Clearfield, UT, United States | Member Since 2011
I actually loved that this wasn't just a time travel book. There is a good chunk of it that takes place in interstellar space. That learning is done by memory shots. That even in millions of years cars will still be an accepted form of transportation. I love Peerssa for some reason. I love the cat tails. I loved that despite this book being written in the 70s, it is still a brilliant piece of fiction.
I have only listened to 3 other time travel books, "The Time Travelers Wife", and "Times Eye", both of which are nothing like this book. If I had to make a comparison to anything, it would be the Blockbuster movie, "The Time Machine".
Everything, every voice was distinct and separate. Mirelly-Lyra even had that old crony sound. Tom was awesome!
I didn't laugh or cry but I had an acute interest in getting to the next chapter.
Got to ask yourself...would you ever take a one way trip 3 million years into the future?
I like absorbing other peoples imaginings of another world. I never get tired of hearing their descriptions of what flora Bronson Beta supported and how similar or dissimilar it is or was from Earths. I never got tired of hearing about how the peoples of that world looked in comparison to the human beings who came from Earth.
In the last book it was Ducane as I described in my review of that book. This time however I would have to go with Tony. I've never got to read about a character of man who so closely resembled me. Get passed over for promotion for a job that he didn't want in the first place made him want the job in the end and grow envious of the man who received it instead. I've had those feeling before and it made me enjoy the realistic description of Tony.
Yes, overall I loved Ganim in this book as well. Overall! Yet there is one thing that made me cringe. Ducane in the books is a French physicist. In the first book he had a pronounced French accent. In this book the first time Ducane said something he had a German accent. I didn't go back to find out if it was Ducane or the German scientist whose name I forget. I swear though throughout this book Ducanes accent fluctuates from French to German every time he talks and for a moment there I swear every other sentence switched accents. This above any mistake a narrator can make frustrates me the most.
Oh yes, very much so. In fact I finsihed this book over a two day period at work.
I wish there was a third book to explain the unbearably hot summer that they are going to have to endure. I would read that for sure.
I never read the print version. Yet I know from experience print is always better. But being a man with 3 kids who works opposite shifts from my wife, I don't have time for reading. I listen to books while I'm at work. That being said, I enjoyed the audio version a lot. Very descriptive.
I like Ducane the French physicist. Even though he didn't make his appearance until well after half the book was read I like him a lot. He was very animated with his words and Peter Ganim made him very animated in the tone of his voice which made me imagine him being very animated with his arms and posture. He is entertaining to say the least.
Somber, animated and natural
I found myself laughing several times out loud at the way Ducane talked. Ganim did a fantastic job of voicing him and giving Ducane a jovial inflection.
This book took a long time getting to the meat of the story which was everything after and including their departure. It just seemed like a lot of filler that was used to pass time. I kept asking myself when are they going to get to it. I'm guessing though that this was the style of writing in the early 1900s. On a different subject altogether I found myself reflecting on stories that I've read by another author of the science fiction genre, Larry Niven. If you're interested in more books of this nature, check him out.
Solidly somewhere in the middle. Allow me though to follow that up with the fact that I've listened to a lot of books. Now, if I were to judge this book against the other dystopian themed books I would have to say this easily ranks high. I was thoroughly engrossed in the book from beginning to end.
I am a guy who loves gritty stories. Raw and real, thats what I like. Unlike the first book, this one went from a man who'd do anything to protect his family to a man who was on the edge of loosing his very sanity. If you want to know what I really liked about this book...I love the pigs. I swear I was actually there and very few books can do that to me. Not for the faint of heart.
What did I like? I like Dukes vocal tones. Also the way Duke can give each character their own distinctive cadence. He is very good at that. What didn't I like? I read and reviewed the first book. In my review I talked about how in the second half of the book Duke somehow turns five hours into one long paragraph. In book two, it begins that way. He goes from Morgan to Sarge to Thad consistantly without giving a pause. There are times when one chapter ends but in between I had a regular fight trying to keep track of who was doing what. Also, Duke in this book had a very annoying habit of talking but giving a pause like a comma in the middle of a sentence that wasn't meant to be broken up. This in no way lowers my overall opinion of the book simply because thus far in the series I am truly impressed and I am sure for the survivalists out there, you will to.
What do you do when surviving home is harder than it was going home?
I got a lot of usefull information from this book. Pay attention!
