Not until the former took a few writing classes and the latter spent some time in a drama class. I found the writing to be very elementary and the reading to feel rushed and out of place.
First of all, he sounded way too old to read on behalf of a twenty-something young man. It was very distracting, particularly when trying to use slang or vernacular used by younger generations... it just didn't sound right. He also rushed through the book, not taking the time to properly deliver passages that were meant to be funny - he had no comedic timing.
I picked up this book because I thought it might mirror the similar experiences I enjoyed while in the army in Europe. Unfortunately the unoriginal writing style and horrendous reading made impossible for me to get past the second chapter. Very disappointing.
The author could have dispensed with the story and just wrote another handbook for surviving the apocalypse. I made the mistake of buying this book without bothering to learn that its the same author and narrator on the only other book I've negatively reviewed: Survivors. I got through four chapters and was so annoyed about the over-detailing of gun specifications and a lack of depth of characters that I deleted it from my ipod in favor of random mid-Ohio AM stations for three hours. Lightening up on the "how-to" and investing more time in the "how-it-happened" would make for a much better book.
Almost. I've found a couple of really good novels (The Road, One Second After, the Stand, Swan Song) but everything else has been a bit of a disappointment lately. I'm afraid that there are just not enough good storytellers in the genre. A lot of people I'd like to hole up with during the apocalypse, to be sure, but not good authors.
Every. Character. Sounds. The. Same. Work in some variety, Mr. Hill.
One previous post called this "gun porn," and I'd say its pretty accurate. Character development was nearly non-existent, but it provided a ton of solutions on how to survive. Very disappointing.
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