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Jason

Hillside, IL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Deadline: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Chris Patton, Nell Geisslinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (368)

    Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has. But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life....

    Matthew says: "A Punishing Book"
    "Fun but not quite as good as the first."
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    What other book might you compare Deadline to and why?

    Obviously, I have to compare it to Feed, the first book in the series. Feed comes out ahead simply because the character Georgia is more compelling than her brother. Buffey is also a very strong character, so the second book loses a bit in having to make up for their loss.


    What does Chris Patton and Nell Geisslinger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think they did a great job with accents and also with injecting emotion into the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In dealing with reactions to death of loved ones there were some emotional moments. I think those were handled well; they were powerful but not overdone.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a fun adventure that kept moving at a good pace. Compelling characters and an interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (734)

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "A new take on the Zombie genre"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the adherence to some traditional zombie lore and approaching it from the angle of the characters being journalists. Also, the back-story about the cause of the outbreak, I though,t was not only interesting but plausible within the frame of the story and unique.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Is it my favorite or my least favorite? I'm not really sure. I'm not going to give details, but there's a particular scene that takes place in the van toward the end...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughter, sadness, anger. There were a number of powerful moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1117)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Patricia says: "Was she in a hurry?"
    "A decent story hampered by poor narration."
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    What would have made Taken in Death better?

    Better voice acting. The narration from the point of view of the protagonist is fine, but all of the supporting characters are horribly voiced. The main character's boss sounded like a Muppet and the female character, Peabody, sounded like Barney Fife. The rest had overdone stereotypical bad accents.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I haven't made it to the ending. I am forcing my way through it so far. I don't know if I'll make it all the way.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself seems a little thin, but not bad. The only complaint I really have about the story itself is that the 7 year old children seem to talk more like they are about 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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