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I, Zombie Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 1 minute
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Nov. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A45PEQQ
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By Emmster TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2012
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I'm in two minds about this book. On the one hand it turns the Zombie novel on its head; being written as several parallel threads - each one a sort of "week in the life of a zombie". On the other, it was one of those novels that didn't seem to have a really meaty plot, focusing more on the immediate dilemmas of each undead protagonist. In that sense I suppose it's the most literary zombie novel I've read to-date.

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.
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I just happened upon this book whilst browsing and downloaded it on a whim. So glad I did - because I absolutely love this book.

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.
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After reading zombie novels obsessively for a while, I thought that I was done with the genre. The only reason I bought this book was because it was by an author that I already liked. I'm glad that I did decide to read it.

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.
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There have been far too damned many zombie books recently, most of them not very good. They're a simple formula that sells books, simplistic good vs evil, black and white, no shades of grey, and a cheap excuse for relentless action without much thought. There are occasional exceptions. Max Brooks's excellent "World War Z" pretty much brought the genre back to life, and was also the high point too, with everything since being at least unoriginal and almost entirely dreadful.

"I, Zombie" breaks out of the mould, and is almost great. It could so easily have surpassed World War Z. But it doesn't.

As its central idea it turns the zombie story on its head, telling it from the point of view of the zombie. This is, of course, impossible: we all know that zombies are mindless automatons, with barely more sentience than an arcade-game bad guy that you can trap in corners, driven solely by their insatiable all-encompassing desire for human meat and inability to do even the simplest of forward planning. Such creatures can't possibly be the view-point characters of a story. But Howey looks beyond the shambler and considers what happened to the person it used to be. In most zombie stories, that person is simply dead, but in I, Zombie, they're still there, experiencing everything but utterly unable to do anything, and forced to go along for the grisly ride.

The book is redolent of genius. As the "locked in" characters can't interact with each other, or (at least intentionally) with their surroundings, all we are left with is their internal monologues, their memories, and their experiences of becoming and being a zombie. These are without exception handled beautifully.
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