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
Love this book. But the performance? No. I mean, the characters live in a silo yet a couple have annoying southern drawls? California valley girl accents?? Come on!!
Book is a brilliant story, narrator does a fantastic job. I don't understand the dislike for the performance. Highly recommended.
A bit slow early on, but I found myself unable to get enough. If you are like me and find the pace slow in the beginning, push through, and buckle up for a wonderfully intense story.
Fantastic story telling. A great dystopian survival story told with a good balance of detail and secrecy. Highly recommended for anyone who loves science fiction. My only complaint was the narrator, who over emphasized the different voices far too much, and forced fake laughter every time the text said "laughed." It was pretty cheesy.
A great story that charges as it goes! However the narration was a bit off for me. Worth the listen though, story is great