I should have heeded the review that complained about the yelling and whining. I suppose if one read a hardcopy it wouldn't have the same annoying impact as the audio version. The first 20 "pages" were all I could do. The story opens with the main character, a teen girl, Alex, arguing with her aunt on the phone. The aunt feels she needs to yell her half of the conversation. Then Alex meets a truly annoying child that screams, pouts, cries and verbally abuses her grandfather/guardian. Frankly after listening to that I found I could care less about the story.
I like the narrator and have heard her other work but even she couldn't pull this out. I may try it again later and if I can get through it, I'll change the review, but right now I can't do it. The yelling, whining and the attitude of the 8 year old child in the story totally turned me off...and consequently off went my iPod.
The story was interesting and kept me listening despite the narrator.
The cliff hanger ending!
Yes, to resolve the ending
I love dystopia, but not this book
The narrator was very obnoxious. I read other reviews that said the same beforehand, I should have listened.
Unlike other books of this genre, the characters do not draw you in. I found it difficult to care what happened to them.
I haven't read the print version but I loved the audio book and don't get all the negative comments about the reader, I thought she did a wonderful job! She gave a unique and distinct voice to each and every character, I almost forgot I was listening to one person. The story was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end and THEN BAM!! To my shock and horror the book was done, the story was unresolved, because (though nowhere in the books description does it warn you that this is book one of three) its a trilogy. Worse-- the next book is not coming out until September 2012!! Except for that unpleasant little surprise this book was terrific.
I was already very interested in the subject as I incorporated the use of EMP's in a novel I am presently writing , though with very different results.
Absolutely, though she gives only one point of view I thought it was interesting. The pace keeps things exciting as well. The constant excitement and the characters, some of whom I'd like to have shaken at various times but that's because two of the main characters are a naive 17 year old girl who sometimes doesn't think things through very well ( like most 17 year-olds) and a traumatized 8 year old. Just realistic in my opinion.
I loved her performance.
I was really peeved that there was no indication that this was book one of a trilogy, if I'd known that I would have waited to buy this because I hate for a story to end on a cliffhanger and then no second book to resolve things for 6 months!
5*= Loved this 4*= liked a lot; 3*= a solid OK ; 2*= could've done without; 1*=a total PU
Awful--shockingly, embarrassingly, discouragingly devoid of creativity and talent, and the narrator's histrionic reading was akin to listening to nails scraping across a chalkboard. Disgusted with the rote and threadbare story, and protecting my ears from the whining and screeching of the narrator, I was compelled to keep my finger on the skip-ahead button most of the time. Seeing that a publisher actually saw potential enough to committ to a trilogy, I concluded there must be something here, it would be safe to take a chance...it would be safer to run blindfolded through a zombie infested graveyard at night. Ashes is absolutely one of the worst books I've ever read (or almost read) and THE worst audio I have ever listened to. Miss Kellgren--some heartfelt advice: do not use this for an audition tape.
I have not made it even an hour into the book, and I am ready to rip my ears off. I have listened to this narrator before, and she constantly raises her voice to a whiny, ear splitting shrill that absolutely ruins whatever story you were attempting to listen to, no matter what the quality of the writing had been.
Loved it from the start...girl with a terminal illness goes camping on a "farewell" trip. World gets hit by EPM wave, surrvivors start to find each other, have to fight off the badly changed people, heroine is changed by the wave. Dogs flock to her...(ok a few times I had to turn the volume down on some of the "voices") but I liked it and am looking forward to the sequels.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to on Audible. I haven't been captivated by a story like this since the Hunger Games.
There's a point in book when the Ilsa J. Bick makes this statement "that was the last time we laughed", a statement which forshadows so much.
Katherine Kellgren is the best, she helps the story come alive.
Ashes is a good book--but something is missing. I did not become engrossed in the story and never lost track of time as I do with books that really grip me--that said, I will listen to this again and I dont feel as if I wasted a credit--I had a difficult time with the star rating system...it does not seem to make sense that I give story/performance a 4-star but overall a 3 star...I based that rating on many more factors than just Story/performance...its relationship to other books in the genre...my initial expectations...and my incomplete satisfaction at the end of the book...and the fact that I was not thinking about the story after it was over and was fine moving on to something else...I was not sad it was over...so it gets a 3 overall
One of the ideas or themes that I found memorable was the point/progression of Alex's realization of her gift...the dogs...the enhanced senses (trying not to give away too much)--
I was able to distinguish between characters...and I thought she did a fine job portraying all ages quite convincingly
no--not all engrossing
I do like Katherine Kellgren--but I did not like the scenes that were to be portrayed as intense in which she chose to get louder and speak faster...almost too fast...I kept wondering if she was ever going to breathe again...I understand the intent but the execution seemed forced. I have the feeling this, being the first of a trilogy, is meant to lay the foundation and the next will be more engrossing. I will try the next one and give this a chance as it is a genre I quite enjoy...
Was expecting something more along the lines of 1 Second After but still engaging.
I am sure she was attempting to evoke the horror and emotions of the characters but found it more often than not very distracting and not at all advantageous to the story line.