better, this is a top notch well written story, whereas most of GraphicAudio is second rank writings, (James Axler, Alex Archer, etc...). The only problem I had was, that I listened while driving my six wheel delivery truck and the sound is so real that at times, I thought I had hit something or something it me, and it was just the radio. The actors are top notch professionals.
I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HER AND I WAS CRYING.
The actual story itself, if written and read in book form, might not be better then what else is out there. It would not be worse, but if you have read a lot of Zombie stories, this does not bring anything new to the table. I will say, that they did do two things that I appreciated, that other apocalypse books seem to get wrong. It always amazes me in other books, when they act as if vehicles are hard to come by. The town I live in has less then 160,000 people and the amount of cars and trucks in this town are in the thousands. Not counting U-Haul, there are hundreds of box trucks, owned by food companies. There are several food warehouses. If you can drive an 18 wheeler, thousands of them are available. Even in small towns I deliver to, most have a used or new car dealership. Brand new cars and trucks. Also many other books of this type have the people traveling around the country or living in the country in small houses or one even has them in tents. Da, why wouldn't you take a high rise and fortify it, living in the upper parts of the building? The story is five star, just not much different then what else is out there.
PREPARE FOR THE WORSE, AND HOPE FOR THE BEST
As mentioned by others and probably the biggest draw back is the ending. This is not a book, it is a serial and this is season one. Like most TV shows today, it ends in a cliff hanger. If you read the reviews before buying, you know that, if you don't read reviews, then sorry.
IT'S NOT FUN OWNING A GUN AND HAVING NOTHING TO SHOOT AT.
This is a full cast production, no narrators. This is the best production of anything I have ever listened to. If this was a two star story, which it is not, the production would make it a six star listen. The actors, (not narrators), or excellent. I was never a fan of British accents, but there is one chick in here with a British accent, that is so sexy, I am now a fan.
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quick summary: michael cross spent 3 tours in iraq. now, he's back in california taking classes. just as his quiz starts there's an explosion, and he goes up to see what's going on, against his professor's assertions that everything will be fine. as more and more students gather around the t.v. to see some kind of riots breaking out, michael decides to head to his base. there he runs into angel, his commander, and saul. angel won't let them open the armory until the base commander arrives and gives them the ok. but as the $h!t really starts to hit the fan, they bust in. however, the alarm attracts the infected. once they realize nobody's coming to investigate the alarm, they decide to wait out the alarm's timer and leave in a hummer. as they flee through the city, they rescue riley and pegs from the roof of a florist shop. they decide to try to rescue angel's girlfriend, who lives in a nearby apartment building. once there, they discover it almost totally abandoned, and they recognize it has good defensive qualities by the way the floor plan is laid out. so starts their story of survival.
there's a large cast of characters, but it's not hard to keep track of who's who b/c each character has his/her own dedicated voice actor. the voice acting is exceptional. there are lots of sound effects, and they are also done exceptionally well- they help to immerse you into the story.
this story has it all: the various complications surrounding surviving with a bunch of people you don't know, a great cast of antagonists (prisoners who've escaped), drama, interesting infected, gore, and lots of action.
while not a pure zombie story, i totally enjoyed listening to this series. the spectacular voice acting and the engrossing and evolving plot keeps bringing me back, week after week. what do i mean by that? this series is a free weekly podcast. each podcast is b/ween 15 and 30 minutes. the 1st 2 minutes are ads and a pickup from the last episode. i didn't want to deal with that so i downloaded the 1st 2 seasons on audible. i am now catching up with season 3, which just ended. season 3 is only available via free downloadable podcasts.
if you're into zombie / end of the world stories and are looking for something new, definitely give this a try. i warn you! it's addicting!
15 of 18 people found this review helpful
I used to follow the podcast from when chapter 4 part 2 was the latest episode. I found it very frustrating having to go in to menu to go to the next chapter chronologically or having to wait for the next 1 chapter to come out which was sometimes months between.
It's very much the biggest relief to have the whole season in one place.
These books are the best simply because its not a book, It as I like to call the "Audio to a Movie". The characters feel like real people relatable people. Sound Effects are great and add to all the emotions you feel for the characters.
A must Listen too especially if you are a zombie head.
Sgt D. N. Fenix
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to We're Alive again? Why?
Yes, Definitely. What a fantastic way to narrate a book with a full cast rather than single reader ,Brilliant, really brought the book alive especially with music and sound effects thrown in. Great story, easy to listen to. I have 150 plus audio books now and love them all but this 3 book series (so far) is easily in my top ten favourites.
What other book might you compare We're Alive to, and why?
I guess it is a typical Zombie apocalypse style book of which I have several but I think for me its quite like the Walking Dead TV series of which Im quite a fan
Have you listened to any of Blackstone Audiobooks’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes I have several but for me this is a good book that really comes alive with this style of narrating. Im sure I would have still enjoyed this book if read by a single narrator but Im really pleased it isn't.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not really but I did find myself laughing out loud on occasion, Not something I think Ive done with other books.
Any additional comments?
Loved it, Will listen to it many times Im sure. More books of all styles read this way please.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful