I really enjoyed the first two books in the Newsflash trilogy, they were fast-paced and kept my attention, the first I read in about 24 hours. The third book fell flat - one-dimensional characters who resembled Scooby Doo's posse - always seeming to find the bad guy at the right possible moment. Nothing really held my interest and I ended the book very disappointed. The narrators I thoroughly enjoyed, they brought life to these flat characters.
I struggled to get through the third book in this trilogy - the first two I couldn't put down. The 3rd introduced characters that were irrelevant to the storyline, changed the tone of the narrators and in the end I just didn't really care what happened to Tris.
After following this series for the last 3 years I couldn't be more disappointed with how Charlaine Harris chose to end the story.
I love this genre and having recently listened to Alas, Babylon Swan Song and One Second After I had high hopes based on the good reviews. WRONG! The writing is terrible, one-dimensional and cliched characters that I cared nothing about. It was written in 1977 (not 1957) so I was shocked that women are only there to serve the purpose of the male characters. Ick, I made myself listen until the second section and just couldn't any longer. Waste of a credit
As someone who loved the Hunger Games and Delirium trilogies I was eagerly anticipating this series based on all the positive reviews. Boy, was i disappointed. I didn't care for the narrators, the canned music or the predictable and unengaging storyline. I forced myself to finish the book but didn't care enough about the characters to bother with the sequel. Please save your credit!
I could not get through this story and wish I had the option to return.
I loved this book and zipped right through it in no time, however the narrator had inflections in all the wrong places and did not do either of the characters justice. If I had to do it over again, I'd read this on my Kindle.
This is clearly a copy of Stieg Larssen's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series - too man similarities to list however I felt the story was compelling enough to keep listening, especially the last 30 minutes. The narrator speaks quite slowly and I enjoyed the book at 2x the speed on my iPod. I look forward to the next chapter in this trilogy.
I agree with some of the other reviews, this is a riveting read - perfect for long car rides and to make the time go by quickly. The characters are somewhat flat, but who cares - this is Michael Crichton not exactly known for his writing. The narrator however, was terrible - I hated the half whisper for Gordon who was hard to understand. Merrick's accent was confusing and became more and more annoying. Good narration can bring you into the storyline (hello Roy Dotrice) however poor narration can just as easily pull you out of a story and make it harder to enjoy.
The story is fragmented and meanders along at disjointed pace. I found myself not really caring about what happened to the main characters
the Matched trilogy is obviously a take off on Hunger Games which I absolutely loved. I had high hopes for Crossed after devouring Matched, but the odd pacing and disjointed action made it so that I had to force myself to continue listening. If you like this genre, try A Discovery of Witches and Delirium.
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