“Zombie Bigfoot” is a fun, action-packed, unique, and clever story that in many ways is like a traffic accident where everyone looks out of interest but is unsure of what they can expect to find. When it comes to Zombie Bigfoot, this is a good thing and I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised. This well-crafted story is written and expertly narrated by Nick Sullivan himself. I did find it humorous that he included a plug in the book stating that “titles (audiobooks) sell better when the author narrates them.”, which I have to admit is not always the case; yet in this book I could not have thought of a better narrator. It may sound funny when speaking of a book in the genre, but the author takes you on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. There were times I laughed out loud, times I was in shocked, times I nearly cried, and times I wanted to scream at the characters to understand their situation. I am not a zombie or Bigfoot fan, but I’m a fan of Zombie Bigfoot. The story is so well crafted and told, like when watching a Disney movie, you forget the main characters are not all humans. As funny as it sounds, the Bigfoot creatures had their own names, unique personalities, and desires not simply brainless creatures bent on destruction. Most of these characters were better developed than the main characters are in other books I have listened too. Even if you are not a fan of zombie books, nor a fan of Bigfoot, I think you will enjoy the masterful story telling found in Zombie Bigfoot.
For those a little older, you will understand when I say that the book has a campy feeling and at times something you would recognize from a Creature Double Feature episode. It made me feel like I was listening to a better and darker version of “Harry and the Henderson’s” when you add in the horror overtones. As a complement to the author, the story had a feeling of a B-rated monster flick, yet this book was overall believable and the characters all had depth to them. The writing style was mature and detailed. I did not feel like the author was just telling a tale, nor did I ever feel lost in the minutia. There was a great balance of character and plot development without being overly verbose. I felt lead by the writing and not dragged along by the author.
Speaking of the writing, I found this book well thought out and presented. One feels the internal conflict of those infected. It is like when the audience knows what lies beyond that door or down that dark stairway, you just want to scream out and warn them. There were any places in this book that I had that same desire. I also enjoyed the great research that went into making this book. There were little pieces of information that help educate me along the way without feeling the author had a specific hidden agenda. Even though this is mostly an action horror story, the author wove in a fair amount of humor and even some romance. I thought the ever-present troop of girl or boy scouts out on a camping trip during this monstrous rampage was an added extra along with the various stereotypical characters one may find in a horror movie. For me, including these little bits of horror nostalgia made the book all that more fun to listen too. I will say that I wanted more around the mysterious rock, but I’m assuming we will be given this in future books; please…
The bigfoot creatures made me feel a part of the Jane Goodall’s giant ape research project. These creatures had personality, the ability to communicate, and their own desire to survive and even thrive. Each of the main bigfoot characters had a name fitting them. As a community, they created word to describe objects used by humans such as “boom sticks” for guns. Their ability to use sign or body language also was used to interact with humans. I felt the story between the humans and bigfoot creatures could have taken parallel paths, yet in this book we are given a view when these path cross in a rather distinct way. It is both terrifying and emotional at the same time.
Let me fist say that I often steer away from books that are written and narrated by the same person. Often a person is great at one aspect but not the other. This is not the case with Zombie Bigfoot. I do not think I could imagine a person other than Mr. Sullivan performing his own work. His voice is clear, he knows his material (obviously), and he is passionate about it. I often had to laugh as the zombie bigfoot sounding like a rabid and deranged Cookie Monster. It was a pleasure listening to this professionally produced work and I do not recall any issues with the audio or voicing the many characters.
For parents and younger readers, this book some drug and alcohol use and at times contains quite graphic scenes one can expect from a book in the horror genre. These, in many cases, may be too graphic or violent for younger readers.
In summary, even if you are not a fan of horror, zombies, or Bigfoot, I recommend you spend a credit and pick up Zombie Bigfoot. For me, it touched on all the points that make a book to true story. I look forward to seeing where the author will take this series as there are so many exciting places it could go. Just be warned that you may not want to go out in the wood again after listening.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.