Audio Book Review: Rise A Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant

October 3, 2016 Audiobooks, Book Reviews 2

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Audio Book Review: Rise A Newsflesh Collection by Mira GrantRise: A Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant
Published by Orbit on June 21st 2016
Narrator: Christine Lakin, John Glouchevitch, Nicholas Guy Smith
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
Genres: Horror, zombie
Pages: 644
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Collected here for the first time is every piece of short fiction from New York Times Bestseller Mira Grant's acclaimed Newsflesh series, with two new never-before-published novellas and all eight short works available for the first time in print.
We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, a man-made virus taking over bodies and minds, filling them with one, unstoppable command...FEED.
Countdown"Everglades"San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California BrowncoatsHow Green This Land, How Blue This SeaThe Day the Dead Came to Show and TellPlease Do Not Taunt the OctopusAll the Pretty Little HorsesComing to You Live

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The latest from Mira Grant’s Newsflesh! Includes short stories that have been available separately, plus two new stories about the Masons. If you are a zombie fan and have not tried Mira Grant I suggest this entire thing AND the Newsflesh series. Mira Grant is a remarkable writer and virologist so the gal knows what she’s talking about!

Countdown

Everglades

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats

How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea

The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell

Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus

All the Pretty Little Horses

Coming to You Live

Countdown:

This is where everything begins. I read this series completely out of order but it does not change just how much I enjoyed listening to Countdown. It adds so much to the stories because in Feed Mira Grant dives right into George Mason’s story and does not really elaborate too much on how things got started. Being the dog lover that I am I was exited that a chapter of this was for Marigold. It sounds like it was written for a three year old so it took a minute to understand who the point of view was from but once I realized why the verbiage changed, I went with it and loved it. Little bit of a twist at the end, which if you have read the other books, you’ll see coming. Otherwise, hold onto your socks!

Everglades:
This seemed too short. It didn’t leave as much as a stamp on me as most of Mira Grant’s stories do. Still, it works with the other stories wonderfully. There are some great survival lessons in this one. Good addition but not my favorite of the bunch.

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats:
This is read in interview form through Mahir, one of the journalists from the Newsflesh Trilogy. He’s trying to get to the bottom of what happened at Comic Con. The Browncoats are a group of people that are Firefly fans. They go to San Diego Comic Con and of course are boisterous, outgoing, and just a bit crazy. This is their story of how things started and how terrifying the events of the beginning of the zombie apocalypse really were. There’s another dog in this story! I need Mira Grant to write a story just about a dog! Seriously, the dogs in her stories are fabulous. You’ll fall in love with this one.

So loud and enthusiastic and had a tendency to break into song with little to no provocation. Sometimes Marty suspected that oxygen was all the provocation they needed.

The woman didn’t know there was a bad smell. It was up to Eunis to protect her. In the end instinct and loyalty won. No amount of training could have pulled her attention from that door.

How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea:
This is probably the least scary of the entire set. Hilarious as life down under has so many different things that can kill you, what are a couple of zombies going to do? The entire mentality is different in a wonderful, and indeed a bit terrifying way. Most of the time I found myself cracking up rather than being scared. Definitely worth reading for horror fans or for those that are curious how Australia would handle something like this. It’s great.

The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell:

The intro to this one!

Enter Foxy

Ok, so you probably can tell from the title that this one is going to be HARSH. It is. Every minute of this from beginning to end is crazy. This. Is. Horrible. You are warned even if that is a bit of a spoiler but we are reading about zombies here! I hate that I loved every minute of this short because it really is the epitome of horrifying but there you have it. I read this a while ago and wanted to skip the audio but decided to listen any way and it was even more perfect than the first reading. Also, there is a bit of a twist that goes into the next story. To put it all together, you have to listen to these in order.

Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus:

The octopus is probably the most terrifying thing in this story. Terrifyingly adorable unless you do not know anything about octopi, which of course, most of us do not! Once again the story is seamless in that it perfectly fits with the other stories and even gives a bit of information to the others. Dr. Abbey is hilarious. She doesn’t pull any punches and it feels like a dog eat dog kind of world, which is truly is. And even still, Dr. Abbey finds a way to make her own way in this crazy world and better yet, even sort of thrive. In her way.

All the Pretty Little Horses:

The first completely new addition. I could not just skip to this because all of the stories are fabulous and add to the Newsflesh trilogy wonderfully. Even the ones I already read were a wonderful welcome and reminded me of the universe in which these people are trying to survive. This is the first real sneak peek at the Mason’s.

Coming to You Live:
Georgia and Shawn Mason! Finally we get something about them! Weirdly, I am not totally into the Georgia and Shawn thing. I’m a bit freaked out. I loved the story and had to set aside some biases to get through it. Since reading the Newsflesh trilogy I have wanted nothing more than to know what happened to Georgia and Shawn. That said, this felt a bit anticlimactic. They both have their issues, as we would all assume they would after everything they have been through, but it did not pack the punch that I wanted. It didn’t have the same feeling as when they were fighting politics and zombies together. I think the problem, partially is that I do not want to hear Shawn’s whining any more. You’re alive, get on with life and enjoy it as much as you can. That said, I loved seeing all of the other characters in this. For once we have everyone together!

The narrators did a fantastic job of keeping the voice of the characters real. Christine Lakin, John Glouchevitch, and Nicholas Guy Smith did a marvelous job at adding in depth and emotion. Christine Lakin has done a few Mira Grant books so I think she already had the essence of the characters. The only downside to her narration is that they get a little whiny sounding but that may be in part because the characters are. John Glouchevitch I believe narrated Shawn and his performance was spot on. Again, Shawn is a bit whiny which John’s narrations normally are not, but John still got the essence of what Shawn felt and the horrors going on in his mind. Nicholas Guy Smith has a gorgeous accent and his narration makes me want to go out and get more of his books. His reading is almost lyrical, probably due to the accent, and added even more depth to his characters.

Over all the narration and audio was perfect. They make narration look easy! Reading or listening to this is definitely time well spent.

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

 

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