It's been some time since I have listened to this story so here goes. I truly struggle to think of a negative thing to say about this story: it is short so has to make every word count.I visualized pretty much everything I heard and when I am able to do that I know I have essentially been part of something really special.
If you like sci fi and mysteries, you will like this book. I would rank this story as one of the most enjoyable "reads" I have had. Eric Medler was more than able to assume the female voices without seeming petulant or whiny as some storys have had by other narrators and really, I think its as much vocal skill as plain physical limitation of the male voice to reach the female voice.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it helps you when deciding to read this book.
Kindest Regards, m
This story has an yech factor of about 1000 and I am not kidding! Some of the words to described what happened after a zombie chows down really made be feel bad for Sean Runnette the narrator. But true to form, he continued on with the excellent work he did with the zombie series with the Talbots. I had the distinct impression that Mark Tufo was reliving his (and probably alot of male) youth's love of all things icky in some of the descriptions what happens following the injesting of a big meal of Mexican barritos and so on.
I really liked the Talbot series once i got into it but this story was a bit of a challenge to keep my interest and although i liked the way the story referred to Talbot series. I think its a good idea its a relatively short story; anything longer wouldn't have been worth the time.
Thank you for reading my review, i hope it helps.
Once again, Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot. Sean has captured the essence of Mike Talbot's character and delivers over & over. Best of all, he can do female voices well enough that one doesn't cringe or want to pitch a book at him like some male interpretations of a women's voice.
I think the only big problem I had was trying to separate this Mike Talbot with the adult Mike Talbot fighting zombie's. I really didn't enjoy this Talbot as much. I think it would have been much better to create a wholey different character.
I have loved all the books I have "read" of Mark Tufo (maybe with the exception of Timothy). The writing was strong enough to cause me to actually cry at the death of one of the characters and believe me, thats not an easy thing to do!
I truly think that if you buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
This is a pretty good story with a wonderful, complex setting and one of the best narrations I've ever heard.
The story begins slow and hokie, with an uninteresting mystery concerning blank books, and while the characters and the mystery develop and become both enchanting and entrancing, the central hokiness of the premise is hard to set aside. That's why I rated four instead of five stars. The story fulfills enough other promises to transcend those flaws, though.
The charming characters and epic mystery drive this book through incredible settings, each recreated with an intimate feel that makes you overlook the unlikely justifications for getting you there. The language and scholarship is stately and impressive, yet you feel the cushions in the Turkish parlor as one character sinks into them with the relish of a homesick traveler. From American university libraries to churches in isolated villages in Cold War Bulgaria, each place, each era, each character feels genuine. You will at times wonder how the author knows something, how long she must have lived, where all she must have traveled.
And the narrators are some of the best I've heard. They recreate a range of accents and character from Scottish to Romanian, yet they master each, almost as actors interpreting a script.
All in all, this is a wonderful listen, and I've been scouring Audible since hearing it trying to find something that comes close. Easily my favorite Audible purchase. If you are looking for a great epic with strong settings and characters and an interesting tale that rises above its simple plot, give this one a listen. It will immerse you in a world that will be hard to leave once the story ends.