The story-line would be ok possibly as a TV sit-com screenplay, but NOT as a reputable novel worth listening to, particularly with a grovelly narrator attempting female voices. Sandford may have other good books, but this experience being my first "listening" of his tales, will also be the LAST I listen to any of his books. Sorry...
This story dragged on and on, with little tiny detail after little tiny detail; yet the author is always talking about the "little people" with no rationale follow-through of what the little people are.
Also, Allison Hiroto's reading is spoken in an excess attempt to pronounce every vowel and consonant of every word in precise English, and gives the listener the experience that she is reading to a child.
Anything not read by Allison Hiroto
I hate to say this, but the tone, inflections, and/or better-than-thou-attitude (or whatever words would best describe what I'm trying to say) of the narrator Scott Brick make it impossible for me to listen to a book he reads. His reading style seems to have changed around 2009-2010 and is just too difficult for me to listen to anymore.
A hunt for the source of a computer virus that infects a computer game (and a game that has somehow achieved Facebook popularity?) merging into an international terrorist plot-without-a-target via a circuit breaker? Come on...
Stuck with one plot.
I hate leaving negative reviews, but I felt compelled to here; this book now makes 3 books in my life I have quit reading in the middle. I could care a less how Beck tries to end it. It should have ended at the preface, maybe I should better say I should have quit at the preface when he states that the book is going to change my views on the world and make me rush to the internet, library, etc. to research his diatribes more thoroughly.
The Overton Window is a weak attempt at creating a novel based around Beck's philosophical views. Most of the book is comprised of Beck's narratives assigned to one of the many unrealistic characters, and then he somehow tries to weave a story around these characters and their viewpoints. I tried listening to as much as I could but finally had enough.
This is a Christian publication hidden behind a fiction title; unless you have strong Christian beliefs, and want to listen to an end-of-times self-proclaimed prophet, don't bother with this book. It has just too many unbelievable and often-times irrelevant situations.
In addition, the author(s) constant reference to an "All-Phone" instead of what the rest of the world refers to a "cell-phone" is just strange, especially for a book released in the last few years. Cell-phones currently play videos, allow for reading news, etc., and we aren't en-masse changing what we call them.
Finally, the narrator has (or was told to put in) nerve-racking, totally silent pauses between chapters, causing constant checking to see if my IPOD had stopped or shut off.
The story had promise, but instead of reading what started out as a decent novel I instead felt like I was listening to one sermon after another.
I had a tough time listening to this book simply because of the effects (eg attempts to simulate intercom speaking in a bio-hazard suit) and female intonations from the male narrator. Just READ the BOOK!!!
I'm back now as a fan of Stephen King after listening to Duma Key.
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