Narrator: TJ Richards
Series: Death & Decay #1
on 20 December 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
Genres: Horror, Zombie Apocalypse
Source: Author, Submitted
An infection is spreading. People are dying, but they don't stay dead.
St. Louis is falling to pieces. In the midst of rioting, a dangerous new disease has sprung up, pushing an already dire situation over the edge. Those who are infected suddenly become extremely aggressive, attacking and even eating those around them.
And Olivia Bennett is caught right in the middle of it.
When Liv comes face to face with the infected, her hectic life grinds to a halt as the city around her begins to devour itself. Forced to flee from her car with nothing but her 18-month-old daughter, Elli, Liv must trek 40 miles on foot across the feral infested suburbs of St. Louis to a safe haven that may not even be safe.
Fight or die. What other hope does she have?
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This story is an excellent example of the zombie genre – it covers the first 5 days following a zombie outbreak in St. Louis, Liv and her baby Ellie are caught in traffic on a bridge when the danger reaches them and Liv has to do whatever it takes to get them to safety.
This book is about the human aspect of the zompocalypse, rather than the scientific or military sides. It considers how ordinary people would react to this situation and how messed up things would get within less than a week (pretty damn messed up, as it happens). It’s the race for survival that gets you hooked, the fear and uncertainty is tangible. Their journey has a few parts to it as they hold up in different abandoned houses along the way and meet other survivors, making it easy to break this audio up into series if you want to listen to it in smaller chunks.
I feel that the fear factor would have been amped up by using the baby as a character a little more, there were long stretches of time without any mentions of her at all when she could have contributed to the feeling of danger. This is an action-driven novel, with moderate gore and a load of loss and violence. It surprised me how quickly characters adapted to sprinting for long distances and taking mallets to the heads of the infected.
The TJ Richards’ strength is voicing the characters, she pulled off a variety of accents and gave them all distinct voices that I really enjoyed. She added to the atmosphere of desperation surrounding the survivors and made this a great audiobook to listen to.
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