Audiobook Review: Fall of Night by Jonathan Maberry

Posted November 4, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 5 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 15 Comments

Audiobook Review: Fall of Night by Jonathan MaberrySource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Fall of Night by Jonathan Maberry
Narrator: William Dufris
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins

Date Read: October 2014

Genre: Horror, Zombie

The sequel to Dead of Night, bringing back beloved characters Desdamona Fox and Billy Trout as they race against time to quarantine a zombie epidemic while caught in a military strike...

Stebbins Little School is full of bodies. It's unthinkable to Desdemona Fox. Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school...or the things that used to be their family members. Parents don't eat their children do they?

Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against...what? The undead? The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. But the infection is spreading and fast. Worse, the scientist who created the virus is missing. It's a numbers game as the body count rises; Fox has to contain the infected and evacuate the living before it's too late, and the clock is ticking...

Fall of Night, Maberry's nail-biting sequel to Dead of Night, picks up where the first novel left offβ€”on a wild goose chase for a mad man and the missing scientist who gave him new "un"-life. Chilling, gory, and hair-raisingly scary, Maberry fans won't be able to read this fast-paced thriller with the lights off.

More Information:
Publisher: Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press
Series: Dead of Night #2

Also by this author: Dead of Night, The Dragon Factory, V-Wars, The King of Plagues, Flesh & Bone
Also in this series: Dead of Night, Dark of Night


Read/Listened for Fun (Paperback/Audible)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Fall of Night by Jonathan Maberry has given me PABD (Post Awesome Book Depression)!

Story Thoughts: You know when a book just has you on edge THE ENTIRE TIME? Well that is me with this series. Even though I ultimately know where it is going because I have read most of the Rot and Ruin series. The path is still emotionally gutting. From seeing characters that I have heard about in the other series (Ledger and Imura) to the characters I already cared about from Dead of Night, I just care about everything they go through. This story made me cheer, cry, and cuss Jonathan Maberry just a little bit. When the last minute ticked away, I pretty much just sat there thinking: I am just not sure what I can follow this up with!

Character Thoughts: These aren’t your typical “lovable” characters but dammit I loved all of them. I just wanted to find them a safe place to go. I loved their passion, stamina, and will to live. I loved the chances that they took. The people that they mourned (because it is a zombie book y’all–people die). The love that they still managed to have! I particularly loved all their batshit crazy moments–though Dez just gotta say that taking a bath in steak sauce is not on my Zombie Apocalypse plan *snort*. Each character was unique and brilliantly written.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by: William Dufris /Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins

Holy crap William Dufris was excellent. This makes me want to go back and listen to the first one which I originally read. His pacing, accents, emotion, and urgency were just the right pace for this story. I will definitely listen to him again in the future!

Final Thoughts: PABD–I will try to fight through!

NOTE: PABD was stolen (with permission) from Tara from 25 Hour Books. It stands for Post Awesome Book Depression when you are just not sure what to read after because this book was so awesome. I will soldier through but I am going to completely change genres. It is the only solution!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
5 / 5
Story Rating
5 / 5
Character Rating
5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
Felicia S
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15 responses to “Audiobook Review: Fall of Night by Jonathan Maberry

  1. I really need to listen to a good audiobook. However…I am super picky and there have been few that keep my attention. The girl who reads the Anita Blake books is excellent.

  2. I want to feel like that too! I’m adding the first book to my wish list ASAP – I will get to it real soon _ I figured that since one of the reasons I love TWD it’s the characters, and don’t let me forget, the tension! This sounds like it can bring me the same experience.

  3. Holy crap, this book sounds amaze balls. I haven’t even heard of this zombie series, and I’m a huge fan of zombies! Braaaainnns. lol. I will definitely be checking out the first book. ^_^ Thanks for sharing!

  4. PABD! LOL I love it! I totally know the feeling. I haven’t read a book that kept me on edge like you’re describing in a while, so I’m excited to check out this series. It sounds like several series overlap though, so where should I actually start (I hate reading out of order…)

    • PABD is totally a thing. I am telling you! πŸ™‚ Each of them can be read as stand alone series but to put them in timeline order:

      Joe Ledger (pre)
      Dead of Night (during)
      Rot & Ruin (after)

      The only series that he is done writing though is Rot & Ruin. They don’t really overlap (they each take place about 20 years apart).