Yes. Good story, good voice acting which made a great tense book. The pacing was good and kept me on the edge of my earbuds. It left you just long enough to gasp for air before you dived back in.
The Cell by Stephen King and The Day of the triffids by John Wyndham. Similar premise as the cell with half the world turning against itself. It reminds me of day of the triffids because of the meteor shower.
I liked how he performed the bit players in this book it really made me feel like each one was different.
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.
I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.
Could be a good listen but the narrator's female voice got on my nerves. The story is interesting enough to hold you attention as you wait to hear more of the story; I just couldn't go on though.
The wife never stops blaming the husband for something he had no control over. She is just a helpless character that brings nothing to the table. The whole thing was just annoying to listen too. Skip this one, don't waste your time. I expect better from Crouch. He's a good writer but this one is a miss.
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.
As a Texan, I found parts of this story annoying. But that's the survivalist in me.
However, the story is compelling and is well worth listening to!
Blake did a good job with overall character development. The family progressed in skills and determination needed to survive. The book moved along pretty well and was a good read. I enjoyed the book but the overall plot and theme was predictable. The book had twists and turns but always ended up back to where you thought it would. Definitely worth a read however.
Ps. The whiny kids kind of got old.
Although I am a fan of Mr. Crouch's work, I was so disappointed with this book. It was almost as if he was rushing to meet a deadline. Many of the scenes were predictable and repetitious. But the most annoying thing was that there were several times in the book where it was abundantly clear that he had not done the research to make the scenes play out in a realistic manner. In addition, I did not care for the characters. They weren't very bright or even mildly likable. I found myself wishing they would just get killed off so new characters could be introduced. If you would like a really great mystery by Mr. Crouch, you are better of with the "Wayward Pines" series.