I wanted to like this book but in the end, I thought it was just ok. There will definitely be a sequel but there was nothing compelling enough about the first installment to motivate me enough to be interested in reading the 2nd installment.
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 It's just too much and it's not interesting and it feels really outdated.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.
I'll make this review quick. The characters in this book at really not so smart. I'm sure everyone has read at least one book where the main character is irritating and gets on your nerves. Try every character in this story. I found every one of them to be irritating. I have a hard time investing in characters that are constantly doing things that don't make sense in the middle of crisis, and that's what you get in the King of Clayfield. I don't see how I can possibly stomach the sequel.
Earth Abides has nothing but good reviews. But I'm sorry to have to say I didn't much care for it. The Protagonist, Ish, was a hard one for me to connect with. I had a very hard time with his superiority complex. His main priority was pretty much to observe how everything develops in his post apocalyptic environment. I don't do well with characters that contradict themselves. Ish holds himself above everyone else in the story due to his intellect but he didn't have much of an issue allowing the young ones around him to be pretty much ignorant about pretty much everything as the story develops. He even comes to believe himself to be a God. There just was not one thing about this story that I liked.
I loved the first Candy Shop War and the 2nd did not disappoint. The narrators delivery was amazing and the story, as usual from Brandon Mull, is quite clever and very exciting. I would definitely recommend this, please check out the first book though as there are many references to the characters we met there. I have not listened to the audible editions of Brandon's other books but I have read every one of them and highly recommend them all. Fablehaven is an all time favorite in my house! My son and I have met Brandon several times, he's an amazing writer.
I really enjoy these type of stories of survival and this one started out pretty good. I had a huge issue with the main character though, who is quick to figure out what kind of disaster he's faced with and get into action to prepare for the survival of his family and then his community. What was difficult to accept is that he warns everyone of the lawlessness to come, like stealing and murder, but then he contributes to it and I guess the reader should think it is justified because he's trying to survive. So the character kind of rubs me the wrong way at times. If not for that, I could have rated it a bit higher. If you've gone thought most of the rest of what's out there, this will give you something to chew on. I really enjoyed the Jakarta Pandemic, so I'd recommend that before The End if you have not yet read it.
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