This is the first book (and last) I've read by this author. I honestly do not understand the appeal of this series.
Main gripe: the author uses way too many plot devices and suspended belief becomes impossible.
I didn't care for the ignorant prejudice from the protagonist. What's the deal with her distaste for vampires? Says she won't "date" the undead and would rather die than become one of the undead. The author doesn't explain why vampires are worth Anita defending (in some cases) but not good enough for her to "date" them. Maybe that was just a clumsy device to manufacture tension between the two...but it gets very annoying after about the 8th time.
Story drags from the middle on as the main character is all wrapped up in what she thinks, and what she feels. One moment she's self-righteous and then the next questions herself about really silly things -- childish.
It really irritates when an author will gladly have other supposedly strong characters be killed (in this case by Anita's supposedly assume fighting skills -- ummm yeah, didn't see any) but nothing can touch the protagonist. I call it the "Rambo" Dues ex machina, which was was old even in the 80's.
The sound effects are TERRIBLE! For me, music in previous audiobooks, was used to signal the end, or beginning, of a chapter. It took me a while to catch on that for this book it is used only for the action scenes. I'd been trained to get ready to transition and found myself confused when I realized they were fighting. And the sound effects are -- literally -- used as sound effects. Yikes! That production decision needs to be re-thought. I don't want to hear a gunshot ricochet while the narrative is going on, not to mention the "sucking" sounds when a knife is used.
This book was published in 1995...pagers are the most advanced technology. I know it was current for it's time, but I mistakenly thought it was only a decade old because that's when it was produced in audio version. My bad.
The book reads like a teenage angst rant. It's all Anita, Anita, Anita....blah, blah, blah...boring! Who cares what Anita thinks? She's not that great. And I don't get the appeal...
I really hate it when sound effects and music are used in an audio book. It is very distracting and totally unnecessary. All it does is take the reader out of the narrative and then you're paying attention to stupid sound effects and have no idea what was written.
And it's only done during action scenes - and once when a letter is read.
Please, please, editors or producers or authors or whomever makes these production decisions - DO NOT use sound effects or music!!!
Aside from that, the story was fairly straight forward and predictable. An easy way to pass the time. There were a few eye-rolling moments and some corny lines. Weak female protagonist.
Did not care for the narrators - could not tell which brother was speaking when the male was speaking. And I do not like it when gender specific narrators are used.
I would pass on this unless you are really desperate.
This is the first post apocalyptic book I have read - for that reason, it was interesting and very different for me. I thought the pace was good, the writing very good and the performance was excellent, but the story....
If I spend time reading fiction, I want a HEA ending. If I want reality, I turn on the news read a paper, read non-fiction, or look out my front door - I do not want to pay money for someone else's fabricated unhappy ending.
If it had a different ending, then I would have given it 4-5 stars, the rest of it was that good.
I love everything that ML writes, and this one was no exception. He makes these difficult to understand topics understandable and interesting. He weaves in personal narratives that make the technical parts interesting.
An excellent read about a topic that every American should have a basic understanding of.
I bought the book without knowing who the real author was - I found out about half way through listening to it, and was surprised.
It was a very entertaining listen. A solid murder mystery that kept my attention and made me want to listen to more.
Some surprising twists and turns. I would recommend it to anyone that likes the private investigator/cop/murder type genre.
(And I always like a physically flawed protagonist who has honor.)
I confess that I couldn't make it to the end, or even halfway, so it may have improved.
If you are a child of the 70s, you will hear this book and see the movie in your mind. That was fun... for about 90 seconds, which is right about the time I figured out this was a LITERAL retelling of the story using a lot of "thee" "thou" and "therefore" and nothing else different. I'd rather spend my time just watching the Empire Strikes Back than listening to a 16th century retelling of the story.
The organization of these lectures was very good. The material was not new for me - if you have read Dan Ariely, Daniel Kahneman or Michael Schermer, etc. then the concepts will not be new - but it was a great reminder and I particularly liked the way the material flowed and was organized. Very logical.
The narration by the professor was excellent. Great diction and pace.
These are essential concepts that are good for me to remind myself of at least once a year.
I picked this book up and another (Lick) when they were on sale. Neither are books I would normally go for. I thought both were okay. This book had a bit more seriousness to it than the other. I'm not a big fan of tattoos and body piercings (especially in very sensitive places) but that's part of what made it different for me and it was okay.
I didn't love it -- it didn't make me think and it didn't teach me anything new, but it didn't offend and it was mildly entertaining.
It was just okay.
What I liked: it was a little different; well written; no real big gaps in logic (except the whole get married to a stranger while drunk thing, but if you can get past that...) and the characters were likeable.
Not the best: the whole get married to a stranger...; they were both too young; I find it hard to believe that this rock star who is used to partying as a way of life would just stop, no more women; and it was very short - not a lot of complicated relationships or intrigue going on.
I read the next 2 books in the series, instead of listening to them, and enjoyed them. The third (Lead) was really good - the best of the three I've read.
For me, once I'm into a series, the characters take on more meaning and I end up liking previous installments more and more so I like these characters - Dave and Evie - but mostly because I got to know them better in the subsequent installments.
Well crafted story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the very end. I loved it. One of the best in the series.
I enjoyed this book mostly because of the characters -- they were real, with flaws and strengths. The writing was smart and I found myself really caring about what happened to the characters.
The story was also interesting - for me it was unique, having only read a few stories with Jin and Golems, so the world was still newish for me.
The pace was decent - a tad slow in parts - and the author's writing style is smart. She uses dialog between characters to build the story, which I think always makes for a better read.
I'm looking forward to the next installment (I hope there is one...)
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