Yes and yes and yes! Besides its always fun to go back and try to find the missed clues and hints. I would listen to this book again because it was just a fantastic book. Everything about it including the actor, were just amazing.
Besides the butler and his dry sense of humor, something I can relate to. I liked the cop. I forget his name but he is a real world example of what happens when under extreme pressure and stress.
No, I have not. But I will tell you. When his voice came through and I heard it the first time, I fully expected the English accent to be used throughout. Not so, he has very tight control over this own voice. Loved his performance.
Yeah, there was a part in the book that was an obvious distraction. I was screaming in my head, "Stop looking at ***** and pay attention to your surroundings." Very frustrating but in a good way.
I still can't believe this book is free.
I watched the movie when it came out. I began listening to the book with the preconceived expectancy that the book would sort of mirror the movie. I couldn't have been more wrong. This was an amazing book and it all flowed so well. The character did a lot of the same things I would have done had I been in his shoes.
Because of the movie I expected his mom to be someone she wasn't. So everything about his mom was such a nice brand new experience.
Probably the funeral scene. So many problems to deal with but unable to deal with everything all at once.
The scene in which the people who've hurt him are all on the island together and he is just contemplating what he needs vs what he wants to do.
The actor did a great job of voicing this book. Accents and even reproduced the sounds of talking with a runny nose. Emotions were spot on! Epic performance!
Yes, I certainly will. Besides that fact that I reread or relisten to all the book I read and listen to? I liked this story. I would like to do it again so I can see what parts I missed that gave clues to the ending. Very interesting.
The weapons shop, very nail biting.
I like the actors that aren't just flat pancake performances. Accents and expressing some sort of emotion so that I can hear it win big points with me. Andrews really made that happen in this book.
Yes, I can't point to any particular moment in the book but I remember laughing.
I am interested in the sequel to this book. I will definitely be spending money on it.
Hungry For More!
The described horror on Deno's face when...well I'll let you figure that one out for yourselves.
The dump truck and the helicopter.
It was a big big shock when I realized that Mikes world, past and present were colliding. You'll only realize this if you've read Tufo's past books.
I can't wait for the 8th book if there ever is an 8th book.
It was the degradation of society. The world seemed to revert back to its baser instincts. I found that highly interesting.
I liked the interaction of all the characters. Felt natural, not forced.
Not so much and this is where I have a problem with this audio book. The first half was awesome. Nothing wrong with it at all. The second half was so irritating. Duke didn't give a moments pause before switching characters. One moment he is voice Morgan, and I'm listening but somehow I missed the spot where he stops voicing Morgan and now is voicing a different character who is in a completely different situation and then does this once more with a different character who also is in a completly different situation. Plus its not like it happen one or twice, no the whole 5 hours of the second half was just one long chapter. No pause, no indication. Still...the book was great.
I don't know, I'm not very good as making tag lines or one liners.
Actually, today is 10-23-13 and I just finished it for the fourth time. Additionally I will listen to it again, maybe in a year. Why? Despite the fact that this book was originally written in Spanish and translated into English, the Apocalypse Z is a genuinely good book. 99.9% of the book is relateable even through the culture gap.
The book is written in journal form from the prespective of the main protagonist. So much of the story is monologue. The dialog that does exist between other characters is often interrupted and cut short. What I'm saying is that you don't have a choice but to get really cozy with...I can't even think of his name...the antagonist calls him Mr. Lawyer.
Actually I am currently listening to this books sequel. Other than that...no. So I can't give you a comparison.
Yes, this book was engaging to me. I found myself wishing I didn't have to turn it off.
This book translated really well but you'll have to forgive Manel, he tells several jokes that just didn't make sense to me. I blame cultural barriers.
Innocent, curious and resilient.
The Man. Even though he wasn't given a name, and The Man was repeated over and over and over.He's a true to nature kind of guy. Honorable, protective, nurturing, pleasant and caring. The kind of man I aspire to be. Despite the precarious situations he found himself in, "just" about everything he did was done with Joshua's needs in mind.
The Man, the vocals are very well acted. I don't remember any parts that I felt were over dramatized. Very even and consistent.
There is a moment in the story when The Man did put himself before Joshua and tragedy happens. Very sad and heartwarming at the same time.
Try not to be discouraged by the constant referencing of "The Man" it is just a moniker after all.
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