I enjoyed this novel very much, in spite of its obvious problems. For me, this book was the same kind of escapist fun as "Romancing the Stone".
It was fairly well written, but not very well edited. Ms. Stuart is clearly an experienced and skilled writer, but she needed editorial help with some internal inconsistencies. There was also enough cliche in her dialogue to become distracting at points.
The narrator was able to portray the different characters convincingly with the possible exception of the scene with "the bull"; although, I am not sure this was her fault since that scene was so contrived.
Overall, this was a flawed but very enjoyable book.
I found both parts of this story to be excellent. The characters were consistent, believable and interesting. The story was suspenseful. The reader was outstandingly talented and well suited to the book.
The protagonist was a war veteran. Her response to the "zombie apocalypse" seemed to be in line with what I have read about the hardships of soldiers who return home. I found her emotional responses to be very believable, but have no "reality check".
More... a good supernatural book lends itself to metaphor and in this case, the zombie infection worked as drug addiction, cultural ennui, and the creepy American yearning to live forever.
I am very impressed by this author, and hope that he continues to produce.
This book was surprisingly well written. I enjoy a good zombie apocalypse book, no matter the quality; but this book was very well written! The characters are well drawn and believable. I am not a war veteran, so I cannot speak to the authenticity of the post combat emotions expressed by the protagonist, but I had no trouble suspending my disbelief. I cared what happened to the characters in this story.
This novel reminded me of the first time I saw "An American Werewolf in London" because it was simultaneously funny and really disgusting. As I was listening to the novel I alternated between expressions of disgust and laughter.
Kristen Potter, the reader, was well cast for this reading. She gave life to the characters and made them real and accessible.
Overall, I really enjoyed this audio book and would recommend it to any zombie fan, as well as folks who are just looking for a well written, fun, audiobook.
This is the second of Ms. Brown's books I have listened to and I experienced the same problem with both. The characters make such idiotic choices that I found myself annoyed for most of the book. I won't detail the bad choices because I don't want to spoil the story for other listeners who might enjoy her writing style better than I did. I will summarize by saying that a character who had nothing to lose by telling the truth lied repeatedly, and another character somehow fell in love with him in spite of his duplicity?!!!
To her credit, Ms. Brown does a good job of plotting. I finished the book simply to find out how everything would work out.
The narrator was quite good. Stephen Lang created different voices for each of the characters and was particularly good with the villain's voice.
This trilogy was a fun listen. It moved along quickly, but there was plenty of explanation for new developments and enough plot to hold everything together. Ms. Armstrong is quite a skilled writer.
I liked the characters. I am a parent and taught middle school and high school for a number of years and these characters acted like real teens, rather than cardboard imitations. They all had likeable, but human characters with believable flaws. The idea of teens with out of control supernatural powers worked really well as a metaphor for the intense feelings that young people go through as they become adults.
The reader was an excellent choice for this story. Her voice is high, like that of a young girl, but expressive. She did a good job of differentiating between the various voices in the story.
Potential buyers should be aware that this trilogy feels more like one long book that has been broken into a trilogy in order fit into the current trend. The books really don't stand alone and I would have been frustrated if they were not all available.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys supernatural fiction or a good story about how hard it is to grow up and figure out who you are.
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