Not as bad as I thought the story might be, some areas were just to long and unnecessary. Great character development.
I thought the story was very good and so was the readers but early on there seemed to be allot of pointless drivel and a few places where you wanted to say OK enough already! Overall it was worth the time although I may have to replay the last chapter.
The writing was excellent. Someday I would like to read something by this guy with a plot that would make it worthwhile. If you like cartoon characters, vampires, really scary things going bump in the night, etc. this is your cup of tea. I prefer coffee. That fact that I didn't much care for the plot will pretty much assure that it will be a phenomenal success.
I loved the book!!! I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic novels and this was one of the best. However I almost quit listening when the character Ida was introduced...She sounded like a slave from the 1800's. Who speaks that way?! This story is set in the near future!!! And Ida's not even from the South she's in Philadelphia!!!! I had to force myself to get past the "mama's, You-hush-now's and no-mo's" I'm glad I did because it was still a great listen, defintely worth the 2 cerdits.
Really disappointed. I can't listen to it anymore and i will download something else. The reader makes it all monotonous and the whole story is just creepy. Maybe it just isn't my genre.
I am living proof that the universe has a sense of humor.
The story concept of a virus virtually decimating the human population is of course not a new one and has made for some really exciting books in the past. Cronin's idea of infected killer bats in some deep jungle having this virus just falls short. As infectious as this virus turns out to be, it seemed to have just stayed put for centuries in the jungle with no human infection.
The spread of the virus does make for a somewhat interesting read. As the world starts to collapse, the story focuses on several characters and adds a good measure of suspense. However, this is were the story starts to fall apart. The rest of this long book deals with a small community of survivors roughly a hundred years after the end of civilization. The reader is subject to ongoing and all too frequently mind dulling lengthy descriptions of characters, their tasks and friends.
To add insult to injury, this book is only the first part of a series. This was only the second time in my life I stopped reading a book. I absolutely, positively cannot recommend this book!
I really enjoyed this book! I was hesitant because reviews were all over the place. Someone said the beginnign was a lot of back story abotu chjatracters that weren't relevant. I highly disagree. I enjoyed this journey through the decaded. It felt like Mad Max meets night of the livign dead or somthing. Great book though I wanted more in the end. It became a little unsurprising when (spolier alert) everyone you thought were dead began resurfacing.
The characters are incredibly detailed in this suspenseful novel. This is NOT some yarn in which the moves are telegraphed chapters in advance. Extremely well written and suspenseful. The breadth of human personality and motivation is amazing. This is one good book. No cliches in the story lines or characters. My only criticism has to do with the narration by Scott Brick. His default reading persona is that of a cynical slightly sarcastic story teller. It was not a good fit for this book. His tone is better in police procedurals than in this type of book.
Cronin's attempt at "epic" is missing ...no, is too detail-heavy ...no no, at times, tedious ...no, painfully tedious(that's it) ...no, insultingly tedious(aww, yes, much better). What Cronin and publisher is selling here is 36 hours of fishing with incredibly boring detail which, for some inexplicable reason, is deemed "epic" ...I suppose for it's length. "Epic" is not multitudes of descriptive narrative stacked one upon another, rather, it is story evolution. 36 hours of my time wasted by what is the most insulting, abrupt ending I've ever experienced. The sad thing is ...there is a story here. A good story, which deserves better treatment. This book is completely formulaic with only one intent ...sell the sequel. Sorry, but this writer is one fish that is swimming away.