Narrator: Sarah Tancer
Series: Time of Death #1
Published by Permuted Press, Self Published on 04 August 2014
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
Genres: Contemporary Zombie, Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Zombie Apocalypse
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When nowhere is safe to hide, where do you go to escape the monsters?
In a few short days, 37-year-old Emma Rossi's hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.
And they're hungry.
Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband, Jake, and their dog, Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.
Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.
©2014 Shana Festa (P)2014 Shana Festa
I have been quite fortunate to collaborate with Shana Festa over on her book review site, Bookie-Monster.com. So it wasn’t much of a surprise to me when she decided to write her own book. I begged for her to turn it in to an audiobook, as I do not read, I listen. I was even involved a bit in choosing the narrator for her project. And because of that I got snippets of the audio version, and I wanted more.
I was intrigued that a book reviewer could turn or would author. I know that reviewers spend a lot of time picking apart the works, hopes and dreams, of others. So in theory a reviewer should be able to put the best techniques together into one masterpiece, right?
Time of Death: Induction is an action packed zombie filled thrill ride from outbreak to what is left afterwards. I really liked how the story starts with a shambling figure walking up to car for a meal. Really sets the tone for what’s to come.
Starting off in the pre-apocalypse with Emma, a nursing student, and her husband Jake. Festa included a lot of humor in the story, I always love that, especially with my favorite chapter and chapter title “Code Brown”. Yea it has nothing to do at all with zombies but it is laugh out loud bodily function hilarity at it’s best.
Quickly the city of Cape Coral, Florida goes to hell. I am reminded of the Married with Zombies series for a while the husband and wife team try to survive in the madness, and get pretty good at it.
Everything was going great until the last hour or so of the audiobook. All of a sudden, my interest and attention waned. I have even tried to listen to it again and the same thing happened. The only thing I can think of is the story changed direction within this time frame. It started to go from almost hopeless zombie survival to peaches and cream.
All in all Time of Death: Induction was a great listen. However there wasn’t anything particularly unique to this zombie apocalypse, I am fine with that, as the excellent characters and great writing kept me hooked. Just another perspective to a genre that many of us know very well. So if you are craving zombies, needing your fix, do not miss out on a story that will quench your desires and not make you think hard. Just sit back and enjoy.
I don’t think that there wasn’t a better choice than Sarah Tancer for the narration. Even though I has never listened to any of her performances before, I will be looking for more from her.
Tancer has the ability to extract so much from what the author has has given her to bring to life. I fully appreciate non language words or sounds or whatever you want to call them, you know the grunts, screams, puking sounds, that a narrator can add. Doing so can add so much to the listening experience.
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