I thought Icefall was one of the dullest books I have encountered. Perhaps that is because of the setting, though I normally find stories set in ice and snow to be likeable. This story drags on and moves slowly but I did think the ending was satisfying. I could not wait to be done with it and I would not recommend it.
I listened to this with my 11 year old son. We both enjoyed this and in this current societal environment, it's a good lesson about understanding differences, empathy and acceptance. I'm glad we were introduced to August.
I was excited to hear this after The Jakarta Pandemic, which I firmly believe is one of the best stories of the genre. I was glad to be back with these characters and hear how things continue after the pandemic. For the most part, I wasn't disappointed, the story was pretty engaging. The only issue is that it ended too abruptly and it seems they really could have continued on and found a better point to leave off until the next installment. That said, I will be anticipating the 2nd and I do recommend this one, especially if you were left wanting more after Jakarta.
If you're looking for excitement, keep looking. You will not find it here. There is nothing exciting about this story, which is odd given the subject matter, and just as important, there is nothing exciting about the way the narration is done. The entire story is told in a matter of fact, reading type of way, so much so that it seems that things are pretty calm in the face of the biggest disaster a country could potentially realize. There is little difference among the male voices as well. Not one of the better selections among this genre.
This story moves. fast. There are a ton of chapters but the whole thing takes place over just a few hours on one day. Just as the main character starts to reach his purpose, the story ends, to be continued. I like to savor a story and I felt I couldn't do that because the listener is just slammed with event after event and disaster after disaster with not much of a break anywhere to be found. If you like fast paced zombie tales, this is for you.
I liked the things about this story that were different from the typical zombie junk. Anytime an author can take a subject that has been so overdone and make me see it from a different perspective, it's a good thing. A lot of things about the story were unexpected, like the main character, Dannie. It's a lengthy listen. It starts slow, even a bit dull at first. I had to double check to make sure I was reading the right story because it took a while to get to the zombie stuff, but once things got going, I thought the story was pretty good. The ending was interesting enough that I am actually looking forward to the sequel.
Wow! This book drones on and on for almost six hours before the disaster it's focused on even occurs! It's just too much and it's not interesting and it feels really outdated. Going into the second of three parts (another 9 hours for part two) I realized I just cannot continue. There are a slew of characters to keep track of and I didn't connect with any of them. Walking away. I do not recommend!
This was a pretty good listen. The story is pretty interesting and kept my attention. My only complaint would be that all of the male voices sounded the same to me, which I found annoying after a while. Other than that this is a pretty engaging survival story. I appreciated that "The Infected" are not zombies. As usual, I struggled with some of the characters that are a bit thick headed, but that's to be expected. I'm planning to give the sequel a listen.
This one was difficult to finish and I'm glad it's over. The narrator does a not so great job with the delivery of this text, reading with a herky jerky style that made me really aware that he was reading vs allowing me to concentrate on the story. I think the author just wanted to write about survival gadgets. There's a lot of detail about gadgets and guns but the plot is really lacking for substance. Overall, I didn't care for it and found myself just wanting it to be over vs see any sort of resolution.
This was difficult to listen to for me. The main character is a very angry person and the narration of the book is done in a sort of angry way which is hard to take hour after hour. Makes the main character feel very one dimensional and it made me feel a bit tense. Although I imagine that a younger audience might like this quite a bit (and I'm by no means old). In terms of narration and tone, it was a bit similar to Divergent which I also was not a big fan of. The premise was unique and some of the other characters were pretty likable, namely, Uncle Mort. However, that's not enough to make me want to continue with this series. Does not help matters that I predicted the ending long before I reached it.
I was skeptical about this. Turns out it was a pretty good listen. It's not the typical zombie tale. It's not filled with mindless gore. It has quite of bit of mystery as Edward tries to figure out what the heck is going on, what he is and who he used to be as well as what happened to his loved ones. I made a few predictions and I'm happy to say they didn't turn out to be true which is also a nice change.
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