Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead Series #1)

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A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr....

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Overview

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Petersen's cute debut, a zombie apocalypse turns out to be the best thing for a crumbling marriage. Bickering Seattle suburbanites David and Sarah are startled to discover their marriage counselor eating another couple. After making it home safely, they decide to head to David's sister's house in Longview. Along the way, they encounter the walking dead at nearly every turn and apply their extensive knowledge of zombie movies to fighting them. Naturally, battling zombies brings them together in a way their therapist and assorted books never could. There's a point of diminishing returns--the zombie attacks eventually blur together and an encounter with a cult in a casino feels a little forced--and while the book is short enough to not overstay its welcome, the joke may not be sustainable through the planned sequels. (Sept.)
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"...the most fun I've had with a zombie book since Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...Petersen has the beginnings of a beautiful, zany series." - Impact Online
"...Cassandra Campbell [is] the perfect choice for the voice of Sarah. She reads the story with a wry, understated wit and competent sexiness that suited the character just right. She brought a blend of maturity and whimsy that allowed the humor of the novel to stand out organically, never forcing a joke. " - The Guilded Earlobe
"Married with Zombies is quite entertaining... Cassandra Campbell was a great narration choice for this production.: - AudiobookReviewer.com
"A wonderfully wicked adventure!" - Kerrelyn Sparks, NYT bestselling author
"A comedy with brains, bravado and bite." - Angie Fox, NYT bestselling author
"Gory. Sarcastic. Zany. Pitch-perfect for the zombie fan." - Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown
"An entertaining journey through an apocalyptic landscape of relationship issues, pet peeves, and zombies. Make sure to pack your shot gun and emotional baggage." - S.G. Browne, author of Breathers: A Zombie's Lament
Library Journal
Who knew that the end of the world as we know it owing to a biological agent that turns your loved ones into zombies would be the best thing for Sarah and David's marriage? Combine marital therapy with stark, postapocalyptic survival and throw in the monster of the day and you have one dark comedy. While there is a bump or two in both the writing and the adventures of Sarah and David as they race to find family and safety, this first title in Petersen's (www.jessepetersen.net) "Living with the Dead" trilogy, enhanced by Audie Award nominee Cassandra Campbell's fast-paced, engaging narration, is very promising. For thriller, horror, and humor fans.—J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611200317
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/13/2010
  • Series: Living with the Dead Series, #1
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

A Facebook application once told Jesse Petersen that she'd only survive a day in a zombie outbreak, but she doesn't believe that. For one, she's a good shot and two, she has an aversion to bodily fluids, so she'd never go digging around in zombie goo. Until the zombie apocalypse, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two cats. Find out more about the author at www.jessepetersen.net.
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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    Fast, fun, and a nice change of pace for zombie fans

    Sarah and David are a normal American couple on the verge of divorce, until something extraordinary happens to save their marriage--the zombie apocalypse. They're barely hanging onto their relationship by going to couples counseling sessions, but one morning they walk in to find their marriage counselor chowing down on some earlier clients. Suddenly, the little annoyances and petty squabbles don't matter so much to Sarah and David, not when they're faced with hordes of the ravenous undead.

    This has got to be the cutest zombie book I've ever read. It's hard to stay sorrowful for too long when the protagonists are offing zombies in such funny ways; they attack their first zombie with a letter-opener, and dispatch it with a few well-aimed whacks of a high-heeled shoe, and another zombie is disabled by a Dr. Phil self-help book. And though I did get a little weepy toward the end of the book, the horror and gravitas of a zombie plague aren't emphasized too heavily. It's a romantic comedy, heavy on the comedy and light on the romance, with hilarious back-and-forth mood switches, where our heroes will kill a zombie or three, then argue about their musical preferences (she's a music snob, he still likes 80's rock) and bicker over whether their therapist' marriage advice is still relevant--Sarah maintains, "Just because she tried to eat us doesn't mean she was wrong" (pg 20).

