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.
Yes. When the narrator is as good as Phil Gagante, there's no question that the story comes alive in the audio book version. I'm certain I would have loved the read, too, but this was an outstanding production I highly recommend.
As a father, this book terrified and thrilled me. I related to Jack (main character, husband to Dee, father of Natalie and Cole) so well that I was tethered to this audio book night and day. My worst fears were developed in this story of terror, loss, and survival. I often imagine what I'd do if I couldn't care for my wife, daughters, or grandchildren. The idea of someone coming across the yard to kill them is horrifying, as is the idea of them starving to death or dying of thirst. How would I react? Would I become a killer to save my family? How clever would I be when it came to surviving with no tools, no access to a car, no money, no food...would I be able to do it as well as Jack did in RUN?
Again, the character of Jack was beautifully portrayed. Although this is a thriller/horror story, the deep love of a man for his wife and children shone through with the talent of the author and actor. Wow, so well done!
Yes. I won't mention the graphic parts, which grossed me out (I'm not a horror reader normally, but I fell for this author's style in PINES and had to read more!) I related so well to the father - I was tense and scared for him and his family the entire time. Of course I knew it was fiction, but it affected me on such a primal level, I couldn't sleep!
Kudos to Mr. Crouch for his tight, suspenseful writing, superb scene painting, and natural dialog. There is not one moment where Crouch dropped the tension. RUN was a phenomenal roller coaster ride!
All time fave book series is Fear Street by R.L. Stine. I have read them all...I think.
I am constantly on the edge of my seat
I haven't read many books but this reminds me a lot of how I feel when I watch "The Walking Dead" TV series
I really like the main character Jack. When he first spoke in a ladies voice it was a bit weird.
I am so jumpy listening to this book.
This book plays like a movie in my head. I can really visualize this book. I find myself sitting in a parking lot just so I can listen to this book. If you like the TV series "The Walking Dead" I am pretty sure you will like this book. This is my first one by this author. I am nervous about getting another one. I am afraid it won't measure up.
Wanting to see if and how everything was resolved.
Very good performance and easy to listen to voice. If I had to be picky, the female and child voices were a bit annoying.
After reading the Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch (which I highly recommend,) I couldn't wait to read another of his stories so I got this book. I was a little disappointed with this one.
The start was a little confusing for me as it just starts off with a family trying to escape the neighborhood after their name is read off on the radio. But that is where the action/mystery starts and there was plenty of action.
As another reviewer stated, the wife is annoying. She is all about putting all the responsibility on the husband for everything including why he didn't fix their marriage after SHE had an affair (not a spoiler to the story, this affair happened in the past and before the time frame of this book)
Towards the end she starts to redeem herself a bit, but the husband is burdened with getting them out of almost every struggle they get into.
But this book is full of struggle, adventure and action and for that I give it 3 stars.
I picked this up after exploring Crouch's series of Whispering Pines. Bottom line up front, this book wasn't as good, and I can see a pattern developing in his work that could get repetitious.
First off, the basis of the story: an aurora appears over the USA (and only the USA, of course), turning those who saw into fanatical killers who work together against anyone, including their own family members, who didn't see it. Unfortunately, that's the only explanation for what then becomes a "preppers" (those who constantly prepare for the collapse of society) wet dream. Even the ending is quickly explained away. All of a sudden, the effects of the aurora vanish. Come on Mr. Crouch, you can do better than that!
Other similarities to the "Pines" series: The nearly failed marriage with disloyal spouses, one of the spouses lovers being a "bad guy", and, in the end, the crisis drawing the family back together again.
There are some good points to the story. Mr. Crouch is an accomplished wordsmith. His character portrayals and scenario set-ups are executed well, and the action scenes draw you in. Unfortunately, all this can't overcome the thin plot line.
So, I really can't recommend this book to someone looking for a story that isn't just an excuse for action scenes.
It's not often that I finish a book and exclaim, "There's Eight hours of my life that I'll never get back." But this book caused just such an outburst. It's a failed storyline with little logic. The author tried to salvage the thin story-line by keeping the stress level of the 'victims' at a heightened level for eight hours. I hung-in to the end, hoping for some salvation of the story near the end. None came. Complete waste of time - Don't.
Probably not -
The narrator did a fine job.
This was 8.5 hours of decent, worthy story, but not the kind that I will long remember and tell others about. It's for those times when you are between great books.
The mystery of why so many people had suddenly turned bad was fascinating.
The most memorable moment for me was when their little boy told them he "knows" who they are and why it's all happening.
Have never heard the narrator that I'm aware.
In the square near the end when all seems hopeless and husband and wife are reunited.