As so many other reviewers have mentioned, the narration is terrible. I found myself wincing at most of her affectations, but the story was good enough to keep me listening. Over time I got used to it and just became engrossed in the book. Even if her voice seems unbearable, stick with it, you might find yourself able to forgive her just enough to enjoy the story.
I really enjoy post apocalyptic themed worlds, which is probably the main reason I picked this up. Based on the description, I had a tad of an expectation going in that it will be very bleak and depressing, which I suspect most people don't enjoy, but I really do for some reason. Over-hyping things in your mind usually results in disappointment, which I think is what partly happened with me for this book.
While the world is creative and suitably dingy, some of the ideas don't really work on a logical or even "this could kinda work" level. The people are what brings the unrealistic feel out, with their bizarre reactions to events. Didn't have any real issues with most of the characters themselves, although the narrator for the audiobook was one of the worst I've heard with voicing character dialogue. The pacing is quite up and down in the sense that the action parts felt like they flew by while the build ups dragged on a bit.
What I did enjoy was the very hopeless and bleak atmosphere, which is exactly what I want in this kind of book. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't keep it up the whole way through actually. I also enjoyed the fleshing out of different characters throughout the book which was handled better than most books that don't have a single protagonist through the entire book. While it did do a few too many cliches in the genre, overall it felt interesting and engaging.
So this would probably be a 3.5 star rating, but it got rounded down mainly due to the few too many unrealistic elements that were needed to make up the interesting parts of the book. I think people who enjoy post apocalyptic books will enjoy this, but other than them, I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
Two words: Minnie Goode. The woman is a genius with command of a myriad of voices; able to switch between them all on a dime. Its remarkable how a young white woman can sound like an old black man better than I can (and I'm a middle aged black man)! There are a lot of characters but I had no trouble keeping track of who's who. She should have read the rest of the series because she is a MUCH better reader than Tim Gerard Reynolds. Very impressive.Of course, the story is amazing too.
No. I think she's only done one other.
I can't wait for the inevitable movie.
Yes. He is a very imaginative author. His stories are unique, his characters are dynamic and deep, and his imagery is gorgeous.
I doubt it. In this performance she gives the "bad guy" the most generic and stereotypical voice. Also, she gives the characters different accents. In such a generation long, close knit community every person would basically sound the same. There would not be people with southern accents, New York accent, and Texas accents.
The ideas in this book are novel for a post apocalyptic Earth, but the details left me wondering why Hovey didn't make things more believable. For a silo built for hundreds of years duration, where even plastic slip ties are utilized many times over, how is it that there is an unlimited supply of bullets? How are the people in mechanics suddenly able to produce guns that apparently work perfectly? Why has no one fashioned a dumbwaiter to bring supplies up and down or some sort of hydraulic system? These and many similar odd oversights made what could have been a great book entertaining but irritating.
I was baited into purchasing this audio book because I saw it on a 'top post-apocalyptic books' list and thought the premise was interesting. While this does hold true, the book is PAINSTAKINGLY slow paced. I always finish books that I start but this one was truly a struggle. I am not exaggerating when I say that for every minute of plot advancement there are five minutes of descriptions of the characters thoughts on their situation, thoughts on what could happen next, thoughts on what ELSE could happen next, more thoughts on a memory that some random object triggered, thoughts of sadness that the memory is in the past, so on, and so on. I'm cutting myself short because I don't want to sound like a crazy person, so hopefully you get my drift. The voice actor does an ok job on the female lead, but every other person sounded like a cartoon character to the point where it was laughable, and sometimes so bad that it was downright annoying.
Howey creates a dystopian world that is a wonderful as it is disturbing and fills with a great cast of characters.
This book was a bit of a dud I have to say. The story didn`t fetch, and I stopped listening about half way. The criticism from other reviewers had about the narrator, I have to agree with. If this is supposed to be a society that have been stuck in a silo for generations, how can someone get a southern drawl? And the older characters did indeed sound like crazy prospectors, as one reviewer said. And not to mention that when it says that one person whispered in the text, the narrator also whispered so low, that I couldn`t hear the dialog when I was driving in my car.
So my advice is to listen to the preview before you buy, so that you are sure that you can listen to all of it. This would have been a return for me, if I hadn`t waited to long to try to listen to it
couldn't wait to see what happened next well written well narrated truly enjoyed except for the few swear words not necessary not everyone likes to hear them