This narrator is overly dramatic and, in my opinion, turns a mediocre book into a painful discourse. If the story had been more interesting, I might have stuck out the narrator, but with the two combined, I gave up listening after the first 5 hours (which was way too much time spent).
I wasn't sure that I wanted an audio book this long but after the first quarter of the book, which was mainly getting all the background of the characters of the book in, I was hooked. Thoroughly entertaining and I couldn't stop listening. I would have given it 5 stars but I had to make it through the beginning before I was totally hooked.
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!