The first half of this book was so great I wanted it to never end, but about half way thru it kinda died out. Its still great, I listened to it more then once, but the ending sucked so bad. Its one of the worse cliff hangers I have ever come across, and really made me want to strangle someone. I will buy the second book when it comes out, because this one really leaves you unsatisfied. I would suggest waiting until the second book is out before reading this. Put it in your wishlist tho, because its worth a read!!!
Wonderful book. It was a little slow getting into some things but for the most part I couldn't stop listening. Some moments had me so tense I couldn't stand it. Great new story and I can't wait for the next book. The ending had me scrambling to see if the next book was available.Great job Ilsa!
loved this book! the voice was a little annoying at times but I was interested the whole time. I cant wait for the next 2 to come out!!!
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...
It's the end of the world and another beautiful teenage girl makes it through
( with a lot of gory stuff to get past) only to fall in love with two different guys... Heard it before. The narrater read in a perpetual state of panic.
I can't wait for the next book! The premise behind the book is really interesting and similar (but not too much so) to The Hunger Games. The book is gripping and fast paced - at times a little gory-er than I was expecting, but not too bad. The story is great...but the narrator is HORRIBLE!! I barely made it through the first couple of chapters - she over acts intense scenes and her voice is shrill (at best) sometimes. You can always tell when a conflict or intense scene is on it's way based on the tone and hurriedness of her voice - never have I been so aware of a narrator during an audio book. I almost gave up on the audio several times in the beginning BUT I have to say, it gets better... if you're listening to this book, hang on about midway her narration gets slightly better. For the 2nd book in the trilogy I might purchase the actualy hardcopy book.
Dark, Deep and Realistic.
Actually the end when she finds out what the secret of the town is.
Yes a definate page turner. Unfortunately I couldn't had to break it up.
This was a page turner well if there were any pages to turn. HAHA Loved it!
I have no complaints about the author's work. The book is interesting, gritty, and entertaining. However, the narrator almost ruins this. She talks in this haughty, pretentious tone that is very jarring. Her voice is strange and does not fit with the book at all. I couldn't stand it when she read Ellie's parts in the book-her version of the little girl's voice was like nails on a chalkboard. I will avoid all books read by this woman again.
I absolutley loved this book! It was beyond amazing. At points, I, ME who never gets scared was terrified! I really was. It was OMG will this ever end kind of scared. It was an unknown kind of scared. Author Ilsa J Bick has an amazing talent of writing this genre. Her characters, her story line, her EVERYTHING is over the top! If you love end of world type of books, zombie-like books, survival of end books THIS SERIES IS FOR YOU! BUT BE WARNED...there is more to this series than just your typical-the world is ended we need to survive. There is so much emotion, so much to learn about human species in general. It is actualy an emotional rollercoaster! I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!! **I am putting this SAME review on all three books of this series. I will not give away an spoilers and just encourage you read this series. The narrator is FAN FREAKING TASTIC!!!!!!!
I love to read sci-fi and thrillers. Will read anything that gets good reviews. I hear a lot of good books that way.
It is one of those stories that could happen.
Alex. She has a great strength of character. She never gives up.
She made you feel what Alex was feeling.
When she had to leave her boyfriend in the store to go get help.
Good book. I really enjoyed it.