About Audiobook #1
Narrator: Ian McEuen
Length: 1 hour 55 minutes
Publisher: Grivante Press⎮2017
Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure
Series: The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators, Book 1
Release date: Dec. 12, 2015
Synopsis: The Zee Brothers suit up for their second adventure. This time answering the call from a local charter school that fears they may have an outbreak amongst their students.
The brothers find themselves trapped inside the school, with no weapons, scared children and a host of hungry and toxic undead.
They improvise with the help of the school lunch lady and a rather intelligent young student to try and stop the toxic infection from getting out of hand. The aftermath leads Jonah, Judas and JJ to a small farm on the outside of town, where they find the cause of the outbreak with mysterious links to the brother’s past.
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This book was so weird it was hilarious. When I first listened to the sample it sounded like an entertaining book. I was right! I don’t read or listen to much comedy so this was quite refreshing. It really appeals to my goofy side. Grivante does a good job of crafting hilarious scenes and drawing suspense from it.
The narrator Ian McEuen does a great job of character voices that makes you feel like your in a comedy movie.
I’m on to the the second book!
Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
Because of the format we were able to add some things in that really add to the listening experience. Xanadu is a dog and also plays a key role in the series. Part of that involves a magical disco imbued power… yeah…, that’s right I said disco power, and during the story, especially in the first book there are a few occasions where that power is used. We were able to add in a disco beat that really surprises listeners and adds to the experience of listening to it.
If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
Yes, but I think I would ultimately go mad. First, I’d want to go see events that happened to get a better understanding of the truth. Who shot JFK? Where did the pyramids come from? Why did I let that cute girl walk past me without saying hi in the 10th grade?(lol) But, ultimately I think the ability would lead to too many paradoxes in my own life and I’d eventually just explode from conflict.
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
I’ve little time for intolerance of differences and can only say It’s too bad that they are “cheating” themselves out of the possibility of enjoying a different story experience.
In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
In a stand-alone the story has a clear ending and is often more succinct in my opinion. It has more power, but readers are often left wanting more, which is both good and bad. In a series, I feel authors can get trapped not knowing when to wrap something up because they are trying to stretch an idea out longer than it should run, but we often forgive these things as readers because we don’t want to let the characters go.
Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
Oh yes. I once had a shark in a fine tailored suit holding a pool cue appear in a dream. Pool-Shark…, but he also became a major villain in a fantasy series I have cooking.
About the Author: Grivante
Grivante writes sci-fi, fantasy, horror and post-apocalyptic fiction with a writing style that bounces between comedy and action-packed horror, most often mixing together to create things like Zombie Omelets and Spleen Soup.
He is best known for his Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminator series, a comedic horror series that both celebrates and pokes fun at everything that makes zombie pop culture cool.
His publishing company Grivante Press focuses on publishing page-turning speculative fiction.
He loves things like George Romero’s “Of The Dead” movies and Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” and feels there are many authors telling those types of stories well. He’ll leave that type of story telling to them and keep focused on the weird gonzo-action filled tales he likes to write and his readers like to read!
About the Narrator: Ian McEuen
Bred in a test tube in a far distant future, Ian is a prototype never meant for mass production. A rare genetic hybrid of opera singer, actor, narrator, rock vocalist, and electronic music producer, he travelled back in time to join forces with Earth’s last and best hope: the underpaid, under-appreciated, and oft misunderstood writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Since then, he has narrated over 20 audiobooks, voiced characters in video games and cartoons, and melted many a face with his powerful vocals.