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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (18 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480528587
- ISBN-13: 978-1480528581
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,805,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I, Zombie MP3 CD – 18 Jun 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
As the characters slowly changed, you experience their thoughts, their feelings and what they now are.
I felt sorry for all the characters. Great read.
The unfortunate zombies are a little like those suffering from "locked in syndrome" i.e. they are neurologically sound, yet have no control over their bodies. The difference being that, in the novel, their bodies are moving around autonomously, ripping people to pieces and chowing down. And on that note: there's plenty of gore for those with "the hunger", one scene in particular will, I'm sure, come to be labelled as "The office scene". No punches are pulled with regards to who gets eaten, and some interesting, previously unconsidered hygiene issues also come up.
I think, on the whole, it was a good read. I started this morning and I'm now finished - so it obviously gripped me. It is novel and well written - I was just expecting a wee bit more plot.
I think if you like Zombie fiction and fancy a change from the norm - you'll like it. But remember...it's the Zombie's point of view - they don't brandish guns, leap from pillar to post, or decapitate their victims with Samurai swords; they don't have much going for them except a back-story, internal monologue and an insatiable desire for fleeeeeesh.
I was just saying a couple of weeks ago that I'm sort of getting tired of this zombie thing. But this story isn't anything at all like the movies I've seen. As other reviewers have said, this story is told from the point of view of the zombies.
They're locked in: able to see, hear, feel, smell and taste everything they're doing, but with no power over their actions. They're just along for the ride as they shuffle and shamble and feed with relentless hunger on those lucky victims who DON'T manage to get away.
As they greedily feed, they have plenty of time to reflect on their condition, and on their lives before being bit. Their recollections are poignant and harrowing, full of regrets and desperate wishes to be able to go back and do it all over again. Their lives were meaningless and their lives were full of meaning that they failed to appreciate when they were living. Their lives are over and yet they will never end, no matter how much they might wish for it.
I've already bought other books by the same author - never heard of him before today, but now I can't wait to see what else he has written.
It doesn't have a main plot that ties all the characters together, but rather focuses more on each character's backgrounds, thoughts and feelings. That doesn't mean that it isn't engaging and suspenseful, however. The story centres on a handful of characters that have been turned into zombies. The twist, however, is that their brains are totally unaffected. They're forced to watch as they kill and devour other humans. They're forced to feel what it's like to walk on broken glass in bare feet and get crippling injuries that do nothing to stop them. They can see, smell, taste and feel every second of it, but can do nothing to influence their bodies.
The events in this book are shocking and disturbing in the best possible way. Hugh Howey doesn't just rely on action, gore and suspense to entertain us (though there is plenty of that, don't worry), but he also finds other ways to get under our skin. There were times when the psychological horror made me recoil just as much as the graphic descriptions of the feedings, if not more so.
I just wish it had a solid main plot. It's great as it is, but I can't help but feel it could be even better if it was fleshed out more and had one big, central story with a beginning, middle and end. It did leave me wanting more, and not in a completely positive way. I would still recommend this book, however, especially to fans of the genre who are look for a fresh perspective.
Having read a number of books on the zombie theme lately (yep, the cold turkey of waiting for "The Walking Dead" to come back demands sating), I have been frustrated on numerous occasions by the cliches, the lack of imagination and thought, the plastic two-dimensional characters and, on many occasions, the absence of any writing skill ("she smashed her hand into the gravel and her hand bled from where it hit the gravel" is just one example).
"I, Zombie", however, delivered exactly what I craved and did so eloquently, creatively, memorably. The writer is definitely not simply a fan retelling a Romero film he'd seen, filling the pages with explosions, clumsy non-sentences, and come-with-me-if-you-wanna-live-style platitudes. There is a style here, language used to convey thought and emotion concisely and accurately, description apt to create scene, image and feeling.
Furthermore, admirably and, undoubtedly, due partly to the premise of the book (the plot being told from zombies' point of view), the author has really thought out the scenario and his characters, paid attention to small detail and added some excellent fine touches. This was certainly important to me as my above-mentioned frustration at other works often comes from niggling and unadressed questions such as: "what happens if a zombie breaks bones?" or "do zombies eat anyone completely or do they stop when they've turned their prey into zombies?" and so on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book starts out with an amazing concept, which is very thoughtfully explored, and beautifully written. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gem
Reading Hugh Howie is a roadblock to the start-out novelist. This man has ideas that put the imaginative to shame. This story is first and foremost a zombie horror... Read morePublished 13 months ago by eztigrrrr
I really enjoyed it for what it is. Short glimpses of various characters trapped inside zombie carcasses. No overarching plot but entertaining and disturbing at the same time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr. M. Bannister
What a great book, written from the viewpoint of the zombie. Absolutely heart-wrenching at times, funny at others. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2015 by Amazon Customer
Hugh Howey does a marvellous job of reversing our perspective here. The normal zombie horrors are survivor lead, a tale of lost or found humanity as the tyranny of the necessary... Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2015 by tony
Supposed to be what it's like to be a zombie, told from a zombies point of view. Let's face it, if your a zombie with no brain function and your time revolves around where the next... Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2015 by Jb
Should have listened to the advice about the book being 'unfit for human consumption'. The book is very well written, as are all the others I have read by Hugh Howey, but I just... Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2014 by Kevin