But still Heinlein. The best part of the book is looking retrospectively at a futurist's take on the 70's and 2000's. There are things which he completely misses, and some surprisingly accurate predictions. The roomba was not invented until the late 90's (or 2000's?, I forget), but it never needed any sort of vacuum tubes. And of course no one would need to write letters and wade through mountains of paper to find out information in 2001. But how could anyone on the 50's predict the internet?
The narration was very well done, as well.
If I had read this prior to World War Z I would never have read WWZ. Sorry Marc Cashman, but in this one, you come off as barely more alive than the "zombies".
Max Brooks... Dude what were you really going for here? As entertainment, this is abject failure. As informative guide disguised as zombie lit it's... not good. It would almost be better if it was all crap. Some of the tips are good, well thought out, probably well researched (e.g. .22LR is an excellent survival weapon - regardless of zombies). However other things were outright dangerous (even if zombies as described were real and the only threat) or contradictory (e.g. "Urban apartments are good places to survive" then later "Avoid urban areas". ) (More: "Zombies can't climb", "Zombies may climb your anchor chain/rope")
I was very disappointed. WWZ=good, ZSG=not good.
You can expect a little pain from Cormac McCarthy, and it's usually the kind that comes from engaging your emotional gears in a way your aren't used to, aren't prepared for, or that is just deeper than you normally experience. A soul workout you might say. In this story (it's barely long enough to be a "book") part of the pain is how you begin to sympathize with someone who is ultimately a pathetic anti-social murderer. You can see how the pain of his existence drives him to increasing desperation.
Not McCarthy's masterpiece, but definitely worthy of a listen if you like McCarthy's other stories.
By the way, the performance by Tom Stechschulte was superb.
I had read the story, in a magazine, I think, some years ago. It's still a neat little story, but not Brin's best. The performance was pretty good. I didn't feel like I wanted to fast forward through it.
It was a little disheartening to find out that there was already a TV show based on (or this book was based on the show, whatever). However, I can honestly say that the book, regardless of the show (which I haven't seen), was well written and well performed. I didn't get it expecting a masterpiece of modern literature anyway. I am hardly qualified to make such a judgement. I will say that the story was well put together, the characters lovable (or hatable as needs be), and the plot entertaining. It was occasionally predictable, but that's an great improvement over utterly predictable - which describes almost everything written these days.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.
Every story kept my interest. They were all intriguing, well crafted, and well read.
This is what you get when you mix a group of really good writers together.
...it was FUN! I'm not sold on Hvam's narration, I thought she was talking too fast at normal speed, but slowing it down to half speed sometimes caused issues. On the other hand the slower speed gave her voice a sensuous drawl that I felt fit the character perfectly. Khristine, take note: Slow it down a bit and purr a bit!
The story has a couple of good twists, and the heroine is confused and confusing enough to be very believable. Not high drama, but damn fun. Enough that I'll probably pick up the next in the series.
King is a good storyteller, anyone who argues that is just being an ass. And this is a pretty good story. Interesting, if not entirely novel, twist on time travel. I kept expecting a cameo from Dark Tower characters somehow, but the Derry guests were a pleasant interlude. The conclusion was predictable, but not without enjoyment.
I didn't like the narration. In fact it almost put me off the whole book. At first. Then, after I listened a bit more, I began to see the characters in my mind, began to be drawn in by the "I was there" feel of the narrator's tone and characterizations.
Nicely done, and Kudo's to SK for NOT putting a "monster" in there.
Mostly. Well, generally speaking. Seriously, I enjoyed this one. Tina is adorable, and her wit is fresh and charming.
If you have kids you know what this feels like. And Sam Jackson is just the perfect reader for it.
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