    The zombies are fairly traditional: Red-eyed, black bile spewing, physically strong but decomposing, closer to slow-zombies than fast-zombies because they're capable of both shambling and awkward running, can only be killed by head wounds, full zombification is complete about ten minutes after the first bite, and the virus originated in some university lab and spread like wildfire. Well-known territory, but in some ways it makes the story more enjoyable because you know the parameters you're dealing with.

    For a long time, I sympathized with David much more than with Sarah, the POV character, because even though they're both unhappy and under a lot of stress early on, she tends to get more outright verbally aggressive, while David is low-key and honestly pretty cool. Every time Sarah had twinges of appreciation for him and began to fall back in love, I was terribly happy because he's a decent guy with no more than the usual amount of flaws. The two of them are outright awesome when they begin to really work together, dropping zombies by using available materials and combining their growing knowledge of what works and what doesn't work for survival.

    Turns out, killing the undead is a great bonding activity, and apocalypses are good for strengthening relationships even as they unweave the fabric of society at large. Sarah and David need each other now, while before they were coexisting with no real goals and nothing worthy to pursue. I wish that I had a better sense of who they were and what their strengths, quirks, and dreams were before the zombie plague, but it's a very short novel with not a lot of time for really delving into emotional depths. I have big hopes that they'll get more fleshed-out in the second book, Flip This Zombie, since all the "how it all started" stuff will be set up already.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    Loved this book!

    This book is hilarious! I actually laughed out loud within the first few chapters. The plot is obviously surviving a zombie apocalypse. The subplot is how the zombie apocalypse saved a marriage. Or reverse that. The two are so intertwined. The chapters begin with marital advise. I love the witty remarks, the competition to see who kills more zombies, the silly bickering... whatever it takes to keep your sanity. I would have loved to own these in hardback.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    LOVED IT!!!!!

    Have you every picked up a book and with in the first few pages you just knew this book was written with you in mind? This book is it. From the first zombie kill I was hooked. FANTASTIC!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Fast paced and funny

    This was a funny book to read with very descriptive scenes. Ms. Petersen is very witty in her snappy dialogue.....I especially loved that it takes place just up the road in Seattle.
    Ms. Petersen's other two books in the Living With The Dead Series are just as funny and fast paced. I also recommend them as well!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Good, quick read

    Jesse puts this book together in a fun way. There's so many zombie movies, books, graphic novels, etc. - this one takes it to a funny level at times. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I purchased this, but I enjoyed it the whole way!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

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    Hey wheres the love?

    This book is so damn funny and I am loving the whole idea of the husbandand wife zombie killing duo, so down to earth though they slaughter zombies together as if .its an everyday thing. I appreciate the freshnsess and creativity this author brings to the zombie genre and i think these books deserve a little.more.attention, one of the first books i bought on my nook and i enjoyed it ,and i know many others would enjoy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    read this with that special someone and you both will be laughing!

    I picked this funny tome up after reading the synopsis and reviews. I started reading and was laughing by the third page! Soon after my boyfriend started to inquire and it wasn't too long before we just started reading it together. We both love it! You need this laugh out loud, violently gory and twistedly funny tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    Uh-mazing

    My friends all know I have a very deep love for all things zombie. When I first saw the ad for Married with Zombies I think I freaked out a little; there might have been squealing. The premise for the book, a survival story not just of the people, but of their marriage was an instant attention grabber for me. I love zombie stories but putting the marriage on the line just upped the stakes. The book is at times light and funny, and then dark, gritty and gory. The characters are forced to make some tough decisions and it's their survival story and how they learn to put their marriage counseling into play during zombie attacks that keep you turning the pages. Not a read for younger readers, but totally something I would suggest if you're even mildly interested in zombie stories!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Awsome!

