I thought the concept of the novel was fun, the narrator was animated, and even the characters you hated made you laugh.
While not quite in the realm of similar classics like "Good Omens" or "Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul", this book did a good job of resurrecting the age of polytheism for the modern commercial age, and along the way demonstrated how living forever can screw with someone's value of life.
This book is first and foremost a coming-of-age tale.
The narrator meets Jesus (Joshua) when they are both children. From the beginning, the young Joshua knows who he is, but not exactly how to go about fulfilling his difficult destiny. Josh must travel to the ends of the land in order to learn what he needs to do, and Biff needs to go with him because Josh would get himself killed if he went alone. Together they have adventures as fantastic as those in the Bible, but not nearly as bloody.
Biff's tale is about a wonderful man striving to live up to his divine origins by embracing humanity. To a hardened apostate like myself, this portrayal as Jesus as a good man who would not only associate with sinners, but consider them his best friends, warmed my heart. If the church I was dragged to as a child had preached about this loving man, instead of his jealous, violent, judgemental and distant father, I might still have faith.
I absolutely can not stand the idea that people are reading this book and going away thinking that they have learned something.
The conclusions that Dr. Hare have reached are based on an extremely limited sample, using an incomplete analysis and without a contemporary understanding of neuroscience. I had to stop listening when he referred to the lateralization of brain hemispheres (right brain does this, left brain does that) as a fact, when it has been debunked as a myth since the early 90s.
I do have respect for Dr. Hare in that he was, at one point, a pioneer in the study of clinical psychopathy, in that he actually went out and tried to study people who were obviously afflicted. But his theories need to evolve with current research if he is to be taken seriously. What outside research he did call upon in the book was limited and obviously cherry-picked to support his own outdated theories. That is no behavior for a man calling himself a scientist.
This was a fun little story. Mostly the focus is on the mundane - the pressures facing female professional chefs in a male-dominated industry, the woes of a man going through a messy divorce with a harpy. There just happens to be vampires. Vampires to cook for, no less!
I was not expecting the story to go in the direction that it did, and I was pleasantly surprised when it did. I won't ruin anything for you, but I'll put it this way; I was feeling kind of down, so I sought out a horror novel to listen to and found this one. When it turned out that this wasn't the usual scary story, I was too intriqued to stop listening...and ultimately the story pulled me out of my mood entirely!
The narration was great, too. The actor was able to differentiate between the characters nicely without resorting to bad accents.
The story was merely okay, the characters two-dimensional and the protaganist was portrayed as so powerful that he was obviously never in any real danger. I found myself tuning out for several minutes, but never felt like I was missing anything.
I think this book, or Linden's other book "The Accidental Mind" are great introductions to recents developments in neuroscienctific research.
A friend of mine who is finishing his PhD in the subject was surprised that I grasped the more salient topics of current research into oxytocin, which I learned partially thanks to this book.
Zombies, super heroes, zombie super heroes. What's not to like? This book won't change your life or the way you look at the world, but it's a fun listen for someone who enjoys the genre.
Perhaps. The book was well-written and I have no complaints about the narration.
The book just seemed to get away from the author. There was a lot of lead up and suspense built, but the end just kind of fizzled out in a way that was both unexpected and depressingly realistic.
Deep. Strong. Soothing.
This is really not your usual zombie novel.
Set a couple decades after the zom-pocalypse, the story revolves around a brother and sister journalist team covering the campaign of a Republican presidential candidate. What struck me first about the book was the refreshingly believable way that the author portrayed the western world following a plague of this magnitude...it just keeps going. Apple turns to designing blood test kits as well as cellphones, Embassy Suites offer hermatically-sealed conference rooms for high-paying guests, and resturants only serve meals outside to patrons who have proper security clearances, but otherwise the survivors of this new world are more or less as you might expect the citizens of USA circa 2040 to be.
Now, there are plenty of the action-packed scenes of stumbling, face-gnawing gore that no zombie novel would be complete without, but mostly the story is focused on more mundane horrors. Mysterious "accidents" keep befalling the followers and families of the progressive-minded presidental candidate, and our young journalists are tasked with discovering who is trying to discredit -- and maybe assasinate -- our man. It's a thrilling mystery first, and a zombie novel second. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Also, I have to give props to Jesse Bernstein. His voice acting absolutely made the Percy Jackson series for me, and he brings it just as solidly with this project.
I enjoyed the Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia thoroughly, and this new endeavor of his is even better. Top rate historical fiction with a heavy dash of film noir sensibility meet magical fantasy, and the results are delightful.
If I have one complaint about the performance of this audio book, it's that when faced with voicing so many different characters with accents from all over the globe, the actor falls short of the task. The Texas cop, midwest hick, and New Orleans' hooker all sound pretty much the same, for instance. But while somewhat dissappointing, this failure is mild and certainly doesn't diminish from the overall enjoyment of the story.
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