The story is odd, but I couldn't get past the narrator. Usually I can handle a wide range of narrators, but this fellow sounded like he was giving his first oral report in front of a class of bullies. At times I thought he was going to cry, and the sound of pages turning didn't help either.
The story had some interesting moments, though few and far between. The narrator was more a cartoon character than the tough, razor sharp ex-marine, but the text didn't give him much to work with either. The characters were annoying as hell, from the gluttonous Tommy to the ever-bitching wife to Talbot himself, who seemed more concerned about 'being a real man' in lame stereotypical fashion.
The ending really left me wondering if the story had ended or the author was on a break. It didn't strike me as a good lead in to a second book.
The narrator detracted from the book by narrating it. His voice and style would be awesome on other types of books, but he seemed to make the frustrating writing style even more frustrating. The endless side-tracking and waffling on about nothing were made all the worse by the narrator's delivery. Every time he took on the persona of Tommy, I found myself retching and feeling queasy. Not how I want to feel when listening to an audiobook.
Never make it a movie! You would have to resurrect (zombify?) John Candy to play Tommy, Margaret Hamilton (of Wicked Witch fame) to play Tracey the wife, and include an animation (ie, Peter Griffin) to take on the lead role. While some might find that fun, I wouldn't buy a ticket or set the PVR to record the series.
The views expressed above are my own. I know that other listeners enjoyed all aspects of the series and that is a good thing. Mark Tufo and Sean Runnette are providing services that a segment of the audience finds entertaining and they should be thanked. There is room in the world for all artists.
Nope. Total nonsense.
Nope. Waste of time.
By not doing it?
Anger, sadness, and disappointment that I actually spent money and time on it.
Do not buy this audiobook!
Hurwitz is an accomplished writer, so I would read other books of his. Jeff Harding is one of my favourite narrators and was the reason I bought this one.
There were no surprises or amazing twists. It needed more opportunities for the listener to get excited about guessing and being drawn into the story.
I love Jeff Harding's narrations normally, but even he could not pull this one out of the mire.
It's too predictable for either medium. If it were, NOT Tom Cruise. (I'm still mad that he is playing Jack Reacher!!)
A very mediocre story that took me several attempts to finish. I wouldn't recommend this one.
Most of the content was written in a manner that would allow readers to see themselves as part of the story. I thought Christian Rummel's narration was consistent and very easy listening. It's always hard to have a male reading female parts, but I thought he did very well.
It left me wanting more. Hope a sequel is arriving soon!
His vocalization was excellent and was easier to listen to it as a journal or diary.
Envy isn't the only green eyed monster.
I enjoyed the book. Zombie books, like all genres, fall into similar storylines. there were enough variations to keep me interested.
I have read the book and I have seen the movie. Being a lifelong lover of literature of all genres and a teacher of literature as well, I can see art in most work. I looked, but I could not find it here. Yes, it's grim, dark, monochromatic and all the other adjectives that people have use to describe it. However, there's not much more to it than that. True, I'm not the one handing out the awards (fortunately for Mr. McCarthy), but this is my opinion: it's a lot of to do about nothing. I know some of you will be astounded that I didn't love it as, apparently, I had to. I was just as astounded by the number of people who found it compelling and spellbinding. To each his own. It was read well.
I've only just started this epic tale and have only one complaint to address at this time. Scott Brick is a great narrator, but really? "Your 'Oliness"????? Australians do not speak with a Cockney accent! A linguist who grew up in Australia would not speak like she had just finished a run in "My Fair Lady." This and this alone might keep me from continuing to trudge through this poor cousin of Mr. Brown's Code. Aaargggghhh!
This is an early review as I'm not sure I'll be able to last through the entire novel. Seems to be a great tale but OMG, Cameron Beierle reads word for word like a twelve year old reading aloud. No conversational or real feeling to it. The constant A as in age and THE as THEE is most annoying. I hope it gets better.
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