I would not listen to this book again.. Out of the three books in this series, this was my least favorite. The story ran on a bit about non interesting things. It also built up side plots that went nowhere and the ending itself was a bit confusing. The final scene, ending the series, was a major let down; I literally said out loud "That sucked"
Oliver Wymam's performance was on point as usual. He brings life to the characters and at times saves the story it's self through his pro narration.
after my initial distraction by how much deeper wyman's voice sounded (i listened to the end of book two and the beginning of book 3 back-to-back) i found myself realizing that, had i been the creator of this, there would be some things i would have done differently than thom brannon. but this is not my work. this is not your work. i've read some reviews condemning brannon, or expressing disappointment but my hat's off to him. it's difficult to follow in the footsteps of z.a. recht, and unfair of us to hope he would be able to mimic recht's style. brannon is his own writer. while i agree that this is the weakest part of the trilogy, i wouldn't say it's entirely brannon's fault. the unfortunate passing of recht meant his work will never really be fleshed out. brannon took it upon himself to try to fulfill recht's vision and he probably knew he would receive less than favorable comments for his efforts.
throughout the story i would periodically smile as brannon's personality and style shone through while maintaining the general atmosphere recht had created. my biggest irk was how descriptive brennan was of the characters. recht didn't focus on physical features so much which made the women especially more appealing to me. most of these characters were believable (although sgt. major thomas was a deliberate caricature, i'm sure) and without any sexual undertones to distract from the story's forward momentum, i found myself really engaged by the individual storylines and their eventual convergence.
overall i enjoyed this book. i wish sawyer had less time in it - his air of mystery and never fully getting inside his head made his actions unpredictable to me - and some of my favorite characters managed to survive, while some were lost. that's critical to good story writing. there have to be high stakes, and with the passing of a few choice people, i found myself genuinely devastated by the loss. again, i urge all the negative reviewers to take a moment and remind yourselves that this was a gift given to us by mr. recht, and that we should really be thanking brannon for giving us an ending at all. if it's not up to snuff in your opinion, i hear writing fanfic can be a bizarrely cathartic experience.
SWF, 5'5" 130lbs. Blonde hair, brown eyes. I'm a single mom with two beautiful girls. I design jewelry for a living. I'm going back to school to get a degree in business.
I love this book. It was a fast pase ride. You start to get to know the characters and I cheered them on the whole time. Love it.
yes, It is a good story and keep you interested
I did not have a favorite character. I would say Brewster was the most realistic.
The interaction between people
I did not see the logic in destroying working parts of civilization. I could understand that the leader was insane with hatred but why did his men follow him That to me was the most disturbing part of the book. At first I could not understand why they ended certain characters and then I decided it was to complete the series and take away any interest in a further story.
This ho-hum third and final book in the Morningstar Strain series spent too much time retelling things that had happened in the previous two books and lost its focus. To stretch the saga out, the author manufactured a ridiculous conflict (cure vs. vaccine – talk about splitting hairs!) and then used that conflict as an excuse to stage several military-style battles that scream “someone in Hollywood please option this book” without making a lot of sense in terms of the plot. Even the narrator Oliver Wyman seemed to lose track of the accents that he created to such great effect in the first book in this series.
Addendum: Apparently, the original author of the trilogy passed away and this book was finished by a ghost writer, in which case I can understand why this book didn’t have the same feel as the others, particularly the first one, which I really liked.
I'm totally disappointed. I bought the first 2 books in the series through audible and LOVED THEM!
I listened to the first part of the 3ard book and LOVED it, but then, it got weird. I couldn't put my finger on it but it was all wrong. It was so wrong that I did some checking online and found that Recht had passed away in 2009. Come to find out, another writer (unknown) had finished the 3ard book. I was devastated. I knew it wasn't going to end well... and it didn't.
Don't get me wrong, the person who took on the task of finishing the 3ard book took on a near impossible task. However, in my personal opinion, the unknown author strayed far from Rechts direction and maimed the story unrecognizable. The ending was beyond disappointing. Rechts masterpiece of genius was destroyed.
The continued weaving of this story in book three. It is always great to see an author really continue a story through three books to such a high standard. I really enjoyed each book. I was sad to reach the end.
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller is great if you enjoyed these books. It doesn't have all the excitement with the dead coming back to life. It is more thoughtful and hopeful.
He did an excellent job developing each character.
The third book in this series maintains the high quality established in the first two books.
It delivers on great story, good action, and offers tidbits to the attentive listener to the first two books.
If you enjoy Zombie books (and who doesn't) this trilogy is amongst the best I've listened to. Well worth you time and money to give it a try.
The author has done an excellent job at getting all his needed characters to this point. The emotions and roles have been established even before you start listening. The pace of this book is high and keeps the listener engaged throughout.
When the sheriff escapes in to the woods and has to finish one of the attackers. It really puts the death nail in that he has to leave the life he built for his community.
He made most of the characters stand out when he was speaking as them. It really does help when there are so many male characters talking throughout.
More than you enemy at the door.