The narrator was Ron Pearlman for the first book, and brought it to life. Daniel Oreskes didn't keep with Ron's pronounciation of some names (eg. Eef to Ef), which to me, whether right or wrong, shouldn't happen. This book in itself is a 3/5 star book, and I give Daniel the same on his reading. I will still buy the final installment when released however
I feel that the book is too straight-forward, I think more twists should have been added. I still enjoyed it though and can't wait for part 3.
“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.” ― Margaret Atwood
I could not disagree more with the below reviewers. I thought this narrator was fantastic. I have even sought out other books he has narrated. Only 2 other narrators have prompted me to do that.
The story is just what you would expect from a 2nd installment- the first half reminds you of what happened in the 1st installment and the 2nd half is where the plot develops to support the 3rd installment of the trilogy. It is still another great Hogan/ Del Toro collaboration. I cant wait for the third and hope to see more horror novels from Del Toro in the future.
An Excellent follow up to the first book, questions were answered and new ones arose, I was disappointed that Ron Pearlman did not follow up with this book, he made the first a 5 star listen.
While the narration is not as bad as it could have been it was no where near the excellent job done by Ron Perlman. I too have not been engrossed in the story as I was in Part 1. Actually I have listened to several books between going back to this one. That would NEVER have happened with the first book. I cannot say that I will complete the second part. I have serious doubts as to whether or not I would purchase the next installment (if there is one). I cannot say that it was ALL the narrators fault but this Part 2 just does not captivate my imagination the way Part 1 did at the time. Maybe JUST maybe the people that put these productions together will realize that once you get it right LEAVE IT ALONE!!
Sorry to say my first review on Audible has to be a negative one, and about a book that I high anticipated. I'm only giving this 2 stars b/c the first book was so great and I still have hope that they'll pull it out with the 3rd and final book.
First, what in the heck happened to Ron Perlman? He was fantastic in the first book, and I was gravely upset when I saw someone else was reading it. I listen to a number of series and all of them keep the same narrator throughout. Why you would move away from Ron Perlman to someone who can't even say the main characters name right, let alone the same more than once, is beyond me. I would easily push my rating to 4 stars if read by Ron Perlman.
Second, and I'll try and leave out any spoilers, I felt that there was a drop in the level of action and story. While listening to the first book I found myself on the edge of my seat a lot. Sitting in the parking lot waiting to hear what came next. This book I felt was just kind of there. Fact for your consumption. While it did move the story along, given what happened, I felt that it could have been brought to us better.
In conclusion, I will certainly get book 3 b/c I want to know how this tale ends, but I can only hope that they bring back Perlman and that it is written with the same gusto as book 1. I'd say buy the book (not the audiobook - yes, Daniel Oreskes is that bad) and pass on the audiobook.
Fun in the way that blood and gore and evil vampires are fun. It's as good as the first one (which you must read before this one). I actually read the last one the "old fashioned way" and disagree with the reviewers who criticized the narrator -- I thought he was pitch perfect. Just like I "heard" the first one in my head.
I really enjoyed the narration by Daniel Oreskes. I found that his style is pretty similar to Ron Perlman so it was an easy transition. If you liked the first book, you will definitely enjoy part 2!!!
This version of vampires would make a snack out of the Twilight vampires!!!
If you liked the first book and you're in for the long haul I would definitely recommend continuing on with this one. First off, I've been listening to audio books regularly for close to 10 years now and I can tell you I consider Oreskes to be a great narrator. If you go straight from book one to two it can be a bit jarring, and the production value does seem to be a bit less this time around, but it's nothing that will distract from the story. If you don't consider yourself to have a fan boy mentality, then you'll be safe listening to this.
The actual story does move at a slow pace for most of the book. The title of the book reflects some dark times that our heroes and humanity are living through and the main gist of this volume is watching them try to keep their heads above water. There is a lot more back story about the vampires and some characters and, I can only assume, that much of it is being set up for the final book.
If you picked up the first book like I did, wanting to listen to a full trilogy, then this is a must. However if you were just looking for a quick, action paced horror story you might want to think twice about continuing on with this series.
I take one star off for this book for the same reason I did with the last one. There are just enough horror movie cliches in this to make me roll my eyes and wonder if this is being written specifically for a quick translation to a typical horror flick. But, I didn't start listening to these because I wanted to learn something, I wanted a good horror story that would entertain, and it does just that.
Much better than the first book- which was good. Well written with many plot twists and a great story. I liked the new narrator better than Pearlman. I'm
guessing, without proof, that the majority of the story is written by Hogan and that De; Toro is losing interest. Book three should be fantastic.