No I doubt it. It's a VERY complex book and I am someone who listens to my ABs while jogging, lifting, doing housework, driving etc. There are so many characters in here and so many factions it's easy to get confused. I love GOTM but I wish I had a non-spoiler crib sheet that would have told me who was who and who was aligned with who.
Fall of Pale.
Interactions between Wiskeyjack and his team.
Rake fighting the hounds.
It was great.
This is a fantastic epic fantasy book, but it is so complex that sometimes the audio format makes you lose track of what is going on.
Probably the biggest problem for me was that I couldn't even keep track of which way the factions were aligned.
The magic is incredible.
Harper, Larouche (sp?), and Jim are really believable as they develop. All are trying to do their best and aspects of who they were in their past lives are in tension with who they have to be now. It's actually really excellent character development. Most readers will probably find themselves identifying strongly with one or the other. They are all sort of neither good nor bad exactly, just surviving.
I would have to say Larouche's story.
These books are REALLY violent. Like down to the level of what anatomy is getting severed/destroyed/crushed. Doesn't really bother me but if you are someone who gets queasy some of the fight scenes will turn you off.
I like the way that the strike teams don't automatically become special forces. We are constantly reminded that they are not trained, are disorganized etc.
The fact that the Camp Ryder citizens become like a chorus in a Greek drama starts to strain believability. They almost behave like a part of zombie video game where you have to make sure your camp is fed, watered, satisfied etc.
Jerry is not a very compelling character. The author clearly doesn't like politicians but the idea that Jerry could take over just by modulating his voice and playing to the crowd is kind of thin, see above.
It doesn't have the same old Clancy super powers where every single step is pitch perfect and Clark/Ryan/Chavez always figure things out on the first try.
Rangers in the cave.
Rangers in the cave.
Combat scenes and still the search for resources.
Just really fun reads. Lead character is becoming more compelling. The dynamic between Lee, Bus, and Harper is really believable.
Lots of post-apocalypse books. Lots of military books. One interesting thing is that the zombies are quite a bit smarter in this book.
There's really only one major character...
I think the author does any amazing job of using place and resources in this book. It's not really a spoiler to say that Lee encounters some obstacles along the way. The author really makes you feel the times of relative safety and security, even something as simple as being in a locked car with gas in the tank. When resources are low, my heart rate defniitely went up.
This reads almost like a military thriller in parts. The first action sequence is so incredibly satisfying that you're smiling as you read it. Mild but predictable spoiler: bad guys who meet Lee don't always do so hot.
No of course not. Why would you listen to a memoir a second time?
No way, way too long.
A few insights. Somewhat tedious in stretches. Treatment of Bush and Obama seems pretty even-handed. I did get tired of listening to a Republican acted shocked and appalled over and over that a Democratic administration had different policies than the one before.
Great for fans.
Kashyyk, no question.
No, but very few do
Listening to this book is like watching a movie with the video turned off, there are tons of effects, every voice is by a different actor. I've never heard an AB quite like this but really enjoyed the change. Will listen to the whole series now.
Only if they were way into politics.
The depth of the narrative. Take the soundbites you heard in 2012 and this will go about 400% deeper.
If you loved this first one this one is just as good. I basically listened to it nonstop until I was done.
Middle of the pack.
Richie, he's very funny and sort of indomitable.
No, but he does a good job. The one thing is that a lot of his narration is in a sort of "crazy" voice which can start to grate after awhile.
Ha, they have made several films of this book. I'll leave that up to the producers. Maybe, "Evil has no Name?"
This is a project to get through, you may find you have some credits stack up while you plow through this. It's good but REALLY messed up. A lot of King's stuff ends up being pretty simple in the end. Under the Dome has a pretty simple conclusion. Salem's Lot is about vampires that pretty much act like vampires. The Stand sort of has the Devil vs Good but it's not a complex struggle. There are scenes in this book that you almost can't finish and that make you want to stop reading. Their is an undercurrent of prepubescent sexuality that some (me) will find very disturbing as well. The character development is on par with any trilogy. Each person is basically a novella unto themselves. It's so long that you may find yourself dropping it for awhile and then coming back to it. It's clearly his magnum opus though and incredibly creative.
Never read the print.
Not as good as Under the Dome, not nearly as large in scale.
Probably Straker. Seems so creepy and the main bad guy is "on screen" so relatively rarely.
If I have anything bad to say about this book it's that the beginning is a bit long and it's almost like he rushed the middle and the end. It seems like just when the action is getting going the book is finishing up. King tends to write pretty long books so I was a bit surprised to be in the thick of it and notice only about 2 hours left of play time. Others have noted that there are parts of this book that are downright terrifying and I will wholeheartedly agree with them. When Matt is "alone" in his house I almost had to stop listening as I was walking into my dark apartment alone.
Don't know, never read any Clines in print
Hard to say, other people have compared to X-men which I think is spot on.
World War Z + X-men
Really fun book, kind of jumps into the action. Interesting characters (esp Gorgon and St. George). Like others have said this really is a lot like X-men (in a good way) and a lot like a comic book. There isn't a ton of moody dialogue or needless backstory. For example you understand that St. George is really heroic but Clines doesn't go off on a 45 min explanation of why that is and really that is just fine. If anything annoyed me a little bit it was the endless description of individual kills. I get it, you kill zombies with a headshot, I don't need to hear about 200 individual headshots. I emailed audible b/c I think the file is corrupted at the end, it seems to skip over some parts in the final scenes. I can't imagine Clines wrote it the way it is spoken.
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