Any short story collection is bound to have its ups and downs, and that's very much the case here. Some of the stories are utterly compelling and well worth the price of the listen--others fell flat and left me wondering what they had to do with the theme, or how they possibly got selected.
One that particularly stood out for me as being excellent was "The Last Ballot,"
Overall, I would say this was worth it, and while I'm not usually interested in introductions, I have to say I enjoyed Lee Child's description of how he selected the authors he was able to invite, as well as the selection process for the remaining 10.
The narrators do a great job with the material and I'd listen to them read other things as well. Overall, this was worthwhile.
First, can't just stop in the middle of a story and call it "Book 1" of a series. Chopping a long book into multiple releases does not a series make. I was quite frustrated to get to the "end" of this.
I had really enjoyed "The Jakarta Pandemic" and was excited to find this one - I was disappointed that it's significantly more violent, the well-loved characters from the first book are harder and seem...flatter somehow.
The narration is terrific, as it was in Jakarta Pandemic - John David Farrell does a great job with the characters, especially Alex Fletcher. I'll listen to more of his work, but I'm abandoning this "series."
LOVED the first book - in this one, I feel Freed had gotten into a storyline he felt jeopardized his series, and got out of it brutally and simplistically. Ray Porter's narration is great - otherwise I would have stopped listening. This one's a dud. Save your credits.
This book absolutely blew me away - completely plausible effects of a devastating pandemic infection. Great story, well-drawn characters - I love the "sub-narration" of Alex's thoughts to himself, and the narrator distinguished these very well. I absolutely could not stop listening. And, it made me want to stock up on disaster-preparedness supplies....
Great mystery, lots of twists and turns. It's very well-written and the characters are charismatic and interesting. The narrator does a great job differentiating the character voices and bringing each to life. I didn't realize this was part of a series, but it stands well on its own. Will definitely read more!
These books are well written and a lot of action-packed fun, and Ray Porter's narration MAKES the series. He captures the sarcasm, anger, humor, and horror all at the same time.
This book brings together multiple past events in the series and ties them together in an intriguing way, and also digs into the structure of the DMS. Really liked it.
Burn to shine.
Kimberly Rae Miller's open, honest, and yet still loving depiction of what it was like to grow up with a compulsive hoarder. Her story is painful but she has a great sense of humor about it and shares it in a way that really pulled me in. She narrates it herself, and she's great at it. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.
I loved the first book in this series - it has a great gross-out factor tempered with a lot of humor, and a dead-pan delivery (ha ha) that reminds me of Ray Romano (love him).
The second book is much darker, dramatically ups the gross-out factor, and has way less humor. Plus, it introduces vampires, which feel very out of place in this story, and I had a hard time reconciling it. I don't think I'll continue with the series; I wish I'd stopped at book 1. (Still read book 1 - it's an awesome ride!)
I absolutely loved this book...there's a mystery at the center of the story that you may figure out relatively quickly, but it's still such a great trip getting there. I got really hooked and found I couldn't put it down. The characters are great - funny, vulnerable, smart, and engaging. When I finished it, I went back to some favorite parts and re-listened. Well done!
I love, love, love, LOVE this book. I've listened to it multiple times and it gets better with each listen - so much nuance, so many little things to discover. It's an enchanting story (in multiple senses of the word) with absolutely fantastically engaging characters. The narration is great, and the narrator does an excellent job of giving each character such a unique voice that there's never any question of which character is speaking. One of my absolute all time favorites!
I had read The Great Gatsby before, but Jake Gyllenhall's narration really brought the book to life for me and showed what a great book it actually is. It's so well-written - little turns of phrase that just capture the imagination and almost put you in the scene. Definitely worth a listen!
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