    Its a great book if you like fiction, zombies, romance?, and action! I love this series.buy t.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    "Good Morning Folks and it's a wonderful summer day! I am h

    "Good Morning Folks and it's a wonderful summer day! I am here on the outskirts of Seattle on the
    most beloved day ever. The sun is shining, people are walking around enjoying the breeze,
    eating their wonderbread sandwichs...and the waitresses arm!!! My God what is that slime?!
    What is he doing? Why is he looking at me like that? Folks this coming to you live in Seattle with a
    horrible news...people are eatin...."

    Sarah and David are married. They live in a unsatisfied marriage and are seeking help.
    Little do they realize that their next appointment might be their last!!!!!

    Don't worry they don't die....or do they?

    Zombie appocolypse has stopped their marriage cousel (wish that could happen to me
     sometimes when I'm late going into work), and pretty much through the two love birds into
    each others arms...quite literally, running for their lives! They have a choice: Pick up a gun and
    blow them brains out, or get eaten and spend the rest of their time as a Zombie. Look at it this way,
    if they become Zombies then he won't have to hear all the nagging from his wife anymore!!!

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    I really liked this book.  I liked the main characters.  The aut

    I really liked this book.  I liked the main characters.  The author uses humor to defray the gory parts of living in a zombie apocalypse.  I found this book fast paced a for me a page turner.  Just the bit of fun light reading I was looking for.  I highly recommend this fun book. 

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    I started reading this and I got to thinking about the Zombie ap

    I started reading this and I got to thinking about the Zombie apocalypse. You know, the one that is inevitable. Well, that is what this novel has me now believing. I’ve stashed up the canned goods. Planned out my team, thought about where to get supplies, and the best place to hide. This novel opened up a whole new genre for me and I know there is no going back. Sarah and David are in a rut…and somehow they are winging it through the Zombie apocalypse. How they woke up and drove all the way to their doctors without really noticing it I have no clue. But the novel made me notice how much we sweat the small stuff. This couple is on the verge of divorce, but all it took was the Zombie Apocalypse to bring them together. Which sounds ridiculous, but really how much time and energy do we put into fighting about putting the toilet seat cover down? Or playing video games? I mean those shooting skills could potentially come in handy when facing a horde of zombies. The book also made me think about what I would do. Would I really kill my friends and family if they were infected? Who would I be willing to sacrifice? Oh, its all so crazy yet makes you really think. What I really liked about this book the most is the mixture of humour and drama. I loved how they took the kinkiness of rope tying and pointed out how it could come in handy, or the fact that she appreciated how she married a boy scout because his skills have really come in handy.
    This novel was a pleasure to read even if it has me preparing for something that may never happen.
    Good:




    Sarah—Organizational nagging freak that you would really want on your team.




    David—Boy scout. Clearly has skills you need for your team




    Bad: 




    I did feel like Sarah and David worked their problems out pretty quickly, however, I guess it could the whole ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ especially when your best friend was just bit by a Zombie.




    Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):




    Overall this book was a pleasure to read. At first I was a little weary off the whole Zombie genre. The only other zombie books I’ve read are Alice in Zombieland (which have very different Zombies) and Poison Princess (which barely have zombies), but this book has me diving right in to all sort of zombie novels. It was easy to follow, and I never had to re-read anything. In fact the writing was so well done that some of the descriptions of the undead almost had me gagging. And if you say that’s bad writing then you really have no clue what zombies are all about. I laughed, I cried a bit, and I rooted for them when they did something super cool. You encounter everything that you probably would in the Zombie apocalypse. From killing your BFF, to cults, to wondering if you family will make it through. Jesse Petersen makes you think about what choices you would make while enjoying a funny and meaningful story in his novel Married with Zombies. Join the Zombie team and pick this book up.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    Okay, technically, Married with Zombies is not a young adult boo

    Okay, technically, Married with Zombies is not a young adult book. In no way, shape or form is it directed towards teens. It's a quick, humorous read designed for adults.

    Of course, saying that something is designed for adults has never stopped me from reading or reviewing it before, especially something that actually made me laugh out loud.

