Yes, but not the audio version.
Interesting enough but expected. The ending was no surprise and I felt it could have been better.
There were too many characters in this book and it became very tedious very quickly. This book would have been better read than listened to. This way you can go back and refresh your memory as to who people are because there are so many of them. Or if you listen to the audio book you should probably try to listen all at one time.
This was a very interesting, and well-written book. First time in a long time that I had to skip ahead at some parts (the dentist scene had me cringing like nothing I've ever read before! - pure genius!). I really felt for the main character but was skeptical of him as well. His character was written in a way that made you question his innocence. It took quite a few chapters into the story before I realized that he was indeed guilty?/innocent? (I won't spoil it for you!) I would actually really like a sequel to this book. It ended in such a way that I would love to know what this character does next.
If it had turned into a completely different book.
The performance was great. The only good thing about this book.
Throughout this entire book I just kept hoping the main character would die. What an absolutely despicable, selfish, entitled, rude man. Everything that he did was only to benefit himself. People got hurt, people died, all because he was a selfish a-hole.
I generally like main characters that are flawed. But this character went so far beyond flawed it was downright obnoxious. And he was flawed in such an unrealistic way that, as a reader, I just felt angry and insulted. If you're going to have a flawed character you should at least give him enough redeemable qualities (or even just ONE redeemable quality) that the reader can overlook, or maybe even empathize, with his flaws. Not this guy. I found myself rooting for the killer.
And don't even get me started on the female characters!! It's terribly frustrating to have seemingly intelligent, strong and successful female characters behave in the most unintelligent, weak, and plain 'ole stupid ways. Kennedy was an accomplished crime investigator for cripes sakes! And she falls into a "thing" with this rude, sexist, selfish, sex-addicted, lying detective? And why was everyone else kissing this guy's hiney too? His captain, the forensic guy, his partners... EVERYONE just let Hayden push them around and then bent over backwards to help him even after he was a complete shmuck to them! smh. Sorry, but this one baffled me. I just did not sympathize or care about this character in any way. ****SPOILER ALERT**** I only kept listening to the end because I was hoping he was the killer. Hayden was just so dreadful that I thought, my goodness, he MUST be the killer!
Maybe it's a sign of a good writer that I actively dislike this character so much, but it's certainly not a sign of a good story. I will not be listening to anything else by this author.
Terribly terribly boring. I just couldn't give a poop about any of these characters and the story and writing was just a little too hectic for me. Every other paragraph had someone getting shot at or fighting or something exploding, but there was never any real character development in-between to make all of the action interesting (or pertinent). It read like a bad Steven Seagal action movie (sorry, a bit redundant - all of his movies are bad). Maybe this genre just isn't for me. I found the magic to be not very interesting or magical and the characters simple and predictable. The reader was very good though - I'd definitely listen to other books read by Mr. Andrews.
I've become quite a fan of Mark Tufo, but this one left me flat. The biggest problem I had was that I felt like I was dropped in the middle of something that I knew nothing about. The reviews and synopsis assured that you didn't need to know the backstory to like this book, but I found that not to be the case. I had too many questions and not enough answers and that caused me to not care at all about the characters. I'm going to keep this in my library and may give it another shot after I've read the previous books in this series.
I discovered Jonathan Maberry when a friend recommended Patient Zero to me. I was very surprised to find it so enjoyable. His writing is impeccable. His attention to detail and knowledge of a variety of different areas of science and politics really blew me away. So when I saw a collection of short stories from him I grabbed it immediately, anxious to see if he could do more than a good zombie story. Well, I was not disappointed. This one and also Tales From the Fire Zone were both completely engaging and incredibly well written. His writing is smart and crisp and the stories move quickly and make sense. The gore is just the right amount, the romance is just the right amount, and the tension is perfectly drawn out. With these books Mr. Maberry has solidified himself as one of my top 3 writers. I hope that Hollywood will take note - his books would make fantastic movies.
Yes. it's fun to hear a "full cast" audio book. The stories were great - reminded me of Twilight Zone type stories.
Yes. It's different than the normal audio books and will keep you quite entertained.
The reader was fantastic.
No, this is my first one.
No, no extreme reaction.
This is NOT the Will Smith movie. People should know that going in. I thought it was and was a little confused at first, but this story is so much better than the Smith movie that I quickly just got absorbed in the story and forgot the film. A film of this book was made (1964 Vincent Price film "The Last Man on Earh" ) and it was wonderful. I liked the Will Smith film too but it is very different than this book.
Richard Matheson is a very unique literary voice. The way he developed a story with really only one character was amazing. The part about the dog is heartbreakingly sweet. The main character's struggle to survive and keep his sanity all at the same time was nail-biting in some places and inspiring in others. I highly recommend this audio book.
No, just from this author
Yes - she was a good reader
All of them. They were all ridiculous.
This audio book was terrible. These stories felt like they were written by a 4th grader. No tension, no twists or surprises, no character development (at all), nothing. I've never read stories where the cop catches a suspect, they confess in 2 minutes, the end. These stories did nothing but annoy me.
About a 6 on a 1-10.
No. This is a fun genre. I enjoy the theme a lot - witches, pixies, vamps, demons - good stuff.
Janx's voice. It was very amusing and well done. I think she did all of the characters extremely well. I would listen to more books read by Ms. Gavin.
I would read other books in this genre by Kim Harrison but only if they didn't have the Rachel Morgan character in them. I did not like her one bit. She was a spoiled, stubborn, rude and stupid character and I had no feeling for her besides annoyance. Also, the story plot was a little "movie of the week". It was trite and tiresome. I wasn't so much interested in the storyline as I was in the characters and their world. I really wished that the story explored more of Ivy and Janx. I was also a little disappointed that the loose ends weren't tied up very well at the end of the book. I hope that Ms. Harrison's next book is more about the world of the vamps and/or pixies. I think it may be more interesting.
Very religious people.
I felt like I was being preached to. I don't mind reading spiritually themed books, but this was over the top. I was not moved, sympathetic or intrigued. Just annoyed. It was dull and long-winded. I was surprised because the ratings and reviews did not even hint at the fact that this book was so incredibly heavy-handed on the god stuff. From the reviews and the synopsis I expected a spiritual theme but certainly not the sermon on the mount that it turned out to be.
If you are a person of deep faith and religion then you will probably enjoy this book much better than I. If you are not a believer or just a light believer, then you probably won't.... unless you like 9hrs of being preached to.
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