Audio Book Review: The Bleeding Heartland by Jake Bible

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Audio Book Review: The Bleeding Heartland by Jake BibleThe Bleeding Heartland (Z-Burbia #5) by Jake Bible
on January 20th 2015
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
Genres: Apocalyptic, zombie
Pages: 241
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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The American Midwest- a bucolic ideal that hasn’t quite translated to the zombie apocalypse. Instead of open arms and welcoming faces, there are now open mouths and ravenous Zs. The blue collar drive to work hard is now a red-mouthed hunger for flesh. Jace Stanford, as well as the remnants of the survivors of Whispering Pines, and the rag tag bunch of private military contractors, laborers, and former (everyone hopes) cannibals now must face the vast, exposed space of America’s Heartland in order to get to the possible sanctuary of The Stronghold in the post-apocalyptic ruins of Boulder, Colorado. Just a simple convoy from point A to point B, right? Yeah, right. Not for these folks. Z-Burbia 5: The Bleeding Heartlands is full of blood, guts, pus, and snark as Jace and company are forced to deal with yet another whacko group of crazy survivors, zombie hordes on a scale they have never seen, and the mystery of who keeps skinning folks and leaving the butchered bodies as some type of bloody warning. Yep, just another fun time in Z-Burbia for the Stanfords!

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Paul over at received a book request, I’m assuming from the author but I could be wrong, for a Zombie apocalypse book, and being who I am, I could not resist trying. Sadly, the book starts in the middle of the series. It is book 5.  I decided to give it a go anyway, I can always go back and read or listen to the others, later.

Here’s my update at 2% in on Goodreads: Just started listening to the audio… one of the guys is sick and is constantly throwing up. The narrator actually makes a sound that sounds like someone throwing up… I’m going to get sick myself if this keeps up. Ugh… 2% in.

That’s not a winning start. Fortunately, this does not keep up for long. I would have shut it off it that were the case. I just cannot handle that noise! What’s worse is that I did not know the  characters. All of them are sick at the beginning of this, but I feel like a friend of a friend is telling me about this story. I have no vested experience with them so if a favorite character dies, I am not going to care.

It was really hard getting into this, for the reason above, and a few others. The story feels like it is keeping me at arm’s length, but I also just finished a zombie novel with the same premise, cult leader, child of one of the men stolen, etc. There are so many reasons why this one did not work for me but I think it mostly circles around the fact that this is book five.

I’m had I known the characters that I would have enjoyed the story more. One characters nickname is changed at the beginning and I would have enjoyed knowing the background of the first but that did not take away from the hilarity of the situation.

All in all, it was good, but not great. I’m sure readers of the full series probably enjoyed this.

Rating Report
3 / 5
Character Development
3 / 5
Writing Style
3 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 3.2 / 5
The Author


Jake Bible lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and two kids.

A professional writer since 2009, Jake Bible has a proven record of innovation, invention and creativity. Novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake is able to switch between or mash-up genres with ease to create new and exciting storyscapes that have captivated and built an audience of thousands.

He is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series for Severed Press as well as the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash), Bethany and the Zombie Jesus, Stark- An Illustrated Novella, and the YA horror novel Little Dead Man.

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