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 will compare this book to the other Blake Crouch books I've listened to (Abandon, Run, Snowbound and the Wayward Pines books). I loved all of these books. I think Mr. Crouch is a creative and extremely skilled writer. The previous books were very dark, but there was a little redemption at the end. Thicker Than Blood was not as creative and a little too dark for my taste.
I liked the suspense of the story. Mr. Crouch created so much tension that I had to listen to the end. I did not like any of the characters very much. Also, there were some loose ends. A character hides the dates on a calendar. A striking bully is created in someone's life and goes nowhere. The antagonist is described as having been "recruited to murder" by one character and then turns out to have murderous parents.
Mr. Dove did an excellent job building suspense in the story. I think the feeling was written into the book, but a good narrator really adds to the listener's experience.
I liked the peace that two wounded characters experienced at an isolated cabin the the Yukon.
There was a very clear foreshadowing in the childhood of the protagonist and his twin. Andy remembers an experience when they were little boys. They spend an entire day torturing a lizard. I should have seen how the story was going to end at that point.
I only listened to this book because my students want it in my library. I was not impressed by James Dashner at all. Mark Deakins did good job creating character with his voice where none was written. I would listen to another story read by Mark Deakins.
I would check the reviews carefully before listening to another book by Dashner.
Mr. Deakins did a good job expressing emotion and personality with his accents and inflection.
Maze Runner does not really have personalities. The character development is so weak that it is impossible to like or dislike any of the characters. Mr. Deakin's narration made Newt appealing.
I will listen to the other 2 novels because I need to know what these books are about for my job, but this is an awfully tedious listen.
The protagonist behaved in an unrealistic fashion. She didn't seem to recognize the gravity of situations such as being accused of witchcraft. She was impulsive to the point of endangering herself and others, and didn't seem to learn from her mistakes. Also, I was hoping for more historical detail in this book. What did people wear, how did they speak what were the many small details of life that can make historical fiction so interesting.
I did not finish the book.
The narrator was far too cheerful in her depiction of the various perils our heroine finds herself in.
I am afraid this book was not to my taste.
I do not understand why this series has become so popular. "Outlander" was not terrible or offensive. It struck me as your basic "bodice ripper".
I did not finish listening to this book because I found the characters and narrator so annoying.
I have the impression that this book is the writer's first book. Authors improve over time so I would be willing to try another book, but I would read the customer reviews very carefully!
"MEAN" , " HIGH SCHOOL", "GIRL". OK, that was four words, but high school is one concept, even if it is two words.
This book was not for me, but I can imagine that many other listeners might really enjoy it.
This book was no better or worse than a number of other escapist books I have listened to, but it was not to my taste. I am writing this review so that other people with similar tastes can save their money and purchase something they might find more enjoyable.
I would not. The book is well written enough to draw a reader in, but does not deliver. The characters are not well developed, in particular the female characters.
No. Zombie stories can work on many levels. This one fails at every level except to depict a world in which male brutality is the norm.
As another reviewer pointed out, the narrator did not do well with women's voices or accents. He misused so many words that it was difficult to tell if the book needed editing, or the narrator was not paying attention.
No. I kept listening until halfway through book three because I kept expecting some resolution. I got to a point where I was so disturbed by the violence against a 13 year old girl that I checked online to see what happened to her and decided I couldn't listen anymore. I wish I had saved the money and kept these images out of my head!
I am a big fan of apocalyptic fiction and have a high tolerance for the gruesome. This series goes beyond my tolerance and skates into the arena of torture porn.
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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