I was completely in love after reading Hunger Games. I anxiously waited for Catching Fire and likewise counted the months, then days for the release of Mockingjay. I finished the book, and was just sitting, staring. My husband asked me if I was okay. I wasn't sure. The book was jarring and left me depressed.
The author is a wonderful writer and narrator was great, but the story was grossly disappointing. It always seems that the last chapter of trilogy books are a fast forward, tying up loose ends but there is no depth, just a few words of resolution for the reader. Mockingjay feel into that trap. I adored the first, less so the second because of its abrupt ending, but I was very disappointed in the final installment.
I love the location and descriptions of New Zealand in this series. This is book three and I have to say that the narrator, Clair Bocking, is absolutely wonderful. I think I would enjoy any book she narrated. Her ability to change her voice for kids, men, women and various accents is phenomenal.
The characters were, for the most part, likable people. I had some problems with Jenna McKnight, the lead female. Jenna was a little preachy for my taste. I read another review that said it well…some of her conversations were a bit more like lectures on the way things should be. So while I liked Jenna, I also thought she came off as a bit of a know-it-all.
This book has two children as a major part of the storyline and while Clair did an awesome job on the voices, the kids spent a lot of time whining or crying. I have to say it got a little tedious listening to them.
I must admit that I don’t approve of all the sexual situations, but that is a personal preference and not a reflection on how good the book is. What I do love about the author’s stories are the location, use of local Enzed language, and the fact that the characters are basically good and decent people. I also love that Rosalind James ties up loose ends and you end up with a very satisfying ending.
Having said all of the above, I believe it is worth a listen, and I wholeheartedly recommend the first two in the series in audiobook form.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
I enjoyed both the main characters. Kate was a fiery gal, feisty and sarcastic. Koti is a charmer as well. Both characters are written very well and the sparks fly between them.
Koti James was a gentleman and completely befuddled by Kate Lamonica. It was fun to read.
Again, Koti James. Claire's accents are brilliant and so well done.
Yes, if someone wants an easy read with not much depth.
I loved the idea of a young woman going on vacation, meeting a wonderful man, and her life changes.
Favorite character was Drew. Least favorite Hanna, she was written too insecure and self-deprecating and it got old that Drew had to reassure her all the time he was serious and that she was worth it.
Wanted to read it because every one seems to be talking about it. The subject matter wasn't for me, but it was more than that. I hate saying this, but the performance was like listening to your child, who doesn't read out loud that well, read to you--for hours. I'm sorry it was awful. Was it the reader, the writing? A little of both I would say.
This is Book 2 of the Zombie Fallout series. I would love to meet the author of these books because this man is funny and it comes through in his main character, Michael Talbot. This is the continuing story of the Talbot family's attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. They are trying to travel from Colorado to Maine in search of surviving members of Mike's family.
I would say this book is a tiny bit weaker than book 1 but not much. Still a great story, and a great performance by Runnette. Looking forward to 3!
Absolutely love this book. It is a zombie story, obviously. A man trying to protect his family and stay alive. But the twist here is the protagonist, Michael Talbot. He is hilarious even in dire circumstances. His sarcasm stays true and sharp despite the situation. The reader, Sean Runnette does a great job bringing Michael Talbot to life. I recommend this one to anyone who loves the zombie genre and loves a wicked sense of humor.
I love a good Zombie story. This had the basics of a good story, but didn't make it. The lead character, a Park Ranger was likable enough, though his young teen daughter was fairly annoying. There are only maybe 3 tense confrontations, none of which are scary. The book just abruptly ended. No closure on anything, you are just left to wait for #2.
I liked the narrator and generally I enjoy J. R. Rain's books but this one was a little mild, not quite boring but there was nothing scary about it. I hope the next one picks up on the action and at least gives the reader a goosebump or two.
Being a retired Law Enforcement Officer, I really appreciated the story, and the "fairly accurate" portrayal of cops in the LA area. I say fairly accurate, because it is very difficult to describe being a cop in LA unless you've been there, but Crais does a fair job. Better than that was the story line and Crais' understanding and presentation of how a K-9 Officer (i.e. the dog) brings an amazing amount to the table with his or her God-given abilities. Dogs in general are amazing. Police K-9's are a true miracle, absolutely wonderful critters, loyal, courageous and tireless, selfless. They serve with the purest of motives and ask only to be with their partner so they can do whatever he or she needs to do. Once you've been around these great dogs you can't help but marvel at the wonder of such special beings. If you love dogs, you'll love this read.
I should have heeded the review that complained about the yelling and whining. I suppose if one read a hardcopy it wouldn't have the same annoying impact as the audio version. The first 20 "pages" were all I could do. The story opens with the main character, a teen girl, Alex, arguing with her aunt on the phone. The aunt feels she needs to yell her half of the conversation. Then Alex meets a truly annoying child that screams, pouts, cries and verbally abuses her grandfather/guardian. Frankly after listening to that I found I could care less about the story.
I like the narrator and have heard her other work but even she couldn't pull this out. I may try it again later and if I can get through it, I'll change the review, but right now I can't do it. The yelling, whining and the attitude of the 8 year old child in the story totally turned me off...and consequently off went my iPod.
Outpost is action from start to finish. This book does not have a dull moment. There is a love triangle, zombie-like creatures, and family dynamics, to name a few elements. The narrator was good, but the accents were a little inconsistent. At one point they sound like they are from Boston, the next like they are from the South. But that is a small complaint because overall it was great. The hard part is now waiting for the third book, Horde, to come out!
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