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3.00032404406999 out of 53.00032404406999 out of 53.00032404406999 out of 53.00032404406999 out of 53.00032404406999 out of 5 3.00 (3,086 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. G. Browne Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780307578143
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For fans of Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide and zombie aficionados everywhere, a hilarious debut novel about life (and love) after death.


Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.
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  • The dead shall walk the earth, and they’re hungry for…love?
    Debut novelist Browne branches out from his mostly horror-related short stories and delivers a rousing entry in the Rom-Zom-Com genre. Based on his short story “A Zombie’s Lament,” Browne’s mortality tale begins rather grimly but almost immediately picks up speed and humor to evolve into a terrific comedy about the perils and joys of life beyond death. Browne’s hero is Andy Warner, who survived, so to speak, the car crash that killed his wife but lost his vocal chords along with his life. Reduced to a pathetic existence consisting mostly of downing his father’s wine collection, suffering Glade spray-downs from his mother and attending the occasional Undead Anonymous meeting, old Andy is in pretty wretched shape. His afterlife takes a turn for the better when he meets Rita, a pale but lovely girl who slit her own throat, and Ray, a feisty undead hunter. Before long, Andy is fighting against zombie discrimination, mutilation and other forms of abuse by those unenlightened “breathers”: “After all, what do I have to lose by standing up for myself? If being a rotting corpse with no rights and no future isn’t the worst thing that can happen to me, it can’t be that much further to rock bottom.” The book has its share of gruesomeness, but it also offers astute observations on the world in which we live.
    A zombie comedy with brains. --Kirkus
  • Browne's black comedy debut brilliantly reinvents zombie culture for the 21st century. Andy Warner reanimates after the car accident that kills his wife, but is too mangled from his injuries to talk. He lives in his parents' wine cellar, occasionally attending a zombie support group and struggling to rejoin a society that offers the undead no rights, bans them from working and doesn't even punish those who destroy them. When Andy and his fellow zombies—notably Rita, a sexy suicide victim with a lipstick fetish, and Jerry, a Playboy-obsessed stoner—learn why they're so driven to consume human flesh, the repercussions are both tragic and hilarious. Browne neatly mixes humor and extreme violence with a surprisingly tender love story, some witty social satire and an extremely strong narrative voice. (Mar.) --Publishers Weekly (Starred)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/23/2015

    " I love S.G. Browne, zombies with a twist. Original storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gypsie Holley | 2/16/2014

    " This is for my Bookcamp. I really don't know how anyone can make a character more pathetic in any circumstance than Mr. Browne did with Andy! Check out the reviews after the next camp meeting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ranee | 2/15/2014

    " There are so many inside jokes to be had from this book. If you love a good dark comedy this is it, look no further. Fortunately Paramount Pictures has the movie rights to this hilarious story and I keep high hopes that this will be a film one day. This is S.G. Browne's first published book and I am pretty excited about his next "Fated". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ehnonymus | 2/13/2014

    " i wanted to be more into this book because apparently it was written by a friend of a friend, but it just wasn't my scene. don't get me wrong, zombies have their time and place, but i felt that there was way too much time spent on in-depth consideration of zombie ostracism and not enough time spent on plot. though it was funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darci | 2/11/2014

    " Awesome book. I listened to it, and I think it's one that would work better as an audio. Zombie grunts and moans lose something in print. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melonknee62 | 2/6/2014

    " Greatly enjoyed this funny read. Zombies & humor go together so well! And yes, there is greater meaning than just humor. It is about acceptance of everyone as well as a sort of insight into zoo life... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/30/2014

    " Probably my favourite Zombie book of all time. A very clever mix of comedy, romance and gruesome zombie action. The Breather Recipes sound SO appetising! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicolò Tria | 1/24/2014

    " the author is too much self indulgent and the reader gets more and more detached from the inital simpathy for the protagonist. failed attempt to reinvent the zombie genre. a few brilliant ideas in an overall weird-to-be-weird context that refuses to be coerent. the ending chapter is a total let-down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Lyons | 1/20/2014

