Audio Review: Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

Posted June 25, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Audio Review: Working Stiff by Rachel CaineWorking Stiff by Rachel Caine
Series: Revivalist #1
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Published by Penguin Audio on August 2nd 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Rating: B
Narration: B

Bryn Davis was killed on the job after discovering her bosses were selling a drug designed to resurrect the dead. Now, revived by that same drug, she becomes an undead soldier in a corporate war to take down the very pharmaceutical company responsible for her new condition...

Zombies SciFi

First Thought
Not your “classic” zombies but still an interesting concept.

Why I Listen
I’ve had Working Stiff on my TBR since it’s release day and after listening to a sample of the audio, the narration sounded like one I would enjoy. And I was right. The story and narration both kept me entertain. Julia Whelan get a great job with the voices and timing of the narration. I’ve already purchased the next book on audio.

The Story
Bryn Davis has the worst first day on a job ever…. She dies and then comes back as a “zombie”.

After serving in the military and dealing with dead bodies, Bryn thought she would be a good match in the position as the new funeral director at Fairview Mortuary. But little did she know that her sales training was not going to help her when she stumbles upon a secret side business her new boss is running from the basement of the mortuary.

Bryn quickly finds herself wrapped up in government and corporate red tape and plans to take over the world, while still having a little time for romance.

Issue(s) I Had
The only real issue I had with Working Stiff is that I had a hard time believing that Bryn, who was over in Iraq for 4 years would be so “helpless” and naive at times. I’m hoping after the events toward the end of the story that we get a tougher Bryn in the next book, Two Week’s Notice.

Will I Continue the Series?
Yes. I enjoyed the world that Caine has created and I look forward to seeing what’s next for Bryn.

Looking for Something Similar?
White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland


About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 45 novels to date, and many short stories, including fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, young adult fiction, mystery, thriller, and horror. Her notable series include The Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, Revivalist, Red Letter Days, and Outcast Season novels. She graduated from Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Her first short story was published in 1990, and her first novel in 1991.

After a long career in business (including working as an office manager, payroll manager, insurance investigator, web designer, graphic designer, and corporate communications executive) she began writing full time in 2009.

She and her husband, artist R. Cat Conrad, live and work in Fort Worth, Texas.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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