This was one of those stories that make me REALLY glad it was on sale when I bought it. Reviews were mostly positive so I bought it but there wasn't a single thing about the story that met even modest expectations for me.
The horror story cliches, family members, even the kids, not wanting to share horrifying things with each other to 'protect' the rest of the family, going into rooms where 'voices/thoughts' are saying 'don't do it'...if you can think of something obvious or dumb it was used. Minutae that was intended to set the scene was too tedious to not fast forward through.
The performance was uninspired but that may have been due to the material the performer had to work with.
This is definitely a book that could have used a good abridgement or heavy editing, maybe then I could have made it all the way through and maybe I could have worked up a bit of empathy for some of the characters.
Suicide by Advil? Really?
The story is so credible an apocalyptic event and not badly performed, it was just frustrating that 'The Man' seemed kind of dense sometimes and I had to make myself stay with the story..the temptation to just turn it off and start another book was strong but other reviews were really positive so I kept thinking it would get better..it didn't.
The narrator had a pleasant voice but he definitely is a narrator, not a performer. I felt that he could have been reading any story, about anything and he still would have sounded the same..not monotone, but not much inflection either.
I felt no emotional involvement in the story, even tho it was a frighteningly possible scenario given the economic state of the US right now. It was just a vaguely unsatisfying book...like when you're hungry for a big chunk of chocolate cake, but have to make do with a piece of licorice..it's sweet, just not what you wanted.
If I could give Davina Porter's performance more than 5 stars it would be justified. The story, the narration, everything is perfection. I put off starting the book because of the length, then when I did start the first few minutes were confusing but Ms. Porter's narration was so entrancing that I was drawn into the story a bit at a time to the point that 55 hours later it made me sad that it was over.
Diana Gabaldon and Davina Porter have brought to life a time period I've never really paid much attention but by the midpoint of the story I found myself so immersed in the characters that I was falling into an accented internal dialogue, and having to watch myself not to use some of the phrases from the book...I live in west Texas so that would have been a bit disconcerting!
Just in case it isn't clear, I LOVE this author, narrator, characters and the story!
Sean Runnette captures the perfect attitude and tone for this whole series. A little, well a lot, smartass. I can't imagine reading the print version, except that now I would hear Sean Runnette's voice in my head so it might be possible to enjoy the print version.
Rhiannon Frater's zombie books are another good example of taking a genre that has been done and done but adding a new angle, but Mark Tufo's books add humor. An unexpected bonus. I never thought a zombacalypse series would make me laugh and eagerly anticipate the 'next' one.
He captures the attitude that so perfectly suits the characters. He is Mike Talbot, I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.
For a zombie series these books are extremely entertaining...a little gory..but then the subject itself is gory so no surprise there. They were an excellent example of taking a subject that has been thoroughly 'explored' and adding a new slant to it.
I'm a little sad to see the series end...if it did.
I made a mistake. This is basically a comic book without pictures. The reviews seemd to indicate it was a satirical take on the superhero/villian theme but it was just such a ho-hum story that halfway thru I gave up. Maybe it got better, it just wasn't worth the time to find out.
Apparently I was just the wrong listener, maybe it suited others better.
I only made it far enough to hear the Jeffrey Kafer part of the reading..not to be ugly about it but he sounded like he was reading a grocery list..no particular emotion, just kind of droning on.
Maybe if I get desperate for something to listen to someday I'll finish and see if Talmadge Ragan's portion is better.
None stuck out in the story that mattered.
I found myself drifting away into thoughts of almost anything but the story playing in my ears...so no, it really wasn't time well spent.
The group survival dynamic was fairly well presented..there was just so much repetition that it was really hard to stay interested.
He read what should have been a thriller in such a monotone professorial manner that I felt more lectured than entertained...and someone please tell him revulsion just needs to be said, not 'pronounced'' each time as re-vul-zyun.
Possibly a movie, with lots of editing. Don't have a clue who should star in it..since I don't care for Tom Cruise so he could play the part of a character who turns to a 'screamer' in the first part of the book.
Every cliche about the sting of the smell of cordite, revulsion at the zombies, on and on seemed to be used to pad the story...sometimes editing and telling a story in a straightforward way is really the best way.
I've listened to 3 parts of this series and like many things about it. The concept is fairly original and Dina Perlman is an excellent performer...but,,this is a great example of that frustrating trend of authors taking a story that would have been a good novel and streeeetching it out with lots of repetition..same thoughts by the main character..same situations, same reactions, maybe a little different supporting character but essentially same, same, same! Why can't we have a good novel with a story that progresses without having so much backtracking and ends without a cliffhanger so you feel like you need the next one to find out what happened only to have that one end with another cliffhanger??
This will be the last I buy of this series because there's just not enough story to justify spending the money or time just to lead up to another.......???
Okay, great premise for a story..then *letdown*..The performer has the cocky sounding attitude that fits the character and dialogue but the dialogue tries too hard to be clever and come up with a wisecrack suitable for every situation.
The story was more like an abridged version and that would be okay if it had been sold that way, but it felt like something was missing. Maybe James Patterson/Michael Ledwidge have run their collaboration course and need to give it a rest if this is what they are going to churn out.
I was disappointed and won't buy any more of the stories from these authors. Sometimes, Mr Patterson, maybe quailty should be of more importance than quantity.
Okay, I admit some people think my sense of 'literature' is a little warped but I loved this whole series. By #5 the story is getting a little out of control but Sean Runnette stays in character so well and the humor interspersed with the horror sells the story that I will get #6 when it is released. By that one I may be through with zombie stories but if they were all as good as these, maybe not!
This book was written in a way that took what could have been maudlin, over sentimental and sappy and made it an engaging story with more humor than could ever have been expected.
Hazel Grace examplifies the traits that we would like to think characterizes cancer patients, even though that's mostly to make the rest of the world feel better and Augustus is a complete package of what teenage girls, and grown women, find attractive. The dialogue was smart, the performance was spectacular and the author's interview at the end of the story was very interesting and enlightening about his reasons for the story and experience with young adults.
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