First let me say that I think Bick is a very talented writer - that's probably what got me hooked into Ashes. The writing in this is still of a very high quality and I will continue to look out for what she writes in the future. But this book just wasn't to my taste - particularly as an audiobook - and I abandoned it.
As a lot of reviewers have said - Ashes (the first book in the series) has a distinctly different tone in the second half of the book. Shadows seems to continue in the vein of the second half of Ashes - which is the half that I didn't enjoy so much.
There was a lot of blood and gore which I understand I should expect from a "zombie book" but it was so relentless it lost shock value and became... a bit gross. It taught me that I probably don't enjoy overly scary or gory Audiobooks - the constant crisis is just too much for me. Listening to it could be a good ploy if you're on a diet though... this book put me off my food a number of times..!
But one of the main things that caused me to stop listening was the fact that there were so many characters, I just couldn't keep up. This was particularly hard to deal with in audio - as opposed to when you have the hard copy in front of you and you can go back and reread to figure out who's who. There is also no recap of the Ashes storyline so if it's been a while since you read Ashes (as was the case for me) you may have trouble picking up the story again.
The performance was good, Katherine is obviously a talented actress. Her blood curdling screams terrified me at times but I'm sure if you like the story, you'll be happy with the performance.
Overall, great writing but too many characters and too much gore for me. If you like gory zombie action - and if you recap Ashes before you start - I think you'll like this book.
Scary As Hell
Some of Stephen King's scariest.. Joe Hill can paint a creepy scene much like his Dad.
Great character work - good with suspense filled scary moments.
I loved the character of Lou - it was refreshing to read about an obese character who wasn't comical or written with a tone of disgust or pity - he was a dude with a great heart and I thought he was very realistic and genuinely likeable despite his failings.
This book reads like some of my worst nightmares in places - scary kids and creepy Xmas carols.. I only listened to it in the day time! Great work by Joe Hill.
This book helped me understand friends and family with depressive and self destructive tendencies - I have a lot more empathy towards them and myself as a result.
Original, Smart, Slow
The ending was fairly satisfying - I wanted more of a fairytale ending but that probably wouldn't have suited the story. I would also like a sequence to see what happens to the characters next. The climax showdowns were well written and rewarding.
He nailed it. He portrayed the different characters very well. In the slow points I may have given up but I quite enjoyed listening to the tone of his voice.
I thought some sequences were unnecessary and dragged the story when I wanted to get to the point where he spent time with Emily. That could've happened sooner for me - I didn't need so much back story on his character. He was an interesting character - I like the way he sees details as colours. Supporting characters were great too, Ms Holquist especially. I would definitely read a sequel to this.
You have to be ready for this book but if you have the willingness and maturity to understand it, it will change your life :) timeless principles explained simply.
Yes - but only one who wasn't devoutly Christian! The religion themes get stronger as the book goes along - it's tolerable but a little overdone at times. I'm an atheist so it was no problem for me but may be hard to tolerate for those sensitive to religious themes.
I liked the writing - I'm excited to read more from this author. I always liked his dad Stephen King's stories but not his writing so much. This was the opposite - The story wasn't the best ever but I loved his writing, I found myself smiling at his turns of phrase and symbolism in a way that I do with Gillian Flynn.
I loved the first few scenes when he finds out what the horns do. Such an interesting concept that I think he could have taken even further - it went to far into the Biblical theme for me, I would rather he had explored Ig's new powers further.
Not sure but the theme song would definitely be Devil Inside by Inxs :)
The writing kept me reading but some scenes felt unnecessary - the story could've been half as long. Will definitely try something else from this author though, seems to me that he has all the best bits of his father.
I chose to read this because I loved the movie. It's a great story and well written, but I actually enjoyed the movie better (which is unusual for me!) I just preferred the points they focused on in the movie and the parts of the ending.
But the performance was very good - he handled the zombie voices well in particular.
If you like zombie books I think you'll like it - I liked that the narration was from the POV of the zombie. It's quite an optimistic post apocalyptic story and has a bit of humour and romance.
Overall a good read.
I loved that it got a cynic like me to actually try meditation and get past my previous belief that there was no way I could ever do it. I really recommend this for anyone who thinks they wouldn't be able to 'clear' their mind or thoughts enough - that is what I thought and it turns out what the author started off thinking too. This book took me on a journey - one that I ultimately enjoyed. I felt like it was taking a while to get to the punchline but I'm glad I stuck it out - because this is the first book to explain mindfulness to me in a way I could understand.
I liked Dan Harris's refreshing honesty about himself and his own ego and mistakes. It made for some funny and also very touching moments, but it also gave me inspiration to be as honest with myself.
It's great to hear the author of a memoir telling their own story, and his professional experience obviously helps make his performance as good as it is.
Dan uses some great analogies throughout the book that sat really well with me - my favourite was of your thoughts being like water going over a waterfall and that the trick is not just to flow over with them but to try and sit behind the water and watch it. That really clicked for me for some reason.
Some people have said this isn't a self-help book but it has really helped me - even tho my meditation practice is slow going, I've just become more mindful of my thoughts and reactions since reading it. I think it will sit well with you if you are interested in meditation as a concept but not keen on the airy fairy incense burning reputation - I like that Dan investigates how to be calmer while not losing your ambition and competitive edge.
Gillian Flynn is an excellent writer - I love her turns of phrase and unique imagery, so I could read anything she writes. This ending was more predictable than Gone Girl but I still enjoyed the ride. The performance was outstanding, my favourite on Audible so far. I was desperate to keep listening (couldn't 'put it down') so would highly recommend this.
First up, I love this book - it's the best YA fiction I've read in years. I've already read the whole series and bought the audiobook just to 'read' it again. (I love Hunger Games and Catching Fire, not so fond of Mockingjay).
But the narration on this makes it only just bearable for me to listen to. I see this on many other reviews for this book - why has Audible not taken notice? This has to be one of Audible's top sellers but I'm sure they lose sales from people sampling the preview and being unable to stomach the narrator's read. I thought I would chance it because I love the book so much but I can't buy the second one now as it has the same narrator - I will be going to itunes or elsewhere for Catching Fire.
Specifically, the voice is too old. The Hunger Games is written in present tense and is the thoughts of a teenage girl so it should have a young voice for the protagonist.
I would suggest Emma Galvin as the perfect voice for this book. I loved her performance of Kresley Cole's 'Poison Princess'.
But it's not just the age of the voice that's distracting. The little girl voice she puts on for Prim and Rue's dialogue - is horrible and extremely grating when she calls Katniss's name. Even the voice she does for Katniss is far too bubbly and ditzy sounding - Katniss is a kick ass heroine fighting for her life, not a ditzy teenage girl.
And the lullaby!!! Katniss is known for being a beautiful singer! I wish Audible had put some time into sourcing a narrator or a singer to do the lullaby justice.
I'm sure Carolyn McCormick's narration suits a lot of books - I can see she is obviously a skilled narrator. But she is completely the wrong fit for The Hunger Games and it spoiled my enjoyment of the audiobook. If Audible records the book again with another narrator, I would consider buying it.
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