This Rotten World: This Rotten World, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A sickness runs rampant through the world. In Portland, Oregon it is no different. As the night takes hold, eight men and women bear witness to the horror of a zombie outbreak. This Rotten World is the zombie novel that horror fans have been waiting for. Where other zombie works skip over the best part of a zombie outbreak, This Rotten World revels in it the downfall of humanity, dragging you through the beginnings of society's death, kicking and screaming.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 57 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 05, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #21,521 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#949 in Horror Fiction
#3,990 in Horror Literature & Fiction
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This is what's wrong with self-publishing.
We have here what seems to be the first draft of a potentially good novel. The author should not have published it in this form; he should have more professional pride.
It needs a proofreader to correct the countless typos and misspellings. (Spell-check won't catch homophones.)
It needs proofing for the countless continuity errors. (A garbage truck becomes a plumbing van in the next paragraph; an officer is a Major, then a Colonel, then a Major again; a gun transforms from a semi-auto to a revolver, etc. etc.)
Most of all, it needs a book editor to talk to the author about pacing, about structure, about describing a sequence of events, and in general, about the god-awful prose. Seriously, there is some appallingly bad and awkward writing in this book. Bizarrely awkward phrasing. When characters nod, it's called "shaking their heads". I really thought the author might have English as a second language, but apparently not.
And yet -- there are occasional fragments of good writing and clever or profound character moments, like golden nuggets in a big pile of, let's call it refuse. (E.g., there's a chapter called "From Worse to Worser". That's clever.)
Also, the short chapters make it a page-turner. Cheap trick, but it works. And the characters are well-drawn enough (though some of them are caricatures) that I can't help being curious about their continuing fates. So, Christ help me, it looks like I'll check out the next book in the series.
The story is great. The zeal that the author has for describing the gore and brutality of his world is great if you're a zombie fan. The characters are also enjoyable and well developed enough for you to feel it when bad things happen to them.
I'm not sure who was the editor/proof reader..... but they suck at their job and probably need to find a new line of work. Typos and words that are only partially printed ( such as the word "end" obviously being what was meant to be printed but only "e" appears in the text ) I always find this to be jarring in a novel and it pulls me out of a what is a very enjoyable story. I'm sure this point won't be an issue for everyone but, when the author writes about military rank / time in service it is obvious that he has no military experience and didn't consult anyone who does. He also swapped some characters ranks back and forth in the same chapter.
Overall this is one of the best zombie books I have read. I enjoy how character stories do not go as other books and movies have conditioned us to. I order the next two books with 70 pages left to go in this one........ hope they got a better proof reader.
I don't know who proof-read this series, but they should have not been paid imho. i.e. in the first book a zombie actually asked if a procedure was safe! That is... until you realize the mess up and switched in another name. This occurrence (except talking zombies) happened throughout the entire trilogy.
Not a bad read. I did enjoy the story and actually started to care about several of the characters. As you read, you could see the character growth/change in several of them. The deep emotional turmoil in one of the characters was actually a bit unsettling (a good thing).
I would recommend this series but with a condition that you warn them of the grammar and missing page numbers from book #2. It's the little things the make or break a great author.
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I need a well written, adult story. I need characters I can love, characters I can hate, but overall they need to be believeable and human.
Does Jacy Morris succeed?
Oh, boy does he! What a fantastic story, with some clever, well contemplated and skillful prose going on. I don't feel like I'm reading a book. I'm there, in amongst the hordes, with no stupidity to break the immersion. There has been some mild criticism about the number of characters introduced. I found that a brave move and one that got me thinking straight away, always a good sign of confident storytelling. A great bloodthirsty gorefest, and it kept me awake reading, unable to put it down, far into the early hours. Buy it. It's awesome.