I loved the way the story developed, always hinting at it's central mystery while keeping the listener guessing, wondering, what was really going on.
Ethan. The entire story revolves around his experience.
His reading added a level of emotion, tension and drama that I don't think I would have experienced if I had just read the book.
I highly recommend this, especially for fans of TV shows like The Twilight Zone or Persons Unknown.
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I hate giving bad reviews but I spent a credit on this turkey based on some of the positive reviews I read, and then felt misled. I was bored from start to finish, and the only light at the end of the tunnel was the promise of a kick-ass reveal in the end. Well, that most certainly didn't happen. I'd have bought any number of explanations...except the one given. But honestly, I'd mostly checked-out by then anyway.
In addition to a protagonist who I felt was never fully fleshed-out and therefore, unsympathetic, the storyline plodded along at the pace of paint drying. The writing was just average; not good enough to be inspired nor bad enough to be amateurish.
Regarding the narrator, he did a decent job given what he had to work with, so I can't fault him.
As the story unfolds it becomes less believable. We have an agent of the US government who appears to be marooned in a small town, and he seems to remain clueless and helpless through much of the story. It does remind me of the kind of artificial plot lines that showed up in some of the mediocre episodes of the Twilight Zone TV series
The "reveal" at the end of the novel is even less believable. I can not see me ever buying any further installments to this series.
The protagonist is a bit annoying but the story was fun trying to figure out what the heck was going on. When it's finally revealed it's so stupid and illogical that I wanted to throw my phone across the room. I don't know how to explain it without completely spoiling it so I will just say that if you like stuff to make sense as far as science, biology and psychology should work then you will not like the ending. The more I think about it the more irritated I become so I am just going to stop now and try and purge this from my memory.
The concept for this book is great. The early parts of the book were suspenseful and well written. But as it went on, the repeated danger scenes and descriptions of violence that went on and on made the going pretty slow. And worst of all, the hero doesn't discover the answer to all the weirdness -- the villain TELLS him. Groan. What a let down.
The concept is a winner for sure. Original enough to keep the reader guessing about where it is going. Too many of the obvious questions the reader will have do not get satisfactorily answered, however. And without satisfactory answers, those questions leave huge holes in the story.
Yes, the reader was fine.
Chris Pine. (No pun intended.) But the tell-don't-show aspect of the story would have to be redone by a better writer for this to succeed on the screen.
I hate being a party-pooper when the idea of this story is so good, but for myself, after a few days from finishing, I still can't shake the feeling that this listening was a waste of time for a fizzled out ending ( Although the end is okay. It isn't the resolution that's the problem; it's how we get there.)
Yes, the story is very like the Twilight Zone days -when we were so hooked on the bizarre events happening on our TV screens, there was no way to stop watching.
With this book--there is no way to stop listening. It starts with Secret Service Agent, Ethan Burke, waking up in a quiet little town surrounded by mountains--a world that is completely unfamiliar to him, and one in which he has little control over what is going on. He's bruised and battered, yet doesn't know what happened to him. He has no identification or money, and his cell phone is missing.
No one is very helpful, including the local law enforcement officer--who begrudgingly let's Ethan use his phone to try and call his wife---but not surprising, he is unable to reach her.
I was shocked and surprised by the ending when it was finally revealed what was going on--I can't say more as I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. I'll just say it left me with a lot to think about.
About the narrator--he was perfect. He voice blended into the background so well that I didn't really register his voice after awhile--
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I mean no disrespect to the genre and I understand why so many readers love this. It's exceptionally well written and read. I loved the characters a well. I just cannot buy into the fantasy premise, nor am I interested in discovering the mystery. If I explained why it would spoil the story.
So the low rating by no means reflects on the book itself, rather it's just not my cup of tea.
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
A most intelligently and well written book,performed by an excellent narrator, hooked me in the first couple of paragraphs. I had just ditched the 2 previous audiobooks because they had NOT hooked me within the first 40 minutes; finding I had wondered off and not payed attention to these supposed best sellers. Then along came this little known book by a writer I was not familiar with and, bam, within the first 5 minutes I knew I had a keeper!
The denouement; the moment towards the end of the book when Ethan finally discovers 'the truth.' For me this came as a complete surprise. The story in itself, thus far, had been a very satisfying mystery and thriller and with Ethan being a Secret Service Agent, I was bargaining on something a lot less apocalyptic than the actual truth of the story. It injected me with pure adrenaline the premise being so exciting and terrible. I also loved the very ending; as if Ethan in many ways had come full circle.
The narrator did not simply read the book, instead he performed it with an unnatural skill. He, too, must have enjoyed the book, and seemed to be taken over by it and become a part of the book himself. I will be looking at his other work with interest.
Forward, to the past.
If you enjoyed Peter Clines 14, then you will love this this too. Absolutely recommended.
Down in the lower 50%.
I found the main character, who is supposed to be a CIA guy, pretty unbelievable. He didn't seem to have much savvy about him and did and said things that made me very frustrated with him. The end was a nice twist but, as a bit of a scifi fan, it seemed a bit naive.
I thought Paul did a good job.
Groundhog day meets the Stepford wives
First, the protagonist suffers way too much physical harm and deprivation. No human being could endure the trauma, the physical and psychological stress, and be immediately available to handle the next similar crisis.
The second concern was how the author assumed that technology would protect humans near the end of the book but there was no mention as to how technology would continue to provide functional helicopters and automobiles in the same New World.