The story is great, the idea is very good and the execution, more or less, is quite enjoyable. The narrator is also very good and I enjoyed his performance.
My only problem was small details that were just unbelievable on their own, that seemed to exist just to drive the story forward. I thought the author was better than that, and I wish he'd edit those again. There were a couple of details about the behavior of the feds and the CDC doctor that were completely illogical, and the fix for those would be relatively simple by doing a bit more research about how things actually work. Same goes to some other minor character behaviors and some scenes - it felt like the author wrote those thinking what HE THINKS an army person would do rather than actually checking what would be done, or what he wanted person X to do to move the story forward rather than researching if this is really logical for a trained federal agent (or agency in general) to do.
I don't want to give spoilers, so I will hold some of the examples back, but the believability was, at times, quite lacking. I had to suspend my disbelief for those parts and it hurt the enjoyment of the book.
That said, if you like action thrillers in fast pace, this book is definitely enjoyable. It's a good airplane read (or listen).
Some small parts made me shudder, and not quite for the right reason (see above about consistency and believability) but other than that, if you just move on past those, the book is enjoyable.
I don't usually take the time to write full reviews, but I had to this time.
The storyline is great in this book, and the writing and performance were very enjoyable, so those unbelievable points (where it seems research on the author side failed or didn't exist at all) were so disappointed, I had to share. Without those parts, I'd have given this book a full 5-star review with fanfare. As it is right now, it's a not-too-bad story you should listen to if you're going on a long trip, and ignore the inconsistencies for the sake of the story.
I got the idea to read this book from a list of "upcoming movies" (this book seems to be planned as a movie for next year) and I thought it sounded interesting. The fact the author is Stephen King's son didn't escape me either, and I wondered if the apply falls close to the tree.
I was not disappointed. Hill has a distinctly different style than his father, which is great. The story starts with a bang, sucks you into it and gets you going. At some point, there are a couple of regressions to the past, and at first I found them a little bit annoying ("get on with what happens!") but I have to admit, they are not only essential to the story, they're essential to the point. You get sucked into the world, get to know the characters well, their inner world, their motivations -- and along the way, you get into a bit of an interesting discussion about the meaning of morality, ethics, and 'good and evil'.
I thought it would be a simple story, it ended up being a satisfying work with philosophical undertones. Great book, highly recommended.
This isn't a horror book, though it does have a (very soft) creepiness factor intertwined with the story. The focus is more about the characters than history, though the plot itself captivating. I did start guessing where this was going (and I wasn't far off) but that is probably because I know Mr. King's tendency to go the "unconventional" / sarcastic routes in his stories. Still, this didn't disappoint.
The narration was wonderful and really got me into the characters' stories; you could even participate in some of the "I know that person from somewhere" feeling along the protagonist when they happened, just from the way Wasson utilized his voice. The only criticism I have is that Wasson really needs to work on both his German and Russian accents. They were bad, and I cringed a bit, but it doesn't affect the awesomeness of this story or the rest of the narration.
If you're not a King fan, don't dismiss it outright- it's not what you'd consider his "usual" work. If you are a King's fan, don't expect horror, but you may also recognize his brilliant manipulations of the reader, and how his stories drive towards some twisty (and sometimes twisted) moral point. It's well worth a read, either way.
It probably ranks one of the highest. I love John Scalzi, and I adore Wil Wheaton's narration work. Together they make one of the best listening experiences ever. Of Scalzi's books, my favorites are Agent to the Stars and Android's Dream, both are absolutely awesome and narrated by Wheaton.
The book is amazing because of these scenes where you suddenly realize that inside all that witty humor and sarcastic tone, something really profound just happened.
I don't want to ruin the surprise, but the wit, sarcastic tone, surprising twists and overall extraordinary tale were just incredible, throughout.
EVERYTHING! He's a great narrator, and he has a great pick of books to narrate. I highly recommend searching and listening to his other narrations.
This is an incredible story, fantastic execution and wonderful wit. Scalzi's best, in my opinion, and a must-read. You won't be able to stop listening/reading and there are places where I simply laughed out loud. The world he creates is believable even though at times it may sound unrealistic, he sucks you right into it, I was almost wishing this world was actually real.
The entire thing was just hilarious and witty. Wil Wheaton's performance (as always) is brilliant, and in this case it's also amusing on its own because of his background in Star Trek.
The point of the book is absolutely awesome, I kept thinking I know where this is going and how it ends, and the author repeatedly surprised me, laughing and shaking my head all the way to the end.
Without giving any spoilers, I loved the start, and the first red-shirt's thoughts as whatever happens to him happens. Brilliant, and an awesome start to the book.
He's always great, and this one is no different.
YES! I couldn't stop, and when it ended, I wanted more.
John Zcalzi is an amazing writer, I recommend all of his books, especially in audio as they are read by the amazing Wil Wheaton. Can't get any better than that.
Well, it can... when he publishes another book. Can't wait!
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