February 28, 2011

Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen (Audio book): Review

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Sarah and David have hit a rough patch in their marriage. All they do is ignore each other between arguments. Things don't look good, especially since both of them are looking for divorce lawyers. Everything changes, however, during a visit to their marriage counselor, Dr Helen. They find usual calm, collected Dr Helen nibbling on the Wilsons, the couple with the appointment before theirs. Sarah and David have to act quickly to prevent becoming Dr Helen's next meal and barely escape.

It becomes apparent that something is very wrong in Seattle when the streets become clogged with the living dead. Sarah and David have to make a decision: stay and most certainly join the horde of zombies or fight their way out of the city. For once, they have to put aside their differences and work together as a team. Dr Helen's advice, given while she was human, actually comes in handy.

Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen is both funny and disturbing. The couple often have to do some pretty icky things to get out of the situations they find themselves in. Yet, the book doesn't take itself too seriously. I found myself chuckling over a few scenes (the neighbour in the bathroom). It reminded me of Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland.

Sarah is the narrator of this tale. I liked her tough talking attitude. I could understand why she was frustrated with David before the zombie apocalypse struck. I did think she was too tough on the poor guy at times. He is no shrinking violet himself though. He takes charge of many situations. The chemistry between them is just right. Petersen does an excellent job of showing the complexities of a relationship: the compromises that are often made, the grudges held. Even though the backdrop is somewhat ridiculous, it feels very real.

The book has an excellent pace with lots of action. I listened to it over just a couple of days. Since this is the beginning of the plague, Sarah hints that much, much more happens before it's all over. I found out later that there are at least 2 more books in the series. I can't wait to find out what happens to Sarah and David next.


To hear Jesse discuss Married With Zombies with Amy and Nicole of the Underground Literary Society please visit their site.

About the audio: Excellently narrated by Cassandra Campbell.

Recommended

7 comments :

  1. This one seems like it would be more fun on audio than actual sit-and-read material. I looooove Shaun of the Dead and other silly zombie movies, so this might be a book to try on audio!

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  2. Sounds different... Thanks for the review!

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  3. I always worry about being grossed out by Zombie books -- but the humor element certainly appeals to me. I might give this a try.

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  4. Having seen and enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, I would probably like this ... and wouldn't have to hide my eyes at the grosser parts!

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  5. Andi- Book 2 is available now but not as audio. I'm waiting until I can get it in that format.

    Kelly- You're welcome!

    Col- There are some gory parts in the book, just so you know.

    Jenners- I think you would like this then.

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  6. I really enjoyed this one when I read it. And I liked that it was both funny and slightly serious at different points. I'm looking forward to reading Flip This Zombie at some point soon!

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  7. I love Shaun of the Dead and have participated in a couple of zombie walks, so yeah, this book sounds like it would be a ton of fun for me!

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