Kings of the Dead by Tony Faville

Kings of the Dead
by Tony Faville
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
Published by Audible Frontiers, 11-22-11
Genre: Zombies, Apocalyptic

Reviewed by Paul (The Audiobook Reviewer)

When the H1N1 "Swine Flu" virus mutates, it begins to not only kill those who have received the vaccination, but to also bring on the unthinkable: the dead reanimate.

Cole Helman and his friends are not only survival experts, they've spent hours discussing and preparing for just this event and quickly head to the hills before the cities become clogged with looting and riots. But the group knows all too well that the living dead are just the beginning of their problems, and they'll eventually have to deal with the worst qualities of the living - desperation, greed, selfishness, and cruelty - in this new post-apocalyptic world. And a chance encounter at a secret military installation may reveal a conspiracy bigger than any of them had imagined.

Straight out of the apocalypse comes the chronicle of one small group and their experiences with life and death, survival and loss. In a world of the living dead, is one man capable of maintaining not only his community, but his own sanity?

©2009, 2011 Tony Faville (P)2011 Audible, Inc.


Here is another wishlist goodie that I picked up off of, it has been there ever since I discovered the zombie apocalypse genre and had never gotten around to giving it a listen. While it is a few years old, I am pretty confident that it will be worth the extended wait. I don't have a whole lot to say here so I will shut up and start listening.

What a great premiss, what I mean is what a great way for the virus to be initially spread throughout the would, flu vaccines. Now I have made a point of not getting a flu shot for as long as I can remember, for many different reasons including but not limited to, they don't immunize me from all the strains of the flu virus and what would happen if they were all contaminated like in this story. While I am not a survival expert, I do believe that I would be happier as a human eking out and existence in the zombie apocalypse than a mindless hunger driven zombie. Kings of the Dead is told in the journal style, much like Day by Day Armageddon, but much less polished. Meaning that sometimes it seemed as though Faville either forgot or didn't care about following this format entirely. While not full of action, this was made up for by very tense and suspenseful moments throughout. Because of that there were few zombie interactions, compared to many of stories in this genre, with a huge focus on the human condition and how it degrades over prolonged exposure to the heightened stress and vulnerability of simply trying to survive. Long story short Kings of the Dead was a very enjoyable addition to the genre and satisfied my need for the undead.

I have listened to several other performances of Marc Vietor that I enjoyed and this performance did not disappoint. Vietor has a very calm raspy voice that carries his consistent pace well. There were times that I thought he could have done more to accentuate the individual characters and the distress many of them were going through, he never made any of them seem happy go lucky and I am thinking that his consistency almost added to my stress level while listening. While Vietor is far from being a polished narrator he definitely is able to carry the story and make it his. I will be looking for more from him in the future.

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