Although I basically agree with the other reviews I have found this no where as enjoyable as I thought it would be after seeing an interview with the author. This book reads more like a news article than a story and although that gives a lot of interesting information it can be tedious at times. Add to that the reader doesn't really have the right tone to make some of the limited dialog interesting, and I find myself only able to listen to it for around an hour art a time before I start getting sleepy from it...And when operating 40 tons of tractor and trailer getting sleepy isn't what I'm looking for. Someone like Joe Montagna who reads audio might have made this more interesting, but as is I'm just not that impressed with it....Lesson learned though...Don't purchase without listening to the sample first. If the reader doesn't sit right with you then it can be a tough listen for all those hours.....
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
I'm guessing that the majority of people who get this audio book are fans for the BBC mini series "Luther" like I am. If so then this book is really for you. This is the story of Luther that's alluded to in the very first series. That series begins with Luther hanging on to a serial killer up in a warehous and the either losing his grip or letting him go. This book is the story that led up to that beginning.
This should have been the first series, but someone said this wasn't developed until later. None the less this is a great introduction to the brilliant and very troubled Luther. In the series we get the impression that some of the guilt is because of the actions in that first scene, but in this book we find his psychological break down was occuring long before that scene. That Luther was both driven and pained from all that he'd seen as a homicide detective. what we get a small bit of in the series is brought up in force in this book.....If you're a fan...You want this book...
This is an ok novel, but not really one that grips you and keeps you glued to it. Part of that might be the reader used. This reader has a tone that would be great for old dective and ganster type books, but here it just sounds out of place. Maybe if someone like George Gidall read it the book would have seemed far more interesting. I found myself struggling with ignoring the tone so I could get into the story.....Book listening shouldn't be that much work...Especially going down the road.
Otherwise it was a good book for the most part. So if you like action packed books then this is ok. Nothing like a Vince Flynn or Ben Coes that has so much action that you sometimes feel like you just stepped off a rollercoaster after listening for awhile, but still it does have some pretty good action and grizzly outcomes from some local baddies who go way over the top with their being bad asses.
Sombody mentioned that this book was the concept behind the movie "Groundhogs Day." The difference being that in the movie the day kept repeating where this story the two people involved go back several years and re-live all those years. The male is at least 18 when he starts over but the female is fourteen so has to live under her parent's roof....The first couple times around anyway.
Granted once someone realizes what is happening then they also realize that their knowledge of the future can set them up with wealth just by knowing where to invest. Here's the big problem though.....Regardless how you live your life...You come back to do it all over again and again so you have to choose how you're going to direct you life each time. It might seem cool the first couple times, but then you realize that for the most part nothing is new...especially news wise. Imagine going back to the 60's like these people do and having to re-adjust to those norms so you don't appear either out of place or too extreme for the times. I know I'd be extremely frustrated by a lot of society dictates of those times.
This is a really interesting and actually fun book. I really enjoyed this going down the highway...
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