Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski (Audiobook Review)
Written by: Stephen Kozeniewski
Narrated by: Steve Rimpici
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
Release Date: 03-06-14
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
I love zombies. Well, stories about zombies that is… I’ve probably watched every zombie/post-apocalyptic movie and series in existence plus the most noteworthy books in the genre (I should probably do a guide listing the best zombie books at some point) but when a new one comes out I just can’t say no! For Braineater Jones I’m glad I didn’t because it was a hell of a lot of fun! It’s definitely not your typical survival story where a group of people is trying to battle the endless hordes of undead. That’s OK though, as there are plenty of other books that are like that.
I’d define Braineater Jones as a humoristic noir zombie detective novel. Indeed, what a fun mash-up it is. Set in 1930’s America, it’s a diary written by Braineater Jones who inconveniently wakes up floating face down in a swimming pool to find out he’s dead. And you thought that Mondays were rough. He then proceeds to trying to find out who the heck killed him and why, which is easier said than done, especially when the craving for human flesh kicks in (he’s a zombie after all).
As we know not all audiobooks are created equal and some works lend themselves better to audio. In my opinion, such pulp-style fiction fits wonderfully with the medium. The narrator – Steve Rimpici, is a natural fit for the main character and does a perfect tough-as-nails private eye voice. The production is dominated by Jones’ internal monologue, but in the rare cases when Rimpici had to switch between characters it wasn’t hard for him, sounded natural and the characters were well differentiated.
The naration pace was well maintained throughout the whole audiobook and didn’t interfere with the natural flow of the plot. This is an unabridged audiobook but it’s kind of short when compared to the average audiobook length of 12-15 hours. For the purposes of the this review I was provided with an MP3 copy of the audiobook instead of an Audible version. The quality sounded fine, didn’t notice anything weird with the production, so it should sound good if you get it from Audible as well.
Overall, Braineater Jones is an unusual experience as far as zombie books go and that’s a good thing. I’d recommend it to friends that are looking to pick up a nice zombie novel.
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