Where did they get this guy? I couldn't finish the audio book. Listening to this person read this okay installment in the trilogy was like listening to a 5th grade class read a book out loud. I had bought the book the day it came out, but was pining to hear Perlman continue the tale with his excellent depiction of these characters. The characters felt vivid and alive in Perlman's voice but what made it great was that it felt like not only did Perlman do his homework (like reading, and analyzing, the book prior to the recording) but that he was just as invested in the characters as the reader. The book is good, but not great, for several reasons but I don't need to get into all of them (spoiler free review).
I will say that there seemed to be a lot of lazy, spoon-fed plot devices, not as much multi-layered tension as in The Strain and definitely lacked the sense of urgency - which was so good in the first book that it added to the fear emoted from the moment the plane touched down.
As for the narrator, it was so obvious that he either didn't read the book at all and/or he didn't listen to Perlman's interpretation of the characters. There is such a disconnect that I could never finish the audio version - and had tried 10 times before finally giving up.
I tried a number of times to push through, but the first time I heard him speak as one of my favorite characters from the first book (and whose arc in the second is kick-butt and inspiring), I couldn't get past knowing that, not only did he not sound Latin, he couldn't even pronounce his name right.
I would say, if you haven't listened to the first one, you probably wouldn't know what you are missing. If you have listened to the first one, go buy the book or the electronic version because you will not be able to complete the audio version - which would be a shame because even though the second is a little bit of a let down compared to the first, you can tell that the third book has been set up to be epic.
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