It was a fun read with unique twist on the zombie apocalypse genre. While the premise is very cartoon comic book, the execution was well balanced between the fantastical elements and real human drama. It neither takes itself too seriously or tries to be too gritty.
Hard to pick a favorite. Saint George is probably the most fleshed out of any of the super hero characters which makes him a bit more interesting but all of them are pretty good.
Both did a good job of giving life to each character and giving each a unique voice
Even super heroes can't stop the zombie hordes
While the voice acting was good, I think the direction was a little off. There were times you could definitely tell the actors weren't in the same studio at the same time. Several lines seemed more like beginning statements rather than responses to someone else. Only happened a few times but was noticeable
First, I'll say that like the other two books in the series, Ex-Communication is well acted and a lot of fun. I do recommend it for anyone who enjoyed the first two books and highly recommend the first two books for anyone who hasn't read them. This is a good book and was worth a listen.
Having said that, this is my leas favorite in the series so far for a couple different but related reasons. I wont go into specifics as they would require some spoilers so my explanation is going to be a bit vague. First, Clines made an attempt to develop some of the series characters a bit but his efforts fell a bit flat for me. Rather than making the character(s) in question more interesting, they lost some of what made them so compelling to begin with. Legion, for those who are familiar with the series, makes another appearance but he also takes a step backwards as far as development and takes actions that make absolutely no sense and completely go against his own motivations as we have known them over 2 previous books. These issues left me a bit dissatisfied and confused once it was all said and done.
On the flip side, one character who was a bit of a side note earlier in the series gets some series and well spent development time. A new character is also introduced who gets a lot of good and well spent development time as well.
So, in summary, Ex-Communication is a good read/listen just like the others in the series but does leave me a bit concerned about the direction of the series.
The Ex-Heroes series has been one of my favorite books series of the last couple years and definitely my favorite Audible books so far. The characters are interesting, fun, and well acted by the voice talent. One would think the premise (zombie post-apocalypse with super heroes) would be campy beyond belief bu Clines does a great job of balancing the camp and silliness with relate-able characters and some authentically tense and serious moments. To put it another way, these books take the best elements of the recent super hero and zombie crazes in media and puts them together masterfully. I highly recommend this series to anyone with even the slightest interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comic books.
I certainly enjoyed the performances from the cast of readers and the stories within the novel were all interesting. Unfortunately the stories often dragged on or got too bogged down in details and flowery writing to keep my interest up. Most of the stories are in one way or another tied to the poet John Keats. I have no doubt the connections are interesting and entertaining for those more fond of or familiar with Keats than I am but for me it just got kind of tedious after a while.
I don't mean to say I didn't enjoy the book. The unique setting and stories were all well written and performed and mostly pretty fascinating. The slow pacing and over-reliance on the Keats references just often made me want to scream "I get it, move on please!!"
I would give it a qualified recommendation. Not for everyone but I can certainly see it appealing to the right kind of reader.
Several good ones to pick from and hard to pick one favorite. Without giving too many details, I'd say the combat scenes in the story of the soldier were the most engaging.
No, and I wouldn't recommend it. It's over 20 hours long and it's a bit heavy to take on all at once even if it was shorter
Again, it was an interesting read and I don't regret listening to it at all. Great setting, great characters, and interesting stories. Just too slow at parts and too much Keats for someone who knows little about the poet. Probably the best way to sum up my feelings on the book is that it captured my attention enough to consider listening to the sequel but had enough drawbacks that the sequel is very low on my list of future purchases
Michael York did an amazing job with his narration. Each character has a distinct voice and their personalities come through not just by what they say, but how York has them say it.
The descriptions of social conditioning. It reminded me a lot of current politics and how talking points and other key phrases are often used to produce predictable reactions with voters
Hard to pick just one. I think I'd have to pick several of the various administrative characters in the novel. York gives them all an appropriate voice that punctuates their smug attitudes
Dont want to be too specific for anyone who hasn't read or listened to the book yet. I'll just say there is a part near the end where the character John upsets some factory workers that I found to be poignant.
Brave New World is a great story and is read beautifully by Michael York. It paints an extreme picture of a dystopian future that in some subtle ways parallels political and societal problems that exist even 80 years after it was written.
The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that like many old novels, some of the commentary that was relevant to the 1930s does not always apply to a modern audience. In a addition, Huxley liked to use a lot of flowery language and imagery which is great in small to medium doses but can sometimes drag on and often becomes repetitive. There were a few points where I was tempted to skip ahead a few seconds to get the story moving again.
Overall, I highly recommend this audio-book
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