SPOILERS MAY BE CONTAINED HERE! But if you don't want to waste a credit, you should probably read this! The book starts out great and the reader/narrator does a few great accents and paints excellent pictures with his voice. The story starts before the lead character is even born, and continues briefly on to where the lead character is a young man on a fishing trip to Canada, and has a juvenile one-night-stand. Then a flash forward romp through the middle east on a near nuclear apocalyptic journey, with the young man as a CIA operative, interspersed with a "not very credible" CIA operative involved in an unlikely shootout, followed by a not very credible Islamic cleric's conversion to Christianity, followed by a return home, and then story ends, with no resolution to the impending nuclear disaster that the story leads up to throughout the previous 14.5 hours. There is nothing resolved about the 12th Imam. What happened to the main story line??? In fact, none of the story lines are resolved. I am sitting here, just having finished the listen, and asking myself...What the heck did I miss...where was this book going?? I was going to give it no stars if I could, but then you can't write a review on the book.
The book doesn't finish any story lines that it started, and seems like the book just ended and could possibly lead to a sequel, but I don't trust the author/publisher enough to get the next book for fear the same thing would happen. I wonder if the author was writing the book, the publisher stopped by while the writer was out to lunch, since he had a deadline he just grabbed the book, published it, only to find the author hadn't complete the story. Disjointed, scattered, no resolution to many of the story lines that you follow throughout the book.
Good character development. a little preachy is an understatement, but entertaining story still the same.
Not your typical AT or PCT hiking story. kind of a hodgepodge of hiking thoughts. Detail here, generalization there. he talks about seeing the same person on a number of times over the years on his many hikes of the PCT. I never really got the sense of how many times he did which trail. Never got to know the guy, just a bunch of musings on walking. liking back it was just a gathering of anecdotes about hiking various times and then finding that he should marry his hiking partner.
Richard Bard dances among science fiction, drama, action drama and near future possibilities with this self published story. The main character, Jake, a reluctant hero launches this fast paced tale and the story rockets along at breakneck pace. It touches on next step evolutionary possibilities, current terrorism, a little romance and great character development. Halfway through I bought the next two books. If you're a fan of Brad Thor or Vince Flynn, this different approach won't leave you disappointed. I look foward to the upcoming sequels.
This book is a very good start to a long, long, long story. While there is nothing wrong with long stories, each book offers some resolution of the main events or main characters or something. This book is a prequel to a much longer series that offers no end in sight! I enjoyed this book and couldn't believe it when my ipod informed me that it was over. What?? Nothing has been resolved! So I got the second book and while the story moved along, there was still no resolution, and so on with the third book, and while the 4th book has some resolution with certain characters and events, it doesn't wrap up. No book in this series is a stand alone book, I don't think you could figure out what was going on if you didn't read them in order. It makes Stephen King's "The Stand" seem like a short essay. I have used 4 credits for this story ($60) in credits and after just finishing the 4th book, I am not much further along than when I was done with this one, in terms of resolution of the story line. If you purchase this book, be prepared to make the 5+ credit commitment to get to the end of the story. Now I don't KNOW that there will be more than 5 books in this series, but from the style of writing and the fact that book 4 leaves you with no more resolution than the previous 3 books, its a good bet that the author is milking this for every penny we are willing to pay. I enjoyed the story, enjoyed the narration but tire of the lack of resolution. This isn't one of those books that you say I want' MORE, MORE, MORE, more, more, more....enuf already, I want resolution!!!
See my review on The Remaining: Fractured. This is one long ongoing story, that; while interesting has no resolution and the book can't stand alone.
I started The Remaining series with the first book and it was great! The story line is unique and interesting, more to it than blasting zombies and running. The narration is spot on and adds to the story. BUT.....The first book ends abruptly, almost in the middle of a sentence with very little wrapped up. The second book was good also but the same ending. Very little is resolved in the second book, and so on with the third book, and finally we get to this the fourth book. I was looking forward to an ending and some resolution and finality. Some issues are resolved and some characters finally get what you have been waiting for in the previous 3 books and just when you think there is going to be some resolution....the book stops. It doesn't end, IT STOPS!! Awaiting installment #5, and another $15 credit to purchase. The story looks like its going to take off in a different but larger scale with no end in sight. It is starting to look like a zombie soap opera with the romance replaced by political and military wrangling to start another section of never ending zombism, military inaction and political gridlock. So looking back over my last 6 weeks of listening to this "book", I have spend 4 credits and the story is still going on and book #5 isn't out yet. I am done! 4 credits for one story and the story is still plodding along. You have had enough of my credits for this story. Approximately $60 in credits and the story has no end in sight!! Come on.....8 hrs, 11 hrs, 14 hrs, 19 hrs.....and on and on and on....I have listened to many series but each series has books that can stand alone, but its good to get the back story. Not with this series, no book can stand alone, there is very little resolution to any book and it just starts to plod along and plod along...
See my review of The Remaining: Fractured for the full review, but suffice it to say, if you've come this far and like the ride, just burn another couple of credits and get back to the same spot you are in now. Not much is resolved, not much is wrapped up, but it's like the ever-ready bunny, it just keeps going and going.
If you read/listened to A Dog's Purpose, by Bruce Cameron and enjoyed it, this is a natural next step in the story. It is a similar story, yet it has nicely evolved into its own story. It takes us once again on the sometimes heart-wrenching story of our love of our dogs and the loss of our pet! The story revolves around one woman as she starts life as a baby and how her dog, follows her through her life, helping her when needed and their eternal bond. Narration is great and the story is heart warming and endearing, sad and at the same time redeeming. If you like your dog and wonder what he's thinking, Cameron gives you some insight to what may be going on with our furry friends! Good read, good listen!
I loved the story concept, was anxiously awaiting the book for a long road trip. Unfortunately for us the first narrator has the very annoying way of saying her "S"'s. Its a very "hard" almost a whistle "S" and it was so annoying that we turned the book off after 10 minutes. I tried a little while later because it was the only book we had for the trip and it still became the sole focus of attention to me and the 2 other people in the car. It is so annoying that if I could get my money back, I would!!
Before I wrote this review, I went back and listened to the sample. It is apparent but not obnoxiously so. I don't want to throw the book under the bus, and the rating I am giving the book is purely on the basis of the irritating narration. So please listen to the sample, and imagine the hard "s" whistling and realize that during the actual book narration it is more pronounced and if it doesn't bother you, knock yourself out and try the book!
Unfortunately the book was not listenable for us! I see it's available on whispersync, so maybe I will get a chance to read it instead and update my review, base on the story rather than one of the narrators.
It could have been written by a tired high school babysitter. I guess what can you expect out of a 6 minute dissertation by Samuel L Jackson, who sounded like HE was ready to fall asleep reading it!! Don't waste your time or money.
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