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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. R. Angelella Narrator: Alston Brown Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker is obsessed with zombie movies. He attends an all-boys Catholic High School where roving gangs in plaid make his days a living hell. His mother is an absentee pillhead, his older brother a self-diagnosed sex-addict, and his father an ex-Marine realtor who disappears night after night without explanation. Jeremy navigates it all with a code cobbled together from Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Planet Terror, Zombieland, and Shaun of the Dead: Avoid Contact, Keep Quiet, Forget the Past, and Lock-and-Load.

The code is put to the test when he discovers in his father’s closet a bizarre homemade video of a man strapped to a bed, being prepped for some sort of surgical procedure. As Jeremy—troubled but ever-optimistic—attempts to trace the origin of the video, this remarkable debut moves from its sharp, precocious beginnings to a climax of almost unthinkable violence, testing him to the core.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wow! A crazy, wicked, knock-out of a book! Zombie is an energetic, hilarious romp through Jeremy’s world, which is full of dangers and perils of both real and imagined (or are they imagined?). Remember those zombie movies from your childhood that kept you up nights holding onto your baseball bat for safety? When you read this book you’ll go searching for that baseball bat again…Trust me.”

    Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • “If you are a ‘youth spy’ and want to know how teenagers feel and what they say when adults aren’t around, Zombie—a funny and very authentic, well-written first novel by J. R. Angelella—should definitely be the next book you read.”

    John Waters, writer and director of Hairspray

  • “An irreverent and twisted coming-of-age story with one of the most shocking endings I’ve ever read.”

    Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook

  • “Crackles with energy and attitude.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Without a doubt, J. R. Angelella is a truly gifted writer, and Zombie, his first novel, is one of the smartest, strangest, and most beautifully crafted coming-of-age stories you will ever encounter. I eagerly look forward to see what he comes up with next.”

    Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ed van der Winden | 2/18/2014

    " I felt a bit cheated. It is really not a zombie novel, but a coming-of-age story. I expected more of a mix (which would have been great). The zombie stuff was merely background and the ending did not make up for that. Not a bad novel, but bad expectation management through the blurbs on the cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kirsten Renas | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this, I'm just having trouble coming to grips with the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Janet | 2/4/2014

    " Depressing story about a depressing life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/1/2014

    " WHAT. THE. $#&*. No, seriously. What the hell is this book? I don't even really know how to rate it. I picked this up at Midwinter because, well, because zombies. The publisher did try to tell me that it wasn't really about zombies, which I could tell from the plot description, but it sounded interesting anyway. But I couldn't really tell you what it is about. This book was disturbing for a number of reasons and I don't really get it, I don't think. Honestly, I have no idea what to say about this book. It completely baffled me. I feel like I need someone else to read it and talk about it with me. "

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About the Author

J. R. Angelella is the author of the novel Zombie as well as a Southern Gothic supernatural YA series cowritten with his wife, Kate. He is a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology Who Done It?, benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications. Angelella holds an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College and teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland in College Park. He lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Alston Brown is an actor and writer, currently enrolled as an MFA candidate in the Brown University / Trinity Repertory Company’s acting program. He has worked extensively in theater in New York and regionally, including workshops of the Broadway play Next Fall and at the Sundance Institute, and appeared in the film Observe and Report. Alston lives in Providence, Rhode Island.