Narrator: John Voorhees
Published by Self Published / Indie on 20 February 2015
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Zombie Apocalypse
Source: Submitted, AudioBookBlast.com
Jonah has seven days to find his best friend's soul, or lose his own, dragging a zombie across the country with a stripper who has an agenda of her own, while being pursued for a crime he didn't commit...and dealing with Satan.
2,000 miles. Seven days. Two souls. One zombie. Satan.
©2012-2014 Books of the Dead Press (P)2015 Tonia Brown
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I initially sat back more than a little shocked at Tonia Brown’s book Badass Zombie Road Trip. I went into it with no expectations or knowledge of what it was about, and when the f-bombs started dropping I laughed, paused the book and did some research into what exactly I was getting myself into.
If you give Badass Zombie Roadtrip a chance, you definitely need to know what you’re getting into.
First off, BZRT isn’t a post apocalyptic novel per se. There’s really only a single zombie character in the book and he and the other main character are involved in a wacky trip across America to regain his soul. It was sort of stolen by the Devil, you see. In a traffic stop. Sort of.
Trying to summarize the plot of BZRT wouldn’t do it any justice, so I won’t. I will however cover some of the things you should know about the book.
Jonah and Dale do NOT shy away from lengthy discussions about sex and gore. I would venture to say that 50% of their interactions revolve around moving the plot forward, and the other 50% are them ragging on each other in a humorous, but potentially very offending fashion. If you’re thin skinned about any kind of racy humor, you probably won’t appreciate their scenes, and they’re the book. While funny and well written, I do think the two character’s are a bit over the top. Intentional as this may be, some of their conversations go on about sex (or in one long section of the book a missing thumb) for a bit too long, and it drags out the story and made it a little less entertaining for me.
BZRT strikes me as a strong homage to Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, and that’s very high praise from me. I would also add that it feels like Tonia Brown channeled Kevin Smith into her writing for this and while I would normally be thrilled for that, it does make the book a strange, off-kilter experience. I enjoyed it, but I can see how this is not the cup of tea for the faint hearted, or for those seeking out a traditional post-apocalyptic story, or one with lots of action.
Expect crude laughs in spades and you’ll love this book.
Despite a few moments of audio echo in the performance John Voorhees does a wonderful job being very theatrical throughout. He jumps between Satan, Dale and Jonah with a zeal that’s hard not to enjoy and when Candy the stripper (You knew that was coming, right? The name?) his rendition of her entertains, and her presence makes the book more enjoyable as well.
Badass Zombie Roadtrip is a trip alright, and I hope you pack well and expect some fun.