I have listened to hundreds of titles as I drive several hours every day and have finished them all, even the really rotten stories. This story is really rotten, but what kills the book is the narrators. They take a really rotten story and make it unbearable. I simply could not make it to the end. For once, I can say I do not know how a book ended, and I don't care! I got a good ways through -- all the way to the point in the tower -- but could listen no more. It is an indictment on the quality of the story that I have no inclination to find out how it ended. koontz's The Critic was 3x the book this one was, and that is not saying much.
Shorten the entire title of your main character for the love of all that is holy -- the reader/listener knows who he is after chapter 1, and if i hear his full name one more time i am going to . . . (i did not stop listening, but you get the idea).
See above, i mean it really, really, gets to you after the eighth time his full name is mentioned in less than 5 minutes. Richard, Burton, Agent, even Dude looks like a lady would be sufficient.
OK -- nothing special, but you make it through it without shuddering.
Interesting story for the most part, the problems are more annoyances than bad writing.
Narrator is the worst -- dry, deadpan delivery on EVERYTHING and i do mean everything. Same tone/quality of voice regardless of character is not pleasant, think Ben Stein reading the thing and you get the idea.
Story has some positive elements, but very little "news" on the decline of society, it literally says "it all fell apart" and picks up the story there.
That voice thingy Stephen Hawkins uses, more emotion and better tone from that thing.
Few -- what there are get lost in the mass of annoyance that is listening to it
Reviews are good -- shows how desperate we ZOMBIE fans are of a passable book -- but do not be fooled. This one makes the whole Morningstar series seem like the work of Shakespeare. This book is, for lack of a better phrase, zombie dung.
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