The Rising by Brian Keene

Posted September 7, 2017 by Charla White in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Rising by Brian KeeneThe Rising by Brian Keene
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Published by Crossroad Press on 07 July 2017
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Zombie Apocalypse
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Since its 2003 debut, Brian Keene's The Rising is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, inspired the works of other authors and filmmakers, and has become a cultural touchstone for an entire generation of horror fans.

The Rising is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

©2003 Brian Keene (P)2017 David N. Wilson


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The Rising by Brian Keene is a horrifying, nightmare inducing listen!  (When I read it in book form I thought that was scary enough but now, listening to it as an audiobook I know better!)

Jim Thurmond was a prepper who prepared an underground bunker for when the end of the world came along.  Little did he know he’d need it but not for the reasons he believed.   There are just some things a father and a husband should never have to do, … except, unfortunately, Jim.  Contemplating suicide after having removed his pregnant and now dead wife from his bunker, Jim receives a call from his son – his son who needs him.  Jim must now traverse through hundreds of miles of zombies of all kinds, maniac men who believe they are in charge and try to rescue his son.  With the aid a few good people he encounters along the way he sets out to rescue his son.  Will he be in time?

Brian Keene is the master of horror.  His books are terrifying as they demonstrate time and again how no one is in control, chaos truly does rule.  Keene is detailed and his imagery is perfect instilling complete and total fear.

Joe Hempel, the narrator did an excellent job of performing the book.  His talent shines through as he voices the wide range of emotions each person experiences from fear to desperation to psychotic.  Hempel excelled at providing this already terrifying book with more horror as he captured the emotions perfectly.  Well done!

If you love horror – these two – Keene and Hempel are an excellent pair!

There were no issues with the audiobook or the quality of the production.

About Joe Hempel

Read the ABR narrator interview

Well, there’s not much to say. I’m a full time TV Engineer who loves reading, working out (I’m an NASM certified personal trainer), video games, and wrestling (worked for 10 years in the business).

I’m also a step dad to two girls (5 and 8) and a dad to one boy (7) who’s got cerebral palsy.

After operating www.topoftheheapreviews.com for around 3 years I shut it down to focus on learning how to narrate.

About Brian Keene

BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman.

Several of Keene’s novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option. Keene also serves as Executive Producer for the independent film studio Drunken Tentacle Productions.

Keene also oversees Maelstrom, his own small press publishing imprint specializing in collectible limited editions, via Thunderstorm Books.

Keene’s work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher’s Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including the World Horror 2014 Grand Master Award, two Bram Stoker Awards, and a recognition from Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) for his outreach to U.S. troops serving both overseas and abroad. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.

The father of two sons, Keene lives in rural Pennsylvania.

About Charla White

Mother of 2, grandmother of 5; love to read and listen to books; published writer. Event coordinator and associate program officer professionally. I also do editing, reviewing and ghostwriting. Highly eclectic in my reading but favorite genres are horror and cozy mysteries.

I have 30+ years of editing experience within the worlds of academia and business. My degrees are a B.A. in English with a Master’s in Education. My passion is experiencing the art of storytelling through books and audio’s.

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