Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence? Humankind was once at the top of the food chain. But that has now changed.
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For me the most impressive part of this story are the infected creatures
This has been one my to listen to pile for way too long. What kept me from listening? The poor reviews of the narration kept me away. There is little that can ruin an audiobook experience faster than a narrator that either tries too hard or not hard enough. There is a delicate balance that some are never able to find.
In Chaos John O’Brien follows the fairly standard zombie apocalypse format. The is a world wide pandemic virus outbreak that is, at first, very similar to the flu. Then people start dying all over the place. To be replaced by zombie-like creatures that are sensitive to sunlight, are fast (runners) and have a horrifying scream and growls.
The protagonist is an ex-air force pilot that finds himself in the midst of the end of the world. He is on a mission to rescue his wife from Kuwait. He gathers up his three kids and off they go in a stolen airplane. Along the way they meet other survivors and encounter the vicious and violent creatures of the night, or infected zombie like beings. I really like that he was not a master survivalist or really special in any way other that his drive to see a mission through.
For me the most impressive part of this story are the infected creatures. Screaming to call others to their location. Running after their victims before they know what hit them. Then there is the crashing into planes and buildings as they try to get inside. So freaking creepy and tense.
While this was not my favorite story in this genre. It was very entertaining enough for me to want to listen to more. With characters that are deeper than most and action that made me look behind me a few times.
I have a feeling, also judging from the other reviews, that you are either going to love or hate the performance by Mark Gagliardi. At first I thought I was going to be in the latter group. As at first Gagliardi’s voice comes as quite a shock to the system, first thing I thought of after hearing him was this guy. Good news is that he does lighten up a little the further into the audiobook we get. So do I love or hate his style? The jury is still out on that one. I do know that he was above average in terms of a solid performance and average as far as characterizations. Does he make me want to listen to the next one, not on his own. I know that is is beating around the bush a bit, but I took a chance, you should too.
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Chaos A new world.
You’ll love it! I loved it gets you into the mind of the military and how they would survive.