I heard this audio book a few years ago and decided to buy it to listen again. This is the kick of story for the Saketts series. I listen to these books driving truck and this book is a real mile burner, and one you hate to hear end. However the next in the series (To The Far Blue Mountains) picks up where this book ends. The whole series doesn't do that, but the first few do because it's about a journey from England to America and across America over several generations. Most of the later books are stories of Saketts all over the country in the "Wild West" days of America. So if you're interested in a book that will at least keep you going through the first five books in the series, then this is a powerful start.
I'm really into anything that Andrew Mckinty writes that's read by Gerard Doyle. Between the two of them you really feel the actual Irland around the times of the big troubles with the IRA and such. Gerard Doyle sounds 100% old country Irish, and McKinty really knows Irland and the culture. Listening really gives mer a sense that I actually have been to the "Emerald Island."
McKinty is a great author who can really spin a yarn that keeps you guessing to the end, and really feeling a kinship with the primary characters. My sugesstion is to get the whole series because they're all winners
I really like the characters in this series. I generally stay away from anything that Dick Hill reads because his style gets under my skin from time to time. Somehow this series his style isn't that irritating to me. Good stories with what seems like a lot of good knowledge about things like sniper tactics.
I have all the Grey Man novels to date. As a trucker I can tell you these are great for chewing up roads. I'm on elogs so that means when my time is up it's up. Grey Man is one of those series where you just want to keep driving and listening a while longer to see what happens next.
Unfortunately the Mitch Rapp series is gone since the author passed away, but this series is every bit as good in my opinion. So if you like that kind of fast action you really want this to listen to.
It's hard to comment very much without including spoilers so I won't other than to say that you might want to skip the authors intro, because he should have put it at the end of the book instead of the beginning since there's a couple substantial spoilers in the intro. It's interesting because he gives the history of the book and the movie, but he does go into it more than he should have at the beginning of this book.
As my title says. This is quite a bit different than the movie if that's your only knowledge of this story. It takes place in KY instead of WA and this Rambo, the Sheriff, and the Colonel are far different than the characters in the movie.
As for comparing one version to the other. I like both versions on their own merit, and don't see any reason to try to weigh which one is better because they just take a different view of things the same way that the movies version of The Shining did with the book version...Separate, but both really good stories
After Listening to Rambo I thought I'd listen to this book. The author is a good story teller, but in this book he really dragged the story down with an over abundance of minutia time and time again. There'd be some really good action going on, and then we get into some long explanations of things or a several minute description of them going through a car for a bomb. When I'm going down the road I want the story to flow and not keep going through a slow and go mode so much.
My other problem is Dick Hill's reading. His voice reminds me of James Gregory who played Inspector Frank Luger on Barney Miller. His voice would be great for old gangster stories, but for stories like this it came off as over dramatic quite often. Unfortunately Frank doesn't have a lot of range on his voices so the female voices pretty much sounded all the same, and not a lot of difference on the male voices either.
The book and presentation isn't terrible, and some would most likely enjoy it more than I did. Like I said. The story itself had a lot of good parts to it, but kept getting bogged down in my opinion
This is a very unusual look at the whole Zombie apocalypse. I really like how the author claims that The Walking Dead was a documentary on the first wave of the dead raising. Then how the dead just goes through a feeding phase for a day or two and become the living dead without a desire to eat human flesh. This story deals with the Zombies who are the living dead, but with a desire to be like the breathers who are alive. With an attitude that, "Our bodies might be dead, but we think and have emotions like Breathers do.
I found it refreshing to have a story where the Zombies are the ones struggling to not be killed by the breathers instead of the other way around. Quite a refreshing look. I'd really like to see a second book even though it doesn't seem likely, but you never know.....Oh, and here's another twist.....The primary Zombie is basically the one narration the story....Now that's real Zombie progression
Even though I liked this book almost as well as the first book because of the continued story line, and how well it's preformed....I did find myself a bit disappointed by his going ointo a total gross out mode for a while, and some of what I consider to be illogical decisions without much explainations as to why.. I can't really discuss them without spoilers, but a couple people spared in the end did irritate me. I'm yelling at the stereo "Come on....Kill them all ready....They really have it coming"
If you read or listened to The Scourage, then you'll want to continue the story with this book since book one did leave the reader wondering what's going to happen with the mission. The primary character and his often extremely funny wisecracking side kick continue on with the mission and continue evading death over and over (It'd be a short book if they didn't right?)
All in all it exciting, funny, and helps chew up a lot of highway because it's a really entertaining book.
This is a very interesting twist on the Zombie genre. In this series zombies attack more as a plague some time after the plague we know from history. I actually like the idea that maybe the so called zombies aren't actually zombies at all, but infected with a plague that makes them tough to kill.
This book has a lot of very exciting parts to it. It really helped me chew up a lot of highway while keeping me wide awake in my semi. The kind of book that makes you dissapointed that you've ran out of time and have to shut down for 10 hours.
All in all a very well written and very well performed book. The author did a section by section "Historic Reference" at the end of this book which was interesting, but a bit teadous....In book two he did them at the end of each section, and that seemed much better. This reader/performer really did the parts well enough that it seemed like a cast of characters instead of the same reader....
Maybe, but I have so many books that it's unlikely
The story was pretty good, but it was from the 80's so when they describe a super computer as having a whole ten gigs of memory it was a good give away. Otherwise the story did keep me interested once the action started.
As for the reader. He's good, but his style is better for news or documentaries. His primary problem is he has little range for voices in general and basically no range for female voices. This was really a problem at first when the primary dialog was between the two sisters. I was thinking I might not get far on this one, but I hung in there a while and once the story got interesting I basically forgot about it. Fortunately there's only three female voices he had to deal with so that made it easier to ignore.
All in all this is the kind of story I love to listen to going down the road. A story that gets you involved into wondering whagt's going to happen next. In this story there's a menence that seems unstoppable and I kept trying to think of how they'd be able to stop it, but never even came close. I really like that because all too often I can figure out what the author is going to use.
One last note. This story gets into comparing this situation to other disappearences throughout history. Those unexplained disappearences really make this explaination as good as any guess since it really isn't as far fetched as some others might be. Because of that I think this story is even more fun to get in to.
As the story goes it is a good drama with a lot of action, but having heard Mark Greaney's books I'm thinking he's probably the one who made the book more exciting. The big problem with Clancy books, and seems to be getting worse with every new book in the Jack Ryan series is that he's coming across as a tea bagger that puts the world into simplistic black and white catagories. If you have concerns about a military with over reaching power that can basically do whatever it wants....Then you're the problem so naturally anyone who thinks that way who has wealth and power would naturally try to bring down the government. I found myself thinking, "Come on Clancey...You have to pull your head out of that fox hole and see the real world." Damn shame...Could have been a much better book otherwise
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