NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4
In RUN we follow the Colclough family as they battle to stay alive, together and for an uncertain future.
Oh my goodness this story left me a little traumatised. Mr. Crouch knows how to write a story that leaves you with a lot of WTF’s. There is a lot that happens in this book. A lot of unanswered questions. A lot of Oh my god moments. A lot of yelling “RUN!!!!!” to my audio book. And tears, yes there were tears in my eyes many times. As I listened to this book I found myself right there next to Jack, Dee and the kids. I found myself looking over my shoulder a few times.
This book is not for the faint of heart. Each page brings a new horror and just when you think it can’t get any worse it does. Seriously, if you can’t handle horror this is not the book for you. But if you like this genre or think you want to give this genre a try pick up a copy of RUN. But be warned this book is intense.
Phil Giganto did a great job of narrating this book. My only issue was some of the voices they were a little hard to tell apart at the beginning. But as the story went on I was able to tell the characters apart better and better. I am glad that I listened to this book on audio.
I purchased the book from Audible.com and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
“Run” takes the reader on a wild ride through a horrific wasteland. A well written book, which keeps the action coming throughout the read. The writing style helps immerse the reader in the story with so many sights, sounds and smells you might not want to go to sleep at night.
The characters have their faults which makes them more realistic, but the children can be a bit annoying at times (seriously author has had your parents tell you not to look about 20 times in this book do you still need to ask why?). The story borders on horror more than a true thriller but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I was not a fan of Mr. Gigante's narration as all of the women (and Cole) all sound the same. He does a decent job of differentiating the male voices but needs some serious help on the ladies.
The print version might have been better for this book. It took a while before I could get into the book. I'm not sure if it was the book itself or the narrator. However, I struggled with the narrator in this book. The story itself became quite intense, and it was difficult to stop listening at times (despite the narrator).
A lot of the dialogue was painful to listen to as it seemed that all conversations were on the same level of emotion. The narrator didn't seem to use much intonation, if any. The dialogues felt very choppy. Perhaps that was the intent, but it didn't serve the book or the readers very well.
Say something about yourself!
Having come off of Pines from Blake Crouch, a novel which I thought was exceptionally well written, intelligent, and astounding... I was looking forward to seeing how this novel ended up, especially considering the mountain of positive reviews this material had been getting. So I hunkered down to enjoy it, and it started off well enough... but then became a drivel mess. However not for the reasons that most would have you believe.
I had no problem with the premises of the novel, even though it did seem a bit in the vein of Cell or Haters, but it was the main cast of characters I didn't like. The biggest problem was the wife and the children. Both were shrill, unsupportive, and idiotic. Every time they began to open their mouths I was ready for their part to be over. Was this a little unfair of me? Perhaps. But it is the first book in a long time I found myself walking away from.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Loved that there were no chapter divisions announced in this audio book. Loved that it just kept going and going, the tension mounting and the twists and turns not predictable. A very good listen!
RUN FASTER DAMMIT!!!!!
This entire book is about one family's attempt to survive. You're given a dramatic and in depth look into four family members (a father, a mother, and two children) desparently trying to survive being hunted down to be murdered in a hate filled frenzy. At first your not sure why this one father is so desperate to run hundreds of miles with his unprepared wife and family. His only driving force is to save his family. To get them into Canada where no one will want to murder them for no reason. At first your puzzled because "RUN" starts out quickly and then escalates at break neck speed. The family is running for their lives and your still trying to find out why. However, "RUN" intense start is absolutely necessary for the story to work. It is a delight that virtually the entire book's character development is used to bring you, the listener, into the escaping family desperate struggle to survive. You ride the emotional rollarcoaster with this family. "RUN" has to be fast paced in order to set the scene for the family's escape. Also, the ending is so intense that you nervously cheer, or in my case, yell at the family to do something more, especially run faster. Anyone will love "RUN" if they love a fast paced character driven novel that keeps you hanging on, cheering, till the very end.
Phil Gigante is one of the best narrators out there. With every book he tackles he seems to know it's secrets. And then he has an uncanny ability to reel just about any listener into the books true story. He brings a book's characters to life. His narration is often what let's you, the listener, become emotionally evolved with a novels critical main characters.
RUN, NOT FOR YOUR HEALTH BUT FOR YOUR LIFE!!!!
Great faced paced book that you'll love to listen too. You'll listen to it in one sitting. It would be great on a cold (really cold) weekend. ENJOY
"Run" is a mystery, love story, thriller, adventure, and a plausible science fiction story. It is different from any book I have listened to or read before. (I have listened to 1,715 on Audible and read many more. I started reading fiction in 3rd grade and joined Audible almost as soon as in appeared online.) At 72 I didn't there was much that could amaze me but "Run" did. I almost returned it at several points in the book but then it would take an unexpected turn and I would have a hard time putting it down. It is definitely worth experiencing.
I found this to be very similar to Stephen Kings Cell but almost a PG version. The main characters are easily able to get out of impossible situations and overcome obstacles to easily for it to be believable. It was ok. I would have returned it if I haven't listened to it for free through Kindle Unlimited.
I might listen to this book again because the story was incredibly engaging and the narrator did a fantastic job! I don't think I'm familiar with this narrator but I knew he was doing a really great job when I'd try to fall asleep to my Audible, as I often do, and instead found myself staying awake later than usual and resetting the sleep timer!
There were a few, but I think the last couple chapters really brought the story full circle in a way few authors seem capable of achieving.
Yes, but I'm not sure I'd be able to stay awake that long!
I'm a huge fan of all things written by, or with, Blake Crouch but this was a rare time when I found myself frustrated with how long it took for the explanation of why what was happening, was happening. Also unanswered little things like at the beginning as names are being read out over the radio... how would it be possible to know who was hunter or hunted without visual confirmation? Details like that are the kind of thing that can bother me even when I've finished listening to, or reading, or a book. Overall though a book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend!
I really wanted to like this book. I did listen to the whole book but there were times that I just shut it down to keep my sanity. The idea behind the book was iffy, because the author never really attempted to explain why people were affected in the manner they were and how it affected everyone with the same delusion and why homicide and hatred were the result of the delusion. Also, the thing that caused this mass delusion, was it world-wide or just country-wide? See, I can't remember and I don't think that was ever explained but I don't care enough to go back and figure it out. The narrator also got on my last nerve trying, and failing to sound like a young boy; a teenage girl; and a grown woman. If you can't do voices, just read the book straightforward. Also, being female, I really hated the way the author made the adult female in the story an adulterer, without any real reason given, and then made her whiny and a scaredy cat and totally not even remotely fierce and the character was a doctor, which is not accomplished by the faint of heart. One last gripe - the teenaged daughter was a stereotypical brat - complete with headphones and iPod and crying and whining. Just ugh. I resent wasting money on this book.