Amateur hour… in every respect. Very simplistic, completely lacking in detail or character development. Authors possess only the basic understanding of writing.
The narrator is tolerable. However, every sentence is delivered in exactly the same way. Flat and monotone. Merely reads the story instead of creating an experience.
The story is weak. Almost non-existent. Hardly any action. It takes the entire book just to visit a few places.
This recording also utilizes additional voices for the supporting characters. God awful. Nasal, monotone, no acting ability whatsoever. Hey you, water delivery guy and/or relative… step into the sound booth.
And the SFX. Used often at the beginning. Then someone just got tired of sticking them in and took a nap. Woke up occasionally to add token birds, a growl or two and some shooting. Then back to sleep.
I will definitely steer clear of any sequels. As well as the publisher responsible for this truly atrocious production.
You see the first two paragraphs of the Publisher's Summary? That's about the length and effort devoted to setting up the premise in the actual book. It felt as if I had accidentally picked up the second or third book in a series. Extremely off-putting.
In addition, for the audio version, whenever the main character thinks to herself, the production adds a hollow, echo effect to her words. Extremely irritating.
As for the story, it quickly becomes Jane meets Tarzan. I had to check again thinking I had picked up the second or third book in a Harlequin romance series.
Keep in mind, I didn't get very far. Though it probably wouldn't have improved, for me, considering the established style, tone and direction.
As a guy, I strike out with a lot of female authors. But every once in awhile there's a surprise. Such as "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M.R. Carey. Loved it. Cried at the end. So you see, I'm not some macho dumbhead.
Here in America, the Department of Homeland Security possesses an unprecedented level of power. But what if -- they wanted all the power? Find out in the second book of this exciting series.
Now, I'm on to the third one…
Think Jack Reacher with a 60-pound pack of survival gear.
This is the first book in a series. I purchased the second even before finishing the first. I've been listening non-stop.
The story starts small and local. Then grows into a national conspiracy. From "how do I get home?" to "how do I save the country?" Anchored by an ex-military man who does what he has to do in order to survive the unthinkable and get back to his family. Five hours by car, a month on foot.
For fans of:
- Lee Child's Jack Reacher
- Post-apocalyptic stories
- True American patriots (the author is "A. American")
- Name-brand survival and camping gear
Really? 2,394 5-star reviews?
I was very disappointed with this. In my opinion, a competent 2-star book. Nothing terrible, nothing special. Pretty hard to do with such an interesting and exciting premise.
What could have been a great read has been reduced to dry and ordinary by the author's complete lack of a sense of humor and wit. It doesn't help that the author possesses zero writing style. Completely utilitarian. He did this, he went there, he said that. Using the most basic of words and structure.
The total lack of wit and style also makes every character sound the same. What's more, the narrator injects the same amount of enthusiasm into the subject matter. Dry, dusty and incredibly boring.
Not much effort is made regarding research either. No geek info on weapons or the organization. No monster history. No interesting back stories on any of the characters.
Overall, it just feels like little effort was made. Either that or this guy is just an incredibly boring writer. This is my kind of subject matter, yet it's so easy to put down. And hard to pick up.
The most telling sign of a boring book -- this is the first time I ever sped up the narration. That, and I won't be finishing it. I guess I'll keep "hunting."
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