16 November 2012

Audiobook Friday #7 - Review: Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne

Day by Day Armageddon (Day by Day Armageddon #1) by J.L. Bourne

Self-published: 11 June 2004, republished by Permuted Press 1 November 2007

Pages: 224 (paperback)

Genre/s: Apocalyptic, Zombie, Horror

Audio Version
Released: 5 January 2010
Length: 6 hours and 38 minutes
Narrated By: Jay Snyder

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Synopsis

START INTERCEPT_ Sporadic news reports indicate chaos and violence spreading through U.S. cities. An unknown evil is sweeping the planet. The dead are rising to claim the Earth as the new dominant species in the food chain. INTERCEPT COMPLETE_ Survivor, In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter if you will into his world. -The world of the undead.

My Thoughts

Day by Day Armageddon was the first ever audiobook I listed to, so it will always have a special place in my heart. I was so enthralled I would stand outside in the snow on my breaks at work so I could squeeze in another few minutes of listening. So when I saw it still queued up in my audiobook list, I thought I'd give it another whirl.

Day by Day Armageddon is written in journal style, which can be a pretty tricky medium. There's a lot of insight into the main character, but the other characters tend to suffer as there is little dialogue and as a reader you never really get to know them. Day by Day Armageddon, for the most part, pulls this off pretty well although at times it felt like the other characters were just there for padding (or zombie food?!).

The plot is the old zombie favourite of outbreak, death and destruction, but with the main character being a US Navy officer, there's more than a little weapons, survival and airplane-speak, but it's written in a way that made it both interesting and relevant to a non-militarist like me. This does spill over into the main character as well, as at times his snarky sense of humour made me grin, at others it felt quite cold and detached, but certainly matched the persona of the character well.

Being in journal-style, there's little insight into what has happened to the rest of the world apart from what the MC witnesses, reads or hears himself, but the descriptions made up for the narrow view. One of the characters that he picks up along his travels, Tara, is almost certain to become a love interest in a future book, but her particular survival story really gave me chills - I won't give it away but it's one of the most horrendous ideas I've ever come across in a zombie novel.

The audio version is very well done as Jay Snyder narrates the story perfectly giving me the feeling that the journal was being read to me by the person who wrote it very soon after the actual events.

6 comments:

  1. This sounds really good, I love the cover and the idea of a book about the zombocolypse being written journal style. Though I do wonder if the narrow POV would grate on me, because I do like "why"'s in my zombie books. I'm happy that this one still lived up to how much you loved it before. I really need to listen to an audiobook!

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  2. Awww, I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. :) Audios can really make the time pass. If I ever get around to this series, I might give the audio a whirl, if my library has it.

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  3. GAAAAH ZOMG!! I CAN'T EVEN EXPRESS MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS AUDIOBOOK COHERENTLY BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

    Seriously though, the final installment needs to release itself to us, soon. Like today. Like now, actually. I totally can't wait!

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  4. Sounds intruiging! Not always a fan of journal style books, but you make this one sound good!

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  5. This sounds really good...I love the idea of it being writen like a journal!

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