    " I'd like to say that I actually enjoyed the majority of this book. The main character and many of his companions in the unlife are great people that are fun to read about in moments both amusing and less serious. I will say that the last couple of chapters had the main character doing quite a turnaround as a character that left me feeling less than charitable toward him at the end despite his warranted right to behave the way he did in the end. This is a great book despite my issues with the character shift toward the end and I highly recommend it to horror and dark humor fans. I think that S.G.Browne should be proud of the work he did in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger Swart | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent book! Very fun to read and difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helena Sheibler | 1/12/2014

    " This is really a must read. That's all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Creighton | 1/2/2014

    " Started off ok, but didn't really finish strong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/30/2013

    " A cute story that finds you cheering the zombies on. I picked this up becuase the cover was fantastic and who doesn't want to read about zombie loving? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/25/2013

    " If you are at all interested in Zombie Lit, read this book, it is disgusting, hilarious, and effective in keeping you awake at night. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brigid | 6/11/2013

    " I liked "Fated" so much, I decided to give this a go, but no go for me. I just don't like zombie lit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rheagan | 5/21/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book. It is the best thing I've read in quite some time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hester | 11/23/2012

    " Brainless and typical... don't waste your time on this piece of trash. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cp Bliss | 11/20/2012

    " I thought this would be funnier, but I still found it quite captivating and a little depressing for what it says about mankind. Enjoyed the ending though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Kelly | 11/13/2011

    " A fun read. Very quick. A little too much gore, a little useless sex, but overall very fun and quick. Felt a little preachy to me especially near the end, but a great explosive last few pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Barnes | 7/27/2011

    " A nice change from the standard Zombie story...I was cheering the Zombies on! Bad ole humans! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/23/2011

    " I absolutley LOVED this book! I have read it a couple times already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxie | 5/16/2011

    " This was awesome, it's funny, it's sweet, it's gross, it's disturbing but it is an amazing read and i'd definitely recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 4/29/2011

    " Amusing (dark humor) and pop culture interesting. _Catcher in the Rye_ humor for 30-year-old zombies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 4/4/2011

    " This book offered an interesting take on Zombies, as told from a zombie's perspective. I liked the beginning and the ending the most, but I thought the whole flashback went on just a little too long for my tastes. I enjoyed the humor in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brigid | 3/30/2011

    " I liked "Fated" so much, I decided to give this a go, but no go for me. I just don't like zombie lit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dveith | 3/30/2011

    " A book club read. If you like campy - you will love this book. Not really my thing ... but I actually enjoyed it by the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elescia | 3/23/2011

    " A zombie love story set in the modern (and banal) day. Zombie support groups, disappointing your parents, feeling awkward about your body, falling in love.... This book had it all. And I love pretty much anything zombie, but this one was quality - all the way! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/16/2011

    " A fast pace read about life for a functioning undead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 3/14/2011

    " Seems a little confused re: what it wants to be, so it wanders around a bit. That said, I read it in one day (though I was getting my hair purpled, so I was a captive audience). Fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil | 3/13/2011

    " I made the rookie mistake of buying this solely based on the artwork.

    If you want a zombie book, the genre starts and stops with World War Z. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 3/7/2011

    " I'm not sure whether I should laugh or cry over this book. Very dark humor...kind of has a 1984-ish feel. Not for the faint of heart or easily offended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mere | 2/15/2011

    " Could NOT finish it. Too much repetition. I think I read "you wouldn't understand if you weren't undead/a zomibie/etc" 4 times in 4 chapters? For whatever reason, repetition in a book drives me insane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hendel | 2/14/2011

    " Zombies being what they are In pop culture recently, I've read my share of zombie-themed books. This was the first written from the zombie's point-of-view. Quick, lightweight read that filled a couple of commutes and was a reasonably entertaining change of pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi | 2/1/2011

    " Pretty funny so far.
    Engrossing

    It was okay. Sort of dragged on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/1/2011

    " This is a wonderful book that puts a fresh new spin on zombies! Love it! "

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About the Author

S. G. Browne is the author of Breathers, Fated, and Lucky Bastard, as well as the Breathers sequel, I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus, and the eBook story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel. He worked in Hollywood for several years before moving to Santa Cruz, where he lived for fourteen years, writing novels and short stories while working as an office manager. He now lives in San Francisco.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered twenty-two Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.