    I don't really like zombies; I never have. Out of all the paranormal things to read or watch, they were the one thing I never really got into. I mean, sure, I liked Zombieland, but that's the only thing that I can remember genuinely liking involving zombies.

    Maybe it was the humor. I mean, I know that's why I liked Married with Zombies. The characters were realistic but hilarious; they had me laughing out loud, even at the more somber moments - one sarcastic comment and I was giggling again. It takes a lot for any book to make me do that, and a zombie book especially, I think.

    Also, the tag line - "The couple who slays together stays together" - was enough to make me love the book. It's so perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    ABSOLUTLY AMAZING!!!

    The best book I have ever read!

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Horrible Characters, Okay Plot

    I have mixed feelings with this book. While I liked the writing style and the plot, I just couldn't warm up to the characters at all. In fact, I despised them more than any other character I've ever read in my life. Dave is portrayed as a lazy bum that has no ambition in life outside of sitting on his bum playing video games all day while his wife is the bread winner of the family. And Sarah is obnoxious, vulgar/crude, abrasive, and an overall 'Debbie Downer'.

    I also took exception to some of the authors intrusion points where our opinions greatly differed. I took offense at one of them and was highly insulted. And my final issue is with the humor. Everyone said this book was hilariously funny, but I didn't laugh once, not even a little chuckle. Yes, there was some snarky insults thrown and heaps of foul-mouthed kids (OMG, the swearing in this book had to have broken some Guinness world record or something!), but for me, that doesn't equate comedy. If that were the case, everyone in the world could quit their jobs and be a comedian.

    That all said, I did like this book. It reminded me a lot of my favorite movie The Stand. Just dumbed down for the little ones. I'm not sure if I liked it enough to read the others in the series or not, but I am interested in reading more zombie books… geared toward adults though. Would I recommend it? Meh, not really. At least, not at the insane amount I paid for it! What a rip off that was! If you find it for under $4, go for it though. Or better yet, check out the library.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Great Read.

    Fun, quick read. The auidence is very diverse so this is something my husband enjoyed also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    What a good read

    Was looking for something a bit lighter than my usual, and was pleasently suprised how much i enjoyed this. Its a super quick read, but very engrossing....didnt put it down once. I look forward to the next in series.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    Great book easy to read.

    Great book easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Love!

    I so enjoyed this book! I didn't think I would at first, and piicked it up only because I found it for free and thought, "Why not?" But I quickly fell in love with the characters and plotline, moving through the pages wwith wreckless abandon.

    Highly recommended!

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Couldn't put this book down!

    This book was a complete riot. I am more a fan of the vampire genre than zombies, but I could not put this book down. Sarah and David appear to be your normal everyday average married couple struggling to keep their marriage alive with divorce looming on the horizon. As with a lot of couples working on their relationship, they are in counseling. The book begins with Sarah and David on their way to a counseling appointment and arguing. From there, the book ceases to be normal on any level and instead takes the reader into an all-out zombie infestation…starting with their annoying, prissy therapist.

    Sarah and David have to keep their wits together and learn how to fight the zombies instead of each other if they have any hope of staying alive. One of the things I loved best about this story is that no matter how unrealistic the chances of a zombie apocalypse happening are, the author does a fantastic job of portraying Sarah and David as very realistic. Do they fall into each other’s arms, profess their undying love and apologies for hurting each other at the end of the book? No way…but they do realize what is important and it’s the promise of tomorrow and working together today to get there.

    Sadly, a lot of people in the book die, mostly zombies and interestingly, taking out zombies seem to come quite naturally to Sarah and David. They quickly realize that in order to survive, they need to get out of Seattle where they are living and find David’s sister and eventually Sarah’s father. Along the way, they meet some interesting and strange characters and I laughed myself silly at the image of 90+ year old female zombies sitting at slot machines in one casino they stop at.

    This is the first book in the author’s Living with the Dead series and is followed by Flip This Zombie. I am not sure if I will like the rest of the series as much as I love this book, but I’m hoping so and looking forward to what Sarah and David face next.

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