We were all kids once, and this is a typical Brian Keene gore fest with unmentionable violation of women. This is the only aspect I don't like about Keene, but if you want a pleasant read then go read "Gone with the Wind!"
Altogether I enjoyed the story, but there are some very annoying attributes to this story when viewed from a conservative mindset.
First, the wife is the most annoying nagging douchebag I have ever had the displeasure of listening to. Why anyone would put up with this women is beyond comprehension, she belongs in a battered wife's shelter with a sign hanging over her neck saying, "All the shit that happened to me was totally justified!"
Second, you cannot be a liberal and a survivalist, the two do not mix and this throws off the story.
Third, The main character "Alex" a supposed gulf war veteran who hesitates too long when he and his family are confronted by would be killers and looters. Any U.S. Marine war veteran would have wasted these stupid bastards after the first two sentences of dialogue, as their intentions are clearly hostile.
I enjoyed the general information the book presented and the majority of the story, but I absolutely hate this guys wife. I don't know why this author would concoct such an annoying antagonistic character, the woman is just a useless bitch. I am sorry, I am not a woman hater and I love my wife more than anything in the world. Even my own wife listened to the book and agrees with every word I wrote here.
There is a great story here, but too much uneccessary filler with morally weak and impotent main characters. The first segment of this novel is the best, and then the story slows down vastly. The entire 35 hour audiobook is painstakingly laid out with small spurts of intense dialougue, which then concludes abruptly in the last hour and a half. Scott Brick narrates 99 percent of the novel and was the only reason I kept listening. I am very disappointed that: 1. I used two credits on this book that I struggled to finish 2. The critics lauded this book so highly (I don't understand?) 3. That I actually wasted 35 hours of my life listening to this entire story.
The truthful unvarnished nature in which the author tells his story of heroism in combat in Afghanistan, Also, there are some very interesting nuggets of information everyone should know about our enemies in Afghanistan. The news would never tell some of the the facts contained in this book pertaining to the undehanded nature of Pakistan, and the outright acts of war committed by that nation against the U.S. Forces.
House By House by Staff Sergeant David Bellavia
I find Ray Porter to be a master narrator, I have often purchased audiobooks soley for his narration performance.
Errrrrrrt! This story comes to an annoyingly abrupt end! If they are trying to piggyback a sequel then they leave the reader with absolutely no conclusions to the impending problems of the main character. The narration is a little bland, monotone and no emotion. Understandably this isn't a pleasant story, but "I ummmmm took my SKS and shot the Zombie in the head, and zzzzzzzzzzzzz looked around for more because I was mad ........" Can't Jay Schneider or Ray Porter just narrate every book, they can make Mary Poppins exciting!
Finish the darn story and not leave the reader hanging!
I did, because it was so short and slammed shut like the front door of the prom queen to the pimply freshmen!
Too many titles with audible, buy another Zombie book. Sorry to be so harsh.... Recommend, Beyond Exile, Patient Zero, or World War Z for the same or less amount of money. Great Books!
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